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Redefining Participation: Notes from the Newspaper Industry | Technology in the Arts | Blog, podcast, and workshops exploring arts management and technology

Redefining Participation: Notes from the Newspaper Industry | Technology in the Arts | Blog, podcast, and workshops exploring arts management and technology | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) reported its latest figures on the American newspaper industry last week, noting that in the six-month period ending on 9/30/2012, circulation figures across the industry largely held steady. Sunday circulation increased by 0.6%, while daily circulation fell slightly, 0.2%. For an industry that has experienced a drastic nosedive over the last several years (some would point to the last two decades), these figures, especially when combined with those of the preceding six months, should come as a breath of fresh air.

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‘Women, Children and Loitering Men': A Glimpse at Manchester’s Slums in the 1960s

‘Women, Children and Loitering Men': A Glimpse at Manchester’s Slums in the 1960s | Photography Now | Scoop.it

The streets of the Manchester slums, in which children played on concrete roads and their parents watched as terraced homes were razed to the ground in favor of new developments, became in the 1960s and two decades following like a home away from home for British street photographerShirley Baker (1932-2014), whose middle class family owned a furniture store in Salford.

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"For Douglas, however, these images escape relegation to the realm of wistfulness or sentimentality; instead, they reach through the decades to touch on themes and characters that carry weight and meaning today. Yes, they are documentary images, but for Douglas, they can also be symbolic ones, those that speak to an abiding vigor and resilience of the human spirit."

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Kara Woodward's curator insight, August 17, 6:27 PM

strangely beautiful images

Jon C's curator insight, August 20, 8:19 PM

Some fascinating historical photographs from 1960's England. The colours are muted but realistic. 

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Alec Soth / Interview / The Photographic Journal

Alec Soth / Interview / The Photographic Journal | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Alec Soth is far afield from the portraiture I’ve previously been drawn to, but the skill with which he crafts his photography books is undeniable.

The potency of his work lies in the emotions his books are able to bring out in the viewer, both from the single images and the sum of those images sequenced just so.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I was a person who always had to have a job, I was just raised that way or whatever, so the idea of leaving my job, I found really stressful. Exciting, of course, but, like, “can I sustain this?” And I didn’t have a graduate degree, so it’s not like I could just dive into teaching, it was a bit of a gamble, at that point. And that’s actually why I started doing editorial work, it was like a back-up, and yeah, it was nerve-wracking, but really great."

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Philip-­Lorca diCorcia: Reflections on 'Streetwork' 1993-­1997 | ASX

Philip-­Lorca diCorcia: Reflections on 'Streetwork' 1993-­1997 | ASX | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The content may criticize the media or the state or the history of photography, but I would be disappointed if the work were reducible to any one of those things.
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"Reality, as I witness it on the street, is a humbling thing. Maybe that is why artists escape into the realm of “subjectivity”? Photographers seem to escape it with the reductive “objectivity.” I would like to give each its measure: the process of finding the proper proportion continues still."

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Jacques Clayssen's curator insight, August 9, 3:50 AM

"Reality, as I witness it on the street, is a humbling thing. Maybe that is why artists escape into the realm of “subjectivity”? Photographers seem to escape it with the reductive “objectivity.” I would like to give each its measure: the process of finding the proper proportion continues still."

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Publish and be Insta-damned: On the Instagram Migrant

Publish and be Insta-damned: On the Instagram Migrant | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Yesterday evening saw a burst of online interest in an account apparently belonging to a Senegalese migrant named Abdou Diouf, who had documented his dangerous journey first on foot through the North African Desert and then across the Mediterranean by rowing boat to Spain.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Many questions emerge out of this account, but two in particular stand out strongly for me. The first is about the motivations of Toure and his collaborators, and the implications of setting up this account at a time when migration into Europe is such a current, controversial, and tragic topic. It’s easy to feel that the intention of this account are basically benign. It seems constructed to engender sympathy for the plight of migrants, putting us into their shoes through a platform we are all familiar with."

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There is no story It’s just a question of shapes and light

There is no story It’s just a question of shapes and light | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Harry Gruyaert’s Moroccan pictures have the tenacious certitude of mystery. Their content is neither sociological nor ethnographical, and even less so exotic or journalistic. All anecdote is banished, and time—the story, what comes before and after the photograph—appears to be suspended.

Mario Pires's insight:

"In Europe and especially France, there’s a humanistic tradition of people like Cartier-Bresson where the most important thing is the people, not so much the environment. I admired it, but I was never linked to it. I was much more interested in all the elements:  the decor and the lighting and all the cars: the details were as important as humans. That’s a different attitude altogether."

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Nathalie St Photos's curator insight, July 30, 3:29 AM

More I discover this photographer, more I like it!

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Hyper-Capitalism and the Pictures of our Time

Hyper-Capitalism and the Pictures of our Time | Photography Now | Scoop.it
More and more, I’m seeing wealth and power — in specific photo stories, and even more so, in the increasingly random presentation of news photos — as not just a recurrent theme, but as connective tissue.
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"There are no shortage of homeless scenes as you look around the newswire. In this case, though, the melding of one situation into the other, and the visceral work of the color, interconnects the situations and the prospects in a way that is all-too-provocative, especially when you also dial-in how much the street accomodation looks like a hospital bed."

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Reading images. Narrative imageries

Reading images. Narrative imageries | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Examining the interpretative visual logic at work in popular culture, this article proposes to recognize as a heuristic tool the iconographic group formation process, called narrative imageries, on the model of narrative identity by Paul Ricœur.

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Myth Of The Self-Inflicted Wound: A Deeper Look At That Photo Of The Crying Greek Pensioner

Myth Of The Self-Inflicted Wound: A Deeper Look At That Photo Of The Crying Greek Pensioner | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The above photograph starkly signifies the despair and indignation experienced by the Greek people. It depicts a pensioner, who after his fourth failed attempt to withdraw 120 Euros on behalf of his wife, breaks down in tears.
Mario Pires's insight:

"The photograph almost functions like a visual warning to other pensioners in troubled European countries such as Portugal, Italy, Spain, Ireland or even France. The photographs says to those people across Europe, if you dare to vote for a political party that is willing to stand up against the neoliberal ideology of the EU, then you must suffer the consequences."

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Photography and Criticism | Conscientious Photography Magazine

Photography and Criticism | Conscientious Photography Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I do. To be more precise, I have been thinking a lot about the role of criticism in contemporary photography. What is criticism? What should it do? What do I want it to do? And what does this all mean for my own approach to it?

Mario Pires's insight:

"Good photographs are those that raise questions, that open up new ways of thinking or feeling – not those that confirm something. My main question when approaching a body of work, any body of work really, is: what does this tell me that I don’t already know? Am I learning something? Am I made to confront established ways of thinking or feeling with what is placed in front of me? That’s the toughest challenge for photography, given that the moment you place your camera in front of something it’s all right there."

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No Superhero - Thoughts of a Bohemian

No Superhero - Thoughts of a Bohemian | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A photojournalist that does not intervene is a photojournalist that doesn’t take any picture.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Their role is not of a superhero seeking to rescue every single victim. These are for the all-volunteer policemen, firefighters, military. The photojournalist is a reporter who’s role is to prevent our society from creating more victims, one photograph at a time."

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In Love and War: An Interview with Lynsey Addario

In Love and War: An Interview with Lynsey Addario | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Lynsey Addario shows up at Paul café in London in a pink coat and matching coral lipstick, her large brown eyes prominent and sparkling.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I never set out to be a war photographer; it was never in my sights. It just happened because I came of age after 9/11, and it was only natural that I’d want to document what happened in the world after that. I remember, four to five years into that coverage, suddenly thinking, Shit! I’m almost exclusively covering war."

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What is 21st Century Photography?

What is 21st Century Photography? | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In this newly commissioned essay, Daniel Rubinstein answers one of photography's most complicated questions. In our contemporary image-world of computers and algorithms, what are the key philosophi...
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"In short, 21st Century Photography is not the representation of the world, but the exploration of the labor practices that shape this world through mass-production, computation, self-replication and pattern recognition."
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Mary E. Martin's curator insight, July 23, 11:26 AM

A very thought provoking piece on the direction of photography today. The fact that everyone has a cell phone with a great still and video camera built in must make some changes to the development of picture taking. Just as we all can be published authors if we choose, it seems that we all can be photographers. What effect does this have? Do we lose the distinction between amateur and professional and is that important? http:maryemartintrilogies.com. 

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On futility and the myopic nature of the photo world.

On futility and the myopic nature of the photo world. | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Before I launch into a full blown rant. Let me make one thing clear. This is not a “photojournalism is dead” or “print is dead” blog post. There have been enough of those and aside from being mostly wrong, they ignore all of our own complicity in all of this.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Here is the disconnect that I think is leaving a lot of us questioning the purpose of all of this. We spend thousands of dollars and years of our lives on projects only to publish an expensive photo book that will probably only be seen by a handful of other photographers, editors and photo geeks etc etc. The incredible myopathy of our industry is staggering when you think about it."

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The Conversation of Photography

The Conversation of Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it
One of the hardest challenges for a photographer might be to figure out how she or he wants to position her or himself: what is it exactly that I do? When using the word “position” I’m not at all interested in the marketing of one’s work.
Mario Pires's insight:

"What is that conversation? For my students, this usually comes down to finding references. But it’s not about the references per se. Of course, every photographer needs to know what her or his work is in dialogue with. Knowing about the dialogue is good, understanding what exactly that dialogue is — that’s really where the meat can be found."

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OpEd: Bruce Gilden and the Absence of Empathy

OpEd: Bruce Gilden and the Absence of Empathy | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I used to believe that photojournalism represented a platonic ideal of veracity, but this naïve notion has eroded.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Yet, one thing that hasn’t changed for me is the belief that the photojournalist and photojournalism should strive to practice and convey empathy. While the casual observer might believe that photojournalism’s raison d’etre is to display the news, I would disagree. News, when not being salacious, informs of us the human condition, and should ideally strike a chord of empathy within us."

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How to Kill Restrictive Concert Photography Contracts

How to Kill Restrictive Concert Photography Contracts | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The Norwegian press as a whole, has made a joint statement to never sign any contracts put forward by artists or their management pushed forward by concert photographers, as can be read here. In Norway, most concert photographers are, in essence, photojournalists and identify more or less as such. And because of that, we are part of the press. We are not 100 concert photographers, but 7000 journalists.
Mario Pires's insight:

Collective action can still have results. Now i wish that we could also do something about bad light people.

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Instagram and Art Theory - artnet News

Instagram and Art Theory - artnet News | Photography Now | Scoop.it

A force that important in visual culture is probably worth having a theory about. And in fact, rather than just being swept along by the stream of images, it may be possible for art—and art history—to add something to understanding the photo-sharing obsession.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Technology has so democratized image-making that it has put the artistic power once mainly associated with aristocrats—to stylize your image and project yourself to an audience as desirable—into everyone's hands."

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Brice Fauche's curator insight, July 31, 8:22 AM

"Technology has so democratized image-making that it has put the artistic power once mainly associated with aristocrats—to stylize your image and project yourself to an audience as desirable—into everyone's hands."

mrstock's curator insight, August 1, 5:10 AM

"Technology has so democratized image-making that it has put the artistic power once mainly associated with aristocrats—to stylize your image and project yourself to an audience as desirable—into everyone's hands."

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Amanda Hankerson and Lacey Criswell: Forever and Always

Amanda Hankerson and Lacey Criswell: Forever and Always | Photography Now | Scoop.it
We all have our preconceived fantasies of love and marriage–romances highlighted in the NY Times Style section and weddings right out of the pages of glossy magazines.
Mario Pires's insight:

"As an artistic partnership, Hankerson and Criswell are interested in how American identity can be constructed by an individual or group of people and how identity can be altered through imagery."

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Hokkaido (by Daido Moriyama, 1978)

Hokkaido (by Daido Moriyama, 1978) | Photography Now | Scoop.it

“When I go to the city I have no plans. Way down a street, twist in a corner, in another, in another one… I’m like a dog. I decide my way by the smell.” – Daido Moriyama

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Kara Woodward's curator insight, August 17, 6:29 PM

amazing  gritty Daido Moriyama

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Bad Sex: Rita Lino’s ‘Entartete’

Bad Sex: Rita Lino’s ‘Entartete’ | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Entartete delivers solitary sex and guilt and self-revelation so fierce that sometimes it leaves you gasping. By Eugenie Shinkle, ASX, July 2015 Entartete is German for ‘degenerate’. It’s the title...
Mario Pires's insight:

"The pictures in Entartete are not sexy, but then they aren’t meant to be. They lack the single-track affect of porn – the warm thump of the gaze as it reaches down into the belly. And where pornography deals in airbrushed fictions, Lino’s photographs are raw and real and unconcerned with flattery."

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Politics, power, photography and people

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) is running a show. Here’s the message they sent to documentary photographer Chris Arnade explaining his inclusion.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I recognize the photographer’s skill as image makers. But more than that I recognize something they all share in common, an interest in, and respect for the human condition in all its forms and a willingness to engage with it. Theirs is not surreptitious ‘stolen’ work, but direct and engaged, and as a result there’s a lot of it that makes me very very uncomfortable. Which is as it should be."

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Arles 2015: A Lovely Time, But…

Arles 2015: A Lovely Time, But… | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Sure, the exhibitions were great, and from the very first day there was a kind of infectious joy. The whole city seemed to be living and breathing photography. Everyone wanted this first edition led by Sam Stourdzé to be a success, and it was.

Mario Pires's insight:

"But the evening programs were terrible, from the first (Martin Parr) to the last (Curtis). They were all terrible with the possible exception of Jacques Attali’s but that had nothing to do with photography. They were long, boring and filled with endless speeches..."

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Marie-José Jongerius: Edges of the Experiment | Conscientious Photography Magazine

Marie-José Jongerius: Edges of the Experiment | Conscientious Photography Magazine | Photography Now | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I wrote an article for one of this website’s earlier incarnations, lamenting the often overly conservative and thus unimaginative layout and design of most photobooks. How times have changed!

Mario Pires's insight:

"Yet another photobook with pictures of the American West might have been, well, just another one for the pile. How do you make this more interesting? I have no way of knowing whether this is the kind of consideration behind the form behind Edges of the Experiment. "

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11 Ways to Turn Random Thoughts and Scribbled Notes Into a Project

11 Ways to Turn Random Thoughts and Scribbled Notes Into a Project | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I watched a podcast last week with Rich Harrington, Skip Cohen and photographer Don Komarechka. Don was taking about his snowflake project and book Sky Crystals.
Mario Pires's insight:

Organize yourself, or you will never leave the "i should start this stage".

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The Dramatic Imagery of Jessica Lange by Ieva Bluma

The Dramatic Imagery of Jessica Lange by Ieva Bluma | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Jessica Lange is a true Hollywood legend and one of the greatest actresses of our time.  She has won two Oscars, three Emmys, five Golden Globes and multiple other awards.  Perhaps many people are unaware of the fact that she is also a very accomplished and talented photographer.

Mario Pires's insight:

"I find photography a most mysterious process – capturing that moment in time and space, elusive and fleeting, and crystallising it.”

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