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'Vietnam: The Real War' – a book of 300 seminal ... - Photocritic

'Vietnam: The Real War' – a book of 300 seminal ... - Photocritic | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
The Vietnam War is sometimes referred to as the 'last newspaper war' – there were TV news reporters there, but their cameras weren't as discreet and portable as 35mm stills cameras and we didn't yet have rolling news ...
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I can't comment on the book itself, although I will seek it out. In general I know that Vietnam provoked a crisis in the media concerning the use of shock and carnage as subjects for popular consumption. Until Vietnam, it was generally understood that the dead would not be depicted per se. Read this discussion of the problems Life magazine had published the photos of dead American soldiers in New Guinea in 1943 --http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/a-photo-that-was-hard-to-get-published-but-even-harder-to-get/?_r=0

 The Pentagon censored all publications, and they did not want American’s upset and demoralized by the “truthiness” of bloated carnage.


Robert Capa pushed the envelope with his Spanish Civil War photos, which were published, and showed the moment of death, and the irony of martial death occurring even after the war was over. But Capa still worked with a legacy of decorum that was abandoned completely in the Sixties, when the internal political conflicts at home escalated the issues and obscured the principles involved.

 

Prior to Capa photographers were not shy about the gruesome truth of war.  As early as the Crimean and American Civil Wars, images of death and wounded agony were accumulating in the photographer's stores.  But they did not receive sanction for representation to the world at large.  


So the advocates of an unvarnished approach to photographing the gruesome truths available to any tourist of war won out, and we created a generation of professional war tourists sending their postcards from the political abbatoirs’ in every zone. The discussion has not progressed.

 

What are we looking at when we see outrageous human behavior documented in high resolution? How does the question of propaganda versus forensic evidence of crime get resolved?


Fifty years on, and we still debate the nature of "truth" in reporting social events that involve collateral damage. If the focus is on the specific human evidence, the larger issues disappear into an emotional maelstrom. If the images are sanitized, the distance from the subject determines the viewer’s inclination to engage.

 

Reports from Bosnia and Cairo make my point...and now in Syria there is no shortage of horror to adduce to any side's arguemnt.
I personally don't think any one war is more outrageous or telling in its evidence than any other war. The very nature of diplomacy by murder is a heinous thing, no matter what jurisdiction is at stake. Does this book address these more important issues? You be the judge.

 

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The Multiplier Effect and the Role of the Photograph in Boston - TIME

The Multiplier Effect and the Role of the Photograph in Boston - TIME | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
TIME The Multiplier Effect and the Role of the Photograph in Boston TIME Other photos should not be deemed credible and unnecessarily divert the public's attention in the wrong direction and create undue work for vital law enforcement resources.”...
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Editorial Photographers UK | 2013 - the year we lost sight of what photography can achieve

Editorial Photographers UK | 2013 - the year we lost sight of what photography can achieve | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
This year’s announcement of the winners of two major competitions for photojournalists, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, created more than the usual fire storm.

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Lots of changes in the photo world as culture catches up (or down) to technology.

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ELIZABETH AVEDON: 2012 HOLIDAY BOOKS: A Few New Favorites

ELIZABETH AVEDON: 2012 HOLIDAY BOOKS: A Few New Favorites | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
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This blog is always a worthwhile stop for intelligent discussion about photography.

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Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012 Stripped of Title for Too Much 'Shoppin

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012 Stripped of Title for Too Much 'Shoppin | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
Lindisfarne Boats by David Byrne, the disqualified photo The winner of this year's Landscape Photographer of the Year contest, photographer David Byrne...
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Selma Civil Rights March remembered by photo-essay in ...

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Selma Civil Rights March remembered by photo-essay in Doubletake by Wyoming's Wayne Thomas. Wayne Thomas of Powell, Wyo., ranges far and wide for his photographs. His photo-essay examining the 47th anniversary ...
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Victorian Anthropometric Photography and Questionnaires ...

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In doing so, I will shift away from biologically determined arguments about human variation and discuss cultural differences instead. The physical attributes that are included in this study are mainly superficial ...
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Arthur Boswell's (1880-1966) rare collection of early Victorian photography that he took and compiled throughout his lifetime.

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... exhibition; Illuminated World. Opening October 6, it showcases local man, Arthur Boswell's (1880-1966) rare collection of early Victorian photography that he took and compiled throughout his lifetime.
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Are women better photographers than men?

But what about the appreciation of the art of photography and how much does this come into play? When it comes to measuring art appreciation, a study was undertaken in 2009 where electrical responses were measured in ...
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Rule Britannia

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"On Wednesday 8th August 2012 I was on holiday, staying in a rented cottage, down in the New Forest, a place of childhood memories, one of my favourite places in the world. The phone signal in the cottage was non existent but there was a wireless connection in the pub over the road. I’d got into the habit of wandering over there a few times a day, like the typically connection addicted citizen I am, to check my emails."

 

Great story about assignment for Olympics, and the lonliness of the award winning, wildly successful photographer.  No sarcasm, please.


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pictureshow : NPR

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Picture Show...Goodbye to Marine Franck, and other articles about obscure and interesting photo stuff from National Public Radio.

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A new platform to discuss the emerging format of the digital photobook

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Swedish photographer Martin Brink recently established The Digital Photobook blog as a platform to discuss the rapidly evolving format of the photobook through apps and ebooks on various platforms — from tablet to smartphone. Although the blog has been going for less than a month, Martin has already reviewed some fascinating books, including: Capitolio by Christopher Anderson; Suguru Takeuchi's Radiation Tokyo and Stephen Shore's Flohmarkt.

 

If you are a photographer, you will make one of these sooner or later.  -  Jeff


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Trope: The Well-Made Photograph (4) « Photocritic International

Trope: The Well-Made Photograph (4) « Photocritic International | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
When I began teaching courses in the history and criticism of photography at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1977, I did so within what was then a component of the undergraduate film & television program ...

 

A long...sigh about the disappearance of vicissitudes from between the ears of photo academics.

( I challenge you, the reader, to construe a sentence which uses "from between" sensibly,if not correctly.)

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Art Institute's MAX KOZLOFF: CRITIC AND PHOTOGRAPHER Opens Tomorrow - Broadway World

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Art Institute's MAX KOZLOFF: CRITIC AND PHOTOGRAPHER Opens Tomorrow
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In the 1960s and early 1970s, Max Kozloff (b. 1933) emerged as one of the leading critics and writers on modern art.
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Acording to my friend Z, one of the themes of this transition of mass culture, (which includes all bourgeoise forms of culture consumption,) is the usurpation of the role of the artist by the critic, and vice versa.

 

There has never been a pure cultural ecology wherein the artist was one species and the critic another, and they danced the predator/prey dance with clear roles and rules.  But the disintegration of formal norms for media that has occured with the advent of digital processes has nurtured the "cross-over" phenomena and the mashup of roles.  Szarkowski at the MOMA was a prime example of the artist becoming arbiter, and then using his arbitrage to further his own personal career and ends as an artist.   

Judge for yourself.  But this is an interesting axis of discernment.  Note in this article the emphasis on Kozoff's "homage" to his favorite artists, and a lack of comment on any originality or unique contribution to the field of photography itself.

 

As we sort out the impacts of hypernovelty on the media landscape, it is useful to at least imagine the distinction between the gatekeepers, e.g. curators and critics, and the producers, i.e. the artists who risk their livlihood and well-being in pursuit of a truely creative ideal.

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Editorial Photographers UK | “For God’s sake, somebody call it!”

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Has the time come to take photojournalism off life-support? After nearly 25 years in the business, agency director Neil Burgess steps forward to make the…
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The demise of photojournalism is a curious affair.  There are many complaints about manipulation of photos and the rise of celebrity culture at the expense of real news, but both issues have been around for more than a century.  It seems that digital technology has driven some voices out into the open, but has it really changed the fundamental issue?

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Benedyct Antifer's curator insight, March 19, 2013 4:47 AM

"I woke up this morning with a dream going around in my head. It was as if I’d been watching a medical drama, ER or something, where they’d spent half the programme trying to revive a favourite character: mouth to mouth, blood transfusions, pumping the chest up and down, that electrical thing where they shout “Clear!” before zapping them with 50,000 volts to get the heart going again, emergency transplants and injections of adrenalin …, but nothing works. And someone sobs, “We’ve got to save him we cannot let him die.” And his best friend steps forward, grim and stressed and says, “It’s no good. For God’s sake, somebody call it!”

Okay, I’m that friend and I’m stepping forward and calling it. “Photojournalism: time of death 11.12. GMT 1st August 2010.” Amen."

 

Neil Burgess

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Photo Essay: The Final Week of Capitol Hill 60 Minute Photo in Seattle - PetaPixel

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Photo Essay: The Final Week of Capitol Hill 60 Minute Photo in Seattle PetaPixel Capitol Hill 60 Minute Photo closed its doors at the end of last year.
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photo-eye | BLOG: Book Reviews: A New American Picture

photo-eye | BLOG: Book Reviews: A New American Picture | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it

For two years, Rickard delved into the vast database of Google Maps Street View, and in a parallel journey, chose from among its imagery his own; photographing sparsely populated scenes positioned on his monitor. Considering only the rote mechanics of such a process belies their uncanny expressiveness.

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Scott Kelby - Google+ - Is there money in photography? On Wednesday's episode of…

Scott Kelby - Google+ - Is there money in photography? On Wednesday's episode of… | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
Is there money in photography?On Wednesday's episode of "The Grid" Matt was joined by guests +Glyn Dewis and +Serge Ramelli and they tackled this topic…...

 

The eternal question.  Something different here from my usual chasing after artsy blather.

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'WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images Of Armed Conflict And Its Aftermath ...

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The curators, meanwhile, chose to tell the story objectively – refusing through the images they chose or the exhibit they prepared to take a pro- or anti-war stance, a decision that has invited criticism and sparked debate.
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Vulture Stalking a Child

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In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod. Carter said ...
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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: How photographers can benefit from social networks - British Journal of Photography

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: How photographers can benefit from social networks - British Journal of Photography | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it

Mark Zuckerberg could have bought The New York Times for less than the $730m he spent on Instagram. Although media outlets and photographers were once dubious of social networks, they are now increasingly using them to give a much-needed boost to the field. Laurence Butet-Roch of Polka Magazine reports.


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The Inspirational Photos of Neil Armstrong the Primary Mission Photographer...

The Inspirational Photos of Neil Armstrong the Primary Mission Photographer... | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
They also had two 16mm data acquisition cameras and one 35mm close-up stereoscopic camera. Altogether, they took 232 color and 107 black and white photographs on the surface of the moon.” As I read about Armstrong ...
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Photographer Eugene Atget captured old Paris as it disappeared

Photographer Eugene Atget captured old Paris as it disappeared | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
IT is telling that the man who passed to us an immortal image of a city left hardly any photographs of himself. Eugene Atget's best-known portrait was taken just before his death in 1927, by Man Ray's assistant Berenice Abbott.

 

Atget started it all for me.  I always wanted to be Atget when I grew up, and at 64 I am almost there.  But nowhere near Paris, alas.

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Exhibition: ‘Before Color: William Eggleston’ at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

Exhibition: ‘Before Color: William Eggleston’ at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
Exhibition dates: 16th June – 26th August 2012 . . “As these rediscovered prints reveal, the man who made colour photography into an artform worked brilliantly in monochrome – and...
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Writers and Critics Remember Experimental Filmmaker Chris Marker (VIDEO ... - Huffington Post

Writers and Critics Remember Experimental Filmmaker Chris Marker (VIDEO ... - Huffington Post | Words About Pictures | Scoop.it
Writers and Critics Remember Experimental Filmmaker Chris Marker (VIDEO ...Huffington PostA visitor attends the exhibition of French photographer Chris Marker on July 7, 2011 during the 42nd annual Rencontres d'Arles photography festival in Arles,...
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