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Would You Have Taken the Post Subway Photo?: Pulitzer-Winning Photographers Respond

Would You Have Taken the Post Subway Photo?: Pulitzer-Winning Photographers Respond | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

A lot of debate in the US about the picture of a man who was about to be run over by a New York subway train. The picture was published on the frontpage of the New York Post and was made by a freelance photographer who decided not to help the man but to photograph his 'about-to-die-moment'.

 

See the photograph and video seconds for the mans death on the website of the New Yorker: http://www.nypost.com/video?freewheel=90081&sitesection=nypostlanding&VID=23907420 

More on the story at the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/nyregion/suspect-in-fatal-subway-push-is-in-custody.html?smid=tw-share and at poynter: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/197056/new-york-post-faces-backlash-over-front-page-photo-of-man-about-to-die-on-subway-track/  BagNewsNotes: http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2012/12/doom-in-america-what-the-ny-post-subway-death-photo-is-really-about/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Bagnewsnotes+%28BAGnewsNotes%29  Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2012/12/04/new-york-posts-subway-death-photo-was-it-ethical/ &; Reuters: http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/12/06/the-deadliest-image/ ;

 

But Gawker takes another perspective by asking photographers, teachers and professor the question: 'Would you have taken the Post subway photo?' http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/nyregion/suspect-in-fatal-subway-push-is-in-custody.html?smid=tw-share 

 

The photo reminds me of the images as described by Barbie Zelizer in her book 'About to die. How news images move the public':  http://books.google.nl/books/about/About_to_Die_How_News_Images_Move_the_Pu.html?id=m976a-_hwrMC&redir_esc=y 

 

Update: Zelizer wrote a blogpost about the photo http://blog.oup.com/2012/12/new-york-post-photo-controversery/ ;

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Instagram, the Devil, and You

More and more professional photographers are using non-traditional cameras. First we saw the use of the iPhone (see also http://www.denieuwereporter.nl/2010/04/de-iphone-in-de-fotojournalistiek/). But the big hit of this moment is off course Instagram. The New Yorker allows a professional photographer to use their Instagram account every week (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/#slide_ss_0=1).

This week, Time went even further in their coverage of tropical storm Sandy. They asked five photographers — Michael Christopher Brown, Benjamin Lowy, Ed Kashi, Andrew Quilty and Stephen Wilkes — to document the hurricane and its aftermath via Instagram, see http://lightbox.time.com/2012/10/30/in-the-eye-of-the-storm-capturing-sandys-wrath/#ixzz2B33wT06q

One of those photos even made it to the cover of the magazine. Read more about the use of Instagram by Time at Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2012/11/01/why-time-magazine-used-instagram-to-cover-hurricane-sandy/

 

However, not everyone is enthusiastic about this trend. See for example this reaction of photographer Kenneth Jarecke - former TIME photographer -  who states: 'When a photojournalist uses Instagram, the devil smiles.' http://kennethjarecke.typepad.com/mostly_true/2012/10/instagram-the-devil-and-you.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MostlyTrue+%28Mostly+True%29 

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Obama: The Agony — BagNews

Obama: The Agony — BagNews | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

I am fascinated how old/archival images are reused year later and get a different meaning. This post at Bagnewsnotes.com shows quite well how a photo of Obama in 2009, is now used to illustrate his situation after the Denver debate. 

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Academic Articles on Photography in Gazette

The new issue of the International Communication Gazette features two interesting articles for scholar dealing with photography:

- Keith Greenwood
Picturing defiance: Visions of democracy in Iran

- Folker Hanusch
The visibility of disaster deaths in news images: A comparison of newspapers from 15 countries

 

Unfortunately, you need a subscription te be able to read the actual articles.

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Martijn Pannevis (Skylines): "Het echte goud ligt in trends áchter real-time foto's" - Fast Moving Targets

Martijn Pannevis (Skylines): "Het echte goud ligt in trends áchter real-time foto's" - Fast Moving Targets | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

How to make money of the enormous amount of photos on social networks like Twitter & Instagram? Dutch start-up Skylines tries to index images on these sites and thinks 'the gold is in the trends behind the real-time photos'. See the interview with the founder at Fastmovingtargets.nl (In Dutch)

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L.A. Times, NY Daily News feature graphic Libya ambassador photo on front page | Poynter.

L.A. Times, NY Daily News feature graphic Libya ambassador photo on front page | Poynter. | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

It is always interesting to see how newspapers cope with shocking images. This time US newspapers found it hard to decide what to do with the image of their dying ambassador in Libya. See a short overview at Poynter. They use the frontpages collected by the Newseum. At their website you can find an enormous amount of frontpages everyday at http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/default.asp

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We're Just Sayin: About Those Film Holders....

We're Just Sayin: About Those Film Holders.... | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

David Burnett is one of those legendary photographers that covered the war in Vietnam (see his account of the maing of the photo of the napalm girl: http://werejustsayin.blogspot.nl/2012/06/trang-bang-40-years-later.html) but is still photographing the major events.

 

This summers Olympics was his 8th (!) Summer Games so he sure can describe the changes the industry has undergone. Please read this nice post in which he reflects upon the big differences between photographing sports by using an analog camera and digital.

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Malcolm Browne, who took iconic photographs of Vietnam and monk’s suicide by self immolation dies age 81 | ShahidulNews

Malcolm Browne, who took iconic photographs of Vietnam and monk’s suicide by self immolation dies age 81 | ShahidulNews | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

A very impressive in memoriam of photographer Malcolm Browne by Shahidul Alam. Take a close look at the photo at the bottom of the post. It was made in Amsterdam during the 50-years anniversary of World Press Photo. You might recognise  the photographers who made some of the very well-known photos of our press-history since the sixties of the last century.

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De rechterarm van Geert Wilders (1) De PVV ging...

De rechterarm van Geert Wilders (1) De PVV ging... | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Very nice analysis of Jos van den Broek about the photographic representation of PVv-partyleader Geert Wilders. See also his second post: http://josvandenbroek.tumblr.com/post/30235926168

(Both in Dutch)

 

These days the book 'Visual Language' by van den Broek et all will be published. I have read the Dutch version and warmly recommend the book to those who want to learn more about the analysis of all sorts of images: http://www.boomlemma.nl/communicatie-media/catalogus/visual-language-1

 

 

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Geschiedenis 24 - Facebook censureert PSP-poster

Geschiedenis 24 - Facebook censureert PSP-poster | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

How funny is this? In 1971, a campaign poster of the political party PSP caused a lot of controversy because it showed a naked woman in front of a cow. Today (41 years later) Facebook causes another controversy in the Netherlands cause it censored the poster because of nudity ;) (in Dutch)

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Reinventing Instant Film in an Age of Instant Imagery

Reinventing Instant Film in an Age of Instant Imagery | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Another nice post at NY Times Lens blog. Now about the (Dutch) Impossible Project which showcases its first result in New York, this week.

 

 

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Call For Papers: Picturing Others: Photography and Human Rights

Very interesting call for papers for scholars, working in the field of photography and human rights. Especially the goal of the organisers to bring together 'photography practitioners, academic researchers, press officers, journalists and members of community groups' sounds very interesting and links quite well to the recent published book 'Picturing Atrocity' http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/book.html?id=502

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Noor to celebrate five-year anniversary at Visa pour l'Image - British Journal of Photography

Noor to celebrate five-year anniversary at Visa pour l'Image - British Journal of Photography | Pressphotography | Scoop.it
RT @Patrick_Baz: Noor 2 celebrate 5 year anniversary at #Visa2012 - British Journal of Photography #photojournalism http://t.co/wKobssLn via @1854...
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The Instagram War: Gaza & Israel, 2012

The Instagram War: Gaza & Israel, 2012 | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

A lot of discussion these days about the role of Instagram in the Gaza-Israel conflict. Israeli soldiers post images on Instagram of their life in the army (just like WOII soldiers did, Dutch soldiers in the Dutch Indie and American soldiers in Abu Ghraib) see f.e. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/16/israel-gaza-instagram_n_2145043.html  and http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/israeli-soldiers-wont-let-a-little-thing-like-war   ;

 

But we also see official pics distributed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), see f.e. http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2012/11/israel-hamas-draw-us-literally-into-war-in-game-change-for-social-media-media-and-photography  But especially this post of John Edwin Mason is an interesting read: http://johnedwinmason.typepad.com/john_edwin_mason_photogra/2012/11/instagram-war-gaza.html

 

Finally, if you want to read more on the use of Twitter by IDF, please see this post of Daniel Bennett who wrote a dissertation on 'the impact of blogging and 'new' media on the BBC's coverage of war and terrorism' http://www.dsbennett.co.uk/2012/11/from-cast-lead-to-pillar-of-defense-how.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MediatingConflict+%28Mediating+Conflict%29 

 

 

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War/Photography by Geoff Dyer | LightBox | TIME.com

War/Photography by Geoff Dyer  | LightBox | TIME.com | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Great post by Geof Dyer (read more of him at http://geoffdyer.com/) on the catalogue and exhibition ' War/Photography', currently on show in the Museum of Fine Art in Dallas (more info at http://www.mfah.org/news/pressrelease/warphotography-photographs-armed-conflict-and-its-aftermath/)

 

When talking about manipulation, he noticed an error in the catalog: 'John Filo’s photograph of the killings at Kent State in 1970 shows a distraught woman kneeling over the body of a dead student. Unfortunately it so happened that a pole in the background looked like it was coming out of her head. Since this pole was aesthetically unpleasing, it was removed from the picture as published in Life magazine and elsewhere. Amazingly this clumsily doctored version – you can see quite clearly how the pole has been erased – is the one printed in the War/Photography catalogue! (slide #7) http://lightbox.time.com/2012/10/16/warphotography-by-geoff-dyer/?iid=lb-gal-viewagn#7  

 

The catalogus sure sounds interesting but unfortunately the price is $90 at the Museum shop https://ecommerce.mfah.org/itemShowret.aspx?Dep=a1EabQBdpnMz3fdIWurR9Q%3d%3d&Cat=G5osAfjHmZ1E47mobkkcIQ%3d%3d&It=e984C4eBONg%3d

Luckily it is much cheaper at Amazon: $56.70 http://www.amazon.com/WAR-PHOTOGRAPHY-Conflict-Aftermath-Houston/dp/0300177380/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350376321&sr=8-1&keywords=WAR%2FPHOTOGRAPHY%3A+Images+of+Armed+Conflict+and+Its+Aftermath 

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Academic Articles on photography in the Dutch Indies in 'Photography and Culture'

A lot of interesting articles on photography in the Dutch Indies in the new issue of 'Photography and Culture', mainly based on the interesting researchproject 'photoCLEC - Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture', see also http://photoclec.dmu.ac.uk/

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Pete Souza’s Portrait of a Presidency | LightBox | TIME.com

Pete Souza’s Portrait of a Presidency | LightBox | TIME.com | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Interesting post in which the official White House Photographer Peter Souza 'offers his personal edit and recollections on President Obama's first term'.

 

If you're interested in more photos of Souza, please visit the official White House Flickr stream where photos are posted daily: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/

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Magnum Photos' new focus: online, online and online - British Journal of Photography

Magnum Photos' new focus: online, online and online - British Journal of Photography | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

How do photo agencies cope with the changing industry and demands of the public? Interesting article on the new strategy of Magnum Photos.

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James Nachtwey’s 9/11: Eleven Years Later, Like Night and Day — BagNews

James Nachtwey’s 9/11: Eleven Years Later, Like Night and Day — BagNews | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Interesting post on the changes at the photos James Nachtwey took on 9/11 and the way they were presented 11 years later. Jörg Colberg also wrote a short blog on the topic at http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/2012/09/james_nachtwey_and_911_seen_in_2001_and_in_2011/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+jmcolberg%2Fconscientious+%28Conscientious%29

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Conscientious | Review: The Netherlands - Off the Shelf by Hans van der Meer

Conscientious | Review: The Netherlands - Off the Shelf by Hans van der Meer | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

The blog 'Conscientious' by Jorg Colberg is one of the leading photography blogs at this moment. Colberg regularly writes provactive posts about developments within the photographic industry but he also reviews a lot of photobooks. Almost every Dutch photobook is reviewed just like the one in his latest post: 'The Netherlands - Off the Shelf'  by Hans van der Meer. And again it is a nice review with an interesting conclusion: 'Mind you, the book is perfectly boring, at least for a while' .

 

By the way, this Sunday, Colberg will give a lecture in the Netherlands at the Noordelicht Photofestival: http://www.noorderlicht.com/nl/fotomanifestatie/terra-cognita/activiteitenprogramma/

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Malcolm Browne in Memoriam: The Story Behind the Iconic Burning Monk | LightBox | TIME.com

Malcolm Browne in Memoriam: The Story Behind the Iconic Burning Monk | LightBox | TIME.com | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Photographer Malcolm Browne, known for his shocking and iconic image of a self-immolating monk in Saigon, died on Monday at the age of 81. Please read this post about the photograph as published on Time last year.

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GRAPHIC: Did The NYT Go Too Far With This Shooting Photo?

GRAPHIC: Did The NYT Go Too Far With This Shooting Photo? | Pressphotography | Scoop.it
The New York Times posted a bloody photo during its coverage of Friday morning's shooting near the Empire State Building, causing some to wonder if the paper should have led with a less graphic image.
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Men at Lunch: A Documentary About One of the Most Iconic Photos Taken in NYC

Men at Lunch: A Documentary About One of the Most Iconic Photos Taken in NYC | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Interesting documentary coming up on the (iconic) photo 'Men at Lunch'. Don't forget to take a look at the trailer!

 

 

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Samenwerking Picturae en 15 Europese topinstellingen fotografie

Big European grant for 15 European photography institutions to develop a European portal on daguerrotypes (In Dutch)

 

 

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Streetfighting in Aleppo

Streetfighting in Aleppo | Pressphotography | Scoop.it

Nice post at NY Times blog Lens about Reuters photographer Goram Tomasevic work in Aleppo and about the perhaps most published photo of the fighting in Syria.

 

 

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