Happy Anniversary! Celebrating the Flak Photo Network

Happy Anniversary! Celebrating the Flak Photo Network

Gawker, New York, 2010, Photo by Gabriela Herman

Gawker, New York, 2010. Photo © Gabriela Herman

A note from editor Andy Adams

Hello All,

Touching base with a short dispatch from Flak Photo HQ…

Photography is more popular than ever and each of us is playing a part in moving it forward by participating in a vast, interconnected online photographic ecosystem that's rapidly evolving. In addition to publishing our respective blogs, many of us have flocked to social networking sites to connect with each other, ask questions, and discover new photography every day. I'm fascinated with internet photo culture and the social web continues to inspire my projects.

So last spring, I launched the Flak Photo Network, a Facebook group focused on conversations about photography.

Something really exciting is happening there. In the past year, the group has grown to more than 4,000 members, each of them contributing to a vibrant community hub brimming with ideas about 21st century image-making. The FPN has become my go-to place for photography news and extended discussions and I'm sincerely grateful to those of you who drop in to share your insights day after day. Thanks to each and every one of you.

I'm thrilled with the response and wanted to celebrate this milestone by doing something special for our community.

A key part of my mission is promoting the practice of photography bookmaking by raising awareness about the burgeoning photobook scene. I'm also a big supporter of local and independently run bookshops. So I'm excited to team up with Photo-eye Bookstore to give a gift to the photo community on the occasion of the FPN's one-year anniversary.

Photo-eye Bookstore Starting today, you can get $10 off a Photo-eye book purchase of $25 or more when you enter promo code FLAKPHOTO in the "special instructions" form in your shopping cart. (Note: this doesn't apply to Amazon orders or backorders, only in-stock items, good for one-time use.) The FPN offer ends Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM CDT.

Questions? Contact the good folks at Photo-eye via [email protected]. I'd love for more people to hear about this — Please feel free to share this news with friends and students!

One of the best parts about producing this website is collaborating with artists, curators, and photo organizations I admire. Ours is a passionate and supportive community and I hope that by providing a place to come together the FPN has made it easier to meet colleagues and share ideas using Facebook. The group is a work-in-progress and all of our members play a part in making it thrive. If you'd like to participate in our discussions, click the "Ask to Join Group" button in the upper right of the Facebook page or browse the members' directory and ask one of your friends to add you to the group.

We'd love to have you — Join us?


Andy Adams
Editor • Producer • Publisher