We haven’t had an Articles post on the site for a long time, so some of the links are as old as from the past summer, but hopefully still relevant to those who haven’t yet read them… This first one’s recent though…interesting article in this week’s Newsweek by Sarah A. Topol on young rookie freelance journalists working in war zones….The main photo seen on the spread below is by Ben Lowy by the way (who is seen with Nicole Tung in the photo on the right), although he obviously isn’t one of the people discussed in the article…
Sarah A. Topol: Rookie Freelancers Risking Their Lives To Cover The Arab Spring (Newsweek)
Somewhat related perhaps… Action packed trailer to 4 part HBO documentary series on conflict photographers: Witness. Surprisingly, I could find very little info on the series online… It doesn’t even appear to have a website… I recognised three photographers in the trailer… Michael Christopher Brown, Eros Hoagland, and Veronique de Viguerie…There are four episodes though: Libya, South Sudan, Juarez, and Rio… so perhaps there’s a fourth photographer featured, but I don’t know..
Witness : HBO documentary series on conflict photographers (YouTube)
New York Times correspondent Simon Romero on Tomas Munita in Lens blog…
Simon Romero: Losing Fear and Learning to See : on Tomas Munita (NYT Lens)
Magnum Photos CEO on the agency’s new strategy.
Magnum Photos’ new focus: online, online and online (BJP) ‘Magnum Photos’ activities used to be divided into two categories – new work and licensing – respectively dubbed M1 and M2. Now the agency’s CEO, Giorgio Psacharopulo, is pushing Magnum’s online activities as part of a new strategy.’
Photography writer Mary Panzer on the contemporary role of professional photojournalists using Magnum Photos as an example.
Mary Panzer: Magnum Irrelevant? (WSJ) ‘What does photojournalism mean now when everybody with a cellphone can upload pictures for the world to see, or when surveillance cameras provide the most reliable way to document a crime?’
The month in photography (Observer) ‘The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books, featuring Lise Sarfati, William Klein, Luc Delahaye and Lucas Foglia.’
Looking at the Land From the Comfort of Home (Lightbox)
Anatomy of an iPad App: A Photo Archive That’s Also an App (PDN) National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols launched an iPad app of his work that can be downloaded for $3.99.
Hipstamatic angst, Instagram anxiety: time to move the conversation forward (David Campbell blog)
Laurence Butet-Roch: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: How photographers can benefit from social networks (BJP)
Couple of new photo blogs from the Middle East…
Photo blog by The National (Abu Dhabi)
Panorama by Egypt Independent newspaper
Al-Akhbar photo blog by Al-Akhbar newspaper in Lebanon
What sounds like an amazing exhibition on war photography coming up at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston…
Total War: A New Look at Conflict Photography (New Yorker) ‘In November, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will unveil an exhibition on war photography unprecedented in scale and ambition. The origins of “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” can be traced back to the museum’s acquisition—ten years ago—of the first known print of Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph of the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima.’
Amazing five-volume Gordon Parks collection from Steidl… which I’m sure I can’t afford… I’ve been a big Gordon Parks fan ever since I read his autobiography.
James Estrin: In an Age of Likes, Commonplace Images Prevail (NYT Lens)
Are Photography Contests Worthwhile or Worthless? (PhotoShelter)
Sean O’Hagan: Cardiff After Dark by Maciej Dakowicz (Guardian) ‘The Polish-born photographer’s epic study of Cardiff nightlife is a hymn to camaraderie and pleasure-seeking’
Malcolm X as Visual Strategist (NYT Lens)
Peter Dench: In Conversation With Homer Sykes (Photographer’s blog)
The Passport to Prove It: A Stamped History of Marie Colvin’s Career (Vanity Fair) ‘Through the blurred ink of immigration stamps and festooned Middle Eastern visas, Marie Colvin’s passport reads like an illustrated time line for her coverage of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s election, the rise of the Taliban, the Arab Spring, Muammar Qaddafi’s capture and death, and the conflict in Syria. After becoming a foreign-affairs correspondent for London’s Sunday Times in 1985, Colvin entered nearly every war zone on the planet right up to her death, in Homs, Syria, in February.’
Charlize Theron in talks to play war reporter Marie Colvin (Guardian) ‘Oscar-winning actor has signed on as co-producer for biopic of late Sunday Times war correspondent’
Martine Franck obituary (Guardian) Martine Franck Legacy (Lightbox) Martine Franck, Documentary Photographer, Dies at 74 (NYT)
Dan White ~ 1965-2012 (Panos)
Girl from Sebastião Salgado photograph found (DVA Foto)
MediaStorm Spring 2013 Internship (MediaStorm)
Bad news for Reuters (The Independent)
Hollywood celebs and their Leicas…
The most-viewed photo of all time?
Is This the Most-Viewed Photo of All Time? (Mashable)
Advertising Standards Authority bans two Channel 4 ‘gypsy’ ads (BJP) ‘The ASA has banned two Channel 4 ads used to promote its hit show, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. BJP speaks to the author of the photographs featured in the ads’
Greg Funnell: Assignment: A look at the thought process behind a shoot (Photographer’s blog)
Dos and Don’ts: Writing a Photographer Bio (PetaPixel)
To finish off… 52 Worst Photoshop Mistakes In Magazines