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SW Regional SPE: Brenda Biondo

Sharing photographers that I met at the SW Regional SPE Conference hosted by the Center of Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado….

When I met Brenda Biondo and spent time with her terrific project, Once Upon a Playground, I realized that it had so much potential–as a teaching tool, as a museum exhibition, and as a book. As a teaching tool, it was a great reflection of how a project forms, from a few photographs and ideas, growing into significant research of a subject adding additional layers of insight and thought. As Brenda states, she discovered that no institution is documenting objects of play, and her project may one day, be an important historical record.  Her museum options range from Children’s Museums, The Museum of Play, the Smithsonian, and a host of other options.  Finally, the book dummy that she shared in Colorado is a thorough and fascinating look at the history of playgrounds. Publishers, where are you?

Brenda received B.A. degree in communication arts from James Madison University in Virginia. After working in corporate communications in Manhattan and Washington, DC for a decade, she left the corporate world to focus on freelance writing. As a writer, she had her work published in The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Weekend magazine and many other publications. In 2004, she decided to discontinue writing in order to concentrate on fine art photography. Her work has appeared in group and solo shows throughout the country, including exhibits at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO; the Hubbard Museum for the American West in Ruidoso Downs, NM; the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO; and the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. A native New Yorker, Brenda now lives in a small Colorado town at the base of Pikes Peak with her husband and two children.

Once Upon A Playground 

This was the first project I started after turning 40 and having my first kid. Even though I had been taking photographs for more than two decades, I had never pursued it seriously until then. As I was thinking about subjects I could shoot with a baby in tow, I began noticing that the local parks I visited with my young daughter hardly ever had the type of equipment I had grown up with. 

For the past nine years, I’ve worked on this project on and off, traveling around the country photographing whatever old playground equipment I can find in schoolyards and public parks. I see this series as a type of cultural archeology, because playgrounds have played such a prominent role in the lives of American children for generations. The classic metal and wood structures were a distinctive element of the American landscape for most of the 20th century and are part of the personal histories of most Americans over the age of 30. 
The towering metal slides, spine-jarring seesaws, colorful spinners and other classic equipment was gone from most playgrounds. As I started focusing on these childhood icons, I realized that the equipment designs often reflected the popular culture of the times, with geometric metal and wood apparatus of the early 1900s supplemented by pieces in the shape of cowboys and Indians, Wizard of Oz and Charlie Brown characters, rocket ships and satellites, motorcycles and geodesic domes during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. 

Unfortunately, it gets harder to find this equipment with each passing year. When schools and towns renovate their playgrounds, the old equipment is almost always hauled away to the scrap yard. As far as I can tell, no institution — hello, Smithsonian — is collecting and preserving this equipment. I can’t remember how I stumbled across the first playground catalog on eBay, but I began buying them whenever one came up for auction, not really sure what I would do with them but knowing they provided historical context for my photographs. 

After several years, I had nearly two dozen catalogs, published from 1920 through 1975, along with a growing pile of historical playground postcards. I’ve recently combined the historical documents with my photographs and created a book on Blurb to show to potential publishers. All the elements of the book are viewable on my website, www.onceuponaplayground.com.

Tearsheet of The Day | 17 June 2012

Craig F. Walker’s 2012 Pulitzer prize in Feature Photography winning series ‘Welcome Home – The Story of Scott Ostrom’ featured today in The Sunday Times Magazine’s Spectrum section.

The Sunday Times Magazine, 17 June 2012. Photos © Craig F. Walker

Text on the spread: The Aftermath. Since he was discharged from the US Marines five years ago, suffering severe post-traumatic stress disorder, Brian Scott Ostrom has been unable to hold down a job or maintain healthy relationships at home in Boulder, Colorado. These pictures are part of a Pulitzer prize-winning study by the photographer Craig F. Walker. Ostrom is seen arguing with his girlfriend (bottom centre right) and alone afterwards (bottom centre left and top right). He  has attempted suicide – below he examines the scars.

The project in its entirety can be viewed on the Denver Post’s website here.

You can also see  a video of Walker speaking about the work right after the Pulitzer prize was announced.

The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Massoud Hossaini

Columbia University has announced the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners — and they include Afghan photographer Massoud Hossaini, whose picture of a girl reacting to a suicide bombing took the title in the category of breaking news photography.

The explosion of which the young girl, Tarana Akbari, is a survivor killed more than 70 people. Among the dead were seven of Akbari’s family members, who had traveled to Kabul in honor of the holiday Ashura; nine other relatives were wounded. The Pulitzer announcement calls the photograph, featured here, “heartbreaking.” Hossaini, who works with Agence France-Presse, is a native of Kabul and was raised in Iran. He was a political activist prior to taking up a camera, and got his start photographing Afghan refugees living in his adopted country. He returned to his home country in 2002 and is still based there.

The Pulitzer for feature photography went to Craig F. Walker of the Denver Post for his story about an Iraq war veteran.

A full list of winners can be found on the Pulitzer Prize website.

Monday 7 November 2011

Features and Essays 

Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s latest work done originally for this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass now on her agency VII’s website… Great series…See later in this post for a link to a related interview…

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: The National Womb (VII) Nagorno-Karabakh

There’s 7 billion of us in this planet now…To note the mark, Newsweek published Martin Roemers’ World Press Photo winning series Metropolis …

Martin Roemers: Metropolis (Newsweek)

Lynsey Addario: From One Maternity Ward, a Growing World (NYT Lens)

Ty Cacek: The Ku Klux Klan Revisited (Time Lightbox)

Rodrigo Abd: Guatemala (NYT Lens)

Gareth Phillips: Cross Channel Swimmers (MJR)

Benjamin Lowy: iAfghanistan (Reportage)

Liz Hingley: Jones’ (Firecracker)

Inge Morath: Dancing Queens: Lost Images from a Grand Ball (TIME Lightbox)

photo: Pep Bonet

NOOR: Urban Survivors (NOOR) Group project by the agency’s photographers

Jan Grarup: Hunger in the Horn of Africa (NOOR)

Elaine Stocki: Beyond Yale: Another View of New Haven (Time Lightbox)

photo: Alex Majoli

Magnum Photographers (Moises Saman and Alex Majoli): Libya Aftermath (Magnum)

Joao Silva: Twenty-Six Miles Along Recovery’s Road (NYT Lens)

Kike Arnal: Choco : Looking for Gold in a Distant Jungle (NYT Lens)

John Conn: When the City Was a House of Horrors (NYT Lens)

Lise Sarfati: Portraits (Photo Booth)

Pete Muller: Sudan (NYT Lens)

Veejay Villafranca: Manny Pacquiao (Newsweek)

James Hill: The Bolshoi Theater Reopens (NYT)

Corinne May Botz: Haunted Houses (Time Lightbox)

Yuri Kozyrev: Occupy Sana’a (Time Lightbox)

Erika Larsen: Sami Reindeer Herders (video) (NGM)

Liam Maloney: Grey Zone : Toronto’s injection drug harm reduction program (cbc.ca) Maloney’s website

Tomas Munita: In Egypt, Tourism Remains in Tailspin (NYT)

Benjamin Rusnak: Lost Harvest (zReportage)

Emilio Morenatti: Captured Collection (Denver Post Photo Blog)

Carlos Barria: Jugderdem’s backyard (Reuters’s photo blog)

Ed Thompson: Occupy London (Telegraph) Thompson’s website

Ed Thompson: Rescued Hens (Featureshoot)

Ben Roberts: Occupied Spaces (photographer’s website) Occupy London | Also on BBC

Alban Kakylya: Climate Tourism in Greenland (Smithsonian) Kakulya’s website

Fred Herzog: Vancouver (TIME Lightbox)

Danilo Balducci: Domik Town (zReportage)

Chris Floyd: 140 Characters (BBC) same in Guardian

I remember reading about the below project from 2007, a year or probably more ago, and when Duckrabbit recommended it last week I thought I’d share it here…Some Twitter comments for the website since last night’s initial posting… One photographer mentioned “Exactly how a website should not ever look like.” and another “It feels like a bad acid trip.”….so do have a look…. It really is quite an “experimental interface for storytelling” as mentioned on the project’s website, and in my opinion you don’t necessarily even want to ‘Begin the Whale Hunt‘ (unless of course you want the acid trip!)  instead of just look at some of the stills on the ‘Highlights‘ page…although the number could be edited well down…

Jonathan Harris: The Whale Hunt (Project website 2007)

Interviews

World Press Photo Contest opens for entries in December…Video interviews with recent top prize winners on the WPP site…

Spotlight on the World Press Photo of the Year Winners : Bieber, Masturzo, Suau, Hetherington (World Press Photo)

Giles Duley (Guardian)

“Champagne lifestyle on a beer salary” – Marcus Bleasdale defines photojournalists’ lifestyle by quoting Tom Stoddart

Marcus Bleasdale : (BBC World Service) Starts at  18:45.

David Guttenfelder (MSNBC Photo blog) Photographing in North Korea

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad (Guardian)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind (CPN)

Monica Allende (e-photoreview)

Danfung Dennis (BJP)

Marco Di Lauro (e-photoreview)

Karim Ben Khelifa (PDN) Banned for 20 Years, Photographer Returns to Tunisia

Emily Graham and Anna Stevens :  Contact Editions  (The Sip)

Ralph Morse : A Life Photographer’s Best Photos (life.com)

Elinor Carucci (La Lettre)

Lewis Whyld (BBC) England riots: One photographer’s baptism of fire

Steve McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #4 (Phaidon blog)

Sophie Gerrard (London Festival Fringe)

Articles

BJP: Photographer Stephen Ferry wins first Tim Hetherington Grant

PDN: The first Tim Hetherington Grant of $27.5K was awarded to Stephen Ferry for his work on the Colombian guerrilla war

photo: Michael Kamber

PDN: Compact Cameras, Keep it Discreet 

Guardian: Photographer Mitch Epstein’s Best Shot

Guardian: Mitch Epstein: American Power; Chris Steele-Perkins: The Pleasure Principle – review

Guardian: Britain’s photographic revolution

Guardian: Squeezing the vision of London’s proposed photographic spaces

BBC: Picture Power: Portraits of Five Leading Press Photographers

BBC: Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis project

TIME Lightbox: Rawiya: Photography Collective Finds Strength in Numbers

NYT: Propaganda in a Time of War

NYT: Years Later, Lawsuit Seeks to Recreate a Wedding

New Yorker Photo Booth: Great Mistakes: Richard Mosse (Photo Booth)

PDN: Pictures of Photog’s Arrest Force Police Accountability

Lightbox: Collect.give : Photography Meets Philanthrophy

Telegraph: Warhol at the Glass House: the story behind the photograph
NYT: Vogue's Fashion Photos Spark Debate in India

NYT Lens: 15 Years That Changed Photography 

BJP: “Security guards have no right to prevent street photography,” says Home Office

Verve: Adriana Zehbrauskas

Verve: Bryan Derballa

Verve: Araminta de Clermont

Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Navesh Chitrakar

Guardian: Overzealous cleaner ruins £690,000 artwork that she thought was dirty

BBC: Two photographers seeking an MA

Lightstalking: Keywording Tips and Strategies for Photographers

Trey Ratcliff :  Public Why I Don't Use Watermarks (Google+) 
Andrew Burton: What is Photojournalism? (photographer's blog)

Events and Exhibitions

World Press Photo 2011 exhibition ad seen in this week’s Time magazine….

World Press Photo 2011 opens at Southbank Centre London Friday 11 November

Emerging photographers to talk at BJP’s Vision (BJP)

Apple plans week of photography events (BJP)

Books and e-publications

This should be good… World Press Photo book of this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass participants’ work…

Next 01 : Joop Swart Masterclass 2011 

Danish Photojournalism by The Danish School of Media and Journalism

Vincent Laforet: Visual Stories

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Eros Hoagland Wins Aftermath Project Grant

World Press Photo opens for entries in December (BJP)

Lucas Dolega Award

Agencies and Collectives

I really like how Redux Pictures often tweet their photographers’ tear sheets….Ended up spending quite a bit of time on their website as a result the other day….Great line-up of photographers and contributors…Check ‘em out, if you are not familiar…

Redux Pictures : Photographers : Contributors

VII November 2011 newsletter

Getty Images Global Assignment November 2011 newsletter

Magnum Photos November newsletter

Cartel Photos

Crowdfunding and Initiatives

My friend Peter DiCampo has started a campaign to raise funds to help him continue his long term Life Without Lights project…. Peter has quite a track record with the project already, with awards such as British Journal of Photography’s International Photography award 2010, showcases and publications in Lens blog and others places, so do go and have a look….

Life Without Lights by Peter DiCampo (Kickstarter)

New York Times: Picturing 7 Billion : A Visual Time Capsule

The Karen of Mayo by Phil Behan (fundit.ie)

‘Everybody Street’ by Cheryl Dunn (Kickstarter)

Behind the smokescreen by Rocco Rorandelli (Emphas.is)

Spotlight on crowdfunding: Robin Hammond’s Condemned (BJP)

In the Shadow of the Pyramids by Laura El-Tantawy (Telegraph)

Services

Custom Brackets

White room Studios : photo studio hire London

Jobs

Director Brighton Photo Fringe

Blogs

CNN Photos blog

Reportage by Getty Images Tumblr

Photographers

Saw several nice portraits by Linda Brownlee of young British actors in the Independent on Sunday’s The New Review..Her website…

Linda Brownlee

Diana Markosian

Ayman Oghanna

To finish off… check out this pretty incredible video of starling murmuration

and Joe McNally’s Feelings on the Digital Workflow

Sunday 5 June 2011

Today’s blog updates come from Beirut. I flew here on Tuesday evening and will be here until June 25th. Will have limited time to get online during this time, but will nevertheless try to do at least some kind of updates…

Features and Essays

Christopher Anderson: Father, Son, Husband, War Photographer (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Yuri Kozyrev: Yemen (TIME: June 2011)

Libya…

Moises Saman: Unreality TV | Libya (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Panos put a selection of 28 photographs from Ivor Prickett’s Libya series online couple of days ago… All shot 6×6…Really nice work…(The below scene was also captured by Guy Martin. See comparison here.)

Ivor Prickett: Libya (Panos: June 2011)

Rodrigo Abd: Two Weeks in Libya (Denver Post: June 2011)

Teun Voeten: Gaddafi Duck (Panos: June 2011)

Jan Grarup: Childhood Mortality in the Central African Republic (NOOR: June 2011)

From TIME’s Lightbox…

Peter Hapak: Cuban National Ballet (TIME: LB: June 2011)

Daniel Berehulak: India’s Wild East (TIME LB: June 2011)

James Nachtwey: Thailand’s Drug Scourge (TIME LB: June 2011)

Julia Gillard:  American Holidays (TIME LB: June 2011)

Stefano di Luigi: Sky Train to Lhasa (VII Network: June 2011)

Ziyah Gafic: Bosnia : Tales from the Dark Valley (VII Netowork: June 2011)

Dominic Bracco II – Life and Death in the Nothern Pass (Burn: June 2011)

Peter DiCampo: Life Without Lights (VII Mag: June 2011)

This years Soul of Athens has just been launched. Check it out here.

Videos – Vice TV: Rob Hornstra (Vice TV: June 2011)

Crowd Funding – Gmb Akash’s work ‘Survivors’ is on Emphas.is

Talks – Stephen Mayes: What is the future for photo agencies? (immj.ma.org: June 2011)

Articles

Guardian: World Press Photo 11 review (Guardian: June 2011)

A Photo Editor: What To Do When Your Image Is Stolen Online (APE: June 2011)

A Photo Editor: Hey, Anyone Could Have Shot That (APE: June 2011)

NYT: Instagram (NYT: June 2011)

ShitPhotojournsLike: Brand Loyalty (SPJL: June 2011)

Photographers – Check out John Stanmeyer’s first personal website