Tag Archives: Duration

It is not important if photographs are good. It’s important that they are interesting.

© John Loengard

Fantastic essay by the legendary John Loengard as a guest post at Scott Kelky”s blog. Really full of insights of great value to photographers and editors.

Before I became a picture editor, I assumed that “good photographers” took “good pictures” because they had a special eye. What I found was that good photographers take good pictures because they take great pains to have good subjects in front of their cameras. (source)

HIV and Photography

The Digital Journalist has a great compendium of the impact of photojournalism in HIV-AIDs, including several video interviews with great photographers like John DugdaleAlon Reininger and Ingrid Sischy, and a large number of assays describing the work of many more photographers.

I love the assay by Scott Thode:

My AIDS work began in 1985. I watched about 40 individuals pass away, over the course of two years, down at Bailey House in New York’s Greenwich Village, the first program to offer emergency and permanent housing for people with AIDS. Then in 1987, I was going up to the Whitney Biennial and found this woman on the street outside. Her name was Venus. She was homeless, a former dancer, an IV-drug user. And she was positive. As time passed, we became best friends, almost like brother and sister. Our families got to know each other. One night in 1993, we were hanging out. It was hot. She ran into the spray of a fire hydrant. She was only in there for 30 seconds. I had maybe five, six frames.

Venus, Manhattan, 1993. © Scott Thode

Thomas Jackson

© Thomas Jackson.

I love the series Smoke by Thomas Jackson. Can not be simpler than that, the texture of smoke and the high contrast of colors against darkness.

Entering Photo Competitions

Photographer, curator and blogger Aline Smithson, shares some great tips for photographers aiming to submit work to photo contests:

I have had the wonderful opportunity to juror and curate a number of exhibitions and magazine galleries and as someone who lives on both sides of the fence, I thought I would share some insights and lessons learned. (continue to read at fstop magazine).

This is perhaps my favorite tip:

12. Learn how to write about your work. As a blogger and curator, I need some insight into your work, so I can write about it. Photographers often feel that the images should speak for themselves. Honestly, some do and some don””t. Even a few sentences are a big help.

I concur, and even more, I would say learn to speak (not only write) about your work, describe your purpose and intent with the photograph. Learn to convey with words what the photograph means aesthetically and emotionally to you. It is still amazing to me how often photographers assume that the viewer, just by looking at a photograph, should understand the message that the photographer wants to convey. Sometimes words are not needed, indeed, but most times words enhance the visual perception and enjoyment of the work.

Melissa Catanese

© Melissa Catanese

The series Jungle and Garden, by Melissa Catanese are lovely. I wonder why I find pictures that are most about complexity of plants and leafs so compelling. Perhaps it is because within the image there are so many patterns repeated and interrupted, so that the whole picture becomes a visual puzzle that invites to look with care.

© Melissa Catanese

Arguiñe Escandon

© Arguiñe Escandon.

It has been a while I don”t post in the blog, my apologies. Very busy in my life and somehow I got derailed in ways that did not allow me to follow with care the blog, but I am returning now with a new reference to a photographer from Spain, Arguiñe Escandon. She has the ability to photograph in ways that the light imprints a presence that feels both natural and unconventional, images that transcend the reality of the subject into an object that feels warm and captivating.

© Arguiñe Escandon.

© Arguiñe Escandon.