Archive for December 2013

Obituary: John Dominis, Prolific LIFE Photographer, 92

Posted by on Monday December 30, 2013 | Obituary

John Dominis, who photographed sports, politics, celebrities and culture as a staff photographer at LIFE from the 1950s to the 1970s, died December 30 at his home in New York City,  Life.time.com reports. He had recently undergone heart surgery, according to a website set up by his companion, Evelyn Floret. In his time at LIFE,... More

What Did Reuters Pay a Teenager to Cover the Syrian Conflict?

Posted by on Friday December 27, 2013 | Photojournalism

Molhem Barakat, the 18-year-old Reuters stringer who was killed in Syria on December 20, had told another photographer that Reuters paid him $100 a day for uploading a set of 10 pictures, according to a report on Global Voices. Barakat also told the photographer, Prague-based photojournalist Stanislav Krupar, that Reuters paid him a bonus of... More

PDN Video: How to Get the Most Out of a Portfolio Review

Posted by on Monday December 23, 2013 | Fine Art, PDN Video Picks

Portfolio review events geared toward photographers have proliferated in recent years, and they’re “a great place to meet a peer group, and start a dialogue about your photographs,” says photography consultant Mary Virginia Swanson. But at a cost of several hundred dollars, not including travel expenses, portfolio reviews are an investment. In this video Swanson... More

Freelance Photographer Killed in Syria

Posted by on Monday December 23, 2013 | Obituary, Photojournalism, Uncategorized

A Syrian freelance photographer was killed in Aleppo December 20 while covering a battle between rebels and government forces for control of a hospital, according to a report from Reuters. Molhem Barakat had contributed “dozens of photographs” of the conflict to Reuters since last May, according to the report, which provided few other details about... More

How About a Holiday Gift That Supports Photography?

Posted by on Tuesday December 17, 2013 | Uncategorized

It’s not only the season of giving. It’s your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to a non-profit that you can list on your 2013 tax form. That’s why many of the non-profits that support new photographic work and photographic education are currently seeking support from folks who love photography. Here is a list... More

We Know Africa Is Not a Single Country, Newsweek Says

Posted by on Monday December 16, 2013 | Photos In The News, Uncategorized

Today Newsweek.com published a story about the increasing dangers that gays face in Ethiopia, where sexual activity among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has been criminalized. The only problem: The story is illustrated with photos taken not in Ethiopia, but in Uganda. The portraits of LGBT individuals were taken by Tadej Znidarcic in 2009... More

New Elliott Erwitt Book Comes With Hidden Flask of Rare Macallan Whisky

Posted by on Monday December 16, 2013 | Uncategorized

Scotch whisky producer The Macallan announced the latest release in its “Masters of Photography” series—a book of photographs Elliott Erwitt made on commission in Scotland. The book, Elliott Erwitt’s Great Scottish Adventure, features 158 images the Magnum photographer made during an open commission to photograph in Scotland. Erwitt is the fourth photographer to work on... More

White House Press Secretary to Photographers: We Respect You, But We Don’t Need You

Posted by on Friday December 13, 2013 | Media, Photojournalism

In an exchange yesterday with reporters over why press pool photographers were kept away from President Barack Obama on his trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney ducked, dodged–and said times have changed. “This is part of a bigger transformation that’s happening out there that’s driven by the ability... More