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June 29th, 2011

Death of a Photojournalist (and Super Hero) Announced

Peter Parker, who was arguably the most famous newspaper photojournalist (albeit a fictional one) and superhero, has died. The final installment in the “Death of Spider-Man” comic book series went on sale June 22, Marvel Comic announced last week. (Speculation that Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, committed suicide after scathing reviews of his Broadway musical, “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark,” are currently unfounded.)

Longtime fans of the web-slinger needn’t fear, though. The Spider-Man killed in this month’s Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 is a re-imagined version created in 2000 under Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Marvel imprint as part of an effort to appeal to a younger audience. One recent storyline involved Parker being fired from the Daily Bugle for doctoring photos.

While the Ultimate Marvel version was being published, the original Spider-Man was having his own adventures in several series that were published concurrently. The more seasoned Spider-Man, created in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, will continue to grace his own monthly titles.

Somehow we knew the real Peter Parker would never Photoshop photos meant for publication.

October 29th, 2010

PhotoPlus Seminar: How to Land a Grant

In order to win a grant, you need to do your homework and find the a grant whose mission and goals match the subject of your photography project. Panelists at the PhotoPlus Expo seminar, Grant Writing 101, moderated by PDN executive editor David Walker, noted that researching the many art, photography and documentary grants out there can be overwhelming.

Ellen Liberatori, professor at New York University and author of Guide to Getting Arts Grants, recommended photographers use the database at the Foundation Center, which lists many types of grants.

Photographer Justine Reyes recommended using NYFA’s Deadlines & Headlines list and enrolling in free grant writing workshops that are offered in your town or city. Reyes recently awarded a workspace residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and  is a visiting scholar at New York University.

Liebratori suggested attending forums and information sessions provided by the grant foundations, in order to learn more details about applying for the grants from the grant officers themselves. This gives you the opportunity to meet decision makers who evaluate proposals. When researching grants,  Liberatori advised the audience to look at statements of past award winners to know if your project is applicable for that specific grant. Figure out where your story fits, the essence of your work and how you frame it.

Many photographers need to apply for grants year after year because there are many factors that change, like the judges, timeliness of your topic and your competition. Brenda Ann Kenneally, photographer and past winner of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, said she applied for the Getty Editorial Grant six times before winning.  Yamagata noted, “If you reapply please show that you’re committed to developing your work into something new each time that you submit your application.” Grant officers want to see that your project is progressing.

Yamagata also offered a clear and concise time line for applying for an OSI grant: