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April 8th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Christoper | Flickr

Christoper | Flickr

“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough…the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.”
John Adams,

In the Future We Will Photograph Everything & Look at Nothing – New Yorker

What J.J. Abrams Can Teach You About FilmmakingFilm School Rejects

Full Frame Professional Mirrorless Was a Fatal Mistake – Fujix Forum

Nope, Full Frame Mirrorless Makes a Lot of Sense!Alpha Rumors

Facebook’s AI Knows What’s In Your PhotosThe Verge

How NASA Turns Astronauts into PhotographersWashington Post

Courageous Photogs Shine Light on Glaring Gender Disparity in Photo IndustryNYT

Why You Need to Brand Your FilmIndie Film Academy

Is Kodak Tri-X the Greatest Film Ever Made?Zorki Photo

Japan’s Photographers Capture New RealitiesFinancial Times

The Re-Dawning Age of Monochrome Digital Photo Pro

Why I Changed the Focus of Lytro Backchannel

Bonus Weekend Video

Jason Silva delivers a “Shot of Awe” as he riffs on creativity.

April 1st, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Comic Book Readers, NYC, 1947 | (C) 1981, Ruth Orkin

Comic Book Readers, NYC, 1947 | (C) 1981, Ruth Orkin

“I don’t believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but which he has not experienced.” ― Lawrence Durrell

What If a Year’s Worth of Instagram Posts Were on Film?Atlas Obscura

5 Top Photo Editors on the Leading Images TodayVantage

Art, for Journalism’s SakeNieman Storyboard

Why Mapplethrope Still MattersNY Times

The Documentaries Al Jazeera America Left BehindIndieWire

What It Takes to Launch Your Own Production CompanyPDN

Tribeca Film Fest Sells Out to a CrackpotLA Times

What Zack Snyder Can Teach You About FilmmakingFilm School Rejects

Why Photo Zines Are More Important Than EverVice

Should Photographers Go It Alone or Become a Duo? – RF

Photographing Ikea, Some Assembly RequiredLens

Bonus Weekend Audio

A Q&A with National Press Photographer Association general counsel Mickey Osterreicher on the fight for photographer rights.

Note: An earlier version of this post contained an incorrect attribution on the image used above. It has since been fixed. We regret the error.

March 30th, 2016

Berehulak, McIntyre Win NPPA Photojournalist of the Year Honors

Bishnu Gurung (C) weeps as the body of her daughter, Rejina Gurung, 3, recovered from the rubble of her earthquake destroyed home, lays covered by cloth during her funeral on May 8, 2015 in the village of Gumda, Nepal. Neighbours discovered the body of the small girl in the rubble of the entrance of the family home, ending a 13 day search for Rejina in the remote mountain side village of Gumda in Gorkha district. On the 25th of April, just before noon local time, as farmers were out in fields and people at home or work, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring more than 21,000 according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Homes, buildings and temples in Kathmandu were destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake, which left over 2.8 million people homeless, but it was the mountainous districts away from the capital that were the hardest hit. Villagers pulled the bodies of their loved ones from the rubble by hand and the wails of grieving families echoed through the mountains, as mothers were left to bury their own children. Over the following weeks and months, villagers picked through ruins desperate to recover whatever personal possessions they could find and salvage any building materials that could be reused. Despite relief teams arriving from all over the world in the days after the quake hit, thousands of residents living in remote hillside villages were left to fend for themselves, as rescuers struggled to reach all those affected. Multiple aftershocks, widespread damage and fear kept tourists away from the country known for its searing Himalayan peaks, damaging a vital climbing and trekking industry and compounding the recovery effort in the face of a disaster from which the people of Nepal continue to battle to recover.

Bishnu Gurung (center) weeps as the body of her daughter, Rejina Gurung, 3, recovered from the rubble of her earthquake destroyed home, lays covered by cloth during her funeral on May 8, 2015 in the village of Gumda, Nepal. Photo © Daniel Berehulak.

The National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) has named Australian photographer Daniel Berehulak the Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets) and Scott McIntyre, a Kentucky native, as the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets).

Berehulak, who has been shooting since 2000 and was named Photographer of the Year by POYi last year, is based in New Delhi though he has worked in Nepal, Liberia, Antarctica, and was more recently on assignment in Brussels to cover the aftermath of the terrorist bombings. “I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to connect with people and to share their stories to the world,” Berehulak told News Photographer magazine.

McIntyre has been working in Naples, Florida since 2011 and credits the variety of the stories in his portfolio for his win. “This year’s portfolio was a very ‘Florida’ portfolio, different than the ones I’ve entered before,” he told News Photographer. “It’s got Florida’s colors, its beaches, its characters and senior citizen love… it’s unique compared to my portfolios of the past.”

Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets) runners up were Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times, and  Christoffer Hjalmarsson of Expressen. Runners up for Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets) were Rachel Mummey of The Herald in Dubois County, Indiana, and Gerry Melendez of The State in Columbia, South Carolina.

In other categories, Al Bello of Getty Images has won 2016 Sports Photojournalist of the Year. Photographers from Getty Images swept the category, with Patrick Smith taking second, and Matthias Hangst taking third place.

Mary F. Calvert of ZUMA Press won Cliff Edom’s “New America Award” for her long-term documentary project “Missing In Action: Homeless Women Veterans.” Runners up were Brian Cassella of the Chicago Tribune (whose work was recently covered in PDN), and Jim Lo Scalzo of European Pressphoto Agency.

A full list of winners has been posted by the NPPA and can be found here.

Judges for the competition were  NPPA past president Clyde Mueller; Harry E. Walker, visuals director of Florida’s Naples Daily News; John Agnone, a former senior editor for National Geographic; and Brooke LaValley, a staff photojournalist for the Columbus Dispatch.

Olga Riano wipes tears from her eyes as she and her fellow newly naturalized American citizens sing along to the song, "Proud To Be An American," by Lee Greenwood during a Naturalization Ceremony for 51 people from 20 different countries at Hodges University in Naples on Thursday, November 12, 2015. "It's my big day," said Riano, who's originally from Colombia, "I'm happy to be in this country. I'm free."

Olga Riano wipes tears from her eyes as she and her fellow newly naturalized American citizens sing along to the song, “Proud To Be An American,” by Lee Greenwood during a Naturalization Ceremony for 51 people from 20 different countries at Hodges University in Naples on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Photo © Scott McIntyre.


March 25th, 2016

Eli Durst Wins 2016 Aperture Portfolio Prize

Photographer Eli Durst has won the 2016 Aperture Portfolio Prize for his series “In Asmara.” The prize, which includes $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York, is intended to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition, according to Aperture. Past winners include LaToya Ruby Frazier, Michal Chelbin, and Bryan Schutmaat.

From Eli Durst's series, "In Asmara," Aperture Portfolio Prize winner.

From Eli Durst’s series, “In Asmara.” Photo © Eli Durst.

“In Asmara” documents Durst’s time visiting the capital city of East African country Eritrea. The city is renowned for its large collection of intact modernist buildings, however, Durst’s series documents the life going on around the buildings—a trash dump, a table set for dinner, the backseat of a car.

Runners up for this year’s prize are Bill Durgin, Sean Thomas Foulkes and RaMell Ross. Their work will be featured on Aperture’s website. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.

Durst grew up in Texas and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011. After college he assisted photographer Joel Meyerowitz and worked at the fine-art printing studio Griffin Editions. He is currently pursuing an MFA in photography at the Yale School of Art.


March 25th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Amanda Tipton | Flickr

Amanda Tipton | Flickr

“We read to know we’re not alone.” ― William Nicholson

We Need to Talk About This Picture – Huffington Post

This Photographer’s Minimum Price Is Zero PhotoShelter

It’s Time to Give Up on FlickrWired

Why I’m Sticking with FlickrThomas Hawk

From Short Film to Depression to Feature FilmNo Film School

The Brain Science Behind VRThe Daily Dot

The Photographer Who Traveled the World Looking for WaterVice

What Jose Villa Can Teach You About InstagramRangefinder

My Camera Is My PassportSide Story

Photography and IdentityThe Economist

Why I Shoot with Other PhotographersSenen Llanos

The Next Picasso Is a RobotThe Daily Beast

Why the iPhone SE Will Revolutionize PhotographyEric Kim

Bonus Weekend Audio!

From NPR: In 1993, the photojournalist Paul Watson took three photographs of Somali dragging the body of an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. As he took the shots, he thought he heard the soldier, William David Cleveland, whisper: “If you do this, I will own you forever.” The moment and its aftermath is the subject of a play, “The Body of An American”, on through March 20 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Brooke speaks with the playwright, Dan O’Brien, and with Watson about the photographs, the play, and their friendship.

March 23rd, 2016

Magnum Foundation Announces 2016 Emergency Fund Grants

Just Like Us, Ghana. Emergency Fund grant photo. Photo © Eric Gyamfi.

Henry visits Jay, Ghana. Photo © Eric Gyamfi.

Eighteen photographers from around the world have been awarded the 2016 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, a grant that helps independent photographers produce in-depth and creative stories on underreported issues.

Grantees were selected by an independent editorial committee from a pool of 140 photographers nominated by 26 international editors, curators, and educators.

The grantees are:

Poulomi Basu, Endia Beal, Injinaash Bor, Alejandro Cegarra, Chien-Chi Chang, Joana Choumali, Jordi Ruiz Cirera, Nadege Mazars, Thomas Dworzak, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Ziyah Gafic, Brigitte Grignet, Eric Gyamfi, Yael Martinez, Showkat Nanda, Katie Orlinsky, Prisiit Sthapit and Angelos Tzortzinis.

A total of $138,000 will be dispersed among the grantees, the highest amount given in a single year in the Emergency Fund grant’s seven-year history. This year, the grants are made in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund, which “channels support where cultural expression and creative production are limited or restricted,” according to the Prince Claus Fund.  The collaboration has allowed the Emergency Fund to support more projects.

The issues this year’s grantees are covering include teen culture and generational shifts within Mongolian society; the refugee crisis in Europe; the LGBT community in Ghana (above); and experiences shared by African-American women in the workplace, among other topics.

“I anticipate this group of visual artists will produce transcendent and extraordinary photography in 2016 and well beyond,” said photo editor James Wellford, editorial committee member, in a statement about the grant.

To see last year’s list of Emergency Fund Grant winners and descriptions of their projects, click here.


Two-Minute Interview: Katie Orlinsky on Subtle Emotion vs Shocking Violence

PDN Video Pick: Office Scene (“Today, I’m going to let them touch me”) by Endia Beal

Alejandro Cegarra: PDN’s 30 2015

Katie Orlinsky: PDN’s 30 2013

Ziyah Gafic: A Forensic Documentary of Genocide (For PDN subscribers; login required)

March 18th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Daniel Antunes | Flickr

Daniel Antunes | Flickr

“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.” ― Harold Bloom

The Problem With Modern Lenses  – Yannickk Hong

The Biggest Image Sharing Site on the Web You Don’t UseFC

How Art Books Are Thriving in the Digital EraNY Times

Why a Drone Could Sink GoPro For GoodDrone Lifestyle

The Selfie Is Why I Hate My GenerationThe Phoblographer

How to Make Your Personality Your BrandRangefinder

Cinematographer Bill Bennet, From Carpentry to Camera Creatives Go

Four Documentary Trends Going MainstreamLA Times

What It’s Like to Be in Prison, Around the World Proof

Turning Instagram Images AnalogLens

Shooting the Impossible Project Film in IraqJapan Camera Hunter

That Time a War Photographer Made Me Drive a Famous MusicianWaPo


Get more great photography and filmmaking reads here.

March 11th, 2016

Edward Burtynsky Establishes Photo Book Grant with Prize Money

Photographer Edward Burtynsky announced this week that he will use a CAD 25,000 ($18,892) award he received to establish a photo book publishing grant for Canadian emerging photographers. The money will support one CAD 5,000 ($3,778) grant per year for the next five years. Burtynsky had received the cash prize from The Canada Council for the Arts as one of this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

The Burtynsky Grant will be made in association with the organizers of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, according to a statement released by the organization.

“I know the importance of publishing a photobook to one’s career and wanted to donate the prize money to inspire and encourage emerging Canadian photographers,” Burtynsky said in the same statement. The photographer has published several books in his career, including Manufactured Landscapes (National Gallery of Canada/Yale, 2003), which documented the environmental effects of industrialization; and, most recently, Water (Steidl, 2013), his series of photographs about the world’s most precious natural resource.

Applications for the grant are being accepted until May 16, 2016. The winner will be announced at the end of May.

Landscape Photographer Edward Burtynsky Explores Another Endangered Resource: Water
Anatomy of an iPad App: Edward Burtynsky’s Oil Embraces the iPad Format (For PDN subscribers; login required)

March 11th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Hermann Kaser | Flickr

Hermann Kaser | Flickr

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

How to Make More Money as a Portrait Photographer RF

Should Photojournalists Work with Policymakers? – Vantage

The Instagram Hoaxer with Her Own ExhibitionTelegraph

Telling Stories with Augmented RealityPopSci

Why Provocative Art and Instagram Don’t MixThe Guardian

Chinese Photographer Weng Fen on Creativity and Urbanism Shanghaiist

Why Bug Photography Ethics Bug Me Chasing Bugs

A Woman’s War – Aperture

The History of the Movie TrailerCreative Review

Arrested Development in Thomas Mailaender’s Man CaveBJP

The Women Who Challenged Hollywood’s SexismPac Standard

Inside the Making of the Biggest Cat Video – in VR!No Film School

Get more great photography and filmmaking reads here.

March 4th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

ami photography | Flickr

ami photography | Flickr

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”  – Elizabeth Hardwick

Improving Your Lighting By Thinking Like a CinematographerD. Jackson

When Filmmaking Met YouTubeThe Young Folks

What Does Sundance Mean for Middle Class Filmmakers?William Dickerson

Google’s Artificial Mind Is Now Creating ArtWired

Japan’s Curious Revival of Disposable Film Cameras – Rocket News

Humans of New York: Activism Beyond the Photography Politic

The Myth of the Neurotic CreativeThe Atlantic

When a World Press Win Is Fulfilling a PromiseNuba Reports

Patti Smith Doesn’t Want to Change the World (Through Photography)The Guardian

Find past Weekend Reads here.