Archive for December 2010

Photographer Platon Describes How He Evaded Burma’s Secret Police

Posted by on Thursday December 30, 2010 | Photojournalism, Photos In The News

TIME magazine’s new cover story looks at the life of Nobel Prize-winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi since Burma’s military regime released her from house arrest in November. has a video interview with photographer Platon, who describes the lengths he and reporter Hannah Beech had to go to in order to meet with their subject... More

You Thought Condé Nast Was Only Cheap to Photographers?

Posted by on Wednesday December 29, 2010 | Fashion

Condé Nast CEO Chuck Townsend told staff at the publishing company last week that its magazine business is doing well despite the recession, and ends 2010 with 3,000 more ad pages than its competitors. Townsend announced the success in his year-end memo to staff, according to MediaWeek. Photographers who shoot for Condé Nast publications–those who... More

TIME Mag Calls Mauricio Lima Wire Photog of the Year

Posted by on Wednesday December 29, 2010 | Media, Photojournalism

Last week TIME magazine called Brazilian photographer Mauricio Lima “Wire Photographer of the Year.” This is the first year TIME has singled out a wire photographer for recognition. A former sports photographer, the Sao Paulo-based Lima joined AFP ten years ago and has worked in Latin America and the Middle East, among other places. According... More

Top Photo Blog Posts of the Year

Posted by on Tuesday December 28, 2010 | Media, Photojournalism

One interesting aspect of publishing “PDN Photo of the Day,” our photography blog, is seeing which photographs and photographic subjects attract the largest number of readers. Often our readers enjoy photographs that we find interesting and beautiful, then share the posts with friends, and the audience for a particular entry grows exponentially. Other times a... More

PDN Video Pick: He Believes in Santa Claus

Posted by on Friday December 24, 2010 | PDN Video Picks

Photographer Austin Walsh and his collaborators at Tight Salad produced “Believe,” a video about Mike “Grandpa Mike” Babick, who for 46 years has been elaborately decorating his home in Prairie Village, Kansas, with animated Christmas displays. About 250,000 tourists visit the house at this time of year. In the video, Babick explains why he firmly believes... More

PDN Video Pick: Dan Saelinger’s Popsicles

Posted by on Thursday December 23, 2010 | PDN Video Picks

This short piece by Dan Saelinger plays with the visual possibilities of melting popsicles. Created as a test, the video expanded on the concept of one of Saelinger’s still-life photographs. Popsicles from Dan Saelinger on Vimeo. If you have a video you would like us to consider for PDN’s Video Picks, just send a link... More

Burmese Photojournalist Gets 8-Year Prison Term

Posted by on Wednesday December 22, 2010 | Photojournalism

Not to minimize police harassment of photographers here in the US, but that’s nothing compared to the pain and suffering of Burmese photographers at the hands of that country’s regime. According to a report in the Burmese opposition news site Irrawaddy, a Burmese court sentenced photographer Sithu Zeya to eight years in prison yesterday for... More

PDN Video Pick: George Simhoni’s “Manimbaphone”

Posted by on Tuesday December 21, 2010 | PDN Video Picks

Looking to add video production to his business offering, Toronto-based advertising photographer George Simhoni set out to create a narrative video that might also do some good. He teamed up with a friend, creative director Peter Holmes at Reason Partners, who came up with a concept of a tongue-in-cheek, stay-in-school PSA. George Simhoni – Manimbaphone... More

Friday Fun: Most Influential Photographers, Revisited

Posted by on Friday December 17, 2010 | Fun

A year ago, we asked PDN readers to nominate the 30 most influential photographers of the decade, and then stirred up a hornets’ nest when we posted the results: The voting put popular bloggers such as Becker and Jasmine Star well above photographic pioneers like Robert Frank and William Eggleston. Passions ran so high that... More

PDN’s Video Picks: Keith Loutit’s “Small Worlds”

Posted by on Thursday December 16, 2010 | PDN Video Picks

This is a preview of Keith Loutit’s “Small Worlds” videos, which use tilt shift techniques to show what appear to be teeny tiny people and teeny tiny modes of transportation zooming around. Maybe we like them because they remind us of all the toy train sets we see zipping through miniature villages around this time... More