Archive for July 2011

If Photography is Dead…

Posted by on Tuesday July 26, 2011 | Fun

Why are there still so many boring panel discussions and blog articles asking if photography is dead? Joerg Colberg, creator of the photography blog Conscientious, confronts this question head on in a new YouTube video. His solution: We admit photography is over. “I think it was good while it lasted,” Colberg deadpans for the camera.... More

PDN Video Pick: Aquadettes

Posted by on Friday July 22, 2011 | PDN Video Picks

Aquadettes from California is a place. on Vimeo. The latest story from Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper of California is a Place looks at a team of elderly synchronized swimmers called the “Aquadettes.” In addition to some charming footage of the swimmers practicing their sport, the film focuses on one Aquadette’s battle with multiple sclerosis... More

Detained Georgian Photographers ‘Confess’ to Spying for Russia

Posted by on Tuesday July 19, 2011 | Photojournalism

The three Georgian photojournalists who were arrested in their homes on July 7, 2011, and accused of spying for Russia have “confessed,” according to an AFP report. On Monday Georgian authorities confirmed that Zurab Kurtsikidze, a European Pressphoto Agency photographer and the alleged head of a spy ring funneling images and information to Russian intelligence... More

PDN Video Pick: Catherine Chalmers Follows Leafcutter Ants

Posted by on Thursday July 14, 2011 | PDN Video Picks

Photographer Catherine Chalmers is best known for her books and exhibitions Food Chain and American Cockroach, but her video series “Safari” was a Grand Jury Prize winner at the South by Southwest Festival in 2008. In 2010 she won a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project on leafcutter ants. These astonishing, industrious creatures are the subject... More

Arles Photo Festival Highlights Discovery Award Winners, Mexican Photographers, Multimedia

Posted by on Wednesday July 13, 2011 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Fine Art

London-based writer Julian Lass filed this report on this year’s Rencontres d’Arles. The Rencontres d’Arles 2011, the annual photography festival held in the South of France, wrapped up its professional week on Sunday July 10. This year, work by Mexican photographers, an exhibition of artists who use photography in their work and several multimedia and... More

Another Photo Manipulation Case Raises Question: Is the Penalty High Enough?

Posted by on Monday July 11, 2011 | Photo Manipulation, Photojournalism

Just firing news photographers who manipulate images doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, because photographers keep doing it. This time it was freelancer Miguel Tovar, who was on assignment for the AP at the Copa America soccer tournament in Argentina. His crime, as Poynter reports, was to obscure his own shadow in the foreground... More

PDN Video Pick: The Haboob That Swallowed Phoenix

Posted by on Friday July 8, 2011 | PDN Video Picks

Phoenix wedding and portrait photographer Mike Olbinski has a fascination with weather and “a deep desire to capture nature in all of its raw power and glory,” he says on his Web site. On July 5, he looked out his back window and noticed a dust storm rising outside the city. With no idea how... More

Georgian Photographers Arrested on Suspicion of Espionage

Posted by on Thursday July 7, 2011 | Media, Photojournalism

Police in Georgia arrested four photographers, including the personal photographer of Georgia’s president and a photojournalist with European Pressphoto Agency, during an early morning raid today, according to a statement from the Georgia Interior Ministry. The BBC reports that the ministry has accused the photographers of working against the interests of Georgia by supplying the... More

How Rene Burri Herds Photographers (Video)

Posted by on Thursday July 7, 2011 | Fun, Photojournalism

Do photographers make the worst portrait subjects?  That’s a question for Rene Burri, who has been taking group portraits of the members of Magnum Photos at the cooperative’s annual meeting for over 30 years. At Magnum’s recent meeting in Paris, Chien-Chi Chang shot a short video of Burri as he attempts to direct and cajole... More