Photojournalism

Wennman, Hangst Top Prize Winners at POYi (So Far)

Posted by on Wednesday February 14, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

First prize, News Feature: A refugee gives birth aboard a Spanish vessel shortly after being rescued from a rubber boat off the coast of Libya. ©Edu Bayer

Magnus Wennman, staff photographer at the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet, has won Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors at the 75th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. German photographer Matthias Hangst of Getty Images won Sports Photographer of the Year. The POYi competition is run by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Other... More

National Geographic Photographers on What Photo Editors Really Do

Posted by on Friday February 9, 2018 | Photojournalism

“I’m pretty sure most people have no idea what a photo editor actually does,” says photographer David Guttenfelder at the beginning of this short video recently published by National Geographic. In the video, photographers and photo editors explain a bit about the how the photographer-editor relationship works at National Geographic. “It’s a complete partnership,” says... More

PDN Video: Daniel Castro Garcia on Photographing Refugees Differently

Posted by on Wednesday January 3, 2018 | Photojournalism

"A Eulogy for Sana" ©Daniel Castro Garcia

Since 2015, Daniel Castro Garcia has been photographing African immigrants and refugees in ways that challenge the conventional, one-dimensional narratives that have dominated news coverage here and abroad. He won the 2017 W. Eugene Smith Grant for his project, called “Foreigner: I Pera N’Tera.” In a recent interview with PDN, he explained his unconventional, collaborative... More

PDN Video: Damon Pablo Escudero Talks about Street Photography

Posted by on Thursday December 28, 2017 | Photojournalism

©Damon Pablo Escudero

While earning a living as a commercial director, Damon Pablo Escudero has been pursuing his passion for street photography for more than 20 years. He said in a recent interview with PDN that he was inspired, like so many other photographers, by Robert Frank’s The Americans. Among the images in that book, “There aren’t that... More

Alex Potter Wins First $10K James W. Foley Fellowship

Posted by on Tuesday December 19, 2017 | Photojournalism

Photographer Alex Potter (right) has won the inaugural James W. Foley Fellowship for young journalists, fellowship administrator The GroundTruth Project announced last week. Potter will use the $10,000 fellowship to pursue a project about the effects of conflict on children in the Middle East. “I am delighted that she will be continuing Jim’s legacy of... More

How to Find Your Flow in Street Photography

Posted by on Tuesday December 12, 2017 | Photojournalism

Street photographer Damon Pablo Escudero ventures out into the streets of New York to shoot for days and weeks on end. And sometimes, he says, “I’m shooting 50 rolls [of film] a week and it’s all terrible.” We asked him the obvious question: When it’s not flowing, what do you do? Here’s his reply: “I... More

Photographer Kamaran Najm’s Friends Break Silence on His 2014 Kidnapping

Posted by on Tuesday November 14, 2017 | Photojournalism

Iraqi Kurdish photographer Kamaran Najm in December 2011. Photo © Sebastian Meyer
Iraqi Kurdish photographer, Kamaran Najm, on a walk in the mountains that make up the border between Iraq and Iran on December 6, 2011. Photo © Sebastian Meyer

Three years after photojournalist Kamaran Najm, co-founder of the Iraqi photo agency Metrography, was kidnapped in Iraq, his friends and colleagues have ended their media blackout and released information on his disappearance. Kamaran was abducted by ISIS militants on June 12, 2014, shortly after he was wounded while covering the fighting between ISIS and Kurdish... More

Tuesday Tip: How to Avoid Shilling for Controversial Subjects

Posted by on Tuesday November 14, 2017 | Photojournalism

From stories about foreign wars to domestic political rifts, there is plenty of media manipulation. Partisans for various causes are eager to use photographers to get their propaganda out. Photographers discussed strategies for avoiding that in “Documenting White Supremacy,” a story in our November issue. Here is some of their advice: “If you fall into... More

Photographer Bill Frakes Loses Sexual Harassment Appeal

Posted by on Wednesday November 8, 2017 | Photojournalism

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has rejected photographer Bill Frakes’s appeal in a sexual harassment case, because “clear and convincing evidence” showed he had violated university sexual harassment policies, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald. Last summer, Frakes lost his position as an adjunct professor at UNL because he had “engaged in sexual... More