Posts Tagged ‘cnn’

A Look Back at 2 of the Most Iconic Photos in Soccer History

With the World Cup in full swing, CNN Digital’s director of photographer, Simon Barnett, has his hands full. Each day of the cup, his job is to look through somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 images and decide which make the cut.

In this short video above, he explains what separates the amazing images from the great-but-not-good-enough crowd, and takes us through what it is that made two iconic soccer photographs so iconic. Read more…

Tony Vaccaro Shares His Story and Images from D-Day and the Weeks that Followed

On this, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, it seemed appropriate that we cap off the day and the week with the story and images of a remarkable photographer who was there: US Army Private Tony Vaccaro. Read more…

North Korea Revealed in Photos Captured on Google Glass

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While Google Glass user Kenny Zhu was in North Korea this past April, he took advantage of the small and comparatively inconspicuous size of the device on his head to snap what appear to be the first images taken in North Korea using the wearable tech. Read more…

CNN iReport Invites Google Glass Owners to Become Citizen Journalists

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In a world where cell phone photography and videography is as prevalent as it is, CNN’s iReport has manage to become a fairly successful citizen journalism service, allowing users from across the globe to upload their eye-witness and breaking news. The service essentially crowdsources breaking news, but iReport is about to take it a step further than even the smartphone allows for. Read more…

Platon Tells the Powerful Story Behind His Portrait of Nine Civil Rights Heroes

It seems CNN is planning to do a whole series with famed portraitist Platon, because only a couple of weeks after they released his BTS account of the portrait he took of Vladimir Putin, they’ve put out another, much more powerful video. Read more…

Platon Tells the Story Behind His Portrait of Vladimir Putin

Back in 2007, world-renown visual storyteller Platon took on an assignment to capture a photograph of Russian president Vladimir Putin. In what would end up being one of the scariest assignments of his life (which is saying a lot given some of the stuff he’s covered), his portrait session for TIME‘s person of the year award involved just a few more guns and guards than most. Read more…

Former Supermodel Talks Photoshop and the Narrowing Definition of Beauty

Here’s an interesting video that offers a perspective we don’t often get on the whole “anti-Photoshop,” “what really is ‘Beauty’” debate. In this short interview, former supermodel Paulina Porizkova gives her take on an industry she left behind in the mid-nineties. Read more…

Nikon In Hot Water After Canceling WWII “Comfort Women” Exhibit

Nikon found themselves at the center of a controversy this last weekend after they decided to cancel a sensitive photography exhibit without giving a reason why. The exhibit, a photographic documentary on the theme of “Comfort Women” (Korean women used as sex slaves during WWII in Japan), was put together by Korean photographer Ahn Sehong and set to start on June 26th at the Nikon Salon in Tokyo — until Nikon cancelled it. Read more…

Stephen Colbert’s Take on CNN Layoffs and Citizen Journalism

CNN created quite a stir yesterday after laying off a dozen photojournalists due to the rise of citizen journalism and the availability of cameras. Here’s a humorous response to the story by Stephen Colbert, who gives us a glimpse into the “uncompensated future of news”.


Thanks for the tip, Eduardo!

CNN Lays Off Photojournalists, Citing the Accessibility of Quality Cameras

Roughly 50 staffers at CNN were given pink slips today, including nearly a dozen photojournalists. In an email to the staff, Senior VP Jack Womack cited the accessibility of cameras and the growth of citizen journalism as reasons for the terminations:

We also spent a great deal of time analyzing how we utilize and deploy photojournalists across all of our locations in the U.S. [...] We looked at the impact of user-generated content and social media, CNN iReporters and of course our affiliate contributions in breaking news. Consumer and pro-sumer technologies are simpler and more accessible. Small cameras are now high broadcast quality. More of this technology is in the hands of more people. After completing this analysis, CNN determined that some photojournalists will be departing the company.

CNN’s citizen journalism initiative, iReport, has proved extremely valuable as a source of imagery during things like disasters and protests. However, it has also received criticism for not paying for submitted photos — even those that are subsequently broadcast worldwide.

(via The Hollywood Reporter via FilmmakerIQ)


Image credit: CNN by Ayushπ