The LA Times sits down with iconic National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard to talk about the five decades he has spent working for one of the foremost photography publications in the world.
Four of the photographers who were fired when the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photography department last spring are rejoining the newspaper this week.
Rich Chapman, Brian Jackson, Al Podgorski and a fourth photographer whose name was not confirmed are expected to be rehired under terms of a contract settlement reached in November between Sun-Times Media and the Chicago Newspaper Guild.
Photo Expert Stephen Mayes On Photography’s Future —Image Source
In a fascinating interview with Image Source Art Director Stephanie Cabrera, Photography expert Stephen Mayes explores the work of photo-journalist Tim Hetherington, the wider impact of stock imagery and the rapidly changing future of Photography
“Stop Shooting the Same Shot Over and Over Again” —DIY Photography
Most photographers have “safe shots”, shots they know how to pull off 10 out of 10 times, shots they know will please the client and shots that will put money in the bank. Now let me be very clear from the get go, this is a good thing. I know that a specific light set up, a specific vibe at the shoot and a specific way of asking questions and talking to the client will get me a specific kind of portrait, that makes people happy.
I’m so dang happy that I have those set ups ready to go, because a bunch of times those shots are exactly what the client want, and other times when my head just isn’t working and I’m not feeling it, I can use those setups to make a shoot work. What I don’t like is that I have at various points, and I assume I’ll get there again, been stuck in only shooting these safe shots.
Digital technology offers a chance for perfect, lossless preservation, but only at significant financial cost, and higher risk of catastrophe. Unless the unique challenges of digital preservation are met, we run the risk of a future in which a film from 1894 printed on card stock has a better chance of surviving than a digital film from 2014.
“Covering the Russian Army in Crimea” —NY Times Lens Blog
Sergey Ponomarev, 33, is a freelance photographer covering the conflict in Ukraine on assignment for The New York Times. He grew up in Moscow and also in Ireland, where his father worked as a journalist for Itar-Tass. He previously worked for The Associated Press. He spoke to James Estrin from Crimea on Sunday evening Eastern time.
We speak to senior executives from the major manufacturers fairly regularly, but it isn’t always possible to report on exactly what is said behind closed doors.
Recently though, editor Barnaby Britton had the opportunity to interview senior figures at Canon Inc. on two occasions, in Japan. The first meetings were held in late 2013 at Canon’s headquarters in Tokyo, and a follow-up interview was arranged at the recent CP+ show in Yokohama.
Five years ago, I heard about a plan to airlift four of the last Northern White Rhinos from a zoo in the Czech Republic back to Africa. It sounded like a storyline for a Disney film but in reality, it was a desperate, last ditch effort to save an entire species. There are only seven of these rhinos left in existence. When I saw these huge, hulking gentle creatures surrounded by smokestacks and factories in the zoo outside of Prague, it seemed so unfair that we have reduced an entire species to this….
Recently, I went back to visit the four rhinos who had been airlifted to Kenya: Sudan, Suni, Najin and Fatu. It warmed my heart to see them nuzzling on the open plains, but I was reminded of a tragic truth by the team of armed guards who are there to protect them from poachers. Poaching is not slowing down, and it’s entirely possible, even likely, that if the current trajectory of killing continues, rhinos, along with elephants and a host of lesser known plains animals, will be functionally extinct in our lifetime.
“Perverts, Photographers and Provocateurs” —Slightly Fruit Cake
Photography is not a crime. Even if you are an old guy with a mullet in a dirty brown coat, old pants and dress shoes with no socks. You can take pictures of any public space and not violate a damn thing. And, no, you don’t have to ask permission of anyone to do so. Even if their kids are incidental to the picture. You only need a release if you are selling the image…
Turfing him out on social media as a possible predator because (and I quote) “If he wasn’t up to no good he would have asked permission” only proves that you are a) ignorant of the law b) have no clue about how street photogs don’t announce themselves because they are after candid shots c) are a paranoid f***.