Wresting the Narrative From the West

As far as Shahidul Alam is concerned, he does not live in the third world or the developing world. While the photographer’s home is in Bangladesh, a decidedly poor country, he thinks of himself as residing in “the majority world.”

Boy playing with home made ball, in shelter built for earthquake victims in Pakistan. ? Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World
Boy playing with home made ball, in shelter built for earthquake victims in Pakistan. Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

Most people today do not live in Europe or North America, or have white skin. Yet the world’s economy and media are dominated by a handful of Western countries, and the reporting on developing nations is not always done by people who know their subjects well. Continue reading “Wresting the Narrative From the West”

Tragedy and the Role of Professional Photojournalists

by Alex Garcia of Chicago Tribune

Newspaper pages from around the world speak to the international interest in the Boston Marathon tragedy. A collection of front pages can be viewed at the?Newseum website.?
It?s hard to write about any other photojournalism topic given what happened in Boston yesterday. Awful. The announcement of the photojournalism Pulitzers, dominated by the immense tragedy of the Syrian conflict, had the majesty of a clip contest. Continue reading “Tragedy and the Role of Professional Photojournalists”

Just Make It Happen: Kenneth Jarecke on Paulo Pellegrin's award winning photo on WPP contest

By Kenneth Jarecke

Paolo Pellegrin is one of the most successful photographers working today. He works with the most high-profile magazines, he publishes books, is a member of the most prestigious photo agency (Magnum), contributes to interesting projects and regularly wins major contests. So naturally, he?s easy enough to hate.

Still, until his work was called into question last week by BagNews Notes, it?s fair to say he was also widely respected.
Predictably, Pellegrin is catching most of this heat from people he doesn?t know, while receiving most of his support from people he does. Which makes me wonder, not knowing him, but having admired his work for a long time and owning at least one of his books (maybe more), what kind of advice I would have given him last Friday when the story first broke. Continue reading “Just Make It Happen: Kenneth Jarecke on Paulo Pellegrin's award winning photo on WPP contest”

Demotix Hits A Million Images

Crowd-Sourced Picture Agency Can Work


Thursday, October 11th, 2012
We?ve been covering Demotix since their controversial launch in 2008 and frankly the jury at the time was out on whether they really could create what many had tried and failed to do: a crowd-sourced, breaking news pictures and video agency with a viable business model. Other startups had come and gone in that space, partly because they had focused too much on camera phones. Those images might have been ?on the ground?, but they didn?t turn into businesses which interested major news outlets. We saw Twitpic stumble as it tried this last year, for instance. But Demotix went after real photographers close to the scenes of breaking news. And that question appears to to have been answered today as they hit a million images produced on the platform. Continue reading “Demotix Hits A Million Images”

When Interest Creates a Conflict

By JAMES ESTRIN: New York Times Lensblog
Like most photographers in conflict zones, Stanley Greene has spent a lot of time with nongovernmental organizations, befriending aid workers who dealt with war, famine and refugees. They not only shared the same concerns as he, but also made it possible for him to gain access to the crisis zones.
Mr. Green traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, in July 2011, to photograph a hospital operated by M?decins Sans Fronti?res (M.S.F.), a group that photographers often accompany while on editorial assignment. But even though he was shooting many of the same things he had often photographed ? and in similar ways ? this felt different. This time, M.S.F. was paying him to photograph, as part of its Urban Survivors project. Continue reading “When Interest Creates a Conflict”

Israel-Gaza Conflict Intimately Displayed Through Instagram Photos

Instagram may be the world’s newest form of war reporting.

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted: 11/16/2012 2:04 pm EST Updated: 11/16/2012 2:04 pm EST

Israel Gaza Instagram
Recent uploads to the photo-sharing app are being used to document the escalating hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militants. Men and women in the region are offering intimate snapshots of young soldiers posing with weapons, smoke billowing above otherwise peaceful cityscapes, bloody civilians and other striking scenes. Continue reading “Israel-Gaza Conflict Intimately Displayed Through Instagram Photos”

Photographers Will Soon Be The Most Valuable People In The News Room

Alyson Shontell |?Nov. 7, 2012, 2:17 PM?|?10,998?|Business Insider

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Photographers will soon be the most valuable people in the newsroom, and it won’t be long before they put writers out of jobs.
Because, when you’re on the go, the easiest stories to consume, create or share aren’t text based. They’re photo based. As TechCrunch’s MG Siegler just wrote, “If pen beats the sword, camera beats pen.”
Take, for example, Hurricane Sandy coverage.
PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy asked if Sandy could be?Instagram’s big citizen journalism moment. But it wasn’t just a big moment for?Instagram. It was a big opportunity for news outlets. The most read stories were pictures of destruction caused by the storm without much text. People wanted to?see?the news, not read it.
As smart phones and tablets become more mainstream, the web is becoming more visual. Mobile devices are the new glossy magazines; text-ridden sites are boring, black and white newspapers.
Increasingly, attractive, photo-heavy articles are stealing the most online readership. Take these two articles for example:

One big photo hit can account for the same traffic as 10 well-written articles; they’re easier to digest and often take less time to make.
Still, photos aren’t anything without proper packaging. BuzzFeed’s?Jonah Peretti?says he looks for people who can frame photos stories, not just find images. Instead of linking to cute cat photos, his team creates headlines like, “You Won’t Make It All The Way Through These 10 Pictures Of Kittens Without Squealing.”
With that in mind, the question becomes who’s better to for news sites to hire: A writer they can train to take better photos, or photographers who have honed their skills but need help with context? Good photos are difficult to find for cheap. News sites might as well pay people on staff for images rather than iStock or AP.
News sites will still need a few good writers to stir up meaningful conversations and thoughtful analysis. But photographers will be the people the writers can thank for their paychecks. Their articles will steal pageviews and support publications in the rapidly approaching, mobile-first world.

Read more:?http://www.businessinsider.com/photographers-will-soon-be-the-most-valuable-people-in-the-news-room-2012-11#ixzz2BigNZEz8

Creepshots and revenge porn: how paparazzi culture affects women

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Relentlessly pursued ? Sienna Miller: ?I would often find myself, at the age of 21, at midnight, running down a dark street on my own with 10 men chasing me.? Photograph: Exposure Photos.com/JTBB

The row over topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge continues. But Kate is not alone. Young women everywhere ? famous and non-famous ? are increasingly becoming victims of voyeurism in our internet age

On the popular website Reddit, where users submit and share content, a member of?a?forum called “creepshots” was handing out advice last week. His subject? How to photograph women surreptitiously. “Don’t be nervous,” he wrote. “If you are, you’ll stand out. Don’t hover too much, get your shot and move on if you can … You’ll look less like a creep if you have photos of things other than just hot chicks’ asses.” Continue reading “Creepshots and revenge porn: how paparazzi culture affects women”

Career Workshop: Photography & Videography as Tools for Citizen Journalism

Career Workshop

Photography & Videography as Tools for Citizen Journalism?

Date: 30 August, 2012

Venue: Conference Room?

Programme Schedule?

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3.00 pm????????? ??? ??????????????????? Opening Remarks
Jamil Ahmed
Chief Executive, JATRI?
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Session for Shahidul Alam, world renowned photographer and Principal of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.?
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6:00 pm ???????????????????????????????? Closing Remarks
Arnob Chakrabarty
Head of Department
Broadcast and Multimedia
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Nothing happens if you beat up journalists

Police beat up photojournalists in Dhaka. Agargaon. 11:00 am 26th May 2012.

?When you had taught us in class that we should be fighters, we had never anticipated this.? Said Shahadat Parvez Anchal, senior photojournalist of the Bangla Daily Prothom Alo and former student of Pathshala. We were standing by the bed of his colleague Sajid Hossain, who lay with his leg in a plaster in cabin 416 at the Trauma Centre in Shyamoli. True. I had told them to be fighters in the cause of justice. To resist oppression, to uphold peoples? rights. That in doing so they would become targets of the police, was something we hadn?t considered. We should have done.

Photojournalist Zahid Karim of the daily Bangla newspaper Prothom Alo, being beaten up by police when he was photographing a student protest. Dhaka. Bangladesh. 26th May 2012 ??Khaled Sarker/Prothom Alo

?Break the arms and legs of any journalist you see? had been the message of an Awami League minister in Satkhira way back in 2000. Even before he had made these inflammatory remarks in October, Awami League activists had brutally assaulted two journalists in the space of a week. Three other journalists had been murdered in the area. Not only had Sheikh Hasina failed to prosecute these violent attacks, she appeared to be actively encouraging the perpetrators. Continue reading “Nothing happens if you beat up journalists”