All posts tagged: Photojournalism

Gili Yaari photographs the Purim celebration in Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem

When Gili Yaari was a child having a kickabout with friends, and his father walked past after a long day’s work and patted the top of his head with those giant hands, coarse from the hours spent mending leather goods in a workshop, the sadness that engulfed him wasn’t always apparent because, as a young boy, what Yaari saw was his Dad’s sweet face, his tender gaze. The fact that his father was a Holocaust survivor wasn’t immediately apparent because he was, after all, a survivor – a provider, a worker, a lover, a Dad. “I grew up in what seemed like a ‘normal’ house. My parents emigrated to Israel from Hungary, and they integrated into society, worked for their living and managed to raise a family. It was only when I grew up that I understood I was actually raised in a house where there was no happiness, where joy was illegitimate, where fear and survival were a driving force,” says the Israeli photojournalist of his upbringing in Beit-Shmesh, a suburb of Jerusalem. That …

2015-05-22T15:24:32+00:00

Jessica Fulford-Dobson – Skate Girls of Kabul

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In 2007, an Australian skateboarder called Oliver Percovich decided to give girls from the most autocratic and repressive societies the opportunity to skateboard. He took Skateistan to Kabul, Afghanistan, using the urban street sport as a tool for empowerment, and a hook to get children aged 5 to 18 from poor and displaced Afghan families into full-time education. It now works with over 400 children per week. Pictures of them are now on display at London’s Saatchi gallery. In a country where girls aren’t allowed to ride bikes, and where only 20 percent of women aged 15 to 24 are literate, Skateistan has made skateboarding the most popular sport for girls. “I think initially when Oliver the founder turned up in Kabul with three skateboards, he was like the pied piper – he’d lend them to children and have to wrestle them back because they were enjoying it so much,” explains Jessica Fulford-Dobson. Since its beginnings, Skateistan has established the two largest sports centres in Afghanistan and opened centres in South Africa and Cambodia. Fulford-Dobson, the celebrated British portrait photographer, heard of Skateistan one lazy …

2015-04-17T15:55:12+00:00

On its 25th birthday, how did photoshop change photography?

Photoshop, which is celebrating its 25th birthday today, began because Thomas Knoll liked to procrastinate. In 1987, Knoll was working on a doctoral thesis in computer vision at the University of Michigan. He developed the early stages of the software almost by accident; pioneering a tool that democratised photography for a generation of people, while spawning a debate in photography, and particularly photojournalism, about the validity and authenticity of imagery that continues today. For now, in the age of Photoshop, any photograph can be manipulated by anyone. Knoll grew up using a darkroom in his parent’s basement, and was a keen amateur photographer. As a way of wasting time, he began creating a collection of image-processing utilities for his brother John, who worked as a digital-effects specialist. The program, which he called Display, was soon being used by many of John’s friends at his company, Industrial Light & Magic. It started to get passed around by word of mouth, and the Knoll brothers started to pitch the product. A number of companies thought about it, …

2015-04-17T14:08:01+00:00

I Witness

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If visual journalism is on the decline, you wouldn’t know it from this year’s World Press Photo competition, the winners of which go on show today at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Selected from 98,671 photographs submitted to the contest organisers, the exhibition showcases the best entries across eight categories. Including individual images alongside photo essays, they highlight some of the major news stories of last year, such as the Westgate Mall massacre in Nairobi and the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka. But they also highlight many of the slow-burning issues that continue beyond the daily news cycle, such as people migration – as portrayed in the overall winning photograph by John Stanmeyer. “It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image,” says Jillian Edelstein, one of the jury members of this year’s World Press Photo. “It is so subtly done, so poetic, yet instilled with meaning, conveying issues of great gravity and concern in the world today.” The picture portrays African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture …

2015-04-17T14:19:38+00:00

Photojournalism Foundation resolves Award disagreement

A dispute between French-based photojournalism organisation Carmignac Foundation and photographer Newsha Tavakolian came to a positive resolution today following a series of lengthy discussions. As reported in BJP, Iranian photographer Tavakolian was awarded the 2014 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award in July this year, but later announced she was handing back her Award, including the €50,000 prize money, due to “irreconcilable differences” with the Foundation and its patron, Edouard Carmignac. [bjp_ad_slot] In her statement, the prize winner claimed that her “artistic freedom” had been compromised, and accused the Foundation of interfering in the presentation of her work – a series of images depicting life for young people in Iran. Tavakolian added that Carmignac had changed the title of her project to a name she did not agree with, and had wrongly claimed she had been threatened by the Iranian Government. But in a statement posted to her Facebook page today [29 September], Tavakolian said she accepted new conditions offered to her by the Foundation, which will see the photographer resume her relationship with the organisation, and work with jury president Anahita Ghabaian and jury member Sam Stourdzé (incoming director of Les Rencontres d’Arles festival), on a touring …

2014-10-01T13:07:51+00:00

Personal truths from Huck

To mark its second documentary photography special issue, Huck magazine is holding an exhibition of images by some of today’s most talented photojournalists. Personal Truths is on show in east London from today (16 September) until 26 September, and includes work by photographers Guy Martin, Andrew McConnell, Matt Eich and Shannon Jensen, among others. The exhibition, which is part of the The Shoreditch Design Triangle, ponders the nature of documentary photography, and asks if it can ever be truly objective, or whether “all photography is a carefully framed, personalised version of the truth”. Championing the featured photographers’ personal perspectives by sharing the story behind the body of work that has had the greatest impact on their life, the exhibition seeks to “cut through the silence that often surrounds documentary photography… towards a deeper, more powerful truth”. Personal Truths is at 71a Leonard Street, London,  EC2A 4QS, until 26 September. There is a private view tonight (Tuesday 16 September), from 6-8pm. Please RSVP by clicking here. Stay up to date with stories such as this, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

2014-09-17T11:19:59+00:00

Visa pour l’Image 2014: the winners

American photographer Tyler Hicks, Frenchman Guillaume Herbaut and photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi are the winners of this year’s Arthus-Bertrand Visa d’or awards, given to the best reports published between September 2013 and August 2014. The announcements were made during the opening “Professional” week of annual photojournalism festival, Visa pour l’Image, in Perpignan, France. [bjp_ad_slot] Hicks was awarded the €8000 Visa d’or News prize (donated by French weekly magazine Paris Match) for his work on the Westgate Mall Massacre in Nairobi, Kenya, for The New York Times. Institute photographer Herbaut won the €8000 Visa d’or Feature award for his report on Ukraine. Freelance photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi was awarded the €8000 Visa d’or Daily Press Award for her series about Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya, for Scandinavian newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. For the Visa d’or awards, picture editors from across the world are asked to make a selection of news and feature reports – both published and unpublished – from those seen during the previous year. A second jury then meets in Perpignan to decide the winners. Other award winners included Samuel Bollendorff and Olivia Colo, who won the France 24/RFI Web Documentary Visa d’or Award 2014. Watch the trailer for the winning documentary …

2014-09-12T15:39:54+00:00

Getty names 2014 Grants for Editorial Photography [update]

Five photojournalists will each receive a US$10,000 grant in Getty Images’ 10th Grants for Editorial Photography. The 2014 recipients are: Giulio di Sturco, a Reportage by Getty Images’ featured contributor, who receives an award for his body of work titled Ganges: Death of a River, documenting the demise of the Ganges River in India and examining its impact on the livelihoods of millions of people who live along its banks. Juan Arredondo, whose portfolio Born in Conflict examines the effects of a 50-year conflict on the youth of Colombia, documenting the experiences of current and former child soldiers caught up in the ongoing war between The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army. [bjp_ad_slot] Jordi Busqué, for his award-winning portfolio, The Mennonites of Bolivia, which documents the lives of the Mennonites – a comparatively unknown religious community of European descent whose way of life has remained relatively unchanged since the 16th century – in the east of the country. Krisanne Johnson, a Getty Images’ grant recipient in 2009, has been awarded a grant for South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Youth, a project that follows the lives of South African youth, twenty years after …

2014-09-12T16:57:59+00:00

JIHAD 2.0

Before he was killed in Libya, war photographer Tim Hetherington talked of “the feedback loop” – the self-perpetuating link between the reality of conflict and its portrayal in popular culture. But where such fictions were once tightly controlled, the internet has opened the floodgates, creating an ever-increasing circle that is seemingly more gruesome than ever before. A few months before he died, Hetherington submitted to Vanity Fair a series of photographs of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. At the time, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now was getting a re-release. The designers at Vanity Fair mixed the images up, mistakenly using Hetherington’s shots to illustrate a review of the famously conceptual rendering of war. It was an ironic mistake. Just before the photographer died covering the uprising in Libya, he wrote of what he termed “the feedback loop” – the way in which servicemen echo fictional depictions of war while in combat, and vice versa. “You had this idea that young men in combat act in ways that emulate images they’ve seen – movies, photographs …

2014-08-26T12:02:34+00:00

Emerging talent in the Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase [updated]

Last year, Magnum Photos and British Journal of Photography announced a special partnership around education that sees the world’s longest-running photography magazine work with the participants of Magnum Photos’ international workshop programme to showcase selected portfolios online. Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the workshops provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established professionals. In May and June, Magnum ran workshops in Budapest, with photographers Chris Steele-Perkins and Ian Berry, and in Copenhagen, with Olivia Arthur and Jacob Aue Sobol, who each chose a participant to be featured in British Journal of Photography. Here we showcase a selection of images from the four selected photographers, who also share their experiences of working with their mentors. [bjp_ad_slot] Karina Tengberg Karina Tengberg took part in the Copenhagen workshop and was selected by Jacob Aue Sobol. Family is about the people who are closest to her, she says – her own family – but the series is also about everyday life – “taking a bath, dancing around the …

2014-08-28T12:12:32+00:00

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