Month: July 2013

Changing Time: How LightBox has renewed Time’s commitment to photography

Each Thursday at 4pm, the photo editors at Time Magazine gather around a projector in one of the Time-Life building’s numerous meeting rooms in New York. Once divided across different silos – the print staff on one side and the online staff on another – for the past two years they’ve been working in unison, bringing their wide variety of backgrounds together to help improve LightBox, the magazine’s dedicated online photography website. [bjp_ad_slot] Time launched LightBox on 14 May 2011 – 18 months after Kira Pollack joined the news weekly as its director of photography. “When I came to Time, I had this extraordinary opportunity to build a staff of extremely talented editors,” says Pollack. “Richard Stengel, Time’s managing editor, has a terrific eye. He’s visually astute, so it was exciting to be in a place where you share the same point of view as your boss. And one of the big tasks I was confronted with when coming in was how to integrate the print staff with the digital staff. One way to do that was through LightBox.” More than just a …


Fujifilm confirms film discontinuations

Fujifilm Professional has confirmed that it has ceased production of four of its films – the Neopan 400 35mm black and white film, Fujichrome Provia 400X colour transparency film in the 35mm and 120 formats, the Superia 400 colour negative film in the 120 format, and the Reala colour negative film in the 120 format. [bjp_ad_slot] In a statement sent to BJP, Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film, says: “Due to the prominence that digital has in today’s society combined with a decline in global demand of traditional films, Fujifilm has had to make a difficult decision to withdraw a number of films from its range. There are still a number of colour transparency, colour negative, instant and black-and-white films available in our range.” He adds: “We would also like to thank all our customers who have supported these film brands over the years.” Fujifilm has issued a series of recommendations to users of the discontinued films. For example, Provia 400X users should switch to Provia 100F, while Neopan 400 users should choose …


French court bans Yan Morvan’s latest photobook

Yan Morvan has been documenting gangs in France’s suburbs for 40 years, he’s followed the Hell’s Angels, Skinheads and even serial killer Guy Georges, who took him hostage in 1995 and tortured him for three weeks. This experience forced Morvan to call it quits but, in 2000, he released the book Gangs Story, providing a retrospective of his work. In the book, Morvan includes the portrait of “Petit Mathieu”, a 17-year-old far-right activist who posed with a flare gun and a hammer – two weapons that were not outlawed in France at the time and which he could use in street fights. Sued by his subject, Morvan was forced to remove the image from the book. [bjp_ad_slot] In 2013, after Morvan partnered with Kizo, a former gang member, on the production of a new documentary about France’s suburbs, the book publisher La Manufacture de Livres re-edited Gangs Story, adding a new series of images shot between 2009 and 2012. Also included in the final edit was Mathieu’s portrait. Earlier this month, Mathieu, whose full name has been withheld, …


Graduates 2013: Owen Harvey’s Mod Scene

“I’ve always had an interest in subcultures and socioeconomics,” says 23-year-old Owen Harvey, who graduated from Newport, University of Wales this summer. “I knew some friends from school who were into the Mod scene and after talking to them about my interest they suggested I go to a few events. From there my interest in photographing this particular subculture began.” Harvey, who is based in London, began his project eight months ago while studying documentary photography at Newport. Although initially attracted to the style and music of the so-called “Mod scene” he became interested in what the term Mod means for the people who adopt that culture. He travelled around the UK to various events, funding the project by selling limited edition prints of images from the series. “Mod is an abbreviation for Modernism yet these devotees are influenced through the music and fashion of a subculture that began in the late 1950s,” he says. “I made connections with those attending the events and asked if I could photograph them. I was keen to photograph …


Impossible Project launches iOS app “to bridge the digital and analog photography worlds”

Launched ahead of the introduction of Impossible’s Instant Lab, the iOS application will lets allow users to create analog, instant photographs from their digital images. The Instant Lab is a film-processing unit that can “take” an instant photo of an iPhone screen. The lab features a cradle to hold the iPhone and uses a specialised lens to focus the iPhone’s Retina display on the film plane. It also has an extendable bellows to keep the exact distance between the phone, the optical system and the film. [bjp_ad_slot] The free app also comes with an integrated scanning tool for analog photographs, “making it easier to digitise and share those images,” says Impossible in a prepared statement. “While scanning with conventional desktop scanners can be time-consuming, the Impossible Project App ensures those analog photos can be digitised and shared in just seconds.” From the app, users can gain access to the Impossible User Gallery, where thy can browse, comment and upload their images straight from their phones. A film shop has also be included in the app. …


Wanted: The networked photojournalist


Every day, I’m inundated with friend requests on Facebook and LinkedIn from photojournalists the world over inviting me to review their portfolios. They offer to provide free photos to work with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the field in return for helping them get to cover international stories. Over the past 40 years, MSF has partnered with hundreds of photojournalists to document humanitarian crises ranging from the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the epidemic of drug-resistant tuberculosis. But in this age when the visual image is a ubiquitous commodity – when the barriers to entry for the newest photographers have been nearly eviscerated with smartphones and social apps like Instagram – the photojournalist’s visual aesthetic, artistry, and style are a given and what really separates a photographer from the crowd is the network he or she brings to the negotiating table. As communications director for a medical humanitarian organisation, I’m seeking to advance various objectives, for example, like putting the health crisis in the Central African Republic on the figurative map of …


Michael Christopher Brown joins Magnum Photos [update]

In a message on Twitter posted earlier today, photographer Michael Christopher Brown has confirmed that he’s Magnum Photos’ new nominee. “Proud and honored to be accepted as a nominee this year,” he wrote. In two years’ time he will be able to resubmit his work to apply to become an associate member of the agency, for which he will have to receive a 66% majority vote. If successful he will then be able to apply for full membership in 2017. [bjp_ad_slot] A graduate of Ohio University, Brown has “over a six-month period in 2011,documented the face of battle in Libya using a camera phone, challenging the standard script for war reportage,” he says on his website. Throught these images, he formed a series “that moves beyond documentary realism and across the distinction between art and journalism, exploring ethical distance and the iconography of warfare.” Brown’s work has been published in Time, Newsweek, Geo, Foam, The New York Times and The Atlantic, among many other titles. Last week, Magnum announced that photographers Peter van Agtmael and Olivia Arthur had been promoted from associate …


Aida Silvestri’s Even This Will Pass

For her final degree project, Aida Silvestri chose a subject that was close to home. Born in Eritrea, east Africa, to an Italian father and an Eritrean mother, Silvestri decided to document the experiences of refugees from the region as they travelled to the UK. Eritrea has been governed by a dictator for 22 years and there is no freedom of speech or religion, Silvestri explains. People who leave are regarded as criminals and are unable to go home for fear of imprisonment or death. [bjp_ad_slot] Silvestri began speaking to people who had made the dangerous and uncertain journey to the UK. “A lot of my friends experienced it,” she says. “People are scared because of the oppression back home. I wanted to find a way to tell their stories. I didn’t want to get into the political situation but to discuss the journeys people made. People were frightened to talk about their experiences. I wanted to show this fear, and I wondered how I could do this through photography. In the end I decided …


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