Month: February 2014

Utrecht exhibition showcases Sputnik photographers

Sputnik Photos, a collective of Eastern European documentary photographers, is showing work from three projects in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Stand By documents daily life in Belarus, U looks at the uncertain political situation in Ukraine, and Distant Place explores the Vistula River in Warsaw. The collective was founded in 2006 and mainly focuses its efforts on documenting life in Central and Eastern Europe through books, exhibitions, lectures and multimedia. Members include photographer Rafal Milach, and Adam Pańczuk, whose book Karczeby has won the Best Photography Book Award in the 71st Pictures of the Year International competition.  The exhibition is being held in association with documentary photography organisation Fotodok to mark the opening of its new premises in The Netherlands. Founded in 2008, Fotodok aims to “tell socially engaged stories through documentary photography”. It organises exhibitions, lectures and workshops internationally. Approximately 100 images will be on display. The exhibition runs from 02 March to 13 April at Lange Nieuwstraat 7, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Hours: Wed-Sun, 12-5pm. Exhibition tours with Sputnik Photos will take place on 02 March at 1.30pm and 2pm.


Nikon unveils ‘ultimate imaging machine’ with D4S

Available from 06 March at a retail price of £5200, the new D4S sports a redesigned 16.2-megapixel FX sensor and the Expeed 4 image processor. It has a burst rate of 11 frames per second at full resolution, and is protected by “a tough weather-sealed full metal body”, according to Nikon. Hiro Sebata, professional product manager at Nikon UK, says: “The Nikon D4S follows the success of the D4 and brings with it a new level of performance designed to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers. “Nikon engineers have taken on board valuable feedback from professional users in order to implement a wealth of improvements that will make all the difference to professionals working in the intensely competitive fields of sports, press and nature photography. Equipped to power ahead in the most challenging environments, the D4S ensures serious photographers stay ahead of the game.” But by far the most important upgrade is in the camera’s low-light capabilities. The D4S has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, extendable to 409,600. Nikon says: “A true master …


‘Day Without News?’ campaign marks first anniversary

On 26 November 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution condemning all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers in both conflict and non-conflict situations. The resolution urged “member states to do their utmost to prevent violence against journalists and media workers, to ensure accountability through the conduct of impartial, speedy and effective investigations into all alleged violence against journalists and media workers falling within their jurisdiction, and to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice and to ensure that victims have access to appropriate remedies”. The move came just eight months after the launch of the A Day Without News? campaign, led by Aidan Sullivan of Getty Images. He says the international campaign’s goal is to “draw sharper attention to the growing number of journalists who have been killed and injured in armed conflict, in some cases as a result of direct targeting by the belligerents; to develop a public diplomacy, institutional and legal agenda to combat this more effectively; and to investigate and collect evidence in support of prosecutable …


Samuel Aranda joins Panos

Awarded World Press Photo of the Year 2012 for his image of a mother cradling her son, who had been tear-gassed during the Yemeni uprising, Samuel Aranda  has joined Panos Pictures’ network of photographers. “Samuel Aranda has spent the last 13 years documenting conflicts, migration and social issues across the globe,” says Panos. “His work ranges from extensive coverage of the Arab Spring to an intimate portrait of Spain gripped by the economic crisis. Working frequently for The New York Times, his work has taken him to countries far and wide – from the Middle East to South America and Eastern Europe.  “His coverage of the Spanish crisis, published in The New York Times, showing the effects of the national crisis on the lives of individuals and families, drew attention to the severity of the impact of the economic collapse on Spain’s working class.” Visit the Panos website for more images.


Magnum Photos Workshop Showcase: Irina Sokolova

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. [bjp_ad_slot] Initiated in 2007 as part of Magnum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Magnum’s workshops provide opportunities for photographers at different stages in their careers to benefit from the vast experience of Magnum’s established photographers. In January, Magnum photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov hosted a workshop in Paris. At the end of the event, he selected Irina Sokolova’s portfolio to be featured in British Journal of Photography. We speak with Irina Sokolova about her work. BJP: What is your story about? Irina Sokolova: Though we had no particular topic or theme during the workshop, I decided to compile the story from numerous pictures taken during wonderful wanderings in wintery Paris. I’m very much addicted to the enigmatic process of carving images from everyday life, finding unexpected allusions and colours. When I examined all the pictures taken during the workshop, I found that the imperial red …


‘The gunmen were willing to do anything to get their message across,’ says World Press Photo winner Tyler Hicks

“Before I arrived, I initially thought it was a robbery,” says American photographer Tyler Hicks of the massacre that took place at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre on 21 September last year. “Nairobi has a high rate of crime, and it’s very common for there to be robberies and shoot-outs in certain parts of the city. But when I reached the mall, I saw a large number of people running out terrified. I could see that many of them had what appeared to be gunshot wounds. It was then that I realised this was clearly an execution… Those responsible were willing to do anything to get their message across.” [bjp_ad_slot] American photojournalist Tyler Hicks won Second Prize for his images of civilians caught in gunfire at the Nairobi shopping mall. 39 people are thought to have died in what is one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history. Hicks, who works as a staff photographer for The New York Times, has been based in Nairobi since 1999. He recounted his experiences of the shooting in a phone …


Julie McGuire on drawing international attention to the plight of street dogs – and winning a WPP award for doing so

“I’m thrilled,” she tells BJP. If Julie McGuire isn’t well known,  she is certainly well practised – long a keen amateur photographer, she has 20 years of experience in PR and marketing and decided that “the switch to visual storytelling was my next challenge”. She was spurred into action in 2005 after moving to India, when she saw the fate of street dogs there. “I was shocked to see the number of dogs on the streets (currently around 250,000 in Bangalore alone), the limited resources allocated to help them, and the attitude of some local people to their fate,” she says. “As I travelled around Asia, I realised that this was a much wider issue than I had imagined and wanted to help raise awareness the best way I could – through storytelling.” [bjp_ad_slot] She shot the WPP prize-winning story last summer, after travelling to Penang, Malaysia, to attend the inaugural Obscura Photography Festival and a workshop in the programme. “As with all my personal projects, I reached out to many dog-related organisations and individuals prior …


WPP winner Rena Effendi on National Geographic, responsible storytelling and Transylvanian agrarian culture

“I love working for the National Geographic Magazine as it is the only publication that gives you the kind of resources and extensive time to do the story the right way,” says Rena Effendi, who won two World Press Photo awards this year – second prize in the Observed Portraits Singles category for a shot of Dasan Cavanaugh on the Spirit Lake Reservation; and third prize in the Observed Portraits Features category for Transylvania: Built on Grass, which was shot for National Geographic Magazine. “Moreover, you are fully involved in the editing and layout process,” she continues. “You get to see and develop your work all the way through to the end – from the field where you’ve captured the images to the pages of the magazine. It’s a real collaborative process and you get to work with a very passionate and dedicated editorial team on the magazine, producing together the best possible outcome. Most of the work I do is documentary in its nature and National Geographic supports in-depth documentary photography which then gets published …


New perspectives on familiar issues – WPP judge Hideko Kataoka on the future of documentary photography

This year’s World Press Photo winner surprised many – a quiet, thoughtful take on migration, it’s an oblique image rather than an action shot. Why was it selected? Because this year’s jury included alternative perspectives from beyond news agenda, says Hideko Kataoka, director of photography Newsweek Japan, and because everyone involved, from critics to documentary photographers and picture editors, wanted to find new ways to engage viewers with well-worn stories and issues. “This is the second time I have judged [World Press Photo] and compared with the other time, there was more discussion,” she says. “In 2009, all of us were from the same kind of background, but this time the critics and curators had an amazing perspective. So I was stimulated and we had a different point of view. I was really happy to hear their points… “But also from the documentary field, David Guttenfelder and other people from news backgrounds – people including me – really wanted to try to do something different to tell the stories. The stories go on [the same stories are repeated], …


‘These awards show the consequences of a lack of resources in the industry,’ says World Press Photo’s chair Gary Knight

“I’ve done this four times with World Press Photo, and multiple times elsewhere in the world, and, I have to say – no disrespect to any other jury I’ve served on – this one was by far the most exceptional. It was a really thoughtful and intelligent, open-minded jury that was very willing to challenge its own prejudices and preconceptions in a way I’ve never experienced before.” [bjp_ad_slot] When the two-week-long process kickstarted in early February, Knight brought the jury together to define its goals. “It was important to establish what we were going to judge and what we were going to ask ourselves,” Knight tells BJP in a phone conversation. “There was a significant conversation about the hierarchy of issues. Are some issues more important than others, and to what extend should we bear that in mind, if at all? Did we want to make statements? And what would they be? The conclusions we came to were that there’s no hierachy of issues and that we didn’t want to make any statements. What we …


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