24 hours in and our $1000 comp is still in play,

not a squeak from PDN, or thoughts from any of the judges, and until Stan Banos lets me know otherwise the grand is still up for grabs.

That said if you want to understand how PDN’s photo jury came about, take time to read the enlightened A Photo Editor, if you don’t already.

Author — duckrabbit

duckrabbit is a production company formed by radio producer/journalist Benjamin Chesterton and photographer David White. We specialize in digital storytelling.

Discussion (5 Comments)

  1. Stan B. says:

    One guy over at A Photo Editor said that there are probably some “good reasons.” I’m gonna have to give that one some serious consideration…

  2. Out of curiosity, is it still the weekend over in the States? Is that why PDN haven’t addressed this in any way?

    And as a non-US or UK photographer, are PDN considered an important publication, or the contest a noteworthy one? I agree that the selection panel looks like some rather limited networking; I’m just curious about how relevant these guys are.

  3. Hey Duck,
    chicken hawk here. WOW!!! what a dialogue!!!!! I do have to marvel at the rants-I wonder WHERE and how people communicate!
    I think your “observation” of the all white jury is a call out for ‘our community’ to reflect on itself…and I think and hope that this
    point counter point opens peoples minds to think different;

    Here’s a couple ideas; Perhaps it wasn’t malicious intent to choose an all ‘white’ jury. I can only think that people become culturally,historically numb…maybe no one in the meeting of choosing the jury pool ‘saw’ to it- or cared or saw it a point to question….or sees it as important in these changing times. Oversight, ignorance? too busy to see the importance of it…but maybe this call out will help raise the bar and open eyes and minds.

    As a photographer who happens to be a woman, and mixed raced(not many boxes for me to check: ) I have noticed growing up in the world of photography, and some of the ASMP meetings, some photo workshops, and going through the magazines, and even looking at advertising, I have noticed there is a lack of the whole diversity that is “AMERICA” and the whole box of crayons that of the world.

    Most people have been taught the same history about Columbus who never even stepped foot on this continent- the current border debate with Mexico is also highly charged- this us and them……so much of what makes a rich diversity lies buried under this “blanket’ of ignorance or cultural acceptance, and it’s from the over dominating culture which is primarily white and male….
    the colorful diversity that exists gets white washed out.

    I have looked to PDN for years of inspiration and to learn but have always felt a bit out of the loop- even though I know and have worked with GREAT photographers who’ve gotten some play on their pages. Some of these contests also make me scratch my head as to what is GREAT photography….yet another same cliche of beauty, sensationalism of yet another heroin story or another image of ‘stereotyped’ photo essays ; some of it seems so much the same; I wonder about passion and I wonder what choices of ‘great’ photography seem to pale compared to when I look at the really diverse photo stories, and photographers I’ve been inspired by when looking at work on David Allan Harvey’s blog/emerging photographers burn.org or look at the really cultural diverse work at Enfoco.org.

    I wish everyone could read the book “Nothing Personal” by Richard Avedon and James Baldwin. It speaks to this race issue from back in the sixties….and it is still a strong, passionate, perspective by two friends who went to high school together and made this collaboration as a photographer and a writer; one was Jewish and one was Black…it speaks of the racism our country was founded on; and it speaks of the beauty of the resilient spirit of the diversity that is so often and still is overlooked and for the love of light…and the shadows that define it.

    People maybe don’t want to look at it …and maybe that’s your point. People are obviously not comfortable and are quick to get all fired up-there’s something to learn and hopefully it won’t be another 9 years til PDN looks at whose chosen to color’ the world….
    til then I LOVE the web for the blogs, the discussions the freedom to express and see work that I wouldn’t see in the main stream magazines; I think a lot of publications today lack what once made great magazines back in the day when I was a kid…great design, great editors like Marvin Israel-Roy Stryker. I miss the work Oliver Toscani and Tibor Kilman…now they pushed the envelop making some lasting impressions and giving the world something to think about.

    Here’s some sites for diversity and the great book by INGA MUSIO that will make clear how we need to get our history straight .
    This may help change and inform some new viewpoints-and isn’t that part of our work? to ask questions? to put forth ideas and perspectives?? I am proud of you for taking up the point.

    http://enfoco.org/ A non-profit dedicated to cultural diversity in photography.
    A GREAT culturally diverse publication and organization in the Bronx for over 20 years!!!

    Suggested reading; an excerpt from BLue Eyed Devil Why I love America….

  4. Ben,

    as i wrote in my blog (after having read your postings), i’m of the view that it wasn’t racism that was in play here, but old-fashioned cronyism. it’s cronyism that’s most pervasive in this industry, and that which keeps promising (young, emerging, white, black, asian and mixed, or otherwise) talented professionals from getting more and better exposure. of course, the line separating cronyism from racism is a thin one in my view, but i think that’s PDN’s misstep here. does it make it more palatable? of course not, but hopefully this dialogue will make PDN (and others) think before they leap in the future.

    just my two cents.

  5. tde says:

    I can’t tell for sure from those photographs – anyone know what percentage of those white panelists are straight/gay/transgendered?

    Also, what about religion? I am guessing that the panel leans pretty heavily towards people who were raised in “Christian” homes. We really must increase the representation of other faiths on PDN judging panels.

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