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Love & Loss on a Northern Isle

John Macpherson

It started in the wee hours, a distant keening that came and went as the wind gusting in off the Atlantic hustled around our van. It was in the notquitedark, an hour or so beyond midnight, on Orkney Mainland in midsummer and the sound draped itself across our campsite, a veil of melancholy, yet eerily…

“Do you see it? Understand it? Ok..” (“The mysterious perversion of photography”)

John Macpherson

There’s an interesting article in the NYT Lens blog by Donald R. Winslow: ‘Eddie Adams: 10 Years On, and War Will Never Be the Same”   “When Eddie Adams died 10 years ago today, many people thought his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1968 picture, “Saigon Execution,” would be one of history’s most graphic, violent and enduring war…

Market Town : Legal highs & lows

Jim Mortram

‘M’ 33, pictured at home. “My mates were big into tobacco when I was 12, 13 so I messed about with that. Used to make me cough, splutter. Then I heard about things like cannabis. Up until high school I didn’t really try experimenting with anything but then I tried. There’s nothing else to do…

Poverty’s not so black and white?

Mike Lusmore

It’s plain to see that people here in Bangladesh don’t have as much money in their pockets as the average westerner. The majority of children don’t get the education, nutrition and the healthcare that someone from the UK like myself would expect to be able to provide for their family. A recent UNICEF director stated…

What groundbreaking images of ‘Africa’ can we expect this year from Visa Festival of Shanty Towns?

duckrabbit

If the video running off the front page of the Visa website is anything to go by they are: MADNESS and DESPAIR? VIOLENCE and FEAR? EXODUS or maybe just WALKING FOR THE BUS? and BLACK AND WHITE STICK BENDING I can’t wait and I’m really pleased to see that festival Director J F Leroy has…

The battle of Byker – Amber Collective/BBC Radio 4

Ciara Leeming

There’s been a lot of coverage over recent months about the shock decision of the Arts Council not to continue revenue funding Newcastle’s renowned Side Gallery, run by Amber Collective, from March next year. An appeal process is underway but the folks who run the collective are looking for other sources of funding. One of…

Pitch perfect storytelling

duckrabbit

Lots of craft going on here, in more ways than one. Kauri multimedia are based in Spain. There is a sweetness and light to their work. Wonderful. Etienne Bellanger always wanted to be a luthier. At a young age he spent time in a luthier workshop, where he became instantly fascinated and hooked, and ended…

Become a real photographer; shoot porn and tramps with the new Fuji x100

duckrabbit

It’s funny to watch how photojournalism and advertising are merging. Pushed by the likes of World Press and Visa Festival of Shanty Towns, photojournalism is more and more judged as an aesthetic pursuit, bringing it closer and closer to (high end) advertising. The holy grail of advertising on the other hand is authenticity, which used…

Ever thought about killing the person who leaves dirty cups in the sink?

duckrabbit

For me there is always a story under the story in the best photofilms. James Hooker gets this. Earlier this year I was invited to spend a couple of days with the undergraduates on the photojournalism course at London College of Communication (alongside duckrabbit’s teaching on the Masters course there). I’m not sure if they…

‘Showing Congolese as only traumatized victims (or killers) may be highly offensive … but mostly it’s untrue.’

duckrabbit

Yesterday I put up a post that in part explored how highly staged and stylized photography has come to define how we perceive women survivors of rape in The Congo. I’ve been pretty amazed that no-one wants to defend what has become the pre-eminent way of working on projects as a documentary photographer/photojournalist?  Shouldn’t we just admit what photography,…