Category Archives: Photojournalism

Chimping: A Short Documentary Film About Photojournalists

Chimping from D Perez on Vimeo.

A 2007 documentary about the dying art of professional photojournalism. Note that problems for professionals are much worse now in 2012 because of the explosion of social media, iPhone photography and many other factors.

I realize the pressure is on news organizations to save money but I’d choose a staff photojournalist any day over free images culled from online sources.

[via PetaPixel]

Stacy Pearsall, combat photographer

I posted this close to a year ago but I’m reposting it because The PBS Newshour replayed this piece last night and it was excellent, again.

The PBS NewsHour had a great piece last night produced by Tom Bearden: A Life Under Fire: Combat Photographer Captures, Carries Wounds of War.

Her photography is first rate, especially her portraits, they’re some of the finest portrait work I’ve ever seen. And her story is compelling: she’s a vet herself who was wounded numerous times in Iraq.

You can see more of her work at her photo shelter site: Stacy Pearsall.

She has a show up for another few weeks at the Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey) that I hope to get down to see so I can see some of her printed work in person.

The SCAR Project

The SCAR Project

Photographer David Jay is both an incredible portrait photographer and sensitive to the intimate psychological and physical details of breast cancer surgery. This is one of the most incredible collections of photographs I’ve seen on any subject. These images need to be seen printed as they’re large: exhibition schedule.

Check out the documentary: Baring It All.

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.

[via Boing Boing]

World War II: The Holocaust

World War II: The Holocaust

More of Alan Taylor’s excellent collection of World War II in Photos.

Many of us have seen numerous collections of photographic documentation of Nazi Germany’s “final solution” of concentration death camps and have little interest in seeing more. Alan Taylor is an excellent photo editor and has put together a well-captioned collection that should send chills down anyone’s spine, Jew and non-Jew.

Human beings are capable of terrible things and it’s important to look carefully at images like these to burn that idea into our brains so that we don’t find ourselves in the same place, yet again.

Given our short cultural memory, coupled with the number of people who have no clue that this ever happened, I’m not confident we won’t repeat it in one form or another.

Joel Meyerowitz’ photographs of the aftermath of 9/11 in New York

Joel Meyerowitz has a show up at the Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut that’s well worth seeing if you’re in the area: The City Resilient. The images are spectacular: the superb photography and large scale increases the dramatic impact of the scale of the destruction at ground zero.

Amazon has the book of these images: Aftermath and the hardback is priced very reasonably.

Here’s a second video on how Meyerowitz got entry to the site which no press was allowed in to at the time.

World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans

World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans

Alan Taylor continues his series at the Atlantic’s In Focus on World War II in Photos.

This impressive collection includes a few images from Ansel Adams who was doing commercial photography for the State of California and the US government at the time.

The internment of Japanese Americans remains one of the most embarrassing and stupid ideas in US history, one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s mistakes.

Hull-Oaks Steam Powered Sawmill

Hull-Oaks Sawmill

Hull-Oakes Lumber may be the last steam-powered commercial saw mill in the country, and they’re one of the few mills capable of cutting large timbers up to 85 ft. long. The mill has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996. Large long timbers are still used in railroad trestles, the restoration of historic structures, and for the spars and masts of ships.

This is an incredible photo essay and I highly recommend going through it slowly and reading the captions. Watch an 80 foot log get processed by a steam powered band saw. Absolutely amazing.

The larger steam engine was built in 1906 and has a 16 inch cylinder and an 18 inch stroke. In other words, it’s a huge machine. It breaks down less than any other machine in the mill. Incredible. Check the size of that band saw blade. Love the image of the sharpener watching it get sharpened. Check out his legs. Even mill workers have a sense of humor.

I’d consider a trip to Corvallis, Oregon just to see this mill in operation.

[via Steve Splonskowski]

Callie Shell’s images of Obama’s first 100 days

The First 100 Days Behind the Lens: Barack Obama in Pictures

TIME contract photographer Callie Shell had extraordinary access to the Obama White House. In this video documentary, she describes how she captured her behind-the-scenes images of the first 100 days of Obama’s presidency.

Callie Shell narrates this excellent video slide show. Most of us have seen the wonderful work of Pete Souza, the official White House Photographer but it’s nice to see another point of view and hear her narration.

The slide show doesn’t scale all that well but its worth zooming out anyway to see more detail in the pictures. TIME uses Flash so be aware if you’re looking at this on an iPad.

3/11 Tsunami Photo Project

The 3/11 Project: Photographs from Japan, Helping Japan

The 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project is a new app featuring the work of fourteen photographers who documented the tragic aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The .99 app, published by Kodansha, is an innovative fundraiser as well – all proceeds from the project go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

iTunes Preview page: 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project.

An iOS app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch the proceeds from which will go to the Japanese Red Cross.