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Project 365 Revisited — Take a photo a day, every day

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Today I got what I thought was a spam comment on a post I wrote entitled Take a Photo a Day, Join Project 365, but alas it was from a stranger Stephen Chapman who had indeed taken a photo a day for year. That’s his goose photo.
It reminded me that maybe, just maybe, I want [...]

It’s an Explosion and a YouTube Moment

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

When I worked at the Allentown Morning Call more than 20 years ago,  there was a twisted, melted photographer’s camera from the 1940s or 1950s tucked away on a top shelf in the bowels of the photography department.  
 It was part of a mini-monument with a memorial plaque to a long forgotten photographer, who I believe was a [...]

Time to Expose Staged Video and Photos Ops

Monday, June 9th, 2008

In the past I have ranted about how the spin doctors set up photo ops, which photojournalists and videographers treat as reality. Shame on all parties involved.
Now Salon provides excerpts from  “Machiavelli’s Shadow: The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove,” published this month by Modern Times. It shows how phony and misleading these uncritical photo opportunities can be. This one [...]

Abu Ghraib: Citizen Witness Trumps, Empowers Journalism

Friday, April 11th, 2008

I just got around to reading my New Yorker from March 24, 2008 and in it is the story of “Sabrina Harman, a U.S. Army specialist who took photographs at Abu Ghraib and was convicted by court-martial for her conduct there.”
Of all the things I have read and heard about the torture in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison — [...]

Do We Need Photojournalists? Plus Lost Art of Black & White

Monday, February 11th, 2008

So if you have a hoard of amateurs shooting photographs, do you need professional photojournalists? I want to use our SoCon08 event at Kennesaw State University as a little test, so you, not I, can answer that question.
Last time I looked at Flickr there were about 300 photos posted about the event. Look through them closely. [...]