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Thank You! Yes, This Means YOU…

Taking a cue from these lovelies, ST84Photo is taking a moment to say a round of thanks to a bunch of people who have helped me out with various pernickety questions and the such that I’ve had to deal with lately…

First up, a shout out to Duckrabbit and David Hoffman, who were really great at providing oversight when I had to field requests from the police about images I might have shot. Appreciated being able to check in with them that I’d acted in a professional way to protect the privacy of my subjects. Turned out to be a minor issue, but it was a first for me, so I was a little scared I’d miss something out.

Next up, a big holler to McGrory Creative who run Antler Studios in Liverpool. I’ve recently been shooting on a Leica S2, which was on loan to John Davies, a landscape photographer I assist. Shout out to him for leaving the S2 with me while he was away for a social event. 🙂

The camera is ideal for studio shoots. Which is something I never do. But, I teamed up with Rob who runs both McGrory Creative and Antler Studios, for a day of trying it out in that setting. He arranged some models and make up for the shoot, and we had a really fun day getting to grips with the S2 in studio settings. The team are down to earth and chilled out, and made me feel completely comfortable in my first studio session. They also make some frankly amazing pictures on a regular basis for some very high-end clients. But you’d never guess that talking to them, as they’re completely ego-free. I’m looking forward to doing more studio work in the future, and Antler Studios and their team will be my first port of call for this.

And also a big shout out to Nick Dunmur for some much needed and very impromptu professional development and business advice recently. When I look around at colleagues like him, who have so much experience in the industry, I feel like a total baby to photography. But it’s great to have a supportive network of people I can get in touch with when I have specific questions, and Nick has been great at making me feel a less like I’m working in the dark when I get surprise requests that I don’t know how to handle. Appreciated. I’ve been looking at his work for a while now, and suggest you give it a browse too, for commercial photography the guy really knows what he’s doing. And, just like the team at McGrory Creative and the others I’ve given a shout out to here, is proving my theory that the people at the top of their game are also often the nicest.

Other shouts outs…

Graeme Vaughan photographer about to depart to Berlin, for scintillating conversations about photography that always inspire and humble me in equal measure, coupled with some top quality humour. Will miss that when you leave *books plane ticket to visit Berlin in 2012*

Leica and their awesome team who graciously loaned John Davies the Leica S2, have been very supportive throughout, and generally been an absolute pleasure to deal with in my work for John.

Phil Coomes for documentary photography discussions that I value really highly, and David Campbell and Harry Hardie (HERE) for raising the bar I set for myself.

Simon Norfolk, for Ozymandias.

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Social Media and all that malarkey

This looks interesting.

ST84Photo Blog is taking a temporary respite from Photo Stating, to bring you a link to a review in Harvard Law about Social Media platforms, the user rules a variety of platforms implement (Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, and Blogger), and how the internet is becoming “a quasi-public sphere” as the platforms for ‘open’ debate are increasingly controlled by private companies, with interests to protect (preventing DoS attacks, keeping their site available in as many countries as possible, etc).

As photographers are both increasingly using and increasingly discussing Social Media and how the internet can be used in their practice, ST84Photo Blog feels this review may well provide a significantly substantive contribution to this debate.

Enjoy.

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Street Photography Now Project

I’ve been the Community Manager for the Street Photography Now Project run by The Photographers’ Gallery since the opening weeks of the project, back in October 2010.

The Street Photography Now Project is based on the phenomenally successful book, Street Photography Now authored by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, and published by Thames and Hudson.

Each week, a photographer from the book issues an Instruction, and participants have that week to go out and shoot an image in response. So far, we’ve had some excellent images from across the globe, members have improved their street photography, and there have been exhibitions of the work produced. And, we’ve had some amazing feedback from some mighty photographers; last week Richard Kalvar spent considerable time commenting on a selection of images in response to a quote from him, and photographers like Mimi Mollica, Wolfgang Zurborn, and Andre Z. Glickman have been amazing in commenting actively, too.

The project runs for another three weeks. So you’ve still got some time to do some street photography and dive into this fabulously passionate community. We’re getting teary eyed about the end of the project already, but community members are planning to continue what The Photographers’ Gallery started with this unique project.

As of today, Johanna Neurath from Thames and Hudson, has supplied the following quote: “Say it with flowers” so get snapping, and be sure to share your work here.

And there you have my Friday Links for this week. 😉

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Friday Links: 2nd Sept, 2011

This week, I only have one Friday Link for you.

And no, this has nothing to do with me having a stack of job and funding applications and assorted whatnot to deal with, and everything to do with the uberawesomeness of the link.

Stand by your bookmark buttons! I give you…(drumroll please)

DUCKRABBIT!

DUCKRABBIT is a renowned digital and broadcast production company.

WeThey work with documentary audio, still photography and video to create compelling stories for clients across the broadcast, charity and commercial sectors.

Alongside our their multimedia work and radio documentaries, we they also train journalists, organisations and companies in audio-visual storytelling and online strategic communications.

And I totally didn’t just filch that blurb from their About Us section, either.

Seriously though, check them out if you haven’t already done so. You’ll thank me later.

I also highly recommend the DUCKRABBIT blog.

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Friday Links

As we’ve been discussing famine photography this week on the blog, I thought I’d keep it relevant in the Friday Links section, by pulling together a mixed bag of links to reviews, interviews, and relevant organisations, for those wanting to find out more about famine photography.

First up, although I linked to the recent debates in my post last weekend, I can’t put together a links list today that doesn’t include a nod to David Campbell and this link points you to a summary list of his writings on the subject.

Amateur Photographer magazine discusses the work of Tom Stoddart, focussing on the iconic imagery he made while working in Sudan in 1998.

One to bookmark, this is Human. What is HUMAN? Well, it’s a new photojournalism site that will be opening soon and, having spoken with the founder, I have the impression that Human may well be adding some interesting and divergent imagery to the collective visual narrative of Africa generally, and famine in particular.

Autograph ABP is an organisation set up to promote and support black photographers. Director, Mark Sealy, gave a fascinating talk at this year’s Format Festival about how Africa is imaged, and Autograph are well worth your time if you want to find out more about black photography. Okay, so it is a lot wider than my original remit, but I’d expect some relevant things to be coming out from them.

Panos Pictures made this video exploring how the agency has evolved over the last 25 years, including some discussion of the problematic issues of imaging the developing world, and insight into how some of the Panos photographers have responded to this concern to try to produce a different visual framework.

And finally, a handy little link back to the ST84Photo Famine Photography blog post (with, yes you guessed it, more links).

Not nearly a complete list. Hell, not even nearly a robust one. But a few links related to some of the issues we’ve been discussing.

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G+ Gives Circles, But PLUS Gives A Revolution

Lately, David Hoffman has been telling me about PLUS. Nope, not Google+, but PLUS, which aims to be a genuinely and definitely useful online resource for photographers (while Google+, despite it’s highly promising start, is still a resource with limited and unproven benefits).

PLUS is the brainchild of LA photographer, and PLUS CEO, Jeff Sedlik, and is being promoted through the EPUK website.

Ever had one of those discussions about how easily copyrighted works are being used online? About how easy image theft is, and how much it is costing the industry? Or about how Orphan Works are being created by the online platforms we use (Facebook, this mean you, dear) not to mention being used by image-users as a scapegoat for failing to contact photographers?

Answer yes to any of those, and PLUS is something you really need to check out.

Ever been an image-user who comes across a great image in a magazine, and you want to use it, but there’s no byline and you’ve no way of finding its author? If so, PLUS is something you really need to check out.

In short, if PLUS is taken up by photographers worldwide, the image recognition software used by it will make it easy to locate the author of any registered image – you’d just take a photo of it with your phone, and access PLUS to find the author of it. This means images that couldn’t have been used before now can. This means photographers are more likely to get paid. And this means there is less defence for using an image without seeking permission, as for any registered image it would take a matter of seconds to find the contact details for its author. No excuses, just fair play to all in the image-business, meaning fair play from all in the image-industry.

Revolutionary? Google+ may have circles, but EPUK and PLUS may well have just reinvented the wheel…

In the words of EPUK:

“PLUS moves to save photographers, distributors and publishers

…and to make Orphan Works instantly identifiable.

The PLUS Registry sounds as exciting as a phonebook, but promises the largest evolutionary step for the imaging industry since the internet arrived.

Our EPUK article written by moderator Tony Sleep published today lays out a detailed explanation of the system and its potential .

The PLUS Coalition are offering supporting organisations a free listing in the the beta version of the non-profit PLUS Registry. This exciting new resource for the creative community will make it easy to identify and contact the creator and rights holder for any image, worldwide.

The PLUS Registry is provided by the non-profit PLUS Coalition, a global collaboration between all industries engaged in creating, distributing, using and preserving images. By connecting images to creators and rights information, the PLUS Registry lays the foundation for significant improvements in our industry, and will minimize the impact of future orphan works legislation.

Contact Tony Sleep: TonySleep[at]halftone[dot]co[dot]uk for more information.

David Hoffman
EPUK”

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The F Words

FFS, it’s #ff today, and also several week (owing to major personal crisis) since I last added some links to my blogroll here. So, with Friday in mind, I bring you….

THE F WORDS

First up, I present First-Stop which ST84 Photo discussed here.

A free-to-use portfolio site for green-minded creatives who want to connect and do business with others who share their intentions of reducing or zeroing their paper emissions in marketing campaigns.

Next, we have Fire-Cracker, an online portal established in 2011 by Fiona Rogers to promote European women working in photography.

Rogers currently works at Magnum Photos London as the Cultural & Education
Co-ordinator, a position she has held since 2005. Prior to that she was employed at a popular London gallery and studied BA Arts & Media at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey. She holds a postgraduate certificate from the London College of Communication in Creative Enterprise Management. (All cribbed gleefully from the wonderful site itself).

A name that will be familiar to many readers is Flak Photo, a daily online magazine that celebrates new photography. Produced by Andy Adams, the site highlights new series work, book projects and gallery exhibitions from an international community of contributors.

I urge anyone on Facebook to also check out the recently founded Flak Photo Network and Flak Photo Books. Two groups also initiated by Andy (FPBooks is in its infancy) to bring photography industry specialists globally to a central hub, to discuss ideas, ask questions, and share great work they have come across. Flak Photo Books does what it says on the tin – Flak Photo goodness and conversation goodness, all around photobooks.

Also of major note, Foto8 an online portal for all of the following fotofood:
Foto8.com – A space to discover, share and debate photography
The site exists to bridge the divide between photographers, authors and their audience through interactive displays and a constant stream of new stories, reviews, commentary and resources.

8, The Photography Biannual
Dedicated to publishing photo stories and new writing that supports photojournalism and original story telling. Exploring the boundaries between photography, journalism and art to shine a light on subjects that shape our world.

HOST Gallery – Documentary Photography and Photojournalism in London
HOST, in Honduras STreet in London, has achieved a popular and respected exhibition schedule, alongside its program of face-to-face encounters with photography and film. Events include: talks with photographers, film screenings, professional folio reviews, and book launches and social events for magazine subscriber-members.

The first pair of festivals, from Houston, TX we have Fotofest and from Derby, UK, we have Format Festival. And it’s more than worth keeping an eye on both, as I can hint at yet more amazing visual feasts coming from both in the near future…

And a shout out also to Fraction Magazine and its offspring, Fraction J.

Fraction Magazine features the best of contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Each monthly on-line issue focuses on a central theme, creating an implicit dialogue between differing photographic perspectives. Fraction also offers in-depth photography book reviews. For his outstanding work, David Bram, Fraction’s editor and publisher, was selected as the 2010 recipient of the Griffin Museum’s Rising Star Award.

Fraction was founded in March 2008 by David Bram and Joshua Spees

Fraction J (fresh from September 2010 until the internet implodes) is a publication for documentary and photojournalism, run with help from Jason Houston and Stella Kramer.

Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, we present 14-19 who say for themselves, “We want to celebrate the creativity and originality shared by our peers and those we admire, still in the earliest stages of their photographic lives. We do this through our online gallery, imprint, bookshop and exhibitions.” And the wonderfully brilliant additional gem, “We aren’t ageist.”

So, there you have it, a mix of the old and the new. Or the old and the young. Or the young and old, because 14-19 sound like veterans already (packing the complimentary anti-wrinkle for you guys as I type…). Enjoy.

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