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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….


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: – 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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First-Stop For Greener Creativity

I have to share this wonderful little site, which I came across (all thanks to the cool kids over at GOOD Design) today. It’s in its first stages, but expect it to grow rapidly – it offers the twin-wonders of reducing overheads to photographers while also making the world a better, greener place. Who could complain about that?

First-stop is a portfolio site, set up by creatives who were overwhelmed by the amount of paper promos they regularly received. Here’s what they had to say about it:

“The inspiration for the project came from the realization that our small agency alone amasses about 28 kilograms (60 pounds) of promotional post cards, posters, and booklets from illustrators and photographers every month,” says founder Lance Vining. “That got us thinking: If we take that 28 kilograms and multiply it by say 15 agencies, that’s about 410 kilograms of paper that’s just thrown away. What a waste.”

So, as a response, they created First-stop. If you’re a creative, you can sign up, and they will feature your portfolio on the site provided you pledge either to reduce your paper promos or that you don’t send any already.

The idea is that agencies and creatives can use First-stop to find work in paperless form, while also being able to opt-for working with other individuals who have pledged to make the world a less wasteful place.

I think it’s a cracking idea, and I’ve signed up already. 🙂

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