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April 06 2010

13:30

Check out the future of photography: The current issue of Nieman Reports

Written journalism isn’t the only form being radically transformed by technology. Sure, the Internet may have eliminated the monopoly that the Gotham Morning News enjoyed, and any web page could be one link away from the attention of millions. But photojournalism is also having both its distribution model and its production model changed. The old client news organizations aren’t paying any more (at least not as much). The price of quality cameras has dropped so much that a skill-less amateur can, almost by accident, create a great shot. And a good photo gets spread around the Internet so quickly that maintaining ownership — and the money that comes with it — can be almost impossible.

Those issues are some of the ones that the current issue of Nieman Reports wrestles with. Where is photojournalism headed? Is it into a headlong embrace of new technologies? Toward a business model that can sustain professional work? Or toward a model in which an army of cameraphones are good enough? As Nieman Reports editor Melissa Ludtke puts it in her intro to the issue:

Photojournalism’s destination and audience, once pre-ordained by the news organizations that paid the cost of doing business, are now in flux. Digital possibilities are limitless, but what is now required of photojournalists are an entrepreneurial mindset and a facility with digital tools. On the Web, photographs now act as gateways to information and context, to stories told by participants and conversations held by viewers.

Here are some of the stories Lab readers will be interested in:

— Ed Kashi writes about shifting to multimedia in the age of declining traditional media.

— Brian Storm talks with Melissa about the new digital distribution model for photography.

— VII’s Stephen Mayes talks about the shifting roles of photo agencies.

— Ian Ginsberg compares photojournalism’s changes to those of the music industry.

— Turi Munthe explains the digital wire service they’ve built at Demotix.

The entire issue is worth your time.

January 29 2010

17:33

ASPP “Reinvention Weekend” to be held April 15-18, 2010, in Boston, MA – Registration open now

Screen shot 2010-01-29 at 12.26.18 PMThe American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) and the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) invite you to come to Boston for an exciting “Reinvention Weekend” April 15th – 18th. The entire conference is geared to Reinvent, Reimagine and Reinvigorate your career or your approach to the photography business.

The conference begins on Thursday April 15th with a one day trade show (tables still available), and then will continue with 2 days of great sessions. Brian Storm is the keynote speaker and will also join a panel to discuss thought-provoking insights into the new paradigms for our industry. Be inspired by thought leaders, story-tellers, and community service activists. Lend your voice to the critical discussions between the different segments of our industry. Learn from the experts how to use social media and web tools to enhance your business. Even receive free career make-over sessions.

Speakers will include Rick Smolan, Ilise Benun of marketing-mentor.com, Allen Murabayashi and Andrew Fingerman of PhotoShelter, Caitlin Jewell of Silverscape, Nancy Andrews of Detroit Free Press, Ian Ginsberg of VII Agency, Lou Jones and others. Program details are available at the ASPP site.

PACA is our conference partner in Boston. During Trade Show hours on Thursday, PACA is providing a demonstration of their newly launched pacaSearch. This mega meta-search engine is setting a new standard for stock image searching.

The registration fees for this 3-day event is only $495 for ASPP* and PACA members, and $590 for sister organizations. Registration is open, so mark your calendar and start making your plans to be there now! For sponsorship opportunities, contact cathy@aspp.com

The weekend will take place at the beautiful and historic Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston. We have arranged a special room rate of $199 per night (not including taxes) for all Conference attendees from April 12 through April 18. Please visit their site for immediate online reservations. But hurry! The cut-off date for accepting reservations into our room block is Thursday, March 25, 2010.

For more information contact Cathy Sachs, Executive Director, ASPP.

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