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July 01 2013

14:52

Kick-start ‘Upstate Girls’


For nearly a decade, photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally has followed the lives of a group of young women living in Upstate New York. The stories of the women of Troy, NY are an intimate and powerful look at the cycle of class separation and economic inequality facing many Americans today.

Working in collaboration with students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW), Kenneally has been building a multi-platform documentary titled Upstate Girls to tell these stories. The project has now reached a point where its contributors’ hard work and good intentions need financial support. You can help them complete their work on Kickstarter.

Background

According to the 2010 census approximately 20% of the households in Troy are headed by single females. Their jobs have evolved from the factory work of the industrial revolution that earned Troy the name “Collar City” to the post industrial service sector jobs like Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds, and other big box food chains that are now cemented in the American landscape. What has remained constant is the women of Troy’s ability to draw on their maternal skills to power them through long days at work and huge family demands when they return home.

The Upstate Girls project is not only a document of the America that we all share with these women, but more importantly a story of the emotional connections that are universal to being human.

The Project

The project’s goal is to create a platform for deep exploration of the complex issues inherent to Upstate Girls‘ stories through an interactive web documentary. Visitors will be able to discover the lives of the women of Troy through videos, photographs, letters, historical documents and scrapbooks and tie the pieces of the stories together in their own way.

The second phase of this work will be to open the database of information Kenneally has gathered over the past 9 years to those people who can activate change. It is the photographer’s hope that this project will reach beyond the traditional audience of documentary photography and news to support research and change.

How to Help

Your donation will help access the resources needed to bring Upstate Girls to its full potential. The students at both RIT and VSW will benefit greatly from collaboration with professional web designers, web programmers, and video editors.

Donate to the campaign by July 24, 2013 to help finance these expenses. Visit the Upstate Girls Kickstarter, Facebook, and Twitter page for more information.

June 19 2013

14:35

Learn to Connect With Your Subjects In New Les Rencontres d’Arles Workshop


Jonathan Torgovnik, photographer and MediaStorm contributor, will teach “An emphasis on the ‘other,’” during the 2013 international festival of photography, Les Rencontres d’Arles. The week-long workshop will dive into the unspoken language and emotional connections between photographer, subject, and environment.

Participants will navigate through the intimate and, at times, intense process of creating a successful portrait, with an emphasis on photographing people in their personal environments, in and around their homes, workplaces, or on the street.

Registration is available online.

About the Workshop

Date: July 8-13, 2013
Location: Arles (Provence, France)
Fee: 780€
Summary: Participants will learn how to meet the challenges of establishing a deep connection with subjects in a relatively short period of time. The workshop addresses the different approaches required when photographing a personal project, or on assignment, exploring a range of light sources, but always with emphasis on keeping it simple and personal. Course content includes:

  • Introduction to photography as a profession
  • One-to-one interview and definition of a photographic project
  • Analysis of the participant’s earlier work and assessment of his/her level
  • Daily photography sessions
  • Individual and group analysis of the previous day’s work
  • Selection of photos with a view to creating a series
  • Discussion of possible outlets
  • One-to-one final interview

About Les Rencontres d’Arles

Les Recontres d’Arles is a summer festival of photography, founded in 1970 by photographer Lucien Clergue, writer Michael Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette. The festival shows mostly unseen materials and features over 60 exhibitions, often co-produced with French and foreign museums and institutions. It’s objectives are to come up with new photographic processes, to be aware of the use of new techniques and to offer new concepts in photographic exhibition and a genuine connection with the image.

More information is available on Rencontres-Arles.com.

June 18 2013

14:31

New MediaStorm Position: Motion Design Intern

For Fall 2013, our internship program will expand to include a new position in motion design. We are looking for a highly motivated motion designer to collaborate with our motion graphics and design team on projects for MediaStorm’s clients, workshops and publication. The ideal candidate will be able to assist in conceptualizing and executing stand-alone motion graphics, as well as graphics packages that integrate into multimedia projects.

Description

The internship generally runs from September to December, but start dates are flexible. The Motion Design Intern will design and animate motion graphics as well as work with lead designers and producers to create production timelines.

Applications are due July 15, 2013.

Qualifications

The Motion Graphics Design Intern should have:

  • Advanced Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator skills
  • Strong typography skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage time efficiently
  • Working knowledge of Premiere Pro and Cinema 4D a huge plus

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our online application form. Applicants should be prepared to supply:

  • Links to pieces produced/collaborated on (please indicate role in each)
  • Available start/end dates
  • Hours/week available

Visit our Careers page for more information.

June 17 2013

14:32

Create More Advanced Stories at Maine Media Intermediate Multimedia Workshop

In a week-long workshop, instructors Brad Horn, video journalist at The Washington Post, and Coburn Dukehart, picture and multimedia editor at NPR.org, will build on introductory principles to explore multimedia storytelling’s most common tools in greater depth. Under their expert supervision students will find, shoot and produce multimedia stories using still and video cameras during a week that includes intense daily critiques, lectures and demonstrations.

Register for the workshop on the Maine Media Workshops + College website.

About the Workshop

Date: August 18-24, 2013
Location: Rockport, ME; lodging available
Tuition: $1,095
Class Size: 15
Course Summary: Students learn the basics of shooting video interviews and setting up audio for those interviews. Principals of integrating stills and audio with video are also discussed in detail. Additionally, students are introduced to Apple’s Final Cut Pro as a means to edit and produce the stories they shoot.

Visit workshop page for more information.

About Maine Media

The mission of Maine Media Workshops and Maine Media College is to build dynamic educational communities that foster creative vision, craftsmanship and expression in the media arts. Over the last 40 years, the Workshops has influenced thousands of people – allowing them to remove themselves from the demands of everyday life and join a passionate community committed to learning a new skill or improving one’s work. Visit MaineMedia.edu for more information.

June 11 2013

14:21

MediaStorm Now Accepting Fall Internship Applications

We’re currently accepting applications for our Fall 2013 internship. If you’re motivated, highly organized, and passionate about multimedia, we’d love to hear from you. The internship generally runs from September to December, but start dates are flexible. We’re looking for applicants with experience in multimedia production, design, motion graphics, and/or web development. Internships are paid.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our online application form. Applicants should be prepared to supply:

  • Links to pieces produced/collaborated on (please indicate role in each)
  • Available start/end dates
  • Hours/week available

Applications are due July 15, 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions

Trying to decide if you should apply? Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions we get from applicants.

What will I be doing as a Mediastorm intern?

This is a production internship. You will be working closely with the MediaStorm team to produce multimedia projects. This means full days in front of Premiere Pro, doing picture research, organizing images, transcribing, or doing whatever else needs to be done to complete a project. You will most likely not be gathering content or taking pictures as part of the internship.

We expect you to be proficient in an OSX operating environment and experience in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Aperture will help immensely. Our interns don’t do anything we don’t do ourselves—if you’re a coffee drinker, we’d love for you to grab us a cup if you run out, but we’ll return the favor another day, we promise.

What skills do I need for a successful internship?

In general, applicants should have familiarity with the following (or comparable) skills:

  • Multimedia Producers: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, SoundTrack Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Aperture
  • Interactive Designers: Photoshop/Illustrator, HTML5/CSS/Javascript, Flash/AS3, After Effects, Motion
  • Developers: HTML5/CSS/Javascript (including jQuery and Backbone.js), PHP (including CodeIgniter)

What are the hours like?

We’re pretty flexible—a typical day is 10am-6pm, sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later. We work hard, but if you’re coming from out of town, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the city as well. Weekend work is rare (except during workshops).

Who will I be working with?

You’ll be working mostly with our producers, but depending on the internship, you may work with our interactive designers and developers. Either way, we’re a small team, so you’ll get to know the whole staff.

Who is this internship good for?

This is an advanced level internship. Applicants should feel comfortable in their skills as a photographer, producer, designer or developer and be looking for an opportunity to refine and advance those skills with an award-winning team.

Our interns must be self-motivated and proactive—we will work closely with you, but there will be times we’ll expect you to work on your own too.

When will I know if I’m chosen for the internship?

The application deadline for our Fall 2013 internship is July 15, 2013. We will be in touch with all qualified applicants by the end of August.

Ready to apply?

Applications are due July 15, 2013. All applications must be submitted through our online application form.

May 30 2013

14:06
14:06

PhotoShelter Releases Guide to Pricing Corporate & Industrial Photography

PhotoShelter and Wonderful Machine recently published Pricing Your Work: Corporate & Industrial Photography offering insights from Wonderful Machine CEO Bill Cramer to help create estimates and fee structures for your work.

The guide includes tips on what to charge for corporate and industrial shoots, how to find clients and get smart with contracts, plus the main factors that influence the value of an assignment.

Get your free guide now.

About PhotoShelter

PhotoShelter is the leader in portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers. Over 74,000 photographers worldwide use PhotoShelter to power their success online, with customizable website templates, searchable photo galleries, e-commerce capabilities, and bulletproof image storage. Learn more at www.photoshelter.com.

May 22 2013

16:31

Winners of AnthropoGraphia Award Announced – MediaStorm Makes Shortlist

For the fifth consecutive year, AnthropoGraphia presents a series of human-interest stories that won’t appear on the front pages of newspapers. Continuing their commitment to advancing human rights advocacy through visual storytelling, the organization selected Liu Jie, whose work explores the problems of urban migration in China, and François Pesant, who investigated sexual abuse among U.S. soldiers, as this year’s Still Photography winners. Dirk-Jan Visser’s documentation of a young woman’s political activism in Guinea Conakry was selected as the winner of the Multimedia category.

The Migrant Nation documents the stories of China’s rural families, separated due to urban migration: the millions of workers who leave their homes as well as the children and old people left behind. In the final phase of this project, Liu Jie reunites each family through photography. (“The Migrant Nation”/Liu Jie)

Each year, in the most powerful military force on the planet, the U.S. Army, tens of thousand of women are sexually assaulted by their male colleagues. Few report these assaults, while those who do risk being expelled from the military, and have only a slight chance of seeing the perpetrator brought to justice. (“An Enemy Within”/François Pesant)

Mabintou is a young woman from Guinea Conakry who, for eight years, has lived in Paris as a ‘sans-papiers’. Despite an uncertain future, she continues her political activism, following developments in Guinea and fighting for recognition in France for those who are without legal status. (“In Conakry They Called Me Princess”/Dirk-Jan Visser)

MediaStorm’s film “I Know Where I’m Going,” created for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with Simon Schorno, Leandro Badalotti, and Tara Todras-Whitehill, was selected for the Multimedia Shortlist. All Honorary Mentions and Shortlist entries can be viewed at AnthropoGraphia.org.

Hussein Saleh was born in an area of Yemen partially controlled by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group. This film follows him as he networks with the government and other parties to ensure that the Red Cross can carry out its humanitarian mission. Shortly after the film was made, he was killed by an airstrike.

About AnthropoGraphia

AnthropoGraphia is a non-for-profit organization based in Montreal, Canada. The name AnthropoGraphia is a combination of the Greek words “anthropo” and “graphia”, which literally means ‘human-being – writing’. The essence of these terms reveals AnthropoGraphia’s mission: to write human stories, using photography as the medium. The organization is committed to the denunciation of human rights abuses through high-quality photography. It’s aim is to raise general awareness of issues that often marginalized by mainstream media.

May 21 2013

14:29

Eddie Adams Workshop Now Accepting Applications

The Eddie Adams Workshop has announced that the 26th Workshop, which will be held October 11th – 14th, 2013 in Jeffersonville, New York, is now accepting applications.

The Workshop is one of the premier photojournalism events for students and young professionals. It’s a weekend that offers an excellent opportunity to meet the top photojournalists in the world, and to work alongside the best photo editors in the business.

Deadline

Apply online by May 31st, 2013.

Workshop Details

The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.

May 09 2013

14:08

UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Calls for Applicants


The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is now accepting applications for a 10-month program for a select group of media artists from the U.S. and abroad. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project.

Program Description

The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists. Key benefits include:

  • Dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers
  • Direct exchange with visiting artists and industry experts
  • A structured environment for research and experimentation
  • Mentoring on the production of original work and regular group critique
  • Exhibition opportunities for the year’s collaborative project

Learn more at UnionDocs.

Deadline

June 15. Apply online.

About CoLAB

CoLAB is a new and alternative fellowship model, offering residency and visa support for six participants coming from abroad and an equal number of spots for local, non-resident participants. It is designed to be affordable and, although participants are asked to make the CoLAB their primary creative focus, the schedule does accommodate full-time or freelance work. Rather than applying with a project proposal or rough cut, all participants are selected on the basis of previous work and enter the program at square one, open to discovery and fresh connections.

The CoLAB has presented original work at premiere venues such as MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, TEDxBrooklyn, BAMcinemafest, the Harvard Film Archive, the Visible Evidence Conference, Camden International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and Direktorenhaus, Berlin, among other venues. Learn more at UnionDocs.

April 08 2013

18:18

April 02 2013

13:14

Share Our Strength Hiring Impact Communications Manager/Producer

Share Our Strength is hiring a new Senior Manager and Producer of Impact Communications/Storytelling.

Job Description

TITLE: Senior Manager and Producer, Impact Communications
DEPARTMENT: Communications Department
REPORTS TO: Online Community Director
ORGANIZATION: Share Our Strength
DATE: January 2013

Position Summary

No child should grow up hungry in America but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The Manager and Producer, Impact Communications will collect, produce, and distribute relatable and effective content (written, photography and video) that demonstrates the No Kid Hungry campaign’s national and local importance and impact. This position will oversee content assets that bring the No Kid Hungry campaign to life in order to engage our stakeholders and audiences across the Share Our Strength network. Primary assets include but are not limited to No Kid Hungry impact messaging, statistics, ancedotes, short films/videos, and images. The Senior Manager and Producer will oversee an Associate, Content and Storytelling.

Duties and Responsibilities

CULTIVATE THE STORY OF NO KID HUNGRY

  • Plan and execute impact content collection, production, and distribution, working with a cross-section of internal stakeholders
  • Identify new content opportunities and ways to repackage existing content
  • Manage and develop collection strategies including but not limited to interviews, research studies, focus groups, and online surveys
  • Produce and manage impact messaging that can be used throughout the year in a variety of mediums, including the website, in printed materials, in presentations and by partners
  • Oversee the creation and distribution of impact and storytelling content to the No Kid Hungry network. This includes identifying leads, developing stories, compiling all relevant content, and distributing a user-friendly form to the staff
  • Serve as the lead producer on all video and photo projects across the organization
  • Recruit and manage content vendors: film crews, editors, photographers, freelance writers, etc. as needed, effectively managing the budget for these projects

ENABLE OTHERS TO TELL STORIES, COLLECT CONTENT, AND USE CONTENT

  • Develop “voices” from the Share Our Strength network – individuals who can reliably be counted on to provide content about the No Kid Hungry campaign’s importance and effectiveness. Identify potential media spokespeople
  • Field and respond to content requests and needs from a variety of departments and individuals
  • Train staff on how to collect, create, and effectively use content
  • Provide support to colleagues on the Digital Communications team regarding email strategy, website content, the blog, online distribution, and social media content

MANAGE OUR STORYTELLING ASSETS

  • Maintain an internal content management system and regularly share impact updates
  • Enforce brand standards and content guidelines with assets, vendors and other departments in conjunction with the Design team
  • Manage the content budget and editorial schedule, as well as media rights and releases

STAFF MANAGEMENT

  • Oversee the Content Development and Storytelling Associate

Contacts

Maintains and develops extensive contact with Share Our Strength staff, network, and production vendors.

Location and Travel

This position is based in Washington, DC at the Share Our Strength headquarters office. Up to 20% of working time is allocated for travel.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree. Major in a related field is a plus
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in journalism, communications, digital media.
  • Expertise in the areas of marketing, media, storytelling, branding, and production. A strong understanding of journalism and production industry standards and experience managing the film production process
  • A high level of organization and project management experience
  • Strong leadership skills with problem solving abilities
  • A proactive and clear communicator
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to make complex information relatable to a variety of audiences. Creative writing skills and script experience are a plus
  • Ability to shoot and edit videos and proficiency in Final Cut Pro is a plus, as are photography skills
  • Existing relationships with photographers, filmmakers, and social influencers is a plus
  • Must be able to relate to a wide spectrum of individuals, from corporate CEOs to low-income beneficiaries of our programs
  • Passionate about the power of storytelling to inspire others to join the No Kid Hungry campaign

Content Samples

Please submit a minimum of two writing samples and (if possible) two media samples (infographics, short films, photography, etc.) Please do not submit more than 8 content samples. We recommend submitting various types of content if possible.

Learn more and apply at www.nokidhungry.org.

August 29 2012

19:27

Apple’s Billion Dollar Storytelling

Apple’s victory over Samsung in a recent smartphone patent brawl netted the company over a billion dollars in damages and, more importantly for Apple, might have strategically slowed the rise of the Korean tech juggernaught that today provides phones to 26 percent of all U.S. mobile subcribers according to comScore.

But what clinched Apple the win, one of the largest patent awards ever on record? Storytelling, according to jurer interviews by the Wall Street Journal.

For Samsung, the story it had to get across was that Apple’s patents weren’t as crucially innovative as Apple claimed them to be, and Apple had to tell the story of a Samsung copycat. ”The Apple lawyers were better at presenting their case,” juror Manuel Ilagan said to the Journal.

Of particular strength was a visual that showed Samsung phones before and after the iPhone came out.

The Journal quotes presiding juror Velvin Hogan to say that it seemed that Samsung didn’t tell a narrative that rose to their intellectual level of its audience. “It was just thrown out there to cause what they perceived to be an unschooled jury,” said Hogan, an engineer and patent holder.

Hogan reports to have “essentially ignored” paid experts and “saw through some of Samsung’s courtroom gambits.”

The storytelling device stood out the most: A chart.

Juror Ilagan says they were pursuaded by a visual comparison of Samsung devices before and after the iPhone was introduced. “It was obvious there was some copying going on,” he told the Journal.

The Apple/Samsung showdown is a reminder of the trumping power of storytelling — a power you don’t have to bill $582 an hour to wield effectively.

August 24 2012

18:47

charity: water September Campaign for Rwanda

This September, charity: water is celebrating its birthday by bringing water to everyone in one country–Rwanda. The Rwandan people overcame the darkest time in their history, and together, rebuilt their nation. Now, they’re working to give clean water to everyone. Help charity: water raise $1.7 million to give clean water to every community in the Shyorongi and Ngoma sectors of Rwanda.

The people of Rwanda are rewriting their story. And it starts with clean water for everyone. Learn more and donate at www.charitywater.org/september/.

Also, check out 5 Questions with Scott Harrison, Founder of charity: water on the Official YouTube Blog.

Smile at the Man Who Did This To You

Jonathon Torgovnik and Jules Shell co-founded Foundation Rwanda, an organization that brings support to woman who bore children as a result of rape during the 1994 genocide and their children.

Watch Jules Shell at TEDxScottAFB tell the remarkable stories of Annet and Agathe in Rwanda.

Learn more about Foundation Rwanda.

Intended Consequences

In 2008 MediaStorm produced Intended Consequences with photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik on the plight and strength of women who bore children as a result of rape during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

In Rwanda, in 1994, Hutu militia committed a bloody genocide, murdering one million Tutsis. Many of the Tutsi women were spared, only to be held captive and repeatedly raped. Many became pregnant. Intended Consequences tells their stories. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/intended-consequences

Learn more about Foundation Rwanda.

Go to charity: water’s September Campaign on Rwanda.

August 16 2012

15:28

Production and Social Media Internship at Talking Eyes Media

Production/Social Media Internship

Talking Eyes Media (TEM), a non-profit production company, seeks a Production/Social Media Intern for the 2012 Fall season (September – December). Talking Eyes Media is an award-winning organization that produces documentary films, multimedia, books, and exhibitions on various pressing social issues. TEM is currently in production for its latest project Bring it to the Table, a webisode series aimed at exploring the roots of American political beliefs and helping to depolarize the nation’s political dialogue. This internship provides a unique opportunity to work in an innovative and creative multimedia production company and gain experience in multimedia, social media, and communications.

This position requires a two to four day per week commitment in our New Jersey office. (Talking Eyes Media is based in Montclair, NJ, located a block away from a NJ Transit station and 35 minutes by train from New York Penn Station.) This position is unpaid but offers a daily travel stipend.

Responsibilities

  • Assist producers and editors with various tasks, including (but not limited to) transcribing and organizing media content via Final Cut Pro
  • Maintain and optimize the Talking Eyes Media and Bring it to the Table Twitter and Pinterest accounts, Facebook pages, and blogs
  • Identify media outlets and find contact information for relevant reporters and editors at these outlets
  • Identify relevant articles and media about pressing political issues that would be of interest to our growing audience; reach out to potential new audience members
  • Research
  • Drafting newsletters

Desired Skills & Experience

  • A collaborative team player that can also work independently and as a self-starter
  • Ability to execute and multi-task
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Passion for both multimedia/film and politics
  • Must have and regularly use a personal Facebook page and twitter
  • Familiarity & experience with Macs, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
  • Working knowledge of Final Cut Pro (but also will consider candidates with a strong desire to learn)
  • Knowledge of and interest in American politics and current affairs; avid reader of a diversity of politically oriented publications

Application Process

Interested candidates, please send a Cover Letter and Resume addressed to Elissa Pellegrino (elissa@talkingeyesmedia.org) with “Internship” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Include:

  • Links to pieces you’ve produced/collaborated on (indicating role)
  • Available start/end dates
  • Availability
  • Familiarity with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop

Compensation

  • Daily stipend
  • School credit available

About Talking Eyes Media

Talking Eyes Media (TEM) was founded in 2002 by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi as a 501(c)(3) public interest organization. Since its founding, Talking Eyes has been at the forefront of multimedia storytelling, generating award-winning work on topics ranging from the uninsured in America to oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, from finding permanent homes for foster children to the residual impact of Agent Orange.

Learn more at talkingeyesmedia.org.

August 13 2012

15:25

Discover a Bigger, Badder New York with Narratively

Discover Narratively

It’s no secret that New York is saturated with top-notch media outlets. But in such a fast-paced city, many of those outlets have no choice but to focus on the 24/7 cycle of breaking news, politics, entertainment and gossip. Countless blogs and websites repeat these stories over and over, but few have the time, resources or interest to undertake high-quality feature reporting. As a result, great human-interest pieces about New York are hard to find.

Narratively, a new digital publication, is here to change that by running the bigger, badder, weirder, sadder, uplifting and intoxicating stories about New York that average news headlines don’t cover.

Narratively is devoted to telling original, true and in-depth stories about New York, with plans to expand to other cities. It aims to slows down the news cycle. Each week, Narratively will explore a different theme about New York and publish a series of connected stories — just one a day — told in the most appropriate medium for each piece. One might feature a longform article with portrait photos on a Monday, followed by an animated documentary on Tuesday, then a photo essay, an audio piece or a short documentary film. Every story gets the space and time it needs to have an impact.

Narratively on Kickstarter

Narratively is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help them get their project off the ground.

Kickstarter donations will help their team create six months of compelling, innovative and important Narratively stories to kick off their publication.

They will also help complete development of the Narratively website and roll out their plan to become sustainable after their initial six months.

In their first week they are already more than 10 percent to their goal. Help them keep the momentum going!

Learn more about supporting Narratively.







August 10 2012

16:04

FotoVisura Pavilion in San Juan Announced

FotoVisura Pavilion San JuanFotoVisura is delighted to announce The 2012 FotoVisura Pavilion in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This four-day contemporary photography event celebrates international and local photography through exhibitions, panel talks, and a portfolio consultation and review.

The event will run from August 30 to September 2, 2012 and will feature exhibitions including “Beyond War: Mexico’s Drug War” by Guest Curator Whitney Johnson, director of photography at The New Yorker, “Falling Eyelids: A Fotonovela” written, directed and photographed by ADÁL, and “Interpolations” featuring Migdalia Luz Barens-Vera.

Exhibitions at the 2012 FotoVisura Pavilion

Beyond WarBeyond War: Mexico’s Drug War
Guest Curator Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker

Featuring: Eunice Adorno (Mexico City, Mexico), Dominic Bracco II (Texas, US), Alejandro Cartagena (Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic), and Katie Orlinsky (New York, US).

Description: Description: In “Beyond War: Mexico’s Drug War” four young photographers share their perspectives on the ongoing conflict. Each looks beyond the graphic violence to examine the impact of the war on particular communities.



Falling EyelidsFalling Eyelids: A Fotonovela
Written, Directed and Photographed (1979) by ADÁL (Puerto Rico)

Description: “Falling Eyelids” tells the story of a photographer who dissatisfied with his surrounding reality begins to create his own. In time, the photographer is unable to distinguish the reality he invented from the one that was real.



Selected PortfolioSelected Portfolio (Travel Size)
Featuring: Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón (Puerto Rico)
Curated by: Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón & Roberto Paradise

Description: Selected Portfolio (Travel Size) by Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón is composed of 14 photographs laminated on wood that offer a breathtaking journey into the artist’s practice for the past 10 years.


See the full list of exhibitions and events at www.fotovisurapavilion.com.

Interested in participating in the FotoVisura Pavilion?

Contact info@fotovisura.com. Great discount rates are available with the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino and Delta Airlines.

More details available at www.fotovisurapavilion.com.

April 26 2012

18:25

Upcoming Deadlines for Open Society Foundations Photography Projects

OSF logo Open Society Foundations has upcoming deadlines for submissions from photographers on two projects.

Call for Proposals: Moving Walls 20
Deadline: April 30, 2012

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project invites photographers to submit a proposal and completed body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 20 group exhibition (opens early 2013). Moving Walls is an exhibition series that features in-depth and nuanced explorations of human rights and social issues. Thematically linked to the Open Society Foundations’ mission, Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York and Washington, D.C., and includes 3–5 discrete bodies of work.

Call for Proposals: 2012–2013 Production Grant for Photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan
Deadline: May 10, 2012

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project and Arts and Culture Program announce a grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan. Approximately 10 cash stipends in the amount of $3,500 each will be awarded to photographers to produce a photo essay on a current human rights or social issue in the region. Grantees will participate in two master-level workshops and a six-month mentorship with internationally recognized photographers.

17:00

Crisis Guide: Iran Receives Overseas Press Club Award for Online Excellence

Crisis Guide: Iran produced by MediaStorm and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) received the 2011 Overseas Press Club (OPC) award for Web: Online General Excellence. The OPC awards have been recognizing online journalism since the 1940s and this year they added six new categories for online coverage to acknowledge the changing media landscape.

Crisis Guide: Iran Poster

Crisis Guide: Iran was honored for its superb use of multimedia in a timely and in-depth study of Iran’s politics, economy and nuclear program. The seven-chapter publication was recognized for using interactive graphics, archival slideshows, graphs, timelines and video interviews to showcase the history and government of the country in a visually pleasing and accessible way.

Crisis Guide: Iran Page

Crisis Guide: Iran is the seventh in a series of guides produced by MediaStorm and CFR that look at major international issues, including Pakistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Korean Peninsula, Nuclear Energy, the global economy, global covernance, and climate change. Crisis Guide: Pakistan was awarded the OPC Award for Best Use of Multimedia in 2010.

With this project, MediaStorm and CFR aimed to create a site that was immersive in experience, allowing the user to focus on the complex history of Iran and the issues facing the country as a whole. The guide draws on insights from more than 25 leading analysts, government officials, and journalists to explore Iran’s challenges and offer a range of expert opinions on the policy options to address them. It also uses multimedia elements to trace the country’s history, examine its oil-driven economy, and survey its controversial nuclear program.

Crisis Guide: Iran Graphic

The awards were presented last night at the 73rd Annual OPC Awards Dinner in New York. The club presented 27 awards in categories ranging from photography to online commentary. In addition to MediaStorm and CFR, the winners for online and web coverage are foreignpolicy.com, GlobalPost.com, The Financial Times and ProPublica, Virginia Quarterly Review and The New York Times. Congratulations to all the winners.

April 24 2012

19:24

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan Receives Media for Liberty Award

A Darkness Visible PosterLiberty Media Corporation honored A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan by VII Photographer Seamus Murphy and MediaStorm last week as the winner of its 2012 Media for Liberty Award.

The 2012 Media for Liberty Award acknowledges and encourages media contributions that explore the relationship between economic and political liberty. The winning entry is selected by a panel of judges and receives an award of $50,000.

Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy accept Liberty Media Award

Brian Storm (left) and Seamus Murphy (right) accept Media for Liberty Award from John Malone.

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan is based on 14 trips to Afghanistan between 1994 and 2010 by internationally-recognized photojournalist Seamus Murphy. As he chronicles Afghans caught in political turmoil, he highlights their often-overlooked desire for self-determination.

John McCain, Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy

Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy meet US Senator John McCain.

“This film puts the relationship between political struggles and economic hardships into clear focus,” said John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media. “In addition to being topical, it sheds light on history that even today is under-appreciated, and we are pleased to honor Seamus Murphy and MediaStorm.”

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan was honored at an evening reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Liberty Media and emceed by Tucker Carlson, a contributor to FOX News, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller news site and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Seamus Murphy and Brian Storm at awards reception.

Seamus Murphy and Brian Storm at awards reception.

Earlier this year, A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan was also awarded the Picture of the Year International Award of Excellence for Long Form Documentary.

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