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May 12 2013


Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

Indian Chicken

OK, yes, I may occasionally be one of those people who takes pictures of their food. But only when it’s really awesome. Or when I cook it.

Tags: Photos

August 29 2012


Photo app startup EyeEm: The way we discover content through our friends is broken

TechCrunch :: It’s been a year since upstart photo app EyeEm launched. A year in which Instagram rocketed in usage and was bought for a billion bucks by Facebook. A year in which other startups like Color, Lightbox and Picplz dropped from view, though it also has local Berlin competition in the form of Tadaa. So in that context, what’s it like still plugging away at the photo app game? What can EyeEm still offer in the face of such competition that’s so different? We caught up with co-founder EyeEm Florian Meissner at his Berlin base to pose a few questions.

An interview by Mike Butcher, techcrunch.com

August 24 2012


Without mediation

The shooting near the Empire State Building today demonstrated in yet more ways how news will arrive without mediation.

On Twitter, some objected to my linking to photos from the scene taken by witnesses immediately after the crime, without warning of their graphic nature. The murder victim lay in his blood, so bright red that someone else on Twitter wondered whether the image had been doctored. No, we’re simply not accustomed to seeing so much blood so fresh. We have waited until news photographers arrived, until after the bodies have been taken away, replaced by chalk outlines behind yellow ribbons with only dried, brown-red stains remaining. We are used to seeing the sometimes ugly world packaged and sanitized for our protection by media.

So it’s doubly shocking, perhaps, when media now shows such images from those witnesses.

Jim Romenesko asked The Times about running that photo on its home page, albeit briefly, and they gave what I’d call a right answer: “It is an extremely graphic image and we understand why many people found it jarring. Our editorial judgment is that it is a newsworthy photograph that shows the result and impact of a public act of violence.”

I say it is a good thing that we see a more unvarnished world. Perhaps then we’ll have a real debate about guns the way we were forced to face Vietnam through scenes of death on the evening news, as some of my defenders on Twitter pointed out. “Death by gunshot is graphic. Now uncontainable,” said the Guardian’s Charles Arthur (though the Guardian tried to contain it)

I also say that in any case, we’d best get used to it, for as we all well know, news and images of it won’t come from reporters and credentialed photographers first and won’t be filtered through media before it comes to us. It is coming from witnesses who go by names like @yoassman [the name and a Seinfeld tribute, no doubt] and Mr. Mookie, who may write indelicate comments like, “They shoot, aw made you look. No really tho. Dude got popped!” and “Why yall keep saying it could be someone I know? I don’t have anymore room for RIP tatts on my arm. I’ve seen my friends with they heads blown off in the street. Yea it happens to me too and I get over it. Its life.”

Yeah, welcome to life. Most such life isn’t reported with such a splash because it doesn’t happen in such a public place. It happens in the Bronx or 19 times in a weekend in Chicago.

I think we’ve become much too accustomed to mediated news, to a world sanitized for our protection. That’s what makes people ask for warnings before being shown reality, even if the discussion is about murder, and even if they had to click on a link to see what I was writing about. They had to be curious enough to do that. But they weren’t curious enough to see news as it really happened. The image didn’t come into their homes on a TV screen with kids on the couch. It came through my Twitter feed. It was insensitive of me to link to it without warning, I was told. No, I think the problem is that media have made us insensitive — desensitized would be the cliché — to such a fact.

Don’t tell me you’re offended by murder. If you weren’t, that would be the problem. Of course, you are. So don’t tell me not to offend you with what it looks like once you click. And don’t tell me what to say and what not to say.

A man was killed in New York this morning. Now we know better what that looks like. That is news.

:Later: On the Media tells the story of that photo on The Times homepage. And here’s Poynter on the photo.

August 15 2012


Hope for Flickr? Marissa Mayer creates account, reportedly doubles team

TechCrunch :: It looks like Flickr may be getting some much-needed love from its corporate parent Yahoo — Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer just created an account on the photo-sharing site. That may not seem like a big deal, but neither Carol Bartz nor Scott Thompson, Yahoo’s past two CEOs, had a publicly visible Flickr account

A report by Anthony Ha, techcrunch.com

July 29 2012


'I was gutted that I'd been such a coward': Photographers who didn't step in to help

Guardian :: What's it like to witness a mob attack, a starving child or the aftermath of a bomb, and take a photograph instead of stopping to help? As two journalists are under fire for recording rather than intervening in a sex attack in India, we ask people who know.

(Note: contains graphic images) - Experience reports www.guardian.co.uk

Tags: Photos

July 28 2012


At 'New York's Picture Newspaper,' photographers trade dark looks

Capital New York :: When Alexander Hitchen assumes his new post as photo editor of the Daily News, he will inherit a small fleet of freelance photojournalists who feel as if they've just had the wind knocked out of them. The paper's pool of regular freelance photographers, including more than a dozen who work full-time hours for the tabloid on set day-rates but are not salaried employees with benefits, were recently asked to sign a new contract by July 31 in order to continue receiving assignments after that date.

Contract details - A report by Joe Pompeo, www.capitalnewyork.com

July 27 2012


Photojournalist Benjamin Hiller in Syria: Facebook removed photos due to 'concerns'

Note: unverified claim so far. I have reached out for more details.

HT: kurdish blogger, here:

Benjamin Hiller a photojournalist in the Kurdish areas in Syria says that Facebook has removed some of his photos twitter.com/kurdishblogger…

— kurdish blogger (@kurdishblogger) July 27, 2012

Benjamin Hiller on Facebook

Benjamin Hiller's blog

July 26 2012


July 25 2012


Washington D.C. officers are directed to leave citizen photographers alone

Washington Post :: District police cannot interfere with citizens as they photograph or videotape officers performing their jobs in public, according to a new directive issued by Chief Cathy L. Lanier as part of settlement in a civil lawsuit.

A report by Peter Hermann, www.washingtonpost.com

May 06 2012


Capture daily life: On May 15th we ask you to photograph what is close to you

aDay.org :: On May 15th we ask you to photograph what is close to you. Upload a photo, share it, compare it and join others all around the world doing the same. Let a part of your life inspire generations to come.

[Archbishop Desmond Tutu:] Take this unique opportunity with me, and thousands of others around the world, to create a priceless collection of images, to boost understanding and enhance research and education.

HT: Christian Dumont and The Next Web

RT @TheNextWeb: This project is capturing the world in photographs in one day vsb.li/VBVy7T by @nfm

— christian dumont (@dumontchristian) May 6, 2012

Continue to read www.aday.org

Tags: Photos

April 29 2012



Trying on aviator goggles at the Air and Space Museum in DC.

Trying on aviator goggles at the Air and Space Museum in DC.

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April 27 2012


Poll: Where Are Your Favorite Places to Share Photos?

You recently went on vacation to an exotic and new locale and you want to show people your great photos from the trip. So where do you post them online? Are you a fan of Flickr or Facebook? What about Instagram? Or perhaps you're part of the thriving photography community on Google+. And let's not forget the old school folks who still prefer getting photo prints and putting them in an actual real physical photo album! Vote in our poll -- you can vote for multiple items -- and explain in the comments what makes a good photo-sharing service for you.

Where are your favorite places to share photos?

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Photo Gallery: Collab/Space 2012 Event in Berkeley

On April 11, we convened our very first event on collaboration, Collab/Space 2012, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif. We had a sold-out group of 80-plus folks interested in learning, sharing and interacting about collaborative journalism. Here's a photo gallery of people who attended the all-day event. If you click on a photo, it will link you to the image on Flickr, where you can see a caption of who is in the picture.

Rosa Ramirez (@rosamramirez) has covered immigration, food policy, health and Hispanic affairs for various publications including HealthyCal.org, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Rocky Mountain News, Birmingham Post-Herald and Hispanic Link News Service. She's currently completing a dual masters program in journalism and Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley.

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Mediatwits #46: Photography Special: Creative Commons, Cameraphones, Instagram, Google+

rafat photo.jpg

Welcome to the 46th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rafat Ali as co-hosts. Rafat is celebrating his birthday, we're not sure how old he is, but we know that he loves photography. So this week we are celebrating his birthday by doing a special show focused on photography in the digital age. Our roundtable includes crack professional photographer Gregor Halenda, photo and multimedia guru Brian Storm and social photographer extraordinaire Thomas Hawk in a wide-ranging discussion.

First is the debate over rights: Is it a good idea to post your photos on social media under a Creative Commons license? Or should you be more restrictive of your photos online? We also talk about the state of stock photography and the democratization of photography now that the tools are more accessible -- and everyone has a potential global reach online. And what about the rise of amazing cameraphones, apps and filters? Now that Instagram has been bought by Facebook for $1 billion, what's the implication about the future of photo-sharing and filters? Thomas Hawk also cites Google+ as being a hotbed of photography. How did it surpass Facebook?

Check it out!


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Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio's Music Alley.

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Here are some highlighted topics from the show:


0:20: Happy birthday to Rafat!

2:15: Rafat got the photography bug in last two years

4:00: Pro photographers threatened by rise of amateurs

Creative Commons a good thing?

6:00: Special guests Thomas Hawk, Brian Storm and Gregor Halenda

8:30: Flickr has even started to innovate, along with newer players

10:20: Halenda: I won't post on Flickr or under Creative Commons, I want to be paid


13:20: Hawk: There are examples of pro photogs making a business from posting online

What skills do photographers need now?

15:00: Storm: Schools are teaching kids everything -- photography, video and multimedia

18:00: Halenda: Stock photography can't support pros anymore

20:10: Storm: Everyone has tools and distribution so now it's all about quality

22:10: Hawk: Google+ lets you share circles of photographers with all followers

Cameraphones get ever more powerful

25:30: High-end cameras are still selling well


27:30: Hawk likes Camera Awesome as one of his favorite photo apps

29:40: Halenda says knowing Photoshop is essential to pro photography

32:30: Storm helped start "The Week in Pictures" at MSNBC.com in 1998 as pioneer; had 100 million page views last month

More Reading

Photojournalists Scramble to Video. Is it Worth It? at MediaShift

Digital camera sales defy smartphone onslaught at the Globe and Mail

Zuckerberg announces Instagram purchase on Facebook

Camera Awesome app

Thomas Hawk on Google+

Gregor Halenda Photography


The Week in Pictures at MSNBC.com

The Big Picture at Boston.com

Lens blog at NY Times

Guardian Eyewitness app

Flickr Creative Commons images

Creative Commons' Images blog

Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos at MediaShift

The Digital Journalist

Weekly Poll

Don't forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about where you share photos:

Where are your favorite places to share photos?

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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April 20 2012


Real-time moments - #OnlyOnTwitter photos: The Capitol and Space Shuttle's last flight

Blog Twitter :: One of the best things about Twitter is sharing pictures in real-time. Pictures from behind the scenes, pictures from abroad, pictures from the past. This week we have a number of Twitter moments of people sharing experiences and sharing photos in a way that could happen #OnlyOnTwitter.

Giddy from proximity to space flight AND the Capitol. #spottheshuttle twitter.com/Shakespearean/…

— Rebecca Shakespeare (@shakespearean) April 17, 2012

Continue to read blog.twitter.com

April 19 2012


Twelve photojournalists, one documentary

FishbowlLA | Mediabistro :: Shot over the span of several years, San Francisco State University professor Ken Kobré’s latest documentary Deadline Every Second provides a vivid look at what goes into Associated Press photos of national and international hot spots.

Continue to read Richard Horgan, www.mediabistro.com

February 03 2012


PHOTOS: Slideshow of news:rewired – media in motion

Here are photos from news:rewired – media in motion, a conference on the latest trends in digital journalism.

Photos by Mark Hakansson.

Created with flickr slideshow.

January 15 2012


Mail 'receives 300 to 400 Pippa Middleton pictures a day'

300-400 pictures a day? 

Journalism.co.uk :: The Daily Mail's picture editor Paul Silva told the Leveson inquiry today that the newspaper receives 300 to 400 pictures of Pippa Middleton a day, out of around 30,000 in total. Silva said that it had been the Mail's policy since the Royal Wedding not to use paparazzi pictures of Kate Middleton's sister going about her ordinary business, but denied that there were any special rules in place concerning her.

Continue to read Joel Gunter, www.journalism.co.uk

December 27 2011


Ethical questions photographers face in consequence of the Leveson inquiry

BBC :: Photographers are facing enormous ethical questions posed by the allegations aired during the ongoing Leveson inquiry.

[Sienna Miller:] For a number of years I was relentlessly pursued by 10 to 15 men, almost daily... Spat at, verbally abused... I would often find myself, at the age of 21, at midnight, running down a dark street on my own with 10 men chasing me. And the fact they had cameras in their hands made that legal.

Such was actor Sienna Miller's shaming testimony to The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press, which has shown news photographers in an unflattering light.

In the article by Phil Coomes, Max Houghton, course leader in MA Photojournalism at the University of Westminster and a writer on photography offers her personal views on the challenges ahead.

Continue to read Phil Coomes, www.bbc.co.uk

December 20 2011


Newsmotion - Documentary: Someplace like America

There are little projects I think are so exciting as Newsmotion, a civic media, public art and documentary storytelling initiative. But if we like to save quality journalism in the future we need more experimenting and more willingness to support such initiatives. Only 9 days left on Kickstarter! Little money already helps to make it happen! - I became a backer yesterday!

Newsmotion adviser Dale Maharidge and photographer Michael Williamson have worked as a team for more than 25 years, covering the working class in America. A series of reports with the reporters and photographers who cover low-wage workers, immigrants and at-risk youth, paired with media trainings for these groups through our partner organization, Peoples' Production House.

Someplace Like America - Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson from Newsmotion on Vimeo.

Continue to read newsmotion.org

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