Tag Archives: documentary

LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border

LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border

Stefan Falke has traveled the entire length of the 2000 miles border in the fall and winter of 2012/13 and photographed painters, photographers, musicians, writers, architects etc … mostly but not exclusively on the Mexican side of the border. He has portrayed over 150 artists in all major Mexican cities along the border and also a few on the US side.

The project is an important archive of artists working in an area that gets unnoticed in the art world. The site highlights the artists rather than focusing on the photographer. I came across this project after reading this article in the NY Times. 

Basetrack: Conversation with Teru Kuwayama

Basetrack: Conversation with Teru Kuwayama – Aperture Foundation NY

In 2010, after many years of covering the war in Afghanistan, freelance photojournalist Teru Kuwayama received an invitation to embed with the First Battalion of the Eighth Marine Regiment in Helmand Province. Although it was only the start of the counterinsurgency campaign, it was the tenth year of a long and costly war that carried on at a far remove of the daily lives of Americans in the United States. Along with four other photographers, Balazs Gardi, Tivadar Domaniczky, Omar Mullick, and Rita Leistner, Kuwayama decided to approach the embed differently, and started Basetrack, a social-media reporting project conceived to connect Marines and their families and to target the social network—friends, family, and online presence—surrounding the battalion. Most of the pictures were taken with mobile phones or inexpensive consumer-grade cameras and distributed through Basetrack’s WordPress website (being rebuilt), Flickr, and Facebook, the main Basetrack channel. [read conversation]

Basetrack vimeo channel

NY Times Lens Blog article on the project 

Another article at Graffiti of War 

>> And Teru Kuwayama is Facebook’s first Photo Community Liason.

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Born by a River,
Watching the Change.

Great piece on LaToya Ruby Frazier in the NY Times Lens Blog about her ongoing work in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.


The project’s title was inspired by Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” an epochal civil-rights-era song in which the protagonist, “born by the river” in a time of rampant segregation and racism, imagines a better and more just world. Glimmers of optimism and self-possession shine through the gloom of Ms. Frazier’s pictures — from the splendor of her deceased grandmother’s doll collection to the determination on her young cousin’s face — rescuing her subjects from the visual stereotypes of black poverty.

Another great article on the project in Art Voices

Visit LaToya Ruby Frazier’s website to see more of her work.

Youth in Iran: Inside and Out

Youth in Iran: Inside and Out.

Great Lens Blog featuring the work of Iranian photographer Hossein Fatemi. He offers a very different view of Iran.

“The photographer Hossein Fatemi explores the contrast between how young Iranians present themselves in public and in private, when they are beyond the watchful eye of the Islamic republic’s authorities. ”  Read more…”

Link to his An Iranian Journey  on Panos Pictures.

Daniel Morel

I grew up in this neighborhood everybody knew me, you know. They didn’t even see me. I just keep on working… I was not trying to get something special  …I was not looking for good photos, I was just shooting. >>>

Daniel Morel speaking about photographing in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in a video of his photographs  on TIME magazine website. I highly recommending watching. LINK TO VIDEO

Following is a collection of the some of the many articles written about the important Daniel Morel copyright case against Agence France Presse and Getty Images.

©Daniel Morel One of the eight images by Daniel Morel of the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake that was distributed by AFP and Getty Images. – See more at: PDN online

Morel v. AFP Copyright Verdict: Defense Strategy to Devalue Photos and Vilify Photographer Backfires
November 26, 2013 by David Walker, PDN

Photographer Daniel Morel says his decisive victory in court last week against Agence France Presse (AFP) and Getty images was not only vindication for him, but a victory for all photographers trying to eke out a living in the digital age.

A federal jury awarded Morel $1.2 million in damages after determining that both agencies willfully infringed his copyrights in 2010 by distributing eight of his exclusive news images of the Haiti earthquake without permission.

“I hope the internet is going to be a little safer now for all artists, all photographers,” he told PDN the day after the jury reached its verdict. more >>

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New York Times Lens Blog article by James Estrin

Peta Pixel by DL Cade

Link to several articles at the British Journal of Photography

Editorial Photographers of UK and Ireland

Daniel Morel vs. Agence France Presse and Getty Images Facebook Page

Daniel Morel website 

French Newspaper Runs Blank Frames to Highlight Plight of Photojournalists

French Newspaper Runs Blank Frames to Highlight Plight of Photojournalists.

“A visual shock. For the first time in its history, Libération appears without photographs. In their place, a series of empty frames that create a rather uncomfortable silent space: it’s blatant, there is a lack of information, as if we had become a silent paper. Without the sound, without this little interior music that accompanies the gaze.” (translation by the author)

French Newspaper Runs Blank Frames to Highlight Plight of Photojournalists

another article on this issue in the British Journal of Photography

Who Really Owns Your Photos in Social Media?

Who Really Owns Your Photos in Social Media?
Mediashift | PBS

.A recent U.S. court decision clarified that media organizations cannot assume that photos shared via Twitter are rights-free, to be used as though they were in the public domain.

In the case of Agence France-Presse (AFP) v. Morel, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled in favor of freelance photographer Daniel Morel. Her judgment: Both AFP and the Washington Post had infringed on Morel’s copyright. READ MORE

Brazil’s Protests, on and Off the Wall

Brazil’s Protests, on and Off the Wall

Not only are these incredible photographs, but Foto Protesto SP puts the photographs back in the streets.

..A group called Foto Protesto SP was posting the images publicly, scenes from the demonstrations and clashes that swept through Brazil earlier this year. They wanted to make sure the protests would not be forgotten as people went about their daily, and rushed, routine.

..“It was a process of occupying the city with photography,” said Mr. Lima, a freelance photographer for The New York Times. “And, because it is an artistic intervention, it didn’t even come to mind for us that getting permission would be necessary for this to happen.”

read entire article and see more photos



Wanted: The networked photojournalist

From the Communications Director of Doctors Without Borders – a paradigm shift has happened and is articulated here.

Wanted: The networked photojournalist – British Journal of Photography.

Every day, I’m inundated with friend requests on Facebook and LinkedIn from photojournalists the world over inviting me to review their portfolios. They offer to provide free photos to work with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières MSF in the field in return for helping them get to cover international stories.
Yet, what is essential today is the ability of a photojournalist to bypass the uncertainty of the conventional news cycle and the vagaries of for-profit news outlets to reach audiences with their stories. I’m looking to hire the networked photojournalist. And their network needs to take all shapes and forms: from old (Time, The New York Times) and new (Huffington Post, GlobalPost) media clientele to social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, and other distribution channels) and access to influencers (policy-makers, funders, activists, other NGOs).

But with every industrial revolution there are trade-offs – individuality and custom artistry sacrificed at the altar of efficiency and supply-chain management. Armed with smartphones people are streaming their lives and “citizen” journalists are documenting some of the most dramatic events of our time, whether revolutions in Cairo or mass murder in Syria. Read entire story