daily dose

September 29, 2007

Time Magazine has been running a daily photo blog called White House Photo Of the Day. It contains some really wonderful off beat, behind the scenes moments from Time Magazine’s White House photographers. Here’s one from Christopher Morris. Keep pushing that NEXT button for surprise after surprise.

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the same, only different?

September 29, 2007

Gawker.com spotted these two covers:

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and they wrote this caption:“At left, Time’s cover from November 2005. At right, Newsweek’s cover from this week. Presumably both women are looking at the nineteen other photographers queuing up to take this hackneyed, overused shot.”

No wonder magazine subscriptions are falling.

Film maker Errol Morris looks at two Roger Fenton images of The Valley of the Shadow of Death from the Crimean War. Many people think one of the images was staged or posed. But which one? And how do you know?

Morris does the home work in his NY Times blog. A great ethics puzzler, it’s already garnered 600 responses since it was posted les than 24 hours ago. And he has a few interesting things to say about Susan Sontag.

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credit where credit is due

September 22, 2007

Until now, Gerda Taro has been remembered as Robert Capa’s girlfriend. 70 years after her death Ms. Taro, seen by many as the first woman known to photograph a battle from the front lines and to die covering a war,is getting her work seen in a show at ICP opening this week.

Accoreding to this story in the NYTimes, some of Taro’s photos were published under Capa’s byline. The paper says: “With the I.C.P. show, “we’re trying to redress the crimes of history,” Ms. Lubben said. “A lot of it has to do with being in the shadow of this man, whose career was so renowned. And part of the reason she is lost to history is people don’t know what photos she took,” she said, noting the frequent errors of attribution of Ms. Taro’s work.”

Here’s a slideshow of Taro’s work from the NYT.

When the Canadian journalist Naomi Klein finished her new book Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism, she sent a copy to the film director Alphonso Cuaron, (who directed Children of Men.) In response, he worked with a team to create an amazing short film to promote the book.

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Klein, who also wrote the very popular anti-globalization book No Logo didn’t stop there. She worked with the Manchester Guardian, the international daily and my favorite newspaper website, to develop a mini website to explore the book and its ideas.

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This all brings to mind a conversation I had this summer with the design director of a major US publishing house who told me she’s convinced that every book needs a website. Well Klein, forever one step ahead of the rest of us, now has a film to promote her book which she is releasing this week in the US.

Noor Images

September 15, 2007

A new photo agency from an amazing team of nine incredible conflict photographers. Noor Images. Noor is an arabic word for light and these photographers hpe to concentrate on long term documentary projects. I wish them well.

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Video Letters to the editor

September 14, 2007

Today the New York Times website published it’s first video letter to the editor.
“Charles Ferguson, a filmmaker, presents a rebuttal to claims made by L. Paul Bremer III that top American officials approved the decision to disband the Iraqi army.” the site explains.

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New York Times Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal said: “I have never heard of it before being done here,” he adds. “It is an amazing use of the Internet. This is what the Internet is all about.” If letters to the editor are going video, what’s next?

Rock Star

September 12, 2007

I used to do a lot of portraits when I started working for magazines as a freelance photographer in NYC and I remembered those days when I did a fun portrait a while back of Professor E.O.Wilson. He’s the Mick Jagger of Science, often referred to as “Charles Darwin’s Heir” and a genius. He is an amazing thinker, a two time Pulitzer prize-winning author, the man who coined the term “biodiversity” and also a very gentle man. I made this image at the Darwin exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. After the session, I got to walk through part of the Darwin exhibit with him and hear stories about Darwin’s family, whom he knew. It was one of those moments that made photography the joy it continues to be for me.

You can see this image at my new website bobsacha.com

I’ve had a great summer travelling and teaching. I wanted to share a bit of what the workshop experience is like for me. This workshop, The Spirit of People, was held at the Tuscany Photo Workshops in August 2007.

You can see this video here at my new website.

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NYTimes staffer Nicole Bengiveno headed down to Atlanta to do a story on the home foreclosure trauma,where home foreclosures are up 75% over the prevoius month. Her excellent work ended up as a picture page in today’s paper. She wrote the text too.

But if you head over to the NYTimes online, you can see the exact same story (with many more images) as a 4 minute slide show narrated by Nicole with the voices of the people who lost their homes. Tell me which one you think is more powerful. I don’t think there is any doubt.
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