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Repetition. Our life is plagued with repetition. From the moment we wake up to the moment we return to bed, we spend our days repeating most of the tasks that we had done the day before. We talk to the same people, see the same place, think the same thoughts and return, somewhat exhausted, to Read More →

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 Photography is a capitalist tool. With a camera you can transform time into money. The creation of wealth by trading labor against capital is, after all, at the root of any capitalist society. And that is what every photographer does. But unlike most professions, the time spent on creating a photograph doesn’t equal a higher retribution. Read More →

Capa D Day photo

We’ve all heard the story: On June 6, 1944,  photojournalist Robert Capa embarks on the first boats scheduled to land on Ohama beach, part of Operation Overlord, the famous D- Day. Armed only with two cameras, he lands with the first US troops under heavy Nazi fire and shoots  during at least an hour and half Read More →

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As we look at the photographs that are shown to us, in print magazines, on websites or on the cell phone screens of our co-workers, we absorb a reality that is not ours. Rather than consuming photography, we are consumed by it. Image taken with cameras, whether from point and shoots or sophisticated high-end DSLR, Read More →

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The road to editorial supremacy is paved with many dangerous potholes and if Shutterstock wants to succeed in that space, it has to be ready to change the rules. The same way it has done with commercial stock. However, this time, the competition is ready and  up in arms. Surprise strategy will not work. Firepower, Read More →

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Erosion takes a long time. Memories not so much. There used to be two groups of photographers, the casual, memory grabbers and the pros. The memory grabbers pick up a camera for family occasions or social events in order to compensate for everyone’s poor memory. Unimportant is the image quality as long as the information Read More →

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There is no ultimate photograph: A photograph that would end all photography. There are images that dance on the edge of perfection, those that push boundaries, but none that end photography. Not even the sheer volume of photographs taken daily can remotely come close. No photograph, or no amount of photographs, will ever satisfy our Read More →

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Whenever we find ourselves in a troubling situation, as a witness, we intervene. We either get physically involved or call for rescue, but either way, we do not remain passive. Photographers – photojournalists in particular- do the same, but not the same way. Lately, the actions of photojournalists witnessing troublesome situations have been, yet again, Read More →

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Jon Oringer of Shutterstock said it well: barrier of entry in  stock photography licensing  today is very low (actually getting lower), barrier to scalability is very high and getting higher. In other words, it is easy to find and regroup content to license (UGC or not). It is much harder to find clients. Now with Read More →

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To understand the role of photography today, we have to understand why we take pictures. We automatically tend to associate picture-taking as an addition to our memory function since a lot of our natural visual activity is geared towards storing information for later use. However, with the advent of digital and especially mobile photography, we have Read More →