flame of freedom

          It was just a question of time. We have repeatedly wrote here about how the current photo licensing model is broken and obsolete . We also explained at full length how image data collection and third-party revenue are the new gold mine. Getty apparently heard and is now applying. (If Read More →

Oscar selfie

The most seen picture of last night’s Oscars was not neither taken by a Dslr, nor a professional photographer and was not published (at first) in any publication. It was a selfie taken on a Samsung Note 3 by an actor and published on Twitter. If any one needed a confirmation of where photography is Read More →

Contreras images of Syria pulled by AP for being altered

Photography is an act of reduction. Besides the obvious like sound, touch, smell, when we photograph, we take a conscious decision to subtract elements of reality. Framing is not so much about what to include but rather what to exclude. Everything we decide not to include in our frame is considered a distraction and non Read More →

Suicide

Its not the photo part of journalism that is dying – there are some great images out there-, it is the journalism part. When was the last time you saw a story explained in photographs rather then lengthy text. Today’s photojournalism consists of reading a story in the news and covering it. It is not Read More →

The story behind the story

More than often these days, we see published, mostly in photojournalism, stories about the story rather than the story itself. Maybe due to sites like Emphas.is or Kickstarter who are repositories of photojournalist exposing their storytelling process, or the advent of more and more websites about photography rather than on photography, we are seeing an Read More →

Can we , and should we, trust photography? Are we seeking photography as a proof of reality or to feel an experience? The recent announcement of the World Press winners sparked yet another controversy over altered images. The winning image, it seems, has been tampered with via Photoshop, artificially changing the skin tones and adjusting Read More →

We really need to stop with this “Portrait photojournalism”. Making protagonists of a major event, whether it is a war, devastation, famine, drought, Tsunami, Hurricane and so on pose statically in front of a camera is not only boring as hell but completely useless for those of us who really want to know and experience Read More →

It is not often that we criticize a judgement from the court because, after all, we live in a state of rules and regulation that we must observe in order to remain a civilized culture. If wasn’t for the Law there would be chaos. This judgment comes from France. In the wake of the Kate Read More →

Historically, ( we are talking pre internet here) the only two places one could find images was either at a photo agency or via a photographer. You could, of course, always check if your neighbor had any photographs you could use but chances that there would a match was very, very slim. During that time, Read More →

The new crop of world press winners is out and as in every year many reflections come to mind. Reminiscent of Eugene Smith’s Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath , the winning image, from Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda lacks all the required W’s that makes a great news photograph. By looking at it, you have no Read More →