“The Photographic Essay” with David Alan Harvey

“The Photographic Essay” with David Alan Harvey

Rio de Janeiro
February 1st-7th, 2015
Rio de Janeiro. Just the name alone conjures up imagery. Spectacular location geographically and the place of beauty and passion and danger and well yes, a physical and psychological Shakespearian stage of life. For me to do a workshop in Rio, following the publication of my award winning (based on a true story) and an essay in NatGeo, and smack in the middle of my shooting on my Beach Games project, should for anyone I mentor here be the experience of a lifetime if ever there was one.
I have rented an apartment right …

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Sarasota National Cemetery

“I was at the opening ceremony for Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery this weekend. A permanent installation, “Witness to Mission” is a beautiful memorial with of photographs mounted on marble columns and 2 are mine. It’s quite an honor and amazing to think my work is part of a permanent memorial. Regardless of your views on war and the military, it’s deeply humbling to have my work and the work of still photographers serve as lasting memories.” -Ed Kashi

The Veterans Legacy Summit… took place this past weekend in Sarasota, FL, with a formal ceremony and opening of Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery. “Leaders from the government, military, philanthropy, national veterans-serving organizations and other supporting veterans will come together to share ideas, learn about unique partnerships, such as Patriot Plaza, challenge assumptions and push the boundaries

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The Power of a Returned Photograph

Dave Burnett is over in Dubai right now, working with Mohamed Somji and our dear friends at GPP. I have known David since the late 70′s, and have always stood back in awe as he amassed a visual archive that is the stuff of our collective histories. Got a wonderful email from him this morning that mentioned Ravi’s Restaurant. (I’m in Hong Kong, and bouncing off the walls of my hotel with the false energy of jet lag masked by a couple espressos.)
Last year, I made a few portraits of the staff at Ravi’s, a wonderful restaurant on the streets of one of the those out of the way neighborhoods in Dubai, far from the soaring towers of steel and glass. Beautiful food, and the kitchen crew are an affable, decent bunch. David and Mo wandered over …

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Gordon Parks Segregation Stories that the High in Atlanta starting Nov 15

Master Photographer Gordon Parks at the High Museum in Atlanta starting November, 15. Of all the “master” photographers I think I have always admired Gordon Parks the most. I admire him for his images but also for the tremendous bandwidth of talent he was able to command. Master Photographer, Feature Filmmaker, Painter, Actor… Most people don’t dare to dream of being even one of those. He is an inspiration. If you are in Atlanta go see his Segregation work at the High
-Stephen Alvarez

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Five Lights, Done Fast

I say this. Everybody says this, when it comes to lighting a photograph. “Get your main light done first!” Make sure you get that lead light, the flash that makes the statement, done first and done right. That light, big or small, announces, characterizes, beautifies, polishes up, and declares your subject as the rock star of the photo. One hopes for this, anyway. It is generally up front and at the center of the action, in the foreground. And, quite naturally, that’s the light you work on first, as it anchors the photo. 
But every once in while, it makes sense to build a photo from the back to the front. I showed this recently at an Adorama sponsored workshop at the Tribeca Skyline Studios in downtown Manhattan. We had an amazing couple of days, with five sets rocking and …

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Deadline Approaching: “Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus”

The deadline is approaching for The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) call for entries for “Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus”. Presented in partnership with the inaugural European Games 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the contest is open to both amateurs and professionals.

“The theme will be Azerbaijan and sports in order to celebrate the sporting culture in Azerbaijan ahead of the first European Games, to be hosted in Baku in June 2015. All types of photographs are welcome to be submitted – the only criterion is that the photos are related to sports and Azerbaijan.” Participants will have the chance to win a trip to Baku, iPads, and tickets to European Games, along with the opportunity to have your photography exhibited around the world.

This photo competition will be judged by world-renowned photographers Ed Kashi (VII), Philipp Rathmer and Agdes …

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Colors of Afghanistan

  “A landscape might be denuded, a human settlement abandoned or lost,
but always, just beneath the ground lies history of preposterous grandeur. . .
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind,
irrepressibly optimistic and proud.
The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer
If my heart trembles
for Kabul,
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…
It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbours’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.
– Shakila Azizzda
 Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with
their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
- William Dalrymple,  author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42

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National Geographic Masters of Photography

National Geographic has launched a series of DVD and online photography courses by 12 of the magazine’s top photographers: National Geographic Masters of Photography. The complete series contains 24 lectures that “delve into the creative process, boost your confidence and your know-how, and gain insight into the techniques of true artists during 24 photographer-led lessons that will forever change the way you approach the craft.”

Not only does the series cover the fundamentals of photography including lighting, composition, and camera techniques, but also concepts like discovering personal vision and professional perspectives. In the storytelling unit there are two segments taught by Ed Kashi (VII…): “Engaging the World” and “Raising Awareness.” Ed Kashi will share how he captures stories of political issues, cultures, landscapes, daily life, etc. Kashi will also discuss mobile photography, advocacy journalism and relevant examples

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Reminder to Apply: FotoEvidence Book Award

FotoEvidence Book Award
The annual FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a significant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published in a book, as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to the work of photographers whose commitment and courage create an awareness of social injustice.
The Book Award winner and up to four other selected finalists will be exhibited on the FotoEvidence web site and at a gallery exhibition in New York City during the fall of 2015.
Submissions to the FotoEvidence Book Award are accepted all year up until the deadline of January 15th of the award year, i.e. submissions for the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award must be received by midnight (E.S.T.) on January 15th, 2014.…

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“We don’t cherry pick anthropology… YO…”

“We don’t cherry pick anthropology… YO…”

I posted the photo above on @natgeo last night and there was an incredible amount of back and forth.
My favorite comment was from @hellafordays: “This is a documentation of culture, which is what National Geographic does. Culture comes in every form, in every place. We don’t cherry pick Anthropology. yo.”
And, just to be clear I also understand comments like this from @2renzatho: ”On Halloween when you can be anything in the world, the female population decide(s) to degrade themselves . . . (dressing like) sluts, prostitutes. I am a woman and it is degrading.”… But that comment seems aimed more

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