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“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

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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 …

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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

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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

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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
 Band-e-Amir
 Kabul
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
 Bamiyan
Pul-e-Khumri
 Yet even at

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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

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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…

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