Category Archives: Story Telling

Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism

  • This article was published in Ochre Magazine August 13, 2014. A Survival guide to protecting your images. It wasn’t the war in Gaza, the bloodstained entrance of an orphanage or starving children in Angola. Not mourning widows in Bangladesh, or infant female circumcision in Guinea-Bissau. It was the strain of an endlessly multiplying tweet. Someone had taken one of her photos from the Internet and made it the face of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. After nearly 20 years of award-winning reporting in over 80 countries, Ami Vitale came to the brink of leaving photojournalism over a tweet. This is not the
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    George Steinmetz Wonders: Was It Worth Getting Arrested for National Geographic Cover Story Photos?

    This month’s cover story of National Geographic,, about how to meet growing worldwide demand for food, is the story that got  photographer George Steinmetz in trouble last June, and he’s still stinging from the experience. Read the story behind the story in Photo District News 

    Brookover Ranch Feedyard, Garden City KS                                                     ©2014 George Steinmetz/National Geographic

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    Gerd Ludwig Kickstarts 20-Year Chernobyl Retrospective Photo Book

    Gerd Ludwig Kickstarts 20-Year Chernobyl Retrospective Photo Book

    The Long Shadow of Chernobyl culminates 20 years of coverage by National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig into the most authoritative photo book documenting the aftermath of the worst nuclear disaster to date. The book is being funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign to offset the cost of printing this high-quality photo book. Watch the video and pre-order today at: http://gerdludwig.com/kickstarter Ludwig’s powerful images tell us tragic stories of the lives of the victims, the desolation of the Exclusion Zone, and the remnants of lives once lived in the now abandoned city of Pripyat. Inside the destroyed reactor #4, Ludwig…

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    Indigenous communities fight poaching in Africa

    It is entirely possible, even likely, that if the current trajectory of death continues, rhinos, elephants and a host of lesser know plains animals will be functionally extinct in our lifetimes.  I’ve launched a campaign through the new website, IndieVoice.es and the stories will focus on the indigenous nomadic communities of Northern Kenya who are on the frontlines of the poaching wars. Much needed attention has been focused on the plight of wildlife and the conflict between heavily armed poacher and increasingly militarized wildlife rangers. However, the compelling story of indigenous communities caught in the cross-­hairs of the poaching wars, and who may…

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    Is the world ending tonight? Probably not but the Maya Long Count Calendar is

    Is the world ending tonight? Probably not but the Maya Long Count Calendar is

      December 20 2012 marks the end of the current Maya Long Count calendar. So will the world end tonight? Well the calendar certainly does and it is an extraordinarily long calendar. The current calendar started August 11, 3114 BCE. So what happens tomorrow? Fire and Brimstone? Planet X colliding with the earth? Instagram seizing user identities? Other unspeakable horrors? Don’t be too concerned. Tomorrow we enter the 14th b’ak’tun, the 14th Maya long count calendar.  Just like we enter 2013 on January 1st. In all my work with the Maya no one ever suggested that the world would…

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    Iran where climbing is an act of rebellion

    Iran where climbing is an act of rebellion

    above, freedom of the hills a climber at 16,000 feet on MT Damavand It has been a year since I returned from climbing in Iran. I’ve had a year to contemplate what I saw and a year to realize that if I want the photographs seen I’ll need to publish them here. So look for a few posts in the next month or so with the Iran climbing story in them. A climbing story might seem unusual for me, after all I am much better known for going down than going up. But remember that my first NG story

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    Alan Lomax — Ethnomusicologist and Photojournalist

    Alan Lomax — Ethnomusicologist and Photojournalist

    Alan Lomax, wandering somewhere in Arkansas. This photograph of Alan conjures up the audio vision I have of the legend. October, 1959 ~ Photograph by Shirley Collins Normally, it can take weeks (even months) preparing a story for this space. I need time in my attempts to share something imaginative, hopefully insightful — or dare I reach as an offering towards a sliver of enlightenment — in an era when everything and anything is brilliantly rehashed on the Internet. This week I’ve decided to loose my laundry and dive as rapidly as I can into the Ring of Blogging Fire…

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    The Biodiversity Project on NPR

    The Biodiversity Project on NPR

    “I’m the only studio portrait photographer I know whose subjects routinely poop and pee on the background right in front of me,” he says from behind the lens. It’s a comical sight here behind the scenes at the National Aquarium in Baltimore: Sartore, two animal handlers and a ridiculous amount of gear are cramped into a tiny, 50-degree back room. All for a puffin. Sartore is doing all he can to coax the little guy into a handsome headshot. In my mind, this is fun, but for him, it’s serious business. This is what Sartore does in his down time,…

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    The Biodiversity Project

    The Biodiversity Project

    More info/purchase image It started simply enough with endangered amphibians. I read an essay on amphibian decline and knew I needed to do something to show these species to the world before they were gone forever. How to Help  Some support for the project is being provided by National Geographic and their Field Test blog. The zoos and rescue facilities I’ve worked at have all been incredibly generous with their time. One of the most important sources for funding, though, is individuals just like you. If you like this work and want to see more of it, please consider purchasing a…

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