Category Archives: Video/Multimedia

Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism

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    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 story of a misappropriated image gone viral. This is the story of what happened next.

    When a photo is published on the web, it falls into nimble, anonymous hands that upload and share millions of images each day. Context becomes a casualty. Its loss threatens photographers’ reputations, may endanger their subjects, and chips away at journalistic credibility. If a photojournalist’s responsibility is authenticity, her challenge is control.

    James Estrin opened this conversation in “The Real Story About the Wrong Photos in #BringBackOurGirls” on The New York Times’ Lens Blog May 8, shortly after the offending tweet metastasized. Three

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Indigenous communities fight poaching in Africa

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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 hold the key to saving Africa’s great animals, is largely untold. Their efforts to preserve community cohesion are ultimately the best immunization against forces that threaten their wildlife and their way of life.  

 https://indievoic.es/projects/project_home/36/D

Its not too late to make a difference and there is so much we can do to influence the outcome of these species.  Please help share this campaign with your friends and colleagues. 

 

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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 on a topic surely well written upon. What happened just under two weeks ago (though it’s been quietly going on for sometime) is indeed one of the biggest developments not only in the world of field recording history, it’s also a landmark moment for social documentary photography.

The Alan Lomax collection is now completely accessible online — 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of film, 3,000 videotapes, piles of manuscripts — including 5,000 photographs he took over this astonishing career.

Alan Lomax dreamed of being able to give back to those he recorded. With the advent of technology, today …

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Above and Beyond: George Steinmetz Interactive iPad App

Above and Beyond: George Steinmetz Interactive iPad App

“Angry Birds, beware – a new iPad photography app has cracked the top-40 most popular downloads list in the iTunes Apps store.” – TIME LightBox Blog

The iPad App featuring the photography and methodology of George Steinmetz is now available in the iPad App Store

  • Hear directly from George how each photograph came to be, as well as the police chases, windstorms, equipment malfunctions and rocky landings that nearly got in the way.
  • Explore satellite imagery and maps of each location to discover exotic places throughout the world where George has taken his pictures.
  • Learn about George’s motorized paraglider and what makes it fly, through interactive graphics and an exclusive video that puts you in the harness.
  • Analyze the details of each picture — George’s camera settings, caption information, and high-resolution enlargements that provide an up-close look.
  • Share your favorite photographs through e-mail at the tap of a button. (Internet connection required.)

 

 

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The Biodiversity Project

The Biodiversity Project

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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 print from the Project.

Visit The Biodiversity Project on my website, www.joelsartore.com.  When you find a picture you like, there’s a “Buy This Print” button just to the right.  Click on that to start.

In the world of fine art photography, our prints are ridiculously cheap – 8 x 10s are $40 – and we do that because I want people to see these images and talk about the species they show.  A print above the right kitchen table can have just as much of an impact as one in a gallery.  You’ll get a signed archival …

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Ed Kashi – Julie Winokur Film Free Admission in NYC

Ed Kashi – Julie Winokur Film Free Admission in NYC

Here’s your chance to see Ed’s work on the big screen! Awarded “Best Short: environment” by ARTIVIST, Julie Winokur’s film, with photos and video by Ed Kashi, “The Leaves Keep Falling” will be showing (free admission) at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre on Wednesday, Jan 25 at 6pm. Click here to make a reservation.

ARTIVIST FILM TOUR @ COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (Award Winning Shorts Program)

MILLER THEATRE / 2960 Broadway at 116th St.

 

 

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Gerd Ludwig’s iPad App “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”

Gerd Ludwig’s iPad App “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”

For more information go to the iTunes store HERE

From thelongshadowofchernobyl.com

At 1:23am on April 26th, 1986, operators in the control room of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant botched a routine safety test, resulting in an explosion, and a fire that burned for 10 days. The radioactive fallout spread over tens of thousands of square miles, driving more than a quarter of a million people permanently from their homes. It was the world’s worst nuclear disaster to date.

To commemorate the tragedy 25 years later, I returned to the Exclusion Zone in early 2011 to continue my coverage of the aftermath of the accident; to update it; to expand it in respect to region and content; and to take my cameras again to severely contaminated areas with the understanding that some of my explorations are not without personal risk. Like many of my colleagues, I do this on behalf of the otherwise voiceless victims who expose their own suffering solely in the hope that tragedies like Chernobyl may be prevented in the future.

As traditional news outlets struggle financially, photojournalists must now turn to alternative funding methods for long-term projects close to their heart. While many in the media have turned …

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