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Photo News – Magnum summer documentary photo course in London

POLAND. MILIK. December 2004.

Photo: Mark Power POLAND. MILIK. December 2004.

G.B. ENGLAND. Manchester. Moss Side Estate. 1986.

Photo: Stuart Franklin  G.B. ENGLAND. Manchester. Moss Side Estate. 1986.

Magnum Photos is running an intensive 21-day Documentary Photography Course in association with London College of Communication over the month of August. That’s great news but there is a catch—the cost of the course is £3,000, which is equivalent to a year’s tuition fees in some universities (not LCC), so it will be interesting to see what the take up for the course is like and who attends. However, I can’t find any information in the press release about the maximum group size.

The 21-day course will teach students how to successfully develop a documentary photo project from start to finish and will run from 7-27 August (Monday-Friday 10.00-17.00). Teaching will be led by award-winning Magnum photographers Mark Power, who joined the agency in 2002 and is currently Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton, and Stuart Franklin, who joined the agency in 1985, as well as the College’s staff, including Anne Williams and Max Houghton.

POLAND. POBIEROWO.  September 2008.

Photo: Mark Power POLAND. POBIEROWO. September 2008.

“During this three-week course, students will become absorbed in the practice and history of documentary photography and Magnum’s legacy and contemporary contribution to it. The course will consider all elements of successful project development; from research phases, to access and shooting, to the editing and creation of a final body of work for public display.

The course will consist of these main elements:
 Shooting on location – daily assignments and briefs in London
 Lectures – led by Magnum photographers and LCC staff
 Critique – individually and in groups, looking at technique, subject and personal voice
 Editing & production – learning how editing, sequencing and design can reveal narrative
 Magnum Print Room – you will spend a weekend learning the mechanics of the photography business,
networking and career development
 Graduation party –celebrate and display work digitally to a public and industry audience.

The learning outcomes connected to the course are:
 Create an industry standard and academically informed body of photographic work
 Have unique insight into the history of documentary photography
 Engage in critical debates on ethics, industry and technology in contemporary photographic practice
 Continue developing essential skills in writing, editing and making work for different audiences.

“For over sixty years, Magnum’s international photographers have chronicled the world; helping to shape documentary photography as a modern form of both artistic expression and a tool for change. As a modern agency, the current preoccupation is focused on the role of authorship in an image-saturated world.

“In conjunction with Magnum’s historic archive, a new means of culturally relevant production is being explored, leading to a greater dialogue with the wider market, expanded platforms and emerging geographies. With over six decades of experience and with access to world-leading photographers and professionals, Magnum Photos is committed in the transfer of its accumulated knowledge to a new generation of visual storytellers.” From the press release.

Photo News – Datacolor hosts free webinar on monitor calibration tonight from 7-8pm

If you want to know more about monitor callibration then sign up to Datacolor’s free webinar tonight from 7pm-8pm (GMT) Zurich, Switzerland.

The Monitor calibration is a short and easy tutorial providing photographers and creative professionals, from amateur to a professional level, with an in-depth lesson on how to calibrate their personal monitor/s to achieve truthful colours, so that photography can be displayed as the artist intended.

The online educational tutorial covers topic including:
How to ensure that your monitor is a reliable window to your digital photography
How to match monitor and printer output
How to create the best working environment for post-production.
The webinar also includes tips and tricks from Datacolor’s top imaging expert Oliver Mews.

Go to Datacolor and complete a short registration form.

So why is it important to know about monitor calibration? “Since no two devices display the exact same colour, precise calibration is imperative in order to ensure consistent, true colour representation. In addition, even calibrated monitors will gradually decrease in accuracy over time, requiring colour calibration every one to two months in order to display sharp, accurate colours, shadows and highlights.” (from the press release).

Photo News: Yaakov Israel wins PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos PHE12 award

The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, ©Yaakov Israel. Photo courtesy of the photographer.

I’m so happy to report that Israeli photographer Yaakov Israel has won the PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos (PHE12 Discoveries) 2012 Award for his series The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey. As the winner Israel will take part in PHotoEspaña 2013. The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey was the inaugural exhibition in May at Zelda Cheatle and Deborah Goldman’s new gallery Margaret Street Gallery, see images below, including one of Yaakov and his wife Maya. The work is featured in a book of the same name published by Schilt Publishing.

I first saw Israel’s work at Arles photo festival a few years ago and interviewed him for the April/May 2012 issue of Hotshoe. Excerpt from the feature I wrote in Hotshoe April/May 2012: “A quest is a specific type of journey, one that implies a search for something, and is a familiar plot device used in narratives, both visual and literary. As used in the title of Yaakov’s debut monograph, it is a concept that replaced that of the “photographic journey” as the project developed. In tandem with the idea of a quest, there is also a type of storytelling, more akin to that of a parable, flowing through the book. For Yaakov, the turning point came when he met a man on a white donkey in 2006 – four years into the project. “In the Jewish tradition, this man is supposed to be a religious prophet dressed in white robes. Whereas the man I met was a Palestinian farmer who materialized in the Judean desert in 45-degree heat. The encounter had a biblical feel to it and made me realize that I was really on a quest to explore what it means to be Israeli, and for me to live in this country. Up until then I’d just been looking, but once I understood the project – when I could write down what I was looking for – it presented itself everywhere. It didn’t matter where I was.

“Thus, Yaakov also embarks on an internal, psychological quest in his search for self-identity in a fractured and complex cultural context. “The more I worked on the project, the more I understood that it was not just about the geographical or social aspects of contemporary Israel, but also about the myths and the religions, as well as political and human aspects. It’s like I’m looking for something that only exists when I look at it,” he says. The images that are included in the book therefore are ones that represent for him “the journey and the idea of the journey simultaneously – the mental journey, the physical journey, and the idea of the quest”. Miranda Gavin

The jury of Descubrimientos PHE12 consisted of Anne McNeill, director of Impressions Gallery (Bradford, United Kingdom); Markus Schaden, editor and founder of Schaden (Germany); and Roger Szmulewicz, director of the Fifty One Fine Art Photography Gallery(Belgium).  Israel’s porfolio was presented in a review session at Centro de Arte Alcobendas of Madrid during June.

The winners of the last editions of the prize are Fernando Brito,Vanessa Winship, Alejandra Laviada, Yann Gross, Harri Palviränta, Stanislas Guigui, Vesselina Nikolaeva, Comenius Röthlisberger, Pedro Álvarez, Tanit Plana, Sophie Dubosc, Juan de la Cruz Megías, Paula Luttringer and Matías Costa.

Documentary photographer James Natchwey receives third Dresden International Peace Prize

“I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.” James Natchwey from his website.

A quick post to let you know, if you don’t already, that James Natchwey has been awarded the third Dresden International Peace Prize. The award was presented to the photographer yesterday and is given on the anniversary of the bombing of Dresden during WWII in recognition of “extraordinary services by outstanding people who above all act preventively to help prevent escalations of violence”. Natchwey has been a TIME contract photographer since 1994 and is known for documenting “wars, conflicts and critical social issues”.

According to the TIMELightBox website Natchwey was “one of the first photographers on the ground in northern Japan, Dispatch from Japan: James Nachtwey’s Impressions in Words and covered the devastating effects of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami”. Nachtwey was also embedded with a United Stated Medevac unit in southern Afghanistan, Wings of Mercy, published in January 2011.

Images from his 1994 series When the World Turned Its Back: James Nachtwey’s Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide can also be seen at TIMELightBox where he reflects on the tragedy on its seventeenth anniversary. Natchwey also received a TED Prize in 2007 and gave a talk in March 2007 which can be viewed on the TED website.

Photo News – South African photographer Anton Hammerl shot in Libya by pro-Gadaffi forces

More sad news from Libya, I’m afraid. After the recent deaths of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondoros, see earlier posts, it has been confirmed that photographer Anton Hammerl was shot in Libya on 5 April by pro-Gadaffi forces.

I first had news on the disappearance of Anton Hammerl via photographer Jodi Bieber while I was on holiday. Jodi helped raise awareness of his situation and made a plea for his release during her acceptance speech at the World Press Photo Awards in early May. Thanks for this email sent through from Africa Media Online.

The statement: “We have sad news. On Thursday we leant that Anton Hammerl, the South African photographer missing in Libya, was killed by pro-Gadaffi forces. On Thursday evening the journalists, who had been detained by the Libyan government at the time Anton disappeared, crossed the border into Tunisia following their release. They called Penny Sukhraj, Anton’s wife and told her the tragic news that Anton had been shot on 5 April 2011 by Gadaffi’s forces. Up to that point all indications from the Libyan government had been that Anton was in captivity.

“Penny had asked us to distribute the last images that Anton filed in an attempt to raise awareness of his captivity. The story was picked up extensively by the picture industry and has been covered by numerous online news sites. One of our partners in the USA, Newscom, sent us a blog post by Ryan Calder who spent a day with Anton in Libya 6 days before his disappearance. Our thoughts and prayers are with Penny and the family at this time.

To send a message of support to Penny and the family you can visit the Facebook page which was set up to raise awareness of his situation.