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Photography Link Roundup

Photo by Patrick Hoelck

•  Polaroid photography doesn’t get enough love, or so it seemed to photographer Patrick Hoelck, who’s packaged a tribute in a book called “Polaroid Hotel.” [Patrick Hoelck]

•  The list of America’s most stressful jobs is out, and photojournalist made #4. And they only make on average $43K a year. At least a Senior Corporate Executive makes $167K. [CNBC]

•  David Hobby left the world of newspaper staff photography behind and changed the photography biz with his Strobist site. [Slate]

•  Eddie Adams didn’t want to be remembered for “Saigon Execution,” his photo of the Viet Cong prisoner with a gun to his head, and really actually wanted a Pulitzer for his photo of Jacqueline Kennedy holding the flag at her husband’s funeral. [Lens]

•  Google Video has bitten the dust. They recommend you move your videos over to YouTube and content will be removed after May 13. [The Register]

Eddie Adams Workshop Deadline Is Today


Today, May 15th, is the deadline for student photographers and professional photographers (with less than three years experience) to submit their work to Eddie Adams’ Barnstorm XXII, an intensive four-day workshop attended by photography’s top professionals and a selection of 100 students.

If you’re unaware of Eddie Adams, he is probably most known for taking the image of police chief General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Nguyễn Văn Lém on a Saigon street in 1968. It was a photo that earned Adams the Pulitzer Prize but reportedly caused him great pain, publicly lamenting the image’s notoriety and the hardship it created for Loan throughout his life.

The workshop, started in 1988 by Adams and held in Jeffersonville, New York, is a tuition-free event  and a program deeply focused on photojournalism. During the past 21 years, many known photographers, including Chris Hondros, Rick Loomis and Matt Black, have attended this prestigious gathering. Some would consider the workshop a right of passage for photography’s most talented documentary photographers, launching their careers in a new direction.

In the past, the workshop required photographers to submit a letter of recommendation from a working professional along with their images, but this year that part of the submission process has been removed, making it much easier for documentary photographers who lack connections to professionals to submit their work.

This year I submitted the above 20 images.

Photography, Half-Truths and the Whole Story

glare1Photo by discarted

Columnist Ian Jack took on the ubiquity of photography in The Guardian this past weekend, and he seems to be conflicted about photography’s role in that it only provides a glimpse of the truth and not the whole story. However what he fails to note is that, without cameras, the only thing that is certain is that we get no truths, never mind half-truths.

To prove his point, Jack refers to the incident in London April 1 at the G20 Summit where police struck Ian Tomlinson from behind, causing him to slam into the ground and later die of a heart attack. The attack, seemingly out of the blue and unprovoked, was caught on film by a bystander.

Update: A second postmortem examination shows that Tomlinson died from an abdominal hemorrhage.

Jack says the details are yet to come out about what really happened, as if the fact that Tomlinson was a part of the protest would somehow justify the brutality. That  is immaterial. Regardless of what the Tomlinson did a block away or four hours before (and all accounts have said he was not a part of the melee), he was killed by a policeman who demonstrated unnecessary force, and it was caught on video. I guess Ian Jack has never heard of the expression “The tape doesn’t lie.”

More importantly, before video surfaced of the Tomlinson attack the only half-truths being told were from the Metropolitan Police (Met) when they claimed that Tomlinson died from a massive heart attack and did not have any contact with police. According to BBC reports, Tomlinson had repeated contact with Met Police before one officer caused his untimely death.

Update: The Guardian releases new photos proving Tomlinson had prior contact with police before being assaulted.

Jack also refers to the firing last week of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief, Bob Quick, after highly sensitive documents he was carrying were caught by photographers as he was going to a meeting at 10 Downing Street. The monumental gaffe forced officials to deploy a raid on al Qaeda suspects earlier than they had planned.

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Eddie Adams – Iconic War Photographer

Photo by Eddie Adams/Associated Press

I’m not a great believer in the power of the moving image. A still image has greater lasting power. A still photographer has to show the whole fucking movie in one picture. On the screen, it’s over and back in the can in seconds. A still picture is going to be there forever. — Eddie Adams

If you haven’t been haunted by Eddie Adams’ photography, maybe you just didn’t know it was his. His most iconic image, of a South Vietnamese police chief  executing a Vietcong suspect in 1968, won him a Pulitzer Prize and international acclaim. Adams hated being defined by that photo — and the responsibility that came with it. He got into celebrity portraiture when he returned from Vietnam.

In the new book “Eddie Adams: Vietnam,” Adams’ war photography is showcased, including 200 never-before-seen photos that his first wife found in her garage. (And a documentary on Adams, “An Unlikely Weapon,” will be released in April.)

In this week’s New Yorker, there’s a small piece on the gallery show in Brooklyn that coincides with the book’s release. In it, Chris Hondros, a photographer for Getty who’s logged many years in Iraq, comments on war photography then and now:

“That picture is almost a template of what a photographer tries to do in Iraq. At least so far, a truly iconic picture like that has not emerged.” He took one photograph, he said, that reminds people of Adams. “It’s a picture of a little girl. It was after a checkpoint shooting with U.S. soldiers. They shot up a car coming toward them, and it turned out it was just an Iraqi family. They killed the parents, who were in the front seat, and the children in the back survived.” Hondros’s picture shows the girl, one of the survivors, crouching at the feet of an American soldier and holding out her hands, which are covered with blood. “It ran all over the world,” he said. “I got a lot of e-mails—‘This picture is going to stop the war, just like Eddie Adams’s picture.’ This was in January, 2005. And that didn’t happen.” 

Article via The New Yorker

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