Posts Tagged 'media'

Two Revamped Mags Promise Photography

So magazines are on their last legs, gasping for life and going belly up in record numbers. But two big magazine  revamps made news this week, and both seem to be paying special attention to photography.

Hugo Lindgren took the reins of the New York Times Magazine last October and promptly started slashing and burning (not sad to see a lot of it go). Among the changes expected to be unveiled this Sunday, March 6 (with a cover story shot by Mary Ellen Mark):

… “What They Were Thinking,” a feature of intriguing photos and a Q. & A. with the photographer; “Look,” a three-page photo essay of events and gatherings around the world — from a reality TV show audition in Los Angeles to a dune race in Dakar …

And then there’s the new Tina Brown-helmed Newsweek. The anemic weekly needs a major shot of something to get it going, but perhaps Brown has the magic formula (she’s done big things before). The Cutline blog says the forthcoming magazine will have “bigger pictures,” and a staffer reports:

“It’s slick, contemporary and feels like something out of the new millennium–sort of New York mag meets GQ, and pretty distinct from Time, with big photo spreads, graphics that pop and draw you into the page, lots of entry points into a story, infographics, sidebars, etc.”

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Photojournalism Dead…Officially?

Photo agency director Neil Burgess knows how to kick a horse when it’s down. In an essay on the Editorial Photographers UK site, he writes on a grim topic – the end of photojournalism. In his 25-year career he’s watched the evolution of photography, from blossom to bust. And now, he sees “no photojournalism being produced.” Sure, there are still photos being taken to accompany stories, portraits commissioned, that sort of thing, but he claims media outlets “no longer fund photojournalism. They no longer fund photo-reportage. They only fund photo illustration.”

As everyone knows, media outlets just don’t have the money to fund serious, substantive photojournalism — they barely have money to fund the newsprint anymore. With the rise of citizen journalism and the democratization of cameras, there’ll be plenty of photos, to be sure. But, as Burgess says, “what about the guys who produce stories, who cover issues rather than events?”

It’s a digital world, we’re just living in it.

Read the whole essay on EPUK.org

Reuters Accused of Anti-Israel Propaganda


Photos by Reuters

Is Reuters showing its anti-Israel bias? Or is the mini furor over some cropped photos the result of over-reaction and paranoia? As you can see above, the photo on the left shows an Israeli soldier surrounded by Turkish pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Gaza-bound ship. In the image on the right you can see the knife in the activist’s hand — a much more ominous scene. The photographer was later identified as Turkish journalist Adem Ozkose.

The blog Little Green Footballs exposed the omitted knife, and Reuters quickly addressed the issue, saying the image was cropped at the edges, as is the usual practice, and the knife was “inadvertently” removed. LGF says it’s not the first time “Reuters has been caught altering photos for propaganda purposes,” citing a 2006 photo of doctored smoke in a photo from Beirut. Meanwhile, Yahoo published the photo unaltered.

It’s no wonder there will never be peace in the Middle East.

Article from Little Green Footballs


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