Posts Tagged 'New York Times'

Looking Into the “Lens”

At a time when newspapers are shrinking, if not outright dying, a new blog dedicated to photojournalism projects is a heartening development for photographers and fans alike. This week, the New York Times  debuted its large-format photojournalism blog called Lens. With content spanning their vast archives up to present day, what’s also interesting is that the mission is to not only highlight the best of Times photographers but also other media outlets. But lest you think it’s a glamorous big-dollar venture, it’s actually a fairly simple proposition.

From an article in Editor & Publisher:

In a sign of how online publishing is often run on a shoestring, the blog has no dedicated staff and no budget for photography. It will showcase work shot for the Times’ print edition, personal projects by Times photographers, wire service photographs, and work provided for publication at no cost.

E&P says the blog was in part inspired by’s The Big Picture, but Lens is more sleek, sophisticated and comprehensive. The format is user-friendly too, allowing viewers to peruse the photographs vertically rather than horizontally, which is a nice feature. Definitely worth checking out.

Record Your Vote

Photo by airencracken

If you haven’t heard, the most important presidential election in our lifetime – or at least the most important one since the last one – is one week from today. In the spirit of citizen journalism, both the New York Times and YouTube/PBS have developed interactive features that we all can contribute to: “Polling Place Photo Project” and “Video the Vote” respectively. They want you to document what it’s like to vote in your town or city – the lines, the ballots, the protesters, the banana bread sold by the local PTA – and upload it to their site. 

Just keep in mind that the laws regarding photography at polling places are strict so as to prevent voter intimidation, and you don’t want to mess around with election officials who can throw you in jail. Here in California, you can’t photograph or film within 100 feet of a polling place. And that means 100 feet of the rooms where ballots are cast.

To see what the rules are in your state, go here.

Photographer’s Journal

Photo by Max Becherer/New York Times

Today the New York Times’ Baghdad Bureau introduced the Photographer’s Journal, a regular feature that aims to give some insight into shooting in Iraq, from the photojournalist’s perspective. The first one is “The Gap: Haifa Street 2004 and 2008” by Max Becherer, who describes the circumstances behind two Haifa Street photos four years apart. One is chaos; one is calm. Becherer explains what the photographer’s prized “gap” is:

The gap is the moment of time after something catastrophic happens but before everyone reacts to it. It is a solid gold moment for any photographer, be it in a war zone or in New York City, with a news photographer trying to beat the police cordon.

Article via New York Times.

To see more of Max Becherer’s work, go here.

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