What We Learned This Week: World Press Photo Accused of 'Structural Racism'
The photo industry continues coming to grips with issues of diversity. This week we noted that World Press Photo has been accused by working photographers of "structural racism" and "performative gestures" after the announcement of a new managing director focused attention on a photo of the organization's all-white supervisory board. Noted Getty Images photojournalist Nana Kofi Acquah, "Many don't understand what institutional racism is, but this is exactly what it looks like."
PPD Readers Pandemic Projects: Roy Ritchie's "Crush the Ball"
It's been a hard few months. "Since the lockdown during the pandemic, a lot of people have lost their jobs, and also have been isolated. It is easy to feel depressed and hopeless these days," says Roy Ritchie, a freelance photographer and filmmaker based in Detroit and Los Angeles. With time on his hands, Ritchie created a video project spec piece as a Nike television ad. The video, which features a man pushing himself to the limit on a basketball court, speaks to the positive attitude needed to get through our coronavirus age, says Ritchie.
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Carlo Stanga: Dream Job
If there is an “Honorary New Yorker Pantheon,” I would like to nominate Carlo Stanga as a fellow. Starting back in 2008—or perhaps even before—this Italian, Berlin-based polymath has shown his passion for the metropolis I call home. He created subway posters for the MTA Arts & Design program that began to appear in 2009 and 2010—architecturally complex and layered images that celebrate the intricacies of a city that never sleeps. A few years later, he b...
Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal
David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.
American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder
Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.