I remember Alan Boyle, the science editor at MSNBC.com, often visits this site. It's a photojournal that is literally out of this world. Note that these images can be downloaded and used free of charge. Unusual, as most images on line or off-line are copyrighted by the creator of the image. These images are “ours” as our tax dollars went to pay for the research in outer space. The site is maintained by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech. On the site, you can surf out to Pluto if you wish, but do come back home.
Who is SHE? She is Ami Vitale, one of my favorite photojournalists who currently works out of India. If you haven't seen her work online – RUN and check it out here. The images will inspire you and the Flash-based presentation will wow you. It's clean, simple, elegant and amazing.
Ami is internationally recognized for her documentary work. The National Press Photographers Association recently awarded her the much acclaimed Magazine Photographer of the Year title. At the recent PhotoPlusExpo in New York City, the World Press Photo folks had assembled her winning portfolio of images from Gujarat (after the riots). With her permission, I'll try and post those images here. She is also Canon's 2003 Female Photographer of the Year.
Meanwhile, here is your chance to learn from this young master of photography! Leslie Scott Photography and Tours is offering a special workshop with Ami from January 31 to February 14, 2004. The workshop will take place in Rajasthan. Again, I wish I could go. But if any of you do make it there, do send me a report at: tiffinbox[at]pipalproductions[dot]com.
How many of us have whined about lacking new equipment (like that's going to make us the next Cartier-Bresson!)? Are we not wide-eyed and get utterly silly when we see the latest and greatest in trade shows like PhotoPlusExpo? Yes, we all drool and we do tend to get quickly flustered don't we?
Shedding gear is quite frankly, liberating. I try and do it on assignments from time to time. I photographed a desi singles event about a week ago and took with me just one camera body, a lens and a flash (knowing that I may need to use it in dim lighting). It worked. I couldn't have used my longer lenses (even though they are fast at f/2.8). Simplifying what we use can better help us focus on what's in front of the camera, our subjects.
Aaron Huey, a photographer, echoes the sentiments expressed to me a while back by a New York Times photo editor – “Go Simple. Go Wide. Go Deep.” Try his technique and let me know how your experiment panned out. If many of you wish to post your images here on TiffinBox, I would be happy to create a photo album. Email me your thoughts at: tiffinbox[at]pipalproductions[dot]com.
“Those numbers are no match for 35-millimeter film, which has a resolution equivalent to 20 or 30 megapixels, but digital cameras can nonetheless produce excellent images.”
In today's NY Times find out why more is better.
The leaves have started to change. They drop – yellow, red, brown and some green – as the wind kicks up once in a while, or the rain yanks them off branches. But no, despite the weather cooling off considerably in the last few weeks, I am not talking about the climate as we know it. I am referring to the current sorry state of the photography industry. It's abysmal with no positive change in sight.
Through the National Press Photographers Association's list serv I received this in my in-box. It made my blood boil. When a photographer has to resort to washing dishes and placing himself on an auction block, I have to wonder why we even bother pursuing stories and documenting the lives of people around the world. Is it some sort of crime to try and make a living at what we love to do? For those who are freelancing, my heart really goes out to you. Making a fair wage should be our Right. And I do mean that with a capital R.
If there is thin lining to this cloud, it's the valiant work of people at Editorial Photographers. If you are in New York City on October 30 check out a brutally frank discussion about the state of affairs of the editorial photo industry. I trust that you will learn something new, be inspired or come to a decision that is far from ideal. For more information, please click on the link below. The war against photographers can be fought, not individually, but together!
Much like my former post post, there is another photo exhibit that's making the rounds in the US. Scroll down below for dates and times.
Associated with the exhibit is a symposium that promises to discuss the political weight images carry (in the context of the British Raj, of course). Hot topic, in my opinion. How are South Asians perceived now has much to do with how we were photographed in the past. I am sure Vijay Prashad of The Karma of Brown Folk fame has something to say about this.
19th-century Photos Show Indian Monuments Location: Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven, Conn.
Thu., Oct. 16 through Sun., Jan. 11, 2004 at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St., New Haven, Conn.
Free and open to the public.
The Yale Center for British Art presents “Traces of India: Photography, Architecture and the Politics of Representation” – a new exhibition of more than 200 19th-century photographs of India’s monuments. Organized by the Canadian Center for Architecture, the exhibition will show major sites on Indian history and demonstrate the interpretive nature of photography of British India. On display: photographs, engravings, prints, maps, books, postcards, posters and other artifacts. A related symposium, “Representing the Raj,” on Oct. 17 and 18 will look at the photos’ political and cultural messages.
The art center is open Tue. – Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Noon to 5 p.m.. It is closed Mondays and major holidays.
For more info., call (203) 432-2853 or visit www.yale.edu/ycba.