Three years in coming, the new Flak Photo has just launched. Editor / Producer / Publisher Andy Adams writes, "Since launching the site in 2006, my mission has primarily been to promote the discovery of contemporary image-makers from around the world. There are more than 1,500 photographs in the Flak Photo Collection at this writing and that number grows every day.
"The new Flak Photo will provide a more robust channel for presenting the work of artists, curators, bookmakers and photo organizations to a global audience of people who are passionate about visual culture."
There seem to be still a few bugs in the system—not all the galleries seem to load correctly for me (maybe just give 'em some time?)—but that's to be expected, and I'm sure they're working on it. Pay a visit and see what you think.
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Featured Comment by Andy Adams: "Thanks for the shout, Mike! We're excited to kick off the New Year with the upgrade launch and would love to hear from the online photo community about how we can make the site even better. Indeed, we're still ironing out some wrinkles and posting daily updates on Flak Photo's Twitter. We've got ideas for expanding on the work we've done so far and are planning to use the Flak Photo Beta group to share behind-the-scenes website updates and also to listen to ideas about how we can make Flak Photo more useful for its contributors and the readers who visit every day. Flak Photo Beta will go live later this week—you can find us on Facebook here."
Featured Comment by Roy: "This gallery site doesn't work at all for me (using latest Chrome) so a burst of Flak from this directon. I can only view the image displayed here on TOP; everything else is greyed out.
"Seeing a photo of Vashist, today, is a strange experience. I was last there in 1973. At that time Vashist had nothing at all in the way of buildings except around the hot springs where I was able to soak in comfort after months of showering in the ice-cold water coming down from the glaciers. The Leh highway was closed by the Indian Army just above Vashist so access to Ladakh was impossible.
"The Kulu Valley in 1973 was an adventurous holiday destination, braved only by a few of us hippies (mostly the French as I recall) in search of the justly famous Manali hash. The Sadhus were there in force for much the same reason.
"Nowadays I'm told Manali has hundreds of hotels: incredible. In 1973 there was only the unspeakable bus-station hotel where I once spent a night vomiting with the onset of hepatitis before the agonising trip down to Delhi.