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Monday, 17 February 2014


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This shows only that he was ahead of his time - a phenomenon occuring quite frequently among great artists and philosophers.

Blake is an excellent photographer. Why don't you discuss a printsale with him? - or a photobook perhaps?

World Press makes the case that Gary Knight asked to recuse himself from the final voting (he was allowed anyway)- he should have never been on that panel, period.

World Press themselves initiate and promote their incestuous jury panel and procedure, and then claim moral indignation when the appearance of impropriety (at the very least) is cited.

They have the intelligence and resources to do better...

David Campbell who is the current secretary of the World Press Photo Contest has produced a very informative post http://www.david-campbell.org/2014/02/17/world-press-photo-2014-contest-reflections-secretarys-seat/

Up to $3,000 for Women Are Beautiful!? Pretty amazing for a book that languished in the sale book bins at countless book stores for countless years. Regardless, it's a great essay whatever the price, and although I'd like to dismiss the charges of it being "sexist" as totally ludicrous- am not in the position to do so.

Last I knew, Blake had taken his blog down. So happy to learn that it has returned.

I often wonder ... the woman on the street was obviously photographed simply walking along, unaware. Did Gary Winogrand stop her and ask her to sign a release form? Does she know she is featured in a slightly salacious way in a book?

If I take what I feel is a, say, "delicious" shot of a woman out in public, am I entitled to use that and publish it? I mean publish it without promoting it as sexy or erotic or whatever. But what if I published it in a book entitled "Women I'd Like to Meet Again" or something like that with an overt meaning.

I haven't done anything like this of course, I wish I had, but I'd like to know what my rights would be and what the subject might be able to do if she saw it and objected.

[This is a common topic of discussion among street photographers and easy to research. Release forms aren't required for art photography and permission isn't required for pictures taken from public property unless the subject is on private property and has a "reasonable expectation of privacy." --Mike]

Thanks for mentioning my post, Mike. I'm not sure if it's faint praise or backhanded slight, or somewhere in between. But either way I'll take it.

The used book reviews were a response to the sometimes frothy climate surrounding new photo books, which resembles a gold rush in its cut-throat and jostling nature. I want to remind people that you needn't get caught up in that. You can find great titles from just a few years ago that are just as good or better than any new book and often for very little money. It requires a keen eye to weed through the crap, but if you know what you're looking for this is an underappreciated way to build a good photo library.

I don't think I came down hard too on Stochl. I gave him what I think is a fair assessment. It was actually complimentary compared to some of the other reviews or things I've written in the past. I fear we've become so inured to generalized appreciation that a good hard honest review seems negative in comparison.

Anyway, you are the original blogger-extaordinaire. Keep it up.

Perhaps this overview of the WPP awards judging process will assist you in assessing their worth: http://www.david-campbell.org/2014/02/17/world-press-photo-2014-contest-reflections-secretarys-seat/

I find the press's obsession with Photoshop (lack thereof) extremely annoying. Any photo editor worth a darn can lie as effectively with a crop and by selection of what to publish as the photographer can with a bit of cloning. This fetish for no editing is about the appearance of trustworthiness, not about actual trustworthiness.

Ultimately we either trust them or we do not; they are honest or they are not. These absurd rules feel like a sham designed to make the public feel trust, and why would honest men need to work so hard to garner trust?

As the founder of Dirty Old Men's Association International (and its web site), I'll have to weigh in on "Women Are Beautiful".

I once planned, and may yet do, exactly such a project as Winogrand did her, beautiful women as main subject in street photography.

I fail *completely* to see how this is sexist. Everybody, including women, likes to look at beautiful women. Why not photograph them?
If somebody did it with men, I'd be slightly less interested, but certainly not judgmental about it.

I have expanded on my view here:


And on looking at women here:

(note: if you wander away from that page, there are nudes.)

Hadn't really seen much of his work apart from a seminal two or three. Thanks for the head's-up and link Mike.

Hi - Michael Schumacher was conscious after the accident but was placed in a medically induced coma and had his temperature artificially reduced by a few degree, to help the healing process.

He is now being very slowly brought out of the coma by an also very gradual reduction of the drugs used to induce and maintain that coma.

I hope he makes a full recovery .



Further to the topic of photographing women in the street, I can tell you that here in Oz they would start yelling at you. It would be an unpleasant pastime.

I had a weird experience last week at my pharmacy. I had my carry bag (my "handbag", my manbag) on the counter and while politely chatting, casually mentioned that I always carry my camera in my bag.

The pharmacist stepped back and said, "You're not taking a photo of me are you?!" with an alarmed look on her face. She really thought I was taking her picture through the bag somehow. This is a woman with a tertiary degree.

Women in this country go mad if you try to take their photo without smooth talking beforehand, and most not even then. Why? Just because. One does it, they all do it. It's got so bad that I'm scared to expose my camera in many situations.

I've done a lot of travel in Asian countries and the attitude is the complete opposite. In nearly all cases they smile and are flattered that I would want to photograph them. So much more pleasant.

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