Author Mark E. Johnson

Explaining the Coverage

The New York Times Magazine has a stunning photo essay shot in Gaza and Israel earlier this month by two Magnum photojournalists, Paolo Pelligrin and Peter van Agtmael, respectively.

Any coverage that comes out of this region tends to inspire as much debate about the balance (or lack thereof) in the coverage as to the story itself. It’s the most common political ploy now: attack the delivery or deliverer instead of the message. To combat that, the editors have posted about how the coverage came to be, what decisions they made and why they used two different photographers, one in each region.

It’s a fascinating bit of editorial transparency and I applaud them for doing this.

Flipping Busy Week …

So, I have this friend. She’s brilliant and charming and funny and I would follow here anywhere. But I have to stop talking around her – every time someone says something interesting around Katy Culver, she asks them to Tweet about it. Or write about it. Or show up on a podcast.

This week’s rundown:

Even I’m tired of hearing myself …

Watch a Hunk of Lightning

Lange MigrantMother02Premiering tonight on PBS stations is a new documentary on Dorothea Lange, the legendary photojournalist whose iconic Migrant Mother photo has defined the Great Depression. Grab a Hunk of Lightning will be featured on the American Masters series.

In some markets, it is on Friday night. For those in Georgia, it will be on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. My DVR is already set …

The New Old Photo Business

James Estrin has a great interview with Getty Images’ Jonathan Klein up on the New York Times’ Lens blog.

Buried in it, amongst some things I didn’t know, was this:

The world’s most-spoken language isn’t Mandarin — it’s pictures. We haven’t yet figured out how we get people to pay for it, but we will over time.

Makes me at least a little happy to think Klein still cares about content. Worth a read.

(Thanks to colleague Vicki Michaelis for the link.)

A Few Days Late …

But I agree with most of what Jeanette D. Moses at PopPhoto says about things I wish my kids knew before classes started.

Much of it I do cover, but the idea that photography involves math seems to throw a lot of them …

What Does a Photo Say?

And can it say it wrong? That’s the question David Davis tackles at Deadspin in talking about one of Neil Leifer’s iconic images.

An image can capture one moment from one angle. For it to rise to journalism, though, it must be seen in context. Doesn’t sound like that happened a half century ago.

Gordon Parks Exhibit Coming to Atlanta

Get this on your calendar … a color exhibit of Gordon Parks’ work will be at the High Museum starting November 15. Well worth a trip to the big city.

Free Photo Books

I haven’t vetted all of these, but this is a pretty good deal. LightStalking’s Ritesh Saini has collected 23 free photography e-books in one post and Tiffany Mueller has another set of 23 more.

Too much to try and download? The fine folks at Lifehacker have compiled them all into one 500 MB file (down at the bottom of the post).

Now you have something to do this weekend …

Killing Journalists Should Be a Crime of War

In a terse statement, appropriate in both its tone and style, the president and CEO of the Associated Press, Gary Pruitt, says:

… we believe the assassination of a journalist in wartime should be considered an international crime of war.

I would add that the killing of any journalist, at any time, should be considered, if not a war crime, akin to a hate crime.

NPPA Attorney Headed to Ferguson

It’s never a good thing when the lead attorney for a national press organization has to go somewhere, but it’s happening – the National Press Photographer Association’s Mickey Osterreicher is en route to Ferguson, Missouri, to help journalists deal with the escalating problems of press freedoms.

THIS is why we pay our annual dues to the NPPA.