And We’re Back …

After being down for a month (long story and, while I gravitate towards long stories, I really don’t want to talk about this one), Visual Journalism is back up and running. Mostly. We did lose all of the Category assignments for the last 12 years worth of posts. Hoping we can recover them, but I […]

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She Learned to Hear by Seeing

I love this quote from The New York Times story on the late Ida Wyman: Taking pictures enabled me to hear the stories of the people I photographed. Listening is such an integral part of journalism – if we cannot listen it is incredibly difficult to see the stories unfolding in front of us. And […]

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Building a Sense of Place at Woodstock

The New York Times takes a look at the (ahem) three rolls of film Roger Ballen exposed at Woodstock, 50 years ago. This exchange alone makes it worh a read: You’ve said that so much of photography is actually rooted in having experiences and not just sitting behind a camera or computer. Yeah, this is […]

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20th Century Journalists

The Associated Press Images Blog has put up a collection of photos of AP photographers and reporters form throughout the 20th century – great fun to see how our roles and appearances have changed.

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New Photojournalism Assignments

It looks like I need to add a Translucent Document assignment to my Advanced Photojournalism course this fall. This will go with the Spelling Document and Empathy Document assignments. The learning objective: Pay attention to details.

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Visual Journalism Fellowships in the Bay Area

This is an interesting idea – CatchLight Local is coordinating three, three-month long visual fellowships in the San Francisco area for later this year. The fellows will partner with local newsrooms to help show the story of the community. (Application info and more details available at the link.) Research has shown that visual journalists have […]

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When We Take Away What We’ve Made

Two decades ago, Susan Meiselas published a project that looked at how the visual history of the Kurds had never belonged to them – it was made by outsiders, taken away by those outsiders and then, essentially, banned by outside entities. Magnum has published an excerpt from the 1997 work and it has given me […]

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Starry, Starry Fakes

I may have a new hero – Dr. Elisabeth Bik, a microbiologist who has been looking at ethical issues in science journals, has turned her eye to some astrophotography published by National Geographic. One of the great losses of the last 20 years has been the relationships between photo editors and photographers. It used to […]

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American Masters: Garry Winogrand

PBS’ American Masters took a look at the life and work of Garry Winogrand and I highly recommend this – it gives a fascinating insight into his street photography and acceptance into the art world. It’s available online through May 17.

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