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Monthly Archives: April 2010

On Photography and War

Five years ago today there was a very heartfelt discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, on photography and war, comparing the conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq. The panel included photographers David Leeson, Catherine Leroy and Don McCullin, television correspondent Mike Cerre and journalist Jonathan Schell, and was put together by Ken Light and moderated [...]

The Pulitzer: Plus ca change…

Given the extraordinary turmoil in the field of photojournalism, it is perhaps a bit odd that the Pulitzer Prize given to the best “breaking news” photograph of the year is one that we have become so accustomed to–the brave male fireman/construction worker rescuing an individual (often female). For example, the 1997 winner, by Annie Wells, [...]

The Fake/Real, and other Conceits

A belated invitation to hear a radio show now available in the archive) with astute interviewer Benjamen Walker on photography, particularly the impact of the digital. Luc Sante, Paula McCartney, Robert Voit, Adam Frelin and myself look at various aspects of image-making, including some very interesting fake/real birds by McCartney. It’s a thoughtful hour on [...]

War as Horror, War as Videogame

There may be no sadder piece of video than watching US soldiers attacking Iraqis from helicopters, killing a Reuters cameraman and his driver, as well as about ten more men, wounding two children, and attacking the van coming to rescue them from the air assault. War is hell, and this is an absurd and horrific [...]

Magazine Art Direction on the iPad?

A nice video post reviewing the graphics and navigability of several magazines as they launch their iPad presences. Do they seem like magazines? Check it out here. And thanks to Derrick at NYU for the tip.