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Barry Schwartz

Behind the Scenes of a Travel Assignment For The New York Times

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Cross-posted from Ask Mott.  [by Justin Mott]  “What is it like to shoot a travel assignment for a major publication? What’s the process from start to finish? Every publication is a little different but I’ll speak from my experience shooting dozens of assignments for The New York Times travel section throughout Southeast Asia for over a decade. A day in the life of a travel assignment, well, not really a day, it’s more like a…

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Behind the Image: Chris Steele-Perkins’ New Londoners

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Cross-posted from Magnum Pro.  “The New Londoners, a project by Burma-born British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins, has been four years in the making – a comprehensive visualization of the rich cultural make-up of families in the British capital. The project has culminated in a book documenting 164 families, collectively hailing from 187 countries – its publication set to chime with Britain’s projected leaving of the EU.” Behind the Image: Chris Steele-Perkins’ New Londoners

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How to Get Photo Assisting Work

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Cross-posted from PDN. [by David Walker]  “Photo assisting is a common, time-tested pathway to a career as a professional photographer. While some photographers manage to launch their careers right out of school, many assist other photographers as a form of apprenticeship. Photo assisting offers an opportunity to learn essential real-world skills including lighting and technique, production, business management and client relations. Assisting also provides aspiring photographers with the chance to start building professional relationships that…

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The Cost Of A Camera Is Never The Cost Of A Camera

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  Cross-posted from NewsShooter.  [by Matthew Allard).   As more still photographers move into video, understanding the gear becomes critical.  Understanding costs can be even more critical.  “I often hear people saying I’m going to buy this camera because it only costs this much. For example, if you have a budget of $7,000 USD for a camera, you need to know that you shouldn’t be buying a camera that costs $7,000 USD. Why? Because that…

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Screenshot of article on Gerda Taro posted on Magnum Photos

Gerda Taro: The First Woman War Photographer to Die in the Field

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Cross-posted from Magnum Photos. [by Hannah Abel-Hirsch] Gerda Taro is sometimes known as a colleague and companion to Robert Cape, but she had a substantial career of her own. “On 1 August 1937, thousands of people lined the streets of Paris to mourn the death of photojournalist Gerda Taro (1910–1937): a 26-year-old Jewish émigré from Leipzig, Germany. Taro had died in Spain, while covering the Battle of Brunete, during the second year of the Spanish Civil…

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Postcards From Mecca

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Cross-posted from The Eye Of Photography.  [by Andy Romanoff]   For twenty years starting in 1916, two cousins, Susie Keef Smith an Lula Mae Graves, traveled through the West, documenting with their cameras and selling prints and postcards.  “Traveling often by Model T, but sometimes on horseback or on foot, and accompanied only by the cameras they carried and the guns that kept them safe, they made friends with the last of the burro driving…

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Grace Chon’s Work in the Harvard Business Review

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Cross-posted from aPhotoEditor.  [by Heidi Volpe]  Grace Chon is a photographer who specializes in animals – dogs particularly – and understands social media very well, as evidenced by her fabulous success on several projects, one of whom led to an assignment for the Harvard Business Review. The Daily Edit – Harvard Business Review: Grace Chon  

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PSA: The Hudson Yards ‘Vessel’ Has The Right To Use All The Photos & Videos You Take Of It Forever

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Editor’s Note: Read ASMP counsel Thomas Maddrey’s statement of ASMP opposition to Hudson Yards’ terms and conditions related to the “Vessel”. Cross-posted from Gothamist.  [by Ben Yakas]   “The massive ‘Vessel’ is the honeycomb-like crown jewel of Hudson Yards, which officially opened on Friday. It’s been compared to a giant Shawarma, a comically-oversized pine cone, a rejected M.C. Escher fever dream, and a “$200 million staircase that doesn’t actually take you anywhere.” Whether you think…

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‘Incarceration Helped Me Find My Voice’

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Cross-posted from the New York Times Lens Blog.  [by Brian Frank]   Some photographers work an area they know very well, and in the case of Brian Frank, it is because he’s lived his subject.  “Years after serving time as a youth offender, the photographer Brian Frank has devoted himself to documenting young men’s experiences with the criminal justice system.” ‘Incarceration Helped Me Find My Voice’

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