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Photojournalists Using Instagram

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Benjamin Lowy's iPhone image of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. © Benjamin Lowy/reportage by Getty Images

Benjamin Lowy’s iPhone image of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy. © Benjamin Lowy/reportage by Getty Images

There’s a trend forming. Photojournalists are now using Instagram and their smart phones to report everything from deadly storms to war to professional sports.

This brings up many questions. Photojournalism has long been about integrity, honesty and clarity. Will the one-click editing filters and ability to manipulate the images make them less believable? Is our world so hungry for quick information that we are willing to sacrifice quality? Is the job of a photojournalist becoming extinct?

There’s an intriguing article in American Photo Magazine about this situation. It’s worth the read. Benjamin Lowy, one of the photojournalists I curated into my exhibit “Wide Angle View” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in 2011, uses an iPhone. He is giving a talk at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles on April 18, 2012. I am going and am very interested in what he has to say about the drastic changes in visual reporting.

Our world is speeding faster than ever. We need to keep up, but at what cost? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

In Memory Of Photographers We Lost In 2012

Time Lightbox Article

Time Lightbox Article

Time Lightbox has put together a beautiful memorial of the notable photographers that died in 2012. Examples of their outstanding work are included.   From photojournalists to fashion photographers, these professionals expanded the medium’s limits. Take a moment to view their contributions.

Jan Groover, Eve Arnold, Michael Rougier, Homai Vyarawalla, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Sergio Lerrain, Lillian Bassman, Robert R. McElroy, Remi Ochlik, Stan Stearns, Paula Lerner, Lee Balterman, Jim McCrary, Horst Faas, Horacio Coppola, Prabuddah Dasgupta, Larry Keenan, Martine Franck, Malcolm Browne, Juan Antonio, Susan Carr, Pedro Guerrero, Bettye Lane, Michelle Vignes, Richard Gordon, Dody Weston Thompson, Alf Kumalo, Wilhelm Brasse, Walt Zeboski, Cornel Lucas, Arnaud Maggs, and Ken Regan – your work will be missed.

Gina Genis – Artist Profile in Press Enterprise Newspaper

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

Dear Friends and Bloggers,

The Press Enterprise newspaper, serving Riverside and San Bernardino in southern California has printed an artist profile, titled “Gina Genis Puts Artistry In Photojournalism”  about my work. I hope you visit the link and enjoy the article.

Thank you to Grace Kook Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum, and Dave Barton, Senior Art Critic of OC Weekly, Theater producer and director, for providing insights about my work for this article.

Another thanks goes out to Jill  K. Jones for taking the time to research and write such an engaging profile.

You can find out more about Economy Portraits, the work highlighted in this piece by clicking here and going to another page in this blog.

A book about the Economy Portraits project is available on Amazon.

Find out about Gina Genis Photography Workshops, Lessons, and fine art here.

Photographer Alf Kumalo Dies

Alf Kumalo as he is arrested at a boxing match in 1976

Do not underestimate the power of photography. Alf Kumalo, a South African self-taught photographer made the world change with his strong images of Apartheid. The New York Times writes:

“Mr. Kumalo had a knack for being where history was unfolding. He was among the photographers who covered the Sharpeville Massacre on March 21, 1960, when 69 people were killed as white police officers fired on a crowd protesting the South African pass laws, which restricted the movements of blacks. The killings helped catalyze resistance to apartheid.”

This type of event was typical for the brave man to capture on film. As a black man, he endured the same beatings and harassment that the protesting citizens of Apartheid did.

Kumalo began his photography career in the 1950’s because the newspaper he worked, Bantu World, for was too small to have a dedicated photographer, so Kumalo took his own photos to accompany his articles. He went on to become on of the top photojournalists in South African history.

Portrait of Alf Kumalo. Photographer unknown. (NY Times)

Alf Kumalo – September 5, 1930 – October 21, 2012

To learn more about Alf Kumalo, click this link to his obituary in the New York Times.

James Nachtwey Quote #1

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A Rawandan man who survived the Hutu death camp. Photo by James Nachtwey.

A victim of the famine in Sudan. Photo by James Nachtwey.

“If I can upset people, if I can ruin their day, then I have done my job.”  – James Nachtwey,  Photojournalist


James Nachtwey shooting a shooter. Photographer credit unknown.

Portrait of James Nachtwey. Photographer credit unknown.

http://www.jamesnachtwey.com

More information about James Nachtwey including interviews and exhibits of his work: http://www.scoop.it/t/james-nachtwey

Margaret Bourke White Quote #1

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Margaret Bourke White image from the Great Depression

Utter truth is essential and that is what stirs me when I look through the camera.

Margaret Bourke-White – June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971

She was the first woman war correspondent who worked in combat zones, and the first woman photographer in Life magazine. She forged the way for the female photojournalists of today, and we have to admire her bravery, determination and talent.

Photo of Margaret Bourke White in 1935

Canon 5D Mark III Arrives

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The new Canon 5D Mark III

Great news for Canon junkies. The new 5D Mark III has arrived. What’s so great about this camera? Well, more speed, higher resolution, enhanced processing power, and added creative options for  stills and Full HD movies. This new beast provides the most creative freedom ever for those of us who need to shoot with our brains instead of a machine.

Here is a look at the body with lens kit.  Here is a look at the body only.

So what’s the damage to your wallet? The body only is $3,499. The kit with lens will empty you out to the tune of $4,299. An investment, yes, but one I am willing to make. I think about the shots I have missed in low light, the noise I struggle to remove, and think – yes, this is worth the great shots I will get once it is in my hands.

Read a full review of the Canon 5D Mark III here.

I am holding my breath until mine arrives. Hopefully I won’t turn blue.

 

 

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