jueves, 22 de abril de 2010

Mark Power / Exclusive Interview

For some of us, photojournalists working on daily assignments for newspapers, Fine Art photographs are kinda way off our Panorama. To be honest, some of my colleagues usually don’t pay too much attention to this “kind” of photography. They consider it something from another galaxy. But I`ve been giving myself a chance to explore this field, not as a photographer but more like an observer for more than 2 years now.

There is a common belief that Fine Art photographers are sort of like grumpy artists that don’t care about the work of photojournalists whether they are working in a local or in a well known newspaper. Much less independent photographers, of course. But Photographer Mark Power is quite the opposite of that!

Georgian Spring /Photograph by Mark Power

Mark Power, born in Harpenden, UK, is a Magnum Photographer who studied at Loughborough College of Art and later at Brighton Polytechnic. BA Hons Visual Communication (1st Class) (1978-1981). He is a writer, photographer and professor of Photography at Brighton University.

At this point, I don’t remember whether I found out about the work of Mark Power because of his essays, photographs or books but I can truly say that not only I enjoy his work, and I try to learn something about it, but also I think he breaks the paradigm of grumpy artist that most people have taken for granted.

In my opinion, Mark Power is an open-minded photographer who believes in and embraces all sources of photography as an equal force. He is not that kind of photographer who discriminates in any sense the effort and quality of his colleagues whether they are the newest aspiring photographers or the most experienced one.

Georgian Spring /Photograph by Mark Power

This kind of respectful perspective not only led him to be one of the best in his field, but also he was invited to participate in a Magnum Photos group project last year entitled Georgian Spring.
Georgian Spring in a few words is the journal of ten Magnum photographer offering a multi perspective view of the modern and contemporary Georgia. Every Photographer invited to this project was assigned a theme to be developed during their stay in the country. The theme “Industry and the Economic” was assigned to Mister Power.

“I didn’t go to witness the effects of the war. However, my theme, “Industry and the Economic”, covers most bases”. Mark Power.

Mark Power tour across Georgia

Mister Power kindly agreed to give us (Me and the readers of Photojournalism: A love Story) an exclusive interview where he tells us about his experience in this project and give us a behind the scenes look of his work in Georgian Spring.

First of all, Georgia Spring has been described as a portrait of a contemporary life in Georgia. Photographer Thomas Dworzak and Chris Boot have been a powerful creative force behind this project, as much as the photographers who used their talent to approach an assignment that explores all sides of a nation. How did you find out about this project ? When did you arrive to Georgia? And how much time did you spend working on this assignment? (for example, did you do any research?)

I first heard about it, or rather the possibility of it, at the Magnum Board meeting in New York in December 2008. Thomas Dworzak was there, and mentioned there was the possibility of a Magnum group project in Georgia. Thomas is very well connected, and liked, in Georgia, and it was his idea from the outset. Now, having seen Thomas operate there, I realise he is more Georgian than the Georgians. Chris Boot called me at home in February, offering one of the places on the project, and discussed with me my theme... i was disappointed at first that I was being asked to cover 'Industry and the Economy', because I always get typecast into looking at these subjects, or something similar, but when I heard more about the doors that would open for me, and the fact that 'the journey', and what I saw along the way, was equally important to the factories, then I happily agreed. And, if you think about it, 'the economy' includes just about everything anyway.

I arrived at the end of March, I think it was, and stayed for 15 days. I did a little research, yes, but I do prefer to be surprised by what I find in new places. And because everyday was organised to the nth degree, there was no point in me making an itinerary for myself.

This is a composition of two separate photographs. They are shown together only for illustrative purposes. Georgian Spring/ Photographs by Mark Power

In a way, people always expected a certain kind of photos of every photographer involved in this project. Perhaps because everyone has a unique style or a well known form to photograph their subjects, either its technical or in others terms. In your case, Being a photographer with a published book as Superstructure and works like sound of two songs (2004-2009) and the Corporate choices (2002- 2007), people were amazed with the photographs of a golden International Airport Railway Terminal, a business centre in Tbilisi and the Abkhazian Refugee Camp, but they didn’t expect to view a powerful and maybe a warm photograph like the Georgian dancer standing alone in what it seems to be a dance school when they first heard your chosen theme.
The portraits of the coal miners are another example of this “unexpected, surprising and delightful” feeling that many people felt when they first saw the pictures.
You have been taking portraits in your previous assignments, that is not new to you or your work, but why do you think photographs like the little boy at the dance school (alone or with the rest of the dancers) causes such effects on people to the point that your work in this projects is considered as one of the highlights of the book?

Well, that's kind, but I don't really see the portraits as anything very different. I still think they look like 'my work' and that the whole set in the book - and many more in the exhibition, which is a slideshow - hangs together pretty well, always hard to do when you only spend a couple of weeks on a project.

Georgian Spring /Photograph by Mark Power

How advantageous is it to work with a guide? In your case, Dima Bit- Suleiman. And can you tell how your relationship with the guide was? Did you follow a specific work schedule?

Dima was fantastic... he understood very quickly the way that I worked, and so let me stay longer in certain places when necessary. He was given a very full and tight schedule for me to cover, and, while we did do most of it, some appointments did fall by the wayside. I couldn't have done it without him. I also took my own assistant - Murray Ballard ( www.murrayballard.com ) - a fine photographer himself. The budget didn't cover Murray's fee (so I paid him myself, and he kindly accepted less than he'd normally ask for, because he wanted to have the experience). I think the three of us worked very well together - we were a good team. It really was a team effort.

This is a composition of two separate photographs. They are shown together only for illustrative purposes. Georgian Spring/ Photographs by Mark Power

How much time did you spend selecting the photos that are in the book? And what was your criterion?

Chris Boot and I did it together. We were in a reasonable agreement about it.

Georgian Spring /Photograph by Mark Power

Mister Power, being a Professor of Photography at Brighton University, could you tell us what do you think about those people saying that to become a photographer it’s not necessary to apply for a formal education? There are certain things that a “wannabe” photographer can learn on his/her own, but there are others that might seem a bit more complicated to learn or generate on his/her own path, as guidance, confidence, and tutorship. Does it matter at all? What is the advantageous of School?

Well, I'd say that if someone wanted to operate in the world that I do, it's important for them to be able to talk well and convincingly about their work, to understand what they are doing, and the historical (and sometimes theoretical) context it sits in. Good colleges help you do that. But it has to be said that real learning happens outside of college... although we try to prepare students for the outside world it's really impossible to do it well. And most ex-students - graduates - realise that the real hard work begins after they leave. In short, I'd say it suits some people, and not others.

Students at Magnum Workshop Barcelona with Mark Power / Photos courtesy of this blog.

And Finally, I`ve noticed that today`s photojournalism, just to name an example, in most cases Is about how fast is the camera and how many photos (usually hundreds) a photographer takes in an assignment. What do you think it’s the biggest weakness in the digital era?

I think it's the lack of a 'relationship' with your subject at the moment of taking the pictures that worries me. I'm not talking about hard-nosed photojournalists here, for whom speed is of the essence - digital technology is perfect for them. But others who work - like i do - in 'quieter' situations should really be thinking about what they are looking at when they press the button... not afterwards, when staring at a screen trying to decide which is the best picture of a chair (for example) from a thousand similar possibilities. There is really something to be said for the discipline of working with a large format, 5x4 inch plate camera, as I use. Every time I press the shutter it costs me ten pounds. Don't get me wrong - I don't enjoy the expense, but it really does concentrate the mind. I do all my editing, pretty much, while I'm photographing, because I simply can't afford to take many pictures. In Georgia I took 180 single sheets and went over my allotted budget by doing so. It was a lot of pictures for me in just two weeks.

Magnum Workshop Barcelona with Mark Power / Photos courtesy of this blog.

And for all of you friends, here´s an interview of Mark Power by the people of HPGraphicArts.

Well, What do you think? I hope you have learned a thing or two! i know i did! Thank you Mister Power for your time! and Thank you Friends! See you on the road!

Jesús Rodríguez.

sábado, 17 de abril de 2010

The Pulitzer Prize

***This Post goes out in Stereo (Spanish and English as well)

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

On my first day as a photojournalist my boss sent me to a press conference 1 hour later. Of course, despite all my effort to get there faster than a bullet, I didn’t quite make it. “The press conference is over” said to me an old man coming my way. I was standing there in a hallway of a big building and the old man said to me again “it’s over! son”. “I can see that!” I told him in a very grumpy mood. After a few minutes we became friends, and turns out he was a staff photographer of that institution. He invited me to the Press room and introduced me to another staff photographer who gave me a few photos of the conference. I asked his name and what name I should write in the photo credit, he said: “Use whatever name you want, it’s not like I’m going to win a Pulitzer Prize with the photos I just gave you man!”

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

Like many others photographers, A Pulitzer Prize seems very far away. A lot of people think it’s an “almost impossible” think to win. But Craig F. Walker, a Denver Post photographer since 1998, made an extraordinary work last year without thinking about prizes and now he is the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Back in 2007, President George W. Bush was delivering a speech about the situation of the war in Iraq (when the insurgency was at its maximum) and right away, Denver Post Managing Editor Damon Cain asked “Why would anyone join the army now?” that was all it took to start looking for answers.

Walker made a few calls to Army Public Affairs office and with the help of spokeswoman Major Anne Edgecomb they found a recruit who would fit the story the Post had on mind.

Over the internet, this project has so many names, such as “Baby faced soldier”, “From boy to man”, “Portrait of a new soldier” and so on, but the original and official name given is “Ian Fisher: American Soldier”.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

Ian Fisher: American Soldier is the journal of a teenager who had dreamed about being in the Army since he was 15 years old. Walker begins the journal of this boy on May 2007 covering the High School graduation of Ian Fisher, following his enlistment to the Army and his basic training.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

Walker became the shadow and sort of like a guardian angel to Ian Fisher, a 17 years old teenager who let the Denver Post team make a chronicle of his life for 27 months, as he faced the pressures of his life-changing decision at such early age and also everything it means to be a teen, such as partying, girlfriends, friendship, family and getaways.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

The photographer and the editors of the Denver Post thought it was going to take one year to achieve a fair and transparent portrait of a young man who enlists to the Army, completes the basic training, goes to war and returns home from combat as a soldier who served his country with honor. But it actually took 27 months to get the story done.

During this time, the story was written by Kevin Simpson, Michael Riley, Bruce Finley and Craig F. Walker, who not only took the photographs and wrote but he recorded more than a hundred hours of video interviews for the multimedia department.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

“This is how an American soldier is made. For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the us army allowed Denver Post reporters and a photographer to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment and, finally, his return from combat” is the summary of the story.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

After working more than 2 years in this story Walker found himself with thousands of images of this boy`s life. 211 images were selected as a final cut of the project and 53 images were used in the printed edition. From all over the world, Walker and the team of The Denver Post have received letters and emails of congratulations from people touched by this long-term project that it’s not quite seen often in the media nowadays.

Ian Fisher: American Soldier/Photograph by Craig F. Walker

"Today is a great day for The Post. Craig Walker did an outstanding job on a subject of great importance: who are these young people putting their lives on the line to fight for our country. He really brought Ian's story to life and we are grateful his work has been recognized for the Pulitzer Prize." said Gregory L. Moore, Editor of The Post.

Ian Fisher celebrates with Post photographer Craig F. Walker

Craig F. Walker said after the winner was announced "What am i supposed to say? Im Speechless...Thank God for Ian Fisher, he and his family, it's their story. ... If they had not been that willing to share their lives the way they did, warts and all, this wouldn't have happened."

Here is a video that shows when Mister Walker finds out he just won the Pulitzer Prize:

For all of you folks who cares about design, here a link that shows how the team of The Denver Post designed and organized the photos and the text in a three-part series published in The Post in September. Or in case you enjoy more the multimedia experience, click here!

Lets not forget that Craig F. Walker won the Pulitzer Prize under the category of Feature Photography. But Mary Chind of The Des Moines (Iowa) was awarded as well with the Pulitzer Prize under the category of Breaking News Photography with her photo of an old woman getting rescued from the Des Moines river.

Woman getting rescued from the Des Moines/Photograph by Mary Chinds

Mary Chind has been a staff photographer at The Des Moines Register since 1999. A University of Wisconsin graduate, Chind previously worked for two newspapers in Arizona The Sierra Vista Herald and the Tucson Citizen.

"Senior staff photographer Mary Chind, right, celebrates her 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography with Des Moines Register President and Publisher Laura Hollingsworth on Monday in the Register's newsroom" / Photograph by Rodney White/The Register

Well, i hope to see you soon Friends! see you on the road!

Jesus Rodriguez.

**Traducción al Español by Jesus Rodriguez***

En mi primer día como fotoperiodista mi jefe me envió a una conferencia de prensa 1 hora más tarde. Por supuesto, a pesar de todo mi esfuerzo para llegar más rápido que una bala, no lo pude lograr. "La conferencia de prensa se acabó" me dijo un anciano que venía hacia mi. Yo estaba en un pasillo de un gran edificio y el viejo me dijo de nuevo "se ha acabado! hijo ". "si, ya veo!" Le dije con un ánimo gruñón. Después de unos minutos nos hicimos amigos, y resulta que era un fotógrafo fijo de esa institución. Me invitó a la sala de prensa y me presentó a otro fotógrafo que me dio unas cuantas fotos de la conferencia. Le pregunté su nombre y el nombre que debía escribir en el crédito de las fotos, y me dijo: "Usa cualquier nombre que quieras, no es que me voy a ganar un Premio Pulitzer con las fotos que acaba de darle pana!"

Al igual que muchos otros fotógrafos, un Premio Pulitzer parece estar muy lejos. Mucha gente piensa que es un "casi imposible" pensar en ganar. Pero Craig F. Walker, un fotógrafo Denver Post desde 1998, realizó una extraordinaria labor del año pasado sin pensar en premios y ahora él es el ganador del Premio Pulitzer 2010.

Atrás en el año 2007, el presidente George W. Bush pronunciaba un discurso sobre la situación de la guerra en Irak (cuando la insurgencia estaba en su máximo) y de inmediato, el jefe del Denver Post en el área de Redacción Damon Caín preguntó: "¿Por qué alguien entrar en el ejército ahora? "Eso fue todo lo que se necesitó para comenzar a buscar respuestas.

Walker hizo algunas llamadas a la oficina de Relaciones Públicas del Ejército y con la ayuda de Anne Edgecomb portavoz de esa oficina encontraron un recluta que encajaba en la historia que el Post tenía en mente.

A lo largo de Internet, este proyecto tiene tantos nombres, como "Soldado Cara de Niño", "De niño a Hombre", "Retrato de un soldado nuevo" y así sucesivamente, pero el nombre original y oficial dado es "Ian Fisher: American Soldier ".

Ian Fisher: American Soldier es el diario de una adolescente que había soñado con estar en el ejército desde que tenía 15 años de edad. Walker comienza a contar la historia de este muchacho en mayo de 2007 cubriendo la graduación de la secundaria de Ian Fisher, luego pasa a cubrir su alistamiento al Ejército y el entrenamiento básico.

Walker se convirtió en la sombra y como una especie de ángel de la guarda para Ian Fisher, un adolescente de 17 años de edad que permitió que el equipo de Denver Post hiciera una crónica de su vida por 27 meses, en los cuales Fisher encara las presiones de su decisión que le cambiará la vida a tan temprana edad y también todo lo que significa ser un adolescente, como irse de juerga, las novias, la amistad, la familia y las escapadas.

El fotógrafo y los editores del Denver Post pensaron que iba a tomar un año para lograr un retrato justo y transparente de un joven que se alista al Ejército, cumple el entrenamiento básico, va a la guerra y regresa a casa luego del combate como un soldado que sirvió a su país con honor. Pero en realidad se necesitó 27 meses para lograr terminar la historia.

Durante todo ese tiempo, la historia fue escrita por Kevin Simpson, Michael Riley, Bruce Finley y Craig F. Walker, quien no sólo tomó las fotografías y escribió, sino que grabó más de cien horas de entrevistas en video para el departamento de multimedia.

"Así es como un soldado americano se hace. Durante 27 meses, Ian Fisher, sus padres, amigos y el ejército nos ha permitido a los reporteros del Denver Post, y a un fotógrafo ver y hacer una crónica de su admisión, inducción, capacitación, despliegue y, por último, su regreso de combate "es el sumario de la historia.

Después de trabajar más de 2 años en esta historia Walker se encontró con miles de imágenes de la vida de este muchacho. 211 imágenes fueron seleccionadas para el portafolio final del proyecto y 53 imágenes fueron utilizadas en la edición impresa del Denver Post. De todas partes del mundo, Walker y el equipo de The Denver Post han recibido cartas y correos electrónicos de felicitaciones de personas conmovidas por este proyecto de largo plazo que no es muy visto a menudo en los medios de comunicación hoy en día.

"Hoy es un gran día para el Post. Craig Walker hizo un excelente trabajo sobre un tema de gran importancia: ¿quiénes son estos jóvenes poniendo sus vidas en la línea para luchar por nuestro país?. Él realmente le dio vida a la historia de Ian y le estamos agradezco que su trabajo que ha sido reconocido por el Premio Pulitzer ". Dijo Gregory L. Moore, editor de The Post.
Craig F. Walker dijo después de anunciarse el ganador "¿Qué se supone que tengo que decir? Estoy sin palabras! ... Gracias a Dios por Ian Fisher, él y su familia, es su historia. ... Si no hubieran sido por su voluntad de estar dispuestos a compartir sus vidas como lo hicieron, con lo bueno y lo malo, esto no habría sucedido”.

Aquí hay un vídeo que muestra cuando el señor Walker descubre que acaba de ganar el Premio Pulitzer:

Para ustedes amigos, las personas que les interesa el diseño, aquí les tengo un enlace que muestra cómo el equipo de The Denver Post diseñó y organizó las fotos y el texto en una serie de tres partes publicado en septiembre. O en caso de que disfrutan más la experiencia multimedia, haga click aquí!

No olvidemos que Craig F. Walker ganó el Premio Pulitzer en la categoría de Reportaje Fotografía. Pero María Chind de The Des Moines (Iowa) fue galardonado también con el Premio Pulitzer en la categoría de Fotografía de Noticias de última hora con su foto de una anciana siendo rescatada en el río Des Moines.
María Chind ha sido una fotógrafa de The Des Moines Register desde 1999. Es graduada de la Universidad de Wisconsin. Chind antes trabajó para dos periódicos en Arizona La Sierra Vista Herald y el Tucson Citizen..

Espero verlos pronto amigos! nos vemos en el camino!
Jesús Rodríguez.

domingo, 11 de abril de 2010

Smile Like you mean it Mister Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi Photograph by Platon

Everyday, more and more people are getting used to watch their politicians being photographed in public acts shaking hands with each others, delivering a speech, greeting supporters and why not? They all like to walk on the red carpet to be honored by others counterparts.

That’s exactly what is expected to be seen in a official “welcome to our country” act. At this point of our history, there is no politicians who wouldn’t know in advance, what to do and what to expect in those events. They all see it coming from the moment they get out of their airplanes or out of the bulletproof cars. But what they didn’t see coming was Plato! Not the Greek philosopher, but the English photographer!

Well, Actually it`s Platon. A London photographer born in 1968, son of a English mother (an Art Historian) and a Greek father, an architect.

This guy, now a staff photographer at the New Yorker, has been working for a long time before the whole world met him for one of his most famous portraits of all. Back in 2007, Platon had the opportunity to photograph Vladimir Putin for Time Magazine`s person of the year cover, he made such a vivid and perhaps, inexpressive but solid portrait of Putin, that the image won the 1ª prize at 2008 world press photo contest and brought Platon the international recognition he deserved a long time ago.

Vladimir PutinPhotograph by Platon

But the story doesn’t end there. Last September, during the meeting of the United Nations in New York, USA, Platon knew that it was going to be a unique occasion to be able to photograph as many world leaders as he wanted to, or could do. All together in one place and one moment was an opportunity that doesn’t knock on your door twice, right? That being said, Platon himself said on a interview to Melissa Block that he set up a small Photo studio “Right outside the steps of the General Assembly green room, and each head of state had to pass me to go onto the stage and pass me when they came off the stage”.

Presidents Chavez, Muammar Qaddafi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Photograph by Platon

As far as I know, this is the first photographer who is allowed to be at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, but it doesn’t mean it was a piece of cake to make this assignment, eh! According to his own words, the massive entourage of the President Ahmadinejad, was “really hardcore, rather intimidating, to say the least. But I was fascinated by his sort of almost naive spirit that came out of his face, and that's what I tried to capture”.

On the other hand, All Presidents were not nice to Platon, French President Sarkozy “was so rude to me and aggressive. It was a total shock to my system. I reached out my hand to shake his hand, and he sort of looked at my hand and refused to shake it. And then he looked at my studio set up and he said: (Foreign language spoken). And he walked off waving his hands in the air, shouting out loud: (Foreign language spoken)”.

Presidents Michelle Bachelet, Cristina Fernandez and Lula Da Silva Photograph by Platon

Platon´s project is entitled “Portraits of Power”, and you can enjoy the full collection of portraits in his website. But his work is not limited to photograph politicians. He has a huge range of portraits of music personalities, Movie actors, Artists, Sportsmen, and the list goes on as well as some documentary work in Colombia, Egypt, China and India.

Vladimir PutinPhotograph by Platon

If you want to know more about this photographer, here is an interesting interview by Spotlight, where he talks about egos, the differences of New York and London and also he says that “A good portrait is like a great song”.

For any of you guys, trying to figure out how Mister Platon is making his famous Portraits, I would say that to know the truth, you must ask or work to the master himself, but whether you are too shy or you don’t have the time, here is a video, created by the user ACjohnsonphoto from youtube, that explains a “theory” of how Platon makes it! It’s up to you to believe it or not.

Mister Platon is based in New York City, Where He lives with his Wife, daughter and son.

The man himself...Mister Platon

Thank you friends for reading this, take care of yourselves and see you on the road!

Jesus Rodríguez.

martes, 6 de abril de 2010

Its never too late to see The Great Performers.

I know that some folks might say it’s too late to talk about the golden little man every actor in Hollywood wants to win/have or own. Some might say its too early to talk about it, because the last ceremony was about 2 months ago, and we have to wait almost a year to get excited one again for the “most famous uncle” of the world. But let me tell you something, its never, never too late to watch an stunning slideshow produced by the people of The New York Times Magazine.

So, what`s “the Great Performers” by The New York Times anyway?

Well, “The Great Performers” is a series of portraits of actors and actresses taken and produced by The New York times Magazine. Basically, the idea is to choose a group of actors and actresses that had a “great” year in his/her film career, a year that made them stand out from the rest of their colleagues, and show them not only as celebrities, performers or big names in the industry, that’s pretty much how the audience or the public eye recognize them, but far away from all that, the New York Times Magazine focus on a more personal perspective of their life and their human sides. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not about showing them in a tender, sweet and charismatic way, but maybe in a raw, natural and real juxtaposition of what you imagine their lives are.

You will find some images obviously with a pre-production work, and others kind of seem to be so spontaneous, but I’m pretty sure you will enjoy another view of these famous actors.

This year`s “Great Performers” edition (2010), a young photographer from Magnum Photo Agency, Peter Van Agtmael, spent 9 days on the road with American actor Jeff bridges covering the life of such a great actor.

The result of such experience, and notice that I say “experience” because Jeff Bridges (one of my favorites actors of all times, also known as “The Dude”) not only seems to be very open to do this kind of photojournalism journal, but also it looks like not only the photographer were enjoying the coverage, but him too.

This piece of work can be view under the name The Run-up, on the final part of four episodes of the 2010 Great Performers slideshow.
In this post, I will show 3 Great performers editions: 2005, 2009 and 2010.

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, A dutch fashion photographer duo, took the photographs for such occasion. This one is from 2005, you can see there amazing portraits of George Clooney , Rachel Weisz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Bill Murray, Daniel Day-Lewis, and the late Heath Ledger among others.

(Click on image to see the work)

The edition of the Great Performers last year was photographed by Italian Magnum Photographer Paolo Pellegrin, a truly piece of art. It is worth to see.

(Click on image to see the work)

And finally, this year´s Great Performers its a four pieces work photographed by these great photographers:
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, A dutch fashion photographer duo.
Hellen Van Meene, a Dutch photographer that, according to her website, "is an artist who makes photos, mostly portraits, mostly of young people, and mostly of girls".
Antonin Kratochvil, A Czech-Born American Photographer, and a founding members of VII Photo Agency.
Peter Van Agtmael, An American Photographer graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a Degree in History.

(Click on image to see the work)

Well, That`s it for today! I hope you enjoy this as much as i did! Thank you friends! see you on the road!

Jesus Rodríguez.

lunes, 5 de abril de 2010

Welcome to Photojournalism: A love story.

Hi! Welcome to Photojournalism: A love Story.

My name is Jesus Rodriguez, a photojournalist based in Caracas, Venezuela.

I've been thinking about making a photojournalism blog for quite a long time, but frankly speaking, i never made the time to sit on the faked leather chair in front of the computer and start "an idea" of a journalism blog that focus primarily on photography.

I believe that with so many great photojournalism blogs out there, i have the intention of become a meeting place for those wanting to find out important news in the field of photojournalism, interesting projects from photographers around the globe and why not, breaking news through lens.

Well, This is my first post! i hope you enjoy your stay here in Photojournalism: A love story.
See you in a bit.
Jesus Rodriguez.