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Reflecting on September 11, 2001: A Call for Photographs

“Ground Zero” © Ansalve (flickr creative commons)

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Though the horrific attacks were carried out in New York City; at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and aboard United Airlines Flight 93, the event rocked the entire nation as well as the rest of the world. We all remember where we were on that day, and remain in awe of those brave people who so selflessly gave their time—and in many cases, their lives—to save victims at the World Trade Center and elsewhere. The images of grief, struggle and rebuilding are forever locked in our minds.

Over the years since the attacks, photographers around the nation and across the globe have taken up their cameras to capture images that respectfully reflect on that day in September 2001, including scenes of the rebuilding at Ground Zero, photos of memorials for fallen first responders, or hopeful photographs of a community and a world pulling together despite our differences.

On this tenth anniversary, we ask that any photographers who would like to share their photographs that reflect on the 9/11 attacks, and the ways in which they changed our lives and our world, please upload them to the Digital Photographer Flickr Group so that they can be shared with the Digital Photographer community. These photos need not have been taken in New York City, or even on American soil. We will post as many of these images as we can on our website in the Reader Photos section in the coming days and weeks. Please only upload respectful images, and as always with our reader photos, only upload images that were taken by you.

Thank You,

The Digital Photographer Team

 

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Wounded Photojournalist João Silva: “Historian with a Camera”

Photojournalist João Silva, who lost both of his legs to a land mine while on patrol with American soldiers in Afghanistan last October, recently spoke about his injury, the state of photojournalism, and what he considers to be his role as a “historian with a camera.” Here is the full transcript of his speech, which is as powerful as it is humbly stated. Silva simply says, “It happened. My time came, I guess,” and is already looking toward the future.

Those interested in purchasing one of Silva’s powerful prints in order to support him can do so here. According to the site, “Should João not need the funds raised through your generosity, he will donate to causes of his choice.”

(via Gizmodo, New York Times, Support João)

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Justice: Photographer Recovers $9K Stolen Camera & Equipment Thanks to GadgetTrak

It’s every professional photographer’s worst nightmare to have his/her camera and gear stolen. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to pro shutterbug John Heller while on assignment for Getty Images at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, when $9,000 worth of gear was stolen from him— including his Nikon D3 DSLR. After filing a police report and all but resigning himself to the loss, Heller decided a few months ago to do a search for his camera on GadgetTrak’s Camera Serial Search (which is a free service). According to GadgetTrak, “Heller entered the serial number of his stolen camera and found an exact match with several images that were recently posted to Flickr.” Through a pretty fascinating series of events thanks to the embedded serial number in the uploaded images, the stolen property was ultimately recovered.

(via GadgetTrak)

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Why Photographers Should Have a Strong Online Presence


image via The Blue Hour

 

 

If you are looking to make money off your photography, I suggest you read this recent success story, which was written by London-based photographer, Brian Ferry—creator of the gorgeous photo blog, The Blue Hour. After reading, you will be inspired—if you haven’t already—to make a focused effort of creating an online brand and identity for yourself as a photographer.

The success starts, of course, with great images. But in order for those images to be noticed, the photographer has to come out from behind the viewfinder and show off a little. The thing about Brian’s blog is that it is stacked with great captures but it is also somewhat personal—tracking the photographer’s travels and daily life in London. He presents an inviting persona through his photo essays, and clearly Starbucks took notice. Congrats to Brian. Here’s hoping the same kind of story is in your own future! If something similar has happened to you, let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear of your successes.

 

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National Wildlife’s 41th Annual Photo Contest

Here’s a great opportunity for wildlife photographers, from National Wildlife Federation:

“The National Wildlife Federation is now accepting entries to its 41th annual photo contest. Nature is one of the most inspiring of all photography subjects and since it’s always changing, no shot is ever the same. Cash prizes totaling more than $20,000 and other gifts will be awarded to the winners in seven categories in three separate divisions: Professional, Amateur, and Youth.  Winners will be published on the NWF website and a selection will appear in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of National Wildlife magazine.”

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