Dorothea Lange, “Human Erosion in California” and “General Strike/Street Meeting, San Francisco”
(via J. Paul Getty Museum)
In a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed published this past Sunday, Jaime O’Neill discusses the lack of iconography present to represent the current economic crisis. “The pain and suffering has only been superficially covered by the news media,” says O’Neill, “but it has surely not been addressed by our artists.” O’Neill reminds us that during the Great Depression, artists from all fields captured the pain and struggle of the nation within their various works: Steinbeck with his words, Guthrie with his tunes, and photographer Dorothea Lange with her series of painfully striking images. Future generations also sought to, as O’Neill says, “vivify” the experiences of Americans in hard times, including Bob Dylan singing “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” to Vietnam War protestors. And yet, the writer points out, there have been no bold works along these lines by the artists of our time. Even Dylan, O’Neill points out, now keeps his opinions to himself. And actually, it’s been the comedians who have been most outspoken about the issues. At the end of the piece, O’Neill says something that really resonates with me:
“As much as anything, the arts define the times, sketching a portrait of a moment in the life of the nation and the world, marking a period in ways it comes to be viewed by people who live through it and by people who come after. But the tale of our times is mostly being told by our unwillingness to tell it.”
What do you guys think about this, particularly as it relates to the photographers of our time? Certainly we are offered powerful glimpses at war and famine abroad by brave photojournalists every day. But what about photos documenting or commenting on the American experience?
Read Jaime O’Neill’s full article here.
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)
photo © Uriel Sinai, 66th POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year, courtesy Annenberg Space for Photography
For the final program of their IRIS Nights series during the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) exhibition, The Annenberg Space for Photography will be presenting “War is Only Half the Story”: A Conversation with Sara Terry and Louie Palu. Both acclaimed photojournalists, Terry and Palu will be discussing issues relevant to photojournalism, their experiences covering global conflict and their work on The Aftermath Project. For those of you who are practicing photojournalists, or interested in a future in the field, this is not to be missed.
Find out more about the important work that The Aftermath Project is doing after the jump and click here to register for the IRIS Nights program. Also, we’d love to hear about any of your experiences in photojournalism. Upload images to share at the DP Flickr Group, Tweet us, or comment with stories.
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photo by Jon Bakos, via GOOD
It’s Wednesday afternoon and all that most people can think about is how many days, hours, minutes remain until the weekend. But not you, you’re a photographer! You’re never bored, but are always plotting your next photo shoot or researching the new D-SLR you’ve had your eye on. We’re right there with you, friend. To keep the wild world of photography on your mind midweek, here’s our roundup of what’s been happening in it lately.
-Twitter and Flickr launched Flickr2Twitter integration!!! (Can you tell we’re excited?)
-GOOD’s new Picture Show: At the Truck Stop features Jon Bakos’ Truck Drivers series.
-The Annenberg Space for Photography is hosting workshops and free guest lectures by top photojournalists on Thursdays and Saturdays at their Los Angeles space.
-Nikon discusses the best way to capture memories of the family through photography with professional photographer Carrie Sandoval and Blogger Elisa Bieg from The Unlikely Housewife in their latest Podcast.
-The Frame takes a look at daily life as captured in the images of Associated Press photographers around the world.
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