World Press Photo Confirms Integrity of Paul Hansen Photograph

This quote sums it up: “We have reviewed the RAW image, as supplied by World Press Photo, and the resulting published JPEG image. It is clear that the published photo was retouched with respect to both global and local color and tone. Beyond this, however, we find no evidence of significant photo manipulation or compositing. Furthermore, the analysis purporting photo manipulation is deeply flawed, as described briefly below.”

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Swamped In School Work

The intention was to be more consistent in posting. That seemed to last about a week or so. I have some pieces lined up, but my teaching duties have taken more of my time of late. There will be at least one fresh post this week.

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Daily Life

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Screen shot of original image found on boston.com.

The Big Picture over on Boston.com is one of the groundbreaking photography blogs out there. It was one of the first to post galleries of large pictures. In doing so, it paved the way for larger pictures on the internet. There are other news sites out there that have adopted this style of galleries. This blog has appeared a number of times in my classrooms because of the rich content it offers up. This post in particular featuring the work of Mario Tama is one that I especially like. The editors of the blog will find specific topics that might not get covered in other places. A consistent theme that crops up is the idea of daily life, or feature photos, or wild art. The most recent gallery from February has a wide variety of images to caught my eye. A lot of newspaper feature pictures that had been moved on the Associated Press wire were featured. When I talk with students about photojournalism it is series like these that are stressed. Photojournalism is the celebration of small moments. It has the ability to tell stories in ways no other medium can. This gallery was full of moments like this. These were the kinds of pictures I spent a lot of time making during my newspaper days. Pictures that I use to explain the meaning of photojournalism.

Chris McGrath, a Getty Images staffer based in Singapore, made a picture that not only held my interest but fascinated me. It was the caption that answered my questions about the image. It helped to fill in what is not initially apparent. This information which is not apparent is the magic part of the photograph. It is the magic part of every photograph. All we have is a hint of the action. We never know the whole story. On my first look I was drawn to the man with a white shirt leaning casually on the ferris wheel. I wondered about the other two, but I thought maybe the wheel had broken down. After reading the caption I lingered over the lines and the color of the image. The closer I looked, I noticed that two of the men walking to make the wheel turn are barefoot. How long could their shifts be? How long have they been doing this? It is interesting that Burma has townships? Seven men make this wheel turn, so where are the others? If this illustrates the state of the transition of Burma, what exactly is it telling us? The country is referred to Burma and Myanmar in the same caption which I also find interesting. After checking the caption against what was found on the Getty Images website, I see this is how Getty sent the image out. This photograph was part of a series of 30 images made between February 10 and 14, 2013. There are other strong images in the series, but this one stands out. McGrath’s use of the the man in white as an element of composition makes the image succeed. McGrath has a knack for form and light.

McGrath is yet another talented photographer on the Getty roster. Going through his website his ability to photograph news and sport is another trait of his. THe act of reading this caption opened me to not more of his work. Searching the Getty site showed me more of the life of a travel carnival in Burma is like. It is easy to consume images on the internet. Taking the time to investigate the ones that stop me always pays off.

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…And We Are Back

Back? Really? Yes. No question. Regularly too, if the thoughts rattling around in my head pan out. I said to my wife the other day: “Hemingway wrote everyday. The only way writing improves is if you do it everyday.” I tend to favor Papa Hemingway over Faulkner. It is always the classic male binary ranking of the things that matter. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? The Stones. Bruce Springsteen or Johnny Cougar Mellencamp? The Boss. Larry McMurtry or Cormac McCarthy? Mr. McMurtry. Apple or Android? Android. WordPress or Blogger? WordPress. Canon of Leica? Leica. You get the point.

The goal is about 1,400 words a week. How that breaks down will depend on a number of factors. I am back because I need a challenge and I need to stretch my abilities. The focus, as always, will be photography and photography related matters. I am not cornering myself into one corner of a very flexible medium.

I will be writing for the sake of writing. I am not out to grind axes or play gotcha with photographers. There are enough of those sites out there. I just see myself as a former newspaper photographer trying to work out some opinions on the past, present and future state of photography…It will be interesting to see what happens.

Reading this post the other night is what fired my imagination and got me thinking that I have something to say.

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Last Post Here

Hi,

I am not sure who you might be. I try not get sucked into Google Analytics too much. But due to a number of reasons, I am no longer going to post here. You can click here for the new blog. I am no longer interested in commenting. I hope to continue writing reviews for Photo-Eye, but as far as commenting about the state, I will leave that for others.

Thanks for coming by, and remember to update your reader.

Tom

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Frame Lines is live

So earlier this morning I said that I was not going to put my blog Frame Lines on my server or into WordPress this week. Well, I was wrong. Not long after I wrote that I was struck with an idea. Go here to check it out. If anything I need to shoot, which is a good thing. So now I have my website, this blog and my photo blog all under the same umbrella and sharing similar design characteristics, which satisfies my inner German.

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Updating My Website

I am in the process of making my website mobile browser compliant. To do this I am using the Portfolio WordPress theme by Dalton Rooney. I have tweaked it some and will continue to for the rest of the week.

Checking out my old site on my wife’s iPhone made me realize the I needed to do something. I was about to use indexhibit after seeing the results David Bram was able to achieve. Shortly there after I came across Rooney’s theme and decided to go with that. I have WordPress here and on my teaching blog. I need to bring Frame Lines into the WordPress fold, just not this week.

If you are not reading this blog in an RSS reader, which you probably should, you can see that I have tweaked this place again. I went back to K2 because I wanted this to look like a blog.

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Jay Maisel


This is the second Jay Maisel recording I came across this week. Over on The Candid Frame, Ibarionex Perello has an interview with him. Click on the December 20 button in the player.


George Jardine has interview with Maisel and Richard Benson here. Here is another interview, it needs to be read though.
Maisel is a photographer I have grown to appreciate. His work in color was not something that I was drawn to initially. Color work did not hold my attention early on because I was mainly using black and white film. Now when I read or hear him I am drawn to views of the medium. I am more interested in his newer work. Maisel is someone who has been working for a long time and now is exploiting digital for all it is worth. In the Perello interview, he says that he is now using higher ASAs and making pictures he would not previously been able to. That speaks to the power of digital.
The video is part of a series of Conversations at the Summit which is part of the educational programing from Rich Clarkson’s Summit Series of Workshops. If you are looking for a workshop I was strongly suggest this series. I have known Rich Clarkson for a number of years. He and his crew know how to put on an event.

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