Category Archives: Photojournalism

Photojournalism – Nanyang Polytechnic School of Design students’ projects

At Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Design, year 2 students of the Visual Communication course are introduced to photojournalism; for the students who took an elective in photography whilst in year 1, this is the one project they find themselves raring to go and can’t wait to sink their teeth in.

These youths start out with blank canvases but at the end of the project, from their photographs emanate a thousand words from their hearts and minds.

Behind the Geylang Lorongs by Elijah Ng

Rail Experience by Marilyn Tay

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Kyushu Impressions – NYP School of Design Japan study trip 13 – 20 Dec 2009

Rising sun - dawn breaking as we approach Japan. © Ransome Chua

Fukuoka International Airport. © Ransome Chua

Kumamoto Castle partially wrapped in the leaves of Autumn. © Ransome Chua

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Alison Jackson looks at celebrity

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By making photographs that seem to show our favorite celebs (Diana, Elton John) doing what we really, secretly, want to see them doing, Alison Jackson explores our desire to get personal with celebs. Contains graphic images.

About Alison Jackson

Why can’t you make it through the checkout line without flipping through page after page of pregnant celebs in Us magazine? Alison Jackson knows why.

Recognizing the deep-seated need of the world public to see the Queen mum seated at the toilet, Elton John getting a colonic, and Keith Richards ironing his knickers, Alison Jackson set out to create the images that we really want paparazzi to capture. Armed with cheap photographic equipment, celebrity look-alikes, and a canny sense of what we think people are doing when we’re not looking, she creates images that are equal parts belly laughs and pure scandal.

Jackson’s newest book, Alison Jackson: Confidential features over 300 of her images in outrageous succession. She is also the auteur behind the popular BBC series “Double Take,” which focuses on the (fake) outrageous behavior of dozens of popular British political, entertainment, and sports figures. Her biggest frustration is the penchant of her doppelgangers’ real life subjects to take on behavior more outrageous than her photographs.

“She fearlessly tugs away at the curtain that separates what we assume we know and what we really know about our icons and movers-and-shakers, and the result is stunning”

Sharon Steel, The Phoenix


Rick Smolan tells the story of a girl

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Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with a twist.

About Rick Smolan

Rick Smolan is the co-founder of the America 24/7 and Day in the Life photography series — and a natural storyteller in many media. His latest books are America at Home and Blue Planet Run.

Photographer Rick Smolan is the co-creator of the America at Home project, which captured the “emotions of home” across the United States during a week in September 2008. More than 20,000 photographers — pros and amateurs — sent images to a team of editors assembled by Smolan and partner Jennifer Erwitt, who turned the photos into an eye-popping book. It’s become a best-seller, of course, helped along by the fact that buyers can choose their own image for the cover.

Smolan has long been a force for exploring culture through photography. The Day in the Life photography series that he cofounded — best-selling photo books that captured life in America, Australia, the Soviet Union … — were an ’80s cultural phenomenon. (Rare was the coffee table without at least one of them.)

In the 1990s his production company, Against All Odds, investigated the storytelling powers of interactive CD-ROMs with From Alice to Ocean, a narrative of a cross-Australia trek, and Passage to Vietnam, exploring that country as it opened up in the early 1990s. 24 Hours in Cyberspace took a snapshot of the booming industry in 1996, and One Digital Day in 1997 further explored our fascination with tech.

Smolan’s latest book, with collaborator Jennifer Erwitt, is the beautiful Blue Planet Run, about the drive to bring fresh drinking water to everyone on Earth. It’s packed with glorious (and sometimes shocking) images and data about our planet’s water. In an unprecedented move, Amazon.com offers Blue Planet Run as a free PDF download. Download the free PDF of Blue Planet Run >>


James Nachtwey fights XDR-TB

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Photojournalist James Nachtwey sees his TED Prize wish come true, as we share his powerful photographs of XDR-TB, a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that’s touching off a global medical crisis. Learn how to help at http://www.xdrtb.org

About James Nachtwey

Photojournalist James Nachtwey is considered by many to be the greatest war photographer of recent decades. He has covered conflicts and major social issues in more than 30 countries.


James Nachtwey’s searing photos of war

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Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.

About James Nachtwey

Photojournalist James Nachtwey is considered by many to be the greatest war photographer of recent decades. He has covered conflicts and major social issues in more than 30 countries.

For the past three decades, James Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues, working in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil and the United States.

Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time since 1984. However, when certain stories he wanted to cover — such as Romanian orphanages and famine in Somalia — garnered no interest from magazines, he self-financed trips there. He is known for getting up close to his subjects, or as he says, “in the same intimate space that the subjects inhabit,” and he passes that sense of closeness on to the viewer.

In putting himself in the middle of conflict, his intention is to record the truth, to document the struggles of humanity, and with this, to wake people up and stir them to action.

“Reticent about discussing his own life beyond the basic facts, he’s clearly one of those rare characters who focus singularly on their work with a missionary-like sense of purpose.”

Salon.com

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/james_nachtwey_s_searing_pictures_of_war.html


David Griffin on how photography connects us

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The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

About David Griffin

As director of photography for National Geographic, David Griffin works with some of the most powerful photographs the world has ever seen.

David Griffin has one of the world’s true dream jobs: He’s the director of photography for National Geographic magazine. He works with photo editors and photographers to set the visual direction of the magazine — which in turn raises the bar for photographers around the world.

Griffin offers an intriguing look into the magazine’s creative process on his blog, Editor’s Pick, where he talks about how the magazine uses its extraordinary photos to tell compelling stories.

“Photojournalists of David Griffin’s quality come along perhaps once a generation.”

Dennis Dimick, executive editor, National Geographic


The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames

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The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process.

About Eames Demetrios

Eames Demetrios is the creator of Kymaerica and the Kcymaerxthaere, an alternate history of the world. He is the grandson of the legendary husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames.

The Kcymaerxthaere is “a global work of three-dimensional fiction” that overlays alternative stories onto the physical world. Eames Demetrios, the project’s Geographer-at-Large, travels the world exploring stories of imaginary peoples, movements, even physical laws — and then memorializing these stories on bronze plaques. Kymaerica, which Demetrios references in the talk, is one area within Kcymaerxthaere.

Demetrios is the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, the design team whose classic chairs, photographs and films epitomize the boundless creativity of the midcentury modern period. Demetrios is active in preserving the Eames legacy, as principal of the Eames Office, a clearinghouse of resources for researching, shopping and exploring the work of these legendary creative people. Demetrios was instrumental in creating the interactive version of the Eames’ groundbreaking film Powers of Ten.

Demetrios also curates the online DASFilmFest.com, with a new film each month on Design, Architecture and Sustainability.


Images of Our Landscape

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Went down to the National Museum to check out The Image of Our Landscape exhibition; it’s a pretty engaging visual trip through 19th century Singapore through paintings, prints and photographs. There were over 130 original paintings, prints and photographs (yeah… nothing like the real thing!), albums and illustrated books – many displayed for the first time.

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Kyoto Expressions

Ransome Chua

On a recent trip to Kyoto, and literally shooting from the hip – well, with an Apple iphone 3G actually – I found this ancient yet modern Japanese city expressing its charms in many ways and more than once.

© Ransome Chua

© Ransome Chua

© Ransome Chua

© Ransome Chua

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How do we make sense of images?

American photographer Fritz Hoffmann, moved to Shanghai in 1995 to chronicle change in China and stayed for 13 years. With Shanghai as his base, the respected international photojournalist traveled throughout each of China’s provinces and municipalities while on assignment for international media. Hoffman’s impactful photographic reportage behind China’s ‘bamboo curtain’ has made an important contribution to world understanding of modern China.

 

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When you think you’re been there and done that…

Good stuff from The Luminous Landscape:

It’s Been Done Before

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Behind you, Yellowstone. Feb. 2002 Pentax 67II with Pentax 400mm f/4 ED(IF) lens on Provia 100F

We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Been there, done that“. It is often pronounced by the world-weary and self-proclaimed sophisticates who feel that there’s nothing new under the sun.

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