It’s that time again when I take a quick look around the world of photography and see what’s been going on. As a quick reminder of how this works let me tell you that I don’t specifically go looking for links to include so what you see below represents things that have crossed my path over the past week and that I thought were interesting enough to share. If you have something you think I must include by all means let me know and I’ll link to it.
Kicking things off this week is Mitchell Kanashkevich and the post Fishermen of San Joaquin. This presents images of the fishermen and their families in this seaside community in the Philippines that Mitchell has spent the past few weeks documenting.
Japan has been the big news event of the past week and I want to bring you a couple of photo galleries dealing with that unfolding tragedy. The New York Times first and a post appeared on their Lens blog entitled Returning To A Nightmare In Japan. Beijing based Japanese photojournalist Shiho Fukado returned to Japan on assignment for the International Herald Tribune and captured an excellent series of photographs. There’s also an interview with her regarding it at the first link in this paragraph. The second link will take you to her website which is fantastic.
James Nachtwey needs no introduction and he too was on the ground in Japan to cover the devastation. In this assignment for Time he presents a series of black and white images that really show the destruction.
Photoshelter always provide a lot of useful resources for the working photographer as well as those just starting out. Last week featured a webinar with Pultitzer Prize winning photographer Brian Smith titled Stop Waiting For Your Big Break. Brian shares some of his successes and lessons learned from a 30 year career as an editorial sports and celebrity photographer. The video is embedded below for your convenience. If you haven’t yet opened an account on Photoshelter I urge you to do so. They are the tool of choice for working photographers worldwide. Follow this link and you’ll save a few dollars.
Over at Lighting Essentials, Don Giannatti discusses six photographer’s blogs that “get it”. What does “get it” mean? Well you’ll have to read Don’s post to find out in full but essentially it’s knowing how to connect with the right audience. Simply having a blog is not enough, you need to have one that is aimed at the right community. I know that my blog you’re reading now is aimed at you, the photographers. It’s great if a client comes along and reads it, but this blog is not my primary method of reaching clients. Don offers some good food for thought that will get a lot of people thinking.
Finally, the second issue of the new photography magazine F8 Magazine has just been released online. This edition features the work of Thomas Pickard, Thomas Lee and more. While you’re checking out issue 2, be sure to have a look at the first issue as well if you haven’t already which featured a series of my photographs.