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Visa Pour l’Image’s Jean-François Leroy discusses photojournalism past and present

Olivier Laurent in the BJP interviews Jean-Francois Leroy about the past and future of phot-journalism


Athens, October 20, 2011. A demonstrator fleeing tear gas. Image © Aris Messinis / AFP.

Visa Pour l’Image, the world’s largest photojournalism festival, is coming back to Perpignan for its 24th edition. Its director, Jean-François Leroy, speaks with Olivier Laurent about this year’s programme and the state of the market……..

In less than two months, thousands of photojournalists will converge on Perpignan for the 24th edition of Visa Pour l’Image. Olivier Laurent speaks with festival director Jean-François Leroy about the future of photojournalism, photojournalists past and present, and drawing inspiration from photography.

Olivier Laurent: Let’s start with the exhibitions. What’s the overall theme of this year’s festival?

Jean-François Leroy: As always, there’s no actual theme. For this edition, we’re following this year’s news agenda, which wasn’t as heavy as last year’s. But even without Fukushima and the start of the Arab Spring, we still had the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq, Gaddafi’s fall and Syria, which started as an uprising and is now a mass grave for journalists and civilians. And let’s not forget the Sudan, Nigeria and Mexico. There’s a lot happening, unfortunately. On the other hand, and to add something a bit more amusing, we have the French elections.

Street photography is often just too demanding for some people but for others it highlights a window onto how they see the world. If you like photography at all you will love Henri Cartier-Bresson who was the Daddy, this post has a few more gems for you to discover

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Public places, candid snapshots, fleeting moments captured. That’s what street photography is all about, and the following eight blogs do it beautifully:

Jimmy on the Run

365 From the Archive

Über die Webbographie

Sami Alramyan

Without an H

Perpetuum Mobile

A Walk with My Camera

Bones, Mugs & Harmony

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Print auction launched to support London’s Festival of Photography

Olivier Laurent writes in The British Journal of Photography

Documentary and fine art photographers are coming together to help support the London Festival of Photography, donating prints for a special auction……

Led by Dr. Michael Pritchard of the Royal Photographic Society will be leading the special print auction designed to support next year’s edition of the London Festival of Photography.

“Many of the festival’s contributing photographers have donated prints so you will have the chance to own the best of the festival,” say the organisers. “Lively entertainment, refreshments and opportunities for industry mingling and prize-winning will ensure the evening is a night to remember. All proceeds will go towards ensuring the festival will be back in 2013.”

The festival will be offering prints from artists that include Edward Burtynsky, Simon Roberts, Chris Steele-Perkins, Martin Parr, Olivia Arthur, Steve Bloom, Zed Nelson, Kurt Tong, John Angerson, Wasma Mansour, Andre Penteado, Alejandro Cartagena, Toby Smith, Arnhel de Serra and Frederick Wilfred among others.

The festival will also propose a silent auction on signed books and cameras.

Entry to the auction, which takes place on 19 July at the Dog Eared Gallery, is £15.

For more details, visit the London Festival of Photography website.

Jeddah Diary © Olivia Arthur.

Hackney © Zed Nelson / Institute.

Image © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.

Shipbreaking © Edward Burtysnky.

Deutsche Börse photography prize 2012 – in pictures

We have featured this prize before, now The Guardian shows the images again and provides a review by Adrian Searle

Pieter Hugo, Rinko Kawauchi, John Stezaker and Christopher Williams are the four photographers shortlisted for this year’s £30,000 Deutsche Börse photography prize. Their work goes on display at The Photographers’ Gallery from 13 July – 9 September 2012. View some of their images here

Adrian Searle: John Stezaker’s work is by miles the best here, with that great unteachable gift: an eye and a sensibility

John Stezaker, Siren Song V, 2011 Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London

Pieter Hugo, Yakubu Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009 Photograph: Pieter Hugo/Courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Christopher Williams, Fachhochschule Aachen, Fachbereich Gestaltung, Studiengang: Visuelle Kommunikation, Fotolabor für Studenten, Boxgraben 100, Aachen, 8 November, 2010 Photograph: Christopher Williams/Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Yeah I don’t get it either……

The Rolling Stones at 50

From The Guardian we get an interactive piece: The Rolling Stones are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first-ever live performance, which took place at the Marquee Club in London on 12 July 1962. To mark the occasion, here are 50 images of the band with links to videos and stories in the Guardian and Observer – showing you how we’ve covered their tumultuous history Go here for  full interaction

Giving their opinion on records for Juke Box Jury at the BBC in London, 27 June 1964. Charlie Watts: ‘I hated doing that show’
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at the Feathers pub on Fleet Street, London, 30 June 1967, after both had just been released from prison on bail
Richards at Redlands, his home in West Sussex, on 31 July 1973. ‘I’ve had two or three houses burn down. Redlands burned down once … It was a terrible thing to happen to such a beautiful place. Parts of it date back to the 12th century’

Pictures of the Week: June 22, 2012

Pictures of the Week is a Denver Post Plog that gathers the strongest photojournalism from around the world. Here is a taste from that week

Jordanian farmer, Falah al Abbadi, 50, harvests wheat, on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

An Indian shouts for water as a shanty town is engulfed in flames in New Delhi, India, Friday, June 22, 2012. A fire swept through a slum in the Indian capital on Friday, destroying hundreds of shanties where residents had collected scrap plastic and rubber for resale. No one was reported injured or killed, fire department chief A.K. Sharma said. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

A Palestinian man kisses the body of Ghaleb Ermilat, 21, killed in an Israeli military strike, during his funeral at the main Mosque in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Israeli aircraft fired missiles Wednesday at Gaza militants involved in a deadly infiltration from Egypt earlier in the week, killing one and severely wounding the other, the military claimed. It was Israel’s first official linking of the ambush to Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

Indigenous prepare to enter a subway train as they commute to the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in Defense of the Commons, a parallel event during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  The Earth summit runs through June 22. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Fire officials evacuate employees after the headquarters of the Maharashtra state government caught fire in Mumbai, India, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Hundreds of employees were evacuated Thursday from a seven-story government building as more than two dozen fire engines battled a major fire that raged for more than three hours in India’s financial and entertainment capital. (AP Photo)

See the rest of the images from this Denver Post article here

Daily Life Around The Globe From The Denver Post

The Denver Post has excellent photo blogs bringing together some of the very best photo-journalism from around the world, here is a taste from this post ‘Daily Life from Around The Globe”

Chinese artist Liu Bolin, center, is helped by his colleagues as painted to blend into rows of drinks in his artwork entitled “Plasticizer,” to express his speechlessness at use of plasticizer in food additives, in his studio at the 798 Art District in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. (AP Photo) #

A couple prepare for wedding photos on a bridge near a Chinese pavilion at a tourist attraction in Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) #

A Pakistani eunuch chants prayers while visiting the local shrine of famous saint Beri Imam, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

A shepherd rests, as his sheep graze in Calcutta, India, Wednesday, March 14, 2007. (AP Photo/Sucheta Das) #

Afghan refugee children react while gathering in an alley of a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

A wall painted with the colors of the Cuban flag as a woman stand in a balcony in Havana, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) #

See the full set of images here

Black and White City Photographs

In some ways photographing in black and white has never been easier. In the past the usual places that would develop your films such as chemists and other high street stores made a real hash of black and white. Now with digital technology you can shoot black and white or monochrome in your camera although my preference is always to shoot RAW, and hence colour and make the conversion in the computer, I use Lightroom as my preferred RAW processing program. If you want to see the image in black and white on the camera monitor but still record in RAW many cameras do allow this. On Canon cameras you can go into Picture Style and select monochrome but in the menu under Quality select RAW. I am sure it must be possible with Nikon’s I just don’t know how to do it being a Canon user.

The subject matter for black and white can be as varied as you want but often urban environments give a bit  extra when shot in monochrome. This article on the Lightstalking website expresses that and has lots of examples.

Heading out with a camera in the city can be a heap of fun. Street scenes and architecture can produce some great scenes for photographers and when you shoot with black and white in mind, the results can be very powerful. We think these shots show what we mean. Share your own in the comments!

Here is a taste of what is on offer

Click Here: 27 Powerful Street and City Scenes in Black and White