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El Callao, Peru: Life on the sea

From the Denver Post

Fishermen living around the port of El Callao, Peru have harvested the sea as a means of survival since the 16th century. Now, a global shipping industry giant based in the Netherlands is planning a project to modernize El Callao, Peru’s largest and oldest port. The project will expand port operations over the next couple of years and many fishermen fear the modernization of the port may have a negative impact on their livelihood. Already some fishermen are concerned that overfishing has depleted the waters of scorpion fish, horse mackerel and mullet. Fishermen once arrived at El Callao’s docks and sold as much as 110 pounds of fish. Nowadays, no more than 15 pounds are offered.

Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd spent time throughout November and December documenting the lives of the fishermen and dock workers of El Callao. Navigating the waters off Peru’s 1,490-mile (2,400 kilometer) coastline can be extremely risky. The fishermen know they cannot trust the sea, recognizing their return to port is never guaranteed.

Peru Fishermen Fears

In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, seabirds hover nearby, as fishermen ride on a “boliche,” the Peruvian term for boats that are used by fishermen who fish with nets, in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the port of El Callao, Peru. Development of the Peru’s largest and oldest port undertaken by a global shipping industry giant based in the Netherlands, will expand port operations over the next couple of years. Many fishermen fear the modernization of the port may have a negative impact on their livelihood. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Peru Fishermen Fears

In this Nov. 9, 2012 photo, Juan Mont, 76, a former shell diver, now works guarding “boliches,” the Peruvian term for boats that are used by fishermen who fish with nets, at the port of El Callao, Peru. Development of the Peru’s largest and oldest port undertaken by a global shipping industry giant based in the Netherlands, will expand port operations over the next couple of years. Many fear the modernization of the port may have a negative impact on their livelihood. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

APTOPIX Peru Fishermen Fearsn this Dec. 1, 2012 photo, fisherman Alvaro rows a small boat during a fishing expedition in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of El Callao, Peru. Fishermen living around Peru’s largest and oldest port have harvested the sea as a means of survival since the 16th century. Many fear a project to modernize El Callao, transforming it into the most important port on South America’s Pacific coast, will force them to abandon fishing. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)


Pictures of the Week: January 18, 2013

From the always excellent Denver Post a selection of intense pictures from the last week

APTOPIX India Republic DayIndian Army soldiers march during during army day parade, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. India marks Republic Day on Jan. 26 with military parades and festivities across the country. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

APTOPIX Gun Debate Tradeshow

Michael Kiefer, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., checks out a display of rifles at the Rock River Arms booth during the 35th annual SHOT Show, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Las Vegas. The world’s largest gun and outdoor trade show runs through Friday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Jimmy Greene, Nicole Hockley, Nelba Márquez-Greene

Jimmy Greene, foreground left, Nelba Marquez-Greene, center, parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Ana Marquez-Greene, and Nicole Hockley, right, mother of victim Dylan Hockley, react during a news conference at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. One month after the mass shooting at the school, the parents joined a grassroots initiative called Sandy Hook Promise to support solutions for a safer community. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill

APTOPIX China Air PollutionA woman helps adjust a mask for her friend outside an amusement park on a hazy day in Beijing Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Air pollution levels in China’s notoriously dirty capital were at dangerous levels Saturday, with cloudy skies blocking out visibility and warnings issued for people to remain indoors. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

See more of these impressive pictures here

Photojournalist launches watermark app for iPhone photos

As told to Olivier Laurent at the BJP. Photojournalist John D McHugh has released a watermarking app on the iPhone in a bid to root out copyright theft on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram……..

“I developed the Marksta app because I was tired of people stealing my work on the web,” says Marksta’s founder, John D McHugh, a photojournalist best known for his work in Afghanistan. “I often work in incredibly dangerous situations to show the world the stark realities of war and revolution. I can’t describe how frustrating it is to find my images online without any credit or byline.”

 Rather than fight what can’t be fought, he says, “I’ve tried to adapt my thinking to the cold hard reality that as soon as I post a photograph online it will be copied, shared and posted around the world. If I want people to know it’s mine, whether for payment or just kudos, I see no way other than to write my name on it.”

To do so, McHugh enlisted the help of a developer to create an iPhone app that would streamline the process of adding a watermark to images.….MORE


The Smart Threat: How mobile phones are forcing camera manufacturers to evolve

From Olivier Laurent at the BJP a very interesting article plotting the advances in smartphone camera technology and the response by camera manufacturers.

The rising popularity of smartphones is now forcing traditional camera manufacturers to reassess their strategies by offering devices that can, for example, connect to the internet easily. Nikon, for example, released the S800c, a compact camera powered by Google’s Android system, which allows users to download applications that can help email and share images on social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr….A few years ago, the Nikon and Canon brands used to dominate the charts on Flickr’s Camera Finder, which tracks the most-used cameras on the image-sharing website. But since the release of Apple’s iPhone, as well as many other smartphones by the likes of HTC and Samsung, camera phones have taken over. Last month, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 were ahead of Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II and 550D, with compact cameras failing to appear in the top 10 of the most-used cameras on Flickr..…MORE

galaxy-camera-rightSamsung’s Galaxy Camera offers 3G, 4G and Wifi connectivity and is powered by the latest version of Android, making it a truly connected camera.

British Journal of Photography Ones to Watch: Lauren Marsolier

French-born Lauren Marsolier started taking photos when she was 12, but it was during her early twenties, while printing in the darkroom and finding she could control the final print, that her interest in photography was fully realised. “I liked the idea of actually making an image, not just taking it,” she comments. For Marsolier, who’s been based in Los Angeles for the past three years, making photographs is the first step in her creative process. Her hyper-real images are shot in different places over the course of several months, then altered, layered and blended into seamless digital compositions. “I’m interested in how we perceive and define reality, and how today’s gigantic flow of images is changing the way we relate to the physical world,” she says. “I am fascinated by the mind and how to reflect subjective experiences in pictures.”.…READ MORE HERE

LWCC1 Playground 2Image © Lauren Marsolier.

More of Lauren’s work here

British Journal of Photography Ones to Watch: Pari Dukovic

Pari Dukovic has been selected as one of BJP’s 20 photographers to watch in 2013

pari-dukovic-01-1Image © Pari Dukovic.

Born in Istanbul in 1984, Pari Dukovic got into shooting stills through his father, who wasn’t a photographer but had worked in a portrait studio as a teenager, “pulling the glass plates and taking them to the printer to be enlarged for silver gelatin prints”. The excitement of that experience was passed on to his son.

 “He has always been my biggest inspiration and the strongest supporter of my journey to become a photographer, and was a big influence on me picking up a camera and starting to shoot,” says the 27-year-old, who now lives in New York. “I got my first camera as a birthday present when I was eight – an all-mechanical Zenit 122. It was a huge camera for me as a little boy, but my dad wanted to get me a real camera that would last a long time. At that age, I was just taking family pictures for fun, but things started to click when I was about 14, when I started looking at books by famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson. I loved his work. Growing up in Istanbul, a city with such old-world charm, made me connect with his work, especially the photographs of the streets of Paris.”.….MORE

From a series Fields of Glory, see more on the website here

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Voies Off Prize – Photography Competition for young photographers

Since 1996, Voies off presents a wide vision of the international emerging photography through the selections for the Voies off Prize. The Voies Off prize is awarded to an artist for the clarity of his/her vision and the high quality of his/her work. The laureate receives a grant of 2,500 euros during the Voies Off festival of « rencontres d’arles », at the beginning of July.

Acclaimed by internationals experts, the Voies Off Prize represents a real opportunity for the career of a young photographer. Aware of the wealth of the students photographic works, I request your collaboration to be able to communicate at best this call to application within your school.

Concerning the modalities, the students can submit an application on their proper name, if they need. In this case, the participation fee is 25 euros.

Please be also aware of the possibility for a school or a group of students to deposit a collective application. The participation fee is 25 euros for the collective and then 10 euros per student.

You can download the call for submissions and the rules at the following address:



Our man in Beirut Cairo Damascus Istanbul – Photographer John Wreford

Photos: The Dust Bowl 1930’s USA

The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to prairie lands in the 1930s. The phenomenon was caused by severe drought combined with farming methods that did not include crop rotation or other techniques such as soil terracing and wind-breaking trees to prevent wind erosion.

During the drought of the 1930s, without natural anchors to keep the soil in place, it dried, turned to dust, and blew away with the prevailing winds. At times, the clouds blackened the sky, reaching all the way to East Coast cities such as New York and Washington, D.C….more

Dust StormIn this March 25, 1935 file photo, children cover their faces during a swirling dust storm while pumping water in Springfield, Colo. The Dust Bowl was manmade, born of bad farming techniques across millions of acres in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. Now, even as bad as the drought is in some of those same states, soil conservation practices developed in the aftermath of the Dust Bowl have kept the nightmarish storms from recurring. (AP Photo, File)

dustbowl04.sJPG_950_2000_0_75_0_50_50Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Arthur Rothstein

dustbowl05.sjpg_950_2000_0_75_0_50_50Son of farmer in dust bowl area in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Photo by Arthur Rothstein

dustbowl11.sJPG_950_2000_0_75_0_50_50Title: Four families, three of them related with fifteen children, from the Dust Bowl in Texas in an overnight roadside camp near Calipatria, California
Creator(s): Lange, Dorothea, photographer

See the rest of these astonishing pictures here on The Denver Post website

Steve McCurry – India a photography exhibition London

At The Chris Beetles galley until February there is an exhibition of Steve McCurry’s images from India. I would say a bit of a must for anyone interested in portrait, travel, street or humanitarian photography.

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Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DE

Full details here