March 04, 2016

Friday Round Up - 4th March, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up - POYi Awards, exhibitions in Melbourne, Brisbane and New York, an article on Why We Need Professional Photojournalists by Alison Stieven-Taylor and another article on the need for diversity in visual storytelling by Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

POYi 2015

This week features photographs from the winners of three categories - Photographer of the Year Reportage, Feature Picture Story and World Understanding Award.

Photographer of the Year - Reportage
Paolo Marchetti for The Price of Vanity 

This story was featured on Photojournalism Now in February last year when Italian photographer Paolo Marchetti was named Professional Winner 2015 in the Alexia Foundation Awards for this extraordinary body of work that exposes the reality of breeding animals for the fashion industry.

Feature Picture Story
Newsha Tavakolian
Freelance and Magnum nominee for Iran Coming Out of the Shadows 

World Understanding Award
Hossein Fatemi
Freelance for An Iranian Journey

View the full winners list at POYi.

Exhibitions: Melbourne 

Is the 6th annual exhibition by women photographers for International Women’s Day and a fundraiser for UN WOMEN.

Artists featured: Wendy Currie, Judith Crispin, Maggie Diaz, Pam Davison, Joyce Evans, Jill Frawley, Amy Feldtmann, Carole Hampshire, Susan Henderson, Sue Jackson, Cheryl Lucy, Helga Leunig, Ilana Rose, Carmel Riordan and Margot Sharman.

(C) Judith Crispin

(C) Cheryl Lucy

(C) Pam Davison

Until 2 April
Magnet Galleries
2/640 Bourke Street

Exhibitions: Brisbane

In Situ: New photodocumentary work 
This new exhibition at Brisbane’s Maud Gallery features the work of graduates from the Queensland College of Art Documentary stream. Curator Doug Spowart says, “The documentary photographs in this exhibition are made by photographers working not as the casual iPhone snapshot ‘photographer’ of today, but rather individuals who embed themselves in human and natural environments to witness, to empathise and to document with a camera so a story can be shared. The documentary photographers in this exhibition present their work as evidence of what they have seen, felt and been touched by. This work represents new photodocumentary practice and will place viewers in situ – surrounded by issues of contemporary life”. 

(C) Elise Searson

(C) Marc Pricop

(C)Thomas Oliver

(C) David Mines

(C) Cale Searston

(C) Richard Fraser

The contributing photographers are: Chris Bowes, Richard Fraser, Gillian Jones, Louis Lim, David Mines, Thomas Oliver, Marc Pricop, Elise Searson and Cale Searston.

9-20 March
Maud Gallery
6 Maud Street
Newstead (Brisbane)

Exhibitions: New York

Meryl Meisler

Currently showing at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York is an exhibition featuring early work by Meryl Meisler who is considered one of the great visual diarists of Americana. This show spans photographs from the 1970s from the “kitsch-filled” rooms of her hometown of Long Island and portraits of her family to New York’s disco-era. This idiosyncratic collection features portraits taken in suburban settings as well as more notorious New York clubs such as CBGB, Studio 54 and The Magic Carpet.  

Man in a 3 Piece Suit Dancing Within the Circle at a Wedding
Rockville Centre, NY, March 1976 
(C) Meryl Meisler, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery

Mom( Sylvia ""Sunny"" Schulman Meisler) 
Reading A Scholarly View of the Jewish Mother, 
Thanksgiving, North Massapequa, NY, November 1978
(C) Meryl Meisler, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery

The Meisler, Forkash & Cash Clan Welcoming a 
Sweet New Year, North Massapequa, NY, 
Rosh Hashanah , September 1974 
(C) Meryl Meisler, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery

Butterfly Bedroom Telephone, East Meadow, NY , June 1975 
(C) Meryl Meisler, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery

My 2nd cousins Milton and Betty Schwartz's grandson 
Todd jumping off their couch in the den, Florida, 1978
(C) Meryl Meisler, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery

Mom Getting her hair Teased at Besame Beauty Salon, 
North Massapequa, NY June 1979, 1979
(C) Meryl Meisler, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery

Kissing in Black Leather Jackets During last 
Dead Boys Concert CBGB, New York, NY April 1977
(C) Meryl Meisler, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery

Until 9th April
515 West 26th Street
New York


Why We Need Professional Photojournalists
© Robin Hammond/Witness Change

One of the tenets of photojournalism is to give voice to those who are unable to speak for themselves, but what does this mean for our digital world where the photograph has never been more potent or more accessible? Are photojournalists still needed to tell stories when everyone supposedly has a camera-enabled smart phone and can tell their own stories?

The truth is that more than 2 billion people are still disadvantaged when it comes to digital communications and many of these people are those whose stories need to be told. The notion that everyone has a smart phone is a privileged thought and the digital divide that exists across the globe is widening despite advances in technology…(you read the full story published on L'Oeil de la Photographie here)

Why Photojournalism Needs Diverse Storytelling Approaches
© Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Photojournalist and artist Anastasia Taylor-Lind has written an article on why photojournalism needs diversity in storytelling. This article discusses the issue through 'Victims of Paris', a photo project by Daniel Ochoa de Olza that was awarded third prize in the World Press Photo People Story category only to be withdrawn by the Associated Press.  Read the TIME article here.

Her article feeds into the growing debate on defining photojournalism in the new media environment. It's an exciting time. Approaches like that of Daniel Ochoa de Olza and this year's FotoEvidence Book Award winner Daniella Zalcman's Signs of Your Identity are fine examples of how important stories can be told in creative, engaging ways without losing their integrity or message.

© Daniella Zalcman

See last week's post for more images from Daniella's project. 

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