April 08, 2016

Friday Round Up - 8th April, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up - Omar Havana's Endurance, Getty Grants round open, Head On Photo Festival workshops and some great weekend reading.

Kickstarter Project
Omar Havana- Endurance: Earthquake Nepal

On the 25th April last year nearly 9000 people were killed and more than 22,000 injured in the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal. Countless thousands were left homeless. Among the shocked inhabitants of Katmandu that morning was Omar Havana, an award-winning Spanish photojournalist who along with his wife and neighbours fled their home as the building crumbled around them. “I was filled with fear and had no idea what was happening but, as we emerged onto the street, I felt sure that we were some of the lucky people,” he tells.

In the days following Havana’s photographs of the immediate aftermath were used by media around the world and have been published more than 1000 times. But more importantly Havana followed the story long after the world’s attention was taken elsewhere and travelled around the country to tell people’s stories. Endurance is a story of destruction, but also of recovery, a testimony to the endurance of the Nepali people. 

“One night, after running all day, photographing, as aftershocks struck repeatedly, I finally fell asleep, hugging my cameras,” he says. “Someone touched me. I immediately thought they might want to steal my cameras but I turned to find an old woman, a woman who had lost everything, covering me with her quilt. She said, “We need to take care of you. You are telling the world the situation in our country. At that moment, I began “Endurance.”

In association with FotoEvidence, Havana has launched a Kickstarter project to raise money to publish his book. “Endurance” will include over 70 black and white photographs shot across Nepal, immediately after the earthquake and in the months following. It will be printed in a hardbound edition, measuring 20 x 30 cm. 

Film director Bernardo Bertolucci, who used images from “Endurance” for a fundraising campaign in Rome to help Nepal, will write a foreword. Other contributors include: South African photographer Gareth Bright, AFP Nepali journalist Paavan Mathema and Amir Thapa, Senior Program Officer for International Medical Corps Nepal.

To find out more and support this campaign visit Kickstarter

Getty Grants for Editorial Photography - Entries Open

The 2016 round for Getty Grants for Editorial Photography is now open. Last year around 400 photographers from 78 countries applied for one of five $US10,000 grants that are intended to provide the funding and freedom to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance.

This year one Editorial Grant recipient will be chosen for the newly instituted David Laidler Memorial Award, in honour of this former employee who passed away in August 2015. David was instrumental in bringing the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography programme to life.

Judges this year are Magnum’s Eli Reed, Time’s Deputy Director of Photogrpahy and Visual Enterprise Paul Moakley, National Geographic’s Director of Photogrpahy Sara Leen, Visa Pour L’Image’s Director General Jean-Francois Leroy and LA Times photographer Carolyn Cole. 

Head On Photo Festival - Sydney

Australia's largest annual photo festival opens at the end of April for a month of photography in Sydney. Included in this year's programme are a number of workshops. Spaces are limited so book your place now. And look out for the preview on Head On in the April issue of Pro Photo magazine and on Photojournalism Now later this month.

Master of Portraiture - Michael Grecco
Learn the secrets from the master of portraiture, Michael Grecco, who has created iconic portraits of some of the most recognized entertainment star in the world, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz and Teri Hatcher.

Photojournalism with Ron Haviv
VII Agency co-founder and award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv will help you understand the reality of photojournalism and documentary photography and the importance of expressing your own voice. You will leave with a clearer understanding of what it takes and closer to defining your personal voice. 

Street Photography
Streetscaping: Meander through Sydney with Head On Photo Festival international guests, one eye on the street, one eye in the viewfinder. A Street Photography experience not to be missed!

Portfolio Reviews
Gain valuable feedback on your portfolio of work and learn tips on how to break into the area of the industry you are working towards. Choose your preferred industry leaders, from a list including gallery directors, curators, photographers and editors!

Weekend Reading:

Courageous photographers shed light on their industry’s glaring gender disparity
Photography: A Democratic Language Not An Exclusive Club

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