Monthly Archives: August 2010

Terrorists sick of being treated “like photographers….”

This just in: In England, terrorist organizations have hit out at the police crackdown on citizen journalism, which has led to radical extremists across the country being treated just like common photographers. Oh, the humanity!!!!

Don’t believe me? Why not? I read it on the internets, so it must be true:-).

http://newsarse.com/2010/08/06/terrorists-sick-of-being-treated-like-photographers/

Posted in Ironies

Is Travel Photography Dead?

www.whattheduck.net

I just read Andrea Pistolesi’s post A Requiem for Travel Photography, (first brought to my attention on Tewfic El Sawy’s excellent Travel Photographer blog).

For those of you who may not recognize his name, Andrea is one of the busiest and most talented travel shooters around, with a string of publication credits that would choke a horse. If I had a quarter for every assignment I lost to Andrea over the years, I’d be very well off—this guy can shoot (and write, in English, even though he’s Italian!).

I highly recommend taking a read of the whole post, but to summarize, Andrea posits that travel photography as a profession is gone, primarily because most of the publications that made assignments are either gone or severely cutting back. But he ends with a very cogent and insightful observation:

“I keep thinking that the world has a lot of stories worth to be covered photographically. The real task is to modernize our scope, create new ways of distribution (using the new technologies, think of the iPad for example), reach the young reader.

For the Travel Photographer the time has come to drop the “Travel” label. Everybody has a camera in his pocket today. The photographer is somebody able to see in a personal, strong way, and pass the message on..

Wow, Andrea’s analysis really hits a home run (or, more culturally fitting, scores a big goooooaaaaaal). To find out what this might mean, hit the jump.

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Posted in Career issues, Destinations, Ironies, Multimedia, Technology, Travel