VPR: As News Outlets Drop Photographers, Who Will Document Vermont’s Visual Story?. “Layoffs are not uncommon in the newspaper industry these days, but the recent layoff of a local veteran newspaper photographer seems to indicate another shift in 21st-century journalism — and one that is being felt in Vermont. It was announced last week that Glenn Russell, a veteran staff photographer for the Burlington Free Press, was being laid off. Russell’s work had been appearing in the paper since 1986. As Seven Days noted in their coverage of Russell’s layoff, there were at least five photographers on staff at the Free Press in the 1980s, whereas now just one remains at the paper.”
Ransom Center Magazine: Remembering photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, 1916–2018. “The internationally-renowned American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan has died at age 102 in France. As Harry Ransom Center Curator of photography Jessica S. McDonald wrote in a recent tribute, ‘For decades, Americans at home and abroad learned of world events as they unfolded before Duncan’s camera, first during his service as a combat photographer with the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and then through his coverage of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and conflicts in the Middle East for Life magazine. Delivered to millions of households each week through the illustrated press, Duncan’s photographs have played a profound role in informing the public and shaping history.'” This article links to a gallery of over 600+ of Mr. Duncan’s pictures.
ClassicCars Journal: Petersen Museum to use SEMA grant to digitize photo archive. “In 1947, Robert E. Petersen founded Petersen Publishing. More than 70 years later, the company’s archives will be digitized and uploaded to the internet by an automotive museum he founded. The huge project will be funded by a grant from the Specialty Equipment Market Association.”
Resource Magazine: Natives Photograph Wants To Help You Tell Authentic Indigenous Stories . “Today marks the first day in business for Natives Photograph, a database of Indigenous visual journalists. Founded by Josué Rivas, an indigenous photographer himself, and Daniella Zalcman, the founder of Women Photograph, the sites hopes to elevate the work of Indigenous photographers in an effort to ‘balance the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces.'”
Amateur Photographer: Photojournalism in the age of social media. “Canon’s current tag line is ‘Live for the Story’, and there could be no better expression of that sentiment than through the company’s 26-year sponsorship of World Press Photo, the Oscars of photographic journalism. Every year, in Amsterdam, many of the world’s premier photojournalists come together to share their own photo stories with each other and the wider world. But with the profession facing greater challenges and threats than ever before, I spoke to Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director of Canon Europe, and Richard Shepherd, Product Marketing Manager for Professional Imaging, Canon Europe, about Canon’s involvement in World Press Photo, and on the importance of story-telling in general.”
The Irish Times: Snapshot of Ireland a century ago: an online photographic archive. “A series of digitally restored black-and-white photographs dating as far back as the Land War of the late 1800s has been released online by the Ancestry family-history website. The historical prints and photographs, which include more than 120 images taken in Ireland, offer an insight into daily life in Irish cities, towns, villages and countryside between the late 1800s and the 1950s.”
Asahi Shimbun: Splash of color gives new life to old photos in prewar Okinawa. “All black and white photos from The Asahi Shimbun archives of daily scenes in Okinawa Prefecture in 1935 are now being colorized in a joint project with The Okinawa Times and a research team at the Tokyo Metropolitan University.” The photos in the article are so wonderful I can’t wait to see how the entire project turns out.