September 28, 2012

Friday Round Up - Ernest Cole, Paolo Pellegrin and more

Friday Round Up - 28th September 2012
From London

On this week's Friday Round Up, three very different photographic exhibitions - two in London and another in Paris - including works by South African photographer Ernest Cole. Enjoy the weekend.

Photograph: Ernest Cole

September 15, 2012

Friday Round Up from Paris

John Stanmeyer, Don McCullin, Peter Turnley, and others on today's Friday Round Up.

This week's Friday Round Up comes to you from Paris. I've spent three wonderful days in the City of Light interviewing photographers for future articles, seeing exhibitions and catching up with friends. Click on the Friday Round Up for all the news including an exciting announcement on a special guest at next year's 25th Anniversary of Visa Pour L'Image....

These photos were taken on my walk to "work" this morning.

September 09, 2012

Visa Pour L'Image - the end of an amazing week

The Professional Week of Visa Pour L'Image is now over. I've met so many extraordinary people who are passionate about humanity, about telling stories that otherwise would be unknown, important stories like the eWaste crisis that runs the very great risk of crippling the planet - US photographer Stanley Greene's work on this subject is so significant and highlights the cost of our consumption of e
Gadgets. And he has risked his own health to tell it becoming ill after only a short time in an environment in which so many desperate people work every day to eke out a living. Asked what outcome he wants he said "I just want to take the 5 year old children and the pregnant women out of the equation. I know I can't stop it, this is big business, but these people are continually exposed to the most toxic environments as they try to get enough money to survive." 

I will be interviewing Stanley and others in the coming months - a small contribution from me, but by telling their stories hopefully their messages will spread. These photojournalists who work in conditions and environments I can barely comprehend, often putting their own lives and health at risk, are grossly undervalued by a news media driven by bean counters and corporates. 

I have been brought to tears by some of the work I've seen this week, but elated by those I've met who have reaffirmed my belief in the power of storytelling.

September 07, 2012

Friday Round Up from Perpignan

This week's Friday Round Up comes to you from Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan where I arrived Wednesday night after more than 40 hours traveling across 5 countries and too many time zones to fathom. Here in Perpignan it is hot and humid. Looks like I will be coming home with a tan!

September 03, 2012

Visa Pour L'Image - Now On

One of the most important gatherings for photojournalists, Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France opens today with the professional week. So many activities - screenings, exhibitions, launches et al. I am winging my way to Perpignan from Australia right now - Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, London and Barcelona. If you can get there, it will be worth the effort. For more information please visit Visa Pour L'Image