Photography

April 18, 2008

Seamus Murphy snapping the Taliban

[video:brightcove:1498976068] Seamus Murphy photographed the effects of the Taliban regime between 1994 and 2006. The “poet with a camera” recently talked about his work at the Frontline Club with Jocelyn Bain-Hogg. Well worth a watch.


April 14, 2008

Burt Glinn dies age 82

Cold war photographer Burt Glinn has died age 82. He’s most well known for his work in Cuba during Castro’s revolution. The Moscow Times remembers this highlight in his career on New Year’s Eve in 1958 when the young photographer arrived in Havana looking for the revolution, When he was in New York and got […]


April 11, 2008

See the world

It must be a remarkable thing to grow up in rural Nepal, join the army, fight a guerilla insurgency in your own Himalayan backyard, and then be given a blue hat and deployed to militia-ridden, gold-rich Ituri, north-east Congo. Since few Nepalese soldiers speak French, let alone Swahili, they have to rely on local interpreters. […]


April 8, 2008

Pulitzer prize winners 2008

The Pulitzer prizes were announced last night. Among the winners are Steve Fainaru, from the Washington Post, who receives the prize for International Reporting for his reports on private security contractors operating in Iraq. Also, Reuters Bangkok senior snapper Adrees Latif wins the prize for Breaking news photography for his images of Japanese video journalist […]


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March 31, 2008

Photojournalist Dith Pran dies

The photojournalist Dith Pran died last night in a New Jersey hospital. Pran first became known to the wider world in 1980 when the New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg published his book The Death and Life of Dith Pran. The book was later made into the film The Killing Fields. Pran worked as a […]


March 27, 2008

Dig the new breed

Interesting blog by Geofrrey Hiller that aims to bring to our attention the work of “a new breed of documentary photographers”. Each post focuses on one image from one photographer. As the blog blurb says, “Verve is a reminder of the power of the still image.” Images like the one above by Candice Feit taken […]


March 24, 2008

Getting the story – Kabul

Writing on the Reuters photographer’s blog Ahmad Masood gives a great wee bit of insight into the working life of a photographer on the Kabul beat and the process he goes through when responding to a suspected bomb, I always call another photographer, or the Reuters Television producer, to double check, and I hate to […]


March 21, 2008

Welsh fears for Philip Jones Griffiths collection

According to The Western Mail Frontline Club Honorary member Philip Jones Griffiths spent the last seven years of his life trying to find a permanent home for his photos. However it appears he failed to reach an agreement with a number of Welsh institutions including Bangor, Aberystwyth and Newport Universities and the National Library of […]


March 19, 2008

Magnum Wars

Today Magnum launch a four episode series of photo essays on the Magnum in Motion site and simultaneously on Slate. The four episodes explore the theme of war. The starting point was something Philip Jones Griffiths said in an interview in 2006, “Photographers are either mud people or sand people. I’m a mud person.” Three […]


March 18, 2008

Bearing Witness

Reuters and MediaStorm have partnered to produce a stunning multimedia production to mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. It’s quite the mammoth undertaking with five chapters profiling three journalists with video, photography and snazzy graphics, The site features profiles of three Reuter’s journalists who have more than 23 years combined experience reporting […]


March 17, 2008

Jinx remembers George

George Rodger was one of Britain’s leading war photographers famed for taking the first pictures of Belsen concentration at the end of the Second World War. His picture of St. Paul’s Cathedral graces the Frontline Club restaurant. His wife, Jinx Rodgers, remembers him and their work together in The Guardian, In 1951 I found myself […]


March 4, 2008

Photographer Sean Smith talks at the Frontline Club

[video:brightcove:1442780964] Photographer Sean Smith won the Press Photographer’s Year 2007: Photograph of the Year and Best News photo for his image of a hooded detainee in Hawijah, Iraq. Last week he spoke at the Frontline Club. Click the video above to watch the talk.


February 27, 2008

In Vietnam we looked like this…

Googling around for a picture of Sydney Schanberg for the previous post I discover this interesting wee site consisting of polaroid portraits of foreign correspondents and others who passed through the AP bureau in Saigon during the Vietnam war. Neal Ulevich has compiled the images here including the one above of Frontline Club regular Philip […]


February 27, 2008

Photographer Preston-Smith on Iraq

Writer and photographer Joel Preston-Smith spent four months in Iraq in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He talks about his most recent book “Night of a Thousand Stars and Other Portraits of Iraq” with The Oregonian, How do you feel about these people treating you so gently when your country […]


February 26, 2008

Conflict economics

Frontline club member, photojournalist and regular in these parts, Marcus Bleasdale gets the Q&A going over at the Santa Barbara’s Independent prior to a talk he is giving a UCSB next month. Marcus’ work focusses on Africa, in particular the Democratic Republic of Congo. Money, he says, is at the root of all conflict, These […]


February 15, 2008

Tim Hetherington talks

Frontline Club founding member and this year’s World Press Photo of the year award winner, Tim Hetherington, is in conversation with Der Spiegel this week, It was Hetherington’s third tour there with US forces. The British photographer was once again traveling with the 2nd Platoon of Battle Company, part of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry […]


February 8, 2008

Tim Hetherington wins 2008 World Press Photo Award

Great to hear that Frontline club founding member – the photographer Tim Hetherington – has won the prestigious World Press Photo Award 2008 for the photo above. Tim has previously presented his pictures and talked about them at the Frontline Club, The international jury of the 51st annual World Press Photo Contest selected a color […]


February 7, 2008

Photojournalists on photojournalism

[video:youtube:6kFxY4yGbQA] Mediabistro runs a session on photojournalism with freelancers and staff snappers from Getty, The Washington Post, AP and Sipa Press. How is the newsroom changing, how is the rise of digital impacting print media and, especially, what is this multimedia journalism malarkey all about? link


February 4, 2008

The death of a war reporter

Ernie Pyle is one of the most celebrated war correspondents. He made his name during World War II and was killed by the Japanese sixty-three years ago. A picture showing the death of Pyle recently surfaced. The negative has long since been lost and only a few prints exist, “It’s a striking and painful image, […]


January 29, 2008

Philip Jones Griffiths – Vietnam Trilogy

You can now watch the event here. Philip Jones Griffiths is widely considered to be one of the greatest war photographers of the twentieth century. He presented pictures from his trilogy of Vietnam books at the club last week. I was there and it was a fascinating talk. One of those talks where you don’t […]


January 29, 2008

Bleasdale on the BBC

Frontline member and photojournalist, Marcus Bleasdale, is interviewed by Chris Vallance from BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pods and blogs show. You can listen the download here. Marcus talks about his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and his use of multimedia. His is the second interview slot on the show. Incidentally, Chris showed up […]


January 28, 2008

Flower power photographer dies

Photographer Bernie Boston has died at his home after a long battle with amyloidosis, a rare blood disease. He was 74. His flower power picture was a Pulitzer Prize runner up. Among several honors, “Flower Power” was named No. 30 on a list of the 100 greatest war photos of all times, Bob Brown, a […]


January 28, 2008

3,000 Capa negatives unearthed

More than 3,000 Robert Capa negatives of pictures taken during the Spanish Civil War have been found some 70 years later. Capa died in Vietnam in 1954 believing the Nazis had pilfered them from his Parisian digs during the World War II. It turns out a Mexican General/diplomat took them to Mexico in boxes used […]


January 24, 2008

Back to Vietnam

Philip Jones Griffith was talking about his photographic work at the Frontline club tonight. He focussed on Vietnam. The hall was rammed and it was standing room only. Philip ran through some of his most famous photographs beginning with the start of the Vietnam war up until around 2002. The pictures were drawn from nearly […]


January 22, 2008

Marcus on MediaStorm, Fred on the frontline

Marcus Bleasdale emails to tell us about a stunning new multimedia package he has produced for MediaStorm. It’s called Rape of a Nation. It includes Marcus’ incredible black and white photographs, interviews with the photographer and video footage. You can watch the 12 minute production by clicking the video above or visiting the MediaStorm site […]


January 21, 2008

Vietnam and beyond

Philip Jones Griffiths will be giving a talk at the Frontline club this coming Thursday. He first made his name for his pictures from the Vietnam war. The Independent newspaper interviews Philip today, “Journalism is about obliterating distances, bringing far away things closer home and impressing it on people’s senses. You excite your humanity every […]


January 6, 2008

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad profiled

[video:youtube:JoOmquaRCx8] Menassat, an organisation that promotes good journalism in the Middle East and North Africa, begins a new series profiling arab journalists. Lebanon-based Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who writes and photographs for The Guardian and has twice been shortlisted for best foreign correspondent of the year by the British Press Awards, is first up, “I think rule […]


December 30, 2007

147 year old war photography

Some 200 historic black-and-white images from the American civil war are published in the new book, “Historic Photos of Chickamauga Chattanooga” by James A. Hoobler. The book follows “Historic Photos of Gettysburg” and is part of a planned series. “It’s the most traumatic event in American history — the only time we went to war […]


December 28, 2007

John Moore in Rawalpindi

The New York Times uses a combination of images, audio and text to rapidly create a very powerful and informative multimedia report from Getty’s John Moore who was at the scene of Benazir Bhutto’s assasination in Rawalpindi yesterday. via Ben