Worth a watch: Missouri Photo Workshop’s “Shattering the Glass Ceiling”

The Missouri Photo Workshop has recently published a video featuring interviews with women in the photo industry talking about sexism they’ve encountered, obstacles they’ve overcome in their careers, and the value of women in photography. Called “Shattering the Glass Ceiling,” the video is a compilation of interviews with long-time National Geographic photographer Melissa Farlow, Assistant Managing Editor and Director of Photography at the Washington Post Mary Anne Golon, former Dallas Morning News photographer Mona Reeder, West Virginia University Shott Chair of Journalism and former Washington Post photographer Lois Raimondo, and freelance photographer Lynn Johnson. It’s well worth a watch.

On the subject, two of my previous posts are worth revisiting: in 2015, only 15% of news photographers were women, and a conversation in 2013 on sexism in editorial photography.

World Press Photo announces new “creative documentary” photo contest and other programs

“The World Press Photo Foundation is on the move. We have a fantastic heritage of more than 60 years that has reflected developments in image making. We are building on that to reward the new innovations and address the enormous challenges facing all of us in the 21st century. When I became director, I said we should be a ‘think tank’ for photography, bringing people together through new activities, debate, research and publications. World Press Photo is about leading through actions, and the exciting new contests, events and programs we will be running next year make that desire a reality.” Lars Boering, Executive Director of the World Press Photo Foundation

In a press release today, World Press Photo has announced a host of new programs and initiatives. Most interesting is a new “creative documentary” photo contest that allows for more interpretive and experimental forms of documentary photography, including those using alternative techniques for “constructing, processing, and presenting images.” My guess is that this is a way for the organization to address controversies involving projects with posed subjects and other issues in past years, most recently ending in the revocation of Giovanni Troilo’s prize for work in Charleroi, Belgium. Details are scant, but it’s a long time coming, and I’m excited to see what this contest brings forward.

Time Lightbox has a little more information, “The new contest will welcome entries from professional visual storytellers who use creative techniques — both technical (double exposures, stitched images) and narrative (posed images) — to communicate about actual people, events or issues.” The contest won’t be launched until October 2017.

Other bits in the press release include mention of a new global talent program called 6×6 aimed at increasing diversity in visual journalism, a World Press Photo Live series of global debates starting in May 2017, and “Witness” a Medium-based publication run by the organization. The annual multimedia contest has also been renamed as the Digital Storytelling Contest.

Worth a look: Raw View magazine

Raw View magazine
Raw View magazine

If you haven’t seen a copy of Raw View yet, you need to. It’s a beautifully printed magazine dedicated to photography. Each issue presents a wide range of work, diverse in both the type and subject matter of the photography and in terms of who is producing the work. Each issue is 160 pages, thicker and better printed than many photo books, and each contains nothing but photos and a few text pieces, either about the work shown or interviews with photographers. And starting with issue #5, I’ve got a regular column that focuses on photographers’ notebooks.

Here you can see a flip-through a recent issue (embedded below):

The magazine is put together by a stellar team of international photographers, editors, and writers; it’s an honor for me to be involved. The magazine might be a bit hard to find. It usually comes out 3 times a year, and the best way to make sure you have a copy is to subscribe. At €60, you get three issues for what you might pay for a single photo book.