Michelle Del Guercio Chronicles the Two Sides of Healthcare

Is strength reflected in physical pain? Can beauty be found in scars? How do trained professionals show compassion? Photographer Michelle Del Guercio answers these questions and more with the images posted on her medical photography site.

Words on Skin

The combination of two art forms, done successfully and for maximum effect, can have a visceral effect on viewers. Take writing and photography, both extremely powerful on their own. When used together — when the choice of words and phrases is an integral part of the image conveyed — the result can be surprising and unique.

Photographers Go Hyperlocal

Placeblogger.org is a new site that aggregates local blogs, both in the United States and worldwide. It’s part of a relatively new trend focusing on hyperlocal information and community-building. The photographic equivalent of Placeblogger might be Photobloggers.org, which is part of Photoblogs.org.

Bereavement Photography Making a Comeback

In Victorian times, mourning family members often staged photographic portraits of dead children and other loved ones prior to burial. In later generations, this practice came to be viewed as morbid — which led to the destruction of thousands of these so-called “bereavement portraits.” Examples of 19th-century bereavement photographs can be found here and here.

Reuters Focuses on Damage Control Amid Devastation in the Middle East

Reuters closed the final chapter on the Adnan Hajj affair this week by announcing staff and policy changes in the Middle East. Despite maintaining that it had found only two altered photographs after studying hundreds in its investigation, Reuters reported that the news agency has:

Wildlife Photographer Wins Copyright Case

From the Yorkshire Post:

An amateur photographer who captured a rare image of two Caribbean snails has won a battle against a major stamp publisher which used the images without permission. Lawyers from Leeds-based law firm Walker Morris represented former US Army major and wildlife photographer Mark Johnson in the copyright case against New York-based Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC).

Student Photographers Get People Thinking

Beautiful photography can warm the soul, but photography that lights a fire in people sometimes compels them to action. Here are some examples of student work that might just make a difference.

Drawing attention to the poor conditions of South Carolina’s rural schools, a touring exhibit called “But What About Us?” showcasing 60 student photographs is on display this week at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium (via the Charleston Post Courier ), with Director Bud Ferillo’s documentary, “Corridor of Shame: The Neglect of South Carolina’s Rural Schools,” being screened on Wednesday. This slideshow and gallery on the Corridor of Shame site provide vivid evidence of the dilapidated conditions at these schools — exposed walls, crumbling ceilings, broken toilets and sinks, and more.

Ron Galella: The Original Paparazzo

Reporter Virginia Rohan has a nice profile of Ron Galella — the original paparazzo — at NorthJersey.com:

Newspapers Forced to Run Low-Quality Video Grabs from Presidential Address

Editor & Publisher reports that the White House refused to allow photojournalists to shoot still pictures of the president after his speech Wednesday night. As a result, print and online media were forced to run low-quality frame grabs from the address.

Even in a Video World, Soundslides Creator Joe Weiss Believes in the Value of Audio Slideshows

Soundslides is a tool designed to create audio slide shows from still images. Originally made for journalists but available to anyone for the cost of $39.95, it creates Macromedia Flash files that are publishable on the Web.

Thomas Hawk Presents the Babes of CES 2007

As Evangelist and CEO for the photo-sharing site Zooomr, Thomas Hawk sure knows how to evangelize:

Engadget may have the best tech coverage of CES and I may not have hit my 1,000 photo goal (I’m at 678), but at least this year I got the babes. La La, Sarah, Irina, Valerie, all the best ladies of tech, booth babes and even a little day diversion side trip down to AVN. I’m pretty tired and will probably still get more shots up in the next few hours, but after that I’m going home to crash.

Dispatch from Washington: The Best Pros Still Have Manners

One of the major stories of last week was the funeral of our (the older photographers’) friend, President Gerald Ford. The memorial service was held at the Washington National Cathedral, and a large pool of the regulars was selected to be in the balcony — the only place the cathedral allows us on these occasions. Although the balcony is large, there is only one area way over on the right-hand side to get all of the attending presidents in one frame.

A Dictionary That a Photographer Can Truly Love

The Visual Dictionary is a social-media endeavor to create a complete dictionary of contributed images. Since its launch by Matthew Knight last February, members have supplied more than 4,000 photographs to the site.

Robert Wilson Presents “VOOM Portraits” — a Hybrid of Still Photography and Motion Pictures

Cool Hunting reports on “VOOM Portraits,” a fascinating new style of video portraiture by artist and theater director Robert Wilson, to be featured at shows in New York this month:

Synesthesia, Photography, and a Different Way of Experiencing Images

Have you ever wondered what colors sound like? Or what images taste like? Well, if you were someone with synesthesia , you’d know.

Just what is synesthesia? According to Richard Cytowic, M.D., a leading synesthesia researcher:

Jim Black Does Not Work at IHOP

The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., was put on the griddle by readers after publishing a Photoshopped image of a Democratic lawmaker that it did not identify as being altered. Reports News 14 Carolina:

New Epson Storage Viewers Help Keep Track of Your Photos

Late last year, Epson added two new multimedia storage viewers for photographers on the go, the P-3000 and the P-5000. So far, they have been well-received.

Bad Stuff Happens: So What’s the Right Way to Cover It?

In times of crisis, disaster or war, what’s the right way to present images that represent the situation without falling into sensationalism? With the unauthorized filming and leaking of the execution of Saddam Hussein and the ongoing conflict in Iraq and other parts of the world, this question is one that perpetually engenders debate.

Photojournalist Arrested by Connecticut Governor’s “Goons”

Ken Krayeske, a freelance photojournalist, was arrested by Hartford, Conn., police this week as he snapped photos of Gov. Jodi Rell’s inaugural parade. Police said Krayeske, who had supported the campaign of a Rell opponent, was arrested for being a “political activist” and potential threat to Rell.

Will Google Become Your Next Stock Photo Agency?

As we all know, the Big Three stock agencies are in a period of turmoil, with the emergence of microstock, photo-sharing, crowdsourcing and other changes seriously cutting into their profit margins — as well as the earnings of professional stock photographers.

Microstock is Fulfilling an Unmet Need – and Assignment Photographers Should Participate

Recently I heard of a customer who was looking for a picture of an air conditioning repairman working on a home system to use in a small yellow pages ad. I thought it would be interesting to see what was available. I started with the Big Three and found this:

  • Getty had one picture of someone working on a large industrial system.
  • Corbis had three pictures, two on industrial systems and one very nice one on a homeowners system.
  • Jupiterimages had nothing.Then I went to iStockphoto. They had 20 images, all taken on the same shoot of two guys working on a home system. While I think they are good images of the subject matter it seems likely to me that if the iStock photographer had shown her images to the Big Three she would have been blown off with the comment, “The subject is not something our customers need.”The Big Three focus on all the classic “high demand” subjects that have been selling since the print catalog era. They keep adding more and more redundancy of basically the same picture.
  • Dealing with the Unexpected on Assignments

    Photographer John Loomis wrote an interesting
    blog post
    about an assignment he once did for ESPN the Magazine.

    The Image Comes First, But Words Are Also Important in Photography

    Without a doubt, the photographs themselves — whether they’re about an enthralling subject, an enticing color, an unusual shape, or amazing lighting or composition — are what draw us in. But a photograph’s accompanying header, title and caption can be equally important, at least in getting someone to take that first or more detailed look.

    Portrait Studio Sues Playboy for Copyright Violation

    In a court case that highlights the mounting difficulties photographers face in protecting their work, a California portrait studio has sued Playboy for publishing an image without the studio’s permission.

    Stop or I’ll Shoot … Your Picture

    Tamarkin Photographica will hold an auction of rare cameras on January 28, and the item that has gotten the most attention is an original Leica Gun with 400mm Telyt lens.