Archive for August, 2008

The Digital Journalist Goes to Perpignan 2008

By Beverly Spicer Friday, August 29th, 2008

Blogging in Perpignan in 2007The Digital Journalist will attend Visa Pour L’Image 2008 in Perpignan, France, from September 3-8th.  This is the 20th year of the annual gathering of the photojournalism community whose members are from all over the world. Visa Pour L’Image is a huge festival of exhibitions and trade shows scattered around the charming town.  Multimedia shows are presented each evening at the town’s large open ampitheater.

l will be making posts to our blog from on a daily basis and possibly more frequently.  Last year I was in constant search for Internet connections, so I’ll be in touch as often as I can.

To the left you see a photo from 2007 with a fellow blogger as we sat connected to cyberspace on the floor of The PAM Hotel, headquarters for the festival (photo by Joan Gramatte).  The PAM has one of the few Wi-fi links in town and, mercifully, plenty of electricity for the digital crowd.  The headquarters also hosts a large open courtyard where portfolios are reviewed by photographers and agencies that are both scouting and being scouted.  

Elsewhere in the beautiful Catalonian town, all may be relatively quiet on the Wi-fi front, but in place of it, there are plenty of stunning views of architecture on cobblestone streets, wonderful food and wine, fascinating conversation, and the reason we go there to begin with:  for reunion and exhibits galore.  

See more about the festival, its exhibitions and night presentations scheduled for this year at the Visa Pour L’Image 2008 site.  It promises to be a fascinating week.

Stay tuned.

 

 

Walter Iooss – Athlete

By Digital Journalist Sunday, August 10th, 2008

© Walter Iooss, Jr.
Walter Iooss and Michael Jordan, Chicago, Ill., 1991

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Ed Kashi – Curse of the Black Gold

By Digital Journalist Sunday, August 10th, 2008

© Ed Kashi/2004
Oil-soaked workers take a break from cleaning up a spill at an abandoned Shell Petroleum Development Company well in Oloibiri, Niger Delta. Wellhead 14 was closed in 1977 but has been leaking for years, and in June of 2004 it finally released an oil spill of over 20,000 barrels of crude. Workers subcontracted by Shell Oil Company clean it up.

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David McNew: Flammable California

By Digital Journalist Sunday, August 10th, 2008

© David McNew/Getty Images
FALLBROOK, CALIF.: Homes burn up in flames at the Valley Oaks mobile home park along Reche Road, west of Interstate 15, near Fallbrook, Calif., as the Rice Fire destroys at least 100 homes, Oct. 22, 2007. Southern California is being pounded by Santa Ana Winds pushing numerous major wildfires into communities surrounded by native chaparral habitat and burning hundreds of homes. Gale-force winds have sped up to more than 100 miles per hour in some high mountain locations. About one-quarter of a million people have been evacuated from their homes so far.

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Philip Poupin: Gold Under Foot

By Digital Journalist Sunday, August 10th, 2008

© Philip Poupin/Redux Pictures
A forest area in Brazil has been burned on purpose to be cleared for farming. Grass will be planted to make meadows. The extension of agriculture is one of the causes of the deforestation of the Amazon: the money earned by selling gold is reinvested in agriculture and cattle raising.

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Will Baxter – Zimbabwe: Diary of Violence

By Digital Journalist Sunday, August 10th, 2008

© Will Baxter/WpN
Funeral for an MDC supporter who was brutally beaten to death by Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF supporters in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, Thursday, June 26, 2008.

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Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt – America at Home/Uk at Home

By Digital Journalist Sunday, August 10th, 2008

© David Alan Harvey
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tags and grills: This eye-catching loft building in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn is called the Kibbutz because of its Hasidic owner, who runs a shop on the first floor, a school for Hasidic girls next door, and possibly a matzoh factory in the basement. But the mix of tenants is far more eclectic than it sounds: at one time 30 photographers lived in the building, drawn by the space, the affordable rent, and the spectacular views from the roof.

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