Friday, August 31, 2007

World Press Photos

Image courtesy of Yannis Kontos, his award winning photo set, Amputees, for the World Press Photography Awards, contemporary issues. Please note, Yannis' images are not part of the exhibition

If you're at an end of sorts about what to do this weekend and care for a walk to the South Bank then I'd recommend the world press photography exhibition.

A collection of the best of the best, though you could always argue your own favourite contemporary snapper was not included. However this exhibiton drips with emotion.

No wonder you're met with a bold sign saying some of these photos are unsuitbale for children.

Those exhibiting were chosen from around 78,000 entries from 124 countries. Difficult choices. They include Joao Silva, South Africa, The New York Times and his photos from the US Marines patroling Northern Iraq; Brit Alex Livesey's Getty photo of an acrobatic football kick for Sports Illustrated; and US Spencer Platt's almost surreal image of chique Lebanese women driving around rubble in bombed Southern Lebanon during the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.

Couple of observations about trawling for online information, it's very scant and makes part of my point when it comes to using the web and IPTV within the arts. I'll be posting the video film on Monday: who's killing the arts.

Meanwhile the world press site quite rightly bans anyone from using their images. I suspect if I were writing an article I'd be on to them to contact the photographers for permission to use their image, but I'm short of time.

However if photographers want publicity, and most do, there should be a creative common license that allows the 'proper 'promotional use of images in bespoke terms and conditions.

Yannis Kontos, a world press photographer winner last year is selfless with his images that way and I find his spirit and understanding enlightening.

Which is why we've been able to collaborate on several photomontages, where he is credited appropriately.

If you're a photojournalist and I clearly understand the issues of rights, which is why I'm not using any images here from the exhibition, it's worth looking at.

The expression is:"let go". The more people that see your images the better.

A further observation is that there could be a little more creativity in publicising these images online. Don't be put off by the front page of the South Bank's site. One of the posts I came across was lamenting the cropping of the main "sell" image online.

As a webby person I might think why that would have happened, particularly if you're working to a template site ( no idea whether South Bank's is) but still pictures are there to be looked at. Give them the same attention in the gallery online and chances are that will woo some more punters.

Here's Yannis photomontage. See you next week as I'm off for a few days.

In a couple of weeks I'll be redoing videos on viewmag so you'll be able to watch this in far superior quality at twice, almost three times the size.

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