Pulitzer Center/Marco Vernaschi/Project Launched

West Africa's New Achilles' Heel , Marco Vernaschi's last project, is now on-line at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Cocaine trafficking has turned Guinea Bissau into Africa’s first narco-state, and a lucrative source of cash for Hezbollah and al Qaida as well as South American drug cartels. The double assassinations last March of the country’s president and army chief of staff may have been the point of no return as this tiny country sinks into a new era of conflict. Photojournalist Marco Vernaschi was on assignment in Guinea Bissau  at the time of the double assassinations. His searing photographs and field dispatches, and unforgettable portrait of a society destroyed by drugs, will appear in Untold Stories - Pulitzer Center  over the next two weeks.

Call for applications: Edward Ruiz Mentorship at the Market Photo Workshop

The Market Photo Workshop, in association with AngloGold Ashanti, is proud to announce that applications for the 2009 Edward Ruiz Mentorship are now open.
The Edward Ruiz Mentorship is a mentorship programme which has been established to help launch the career of a promising photographer. The mentorship awards the recipient with the financial and infrastructural support needed to develop a substantial body of photographic work over the course of a year. The body of work will be exhibited as a solo exhibition at The Photo Workshop Gallery. The recipient also has the opportunity to work closely with a suitable mentor, who will provide guidance and direction on the intended project.

The recipient, in consultation with the Market Photo Workshop, will identify this mentor to help guide and develop the recipient's proposed body of work. The mentor is a professional practising photographer; past mentors have included Jo Ractliffe, Michelle Loudikis and Jean Brundrit.

Kodak retires KODACHROME Color Film after 74 years.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 22 — Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it will retire KODACHROME Color Film this year, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

Sales of KODACHROME Film, which became the world’s first commercially successful color film in 1935, have declined dramatically in recent years as photographers turned to newer KODAK Films or to the digital imaging technologies that Kodak pioneered. Today, KODACHROME Film represents just a fraction of one percent of Kodak’s total sales of still-picture films.

“KODACHROME Film is an iconic product and a testament to Kodak’s long and continuing leadership in imaging technology,” said Mary Jane Hellyar, President of Kodak’s Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group. “It was certainly a difficult decision to retire it, given its rich history. However, the majority of today’s photographers have voiced their preference to capture images with newer technology – both film and digital. Kodak remains committed to providing the highest-performing products – both film and digital – to meet those needs.”

Market Photo Workshop extends its condolences to the family of Ricardo Rangel

"I used to say to the younger photographers, photography is one of the most beautiful professions you can have. It can take you to places more strange and wonderful than you have ever imagined." - Ricardo Rangel

The Market Photo Workshop would like to offer its sincerest condolences to the friends and family of the late Ricardo Rangel, who passed away on the 11th June 2009.

Rangel was born in Lourenço Marques (Maputo) in 1924, and started his career as a darkroom assistant during World War II. He worked as a photojournalist for a number of newspapers, including Notícias and La Tribune. In 1970 he became a founding member of Tempo, the country’s first colour news magazine.

Rangel covered the events that lead up to Mozambique’s independence from Portuguese rule in 1975, and was appointed chief photographer for the Notícias in 1977. He then began training photographers for both Agência de Informação de Moçambique (AIM) and Notícias. In 1981 he became director of the weekly Domingo, and three years later was asked to establish the Centro de Formaçao Fotográfica in Maputo, a school for photography.

Often regarded as Mozambique’s greatest contemporary photographer, Rangel will be sorely missed.

Africa Photographic Awards

The Africa Photographic Awards entices a worldwide audience of amateur and professional photographers with a broad spectrum of photographic categories and the largest prize pool ever offered for a photographic competition, being in excess of three million Rand! The main prizes have been donated by the distributors of Nikon in South Africa, Toyota, Kenya Airways and Sabi Sabi game lodges.

The range of categories includes wildlife, fashion, photojournalism and visual art to name but a few. Anyone may enter and there are specific categories for scholars and students too. Any make of camera may be used and some categories allow for artistic digital manipulation. Photographs submitted for each category will be showcased in leading magazines on a monthly basis, for the duration of the competition.

O'Reilly Announces "The DAM Book, Second Edition"

Digital Asset Management for Photographers

Sebastopol, CA -- May 4, 2009 -- One of the main concerns for digital photographers today is asset management: how to file, find, protect, and re-use their photos. The best solutions can be found in The DAM Book, Second Edition (O’Reilly Media, $49.99 USD), our bestselling guide to managing digital images efficiently and effectively.

Anyone who shoots, scans, or stores digital photographs is practicing digital asset management (DAM), but few people do it in a way that makes sense. In this second edition, photographer Peter Krogh—the leading expert on DAM—provides new tools and techniques to help professionals, amateurs, and students.

Krogh says, “Since the first version of this book was published, much has changed, but much has stayed the same. The photograph remains one of the most important creative artifacts that we produce. And digital photography, like all photography, continues to be a blend of art and science -- in fact, in many ways it is the ultimate convergence of these two. And, unfortunately, it’s still not easy to create a digital photo archive that we can know, with certainty, will be around when we want it later.”