Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop: Call for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop.

The Fellowship will provide the successful applicant with the financial support necessary to research and produce a body of photographic work, in consultation with a mentor, over the period of a year.
The Tierney Fellowship was created in 2003 by The Tierney Family Foundation to support emerging artists in the field of photography.  The aim of the Fellowship is to identify aspiring photographers, and assist them in overcoming the challenges that many face at the start of their careers.
There will be a voluntary briefing session at the Market Photo Workshop on Thursday 7 May 2009 at 2pm. This briefing session will introduce the Tierney Fellowship, and the application process, to potential applicants.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on Thursday 28 May 2009.

Fastest Camera Ever Built Uses Lasers

"Scientists have made the fastest camera ever. It can take 6.1 million pictures in a single second, at a shutter speed of 440 trillionths of a second. Light itself moves just a fraction of a centimeter in that time.

The camera works by illuminating objects with a laser that emits a different infrared frequency for every single pixel, allowing them to custom-amplify a signal that would otherwise be too dim to see.

“We have invented a new type of imaging technology that overcomes the fundamental limitation between sensitivity and speed,” said Keisuke Goda, an optoelectronic specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It’s the world’s fastest camera.”

High shutter speeds enable moving objects to be clearly photographed. The less time a camera’s optical eye is open, the less time a subject has to move. But this comes at a price: less light enters the camera, causing the image to be underexposed. That’s why sports photographers use high-powered strobe lights."

By Brandon Keim from WIRED

New Works by Photography’s Old Masters

"When the three weathered cardboard boxes — known collectively, and cinematically, as the Mexican suitcase — arrived at the International Center of Photography more than a year ago, one of the first things a conservator did was bend down and sniff the film coiled inside, fearful of a telltale acrid odor, a sign of nitrate decay.

But the rolls turned out to be in remarkably good shape despite being almost untouched for 70 years. And so began a painstaking process of unfurling, scanning and trying to make sense of some 4,300 negatives taken by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War, groundbreaking work that was long thought to be lost but resurfaced several years ago in Mexico City.

What the center’s scholars have found among the 126 rolls over the last several months are a number of previously unknown shots by Capa, one of the founders of the Magnum photo agency and a pioneering war photographer, and by Taro, his professional partner and companion, who died in 1937 when she was struck by a tank near the front, west of Madrid. But more surprising has been the wealth of new work by Seymour, known as Chim, that was in the cases. Another of Magnum’s founders, he was known not for his battle photography but for penetrating documentation of Spanish life in the shadow of war."

read full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/arts/design/30capa.html?_r=1

Getting images to press the fast way

An interesting article about shooting sports events tethered to the digital editing workroom in order to get the images to press in time.

"While 30 of the top college basketball players were shooting jump shots, throwing down slam dunks and running up and down a temporary basketball court in the middle of the home of the Detroit Lions football team, little did they know that beneath and around them were thousands and thousands of feet of wiring carrying image files of every little thing they did. During the 2009 Men's Final Four at Detroit's Ford Field, USA TODAY used cameras tethered to the digital editing workroom, as did several other organizations. The reason is speed! Photos are delivered back to the editor on site in a couple of seconds, rather than having to wait on time outs and shipping cards with messengers, then ingesting manually via card readers into the laptops. Eight cameras were connected using Nikon's WT-4a wireless transmitters, via Ethernet cable, to network switches at courtside, one on each end, which were then connected to a 1,400-foot fiber optic line."

Read full story at Sport shooters

Nikon’s new brand communications website

Tokyo-Nikon Corporation, Imaging Company is pleased to announce the worldwide launch of Nikon Next (www.nikonnext.com) on Thursday, April 23, 2009. As the environment surrounding photography and imaging continue to evolve, Nikon Next, developed by Nikon Imaging Company, will present various forms of the future of digital age photo imaging expression.

Logo of Nikon Next

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2008 OPC Award Winners

"This year’s Overseas Press Club awards program shifts focus from the dwindling war in Iraq to conflict and political violence elsewhere, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two of the photography awards document the stunning explosion of ethnic violence following Kenya’s disputed elections, while a team of investigative reporters capture the frightening reach of violence in Mexico’s burgeoning drug wars.

Eleven of the winners are striking for the globalization of their themes. We follow the trail of human traffickers and their victims from villages in Moldova to the Gulf haven of Dubai. One winner pursues China’s sweeping and controversial investment across Africa. We learn the multiple dimensions of the global food crisis, starting with the perspective of an Ethiopian farmer who lost his family to famine."

read full story at The Overseas Press Club of America