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Memory, pictures, labels, loss

John MacPherson has written many thought-provoking posts about the relationship between memory and photography here on duckrabbit. Posts both about his Mother, who has dementia, and his beloved partner Melanie, who he nearly lost last year. It’s an important subject. Penny Russ‘s, who I met on twitter (@digitaldaisies) also recently wrote movingly about this subject [...]

Man up for the World Press Photo Awards

I’ve already detailed on a number of occasions poor governance at the World Press Photo awards. Today I want to write about another example, worse in many ways than the others.

But first a reminder of this years self-inflicted PR failure. The chair of judges, Gary Knight, turned out to be a business partner of [...]

Tim Hetherington reclaimed as the war photographer he never wanted to be

Today marks three years since the death of Tim Hetherington. I published the following post not long after, but it still feels relevant today …

Yesterday I received the following email from a photographer and thinker whose work I really admire (not someone who has anything to prove). The subject was ‘Hetherington’s last photos’ [...]

Kill tradition

Getty has announced its latest set of grants. Here’s what Aiden Sullivan, vice president of photo assignments, told BJP:

“In these difficult financial times, where it has become something of a rarity to obtain funding from traditional sources, this grant offers something of a lifeline.”

Photojournalism is always going to be a glass half empty [...]

“I know there is strength in me”- Can it get tougher for a parent than this?

It takes an incredible strength to choose to put yourself in front of the camera and tell the world you are HIV positive.

Especially when the world has already thrown more crap at you then most of us face in a lifetime.

That’s exactly what young Ethiopian Mum Momina does in this film. That Time [...]

Living on Scrap

I’ve got to say a short doco about kids collecting scrap is not a very appealing prospect for a Saturday morning. Rubbish dump shots in developing countries are ten a penny on ‘concerned photojournalist’ websites. Putting my skepticism aside I clicked on Chris De Bode and Steven Elbers short doco, Living on Scrap.

The film [...]

Dying for a photograph (and an Audi A3 advert)

‘From the pickup, Lynsey saw a body outstretched next to our car, one arm outstretched. We still don’t know whether that was Mohammed. We fear it was, though his body has yet to be found.

If he died, we will have to bear the burden for the rest of our lives that an innocent man [...]

Why I left Facebook and then regretted it

It was a moment of drunken clarity.

“I’m leaving FACEBOOK” I announced to the duckrabbit team over a few beers the night before a workshop.

The reasons are multiple.

I’ve started to resent the fact that everything I do on the internet is tracked so that advertisers can sell me crap that I [...]

World Press Photo: great pics and the usual incest

World Press Photo of the Year 2013, John Stanmeyer, announced at the #wpph14 offices in Amsterdam.

— David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder) February 14, 2014


The World Press photo of the year was announced yesterday. John Stanmeyer was the winner. Speaking to the New York Times photographer and jury member David Guttenfelder is reported [...]

This is how Birmingham University treats its Students or why Vice Chancellor David Eastwood has lost the plot

If you are thinking about going to Birmingham University (just down the road from the duckrabbit Brum office) you may want to watch this video and then think again.

Freedom of speech and protest is central to a democracy. There are genuine concerns about the way that Birmingham University is being run; particularly the victimisation [...]