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A little video that tells us … well, a lot of what we already know. It does reinforce what we should be doing, though, which is handy.

I do wish it listed some ideas on things to try … it’s like you’re doctor telling you to exercise more. Um, okay … but where should I start?

A Case for Innovation from CoPress on Vimeo.


It happens all the time – photo archivist get a call looking for a photo of something … something that could not have been photographed. Laurie Hill has built a video based on the strange requests the Hulton Archive and Getty Images get

The following note came across the transom yesterday, contact Dawn Aiello at 706-542-5773 if you’re interested in working on this.

My name is Dawn Aiello and I am one of the graduate assistants in the office of Multicultural Services and Programs. Our office is bringing Kip Fulbeck to campus at the end of January and thought it would be a great opportunity to recreate his Hapa Project with UGA students.

In case you are not familiar with his work, Kip Fulbeck asked 1200 people to answer the question, “What are you?” in their own words and accompanied their answers with simple head-on photographs. The photos are displayed in an exhibit and have been published in book form. For more information, please visit

My vision is to take photographs of students on UGA’s campus and ask them to answer the same question, then post these pictuers and answers in high-traffic areas on campus. The purpose would be two-fold; this would be wonderful publicity for our event, but also a chance to spread awareness among our students.

I am writing you this to ask if there is any way that we could coordinate this effort with current photojournalism students, or even students who will be taking these courses in the Spring semester. It does not even have to be a formal co-sponsorship with our office. I would greatly appreciate names and contact information of students who may be interested in helping us.

Weegee was the first real spot news photographer in a lot of people’s eyes. Born Usher Fellig, when his family came through Ellis Island he changed his name to Arthur, he prowled the streets of New York City from the mid-1930s through the late 1940s, always first on a crime scene with his Speed Graphic and cigar. 

The Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C., has a piece on whether you can shoot photos in Union Station. Turns out, you can – but security doesn’t know that and has been harassing tourists and pros of late.

Meanwhile, Bruce Schneier at The Guardian has a column on why photographers are considered threats by government agencies.

The 9/11 terrorists didn’t photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn’t photograph the Oklahoma City FederaLinkl Building. The Unabomber didn’t photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Photographs aren’t being found amongst the papers of Palestinian suicide bombers. The IRA wasn’t known for its photography. Even those manufactured terrorist plots that the US government likes to talk about — the Ft. Dix terrorists, the JFK airport bombers, the Miami 7, the Lackawanna 6 — no photography.

Hit the link for his explanation.


UPDATE: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton responds to the privatization of Union Station. Or, not.

For years I joked the ultimate job for me was photo editor at the Wall Street Journal. Because, as you may know, they never ran photos. Saunter in to the daily news meeting and have an editor bark out section titles, then call, “PHOTO!”

And calmly respond, “Not today, boss, maybe tomorrow.”

On Wednesday, the venerable WSJ (for years more gray than the Gray Lady) published … on the front page … photos. has an Associated Press story about a photo of legendary World War II journalist Ernie Pyle. It’s never believed to have been published as it shows him just after he was shot and killed on Okinawa.

Rusty Bailey sent along a link to a comic about two folks who decided to get away from the ‘net for a bit. (Yes, we can blog anything. But should we?)

Karlee Baumann sent this link along … VH1 has a new reality show based on … fashion photographers who want to make it big. Ten wannabes will live together, shoot against each other and be deemed worthy or not …

You know, I may have to DVR this … just for, you know, fun.

This has almost – almost – nothing to do with photojournalism, but it’s kind of cool …

According to a story in this morning’s Athens Banner-Herald, there’s a new community forming in Taliaferro County. Themed communities are nothing new (look at golf or motor racing developments around courses), but this one is somewhat unique – it is focused on astronomy. Located on a hill 40 miles southeast of Athens, the 10 acre plot has one unique feature – a lack of light pollution.

Photo content: You can do astrophotography remotely now.

There’s a photo to be made out there … somewhere …