Archive for February, 2011

Audio: Tips of the Trade

25th February, 2011

The February LNP branch meeting “Tips of the Trade” delivered advice for photojournalists, experience from industry freelancers and insight from those creating and finding new outlets.

Paul Delmar: photojournalist and ex-tutor of the NCTJ Photojournalism and Press Photography course at Sheffield Norton.

Carmen Valino: press photographer working for many local London papers including South London Press and overseas newspapers such as El Pais.

Stephen Simpson: press photographer and head/editor of the new news agency, London News Pictures (LNP).

Sarah Lee: freelance photographer for the Guardian/Observer newspaper.

February Branch Newsletter

15th February, 2011

Tuesday 22 Febrauary 2011, 6pm, Headland House.

The February branch meeting discussion will look into “Tips of the Trade”, with advice for photojournalists, experience from industry freelancers and insight from those creating and finding new outlets.

Paul Delmar is a photojournalist and ex-tutor of the NCTJ Photojournalism and Press Photography course at Sheffield Norton.

Carmen Valino is a press photographer working for many local London papers including South London Press and overseas newspapers such as El Pais.

Stephen Simpson is a press photographer and head/editor of the new news agency, London News Pictures (LNP).

Sarah Lee a freelance photographer for the Guardian/Observer newspaper.

Update

Demotix CEO Turi Munthe was due to come and talk at the February Branch meeting, but unfortunately due to a mix up in days Turi will not be able to make it, as he is abroad all week. He has expressed keen interest to come in and talk about the PA issue and Demotix as a whole, so we are discussing rescheduling him to the March Branch meeting. Apologies for the mix up.

Branch Members Slideshow

As requested by our members, we have increased the image submission to five images per person and a maximum video rush of 25 seconds. All images should be sent to the branch secretary. Video can be sent via a file share site. The next branch members slideshow is pencilled in for the February branch meeting, 22 February, 6pm at Headland House.

Any motions to the branch should be sent to the branch secretary prior to the meeting.

The Egyptian Revolution Film and Photo Night

After covering the first 18-days of the Egyptian revolution, many UK photographers and video journalists have returned to London and will be screening their work in a special one night event, organised by the London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) and the British Press Photographers Association (BPPA), at the Shortwave Cinema on  Tuesday 1 March 2011.

PA to Distribute Demotix Images

Article on the PA Demotix deal.

Elections for NUJ General Secretary

The National Executive Committee of the NUJ has just announced the dates for the upcoming election of the unions’ General Secretary.

Attacks on media workers in Egypt

Many journalists, attempting to simply do their job, have been threatened, beaten and arrested. London Photographers’ Branch members Jess Hurd and Jason Parkinson were covering the Day of Rage when they were attacked by the Egyptian secret police.

Wikileaks

Members may be interested in this event in support of Wikileaks, the controversial information leaking website that “Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act.” according to Time Magazine.

Skills Training – what do you need?

New software, new equipment, social media, multimedia, cameras that shoot Hollywood-quality video – do you need help keeping up?

Government Counter-Terrorism Review

After reading the Home Office review, it appears that the coalition government is planning to give the police new stop-and-search powers to get around the European Court of Human Rights’  S44 ruling.

The Egyptian Revolution Film and Photo Night

15th February, 2011

Photo (c) Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk – Design Jason N. Parkinson

After covering the first 18-days of the Egyptian revolution, many UK photographers and video journalists have returned to London and will be screening their work in a special one night event, organised by the London Photographers’ Branch (LPB) and the British Press Photographers Association (BPPA), at the Shortwave Cinema on  Tuesday 1 March 2011.

Starting at 8pm the evening will show video and photographs covering the extraordinary events that unravelled during the popular uprising against President Hosni Mubarak and his regime. There will also be a question-and-answer discussion with the photographers and video journalists who covered the uprising.

Entry is by donation and there will be a raffle to win selected prints donated by the photographers. All profits will go to the Egyptian journalist support fund.

PA to Distribute Demotix Images

15th February, 2011

PA, Britain’s national press agency, will now be distributing amateur pictures from Demotix as part of its news service( Journalism.co.uk, http://tinyurl.com/65lz7tz ). There is nothing new about using amateurs for spot news when no photographs from professional sources are available. Pictures taken inside the tube train during the 7/11 bombings immediately spring to mind. But that example also illustrates why in all other circumstances professionals are required – the first to arrive on the scene there took the pictures that stick in the mind, stood the test of time, and it is those professional pictures that are now published again and again.

What is new is that PA, the main supplier of news in the UK, is now deliberately seeking out amateur work for its professional service. And not just work submitted on spec. Demotix CEO Turi Munthe  told Journalism.co.uk “We’ve spoken with PA in some depth about commissioned works, shoot on demand, the ways we might partner on large-scale events, we’ve spoken a lot about political events, etc.” This takes dumbing down to new depths. Bad currency drives out good. “Just about good enough will do”, taken by wannabes with no day to day experience of how to behave professionally or any understanding of industry codes of conduct.

It is not yet clear how Demotix suppliers will benefit financially. PA’s core business is supplying ” all you can eat ” to newspapers paying annual subscriptions. No fee is paid for individual pictures. The Demotix deal appears to be a 50/50 split with photographers after PA take their cut, but no percentage of zero makes any sense at all. So will Demotix be paid a flat fee? How would that be calculated for sales worldwide? Or will their photographers be paid day rates as stringers? Or then again will Demotix be excluded from PA’s core subscription service, supplying only their additional markets for repro fees?

What is clear is that PA, who have just made staff redundant, will benefit financially from using amateurs instead. And full-time freelances on major news stories could now be facing competition not only from agency professionals, but a sizeable army of PA weekend warriors most of whom would earn next to nothing but who would destroy the market for everybody else. Some of whom will no doubt want to exchange mickey mouse press cards issued by Demotix for the real thing issued by the UK Press Cards Authority. By way of PA? On the strength of Demotix sales? This will certainly be raised at a meeting of the UKPCA card issuing gatekeepers next week. This week, the British Photographic Council decided to write to PA seeking clarification of what they are up to. And the whole PA/Demotix deal will now be on the agenda of the next London Photographers’ Branch meeting.

Turi Munthe, Demotix CEO is to attend the London Photographers’ Branch meeting this Tuesday for a Q&A on the recently announced controversial distribution deal with the Press Association. It should prove to be an animated discussion. Non members welcome. 6pm Tuesday 22nd February, Headland House, 308 Gray’s Inn Road.

Elections for NUJ General Secretary

7th February, 2011

The National Executive Committee of the NUJ has just announced the dates for the upcoming election of the unions’ General Secretary.

Persons wishing to stand for the position must apply by the 6th April. Shortlisting will take place at the pre-DM meeting of the NEC.

Once a shortlist has been decided, ballot papers will be sent out to members on the 22nd April and must be returned by 26th May.

Attacks on media workers in Egypt

4th February, 2011

photo (C) Jess Hurd

The London Photographers’ Branch Committee (LPBC) resolutely condemns the recent and continuing arrests and violent attacks on journalists by various Egyptian security forces, while they’ve been reporting unfolding events in various Egyptian cities and towns.

Many journalists, attempting to simply do their job, have been threatened, beaten and arrested. London Photographers’ Branch members Jess Hurd and Jason Parkinson were covering the Day of Rage when they were attacked by the Egyptian secret police.

Jess Hurd reports: “I was grabbed round the throat and Jason was wrestled to the ground, we were frog-marched through police lines where protesters were being roughed up. I had my IFJ card out and we repeatedly said we were press, fearing a blindfolded trip to the desert. The uniformed officer took our memory cards from our cameras and told us to leave.”

“One colleague, yesterday, reported being told that he was going to be shot if he stayed in his hotel on the Square, he left and was beaten by a mob when he tried to get a taxi. He was arrested by the army and held for 6 hours where a gang in plain clothes with machine guns staged ‘mock executions’. He has now been released but there are many other accounts of threats, attacks and arrests”

We call upon the Egyptian authorities to immediately halt these continuing attacks and to respect working journalists and other media workers. Their role as neutral observers and news gatherers must be respected and they must be allowed to work without intimidation, arrest, attack or harassment as they report events.

Note: You can hear Jess talk about her experiences on BBC Radio Scotland at http://bbc.in/i7pbXE (from approx 16 mins in)

Wikileaks

3rd February, 2011

Members may be interested in this event in support of Wikileaks, the controversial information leaking website that “Could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act.” according to Time Magazine.

Wikileaks
image (C) Wikileaks Press Kit

Rally in Support of Wikileaks.

Monday 7th February, 7pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square

WC1R 4RL

Skills Training – what do you need?

3rd February, 2011

New software, new equipment, social media, multimedia, cameras that shoot Hollywood-quality video – do you need help keeping up?

The branch is keen to develop a training programme that meets members’ needs, and would like to hear what they are. Course topics that have been suggested so far are: digital workflow, multimedia, Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop and video. Do you have any other ideas?

We would like to get a sense of the likely demand before taking this further, and are compiling a list of members who might be interested. If you would like to take part in courses on any of the above subjects, or have any other course ideas, please email training@london.photographers.org.

Philip Wolmuth
LPB Learning Rep