Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Great competition oppurtunity! Below is a quick synopsis of the theme of the competition and you can find out further details by going here. May the best shopper win!
Every year, Black Friday rings in the yearly holiday shopping season, with hundreds of thousands of people getting up before sunrise to queue for bargains and deals; when the doors are unlocked, the stores being besieged by their own customers. During Black Friday last year, security guard Jdimytai Damour, was trampled to death by crazed shoppers as he tried to hold back bargain seekers at a Walmart in Long Island . Unfortunately, the uproar in the media was mostly over by the end of the weekend.
Picture Black Friday is a photojournalism project that aims to revisit and analyze a combination of forces- a worsening economy, financial desperation, excitement, fear, and a distinctly American cultural tradition- that culminate the morning after Thanksgiving.
More specifically, Picture Black Friday is an open call for photographers throughout the U.S. to go out and produce images that document Black Friday- how you see it, on your terms. Imagine this project as an open assignment: you have freedom to approach this event from any angle you wish, returning with single images or even a mini-project that documents Black Friday like no other media outlet will. A selection of these images will be exhibited on this site.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Is it photojournalism, propaganda or art, and why? To read Morris' own response as well as the thoughts of NY Times readers you can go to his post here.
Monday, November 9, 2009
That time has come again - time to be advised and register for the Spring semester. Priority registration begins November 23. The following photo courses are available in the Spring Semester:
•VAFA 110 - Digital Photography Fundamentals - learn how to use your digital camera and the basics of photoshop
•VAFA 210 - Digital Photography II - advanced photoshop and portfolio development.
•VAFA 151 - Photography I - intro to black & white film - process your own film and print in the darkroom
•VAFA 157 - Photography II - advanced black & white darkroom work & portfolio development
•VAFA 211 - Studio & Light - Learn to use professional studio lighting - photograph portraits, products, etc in the studio.
•VAFA 196 - History of Photography - Learn the fascinating history of photography from Daguerre & Fox Talbot to contemporary artists.