Errol Morris on the photographs of Abu Ghraib

Thursday, August 16, 2007 by

Errol Morris is blogging on photography for the New York Times, and his latest article is on the long story of the identity of the man under the hood.

Ali Shalal Qaissi, aka ‘Clawman’

The photo of a man holding a photo of the man in the iconic photo created an associative link much stronger than mere words might have. We see the man who purports to be the Hooded Man in a photograph, holding the Hooded Man photograph.

… It is said that seeing is believing, but often it’s the other way around. We do not form our beliefs on the basis of what we see; rather, what we see is determined by our beliefs. We see not what is there, but rather what we want to see or expect to see.


NYT: Snapshots That Do More Than Bore Friends

Monday, June 11, 2007 by

Snapshots That Do More Than Bore Friends

Few sentences in the English language are more dreaded than this seemingly innocent offer: “Oh, I must show you the pictures from my vacation.” … But, of course, those very same shots can be extremely useful when researching your own trip. How big is that pool? What, exactly, does the room at that five-star hotel you’re thinking of booking look like? What’s the crowd like at the so-called hot restaurant? It’s good to have documented evidence from someone who has been there.

We all helped to speed the demise of professional photographers

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 by

We all helped to speed the demise of professional photographers, by Andrew Brown, at the Guardian Weekly

A picture-sharing site like Flickr contains the work of tens of thousands of talented amateurs, all of them capable of producing one or two photographs a year that could be published anywhere. If only 1% of the pictures on Flickr are publishable, that would mean 1.5m usable pictures uploaded there every year. Most of the drudgery of identifying good, relevant pictures is also done here – by the photographers themselves, who tag them, and by the other users, who notice them and have their interest recorded by the software.

Sad news from JPG magazine

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 by

From Derek Powazek’s blog:

Unfortunately, issue 10 will be the last one that Heather and I will have a hand in. We are no longer working for JPG Magazine or 8020 Publishing.

[this is bad] [this might be offensive]

internet pornography statistics… revealed.

Sunday, May 13, 2007 by

Sound from the 29th of April conference

Sunday, May 13, 2007 by

Here’s the sound from the April 29th conference, featuring, in alphabetical order:

Luc Debraine, Journalist, Le Temps, Geneva

William Ewing, Director, Musée de l’Elysée

André Gunthert, Maître de conférence EHESS and editor in chief of Etudes photographiques, Paris

Jonathan Lipkin, Professor of Digital Media, Ramapo College, New Jersey, U.S.A

Martin Parr, Photographer, Great Britain

Fred Ritchin, Professor, NYU, U.S.A

Radu Stern, Head of Educational Programs, Musée de l’Elysée

The speakers spoke in the language they felt the most comfortable in, so Luc Debraine and André Gunthert speak French.

Pictures from the show

Saturday, May 12, 2007 by


(image courtesy Andre Gunthert)

Andre Gunthert, a french art historian, director of the French scholarly publication “Etudes Photographiques” who was part of the advisory team for the show and part of the panel / roundtable on April 29th has posted a Flickr set of pictures from the show.

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Saturday, May 12, 2007 by

Noah Kalina. Everyday. For sale.

Friday, May 4, 2007 by

Noah Kalina
Noah Kalina is selling prints from his ‘everyday’ project.

A conversation with Fred Ritchin

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 by

Fred Ritchin, whose resume includes being a photo editor at the New York Times, co-autoring Salgado’s Uncertain Grace and authoring In Our Own Image – the coming revolution in photography, a book about the challenges of digital photography which was in print for 15 years, as director of PixelPress, a groundbreaking essay on Bosnia with Gilles Peress, and who is currently teaching at NYU gave a talk about digital photography and his upcoming projects.

The first few seconds are clipped, and we’ll put a video sometime next week as Fred was showing pictures.

In the meantime, you can listen to it here.

N.B : Pour les francophones, la discussion est traduite.

A discussion with Martin Parr

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 by

martin parr

Martin Parr, author of, among others, “Boring Postcards” and “Bliss : Postcards of Couples and Families” explains in his conference how your family photography is form of propaganda, his opinion on technique, what his new agenda is, the demise of Corbis and Getty at the hands of Flickr and what the best new business model for successful photography is. And how dreadful, cliche’ed and boring a lot of amateur photography is.

you can download it here.

A Danish cellphone scandal

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 by

danish cellphone scandal

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet and UK paper Metro are reporting on a new cellphone scandal out of Denmark.

According to the newspapers, a group of high school students has used cellphones to film an annual strip tease competition held in front of, and judged by, teachers. The circulation of the footage has created an outcry from school authorities.

The video was posted to Youtube, taken down, and has been made available in its original form on infamous swedish bittorent tracker The Pirate Bay.

The Transparent Society – David Brin

Thursday, April 19, 2007 by

As a follow-up to the previous post, here’s an interesting article from 1996
(for those of you who don’t remember, that was the time before digital cameras cost less than a car; and cell phones with integrated cameras were something James Bond would show off at MI6 office parties and would make lower ranking secret agents very envious.)

The Transparent Society, by David Brin, Wired magazine, December 1996:

The cameras are coming. They’re getting smaller and nothing will stop them. The only question is: who watches whom?

Click here to disappear: thoughts on images and democracy – David Levi Strauss

Thursday, April 19, 2007 by

The privatisation of image-making and the manipulation of image-reception in the global, digital age combine to diminish agency and freedom, says David Levi Strauss.

Photography has always had the potential to democratise images, but it has seldom worked out that way in practice. Digital imaging has made image-making devices ubiquitous. Many more people now possess the means to make images more of the time. At the same time, images are primarily used, in the public image environment, to influence public opinion and encourage the consumption of products and services. What is the relation between these two phenomena: near universal private image-making capability and widespread manipulation through public images?

Quand les photos font leur cinéma

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 by

Quand les photos font leur cinéma: “Dans le cadre de son projet Movie Assembly, Gokhan Okur, étudiant turc, tente de concevoir un film sans caméra, entièrement conçu à partir des images du site Flickr.”

..the problem today is no longer how to create the right image,
but how to find an already existing one…
-Lev Manovich

Discussion with MaryAnne Golon

Sunday, March 25, 2007 by

We’ve just uploaded this afternoon’s discussion with MaryAnne Golon. Ms. Golon is the director of photography for Time Magazine. The discussion ranged from Time’s “you” person of the year to amateur photography websites, through James Nachtwey in Iraq and how Time intends to deal with crowdsourcing.

Most of it is in English, but there are a couple of passages in French – everything switches back to english afterwards, though.

‘The craze which overtook the 5th and 6th grade…’

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 by

‘The craze which overtook the 5th and 6th grade…’

An animation by Chris Ware for ‘This American Life’

Discussion Bruggmann / Cater

Sunday, March 18, 2007 by

Rencontre-débat autour de l’exposition avec Adrien Cater et Matthias Bruggmann, photographes et curateurs de l’exposition.

Vous pouvez l’écouter ici.

New York Times: Look at Me, World! Self-Portraits Morph Into Internet Movies

Sunday, March 18, 2007 by

Article today in the Art & Design section of the New York Times, talking about Noah, and the show: Look at Me, World! Self-Portraits Morph Into Internet Movies

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the new age of digital portraiture is the ease with which photographers, professional or amateur, can so easily produce images, videos, sequences and other projects that are dramatic, fresh and interesting. “Digital technology has changed what portraits look like,” Mr. Lipkin said. “If you pay attention to Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and the other social Internet sites, you see right away how stylized the portraits are. How they are taken from odd angles and with interesting lighting. It’s the angle of the hand-held digital camera.”

Update: the story also ran in the International Herald Tribune: The Internet elevates amateur self-portraits into art

Flickr: HP: ‘ Resolutionaries’

Sunday, March 18, 2007 by

A post on the flickr blog about an HP project on the topic of ‘Resolution’.

HP recently sponsored a group called Resolutionaries with an invitation to Flickr members to contemplate what “resolution” means to them. They also created a showcase on the HP site to showcase the submitted photos.

Getty Images acquires Scoopt

Saturday, March 17, 2007 by

Title says it all. Press release here.

Sascha Pohflepp: My Flickr schizophrenia

Saturday, March 17, 2007 by

In a recent post on his blog entitled My Flickr schizophrenia, Sascha Pohflepp talks more about Flickr and other topics from the conference.

Conférence Jean-François Leroy

Monday, March 12, 2007 by

Jean-François Leroy conference

Vous pouvez écouter la conférence / discussion d’hier, entre les visiteurs du musée et Jean-François Leroy, le directeur du festival de photojournalisme Visa Pour l’Image, en cliquant sur ce lien.

Discussion with Erik Kessels

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 by

Erik Kessels conference.

We’ve just put a discussion where Erik Kessels, who, among many other things, publishes the Useful Photography books .

You can listen to it here.

N.B : The discussion is introduced in French, and everyone switches to English after about a minute.

Video from the JPG Mag / We Make Money Not Art / roundtable / debate

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 by

The discussion / debate from February 10th, 2006

From left to right :

Radu Stern, Head of Educational Programs, Musée de l’Elysée

Derek Powazek, JPG magazine, San Francisco;

Régine Debatty,, Berlin/Torino;

Sascha Pohflepp, artist and contributor to, Berlin;

Matthias Bruggmann, photographer, member of the exhibition’s curatorial team;

The first 20 seconds are in French, and then everything switches to English.

Eva Leitolf

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 by

Eva Leitolf - After War

Equestrian Monument, Windhoek

Eva Leitolf’s Rostock Ritz is a fantastic book, titled after a hunting range in Namibia, a former German colony. It’s one of the most intelligent examinations of post-colonialism and the theatralization of history i’ve come across.

In her own words : One hundred years after the genocide of the Herero and Nama by German colonial forces in the former colony of German South-West Africa (1885-1915), Rostock Ritz takes a look at the culture of remembrance of the Herero and the self-image of Namibians of German origin in their everyday lives.

The 23 photographs cast a wry light on ideas of homeland and identity, and open up insights into a society permeated by insecurity and prejudice.”

I hope we can get this in the Tillburg show, or maybe add it to the current one.

You can visit her site here, there is work on racist crimes in Germany, as well as mid-90’s Beirut, where the first image is from (the second one is from Rostock Ritz).

Daniel Girardin sur

Tuesday, February 20, 2007 by

C’est pour les francophones, et c’est par .

Bill Ewing on WRG

Monday, February 19, 2007 by

Here’s an interview of Bill Ewing, the director of the museum, by Pete Forster of Switzerland’s Geneva-based english speaking WRG.

Un peu de radio

Saturday, February 17, 2007 by

Par Florence Grivel, pour Dare-Dare à la Radio Suisse Romande.

C’est par ici.

A video…

Saturday, February 17, 2007 by

Here’s a video of the opening and the launch of the Flux installation (the one where you can submit your images).

Voici une video du vernissage, et du lancement du Flux (l’installation à laquelle vous pouvez envoyer vos images).

Une galerie d’images

Monday, February 12, 2007 by

Le journal Suisse Le Temps a mis une galerie d’images qui sont dans l’exposition en ligne. Vous pouvez la visiter ici. Elle présente des travaux des lecteurs / participants de JPG magazine, ainsi que de Martin Parr et de l’agence de presse Keystone.

A gallery of images

Monday, February 12, 2007 by

Swiss newspaper Le Temps has gallery of pictures that are in the show. You can look at it here. It features work from the fine readers / contributors of JPG magazine, as well as from Martin Parr and the Keystone press agency.

The unofficial Flickr group

Monday, February 12, 2007 by

One of our participants has set up an unofficial flickr group. It is meant for those of you who are participating in the Flux project and would like to share the images you uploaded that way as well.

We love the idea of you appropriating the show, so please feel free to do so in any way possible.

Discussion avec Ayperi Ecer

Sunday, February 11, 2007 by

Nous venons de mettre en ligne une discussion entre des visiteurs de l’exposition et Ayperi Ecer, de l’agence Reuters.

Vous pouvez l’écouter ici.

William Ewing parle de l’exposition

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 by

William Ewing talks about the show

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 by

Tuesday, 6 February, 2007…

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 by

The show is becoming more exciting with each day. We sense an
enormous interest on the part of the press, even a kind of hunger.
People know its a burning issue, the digirevolution, and crave for
some kind of understanding of it. Setting it up, the Hewlett Packard
technicians have been fantasticy helpful. I don’t know how we could
have done it without them, or the equipment they’ve so generously let
us have. As Adrien and Matthias said on the radio tonight, the show
isn’t about technology, but technology is an important given in the
situation, and we had to focus on it to a basic extent as well as
with the images.

It’s not a show, its an experiment. It’s a thrill to be riding a
wave and seeing where it takes us. The museum won’t be quite the same
after this, and it’s for the better. Museums have to shed their old
skins or they will become irrelevant. It’s surprising to think no one
else has attempted what we are attempting. Tell us if we are wrong,
and someone has!

Last day of preparation tomorrow, with still much detail work to
do, and then the hordes will arrive!

–William A. Ewing

The asteroid that wasn’t there…

Monday, February 5, 2007 by

This is a series of 16 photographs of a region of the sky, taken by an amateur astronomer, on which an asteroid which should be on a collision course with the earth does not appear, proving that there is no asteroid on a collision course with the earth. On the theoretical level, proof by absence isn’t really common in photography – you’d traditionally use photography to prove that something WAS there, not that something WASN’T there.

A complete story of the incident, which almost prompted a phone call to the White House, is available here.

(images (c) Brian D. Warner / Palmer Divide Observatory)

2004 AS1

final push

Sunday, February 4, 2007 by

We got a load of gear from HP today, and two technicians to set it all up.


And we’ve almost figured out where to put everything.


JPG magazine

Saturday, February 3, 2007 by

JPG magazine

JPG is ‘the magazine of brave new photography’ – a printed magazine available in stores, and an online community. Unlike traditional magazines, JPG is created by its readers: anyone can contribute their photographs and vote on their favorites. The best are printed in the next issue.

We’ll be showing a bunch of work from JPG magazine: there will be 20 prints of the ‘most favorited’ images, i.e. the JPG community’s most appreciated images.

We strongly suggest you read the ‘letter from the editors‘ (euphemism for ‘manifesto’).

Co-creator and editor Derek Powazek will be there for the opening and will participate in the round-table with sascha and régine.

Sascha Pohflepp: Buttons

Saturday, February 3, 2007 by


Berlin based artist Sascha Pohflepp has an interesting project called ‘Buttons‘. We call it ‘the camera that takes other people’s pictures’.

Be sure to check out the video.

Blinks & Buttons:
Sascha Pohflepp:, and his blog.

Sascha will also be participating in the round-table on Saturday the 10th of February, with his co-we-make-money-not-art‘er Régine Debatty, and Derek Powazek from JPG magazine

they’re working on it…

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 by

they’re working on it…

another day at the beach…

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 by

Spent the day holed up in the Elysee’s dark basement. Some twisted individual christened it the “salle Lumière” – in honour of the (french) filmmakers, of course, but since Lumière also means light in french, i’ve got a feeling there might be a sense of irony involved.

Mission of the day was to get a brand new HP Z3100 up and running (HP sponsors the show, so we’re getting TOYS). Unpacking was surprisingly uneventful, with a somewhat similar experience to what Micheal Reichmann posted about on Luminous landscape. Seriously over-engineered packaging, somebody’s been studying his illustrated Erik Demaine. I did have a problem with a printhead at first, cleaning the contacts and reinserting it a couple of times did the trick, but i’ve got a feeling it could have not gone that well. The heads don’t have the differently-shaped nubs the ink cartridges do, so there’s a bit of a risk of getting ’em all mixed up, which probably wouldn’t be good.

I haven’t had time to totally put the thing through its paces, but I’m mightly impressed this far.

The stuff we got seemed very hot off the assembly line, with a nice “G(olden) M(aster)” on a burnt-cd and several ink cartridges that lacked production stickers. Gamut seemed excellent on the stock photo paper HP packages with it (extra-super-high-speed-drying-mega-gloss), i’m waiting to test it with Archival Matte (or whatever it’s called these days). Self calibration is the smartest addition to printer tech in a long time. I do feel a bit frustrated by not being able to use Bill Atkinson’s most excellent charts. I’m not sure the extra cmyk module allows it, and don’t like the idea of software tiering for stuff like that. There might be a way to hack around it by editing a couple of ressources like you’d do for Gretag’s i1, but it’s inelegant nonetheless. I did see some gloss differential in high-contrast areas under “just the right light”, though. Extremely minimal and might be a question of finding the right paper. I’ll be doing part of the show on it : a print of mine, the JPG magazine stuff, the During work. The museum will also be using it to make 100 prints a week of randomly selected images from the Flux installation. So i’ll be spending quite a bit of time in that basement in the couple of days, print speed was about 2 centimeters per minute at the highest quality settings.