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Stuart Franklin on the ethical dilemma involved in choosing the World Press Photo of the Year 2017 February 25, 2017

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Chairman of World Press Photo panel describes ‘moral struggle’ in choosing the 2017 winner.

The Phaidon author, Magnum Photos member and chair of the 2017 World Press Photo jury Stuart Franklin has said that he had a “moral concern” when awarding Burhan Ozbilici the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2017.Ozbilici’s picture, which was announced as the winner earlier this week, shows the off-duty police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, immediately after he had shot dead Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art exhibition in Ankara, on 19 December 2016.Altıntaş apparently killed ambassador Karlov in response to Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. He shouted the customary “Allāhu akbar” along with “Do not forget Aleppo, do not forget Syria” immediately after the murder.Franklin made clear in a New York Times interview that the winner, an Associated Press photographer, has “my total respect,” yet he remained concerned that the jury might be “amplifying a terrorist message in some way” by awarding the prize for this picture.

 Franklin clarified his viewpoint in a first person account of the judging process in the Guardian newspaper writing: “While I was all for awarding it the spot news prize that it also won, I was strongly opposed to it becoming photo of the year. I narrowly lost the argument. I voted against. Sorry, Burhan. It’s a photograph of a murder, the killer and the slain, both seen in the same picture, and morally as problematic to publish as a terrorist beheading.

He supported his decision saying that unlike the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914, “the crime had limited political consequences. Placing the photograph on this high pedestal is an invitation to those contemplating such staged spectaculars: it reaffirms the compact between martyrdom and publicity.”

Altıntaş wounded three other people before being killed by officers in a shootout. The photographer was lucky not to be among the casualties; he only chose to attend the press conference at the last minute, and arrived moments before the deranged man fired his lethal shots.

Franklin and his fellow jurors signed nondisclosure agreements, and so could not discuss the specifics of the jury process. Yet he examines the principles behind press photography in his book The Documentary Impulse.

“I believe that photography plays an important role in shaping democracy and fostering advocacy,” he writes. “The guardians of culture, from the Enlightenment onwards, have tried to lead by example rather than by imposing rules. Photography (and journalism) practiced respectfully has the power to educate us all towards a greater understanding of, and empathy with, others.”

To learn more about Franklin’s viewpoints both photographic  and social buy a copy of his book The Documentary Impulse, and for more on how his photo agency has visually reported on world affairs past and present get The Magnum Photobook.

Prix Pictet 2017 “SPACE” February 25, 2017

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The Swiss-backed international prize Prix Pictet aims to recognise excellent photography, while also exploring the global issues surrounding the environment and sustainability.

In the past it has organised shortlisted photographers’ works around appropriate themes, such as water, earth, power and consumption. However, 2017’s theme, space, is less obviously ecological.

One of 2017’s photographers, the Düsseldorf School’s Thomas Ruff, interprets this theme quite literally, with images of the surface of Mars, taken by a high-resolution camera aboard a NASA spacecraft.

However, others get at the theme more obliquely. The acclaimed Irish photographer and Magnum member Richard Mosse’s work Heat Maps captures European migrants’ journeys using thermal imaging technology; Russia’s Sergey Ponomarev documents the struggle for space within the Middle East; while German photographer Michael Wolf’s Tokyo Compression series looks at the chronic overcrowding on Japanese public transport.

There shouldn’t be quite such a squash at the accompanying exhibition, which runs from now until 28 May 2017 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, though space will be a bit more of a premium on 4 May, when the prize’s honorary president, Kofi Annan, presents the winning photographer with 100,000 Swiss Francs.

Stephen Shore documents New York’s Women’s March February 25, 2017

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Stephen Shore has been documenting life in New York for over half a century. The fine-art photographer’s latest book Factory: Andy Warhol reproduces the black-and-white photographs Shore shot at Warhol’s original Silver Factory studio in Manhattan between 1965 and 1967.

Yet Shore is not nostalgic. In 2003, he started making print-on-demand books, each capturing his daily activities. Shore continued exploring this method until 2008, by which time he had produced 83 books, all of which were collated into the Phaidon anthology The Book of Books.

Indeed, he doesn’t limit himself to print. His pioneering 2013 digital photobook, A New York Minute, pre-empted the popularity of Snapchat videos, by collating sixteen short films shot on the streets of the Big Apple into a single, elegant iPad-only publication.

Now Shore has taken to Instagram to share his photographs of last Saturday’s Women’s March on New York. He’s only posted a handful of images, yet they’re a crisp selection, quite evocative of his specific time and place.

Stephen and his son the film producer Nick Shore attended the march, which was staged to rally support for women’s rights following the recent presidential election. You could view the shots both as a political statement, yet they’re equally evocative of a moment in time, and, in years to come, viewers may well be as fascinated by the look of the day as the message of the day.

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The campaign trail heats up in Western Australia’s critically balanced election: photos Bohdan Warchomij February 20, 2017

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PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined WA Premier Colin Barnett on the state election campaign trail, talking up the state’s shipbuilding prospects at the Austal manufacturing yard in Henderson in Perth’s south.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij


It was Mr Turnbull’s first press conference with the premier since he arrived in the west to lend his support to the Liberal campaign.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

He announced a $100 million upgrade of the defence shipbuilding infrastructure at Henderson. The money will go toward improving ship building production lines and various facilities, a commitment which Premier Colin Barnett warmly welcomed as a job creation measure.

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Arriving on the day that both the incumbent Liberals and the Labour parties launched their campaigns at the Octagon Theatre and the Arena respectively  the prime minister flew into Perth from Darwin  on Sunday and was the drawcard for a $10,000 a head Liberal Party fundraiser, attended by a select and very small group of bankers and other leading business people.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

On Sunday at the Octagon Michaela Cash and Social Services Minister Christian Porter lead a withering attack on the Labour shadow cabinet with attacks on Michelle Roberts, Margaret Quirk, Mick Murray and John Quigley. Mr Porter  described Mark McGowan as an “underperformer” who would not be able to navigate the international waters of Asian Trade.

Colin Barnett was more circumspect as he unveiled new policies that included stamp duty relief for seniors planning to downsize and a $110 million dollar live export berth at Kwinana. Taking credit for Perth’s vibrant renaissance with the sinking of train services and the building of Elizabeth Quay Colin Barnett asked the faithful to take the fight up to Labour.

“Be bold, be brave, don’t settle for mediocrity.” he told the crowd at the event.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Mark McGowan at the Arena pledged to block the sale of Western Power and announced a plan to put a freeze on TAFE fees and to fund the measure by taxing foreign property speculators, a measure that Lino Iacomello of the Property Council of Australia said was a plan that would backfire badly.

Photo Rebecca Le May AAP

The latest Reach-Tel Poll has indicated that the election is predictably on a knife edge. The “hurricane in a pant suit”, (described colourfully by Christian Porter)  Michaelia Cash warned West Australians not  to remove a strong, stable government to give the “other mob a go”. She said that it would lead to a failed experiment.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij


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An Iconic Photograph of an Assassination Is the World Press Photo of the Year


Burhan Ozbilici’s photograph is intense and haunting. Shot in the seconds following the assassination of Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, it shows the gunman, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, standing next to the lifeless body, with one hand pointing to the sky and the other still holding the gun. On his face, we can read his fury and determination, making Ozbilici’s photograph one of the most intense images of 2016.

The photograph, which has been equally celebrated for its importance and denounced for its raw depiction of a man’s fanaticism , led the news last December and will continue to do so in the weeks to come after a jury of professional photographers and editors selected it as the World Press Photo of the Year, a prestigious photojournalism award.


Changing the Global Landscape Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 13, 2017

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Chris Lockwood struggling with a raging river at Bells Rapids Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Summer in Perth ends on February 28th and this years unseasonal weather ended with unseasonal rainfall. Perth recorded a near record of 114 mm of rain on Friday. The average rainfall for February is 12.6mm.

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Yagan’s Bridge Photo Bohdan Warchomij

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Bells Rapids, one of the transit points for Perth’s Avon Descent which is held on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th of August was swamped by spectators watching competitors practising in the turbulent rush of water from the Avon River. The banks of the river which are normally used as parking areas were under water as were areas off West Swan Road and vineyards in the Upper Swan.

The unseasonal rain was the result of a tropical low that lay inland over the western Pilbara, which continued moving south-west and then crossed back over the water near Carnarvon on Thursday and early Friday.

A rain band associated with this system lay over the south of the state, lingering for two days.

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In Karratha, more than 209.4 mm had fallen to 6am on Wednesday, a record for the Pilbara town.

 It was Karratha’s wettest February day ever and its second wettest day of any month, just behind the 212.4mm that fell in January 2006.

BOORNA WAANGINY: The Trees Speak; PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 11, 2017

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“Rainfall records are tumbling everywhere.”

The opening weekend of PIAF is traditionally held outdoors and festival organisers can normally rely on Perth’s hot, dry summer to cooperate. And it was dry and pleasant enough to attract a very large crowd to the opening night of a very special event called BOORNA WAANGINY.

Nightly live music events at Elizabeth Quay have already been affected by the heavy rain.

The festival attracted thousands of people to an amazing  large-scale light and sound show in Kings Park titled Boorna Waanginy, The Trees Speak — that tells the story of the six Noongar seasons. They are Makuru (the season of fertility and the first rains), Djiiba (the second rain, wetlands and conception) Kamberang (Wildflower season, birth and new life), Birak (The first summer, season of youth,warmth and play), Bunuru (The second summer, season of heat, fire and coming of age), Djeran (Adulthood, the season of ripeness, knowledge and maturity).

It also attracted spokesmen for the Beelier wetlands.

The audience was taken on a 45-minute walk through the park, beginning in Fraser Avenue and ending in the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden.

Coming home from King’s Park last night through a vibrant Mt Lawley the first raindrops fell to announce the approach of Makaru.

Photos Bohdan Warchomij

This spectacular sound and light show in Kings Park and the Botanic Garden of Kings Park is the creative project of:

Nigel Jamieson Director,

Zoe Atkinson Artistic Associate and Designer

Sohan Ariel Hayes Media Artist

Dr Richard Walley Artistic Associate and Cultural Advisor

Kingsley Reeve Sound Designer

Kim Scott Writer

Shane Pickett Painter

PIAF acknowledges that the events take place on the traditional lands of the Noongar people and we pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this Country.

Climate Change in the Pacific: Photos Vlad Sokhin PANOS February 10, 2017

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By Janice Cantieri
Photographs by Vlad Sokhin, Panos
Warm Waters is a long-term photographic project by Vlad Sokhin investigating the effects of climate change on the nature and people of communities living in and around the Pacific Ocean. Tackling one of the biggest issues facing mankind through the prism of communities whose very existence is imperilled by Global Warming, Vlad has been travelling across the Pacific region and hopes to cover island nations and significant territories from Alaska to New Zealand. Vlad is collecting visual evidence of man-made causes of Global Warming and Climate Change and how these phenomena are being dealt with in each of the communities. In the first part of Warm Waters, Vlad travelled across countries in the Central and South Pacific – Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Niue.


Global temperatures hit record highs the past three years in a row—and the people of the Pacific have been feeling the effects.

The Pacific region has experienced devastating cyclones, storm surges, coral bleaching, and irregular rainfall patterns. Sea level rise threatens low-lying islands, where salt water infiltrates drinking water wells and kills staple food crops, as well as damaging property.

Photographer Vlad Sokhin has been documenting environmental changes in Pacific communities since 2013. Sokhin focuses on indigenous communities who are adapting to challenges created primarily by carbon emissions from developed countries, he says.

“In every country I’ve seen effects of global warming and climate change,” he says. “Different countries face different effects. For example, in Guam, the biggest challenge is coral bleaching, but in the last few years, the cyclones have become more intense.”

Abnormally warm ocean waters can bleach corals, which occurs when stressed corals expel the colorful algae living within their tissues. Coral bleaching threatens the reef ecosystem, but increasingly intense cyclones and tropical storm surges pose immediate danger to island residents.

Two category-five cyclones hit the Pacific in the past two years: Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, and Cyclone Winston hit Fiji in February 2016. Winston was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the Southern Hemisphere in recorded time.

Opening Night of Ngala Wonga Photos Bohdan Warchomij February 9, 2017

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Martine Perrett at Gallery Central Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Martine Perrett’s Ngala Wonga opened at Gallery Central in Perth last night with a huge attendance of elders and family from Kalgoorlie and photographers and artists and friends from Perth. It was a special evening of a very special show. The exhibition includes a great audio visual production of Martine’s photography by sound artist musician Jonathan Mustard.

Head On February 6, 2017

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Head On is back in Sydney. To be part of this major Australian Festival follow the link below this post.