“Let us not be nasty to nature…”

Find out more about Sebastião Salgado’s observations on man and nature.
Sebastião Salgado is a master of black and white storytelling and spoke about his work at The Photography Show in the NEC, Birmingham, UK, on March 21. His carefully composed and highly evocative images of nature and man offer a telling commentary on the modern world. Now, in his 73rd year, he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield how, after a lifetime of study, he still struggles to understand man’s destructive nature…

“I hope I can show how we must help the world heal,” he concludes. “We are 7.5 billion people on this planet now, and our behaviour has to change. I hope my pictures can make a difference but I don’t believe so. With the right information and the goodwill of people altogether, then yes, perhaps. But just my pictures? I don’t believe so.”

more at Canon

Winners of Pictures of the Year International

This year’s Pictures of the Year International contest recognizes the work of photographers on daily newspaper assignments or long-term projects to recognizing new ways of visual storytelling.

potyi02aMarcus Yam/Los Angeles Times
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potyi02bPete Muller/PRIME for National Geographic
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potyi02cA mother and son at the makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece. (First place, General News.)
Olmo Calvo
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Pete Muller was named Photographer of the Year in the 74th Pictures of the Year International competition, for a portfolio that largely explores concepts of masculinity. Marcus Yam of The Los Angeles Times was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year.

more by James Estrin at The New York Times

Climate Change: In Focus

Climate Change: In Focus

climatechange02aNo snow, no ice?
by Patty Waymire
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climatechange02bEmperors at the ice edge in Antarctica
by Kira Morris
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climatechange02cDry
by Tomasz Solinski
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climatechange02dOne to five…
by Vladimir Melnik
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climatechange02eClimatic Factories
by Terence Chiew
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Thanks to the thousands of people who participated in this assignment! What better way to understand the real impact of climate change than to ask a global community of photographers to share their stories about it. Our hope was to harness the power of collaborative storytelling and have a real impact on both policy and public perception.

more at National Geographic

A passion for adventure

Adventure and travel photographer Callum Snape shares his advice on social media storytelling.
Callum Snape is a new breed of travel and adventure photographer, who uses the power of social media to reach out to a rapidly growing audience. With 600,000 followers on his Instagram account, he must be doing something right, as CPN Editor David Corfield discovers…

callumsnape02a callumsnape02b callumsnape02c callumsnape02d callumsnape02eWhat comes first: the adventure or the image? Callum Snape takes a moment to ponder. “It used to be the adventure,” he reflects. “If I didn’t have that passion for travel then I wouldn’t be doing what I do now. But as I have got more experienced, it’s definitely become the image. The photo takes priority now; it absolutely must.”

A passion for adventure
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Omar Z Robles with the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Omar Z Robles’s interest in story telling began with one man: Marcel Marceau. The legendary mime actor taught him how to interpret the world through subtle but riveting movements. Those movements that he acquired as a student in Paris, he employs today in his photo series of ballet dancers.

omarzrobles02aBut before juxtaposing the clean lines of dancers against rugged city landscapes, Robles was shooting celebrities, athletes, artists, politicians and city dwellers for The Chicago Tribune’s Hoy, Metro San Juan, Latino Leaders and for his own street photography portfolio.

omarzrobles02bIn New York City, he transformed the aesthetic of his street photography by substituting the New Yorker with the New York dancer. Robles directed the dancers to tell stories with their bodies as he had learned from Marceau. The results were an army of miniature stories as told by the gentle flow of the dancers’ bodies.  These stories were later passed on by local and international media. (Mashable, Instagram’s Blog, The Phoblographer, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Design Taxi and Harpers Bazaar).

omarzrobles02cHe is grateful to the dance community and to his supporters – 128,000 Instagram followers and counting. His social media acumen has made him an influencer for Fujifilm, Gap, Esprit, The Guatemala Tourism Board, Esquire Magazine and other fantastic brands.

omarzrobles02dWhen he’s not spelunking the city, he’s at home with his wife, enjoying a steaming espresso cup – and editing his photos.

omarzrobles02eSince 2014 Robles exclusively photographs with FUJIFILM X Series cameras and lenses.  After his transition to FUJIFILM X Series cameras, he finds himself more connected to his subjects than ever before. The cameras’ intuitive and revolutionary design along with their excellent image quality have propelled his artistry to new heights by facilitating complete, unobtrusive creative control over his photography.

omarzrobles02fOmar Z Robles with the Fujifilm GFX 50S
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Tell Better Stories, Make Stronger Photographs

The Photographic Story

How to use storytelling to make more powerful photographs
by David duChemin

photostorydd01a photostorydd01b photostorydd01c photostorydd01dOne of the most common pieces of advice for photographers? « Tell a story! It’ll make your photographs better!” Stories can do that, and powerfully, but the advice seldom goes farther than that. What does “telling a story” photographically really mean? What are the elements of story? How do we translate that to the photograph? And, perhaps most importantly, why?

more at Craft & Vision

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