When does a portrait represent the facts and when is it porn?

One of the pleasures of travel has always been to dive into new places where others are compelled to live and being able to come out unharmed to tell the stories of how great the trip was. However, if we are not careful we might crush the fabric of cultures that we come in touch with

The hand-pulled rickshaw of Calcutta, immortalised by Dominic Lapierre's famous novel, City of Joy, will soon be a part of the history books as a bill passed by the West Bengal state assembly described the centuries-old mode of transport as "inhumane." The future of about 18,000 rickshaw pullers in the city, earning an avarage daily wages of about 100 rupees ($2.5) is unclear as they call for a compensation package to help them rehabilitate into alternative jobs.

How, and do we represent the interests of those we photograph

Readers are quick to react when they feel a photographer has crossed the line and intruded into a subject’s personal life. This is especially visible when victims of violence and their families are suddenly thrust into the harsh light of public scrutiny, their private life suddenly the subject of front-page pictures and articles.

Not a question of IF but a question of WHEN!

Today I want to talk about storage and back up of digital images. I’m sure you all back up your pictures on a regular basis, but how? Do you still use a simple external hard drive or back up to DVD and think you are safe? If indeed than you should get your act together […]

Choose a 35mm prime lens to improve your photography

How often do you stop and think which lens you are going to take with you on the next assignment? If you had to make a choice for only one lens, which one would it be? Ever since the digital AF-S lenses and my deteriorating eye sight (I’ve been making jokes that very soon I […]

Good images don't just fall off the tree

It was said by a photographer (and thanks for John Stanmeyer for reminding) that showing contact sheets is like showing someone your underwear. An interesting way to put it but surely there is a great interest in the contact sheet that shows the  photographer’s thinking process behind the shot. The Contact Sheet I was in […]

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10 Great Books On Photography Every Photographer Should Read

While there are thousands of photography books in the market it is not such an easy task to make a list of ten books on the subject of photography. I could think of four or five off the top of my head but the rest were a problem. Starting with the books I’ve already read I asked friends and colleagues about their own favorites.

Finding your Style and Identity as a Photogrpaher

You must strive to find your own identity as a photographer in order to create your own visual style. Your style will be a reflection of who you are as a person and will certainly be unique.

Where does Influence End and Creativity Begins?

My recent post about the question of originality ‘What is an original photograph? Do you create original work?‘ showed a couple of examples of similar images shot by different photographers raising the question of influence and intent. The comment thread on this post brought up some new angles and questions about originality and creativity that […]

What is an original photograph? Do you create original work?

I have just read an interesting post called ‘How Not To Be Taken Seriously’ on a blog owned by @GuyTalPhoto that I came by on twitter. Guy tells a story about creating “art” that is a little too much inspired by another artist. The post gives a nice story about a musician who came for […]

Top 10 tips for Going Pro as a Photographer

Not long ago I wrote a post called ‘The Photo Nazi’ with some advice for a new photographer. This post generated a lot of traffic and comments, not all of it so positive. Some people thought I was a arrogant and had no tact. I have no problem with being controversial from time to time, […]