L.A. Times photographer, Barbara Davidson, won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for her photo package on victims of gang violence. She told the story BOLDLY, to say the least. She garnered such honesty and emotion out of a very sensitive and tough subject. I salute you Barbara!
I didn’t realize gang violence was still such a problem out in Cali. I urge you to view the entire package, "Caught in the Crossfire" which includes video interviews with innocent victims of gang violence as well as the photos.
Came across this on the Blog A Photo Editor… soo REAL. Creative folks are not always the the best at running a business. :-(
"… you don’t know what’s gonna happen next, the only thing you can rely on is good music."
Amen! I LOVE good music and I’m ecstatic about the addition of the Revive Music Group to Okayplayer.com's family of sites. This video is on point and so is the soundtrack. Check The Revivalist site out here.
"Music is a great way to heal and a safe place to feel, trapped in this fake world, a gateway to real…"
(from the song “Listen” on the TSOL album)
*published in the NYTimes.com Lens Blog. 20 year-old photojournalist and student Ty Cacek talks with Kerri Macdonald about his assignment covering a Klu Klux Klan chapter in Kentucky last spring.
Above photo by Jocelyn Bain Hogg (VII Photographer)
*Excerpt from the Q & A between Macdonald and Ty. I couldn’t agree more with his sentiments:
"My goal has been to go into a subculture of people who are very different from me and show them in a way that allows people to connect. Walking into these people’s lives and seeing what they go through on a day-to-day basis is really eye-opening. I stopped seeing people as very different from me.
How has it changed the way you work?
I realized that pictures don’t have to be perfect. Sometimes they’re even better because they’re not.
I really try to focus on issues that are difficult to access. I find that once you get into a situation that’s hard to photograph, you’re able to find a certain comfort within that subject matter. You end up being more comfortable than uncomfortable.
Another thing I’ve learned is to show all subjects with dignity. That’s human. If you’re going to focus on gritty subject matter, it’s important to show it in a way that allows human connection. You want people to feel like they’re really gaining another experience by looking at pictures.”
(Source: The New York Times)
The spring concert season is warming up, even if the weather isn’t. Check out my preview of some of the hottest Hip Hop shows to hit NYC this month!