US press review
by Paul Melcher
7000Magazine : DERNIER TANGO A PARIS BY ELLEN VON Unwerth
LA Times : Kiev, Ukraine — Riot police stand guard as a woman holds a portrait of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko signed with the words "Guiltless!" as she attends a protest rally in front of President Viktor Yanukovych's offices. Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka accused Tymoshenko of organizing the 1996 murder of a powerful lawmaker and warned that a guilty verdict could put her behind bars for life. SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP
Mercury News: Raven Dixon reacts as she enters the courtroom and looks and family and friends at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Dixon is one of four co-defendants facing murder charges in the home invasion that resulted in the death of Monte Sereno businessman Raveesh "Ravi" Kumra. (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff)
Slate : Tea Party, Bunny Ranch, Carson City. Photo by Marc McAndrews. McAndrews spent five years photographing 33 of Nevada’s (legal) brothels for Nevada Rose: Inside the American Brothel (Umbrage Editions).
Vice magazine : By Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari Styling: Sarah Grittini; Hair and makeup: Lorenzo Zavatta; Photographer’s assistant: Alberto Zanetti; Set design: Charlotte Mello Teggia For a few years now, Maurizio Cattelan (who just exhibited a retrospective at the Guggenheim that marked his “retirement” from the art world) and world-class photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari have been putting out a biannual magazine called Toilet Paper. Photos exclusive to VICE and a couple that serve as sneak previews of what the world can expect to see in the next issue of Toilet Paper.
Wall Street Journal : U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance during the official Inaugural ball in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Jan. 21, 2013. (Xinhua/Jun Zhang/Zuma Press)
New York Times : Neeta, 11 years old, helped her father as she carried material to be used in a kiln at a brickyard on the outskirts of Kota, India, Tuesday.Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
Huffington Post : American flags are waved as people gather near the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall for the Inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Bangor daily : A boy plays with balloons by Buriganga river as smoke emits from a dump yard during sunset in Dhaka January 19, 2013.ANDREW BIRAJ | REUTERS
The best images of the inauguration have not been published. They probably never will be. In fact very often, for any type of event, be it sports, politics, entertainment or nature, you might never see the best images. why ? Because the nature of today's image distribution ( and its really distribution like a chain factory) makes it so that your favorite publication only publishes images they receive from a feed . Those feeds are usually form Getty, AP, Reuters, EPA and that's it. If the best image was not taken by one of the photographers working for those organizations, you will not see it. Or even if it was and it was overlooked by a sleepy editor, it is also gone.
More and more, fueled by both the need to save money and lack of manpower, publications rely on the same and only four wire services for all their photo needs. Since they all cover just about any event in the world, they see no need to go elsewhere to find the right image. However, those don't always carry the best images. In fact, they often do not. Like chain supermarket or restaurants, photo wires only carry what would satisfy the widest base. It should work for the small right wing newspaper as well as the national liberal magazine half way across the world. A one size fit all, ready to wear photograph. As if we were all homogeneous. Photographs with too much personality, to much sensibility are discarded in favor of those that the biggest majority will appreciate. There is little room for creativity here.
The less fortunate but nonetheless very talented photographers that do not belong to those giant pipelines, in turn, can only hope that a photo editor here and there will be hopefully looking for something different, something more particular. Or, if very lucky, get the one shot that no one else got and that is crucial for the understanding of the story. Luckily for some of us, we have social media, which allows for those photographers and photo agencies to still display and share those images. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, we still have the opportunity to see and appreciate the otherwise invisible images. There should be an award for the best unpublished ( in a publication) image of the year. This would encourage photographers to continue to be creative and original, even if economic condition will not allow it. There should be a non wire service prize for the most creative photo agency, so that they continue to look and support those photographers. Finally , there should be a best photo editor award for someone who has gone far and beyond to find and publish those images that otherwise would have been invisible. We are never satisfied.