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Creative Assignment 6 – Pattern/Texture HDR

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Creative Assignment 5 – Nature HDR

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Zoriah (born January 27, 1976) is an award winning photojournalist whose work has been seen in some of the world’s most prestigious publications, museums and galleries. Initially trained in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Aid to Developing Countries, he worked for international aid organizations such as the Red Cross[citation needed] before returning to photography after a long absence. It was his extensive knowledge and training in survival and international aid which made him originally marketable to international photo agencies including World Picture News (WPN), Reporters Agency, The Image Works and EyePress Photo Agency in China.

His work first won critical acclaim in the early 1990’s when his photo series on homeless life in America was selected to tour the country in the Songs of The People project [1]. He was also named Photojournalist of The Year in 2006 by Morepraxis as well as winning the VII Photo Agency Portfolio Contest. He was among the photographers in World Picture News Networks Most Powerful Imagery of 2006.As an adult, his images of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Gaza Strip and Lebanon have been widely published and have traveled to many countries around the world in museums and fine art galleries.

This modern photographer reminds me of Eugene Smith’s photos of WW2 because of his dark and raw portrayl of things. His work in Iraq is well known for this quality. However, his photos still leave me with a sense of compassion for the subject.

Brent Stirton

Brent is based out of New York. He is a senior staff photographer for the Assignment Division for Getty Images. He specializes in documentary work and is known for his alternative approaches to photojournalism and his prolific work rate. He travels an average of 9 months of the year on assignment in his work for Getty Images, working exclusively on commissioned assignment.

Brent holds a degree in Journalism from his native South Africa and photographs to visually interpret a story, often working in tandem with journalists from the world’s leading publications. He works on a regular basis for the Global Business Coalition against Aids and The Global Fund against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He also works in the field for sustainability for WWF, The World Wide Fund for Nature, shooting global campaigns on the relationship between people and their environments. He recently also began working for the Ford Foundation and the Clinton Foundation. In the last 2 years he works regularly with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Anderson Cooper, compiling stills documentaries on topical news events which are then voiced over and aired.

Another photojournalist thats not afraid to be on the front lines. His use of wide angle lenses is a nice touch to his work. Also liked his perspective on things, for example contrary to a lot of photojournalists he doesn’t focus on the face of the subjct to try to convey the story. Instead most of his photos consists of a wide view and a moderate amount of background. I think this method works becuase the backdrop/environment adds to the story.


W. Eugene Smith

William Eugene Smith ( 1918-1978 ) was an American photojournalist known for his refusal to compromise professional standards and his brutally vivid World War II photographs. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Smith graduated from Wichita North High School in 1936. He began his career by taking pictures for two local newspapers, the Eagle and the Beacon. He went to New York City and began work for Newsweek, but was fired from for refusing to use medium format cameras and joined Life Magazine in 1939.

Smith entered World War II on the front lines of the island-hopping American offensive against Japan, photographing U.S. Marines and Japanese prisoners of war at Saipan, Guam, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Upon leaving Life, Smith joined the Magnum photo agency in 1955. There he started his project to document Pittsburgh. This project consisted of a series of book-length photo essays in which he strove for complete control of his subject matter. Complications from his consumption of drugs and alcohol led to a massive stroke, from which Smith died in 1978.

Today, Smith’s legacy lives on through the W. Eugene Smith Fund to promote “humanistic photography,” which has since 1980 awarded photographers for exceptional accomplishments in the field.

I’ve always been kind of a WW2 guru so the fact that he covered the pacific theater really interested me. I think he portrayed the true grit and anguish of WW2 without going too overboard for that era in history. As a striving photojournalist I can respect that fact that he was a man that understood his vision and was resolute to see it thru. For example, he would often stand instead of ducking for cover to get a better picture of the soldiers. However, this finally caught up with him when he took some shrapnel and was in the hosipital for two months. There was alot of doubt surrounding his recovery and whether or not he could ever maintain his photography work. One day during his recovery period he decided to take a walk and even though he was still in a lot of pain he came away with one of his most famous photographs.

Creative Assignment 4 – Kansas City HDR

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Creative Assignment 3 – Junkyard HDR

Luckily I got my hands on the 11-18 wide angle and the 90mm macro tamrons, so I could experiment more with HDR’s. On my last attempt I focused on architecture but this time around I didn’t want a central theme really, I just wanted to utilize the lenses I rented. So I guess you could divide the shoot in half with wide angle junkyard and macro. Also, I didn’t do much manipulation on the images after I convereted it to hdr last time, only a few minor changes in lightroom. However, on this assignment I edited contrast, color hues/saturation, vibrance, etc.

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