The Prime Minister has bowed to intense public pressure regarding his ‘personal’ photographer. Andrew Parsons will no longer be paid for by the British Public now but by the Conservative Party instead.
David Cameron has originally argued that Andrew Parsons would not just be working for the Prime Minister in Downing Street but would have a “cross-departmental role across Whitehall.” but he now admits that it probably sent out the “wrong signal”
This decision will also affect Ms Woodhouse who was employed by the government to be a videographer for the PM’s WebCameron website.
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- Cameron takes photographer off Civil Service payroll (independent.co.uk)
- David Cameron’s personal photographer taken off public payroll (telegraph.co.uk)
Win a Ipad 16GB with the MedGadget photography competition. They are accepting all types of medical photography and illustrations from anyone. Check out their MedGadget Photography & Photoshop Competition webpage for more details.
I have had a browse of my hardrive and come up with a couple of images, all you have to do is add it to your flickr stream and tag it with “imaginemedicine” and “medgadget” keywords. All entries to be in for 11:59pm ET on December 5, 2010. The winner will be announced on December 10th and the prize is a brand new 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi.
The shortlist for the third Prix Pictet was announced on 10 November 2010 at Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris. There is an exhibition which will run from 12 to 27 November where members of the public can view the entries.
There are twelve shortlisted artist’s work on display from the original 450 entrants. The theme for the third cycle of the Prix Pictet is Growth. The prestigious competition, although only in its third year is one of the worlds premier environmental photography competitions. The winner of the huge prize sum which works out at about £63,000 will be announced in March 2011.
Looking at the Prix Pictet website at the shortlist entries the standard looks incredibly high and it was very inspiring. One of my favourite projects was Oil by Edward Burtynsky. Edward is one of the worlds finest industrial landscape photographers and is much celebrated in Canada. You can read what he has to say about his project on the Artists Statement part of the Prix Pictet website.
Found this tattoo design via stumble upon – it made me smile! Please excuse the pun!
Disheartened I decided to have a look on the Hasselblad Masters website and although the quality of work is much better than those that are displayed on the BBC website I still found a lot of the entries uninspiring.
That said the work of 2009 winners like Mark Holthusen who merges traditional styles with a digital age to produce an inspiring set of images. London based Dirk Rees is another photographer who was a winner in 2009 who’s work stood out for me.
Here’s hoping that the judges for this years competition find some outstanding talent for their winners this year. Perhaps one of the most exciting things about the Hasselblad Masters award is the fact that its open for up and coming photographers and established photographers.
Last week David Cameron came under fire bacause of his ‘personal’ photographer paid for by the Tax Payer.
He was attacked in the House of Commons by Labour Leader Ed Miliband who mocked the Prime Minister saying ‘I can’t believe he is talking about hard choices this week because who has he chosen to put on the civil service payroll? His own personal photographer,’
Cameron’s spokesperson defended his appointment of photographer Andrew Parsons by saying that the Government’s communications budget has been cut down to a third of what it was. Cameron’s spokesperson also stated that the appointment of an in house photographer was a huge saving for the British tax payer compared to the cost of freelancers.
Downing Street stated that Andrew Parsons is not the Prime Minister’s personal photographer and would be used across several departments and for taking photos of several senior government workers.
In my opinion having an in-house photographer can only save money for the government. The cost of freelancer’s fees and the administration costs of hiring different photographers and getting them to sign the relevant confidentiality agreements would be far greater than having someone on the payroll.
You can see examples of Andrew Parson’s work here on the Guardian website
- Cameron’s crazy claim vanity photographer will save taxpayer “a lot of money” (leftfootforward.org)
- David Cameron: my ‘personal photographer’ is not vanity (telegraph.co.uk)
- David Cameron’s photographer allowed despite Tony Blair’s being blocked (telegraph.co.uk)
- Watch: Ed pokes fun at Cameron’s photographer (liberalconspiracy.org)
- David Cameron forced to defend appointment of ‘personal photographer’ (guardian.co.uk)
I have been following several RSS Feeds and I thought it was about time I reviewed 10 of my favourites. These RSS Feeds give me many things from inspiration to industry news. They are in no particular order so I hope you will follow them all. Add them to your RSS reader of choice and enjoy reading them with your morning coffee!
A Pictures Worth – Photoshelter
Even if you are not using their services though you should be reading their blog. Written by PhotoShelter co-founders, Allen Murabayashi & Grover Sanschagrin, it has their take on the photo industry, photographer websites, selling photos, SEO, gear and more. An invaluable source for anyone in the industry.
A Photo Editor
Written by former photography director Rob Haggart, this is a source of common sense for photographers! As a photographer some of the best advice is the advice that comes from your customers or photo buyers. With up to date industry news interspersed with interviews from Rob’s contacts that he has built up as a man with his finger right on the pulse, this has to be one of the best RSS Feeds for photographers.
Chase Jarvis is one of the current day’s great photographers, not just for his fantastic and inspiring work but also because of what he gives back. Chase blogs about his work, gear and lifestyle. With posts about how he creates his images, industry conventions he has spoken at and so much more. Chase Jarvis is a hero of the photography world. It is also worth my mentioning that in other parts of his website there are videos of his shoots that are well worth watching!
Jim M Golstein
Jim Golstein is a travel and landscape photographer who has a particular interest in nature. His blog displays some of his photos from his shoots which are well worth a look at.
Based in New York, Joe McNally has an impressive CV amongst which lies 20 years of shooting for National Geographic. Blogging eccentrically about life as a photographer, his shoots and his projects to put back into the photography community the skills he has learned. I think the most wonderful thing is the amount of variety his work carries.
An open vault that is constantly updated with new jewels of the photographic world. Aimed at technically minded photographers it hosts information on the more technical side of digital photography. Written by Michael Zhang and Jessica Lum together they produce some amazing content that I cannot get enough of.
Photocritic is written in a very individual style and the content is always forthcoming. Articles are a range of funny personal projects and opinions on all aspects of photography by the editor.
Scott Wyden is a photographer based in New Jersey he is currently on number 315 of his 365 series. Most of these series are like kissing your dog, they are cute but kind of stink at the same time. With this one I have enjoyed the photographers style throughout and its broken up with other interesting articles.
This is a fantastic read, the articles are like full magazine pieces and have great content. Recent articles have content about workflow, technology and philosophy. I can’t wait for the next article to be published.
With guest posts from several contributor, Light Stalkers hosts articles with how-tos on computer software, camera techniques and post production workflows. Some of the articles are a bit soft but there are some gems.
For a long time night photography has fascinated me, the patience of the photographers to set up their shots and freeze away waiting for the star trails to appear. With the changing of seasons and a lot of patience on my part for the right time of year when the moon is low enough in the sky so as to not bleach out the stars, autumn arrived in Ennerdale along with a few clear nights so I decided to crack on.