An example of photojournalist: Gervasio Sánchez

Gervasio Sánchez is a recognized photojournalist that was born in Córdoba and is graduate in Journalism in the Autonomic University of Barcelona. He is specialised in armed conflicts. Nowadays he is living in Zaragoza and he has covered the armed conflicts in Latin America, in the Golfo war, África, Asia, Yugoslavia…and he has created photographic books about his experiences as “El Cerco de Sarajevo”, “Kosovo, crónica de la deportación”, “Niños de Guerra”, “Los ojos de la Guerra” or “Vidas minadas”, are some of them.

In our conversation in the interview, Gervasio Sánchez showed his moral convictions about the journalism. Since Gervasio Sánchez started to study journalism, he has the fix idea that he want to travel to tell the people what were going on in the countries that most of the people couldn´t visit. Because he taught that with his job, he would tell what happened in those kinds of countries.

Nevertheless, he realized that it was not possible to do that being part of a the Media, instead of that he realized that he has to do it in an independent way out of the “censure” of the Media owners (the banks) and other politics influences that restricted the newspapers, TV or radio contents. Gervasio say, “The problem is that the journalism which has to keep an eye on the power has dead.”

One of the advices Gervasio Sánchez  gives to the young journalists is that they have to learn to say “no”. “You don’t have to accepted that someone impose rules that are against the basic goal of the journalism”, say Sánchez.

Gervasio told me that he learned to take pics taking them in the wars of Latin America, and that it was not until his incomes as a waiter afforded equalize his outlays to travel when he decided to leave the job.  That made that Gervasio could develop his job as a journalist in an independent way.

As a really good friend of Gervasio Sánchez, Arturo Pérez Reverte wrote in his twitter account that he can´t believe that Gervasio still believes in humans because of the things that he has seen in the war. But he (Gervasio) still does it. That is because, as he told me, everyone in a situation, like the ones that are happening in Siria, Irak, or other places, would do the same. “Colaborate with the strongest ones in a war is essential to survive, but if you see how the people point at the people who you have to kill…you realized that is very difficult to continue believing in people. But there are real war heroes that give us real lessons about life and dignity.”

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 One of the pics from the photo story of Vidas minadas” by Gervasio Sánchez

LINKS

Interview of Gervasio Sánchez in Jot Down magazine http://www.jotdown.es/2012/06/gervasio-sanchez-estamos-saturados-de-mala-informacion/

Gervasio Sánchez twitter: https://twitter.com/gervasanchez

Interview of Gervasio Sánchez in La Sexta Noche http://www.lasexta.com/programas/sexta-noche/entrevistas/gervasio-sanchez-zapatero-conocia-caso-mayali-mismo-informe_2013032400003.html

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Interview of Gervasio Sánchez by Leticia Pellicer

Gervasio Sánchez biography http://www.mcu.es/promoArte/docs/CVGervasio_Sanchez.pdf

Gervasio Sanchez´s blog http://blogs.heraldo.es/gervasiosanchez/

Every image has a lot of work behind it

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Foto:http://morfeo2010.wordpress.com/bienvenidos-a-el-mundo-de-los-suenos/

The section about culture has an image that tells us a story.

As journalists and also as readers of newspapers, we are always looking to read news in the media but we don’t pay attention to the hard work that is behind. Each thing cares until the finish detail. If we observe a bit we can appreciate many things that normally we don`t see.

In this case, we have done an analysis of the culture section in El Mundo´s Neswpaper during one week. To do this, we have used the Book style about this newspaper and so we can know which rules are used so they are able to publish their photos.

We have observed different peculiarities that are very repetitive during this week. This section has a lot of photos and also we can find text. Normally, all the people that want to appear in the photos from this section are pose. This is the big difference with regard to other sections in which the photos aren’t pose.

The photos that aren`t pose in of this section are images that reflect functions. In addition, these images are sent to the EFE press agency. This business provides services of graphical information. These services are elaborated by the professionals that the agency has share out around the world. This one isn’t the only agency that requests the images, we can also find the agency AFP. This is something strange for us, because the El Mundo´s Style Book says that the journalists have to go to the place where the event has happen and so be able to tell it. Nevertheless, not all the acts photos are extracted of the agency.

However there are also archive photos. These images belong to the book style. The images must show the original context or the date when the photograph was taken so the prejudice is avoided to the people who appear and also the demands.

About the photos in which the people are posing, are images that describe the profession and to the portrayed, that is to say, or it appears in his place of work, or with some element that characterizes his activity. In addition, they are very creative images, we can see the personality of the portrayed and what´s more, they are all in color.

When a group of people appears in the photos, for a general norm we see long medium perspectives and when there is only one person in the photo, we find medium perspectives or first planes.

We consider very important that the photos inside the culture section transmit what it wants to be said in the text next to it. They always must have a photo credit that complements the image.

The ideal thing is that the journalist could tell us the same thing with a photo and with a text, he has to know to transmit information in the same way with both elements and be a good photojournalist.

LINKS

Libro de Estilo del  Mundo webpage : http://www.masmenos.es/wp-content/uploads/2002/01/librodeestilo_elmundo.pdf

EFE Agency Press webpage:  http://www.efe.com/efe/noticias/espana/1

AFP Agency Press webpage: http://www.afp.com/es/

BIBLIOGRAPHY

CIIE Sevilla, Libro de Estilo del Mundo, 2003: http://www.masmenos.es/wp-content/uploads/2002/01/librodeestilo_elmundo.pdf

Agencia EFE, S.A, [Consulta: 28-11-2013] disponible en: http://www.efe.com/efe/productos/espana/foto-info/1/9

Agencia AFP, S.A,[Consulta: 25-11-2013] disponible en: http://www.afp.com/es/profesionales/servicios/foto

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Young men are considered to do vandalism painting Madrid walls.

Photograph by :JEOSM

Arturo Pérez Reverte   shows  us a plot full of curiosity and adventure that has the graffiti’s world as scenery. We can see in his report how the young clandestine act at night .This people of no more than 20 years, are veteran  experts doing graffiti, they now how to move in a discreet way without making a noise. Is a clandestine world of large codes , the graffiti artist is not considered himself as a “ wall painter”, he does much more than that, he writes in them.

Jeosm is one of the most known graffiti artists in Spain. He is been influenced by  New York graffiti’s. He  expresses what he thinks about this art in the walls of Madrid. But he has gone far away introducing himself in the photography , doing some portraits to rappers and people well known in the music world. He wants people to know what he thinks about important thinks of the world through his paints wall. He likes his paints to be photographed with little light so they can express more.

In his photographs , like the one on the top , we can see how Jeosm wants to transmit an order internal and personal, he likes to express an internal fight with himself and also how he  has to sacrifice for what he wants to achieve. The young man that is doing graffiti in that remote  place, with just a few light illuminating the wall ,and with a railroad track at his back, is an adventurous guy with nothing to lose,  is an artist trying to recreate all the art he has inside ,although a lot of people think he is just a vandal destroying the urban landscape.  I think someone who has to go to the most complicated and dangerous places in his city , that he has to jump fences just to paint walls ,is someone I admire. Because seeing the TV or lying   in our sofas could be  more attractive and easy than this but they go nowhere,  that’s why much people doesn’t fight for what he likes and desires. All they just see is life passing   out without having   what they adore.

In the photograph, this solitary young man could be a brilliant graffiti artist but because is socially looked upon, perhaps never  will stand out from the rest of the artists. Painting in the walls is an art, just as painting in a canvas.

If something is hard to achieve, then that’s what we have to fight for.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

(s.f.). http://issuu.com/llanes-3/docs/xl_semanal_24-11-2013.

Jeosm. (2013 ). jeosmphotography. Recuperado el 24 de noviembre de 2013, de jeosmphotography: http://www.jeosmphotography.com

Reverte, A. P. (Dirección). (2013 ). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCjApJNgq2w&hd=1 [Película].

Reverte, A. P. (2013). http://issuu.com/llanes-3/docs/xl_semanal_24-11-2013. XXL Semanal , 6-86.

 

LINKS

http://jeosm-photography.blogspot.com.es/

http://www.jeosmphotography.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCjApJNgq2w&hd=1

A Day in the Life of The Beatles

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A Day in the Life of The Beatles is a book released in Spain by La Fabrica editorial in March of 2011. It’s a photoshoot with about 100 shots of the band taken on July the 28th of 1968. The book shows a non common side of the band which has never seen before on the media or at live performances all of it while in a moment in which the band went through some changes after releasing the record Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band while also preparing the White Album.

The band hired Don McCullin themselves for this photoshoot. McCullin is a British war photographer of great reputation. The Beatles need Mr McCullin to bring to the public something that apparently other professionals had missed at the time of take some photos of the british group. One of the peculiarities of the book lays on the fact that it was a one day photoshoot which, by the way, didn’t stop the photographer to capture a series of photos never seen before until the book was released in the UK on 2010.

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The name of the book itself is inspired on Sargent Pepper’s last track, which was nominated as best song of the band’s history by the Spanish edition of the magazine Rolling Stones to commemorate the 50th year anniversary of their debut.

LINKS

Interview with Don McCullin in the Canon Professional Network: http://cpn.canon-europe.com/es/content/Don_McCullin.do (Subtitles in Spanish)

A day in the life, by The Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Q9D4dcYng

Where can I buy the book?: http://www.casadellibro.com/libro-un-dia-en-la-vida-de-los-beatles/9788492841783/1838802

BIBLIOGRAPHY

McCullin, Don: “Un día en la vida de los Beatles”. Madrid, La Fábrica. First Edition, 2011

Blair, William: “The Beatles: Su historia en anecdotas”. Alicante, Ma non troppo. First edition, 2010.

Lapresa, Josu; Luquero, Cesar; Manrique, Dario; Ruiz, Nacho, “The Beatles, Las 50 mejores canciones”, Rolling Stone, nº168, Spain, October 2013, pp. 59-73.

Damon Winter

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Damon Winter born in Elmira, New York in 1974. He has a degree in environmental  sciences for the University of Columbia.

 He has worked in numerous publications like The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, Magnum Photos, The Ventura County Star and The Indianapolis Star.

His essay about the victims of sexual abuse in the west of Alaska made Damon one of the finalists for the Pulitzer Award in 2005. In 2007 he joined The New York Times and that year he won the World Press Photo Award.

In 2008 he repeated as the winner of the Word Press Photo Award, but it is not until 2009 when he wins the Pulitzer Award for his work about Obama’s President.

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With this photograph Damon won the Pulitzer Award in 2007

We have seen a lot of photographs about the Haiti’s earthquake 2010, but in that dark place the images of Damon Winter have a special light; he is capable to tell a story only with a photograph.

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A series of photographs about Haiti shows the beauty in the disaster

This photograph is telling us what happened, what is going to happen, the past and the present. Hi is not recreating in pain, his point of view is *compasiva*. He not only put the woman in the centre of the photograph, he puts us in the centre of Haiti asking ourselves what are we going to do to fix the problem.

Nowadays Damon Winter is a freelance photographer who is specialized in documental information, portrait and editorial information. He has photographed numerous celebrities like Sean Penn, Scarlet Johansson, Kate Winslet, etc.

Trough the dual exposition of his lent he has reached to capture the beauty of natural landscapes and also artificial landscapes even in interior or exterior places.

Winter has covered a broad range of stories including conflicts in Israel and Afghanistan, 9/11 in New York, the Olympic Games and feature stories in Vietnam, Cuba, Russia and India.

LINKS

Damon Winter’s webpage: http://www.damonwinter.com/

Interview ‘Inside the media’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxjNCcY9ecE

Damon Winter’s page in The New York Times: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/w/damon_winter/

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Damon Winter. Portfolio. [consulta 4-11-2013]. Disponible en: http://www.damonwinter.com/
Inside Media with Damon Winter, Adrees Latif, and Barbara Davidson. Interviw. [consulta 5-11-2013]. Disponible en: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxjNCcY9ecE
Damon Winter News. Blog in The New York Timer [consulta 5-11-2013]. Disponible en: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/w/damon_winter/

ESPAÑA OCULTA – Cristina García Rodero

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La tarde (Campillo de Arenas 1978)

It is amazing the way she gives shape to the emotion of little villages in one snapshot. The first photo that I saw of Cristina Rodero was La tarde (Campillo de Arenas 1978) I don´t know what captured me, maybe it remember me to my little village with my grandma or those stories that my dad used to tell me about his village when we were young.

If  I have to describe my emotion when I see the series of photography’s will be childhood, tradition, religion, economy, politic, rites and rituals, rural, pure…She shows the traditions of Spanish villages that it seems to be underground and with the talent of the photographer it give life to little things that used to be unnoticed.

The photos were captured in different Spanish villages during 1975 and 1988.

The objective of Cristina Rodero is focused with feeling to many scenes that maybe nowadays we can´t see. I like the way she gives us closer, apparently, little things, and she makes them bigger. Without clichés she photograph the hidden side of our country.

In black and white she photographs a story of old people and the childhood of young kids. From the series I choose the 4 photos that I love more. Just because of the feeling that it transmit, because if we talk about technique is undeniable that Cristina is amazing.

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Zarza de Montánchez (Cáceres)La Tabúa (1985)

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Septiembre (1988) Escober

To sum up, I think that is very interesting to hear some words of the artist, to know her way of view and her way of working and objectives. Cristina García Rodero: “I tried to photograph the mystery soul, the truth and magic popular Spain, with his passion, the love, the tenderness, rage, pain, with his truth; and the most intense moments and full in the life of the characters, as simple as irresistible, with all his deep down strength, in his personal challenge that give me strong and understanding in which I spend all my heart. ”

To know more about the artist and the photos I add two videos:

Cristina García Rodero explains her exposition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RzPO583Nnc

A video about Spanish photographers talking about Crisitna García Rodero when she started to be part of Magnum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2q6RXzI0ls

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La confesión (1980) Saavedra

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Magmun Photos http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP=XSpecific_MAG.PhotographerDetail_VPage&pid=2K7O3R1V204V&nm=Cristina%20Garcia%20Rodero

Jot Dwon: http://www.jotdown.es/2013/07/cristina-garcia-rodero-cuando-salgo-a-la-calle-no-veo-nada-sin-embargo-cuando-cojo-la-camara-suceden-muchas-cosas/

El País: http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2013/02/18/actualidad/1361219017_434077.html http://www.ub.edu/sociologia_visual/recerca/oculto.pdf

 

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