Many things I’ve been looking at (Pt. 1)

Another long wrap-up post of random bits that I’ve been reading or looking at over the last few days. I planned to post this on Thursday, but the list has been growing. So much so that I’ve split this up into two posts. Welcome to part one of Matt’s crazy reading list.

First, I just this update from photographer Ikuru Kuwajima who is living in Ukraine. He is doing a portrait series of drug addicts, and the start is terrific. Reminds a lot of Donald Weber, there must be something to that Ukrainian light.
(c) Ikuru Kuwajima

From the Redux Agency’s blog I saw a few pictures from Ukraine by Q. Sakamaki published in Newsweek Japan. Always interesting work from him, and I will at some point find the rest of the series, larger.

The Recovering Journalist blog has an interesting account of his/her forees into paying for online content and comes to conclusions about How NOT to Charge for Online Content. Do have a look, but the gist is:

Turns out, yes, the $151 a year price is the going rate for current online-only subscribers (to the Wall Street Journal). There’s no way to get a discount. Unless: If I agreed to also subscribe to the print edition, my total subscription price would be cut in half.

(c) Christina Seely
To add to my growing use of the Seattle blog SLOG as a source for posts on all sorts of topics, I might point you to the work of Christina Seely. I was interested in the Lux series where she “documents the artificial glow produced by major cities in the 3 brightest regions as seen on a NASA map of the world at night.” Interesting concept, but I only really love the image below, of Chicago with the tall buildings just visible on the horizon. The one above is cool because I think it looks like a UFO coming in.
(c) Christina Seely

In nice parallel to M. Scott’s post about reading publications online and how much he missed physical copies of magazines and newspapers, I was very lucky to remember and find New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix feature online! For the last couple of years it was one of my favorite features in a favorite magazine I subscribed to. I don’t know why, sometimes its frivolous and sometimes funny, but it is fun to hunt through the ‘matrix’ and figure out where things lay, and whether you agree. Always topical and timely as well, which keeps me up to date in a sense. I had gone probably 10 weeks without the matrix since I left the print editions behind so it was fun to read back through and catch up on what has been going on in the States that I missed entirely. Now if only it came with an RSS feed..

While researching for the post I made last night about John Trotter I found a New Chien-Chi Chang book! Don’t know much about it but I look forward to seeing it. From the blurb at ICP: “For the first time, Doubleness: Photography of Chang Chien-Chi brings together a selection of photographs from Double Happiness, China Town and The Chain.”

Lastly, more on to print journalism, I give you the new Seattle news website Seattle Post Globe, with its tagline “Seattle News 2.0”. It is staffed by remnants of Seattle Post-Intelligencer that was laid off when the paper ceased printing last month (it is now online only). I think that it is great that this site exists, with former staff journalists organizing themselves together to create their own news outlet. The name is a bit kitschy and clunky, referring I assume to the famous globe that was on the roof of the PI’s building. But the biggest sin is the website is disturbingly ugly and hard to use; this is not the future of journalism that I want to see. I wish them the best and will continue to check in, but I’m not too impressed so far..

And in extraordinary journalism I point you to Dana Priest via this Foreign Policy blog post. She won a Pulitzer for her reporting on ‘black sites’ and extraordinary rendition. This blog post digs a bit into the reporting that went into that project and more about Priest’s take on the current wash of torture-related stories coming out right now.

The reporting was painstaking. “It was a very decentralized thing. You weren’t even sure what the questions were,” she says. “We couldn’t connect it up. We couldn’t see the big picture. And there was no past reporting to go on. Everyone was making it up. We’d follow these little reports from Afghanistan, about people disappearing. That was it.”

Hugely impressive.

2 Responses to “Many things I’ve been looking at (Pt. 1)”

  1. M. Scott Brauer

    Oh, my, that Seattle PI site is bad. Looks like a cross between the generic WordPress theme and a website aimed at children. Oh, man.

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