Kadir van Lohuizen, one of my favorites, has launched an iPad app for his Empas.is-funded project Via PanAm, a months-long trek exploring migration all across the Americas. Duckrabbit expresses some worry about photographers erecting paywalls around their photos. It’s a valid concern–at the price of $3.99 and an iPad, the photos will be out of reach of many, especially those in the photos themselves. Importantly, the publishing strategies at work here do not preclude other, more accessible ways of showing the pictures. There are some recent pictures from the project on the Via PanAm blog. You can also watch the project progress from the field by supporting the project through emphas.is or the iPad app, but presumably there will be other publications of the work in magazines and books or perhaps there will be exhibitions open to the public. These methods of gathering financial packing for projects before or during their creation hopefully offer photographers a way to create a financial environment that allows the production of new, long-term work.
By the way, if you click through our link to buy the app, we get a (very) small cut of the sale. It’s a way for us to keep the lights on here at dvafoto. Thanks to those of you who have clicked through us in the past!