NW Photojournalism Seattle event: Matt Lutton and M. Scott Brauer present recent projects – 18 Oct. 2015

I’m excited to announce that Matt and I will be showing some of our recent work this Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Seattle at Machine House Brewery as guests of the NW Photojournalism community. The event starts at 7pm and is at Machine House Brewery. The address is 5840 Airport Way S., Seattle, WA, 98108. Here is the facebook event page. We hope to see you there!

I’ll be showing work (above) from my project “This is the worst party I’ve ever been to” about the New Hampshire presidential primary races. I’ve been photographing the candidates and their campaigns since July with an eye toward getting behind the usual political coverage, peeling back some layers of artifice to subvert the images that the campaigns try to put forward. Some of my coverage of Donald Trump was recently published in Le Monde’s weekend magazine, M. Editors, please get in touch if you have any needs from the campaign trail, by the way. I’ll be covering events through the primary in February.

Matt will share from his project “This Time Tomorrow” (above) which documents the current, stagnated political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is traveling back to the Balkans next week to continue this project as Bosnia gets ready to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war there.

Thanks to Matt Mills McKnight for setting up the event.

APhotoADay announces APAD Backyard Storytelling Grant


Melissa Lyttle‘s APhotoADay (APAD) has just announced the APAD Backyard Storytelling Grant. The grant will support one visual journalist (photo or video) producing a project within 350 miles of their home. The deadline for entries is Aug. 31, 2015, and the winners will be announced at this year’s GeekFest, APAD’s annual movable photo festival. Here is the entry information for the grant. Projects that have already received funding above $5,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible.

You should think about going to GeekFest, by the way. I went last year in Philadelphia and had a blast. This year, it’s in Oakland, and a bunch of great speakers will be there, including a few of our friends: Pete Brook, Mark Murrmann, Matt Black, MaryAnne Golon, Darcy Padilla, Deanne Fitzmaurice, and Nadia Lee Cohen.

The news of this grant comes hot on the heels of APAD becoming a registered non-profit. If you don’t know about APAD, you’re missing out. I’ve been a member of the APhotoADay community almost since I started taking pictures and I’ve met many of my closest photographer friends through it. There’s the APAD listserv, where people can post a photo a day for critique, and there’s the annual GeekFest, and there’s APADTweets and APADgrams, and now there’s this grant. It’s an amazing and welcoming community of photographers dedicated to telling stories.

By the way, some of the funding from the grant came from a print auction last year, but you can still help support APAD through purchases made on AmazonSmile if you aren’t already clicking through our Amazon links to support dvafoto. Go to smile.amazon.com and in the box where you choose a charity to support, search for APhotoADay. Then go to smile.amazon.com every time you shop. Prices stay the same for you, but a portion of every sale will go to APAD to support initiatives like this grant.

Event: Protecting Creative Rights in the Age of Social Media – UNC


This is a followup to our coverage of Justin Cook‘s trouble after a University of North Carolina department used one of his images without permission. After much public outcry and some behind-the-scenes pressure, Cook and the University reached a settlement. The University acknowledged the misdeed, paid for the usage, and agreed to hold a public forum on copyright in the digital age.

The forum, Protecting Creative Rights in the Age of Social Media will take place next week, March 17, 2015, at 7pm at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication Freedom Forum Conference Center at Carroll Hall. The event is free and open to the public and will include a panel discussion on the rights of creative professionals moderated by UNC School of Law assistant professor Deborah Gerhardt, photographer Justin Cook, and National Press Photographers Association general counsel Mickey Osterreicher.

If any of our readers are near UNC, you’d do well to attend this. It should be an informative event and it’s good to show support for these issues. Freelance photographers’ livelihoods depend on copyright protections.