Newsweek Autopsy: a conversation with James Wellford about photography and the death of the magazine

“The management backed off; they gave all the money to high profile writers, abolished all the contract photographers, names, personalities and creativity. Certainly, in the world of journalism, photography took a back seat to some of the more infamous portrait photographers who shoot celebrities and power. They still get paid. But it was depressing for me as I am interested in news. It was possible for me to take one assignment for a portrait photographer, then cut it in four ways. This would enable me to support stories in other parts of the world very easily. I always believed in that and I could not ever accept or understand why they simply rejected it, hook, line and sinker. In the end it was terribly disappointing.” -James Wellford, speaking to Emaho Magazine

If you’re following dvafoto on tumblr, you’ve already seen our link to Emaho Magazine‘s interview with former Newsweek Senior Photo Editor James Wellford about the death of the magazine and how he tried to curate photography for the publication. Wellford talks about the types of photography he tried to support through his helm at the magazine and how that ultimately ran counter to what the publication’s management had in mind for Newsweek. It’s definitely worth a read.

The interview coincides with an exhibition at Cortona on the Move called Newsweek: An Autopsy, curated by Wellford and Marion Durand, which runs until September 29, 2013, in Italy.

Worth a look: Punctum magazine – A Pan-Asiatic Point of View

“…photographic representations of Asia, in the hands of European photographers and shaped by Western media, has contributed to producing a catalogue of stereotypes that simplifies and even suppresses the full diversity of visual sensibilities that Asian photography is capable of expressing.

As a consequence, Asian photographers lack a platform that not only profiles their work on their own terms, but also suggests its profound link with native visual idioms. This is preceisely the gap that Punctum hopes to fill.” -Punctum, Editorial Statement

Issue 2 of Punctum magazine, an Asia-focused photography magazine, has just been published, and it’s beautiful. There’s a real variety in both topics and photographic approaches. Based in India and Spain, the magazine publishes work produced by Asian photographers and writers about Asia. The magazine is produced by editor, and OjodePez founder, Frank Kalero, executive editor Lola Mac Dougall, literary editor Rajni George, and graphic designer Inca Roy. Issue 1 is also available via issuu, and according to the media kit, print editions can be found in “large international cities of Asia, Europe and America,” primarily in specialized bookshops, museums, galleries, photography schools, and the mailboxes of art critics.

(via Newsweek’s Picture Department)

PDN launches digital photo magazine for women

  • “Smudge-proof makeup tips for long days behind the camera”
  • “Seasonal Flats: these flats will keep your feet covered, comfortable and cute while you’re on photo shoots”
  • “Step-by-Step: create these beautiful lanterns for your studio”
  • “Beauty Dish: New Jersey-based wedding photographer dishes about her camera-ready style”
  • “Luminous Lenses: Shoot in style with these designer lens protection wraps”
  • “Hanging Tough: These camera straps are stylish yet tough just like you”

-Headlines from PDN’s new women’s magazine, Pix

Photo District News have launched a new photography-focused digital magazine for women called Pix, a few screenshots from which are presented above. It’s a doozy. Jezebel is on the case: Finally, Lady Photojournalists Get Their Own Photo Ladymag Full of Lady Stereotypes. You can read through the whole first issue here, and the next issue will be available via iTunes in December 2012.

In more serious women-in-photography news, two women have been nominated to Magnum (Zoe Strauss and Bieke Depoorter, alongside Jerome Sessini), Isadora Kosofsky has won the 2012 Inge Morath Award, and as Matt wrote previously, the Alexia Foundation has started a $25,000 Women’s Initiative grant.