Worth a look: Once magazine

“It started with a simple realization: photographs look great on the iPad. And the problem? We couldn’t find any to look at.” -about Once magazine

The first issue of Once magazine has just launched and it looks great. Once is an iPad periodical focused on photojournalism. You can pick it up at iTunes. This issue, which costs $2.99, features the work of Bruno Masi, Matt Eich, and Munem Wasif. The pilot issue, which is free, featured Ivor Prickett, Kendrick Brinson, and Andrea Gjestvang. The team behind Once, who’ve recently been going through some of the motions of a technology startup, see the magazine as a way to change the method of funding and distribution of photojournalism. And while we’ve heard that before, Once has been the subject of considerable optimism of late. With the first two issues out of the gate and more on the way, the magazine joins the ranks of other photography-focused iPad publications.

It’s doubtful that this new strategy for publishing photography will be the savior of the industry, but it’s an exciting development. In an interview with Wired’s Raw File blog, Once‘s executive editor John Knight says that paying photographers for their work was a starting point for the magazine, rather than an afterthought. “When we realized we could know exactly how many subscribers we had on a given issue,” Knight told Wired, “it made it possible to calculate exactly how much each issue was making. The whole idea started as a way to pay photographers what they deserve for their work, and so splitting that revenue seemed obvious. Right now we only share that revenue with the photographers and we pay a fee to our writers. In the future we’d like to expand that model to include writers as well.”

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!

World Press Photo releases iPad app of winning images

World Press Photo 2011 available on the iPad.

Hot on the heels of Christopher Anderson’s Capitolio iPad book (Finally got a chance to look through a physical copy at Dashwood Books last week, by the way. Beautiful book.), World Press Photo has released an iPad book of this year’s winning images. It costs $4.99. Right now, the app has the 350 winning images and an interactive map of locations of the pictures, in addition to captions, photographer biographies and camera information (which seems like a weird thing to include). In the coming weeks, the app will be updated to include interviews with photographers about their images. Having finally looked at pictures on an iPad last week while using one in portfolio meetings, I can say I’m a big fan of photography on the device. I’m excited to see more and more serious photography showing up in the App Store at affordable prices.

By the way, if you click through our link to buy the app, we get a (very) little cut of the sale. It’s a way for us to keep the lights on here at dvafoto.

(via Objective Reality Foundation / Фонд Объективная Реальность on twitter)

Asim Rafiqui on the iPad

“I cringe when I realize the price I must pay and I falter at the doorsteps of magazine editors, stutter during discussions of ‘hot’ and ‘popular’ stories that I think will sell, remain silent about the personally exciting ones that I know will be met with derision, trip over purchasing technical toys that can transport me into the world of the modern digital photographer. People see me as old-fashioned, somehow out of touch and intentionally difficult. But they are wrong. I crave not the trappings of modern possessions, but the possession of modern thoughts and ideas. The latter I can’t reveal on the slide show option of the iPad.” -Asim Rafiqui in “Condemned To Obscurity Or A Personal Perspective On The iPad

Asim Rafiqui has a nice perspective on the hubbub surrounding the media’s adoption of the iPad platform.