Go See: Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk at Somerset House

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Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk at Somerset House, London until 25 January

See over 50 previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of Blondie, providing a behind the scenes look on life in the band, from their underground early days to global sell-out shows and chart domination.  Blondie and other icons of the 70s and 80s new wave world, including Andy Warhol, David Bowie and The Ramones, are captured intimately and inimitably by Stein.

The book “Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk” (Rizzoli £35) is available nationwide.

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Go See: Edward Steichen, In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937

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Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937 is on until 18 Jan 15 at the Photographers Gallery, London

The exhibition marks the period when Steichen was working for Condé Nast on its two most prestigious publications, Vogue and Vanity Fair.  The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to gain insight into Steichen’s distinctive approach towards portraiture and fashion photography. It includes 200 vintage prints, many on public display for the first time since the 1930s.

Photo credit for both photos: Edward Steichen
Caption Info – Right photo:
Model Mario Morehouse and unidentified model wearing dresses by Vionnet, 1930 (Vogue, October 27, 1930)
Courtesy of Condé Nast Archive, Condé Nast Publications, Inc, New York/ Paul Hawryluk, Dawn Lucas and Rachael Smalley

Caption Info – Left Photo
Self-portrait with Photographic Paraphernalia, 1929, (Vanity Fair, October 1, 1929)
Courtesy of Condé Nast Archive, Condé Nast Publications, Inc, New York/ Paul Hawryluk, Dawn Lucas and Rachael Smalley

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Press photos making the news pages fifty years ago – Dec 1964 …the personalities are out and about

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↑ 6 DECEMBER 1964 Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Richard Burton emerging from their hotel. Rumours swept around the world that the actress had been involved in a deadly car crash on the Riviera but her appearance has proved the contrary. Paris, France. ©TopFoto.co.uk

Photo library Topfoto publish a regular photo feature called ’50 Years Ago’. December 1964 shows a busy month for the press photographers – some of the personalities snapped that month are ‘Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Richard Burton’, Dusty Springfield, Dr Martin Luther King in London, Diana Rigg ‘who will play the new Avengers heroine Emma Peel’ and the Daleks are out and about ↓
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View and license 1964 here

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Jobs: Experienced Still Life Photographer and Junior Photographer – Hearst Studios

Spotted on the Hearst UK site:
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Still Life Photographer

An experienced Still-Life Photographer is required to join Hearst Studios in Central London. This is a highly creative, hands-on and rewarding job. The role can include shooting creative still life for Esquire, fitness models for Men’s Health, beauty products for Cosmopolitan and a variety of fashion still life for Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Red.

Full details and to apply for the Still Life Photographer job here

Junior Photographer
Hearst Studios is looking for a talented Junior Photographer with a passion for Still Life photography and a keen interest in beauty and fashion.
The right candidate should be proficient in Capture One and Photoshop, a good team player and self-motivated.

Full details and to apply for the Junior Photographer job here

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Visit: LENS 2014 ‘Reportage’ – speakers incl photographers Neil Turner, Homer Sykes

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The tenth Lens Festival : ‘Reportage’ runs this week at National Library of Wales Aberystwyth 28th – 29th November
‘An opportunity for professional and amateur photographers, archivists and collectors, historians and journalists to discuss photography in Wales and learn more about the wealth of Welsh documentary photography held at the National Library of Wales within its extensive and unique collection of photographs.’
Details and to book your ticket

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The Image Works NY now licensing the Imagno photo collection – Central and Eastern Europe focus

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↑ Diving bell, invented by Otis Barton enables new records in deep sea diving, New York. Photograph. 1930 America 1930 ©Imagno/Austrian Archives/The Image Works

New York based editorial stock photo agency The Image Works has announced the addition of Imagno for licensing. Imagno -based in Austria- conceives itself as a visual memory repository for art, culture and history with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. Their collection consists of photography, fine art and ephemera. Important photographers represented by Imagno include Helmut Baar, Otto Breicha, Franz Hubmann, Barbara Pflaum, Nora Schuster, Franz Xaver Setzer and Marie Tschiedel, Gerhard Trumler and Didi Sattmann.
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↑ Motorcycle with sidecar. Driver and front passenger with cap. Between the legs of the passenger a toddler. About 1905. Photograph. 1905 ©Imagno/Austrian Archives/The Image Works

The archive includes public and private collections from many prestigious institutions including The Sigmund Freud Foundation, The Austrian Theatre Museum, The Dr. Christian Brandstätter Collection, The Collection of Manuscripts and Letters of the Vienna City Library, the Vienna City Museum and many more.
View a selection here

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UIG founder George Sinclair dies following a brief illness – Service to be held 29 Nov

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Universal Images Group and the Virtual Picture Desk has announced the passing of George Sinclair.

The full announcement from UIG:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Sinclair, founder and executive director of Universal Images Group, Ltd.  Following a brief illness, George died from cardiac arrest on Thursday November 20, 2014, at 9:30pm in London.


For nearly 40 years, George had a tremendous impact on our industry, holding leadership positions in a number of companies, including Getty Images, Corbis, Atex, Sinclair Communications / Imaging / Services and Muirhead Group before starting the Virtual Picture Desk consultancy and the Universal Images Group business. As a pioneer within his industry he has been part of the development of Encyclopedia Britannica’s Image Quest service, trans-global color imaging transmission in the 70’s, digital imaging technology such as the virtual picture desk (an interface between satellite weather systems and the news print industry), the early implementation of the first digital cameras in the 1980’s and a number of projects with the goal to bring photography to the 21st Century. George was widely known in the industry and affected and influenced many careers and mediated and negotiated many key relationships. He was always willing to volunteer his time to better our industry.  George chaired and organized many industry events for ASPP and BAPLA, including the wonderful reception at the British Embassy during the CEPIC Congress in Berlin this past June.



George Sinclair has always been a friend to the arts giving up his free time to support several projects within his work and private life as the former Director of Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, Trustee and Secretary of College Men’s Club, Westfield, NJ and as the Co-Founder of Bromley Children’s Diabetic Society.


George will be terribly missed and is survived by his wife Ruth Hytry, his children daughter Olivia, Cameron and Alexander, and his many grandchildren.

A service will be held in Putney Vale Crematorium (Stag Ln, London SW15 3DZ, United Kingdom) on November 29th, 10:45am. A reception will follow.  All are welcome if you would like to pay your respects. 

Instead of flowers, a fund to the Macmillan Foundation has been set up to receive charitable donations in his name.  Please follow this link http://macmillan.tributefunds.com/george-aurther-sinclair

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Shooting the Rally of Great Britain – Photographer Steven Paston writes it up

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“As you can imagine, Wales in November is wet and cold, and for one of the stages I was standing on a bank about a metre or so from where the drivers go past. Norwegian driver Andreas Mikkelsen came through and clipped the corner, throwing up a load of mud, dirt and small stones straight into me, covering half my body and face as well as my cameras with it….” Steven Paston

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Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul of Belgium in action during the Dyfi Stage All Photos: Steven Paston/Action Images

Photographer Steve Paston shoots for sports photo agency Action Images, he braved the wilds of Wales for the Rally of Great Britain for the third year and has written about the experience on the agency blog. Read how he got on here Mud, wind, rain and cars

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Book: Photographer Phil Clark Hill is ‘Free To Party’ – guided by Photo Editor Tom Broadbent

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PAN featured photographer Phil Clarke Hill has published his first photo book in the form of a bookazine called ‘Free To Party’ after a successful kickstarter campaign.
I met with Phil yesterday at the Photographers Gallery London ….where, in the excitement of handing over my copy he managed to spill a whole glass of water almost covering the book, his mac and my phone – quick reactions all round saved the day – we’ve still got it Phil!
Anyway, great effort on getting the book together – Free To Party is an edit (guided by the esteemed photo editor Tom Broadbent ) of Phil’s photo reportage work covering the UK Free Party Rave scene over the last ten years.
Phil and Tom met on the pages of PAN in 2011 when Tom was Photo Director of Bizarre magazine and Phil was off to Brazil looking for his first assignment – Tom commissioned him and the rest is history, even if it only been a couple of years! Cheers chaps.

View images from Phil’s Rave portfolio and buy the £10 bookazine here

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Mirrorpix launches ‘Behind the Lens’ – first up, Daily Mirror photographer Bela Zola

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Daily Mirror photographer Bela Zola won 1st prize in the Features category of the World Press Photo Contest 1956 with his image of the Teddy boys singing in church

In the first of a new photo feature series called ‘Behind the Lens’, Mirrorpix have focused on award-winning Daily Mirror photographer Bela Zola.
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Zola was a dark room assistant for James Jarche before the Second World War and during the conflict he worked with the Army photographic unit in the Western Desert.

Joining the Daily Mirror in 1945 shortly after WWII, Bela, like all Mirror photographers, was expected to cover anything and everything the news agenda threw at him.
His mornings could be spent in the studio shooting for a fashion feature, in the afternoon photographing any number of newsworthy London-based events, and in the evening he could be found at film premières or social events capturing the great and the good for the next day’s paper.
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The Beatles pictured at the London residence of “Daily Mirror” show biz journalist, Donald Zec, 9 September 1963, as part of an early “Mirror” feature on the Beatles.

Zola’s talent for a good image was recognized by the newspaper’s management and in the early 1950s the Daily Mirror gave him a page called “Life in the Mirror.” He captured the rise of the Beatles, the tragic results of the mudslide at Aberfan, the great train robbery, the anti Vietnam War demonstrations in London and the Profumo affair.
Bela’s career with the Daily Mirror finally came to an end in 1975, when he retired after 30 years service.
View and license Bela Zola images here

More Mirrorpix on PAN
Uploaded: 5000 newly scanned images at Mirrorpix
• View: Mirrorpix – Portfolio V – stories of newspaper photography
• View all Mirrorpix article on PAN

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Tender process open: Kenya News Agency (KNA) – full media assets to be digitised – 500K images – 6000 hours of video ++

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The photos video and audio news archives of the Kenya News Agency (KNA) are to be digitised by the The Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) – a Government of Kenya state Corporation under the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology. Kenya News Agency (KNA) was established on December 5th 1963, a week to Kenya’s Independence. It specializes in news gathering across the country and news dissemination for local and international news agencies.

ICTA say: • Why digitise? – ‘Photos in the KNA Library are a national treasure. The images and negatives are currently stored in brown envelopes and metal cabinets at the KNA office at the Department of Information, Ministry of ICT located at Uchumi House, Aga Khan Walk, Nairobi. Without air-conditioning or special protection from improper handling, dust, mold or insects, the risk of damage and deterioration to the collection is high. Due to the nature of photographic materials, the paper they are printed on is also deteriorating.’
• Limited access and visibility: ‘The KNA collection is currently underutilized due to difficulty of retrieving the photos, lack of an adequate index to the collection and lack of awareness by the public of its existence. This has resulted in potential consumers missing out on this wealth of information. For the Government of Kenya this represents an untapped source of revenue as it could licence rights to persons and institutions who may wish to purchase the photos for their own use.
• Will the online photos be free? Watermarked low-res digital copies of Kenya News Agency multimedia assets will be viewable free of charge online. The Kenya News Agency will offer licences for personal and commercial reproduction and reuse of its assets. The collection will feature a mix of free public access licenses and fee-based licences. The agency has not yet determined the fee structure for the various licenses it will offer, however it is the intention to create competitive fee structure that is in-line with market competitor fees.
• Who is funding the digitization project? ‘The Government of Kenya received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of Kenya Transparency & Communications Infrastructure Project (KTCIP). KTCIP is executed by the ICT Authority under the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology. The ICT Authority will apply part of these funds to KNA Digitization project.’

Read more and tender docs for the project here

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Pictures of 2014: Agence VU’ – full screen photo retrospective

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View a great full screen presentation – Pictures of 2014 – from Paris based photo agency VU’. The retrospective includes extracts from VU’ photographers personal projects, assignments, news features, portraits, all shot throughout the past year.

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Image request: LNA copyright? ‘An Observer Corps control room’

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Caption: ‘An Observer Corps control room which received reports from outlying observation posts. Information then passed to regional centres in direct touch with Fighter Command’ © LNA ?

A UK design agency are looking to license the above image for a client project, if you have the LNA (London News Agency) …drop me an email will@photoarchivenews.com

Hello Will,

I originally contacted the Daily Mail as the image was published in a book by them. They then pointed me to solo syndication, who in turn told me it was copyrighted to London News Agency, who are managed by PA. They have since checked their archives, and believe the image is owned by LNA. Mr Colin Panter at PA passed on your email address to me.
The details are that it was found in a book called ‘The Battle of Britain’ Photographs by the Daily Mail. Maureen Hill. A Paragon book, first published in 2003, second edition 2004. ISBN 1 40544 008 2, Page 30, top image.

We are looking for as much information as possible on this photo, along with a high resolution positional image. I have attached a screen shot of the photograph, and the caption within the book is ‘An Observer Corps control room which received reports from outlying observation posts. Information then passed to regional centres in direct touch with Fighter Command’.

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Latest photo industry jobs on PAN

• Digital Marketing Manager – Robert Harding World Imagery
• The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
• Sales and Licensing Assistant – Barcroft Media – London
• Front Desk – Magnum Office – London

Details on the Jobs page

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Photo editors & researchers: The Bridgeman Pub Quiz is back – Prizes to be won

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The Bridgeman pub quiz is back for a third run. They say ‘Last year we held our second pub quiz and The Royal Collections Trust were named champions of 2013. We plan to do it again and hope you and your colleagues can join us. The winning team will receive vouchers to spend at Culture Label (great for quirky Christmas presents) and a bottle of champagne. It should be a fun night…
• Wednesday 3 December
6pm – late. Quiz to start at 7pm.
• Dirty Dicks, EC2M 4NR
Taking place in the same historic City pub as last year. Wine and platters of food will be provided for every team entering.
• Only £5 per person
Entrance costs £5 per person, with 4-6 people per team. Includes food and wine.
•This year we will be raising funds for the Mermaid Dialysis Unit, the largest kidney patient charity in the UK, with Bridgeman matching the amount made on the night.
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To reserve your team’s place and for more information, please email or call petya.tsekova@bridgemanimages.com

View the 2012 event on PAN
all photos © Alessandro Conficoni Account Manager at Bridgeman

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