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NEWSLETTER: March 2004 (Update)

In this issue –
Marcus Bleasdale, IPG, 3P, Desert Dolphin, Ulf Wallin, Tim Sager, Photoarts, Stockbyte, Core, Moodboard, Beach Feature, Topham Picturepoint, Scotland in Focus, Business AM, Queerstock, Community Faces, ZUMA Press, Eyevine, Air Team Images, BPPA and Wi-Fi, Temple Bar on Fleet Street, Magnum, Debbie Fleming Caffery

Bursary Earned
Marcus Bleasdale of London based photo agency IPG, Independent Photographers’ Group, is one of the principal winners of the inaugural ‘3P’ bursary. The ‘3P’ Association aims to help photographers carry out important projects by offering financial support for a photographer to work on a specific proposed project for a period of up to 6 months to a year. The EUR30,000 bursary will enable Marcus to return to Africa to complete his epic documentation of life along the River Congo.

Marcus Bleasdale said
: “I am honoured and excited to be awarded this amazing prize by 3p. Especially as this unique award is supported and funded by photographers for photographers. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a forgotten region in the eyes of the mass media but by no means less worthy of attention and documentation. The 3pp will allow me to continue my work in an important period of political and economic change, which I feel is essential to our profession as documentary photographers. I would like to thank IPG for their constant support throughout this project and the Sunday Times Magazine and the Saturday Telegraph Magazine for their support along the way. Documentary photographers face a constant funding struggle. The 3ppp award frees us from these financial constraints and they can be only applauded for their vision and dedication.” Marcus Bleasdale has shot a number of features in the Congo and published his award winning book, One Hundred Years of Darkness in 2002.
The IPG website is under construction.

Latest Upload
Desert Dolphin the stock photo library which announces it’s self as “loaded with the unexpected” is now showing the new panoramic images of photographer Ulf Wallin. The agency offers a full range of services including photo research, photo retouching, fine art prints and digital delivery.
be impressed:

Modern Beginnings
The New York stereo pinhole camera work of Tim Sager is now showing on Photoarts website. Photoarts is dedicated to the international community of collectors, dealers, professionals and enthusiasts of fine art and documentary photography.
Go see:

The Real Story
Stockbyte have released their latest image collection Core. You can see behind the scenes photos from the making of Core in the agency’s new magazine Moodboard. The magazine which shows all the latest creative images from Stockbyte also covers Online Model Release and has details about how to get a free Stealth Kite.
all the goodies at :

Surfs Up
Beach Feature the image library of the UK seaside has just added extreme sports pictures to their site.
get the thrill:

Highlands Online
Topham Picturepoint in the UK has released Scotfoto. A merger of Scotland in Focus, a fifteen year picture library and Business AM, the Scottish business picture library.

First Collection
Queerstock the Seattle based premier resource for gay and lesbian stock photography and illustration has released the first in a series of new image CD’s. The first CD, Community Faces, is a collection of the most requested photos from the agency. -“Featuring the beautiful real faces of the gay and lesbian community – indoors, outdoors, singles, couples – and more”.
all the details :

Good Connection
ZUMA Press in the US and UK reportage agency Eyevine have agreed a content partnership. Eyevine was founded by Graham Cross and David Leverton. The agency’s fresh approach has attracted award winning photojournalists to it books including Andrew Buurman. a 2003 World Press Photo Award winner for sports imagery of Serpentine swimmers in London’s Hyde Park. One of the Eyevine stories available via ZUMA is complete coverage of the successful, unassisted mission to the South Pole.

Also at ZUMA, reportage and portrait photographer Nikos Pilos has joined the agency. His most recent published works include coverage of the national election campaign of the New Democracy and Pasok parties, the party culture of Greek youth and a feature on the making of Theo Angelopoulos’ film The Weeping Meadow.

Air Team Images have brought together a collection of pictures from some of the world’s best aviation photographers into one unique online aviation picture database.
take the trip :

Wi-Fi Addressed
The BPPA, British Press Photographers’ Association, have run the first in a series of professional development seminars…here’s a report from the first.

A few news photographers have been using wi-fi for several months to deliver images to their newspapers against tight deadlines and the BPPA saw this as an ideal subject for a training session. The number of public “hot spots” has more than trebled in the last twelve months and the BPPA’s committee recognised that there was a hunger for knowledge of the technology and techniques for sending photographs at the broadband speeds that wi-fi offers. Several photographers have been independently talking to the various wi-fi service providers and, after a long conversation with BT, the association decided to arrange a seminar in conjunction with BT’s Openzone brand. There were 25 places available for the two hour session which was held at the Hilton National Hotel in Islington – a venue chosen because of it’s location and because it has it’s own hot spot. The format was simple; Jo Bedward from BT outlined the whole concept of wi-fi and how BT’s Openzoneproduct works. This was followed by a short explanation from the BPPA’s Neil Turner on how wi-fi is of particular interest to news photographers and a short question and answer session with Jo, Neil, Con Breslin from BT Mobile and Nicole Iannello, BT Wireless Broadband Marketing Manager.

BPPA members attending the seminar were given free trial vouchers for the BT Openzone network and those who needed it were helped to set up their laptops and PDAs to make use of the system. The formal part of the evening lasted for two hours and 25 photographers left the Hilton better informed about wi-fi. The BPPA plan to use the model of jointly hosting seminars with commercial partners on a regular basis from now on and they are already talking to a number of possible co-hosts.

Fleet Street and Back
Temple Bar which stood at the junction where the Strand meets Fleet Street and marked the gateway to the City of London for two hundred years is making a return. The massive stone structure was removed in 1878 to allow for the increased flow of London traffic. Ten years later the gate was bought by Lady Meux, of the brewery family, to grace her Hertfordshire estate at Theobalds Park where it remained until October 2003. Now being moved stone by stone back to London the completed Bar will be the gateway to the central piazza at the Paternoster Square redevelopment near St Pauls Cathedral. The work should be completed by November this year.
We will be covering the progress as the Bar goes up.

Grand Show
Photographs by legendary Magnum photographers, are at the Museum of the City of New York until to May 23. The show captures 50 years of New York City history. Magnum’s ‘New Yorkers’ features, amongst others, Eve Arnold, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt and Susan Meiselas. Ranging in date from the 1940s through 2002, and drawn from one of photography’s most pre-eminent archives, the images on view are intimate close-ups of New Yorkers, a collective portrait of people living in a city marked by transformation and extremes.
times and details :

First UK Showing
Debbie Fleming Caffery is exhibiting her photographs for the first time in the UK at the Focus Gallery from the 17 – 24 April. This show is an exhibition of emotional and mystic visions. These are evocative images of life in Louisiana, Portugal and Mexico. Her work is held by many of the main art galleries, museums and institutions throughout the world. Caffery’s photography has collected praise and admirers for some 20 years and has been included in exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC to the Photo Gallery International in Tokyo.
Focus Gallery, 3+4 Percy Street, London. +44 (0) 20 7631 1150.