Sunday, November 16, 2008
I get my copy of News Photographer magazine Issue October 2008 in the first week of November 2008 through the mail directly from the USA. I think this is my last issue. May be I will renew my subscription in January 2009.
News Photographer magazine is an official publication of the National Press Photographers Association, Inc. (NPPA) (Website: www.nppa.org). The goal of the magazine is “the education of photojournalist and the public about photojournalism by reaching as wide audience as possible.” And the magazine is only available from the NPPA.
The cover story is “You are ALL under arrest”, which touches the topic about or issues on the right of photojournalists taking photos of riots during the Republican National Convention that was held in St.Paul, MN in summer this year.
It is also about the needs to define who is the ‘journalist’ or ‘photojournalist’, which then bring the issue that if independent bloggers or videomakers are to be included in the categories of ‘journalist’ i.e a question about what category of people who have the right to gather news as guaranteed by the First Amenment (in the USA’s Constitution).
In term of the tools of trade, I expect Nikon will introduce HD video capable DSLR when they replace the D300, D3 and D700 while Canon will introduce the video capability when they replace their 1D, 50D, and 450D; the latest is by the end of next year (2009). This is in line to the need that has been touched by Seth Gitner.
I also looking forward high end compact point-and-shoot camera equipped with APS-C or full-frame sensor with minimum DVD or 720p HD quality video capability.
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF VISA POUR L’IMAGE
John G. Morris does a feature on the 20th anniversary of Visa pour l’Image that was held in Perpignan, French in September 2008. At that time, Perpignan become the capital of photojournalism of the world for one week.
BARACK OBAMA BECOMES THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA
During the Barack Obama’s presidential administration, I sincerely hope that USA will continously fight the terrorist and NOT the USA themselves become the terrorists, such as killing innocent life and brings chaos to the world (just like what happen in Iraq and Afganistan).
And I expect and hope the USA will continously become the most powerful (responsible) democratic nation in the world…A country called Palestine, please.
p/s: This article is written based on my understanding on the issues or topics and my reading on the magazine, and from somewhere else (including my experiences and the media).
(Photos: Abdul Rashid Haji Tahir. Taken on 7 November 2008)