Archive for November, 2009

Guardian Press Photography

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Guardian Press PhotoI WAS tipped off by @hayjane about an excellent new series on press photography being run by the Guardian and Observer newspapers in the UK.

Starting on Saturday 7 November, the series is made up of a nine-part free booklet giveaway called 100 Years of Press Photography (you still have to buy the paper, obviously). Each booklet will be grouped by decade, starting with the 1910s and 1920s. The booklets promise to be a fantastic collection of images from the last century, and here’s the official blurb:

In order to find the greatest press photographs from the last 100 years for this exclusive new nine-day series, the Guardian asked a wide range of international photography experts to nominate their favourite images. The panel includes photographers Nan Goldin, Martin Parr and Wolfgang Tillmans, veteran journalists Ian Jack, Peter Beaumont and Katherine Whitehorn, and other photo enthusiasts like filmmaker Anton Corbijn, novelist Siri Hustvedt, writer Geoff Dyer, publisher Jefferson Hack and musician Antony Hegarty.

The scope of the series ranges from hard news photographs from the front line of international conflicts to social documentary of everyday events, fashion photography and portraiture. Each instalment in the series offers a unique and surprising glance at the decade through the eyes of some of the world’s greatest photographers.

The series also reveals some of the secret stories behind the world’s most iconic images. Read an interview with one of the last surviving witnesses of the 1937 Hindeburg disaster, photojournalist Ron Haviv on his harrowing ordeal photographing the Balkan war, BBC reporter Kate Adie’s eyewitness account on the Tiananmen Square ‘tank man’, and the story behind the most controversial picture of 9/11.

Sounds pretty good to me, so I’ll be checking it out. Drop me a comment on what you think about it.