This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – Julia Borissova’s book White Blonde, photographs from the recent flash flooding in Japan that claimed more than 200 lives, and a selection of images in the news that caught my eye. Plus some interesting, and important, weekend reading. This week’s featured image is of a pool for pets in China (C) Li Xiang.
Julia Borissova – White Blonde
I love the concept of this book. Borissova, an Estonian photographer based in St. Petersburg, Russia, has used found photographs from Antarctica and frozen them to create these images. The name of the book, White Blonde, is what the polar explorers called Antarctica.
Borissova says she created these images to “express a sense of awareness of time, death and the inevitable decay through this transformation. I wanted to show the fear of oblivion, termination of activity, and entropy through a collision with a hard, cold ice surface.”
“It wasn’t enough for me to use only archival photographs of unknown polar explorers so I made some self-portraits. I had to put myself, literally, into the ice to emphasize my feelings.”
Published by Editions Bessard.
Photo Gallery: Japan Floods
More than 200 people died in Japan’s flash floods in July.
Columbia Journalism Review: Photojournalism’s moment of reckoning by Kristen Chick.
“In interviews with more than 50 people, in a CJR investigation spanning more than five months, photojournalists described behavior from editors and colleagues that ranged from assault to unwanted advances to comments on their appearance or bodies when they were trying to work. And now, as the #MeToo moment has prompted change across a range of industries—from Hollywood to broadcasting to the arts—photojournalists are calling for their own moment of reckoning…”
This is an damning indictment and an important story that impacts everyone working in the industry. This culture of the “boys club” where silence and looking the other way are unspoken principles, needs to end. The claim of being “drunk” is not an excuse for bad behaviour and sexual harassment. There are so many amazing and committed photographers and editors out there, so why are those who abuse their privilege still given opportunities? There is something to be said about an industry that elevates individuals to idols and celebrity at the expense of ethics. Bravo to everyone who spoke out for this story, and to those women who have stood their ground and said no, this is not okay.
Story by Jiquanda Johnson and Lindsay Smith. Photos by Daniel Arnold. Video by Jessica Dimmock and Zackary Canepari
“Flint is more than just the murder rate or the water problem. Flint is a family … Flint is home. It’s not what everyone thinks it is … There are parts of Flint that are amazing. It’s the people that make Flint what it is.” Leeann Harvey
From Last Prom in National Geographic: “In many ways, the event marks a moment more significant than the dance itself. It’s an affirmation that these students have made it through the many challenges they faced growing up in Flint. The city that thrived in decades past has struggled since the automotive industry’s decline. Poverty rates are high—nearly 58 percent of children were living below the poverty line in 2016. The FBI named it one of the most violent cities in the country in 2017. And the community continues to cope with its ongoing water crisis. In 2014, the state changed the city’s water source and nearly 100,000 residents were exposed to lead-tainted water…”