Emphas.is – cutting out the middle-man

Emphas.is captured my attention with the questions ‘What if you were on Robert Capa’s email list in 1944?′ and ‘what if Don McCullin was blogging from Vietnam?’. Then offered ‘Now imagine if you’d sent them there yourself.’

They add: “Emphas.is is a new and innovative platform for photojournalism. It proposes a unique bond between photojournalists and their audience, and in the process aims to create a new financial model for photojournalism in the 21st century.” Photojournalism is not dead, it is evolving, and Emphas.is could be the best example yet of that.

The other platform of note is Kickstarter, and if all of this seems a little confusing, the British Journal of Photography sheds some light on this ‘cutting out the middle-man’ phenomena with Olivier Laurent’s article: Crowd-funding: With a little help from my friends.

Links relating to crowd-funding:
Learning from Larry
David Campbell
New Funding Models
Tomas van Houtryve / Journal
Crowd funding photojournalism
– Viewfinder / BBC

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