Emphas.is – Trading to Extinction

“Day by day, hour by hour, our planet’s rarest creatures are being hunted, trapped and slaughtered to feed a global black market in wildlife products” –  Emphas.is – Trading to Extinction

Patrick Brown has been a good friend of mine for over twenty years. I know how much heart he has brought to this amazing body of work.

“Emphas.is has decided to partner up with one of the world’s leading printers in Italy to publish high-quality photo books. By pre-ordering a copy, you decide if a book will get done”.

Also check out Faded Tulips by William Daniels and UK Uncensored by Peter Dench

Links:

Vice Magazine: Picture Perfect
The New York Times – Lens
Emphas.is

Emphas.is to offer insurance for photojournalists

Insurance can seem cost prohibitive to the freelance photojournalist, but covering conflict without it is foolhardy. I just read the following on the Emphas.is blog:

Emphas.is to offer insurance for photojournalists: DUBLIN, Jan. 12, 2011 (Emphas.is) –– Fifty-seven journalists were killed in 2010, according to the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. That’s a 25% drop from 2009 but still a staggering number and a reminder that journalism can be a very dangerous business. For this reason Emphas.is has reached an agreement with Reporters Without Borders and Escapade Insurances in Canada to offer dedicated insurance plans to all participating photojournalists’.

We have a saying in Australia, ‘having a go’, and the more I read about Emphas.is, the more I like what they are trying to do. The fact that they are teaming up with Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans Frontières) adds weight, especially in matters relating to the risks of front-line reporting.

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