Thursday, 24 September 2009

Kosher doesn't fly in Iran

The shortlisted entries on the wall. © Magnus Andersson

As I mentioned in the last post, I had the privilege of going to the Frontline Club as they hosted a panel discussion on how photojournalism is suffering from citizen supplied content.

Crowd shot and the panel. © Magnus Andersson

My friend Alex was nominated in one of their competitions and on the night I bumped into fellow photographers Matt Grace and Edmund Clark and it turns out they were also shortlisted in the competition.

Only one man was sensible enough to actually sit down during the hour-long discussion. © Magnus Andersson

Sadly none of them won, but it was still a great night with a healthy debate on how to deal with content that is supplied for free, thus undercutting us professional photographers and removing our livelihood.

The panel, (L-R) Matthew, Olivier, Ben, Marc and Turi. © Magnus Andersson

The panel was chaired by Ben Hammersley from WIRED magazine and debating the issues were Matthew Eltringham from BBC News User Generated Content, photographer Marc Vallee, Turi Munthe from picture agency Demotix and Olivier Laurent from BJP.

The Frontline Club at night. © Magnus Andersson

Here's a video of the event from start to finish, the prize giving is at the end for those interested, but the highlight of the video comes at about 07:30, at which point you'll understand the title of this post.

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