As I was writing this news started to come in of the awful events in Aurora. I decided to delete all my words and just post a few images from Wednesday’s event in Leicester Square. Aurora, our thoughts are with you…
A colleague recently wrote a post about a new womens lifestyle/photography magazine “PIX”.
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In fact, this magazine has also caused some discussion in other pro – photography circles. I did not plan this to blog but when I took the photo below I thought maybe it deserved a wider audience…
First I want to make it clear that gender does not/should not matter, photography is about the business of making images and all that surrounds it. It is not about matching skirts or bags to cameras. I’ll say that again… gender does not/should not matter, photography is about the business of making images.
However, I understand there is a wider issue here. Photography is a male dominated industry and it is quite clear that when we look at accessories such as straps and bags (where the physical differences between a man and a woman might be important) there are very few manufacturers catering for the female physique (I’m not talking pretty or flowery here, just the shape of the straps/bags). It is also clear that there is not a balance in marketing and trade magazines either.
Men tend to disagree or not see it, so I thought I would take all the pro magazines off of my shelves , lay them out on the floor and photograph them…
43 “pro” magazines..
- 3 covers with just words leaving 40 images
- 30 feature a woman on the cover
- 7 feature a man on the cover
- 2 feature animals
- 1 features what I would call a photojournalistic image
- 0 Landscapes
(Edit: I found a further 8 magazines after this was posted. This included 4 women/glamour and 1 (finally) a landscape. )
Of the 30 females covers, I would say 22 of them are glamours type images….Photography is my job, why should I “have” to pick a magazine up from a newsagents that the cover is without doubt, designed for men…
You decide if this industry is balanced.
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June, July, August when the indoor concerts almost disappear and the music diary is consumed by festivals.
This year I have decided to cut back but between a number of corporate shoots and a holiday away I did fit in Hop Farm (which happens to be my favourite). It’s not the biggest, it does not have the biggest names headlining, it’s not enveloped in corporate slogans and sponsorship but it does have a lovely feel and without doubt the best press tent.
Friday started off dry with Billy Ocean warming things up in the mid afternoon.
After some more funk from George Clinton, Ray Davies took over and played the best festival set I have heard from him in a couple of years;
Headlining Friday night was Peter Gabriel and The New Blood Orchestra.
The shock performance for me was Sir Bruce Forsyth. In fact, ask any of the press afterwards and just about all of us were exclaiming his brilliance. Until Suede (the closing act on Sunday), Brucie was most defiantly the hilight.
Most of the time the photography pit was limited to 25 photographers which if you count the main periodicals and news agencies should be more than enough. I have heard that a major festival next weekend is limiting the pit to 15 photographers which again should be enough assuming it is the right 15.
In a time where festivals are suffering from poor sales the PR teams really need the best work possible to come out of the pit with the widest possible reach. The problem is at festivals the pit is often overrun with compact camera or iPhone carrying “photographers” (fans) whose photographs will be seen by so few people that they will will not meet the PR needs. No, not every shot produced by the professionals will be published but the quality of the images plus accurate captioning and international distribution should reach a far wider audience.
Rain put in appearance on Sunday but it was only showers with bright sun between..
I guess every live event will encounter one or two problems, the worse I witnessed over the weekend was Gilbert O’Sulivan requiring his microphone being replaced after not being able to be heard.
The weekend finished off with britpop favourites Suede…
What a festival is all about…