Away day… to Poland

in Current Affairs, Features, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography by Heathcliff O'Malley

As if often the case in the era of multimedia news gathering I was recently despatched to Poland on a whirlwind visit to shoot stills and video. A British armoured Battlegroup have been taking part in war games with the Polish military entitled “Black Eagle” for several weeks and the press had been invited along to coincide with a visit

Heathcliff O'MalleyAway day… to Poland
Mikael Buck

The one on the left is a snapper…

in Current Affairs, Education, Features, Open letter, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Mikael Buck

On the left we have a Snapper, it’s a type of fish, on the right we have a photographer – please learn the difference. Would you like to demean everything I have achieved in my career with one word? Great! Then just call me a snapper – you won’t be the first or the last person to do it. With

Mikael BuckThe one on the left is a snapper…

New from the UKPCA – Passport and Chips

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Opinion, Photojournalism, Press Cards, Press Photography, The BPPA by Andrew Wiard

All change at the UKPCA – the UK Press Card Authority, where the BPPA is one of the card issuing gatekeepers. At today’s meeting they voted nemo contra for two fundamental reforms. The meeting faced two problems. First, Custom Card, who administer the card on behalf of the gatekeepers, had detected two duplicate applications for the card from one individual

Andrew WiardNew from the UKPCA – Passport and Chips
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Mentoring young photographers

in Current Affairs, Education, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Love, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Stuart Freedman

It goes without saying that the business is now unrecognisable from the one that I entered in the early 1990s. Then, the structure was relatively linear and there was a clear defining path to an editorial career. Now, every photographer has to be a brand and use social media to shout their wares and tout their abilities. It isn’t even

Stuart FreedmanMentoring young photographers

Theoretical Photography & The Big Bang Theory

in Current Affairs, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

Like most professional photographic organisations, The BPPA has a strange relationship with photographic education. On one hand many of our members visit courses on a regular basis and quite a few fill roles as members of industrial liaison groups. On the other hand we find it impossible to whole-heartedly recommend more than one or two courses anywhere in the country. 

thebppaTheoretical Photography & The Big Bang Theory

British Photographic Council concerns over consequences of new copyright law

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Features, Journalism, Law, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

This is a re-posting from the British Photographic Council’s website. The BPPA is a member of the BPC and members of The BPPA’s Board have been deeply involved in the process so far. Government adopts “friendless, unnecessary, poorly explained and fraught with risk” new copyright legislation, against united opposition from the photographic sector. In all of the publicity over the

thebppaBritish Photographic Council concerns over consequences of new copyright law

Commentating on the race to the bottom

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Open letter, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Neil Turner

  Yet again The BPPA finds itself responding to a piece by Professor Roy Greenslade on The Guardian’s website. Yet again Professor Greenslade adds his influential voice to the drastically mistaken notion that anyone can take a picture good enough for a newspaper these days. Seriously? Have you looked at some of the utter rubbish that gets used in some

Neil TurnerCommentating on the race to the bottom

The Copyright Fight – David Bailey weighs in…

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Open letter, Photography, The BPPA by thebppa

  Today is the day when the UK Government could vote to include a seemingly innocuous clause in an otherwise largely uncontroversial piece of legislation that will not only harm our industry but also place this country at odds with a vital international treaty. It is upsetting, bizarre and unnecessary to the point of being farcical. The BPPA has been

thebppaThe Copyright Fight – David Bailey weighs in…

The Copyright Fight

in Current Affairs, Ethics, Journalism, Law, Opinion, Photography, Photojournalism, Press Photography, The BPPA by Eddie Mulholland

As the song goes ‘There may be trouble ahead’…except this time there is no ‘maybe’ about it. For those that recall the less-than-wonderful “Clause 43” of Labour’s “Digital Economy Bill” which proposed to legalise the use of Orphan Works and Extended Collective Licensing – well, despite its defeat it’s back and this time it’s personal. Hidden away in a completely

Eddie MulhollandThe Copyright Fight
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Michael Graae : Reporting from Libya

in Photojournalism by Michael Graae

You may think that because the war is over, it is much safer and easier to report from Libya, but that is not necessarily the case. This post is written after my third trip to the country, the first being in February 2011 at the start of the war and the second in November 2011, one month after the death

Michael GraaeMichael Graae : Reporting from Libya