Friday, May 19, 2017 | News
Monday, May 8, 2017 | News
On May 4th, 2017, Souvid Datta, publicly admitted to altering images and misappropriating the work of other photographers. As a result of this admission, his lack of transparency, and the resulting ethical questions surrounding the project, In the Shadow of Kolkata—Visura has revoked Mr. Datta’s 2016 Visura Photojournalism Grant Award, effective immediately.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | News
Instead of arguing that supporting emerging photojournalists has gone too far- how about advocating that more and better resources should be made available? More workshops and mentorships with photo editors, photographers, and others.
Young photographers lack direction and opportunity. How about advocating the value of photo editors (who by the way are losing their jobs left in and out)? Stripping away direction and opportunity is not the solution. Finding a better solution and way to do it and adding more resources is the discussion we should be having.
Bashing when pointing out the many problems is not a solution and neither is leaving new generations without access to professional resources and tools and equal opportunity. Please- especially the one's who have been doing this for decades- be aware of what you are propagating and the repercussions this will have on the new talent.
A time of reflection is needed to brainstorm on what is the best way to support new and emerging and at times young talent.
Sometimes- silence means that individuals are actually gathering information before making an informed, responsible and professional decision.
Let's focus on moving forward by discussing what is photojournalism? what makes up the photojournalism industry? what are the different roles? What do photojournalists do? Why do photojournalists do that job? How? Where? What are the different approaches? What is the importance of the work that is being done? What is the ethics surrounding and aiming to achieve the best practice, process, and projects?
Photojournalism can learn from mistakes...and find real solutions on how photojournalism can continue to exist, and be better.
(For clarity: I am not blaming one over anyone or comparing. I am saying- this is a time to reflect on best practice moving forward from the organizations side as well as the photojournalists side....from the Grant givers including Visura (which is why we put an end to the grant program for the remainder of the year to take time to evaluate the process and practice) and the Grant receivers. And that more resources need to be allocated to bringing equal and informed direction and opportunity...like mentorships as Angel Franco Suggested in the comments below.)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | News
Today the photojournalism industry mourns the loss of trust. The reputation and belief in both leading organizations and individual professionals in this industry are at stake. Time Magazine featured an interview of Souvid Datta—accussed and now responsible for plagiarizing and altering images— written by Olivier Laurent. As one of the numerous awards Souvid has won, the article includes that he was the recipient of the 2016 Visura Grant for Photojournalism. Prior to this recognition, he also received the 2013 IdeasTap and Magnum Photos Photographic Award, Getty Images Editorial Grant, Alexia Foundation award, the Pulitzer Catalyst Award as well as a LensCulture/Magnum Photos award. This controversy all began because Souvid submitted a project to a LensCulture Contest in partnership with Magnum Foundation; he also won the Pulitzer Centre's Catalyst Award. To my dismay, he did not contact Visura prior to publishing his article—had he done so—we would have made a statement. (Since I posted and reached out to Time Magazine, I was contacted immediately by Olivier (a colleague I respect and consider a leader in the industry) offering the opportunity for Visura to submit an official statement, which has been sent. The article has been updated.)
The official quote in part featured in Time Magazine:
Visura, which awarded a grant to Datta, has launched an investigation into the photographer's practices. "Although the altered images in question were not part of his Grant proposal, which has always been set to private to protect the integrity of the project and its subjects involved—Visura does not support lies, deceit, and unethical acts. Period," says Visura's founder Adriana Teresa Letorney. "The Visura team works to respect the integrity and ethics of the international community as well as its own mission."
Photojournalism is in mourning. The ethics of journalism are in question. It feels like all the Goliaths have gathered behind closed doors to set for the kill—and I wonder, who is the prey?
I repeat—today, the photojournalism industry mourns the loss of trust. The reputation and belief in both leading organizations and individual professionals in this industry are at stake. There are several issues at hand.
The allegations by Souvid Datta, an award-winning photographer in the photojournalism industry are serious. Since Souvid received the 2016 Visura Photojournalism Award for his longtime investigation into child sex trafficking across West Bengal—Visura commenced an internal investigation days ago to determine the best course of action for FotoVisura Inc to take.
Visura's team works to maintain the integrity and ethics of our mission: to easily connect individual creatives and buyers worldwide. The Grant Program is a perk to Visura premium members at no additional costs.
Unfortunately, the photojournalism industry mourns the loss of trust. As a result, Visura will postpone launching any future grants for the remainder of the year.
No matter what—this is a time to reflect and decide how each of us can be the change that we envision.
Adriana Teresa Letorney
(photo by ATL/Visura)
Souvid Datta—an award-winning photojournalist—accepted the allegations of plagiarizing and altering images between 2013-2015. Since Souvid received the 2016 Visura Photojournalism Award —several days ago Visura initiated an internal investigation to determine the best course of action for FotoVisura Inc to take. Management is in direct communication with Souvid at this time. Although the altered images in question were not part of his Grant proposal, which has always been set to private to protect the integrity of the project and its subjects involved—Visura does not support lies, deceit, and unethical acts. PERIOD.
The Visura team works to respect the integrity and ethics of the international community as well as its own mission. The Grant Program is a perk to Visura premium members at no additional costs.
Unfortunately, due to the severity of this loss of trust—Visura is postponing offering future grants in photojournalism for the remainder of the year to honor a much needed period of reflection. This is a time to decide how each of us can be the change that we envision.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | News | Hightlights | Success Stories | Tips
In honor of EARTH DAY—Visura highlights twelve photographers, who have worked on projects that bring awareness to the importance of protecting the environment. Each was found via Visura's new Advanced Search Engine, a program that allows editors and buyers to search Visura's database. You can search by members or projects as well as browse tags.View complete feauture, here.
Please remember to TAG YOUR PROJECTS!
Thursday, November 10, 2016 | News
As a Latin American, Puerto Rican, female, mother, and founder of Visura—a startup that seeks to build a platform that reduces the amount of money and time people spend on having an online presence to connect, share their work and vision, and access career opportunities based on MERIT, regardless of race, culture, genre or social-economical background—I join the many advocates, who in their own way, are finding the strength and courage to fulfill what is now an even greater responsibility: in my case, to stand for VISURA.
United with respect, we are stronger! Please feel free to connect with me, reach out to each other, and know that Visura has your back.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | News
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | News
Sunday, January 24, 2016 | News
Saturday, January 2, 2016 | News
If you are a PRIME member and would like for me to review the design of your website, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
DEADLINE: Friday, January 8, 2016 at noon.
I look forward to seeing your work!
cofounder, Creative Director
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 | News
DEADLINE: THURSDAY, December 31st at NOON
REQUIREMENTS: Submit a link to your Visura News Post with the announcement that you feel best represents a highlight of your year! Please note that we need to make a selection but we will do our best to include as many posts as possible!
SUBMIT TO: email@example.com
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | Success Stories
Thanks, Adriana Teresa
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | News
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | News
View interview, here.
Charles Harbutt on Visura Magazine, search here.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | News
Read full article, here.
Friday, September 18, 2015 | Success Stories
- * Upload PROJECTS: submit to the Editors' GUILD
- * Go to Account Settings on your Dashboard, and add your Social Media Url links.
- * Grow your community of members and email subscribers. In a few months, you will be able to send your community a newsletter. Invite members and non-members to join your comunity using the SEND/SHARE option.
* Create and develop your Photo Stream Blogs, as well as your own News and Personal blogs.
- * Make sure your website and contact info is visible.
- * Update your Current Location as you travel
- * Tag your projects...remember you can set ta project to private if you do not want them to be visible on the Public Archive, yet still submit to the Editors' GUILD...so that editors can se the project. You can also write to the editors directly. Many write posts on their own Blogs on how photographers can connect with them.
Write with questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, it all starts with you.
Friday, August 14, 2015 | News
Publicity articles are great—they feature the organization that makes the grants possible and highlight the winning photographers. Yet, there is one thing missing: the photographers do not get paid for the feature and because of the spotlight, the possibilities of the work being bought and featured by another publication are little to none. We all know this, and we all know that this needs to change: we need to work together in a way that doesn't jeopardize the possibilities for opportunity for the highlighted photographers. And, there is a way.
Visura is so grateful for all the publications that are joining and supporting this new movement filled with new approaches, incentives, initiatives and ideas. It takes risk to change, but your leadership is a sign that this industry is filled with hope.
I stand by all Visura members: photographers, editors and the organizations that are joining. You are standing for a future where photographers can make a living in photography. You do what you can and each act is changing lives and the way the industry thinks. No one person acts alone. Today is another example as to how together we can make a difference....and it all started with you.
And to you—I am eternally grateful.
Like my grandfather used to say:
Little by little without making a fuss.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 | News
Send me a message please. ASAP.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 | News
Independence comes with responsibility, one that requires respect, integrity and selflessness. I believe in independence. It is one thing I work every day to become more of...easier said than done... But maybe in the pursuit of achieving it, maybe one day, alongside so many who in there own path are doing the same- we will witness equality for all individuals, cultures and communities living in the mainland. Maybe... Just maybe. Today, I celebrate all the individuals that take a stand to protect our independence as well as the stories of independence that inspire and keep our hopes alive.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | News
CONNECT with the team of Editors at The Washington Post to learn about their work and vision.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | News
MARY ELLEN MARK achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work. She published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of our world's diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the academy award nominated film STREETWISE, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell.
Mary Ellen recently received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House as well as the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation. She has also received the Infinity Award for Journalism, an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Walter Annenberg Grant for her book and exhibition project on AMERICA. Among her other awards are the Cornell Capa Award from the International Center of Photography, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from her Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards; and the Creative Arts Award Citation for Photography at Brandeis University.
She has published eighteen books including Passport (Lustrum Press, 1974), Ward 81 (Simon & Schuster, 1979), Falkland Road (Knopf, 1981), Mother Teresa's Mission of Charity in Calcutta (Friends of Photography, 1985), The Photo Essay: Photographers at work (A Smithsonian series), Streetwise (second printing, Aperture, 1992), Mary Ellen Mark: 25 Years (Bulfinch, 1991), Indian Circus,(Chronicle, 1993 and Takarajimasha Inc., 1993), Portraits (Motta Fotografica, 1995 and Smithsonian, 1997), a Cry for Help (Simon & Schuster, 1996), Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Mary Ellen Mark 55 (Phaidon, 2001), Photo Poche: Mary Ellen Mark (Nathan, 2002), Twins (Aperture, 2003), Exposure (Phaidon, 2005), Extraordinary Child (The National Museum of Iceland, 2007), Seen Behind the Scene (Phaidon, 2009), Prom (Getty, 2012) and Man and Beast (University of Texas Press, 2014.) Mark's photographs have been exhibited worldwide.
She also acted as the associate producer of the major motion picture, AMERICAN HEART (1992), directed by, Martin Bell.
Her book, Exposure, is a large retrospective book published by Phaidon Press. It showcases 134 of Mary Ellen's best images, including both iconic and previously unpublished images.
Her most recent book Man and Beast features photographs from Mexico and India.
Aside from her book and magazine work, Mark has photographed advertising campaigns among which are Barnes and Noble, British Levis, Coach Bags, Eileen Fisher, Hasselblad, Heineken, Keds, Mass Mutual, Nissan, and Patek Philippe. -
See more at: http://www.maryellenmark.com/bio_resume/bio_resume.html#sthash.VxbRzzxZ.dpuf
Photo: Self-portrait by Mary Ellen Mark
This bio was taken from her website: http://www.maryellenmark.com/
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | News
FIRST 20 PHOTOGRAPHERS TO SIGN UP BETWEEN APRIL 22nd and APRIL 25th, 2015 TO THE PRIME MEMBERSHIP WILL RECEIVE FREE DESIGN SUPPORT!
Inquirires, write to us at: email@example.com
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | News
2015 fotovisura Grant for Outstanding Photography Project
Recognizing photographers for their images, stories and dedication as well as the extent that he or she is willing to go to bring about positive change in society. Thefotovisura Grant supports personal projects and encourages the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm.
THE ANNUAL GRANT FOR OUTSTANDING MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS with Guest Judge
Coburn Dukehard, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | News
This 2-day intensive workshop aims to pair two photographers with a guest editor through one-on-one and group sessions focused on the editing, sequencing, and/or layout of a project. The guest editor will share his or her knowledge and experience with the photographer to further their work.
May 28-29 MaryAnne Golon Director of Photography, Asst. to Managing Editor, Washington Post
Jun 25-26 Deborah Dragon Deputy Photo Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
Aug 6-7 Genevieve Fussell Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker
Aug 20-21 Daniel Power Founder of powerHouse Books & co-founder of NYPH
Sept 10-11 Niko Koppel Photo Editor, The New York Times
Sept 24-25 Elizabeth Griffin Strategic Visual Content for Hearst News Desk & Photo Editor
Thursday, March 26, 2015 | News
Learn more about fotovisura, our history and mission! Thank you for being a part of this journey. Together we are presenting a new model for photgraphers, editors and organizatins to connect, share, hire and get hired. We cannot do this alone. So, thank you for joining.
To read the article, click here.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 | News
Photo Editor, CNN
Photo Editor and Strategic Visual Content Editor,
Photo Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
Director of Photography, San Francisco Chronicle
Photo Editor, Mother Jones
New York, NY
New York, NY
Houston Center for Photography
United Photo Industries
World Photography Organisation
More info: click here.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 | News
Fotovisura is delighted to announce that photographer Kiana Hayeri has joined GUILD.
Please check out her new website via @fotovisura: www.kianahayeri.com
Born in Iran in 1988, Kiana moved to Canada. While she was still a teenager, photography soon became her preferred way to bridge the communication gap faced in a new country with a new language and culture. Half way through her last year of university, Kiana put her life in a backpack and in search of her 'home,' started a nomad life. With a keen interest in documentary projects, she aims to use her camera to tell stories, with a social message. She is presently pursuing projects that illuminate her cultural background. Focusing on young women, Kiana continues to document challenges Iranian people face, both in Iran and abroad.
Her work has been published by Newsweek, Le Monde, Time Magazine, CBC, Globe and Mail, among others. She's a regular contributor to Everyday Project from Middle East, loosely based out of Kabul Kabul.
Follow her on Instagram (@kianahayeri) where she shares bits and pieces of daily life as she roams, explores and tells stories.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 | News
GUILD member Antonio Pulgarin is taking over our Instagram. TUNE IN @Fotovisura
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | News
The Chinese Photobook Curated by Martin Parr and Wassink Lundgren
Show: The Chinese Photobook
Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Aperture Gallery and Bookstore547 West 27th StreetNew York, NY
Join Aperture Foundation for the opening reception of The Chinese Photobook, curated by Martin Parr and Wassink Lundgren. The selection of books on view includes key volumes published as early as 1900, as well as contemporary volumes by emerging Chinese photographers. Each and every featured photobook offers a new perspective on the complicated history of China, from the beginning of the twentieth century onward. More info: click here
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | News
CNNPhotos features Russian photographer Denis Syniakov
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | News
EF 2015 GRANTEES
Asim Rafiqui, Curran Hatleberg, Elena Perlino, Emine Gozde Sevim, Guy Martin, Massimo Berruti, Matt Black, Nii Obodai Provencal, Pete Muller, Peter DiCampo, and Peter van Agtmael
Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund (EF) enables independent documentary photographers to investigate and document under-reported social justice stories by providing seed support, mentoring, and technical assistance. EF projects address critical global issues that have not received the attention they deserve, or budding crises that are still over the horizon. MF’s investment in documentary production is combined with a dedication to the wide distribution of the resulting images. Through MFs partnership-building and assistance, EF-funded photo projects have been featured in such media outlets as The New Yorker, TIME, The Washington Post, National Geographic, World Policy Journal, De Standard, and Stern.
Each year, a diverse group of photography professionals nominate 100 photographers to submit proposals. An independent Editorial Committee selects 8 to 15 photographers to support.
The Emergency Fund is made possible with support from Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project and the Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | News
The New Yorker moved to its new headquarters at 1 World Trade Center. For the past few weeks, photo editor Jakson Krule has been documenting their move downtown on the photo department’s Instagram feed. Follow the posts at #TNYmoves until Wednesday.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | News
We know how hard it is to be a photographer today and that every break counts. That’s why we are again putting together 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 11 and 12.
And … wait for it … it’s free. Read on here