18 May 2009

Lens ~ New Photo Blog at The New York Times

This new photo blog should be interesting .... the first few posts are OK, but that simply means we can expcct a positive trajectory. Right?



Blogger Mauro Thon Giudici said...

As you said it is a bit early. However it seems that we are in the already seen dept. Eyes, jinxed and war damages in various symbolic forms.

But there is an interesting question. Given the costly chain of command in traditional newspapers a blog of such kind will never be competitive with a "single person" one. What do they expect as a comeback ?

18 May, 2009 10:58  
Blogger M. Scott Brauer said...

Hopefully it'll be a positive trajectory. Thankfully "visual journalism" is right there at the top of the page, which signals to me a concerted step away from the celebrity pictures that take up most of the photo areas of the websites of Newsweek and Time. David Burnett's work on Bob Marley, up at the site now, is getting a little close to that, but relative historical significance and quality of the photos raises the post well above the paparazzi dreck.

I'm also particularly intrigued that Lens "also seeks to highlight the best work of other newspapers, magazines and news and picture agencies; in print, in books, in galleries, in museums and from around the Web." Not too long ago, news sites wouldn't even make links to off-site material. The Times changed their position on that a while back. Now they're using this blog not so much as a PR tool for the Times' own work but rather as a destination for historical and contemporary photojournalism.

Looks good to me so far, and I hope it continues to impress.

18 May, 2009 20:49  
Blogger Mike said...

And yet, in the essay about Jacob Holdt and his work there is no link to the photographer's web site. Rather ironic in view of the author's implied desire to publicize a photographer who he claims is relatively unknown in the U.S.

25 May, 2009 08:13  

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