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NEW Documentary Photography Magazine

This is for anyone who has an interesting story that they want to get out there,
In collaboration with some talented and motivated people I am starting up WHITEINK magazine. A documentary photography magazine that will focus on human-interest issues and the art of storytelling through image and word.
We have been collecting stories from around the globe and are still in search of more before we launch.
If you have anything that you wish to contribute, have any contacts in publishing/advertising/funding or know of other photographers that would be good to add to our first mailing list, please do e-mail us at: submit@whiteinkmagazine.com
and check out our mission statment at:
www.whiteinkmagazine.com
all and any help at this point is greatly apreciated,
many thnaks,
Einat Bar

by at 2005-04-11 05:16:20 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) NewYork , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

rates?

by Andrew Kornylak | 12 Apr 2005 08:04 | Georgia, United States | | Report spam→
are you asking if we pay for the stories?
at the moment we are strugeling to launch this magazine from scratch and are running into a lot of walls as far as money goes. so no we have no budget for that yet, we are all working on a voluntear basis in hope that we can create exactly that; a magazine that will pay and publish great documentary work. every magazine has to start somehow and unfortunatly we have not yet found our sugardaddy.
I hope you will still consider contributing.

by | 12 Apr 2005 13:04 | NewYork, United States | | Report spam→
sugardaddies can be found in various grant pools.

by [former member] | 12 Apr 2005 18:04 | Southcentral Alaska, United States | | Report spam→
we are working on that, any specific sugestions would be greatly accepted.

by | 12 Apr 2005 18:04 | NewYork, United States | | Report spam→
my small world is 6500 miles away…I only work locally….sorry.

by [former member] | 12 Apr 2005 19:04 | Southcentral Alaska, United States | | Report spam→
Heya Einat — sounds like a great thing. we’ll keep ears and eyes out for anything good for you. let us know if there is anything specific we can do for you. we’re all in this together.

PS- we are already compiling a database of grants, and other resources — there are many listed in the calender, but mostly they are grants and awards for individual photographers, not groups. hopefully we will expand that soon — whatever grants/resources/sugardaddies you come across will be welcome in the database. The member directory of LS stands at thousands of contacts for your mailing list, and you are welcome of course to post your announcements here on the message boards – we get over a thousand unique visitors a day.

by teru kuwayama | 12 Apr 2005 20:04 (ed. Apr 12 2005) | Brooklyn/East Side, United States | | Report spam→
As to the question of rates and compensation for work that might appear in a new webzine such as WhiteInk, I would urge everyone to think more broadly about the various types of work they do and why they do it. I know it is hard to consider foregoing one´s fees,when times are hard, the practice of photography is expensive, and the available professional organs seem increasingly to be enthusiastically stripping photographers of their rights: newspapers (the Times, NY Sun), magazines (National Geographic), . . . the list of recent battles over rights and compensation is depressingly long. However, we are not all just agents (or paeons) of the press, and we dont take pictures just to get them published in magazines or newspapers. If you are like me, you are constantly trying to get the images out there in new ways and for a variety of purposes. Many photojournalists, for example, pay lip service to the idea of bringing about change through the publication of their pix, or helping to create a different climate of opinions. But I have found that I am most effective in bringing about change when I work directly with NGOs, creating brochures, touring with slideshows, and thereby raising money that is used to ameliorate conditions on the ground, thus directly affecting the people whose misery is the subject of my photos. I dont earn much from this, I break even (or hope to). But I do achieve my intended goal.

Nor is that all. Obviously there is an esthetic drive as well. I dont know about you, but I am not satisfied with a mere record of the event. Anyone can snap a pic. The picture has to be good, it has to have the same representational power as a good painting. And since photojournalists are generally concerned to produce stories, the stories then have to have a satisfactory narrative drive and shape that is commensurate with the best examples of the storytelling art. Well, most magazines and newspapers no longer provide us with the means of presenting adequate narratives. Hell, you are lucky if you get a double page spread. So we are all engaged now in exploring new means of dissemination, which brings us to the web. We have our websites, and there are a few notable webzines (Photo 8, Digital Journalist, Pixel Press) which struggle mightily to present new work in new ways and still pay the bills. The webzines are especially promising, because unlike personal websites they provide a cynosure for web surfers who might not know about you personally but will be directed toward the webzines if they are looking for this type of imagery, and thus the webzines are capable of reaching enormous audiences. Now we have in WhiteInk a new addition to this small stable of web publishers, and we should all get behind it, because if you are interested in the narrative aspects of your art, then WhiteInk may be interested in you. How many venues do you know of whose explicit purpose is to explore the narrative possibilities of photographic work? All right, in the beginning you may not get money for your work, but the opportunity to get your work out there in a more adequate form has got be pretty tempting. Just think of the titanic struggles Gene Smith endured in order to exert control over the narrative form of his work. Half a century later, things are no better, and the web offers us no real alternative unless we ourselves bend it to our collective will. Everyone on LS should intuitively understand that, since LS is part of that effort.

PS: Teru, with regard to the grants and awards aspect of this site, as i understand it now, it is pegged to the calender and thus accessible by date, but perhaps it should also exist as a kind of list, accessible in terms of type, so that people can browse it like a library. Some grants are not date specific (Creative Capital for example) and so they dont appear on the calendar, and many grants intended for organizations rather than individuals have more flexible schedules that dont fit in with the concept of a calendar. Anyway, I would be happy to provide more data on grants and awards if we figure out how to present the material. Also, I wasnt sure, but as the year progresses, do the entries then have to be reposted ….. that is, does each year require the posting of the entries anew? Or is the info automatically recycled somehow?

by Jon Anderson | 13 Apr 2005 09:04 | Astoria Queens, United States | | Report spam→
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by Wayne E. Yang | 13 Apr 2005 11:04 (ed. Apr 14 2005) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Here Here, Jon

by Eric | 13 Apr 2005 12:04 | San Francisco, United States | | Report spam→
oh Jon, thanks for all of your wise words.

by | 13 Apr 2005 14:04 | NewYork, United States | | Report spam→
I am getting a bit prolix these days since I spend all my time writing instead of photographing, which is what I should be doing, but I have found I am usually better off following my whims. So for now I am on a verbal kick. Anyway, most LSers should eventually wake up to the opportunity that WhiteInk and other such enterprises represent. We have to keep pushing the envelope here, fighting for new space and control of that space. WhiteInk, Lightstalkers, Digital Railroad, etc etc . . . . these are all important resources and centers for that struggle. Power to t he People.

by Jon Anderson | 13 Apr 2005 15:04 | Astoria Queens, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Jon -
yes, you are right on with all points. I’m not sure if the calender recycles listings from year to year -
that’s a Shinji question.

He’s already at work on a database system, independent of the calender, with full on search capability,etc.
Once the framework is operational, it will be on you and all the other lightstalkers to load the data in. We envision an organic system of pooled knowledge, fed by thousands of LS members, with a constant feedback of updates and reviews.

Hasta la victoria

by teru kuwayama | 13 Apr 2005 19:04 | Brooklyn/East Side, United States | | Report spam→
I caught this rather late but was curious as to how this is progressing???

by Kurt Vinion | 23 May 2005 13:05 | Berlin, Germany | | Report spam→
going well so far, working on the bureaucratic end of things… trying to partner up with a local Chelsea gallery to maybe have a group show with the launch of every issue.
I’ve been receiving some wonderful submissions from across the globe and most people are being very supportive. we are still looking for one more strong story but We hope to have the first issue up by the end of September and are working on the funds to go to press… lots of work but we’re going strong.
Thanks for asking Kurt

by | 23 May 2005 15:05 (ed. Jun 26 2005) | NewYork, United States | | Report spam→
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by Wayne E. Yang | 23 May 2005 15:05 (ed. May 24 2005) | New York, United States | | Report spam→

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Brooklyn, Ny , United States
Andrew Kornylak, Freelance Photographer Andrew Kornylak
Freelance Photographer
Atlanta , Georgia
teru kuwayama, I/O teru kuwayama
I/O
New York , United States
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Wayne E. Yang, Writer/Photographer Wayne E. Yang
Writer/Photographer
Kaoshiung , Taiwan
Eric, Freelance Photographer Eric
Freelance Photographer
Austin , United States
Kurt Vinion, Photojournalist Kurt Vinion
Photojournalist
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Prague , Czech Republic


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