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Destination du Jour: Detroit

April 16, 2009

With its dying auto industry, abandoned neighborhoods and crumbling infrastructure, Detroit has become a symbol–verging on a cliche–of American decline. The visual drama is hard for photographers to resist. Several have already visited Detroit to document the ruins, and no doubt more will follow. If you’re thinking of going, here’s a quick round-up of some of the work that has already been done.

Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden - Click For Images

Ian Willms - Click For More Images

Ian Willms - Click For More Images

James Griffioen - Click For More

James Griffioen - Click For More

Destination du Jour: Detroit From PDNPulse.Com

April Fool’s Roundup Camera Products

April 1, 2009


Fashionable new camera includes “Wink and Shoot Shutter” and “Digital X-Ray Vision.”

April Fool’s Roundup From PDN.Pulse.com

GM Stops Paying Advances for Photo Shoots

March 16, 2009
© Jerry Avenaim

© Jerry Avenaim

General Motors has stopped paying advances to photographers who shoot its ads, according to a photographer who has done work for the car maker.

GM (through its ad agencies) has asked photographers to officially accept or reject a set of new payment terms. The new terms say GM will “typically” pay ad agencies within 60 to 75 days of an invoice, who will then pay the photographer (or “vendor”):

“VENDOR UNDERSTANDS THAT IT WILL BE PAID ON A SEQUENTIAL LIABILITY BASIS (AGENCY SHALL PAY VENDOR ONCE PAID BY GENERAL MOTORS) PURSUANT TO GENERAL MOTORS’ STANDARD PAYMENT TERMS AND THAT GENERAL MOTORS WILL TYPICALLY PAY AGENCY WITHIN 60-75 DAYS, PROVIDED VENDOR HAS SUBMITTED A PROPER INVOICE.”

The photographer who provided these details (on condition of anonymity) says some GM photos shoots pay $200,000 to $300,000, so the lack of an advance and a two-and-a-half month delay of payment is a big deal.

PDNPulse: GM Stops Paying Advances for Photo Shoots.

PDN’s 30 2009 Gallery Announced

March 3, 2009

From its inception, our editors and creative director have seen PDN‘s 30 as an opportunity to get to know the work of photographers we look forward to writing for and about for many years to come—and this certainly isn’t limited to the 30 photographers we select for each issue. This year, for example, we made our selection from more than 300 nominees.

These days, the role of photographers in our culture seems to shift constantly thanks to a never-ending stream of technological, conceptual and economic influences. Additionally, the hurdles to creating and distributing photographic images continue to disappear, inviting some worthy new voices into the conversation, but also creating a din that makes it increasingly difficult for talented photographers to be heard (and to build sustainable careers). The emerging photographers on our list this year are not cockeyed optimists; they know and have experienced the challenges, and yet they’re eager to commit their lives to photography anyway.

Those of us who’ve been a part of PDN‘s 30 from the beginning never tire of hearing honorees tell us how much their selection means to them—we’re both grateful for and humbled by our role in encouraging the careers of emerging photographers. For the two new editors this year, our involvement in PDN‘s 30 has brought into clearer focus our collective mission as a publication devoted to helping photographers succeed. And the view is pretty damn exciting.

PDN’s 30 2009 Gallery.

“Cramped But Cool” Contest To Be Showcased In PDN

January 29, 2009

The editors of PDN  will select the best submissions to our “Cramped But Cool” Showcase to feature in February. If you think your office is space-challenged yet stylish, convenient or workable, we want to see it! The photographer with the winning workspace will be featured on our Web site –and receive a $50 gift certificate from the Container Store.

Send  1 to 3 jpegs of your workspace to: editor@pdnonline.com. Include a short (100 words or less) description of your workspace, what you’ve got stored in there, how many other people use the space,  what you like or  hate about working there. Be sure to put “Cramped Can Be Cool” in your subject line.

PDNPulse: Cramped But Cool Studio Contest

PDNPulse: Debra Weiss on Economic Challenges

January 26, 2009

Earlier this month at Photo LA, PDN photo editor Amber Terranova recorded some conversations about the state of the photography business with attendees at the festival. We will be posting excerpts of these interviews over the next few days. To kick things off, here’s a two-minute clip of creative consultant Debra Weiss discussing how to do the best for your career during the economic downturn.

PDNPulse: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO: Debra Weiss on Economic Challenges .