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Author:Mark Haworth-Booth
                    I was recently at a wonderful photographic festival. I spent a week in delightful surroundings, visiting many exhibitions of all kinds and meeting photographers in pleasant social settings. I...
Monday, 01 October 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Peter Marx
                  For more than 150 years photography has been about capturing and presenting reality. Whether using silver halides or CCDs, a photograph is thought of as a snapshot of some part of the world at a...
Sunday, 02 September 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    After more than a decade of writing our monthly editorial for ZoneZero, I have decided to take a rest giving myself a sabbatical for the next twelve months. Nonetheless, you will be getting some very exciting editorials as I have...
Thursday, 02 August 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
  I have heard time and time again, how the market for photo documentary work is shrinking and there is no work to be found, and the little there is pays very poorly.   The question to be asked is if this statement is true, and if so what...
Monday, 02 July 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Nowadays, when we discuss about new technologies, and I hear that they are not available to everyone, I wonder when was that, if ever, the case? Certainly those Underwood typewriters which today look to us as having such a romantic...
Monday, 28 May 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    We made a survey which was responded by our audience in more than 32 countries. We want to thank you all for your invaluable feedback; it will provide us with substantial guidance going forward, on the things you expect and which you...
Monday, 02 April 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Imagine my surprise upon reading that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is proposing restrictions on all photography in public spaces. http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/Photography/   I had already written about such paranoia,...
Friday, 02 February 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
      In the picture above we are in front of a painting that was presented at the Shanghai Biennial of Art in 2006. The painting is based on the perceptions associated with photography, to the extent that the men depicted in the...
Sunday, 14 January 2007 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
        After three months of traveling around the world, I find myself sitting on board of the plane on the last leg of the journey from Franckfurt to Mexico City. This has been a trip that has taken me to many parts of the world,...
Wednesday, 20 December 2006 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
With the advent of digital photography, not only has the notion of film gone out the window (camera), but so has the monopoly of formats dependent on 35 mm or 120 mm film. No longer is the width of film imposing on camera manufacturers what the...
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Months come and go. I should have delivered my editorial quite some time ago. The only reason I have not been fired for not delivering is that my co-workers treat me with a lot of kindness and understanding.   There has been a...
Friday, 28 July 2006 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    It used to be (up until the late eighties) that in most parts of the world we would make our prints for exhibitions, in the 11 x 14 inch range. The reasons were many, but one of the more important ones was the high cost of photographic...
Saturday, 01 April 2006 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    I wonder what is happening in the world of art and culture that an E-mail such as the one I received from the Paul Kopekian Gallery was sent out to their entire mailing list, and no one seems to be particularly surprised.   They...
Sunday, 05 March 2006 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
  As some of you might know there is an American show on TV called "Extreme Makeover", dedicated to restore or rather reconstruct people and then there is another one which does the same thing, only with your home: Extreme Makeover, Home Edition....
Saturday, 28 January 2006 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    I have been getting a lot of complaints recently about how the digital world has turned everyone into a photographer.   There are those who believe that only those who actually understand what they are doing should be taking...
Thursday, 05 January 2006 |  E-mail | Read more
41. Enigma
Author:Pedro Meyer
      I have found that for me the best pictures are those that leave me with more questions than answers   When I do not fully understand what I am looking at, I feel more intrigued by the image. It allows me speculate, it gives me...
Tuesday, 27 December 2005 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
              So where do we go from here? The decisive moment had been explored through an infinite variety of great images over the past decades. However, there came a point, that I was looking at images that looked...
Tuesday, 01 November 2005 |  E-mail | Read more
43. Aphorisms
Author:Pedro Meyer
    "I am surprised that there are still discussions going on concerning the superior quality of film, because those people who so argue usually do not understand what digital photography is, or have not even used digital media." ***...
Thursday, 28 July 2005 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    As I visited the Museum at the Palace of Cortés in Cuernavaca here in Mexico, I came across a statue with a one legged general. Ever since I discovered that the left leg belonging to the general had been buried with military...
Tuesday, 05 July 2005 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    (This is a double editorial because it covers two months.)     We place a marking on the wall, at each one my youngest sons’ birthdays, he is by now ten. He stands up against the wall and where the top of his head is, we draw...
Monday, 16 May 2005 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    We are reminded that “today the real has become the new avant-garde” by Nicholas Rombes.   The irony is that as digital technologies are used to deliver ever greater special effects and fantasies, there is an alternative...
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    I don't know what the story is of this single fish, other than it seemed to be quite important to these men at the fish market in old Dhaka. Given that I do not speak Bangla, there was no way of finding out what the context was. This is...
Friday, 17 December 2004 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    Several topics come together once again. On the one hand that old standing tradition of street photography and the question of what the limits are for “manipulating” an image and still consider it as photography.   I know,...
Monday, 01 November 2004 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
    One can observe how in recent years, a growing number of those who have used photographs in their work have started to shy away from describing themselves as photographers. They are now “artists”. As if photographers belonged to a...
Friday, 01 October 2004 |  E-mail | Read more
Author:Pedro Meyer
  We were about to land in Mexico City; I had my digital camera pointing out the window when over the loudspeakers a pre-recorded voice stated, “All electronic devices must now be turned off….” Which of course I thought did not...
Monday, 06 September 2004 |  E-mail | Read more

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