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Photojournalist presents work on immigration at USD

Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein sees migration as a timeless story, and that is one reason much of his work is done in black and white.

"I go back and forth on black and white and color," he told the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego on Thursday. "But in terms of trying to give the sense of ...
the historical connection to
migration ... MORE

jon lowenstein and pedro photo


Jon Lowenstein speaks Thursday in front of his
photo of Pedro, who was helping people cross
the U.S. border at Reynosa.


Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

Cuartoscuro stimulates debate
over publishing photos of violence

cuartoscuro coverThe Mexican news photography magazine Cuartoscuro devotes much of its February-March issue to "Violence and Photography." It shows images of past times of violence in Mexico, such as the Mexican Revolution and spasms of violence Mexico experienced in the 1920s, and has noted photographers, journalists and others debate the issue.

Some say the media should not be printing photos of beheaded bodies because that furthers the agenda of drug traffickers sowing fear. Others say the photos should be printed, but judiciously. The photographer behind Cuartoscuro, Pedro Valtierra, comes down firmly on the side of publishing photos in his column entitled "Photojournalism and Violence." One of those also coming down strongly on the side of publishing is Fernando Brito, photo editor of Sinaloa state's El Debate."As a member of the media, you can't stop publishing what is happening in the city or the country," he wrote. Brito was named a winner, earlier this month, of a World Press Photo category with his graphic photos entitled "Victims of Mexico's Drug Wars, Culiacán, Mexico." See story below.

Mexico City federal Congressman Alejandro Sánchez Camacho wrote, "We think they should not be published," considering the psychological impact. He said he would like to see a code of conduct developed for the media and for such images to be regulated. At the same time, he said, "It is important to underscore that in no way should freedom of expression be limited."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

El Baleado thumbnailPhotos involving Mexico are winners
in 4 World Press Photo contest categories

Photos involving Mexico, including one shot in Tijuana, were winners in four categories in the annual World Press Photo contest. Three involved drug trafficking themes.

The Tijuana photo was shot by Fabio Cuttica of Italy and shows Fabián Lopez firing a weapon on the set of the film "El Baleado 2." It took third place in the arts and entertainment singles category.

Winning third place in the general news singles category was a shot captioned "Mexico's drug wars: severed head of a murder victim, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 6 February" by Javier Manzano of the United States. Many of Manzano's photos have been run by The Associated Press.

Taking third place in the general news stories category was Fernando Brito of El Debate de Culiacán newspaper with photos captioned, "Victims of Mexico's drug wars, Culiacán, Mexico."

Winning second place in the sports stories category was Tomasz Gudzowaty of Poland with "Mexico's Car Frenzy."