In an effort to raise money for victims of the World Trade Center tragedy, Leica Camera Inc. is auctioning off a photo of the World Trade Center taken by Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The image was scheduled for auction on November 5 on the eBay charity website, "Auction for America . . . $100 Million in 100 Days." The photo, entitled "New York Twins," was part of a series taken with a Leica R7 and shows the Trade Center at dusk in the spring of 1998.
NPPA Offers Crisis Support
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Newscoverage Unlimited (NU) are seeking volunteer photojournalists, reporters, and editors interested in helping colleagues in the New York City region who have witnessed horror while reporting the news.
NPPA and NU, a non-profit support group for newspeople, conducted its first crisis-training course in Manhattan late last month.
Because newsgathering often involves grappling with horrific events, such as the recent World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies, newspeople frequently have to cope with extreme mental and physical trauma. "The good news is that most people can recover from the impact of covering grisly stories," said NU chairman Chris Cramer, president of CNN International Networks. The Unfortunately, notes Cramer, "most people are still reluctant to seek help from their employer."
News staff and freelancers interested in participating in future training sessions should contact NU via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or contact NU Executive Director Robert Frank at 514-697-7377.
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© Maya Goded Goded Wins Smith Grant
Maya Goded is the overall winner of the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Grant for documentary photography, officials from Nikon, which sponsors the grant, announced last month.
In her winning photographic essay, The Neighborhood of Solitude: Prostitutes of Mexico City, Goded focused her photographic eye on her hometown of Mexico City and the inequality and transgression facing its women.
Goded was awarded a $30,000 grant at an awards ceremony at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
The grant is given each year to independent photographers who have demonstrated their commitment to documenting the human condition.
Nikon increased its funding of the grant this year by $10,000. This additional contribution pushed the primary grant total to $30,000.
Kodak & Fuji Sites Share Images of Tragedy & Hope
Among the many photo industry efforts in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, Kodak and Fujifilm have created websites that invite visitors to share photos and thoughts about the recent tragedies.
Kodak's site, run jointly with America Online, is called the "Tribute to American Spirit PhotoQuilt." The site, linked through www.kodak.com, encourages the sharing of photos and stories of the heroes, supporters, and loved ones. Fujifilm's site, "Speak to the World," linked at www.fujifilm.com, offers a similar opportunity to share photos and emotions. See F Stop at www.spdonline.com for other industry initiatives.
A grassroots photography show of images of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center was making news of its own last month, drawing unprecedented crowds to a converted retail store in downtown Manhattan, not far from the scene of the tragedy itself.