happy new year 2008

i certainly hope everyone has been having fun… either partying last night or relaxing all day today….while you have been playing , i have been working!!  or should i say, suffering over decisions…..about your work!!

ok, here is how it shakes down (so far)…there are some essays still under question or without any identifiable caption information….i have sent emails to some photographers who just have not replied…i will give them a bit more time….

there are approximately 30 essays or  partial essays that i will put up for review on the new website due this week kindly supported by LiveBooks….and perhaps 40 strong singles which includes some very nice work from many of you…..i will also , as promised, give reviews by private email  to those who so seek…some of you just need just the right little kick to take you to your "next step"….many  of you are so so close…..

as i hope all of you remember, the purpose of this excercise was to see if our audience here on the forum could "produce" within a given time frame:  july 15 – novermber 15 2007   …. i sadly had to eliminate several terrific essays which did not fall within that time zone…the reason for this short time period was simple….to secure funding for future "assignments" for some of you for the future, we needed to see how well this audience could respond  in this fashion…this is, of course, not the only way nor perhaps even the best way to judge a photographer…but, it is not a bad place to start and a point that resonates loud and clear with most magazine editors and other funders …

i left the subject matter and style of work up to this audience….and we certainly will see the variety this freedom provided….

the essayist who will receive the first grant i have ever given (but not the last) and the first under the new Magnum Cultural Foundation  was chosen from the following best essayists:

KEVIN GERMAN, ERICA MCDONALD, BRENDAN HOFFMAN, ANDREW SULLIVAN, KATIA ROBERTS, BOB BLACK, KYUNGHEE LEE, ERIC ESPINOSA, CRISTINA FARAMO, KELLY LYNN JAMES, CHRIS BICKFORD, LANCE ROSENFIELD, NATAN MOSS, MARCIN LUCZKOWSKI, JONI KARANKA , ALEKSANDER NOWAK AND ALEX RESHUAN…

all of these essayists will be shown soonest on the new website (i am waiting just as you!!)…hopefully  a traveling exhibit of this work and perhaps hard copy publication will also result from our efforts…to this end i am working…

the recipient of the first funding  ($5,000.) under the David Alan Harvey Fund for Emerging Photographers is:

SEAN GALLAGHER

below are a few photographs from Sean’s strong essay on the  desertification of China’s Western Gansu Province….the fast moving desert is literally swallowing up farmland and communities and is ever growing due to bad land management and global warming…i saw this essay as stylistically  powerful and journalistically relevant….and worthy of more financial support to keep Sean continuing on this significant  body of work…

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A young girl stands before  a man-made lake in front of encroaching sand dunes.

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A lone corn plant  in a field next to large sand dunes.

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Huge sand dunes slowly creep onto arable farmland.

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A camel walks past a pile of recently forested logs. Deforestation is the main cause of desertification.

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A farmer sells watermelons to passing tourists. Watermelons consume massive amounts of water during growth. Overcultivation of this fruit leads to the draining of water from land, contributing to desertification.

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The desert oasis at MingShaShan
has been present for over 2000 years. Recently however, as water is
mis-used by the public and local industry, the water level is slowly
dropping to dangerously low levels.

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Two women climb a sand dune that  is slowly creeping into arable farmland.

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As tourists fly above in motorized hang gliders, below them the desert continues to move, swallowing everything in its path, including the graves of past local residents.

353 Responses to “happy new year 2008”


  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    and a happy new year!!!!

  • Well done Sean, happy new year, good luck and good hunting!

  • Congratulations!!

  • Oh, and thankyou David for kicking our butts and spending time on our work!

  • Congratulations Sean and to all the finalists as well! I know it’s already been said many times, but thank you David for all your hard work and leadership. I really enjoyed participating in this endeavor and I look forward to seeing the best essays.

  • Happy New Year, David and everybody!! Congratulations to Sean Gallagher and thank you for encouraging us to work harder and harder to become what we really want to be.

    Smiles!!!

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE FINALIST AND SEAN!!!!

  • Congratulations Sean and to all participants. As I’ve said before, I’ve never seen anyone else doing what David has done here and it’s SO GOOD that photographers have such a place to show their work. Thank you David.

    Best to all,

    Mike.

  • I forgot to mention- this experience and your (David) inspiration has prompted me to do something that I’ve been hesitant to do since I was first bitten by the photography bug: I’ve enrolled in a Steve McCurry workshop May 2008 (NYC weekend). I’m psyched!

    David- I’m sure you’re in a constant state of demand from others and you’ve already given so much, but if and when you have the time, I would love even a brief critique of my essay (the second one I submitted).

  • Well done Sean. I’ll raise a glass to you this very evening. You bastard!

    I’m very much looking forward to seeing the full essay at some point.

    Well done, also, to the finalists.

    Looking forward to round two.

  • congratulations to the winners and to all worked hard and put their hearts behind their lenses and submitted essays. you are all winners who did this. i hope this challenge will be presented again and that i will “take the plunge” knowing that the more i push myself, the better i will be. i have so much enjoyed the visual and verbal poetry of this site. sean’s winning essay is graphic, moving, and beautiful.

  • Congratulations Sean and everybody!

    So cool, I’m all silly. I went to buy a cigar but it seems to be that they don’t sell them anywhere (new laws and late hours). Fresh air was good, though.

  • Congratulations Sean. Very powerful work. And a congrats to all the other photographers. Look foward to seeing all the inspiring work.
    Happy new year!
    Wendy

  • pierre yves racine

    Hi everyone

    Congraulations Sean ! Well deserved.

    To David : thanks for your hard work and generosity. And though I’m conscious of the weaknesses of the essay I submitted, could you please give some feedback ?

    Thanks to all of you for making this blog a lively place !

  • Dear David and Dear All,

    I am surprised, flabbergasted, honoured and most of all just plain delighted to be the recipient of David’s first ever grant. Thankyou so much to David and to everybody else in this great community for your kind words about the work.

    I had been intending to do this project for some time however the announcement of David’s competition and a fortuitous 2-week break in my schedule allowed me to finally attempt to begin this work in August 2007.

    I can’t wait to see all the rest of the work entered as this project is about the whole rather than any individual.

    David’s blog is both inspiring and entertaining and i can only say thanks again to David for working so hard and putting this altogether!

    Best Wishes,
    Sean

  • WOW! :))))))

    CONGRATULATIONS SEAN! !!!! :))))))))))))

    I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER! :))))…I was first introduced to Sean’s work on china by my close personal friend Arantxa Cedillo, spanish photographer who moved here to Toronto 2 years ago after finishing ICP and with whom Marina and I have become best friends. Arantxa told me about Sean’s extraordinary work (especially the color) on china and I, as now, was buyoant! :))))…Not only is sean a strong stylist and swallower of light but also works on important themes.

    I am so so please that David has awarded this first grant to a person whose work is so rich and challenging and inspiring.!! :))) I am calling Arantxa right now! :)))

    And a LARGE LARGE THANK YOU too David for honoring me to have my story along side such talented and committed photographers. I entered this in the hope of just joining with other photographers in the support and commitment toward the idea that telling stories, personal ones, in ways that bespeak this disappearing but assiduous world. When i told the Korean/Japanese immigrants that the 2 weeks that I would spend with them listening and photographing as they prepared to return to their country would be submitted to a photo-essay idea with a ny photographer, one of the young girls asked me: “why? Do others think photos of students talking about themselves and their life in canada are interesting?” I told Ran: “yes, because you are interesting and your willingness to open yourself up is a measure of that”….

    I am really ridiculously humbled by this and am so happy to not only the names about but by all those who submitted essays and stories.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO best essayists:

    KEVIN GERMAN, ERICA MCDONALD (thats more wine now sister! :)) ) BRENDAN HOFFMAN, ANDREW SULLIVAN, KATIA ROBERTS, KYUNGHEE LEE, ERIC ESPINOSA, CRISTINA FARAMO, KELLY LYNN JAMES, CHRIS BICKFORD, LANCE ROSENFIELD (that’ll be one night of trinking hombre when we finally meet: in nyc?), NATAN MOSS, MARCIN LUCZKOWSKI, JONI KARANKA , ALEKSANDER NOWAK AND ALEX RESHAUN (im so happy for you Alex! :)) )…

    and to all the rest! :)))))

    sorry for the long-winded note…guess i have to go throw some snowballs in joy at Marina and Dima :)))))

    THANK YOU DAVID ALAN HARVEY FOR EVERYTHING! :)))))

    holly fuck! :))))))

    HUGS
    BOB

  • Would too appreciate a sentence about my 20. Just a sentence. ‘Tis all I need. I think.

    Mr. Harvey, as I’ve said previously, your generosity knows no bounds whatsoever. As far as we can tell.

    Simply, thank you.

  • Sean: :))

    brother, your essay on the blind girl/blind orphans (this is the one Arantxa first told me about) has sat in the back of my throat for 6 months :))))) You should know i am blind in one of my eyes too and thus: one of the most important reasons it resonates with me: few understand what that means…in yur work and in that story is the meaty heart of illumination…believe me, i know :))

    You deserve it….now, saddle up and throw us some nice chinese rice wine! :))))

    cheers
    bob

  • Can’t wait to see everybody’s work, the chosen few and others, and possibly the texts that came with it, if any. That’s my regret stated many times, that very few words ever come with the essays (or part of) posted in the student/WS session.

    I am “off” to look at the websites from the people David mentionned, some I know, but may have forgotten what from whom.

    Sean, bravo to you, your work and choice of is great encouragement to us all, stipend or not. I also now have another worthy first name to put in front of Gallagher (being a big fan of the regretted Rory G.).

  • Congratulations to all of the top essayists! I am looking forward to seeing all of your work and I just know that it will be a learning experience. I came here totally by chance a few months ago and now I just can’t leave!

    David…I don’t know how close I am but your comment…”some of you just need the right little kick to take you to your “next step” just wants to make me yell…kick me!

    This is a great classroom..thanks a heap…and kick me whenever you find the time :)

    Happy New Year!!!

  • Congratulations Sean and all “best essayists!”
    I am eagerly looking forward to seeing all the published work…as well as the new website.

    Congratulations also to David and Michael for getting the job done! Hope you were able to enjoy the Holidays in the midst of all the decision making.

  • Congratulations Sean!!!…really good work!

    Congratulations too the following essayists:

    KEVIN GERMAN, ERICA MCDONALD, BRENDAN HOFFMAN, ANDREW SULLIVAN, KATIA ROBERTS, BOB BLACK, KYUNGHEE LEE, ERIC ESPINOSA, CRISTINA FARAMO, KELLY LYNN JAMES, CHRIS BICKFORD, LANCE ROSENFIELD, NATAN MOSS, MARCIN LUCZKOWSKI, JONI KARANKA , ALEKSANDER NOWAK AND ALEX RESHAUN…

    Finally…Thankyou to Mr David Alan Harvey for your kind,generosity and hard work, which i am honored to be apart of.

    love
    ozzy al

  • Congrats to Sean, and all the finalists! Exciting to read the post and see the first essay. And congrats to you, David, for being the spark for all of this.

    And yes, please, any small, large or any size in between kick in my direction is welcome. (Should we get signs, “kick me”?)

  • Natan Moss Congratulations !!!!

  • Congratulations Sean!! Keep the good work!!! Looking forward for your reviews David.

    Hope all of you had a beautiful xmas season, and wishing the best for 2008!!

    Saludos,

    Beatrix

  • David,
    Happy new year to you as well and congratulations to Sean!!!! I am also so pleased! Is there a better way to start the year than to know that your favorite photographer has been going over our essays and to eventually have the honour to be selected among this distinguished crowd of “best essayists”… Nice feeling to log on the site this evening and see my name among the ones of Bob, Lance etc…All I can say David is that this is such a pleasant surprise!!!! I just want to thank you for having got us all started on this project.. Personally, I just wanted to be part of it and participate with the rest of this great community…Like most I am sure, I did not send an essay to be distinguished but simply to get out there to shoot and know that you will be looking at the work, sending your feedback…This is all I was hoping for so, this evening surprise is such a BONUS!!! Again David, thanks for being such an encouragement and support since we have first met! 2008 is starting like a great year!!!! A huge THANKS and congratulations to all others beyond Sean! Eric

  • Ana Y. and Herve both emailed me almost simultaneously with the news I was a finalist.

    I cried..

    Thank you so much, David.
    Thank you, for the kids.
    And for your enormous Heart.

    And congratulations to Sean, the finalists and to all
    who participated in this ground-breaking event.
    This is the first time I have ever submitted my work to an open call like this.
    It means the world to me that
    you saw my photos.
    Because it means you saw my Heart.

    Happy Day!

    Katia

  • congratulations to all! what an awesome start to the new year!
    really looking forward to seeing all the work.
    congratulations David!
    Happy New Year to all.

  • Olly olly olly oxen free!

    We yelled these words as kids in order to announce that the game we were playing was over, that those in hiding could come out into the open safely + that help would be greatly appreciated!

    I’ve been following this blog religiously since meeting David at the Magnum reviews last June. I was blown away THEN by the generosity of spirit and loving words that David shared with me. Was he for real? My curiosity encouraged me to continue reading and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    So back to the Olly reference. Having been a quiet participant for so long, I feel as though I am climbing out of a big tree in order to introduce myself. That said, it’s definitely time. I am oozing with gratefulness to David and EVERYBODY here. Everybody’s participation, through words and/or imagery has been hugely inspiring. I am so grateful to David for providing this opportunity/assignment for all of us. The challenge put forth has made me grow in unexpected ways as both a person and as a photographer.

    There is one thing I have been wondering + it’s considerably more fitting to ask David while he’s in Colorado. Does your Mom know that you’re doing this?? The foundation, the challenge, everything… She must be beaming.

    David, I would love your feedback regarding the work I submitted. My email address is tucked away in my metadata.

    Sean, I love your acceptance post. You won! How cool is that!??
    Congrats finalists!
    Congrats EVERYBODY!

    Anna Boyiazis

  • This is truly epic and frightening work Mr. Gallagher. Your photography is beautiful and the subject of your images are like awful slow moving monstrously huge tsunamis. The inevitability is unsettling in the extreme.

  • Happy New Year everyone!
    Congratulations to all the finalist essaist and Sean. What a awsome way to start a year isn’t it? :)
    Thanks David and Michael for all this work and to push us all to become better in photography.
    If you have the time just kick me please ;)

  • Congratulations to Sean and all the other finalists. I am surprised and humbled to see my name listed, can’t wait to see all of the work up on the site.

    Thanks David for your time and this great forum for photo discussion.

    Happy New Year, Natan.

  • my hearty congratulations to Sean and to all the finalists. i am eagerly waiting to see more of the essays as David has promised. i really feel proud to be part of this community. This has been a great experience since the day I discovered it. and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. what a way to start the new year!!!

    and to DAVID, regarding
    “i will also , as promised, give reviews by private email to those who so seek…some of you just need just the right little kick to take you to your “next step”….many of you are so so close…..”

    a well-directed kick in my direction (my back is already turned) is very welcome whenever you get the time and if at all my photos are worth anything. i am really hoping to be a better photographer this year. and once again, thanks for everything and this opportunity.

  • CONGRATULATIONS SEAN!! I love your story… thank you for putting yourself there to document this occurrence of desertification… truly a well executed job on a very disconcerting issue. I look forward to seeing more from you!

    THANK YOU DAVID FOR ALL OF YOUR ENERGY AND INSPIRATION FOR THIS PROJECT AND FOR THIS FORUM!!! A community is born.

    Congratulations to everyone who entered and more-so for everyone who breathes the LIFE into this forum!!

    Although I’m still a little sluggish from last night, I will open a bottle of wine with Kelly and toast to all of you!!!

    Special thanks to Michael…. are you ready for round two? Ha!

    Bob Black, the second toast goes to you amigo, (after Sean of course)… thanks for enhancing this community brother!

    Happy New Year All!!! (Aga, Marcin, Eric, Erica, all… :)

  • Congratulations SEAN!

    DAVID – Thank you for your inspiration and your endless energy. You continue to give and give.

    Cheers to everyone who participated and everyone who keeps this community alive and kicking.

    Happy New Year… and excitement and anticipation for MORE PICTURES :)

  • Dear David,
    Happy New Year to you!
    Although I did not participate I was very closely following the proceedings. I wanted to learn how it all comes through. And I must say it’s been wonderful to wait for the decision you made.
    Heartiest congratulations to all the participants..and to Sean who has, through his work, made us aware of the environmental disaster happening in China.
    Look forward to the photographs to be posted soon! Thank you.
    Best,
    Siddhartha

  • Congratulations Sean! and to the other finalists… I aspire to be among you some day!

    David – I just flew back, after ringing in the New Year with your friend Tony, at his warehouse in DC. It was a memorable way to start off the year!

    Happy 2008!!

  • CONGRATULATIONS SEAN!!!!
    Very, very good, great pictures!!! I’v not seen all essays but I agree with David!!

    CONGRATULATIONS DAVID!!!
    You did what you want. I think you “kick” for “next step” many of us already earlier. And thanks for trust, and sweat during hard work.
    Just thank you.

    CONGRATULATIONS
    KEVIN GERMAN, ERICA MCDONALD, BRENDAN HOFFMAN, ANDREW SULLIVAN, KATIA ROBERTS, BOB BLACK, KYUNGHEE LEE, ERIC ESPINOSA, CRISTINA FARAMO, KELLY LYNN JAMES, CHRIS BICKFORD, LANCE ROSENFIELD, NATAN MOSS, JONI KARANKA , ALEKSANDER NOWAK AND ALEX RESHAUN !!!!

    Happy new year my friends!

    running

    Martin

  • Congratulations to sean and all the finalist, but most of all congrats to all these people here (including david) who has put so much energy and time and hopes and heart in such a great proyect. happy new year¡¡¡

  • Thank you David and thank you All :-)

    Thanks for a perfect new year start and hard kick straight into my recent photographic crisis’ ar**e. You’ve made my day. Couldn’t be better :-D

  • I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. From just a glimmer in DAH’s eye — “What if we could work together to produce a publishable body of work and this could be backed up with a stipend?” — to full-blown results and grant award in just a matter of months. It really is a fine achievement all round — for the finalists and winner, obviously, but also I think for everyone who has sought to participate.

    Congratulations, David, and everyone else — Magnum should be proud!!

    regards–
    alun

  • My congratulations to all the participants, specially the winners. I think the winning essay is an excellent choice.

    David, THANK YOU for starting this and inspiring so many people in this fantastic way, and that the new year may bring you all you wish for and more!

    Joost

  • Congratulations Aleksander! and to the other finalists…
    Happy New Year to all.
    Bea

  • Congratulations to all, especially Sean!

    So exciting…can’t wait to see these stories/images!

    Jay

  • My congratulations to all, and of course the winners. I’m happy to see that many of the winners are old members of this community.
    David: many thanks for this wonderfull oportunity. For me, the most important of all was the chance to be reviewed by someone like you. That is priceless!! I have evolve from being a landscape photographer, to a documentalist one, and i’m still in this hard transition (until know I had never photographed people, except my family!). I probably don’t know very much how to edit a story, and how to focus on it. So please if you could give me some feedback on my stories, I’ll be most gratefull.

    Many thanks

    Jorge

  • Stupendeous work Sean, really really good. Congratulations. It is not only good photos but also a rich, deep story. I took a look at it on your website.

  • happy new year

    susetta

    (the one paid by your ex wife)

  • Congratulations to all the finalists and especially Sean, and a very Happy and prosperous New Year to everyone. And thank you, Mr. Harvey, for the opportunity. Now if I could only shake this goddam cold my New Year really would be happy.

  • ألف العفو ولكن لا أحب هذه الصورط

    Χιλιες χαρης, αλλα δε μου αρεσουν αυτες οι φωτογραφιες

    - Ryan Karim Sharif

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