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  • Paging through the latest NatGeo I see Matt Eich’s zebra in the Visions of Earth” pages.


    His Burn essay is here:

  • Gordon! Haha! Of course! In a very good way! The snow, the lights, the whole atmosphere is simply magical! And the trees are taking on a powerful ‘presence’ akin to people…

  • You do realize that “webenfreude” roughly translates as “the pleasure of weaving”? Translation from what? Are you presuming it is german, that’s a bit of a narrow viewpoint? It actually means pleasure derived from the weaving misfortunes on the net.

  • “a narrow viewpoint”

    that’s one way to describe it, another one would be “sense of humor”

  • weaving the net that’s what you did as webenfreude

  • a civilian-mass audience


    Something like… we be…frieudes
    Perfect English…oime
    With my heavy Greek accent…:)))

  • a civilian-mass audience

    All I hear is …we …being…friends…
    But that’s me …:)))

    Congrats to MATT…thanks MICHAELK!
    And GORDON …as JLW said…magical…!

    And to ALL BURNIANS…

    I hope you are out there…shooting…
    Inspire yourselves…cause nobody else…will do it for you…
    You have been warned…my friends!

  • Gordon, nice back yard!

  • OK… I’ve seen enough pictures. We’re all moving to Gordon’s house!

  • Spare rooms and beds, and Martha is an amazing cook.

  • All I require is a little red wine. ;^}

    Good luck with the blizzard, G!

  • Believe me I’m not trying to open a conversation about politics..
    But I want to send a shout out to our president …
    keep going…
    Even if we go two steps forward one step back.. I’m proud to live in his America ..
    Although he inherited the biggest mess possible…
    He still resists… Even if California is bankrupt the man is trying to help..
    Any possible way…
    Support to the big O…
    Health care.. Affordable health care..
    And enough with all those bankers games…

    “when bankers meet they talk about Art,
    When artists meet they talk about money”
    Oscar Wilde

  • “…I wanted to eat of the fruit of all the trees in the garden of the world… And so, indeed, I went out, and so I lived. My only mistake was that I confined myself so exclusively to the trees of what seemed to me the sun-lit side of the garden, and shunned the other side for its shadow and its gloom”

    Oscar Wilde

  • a civilian-mass audience

    “Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.”
     Oscar Wilde…
    PANOS, you have been warned…:)))

    Yiouppiiiii…we are all moving to GORDON’S house…if you are late…
    You go to DAH’S place…It’s always your choice…:))))))))))))

  • a note from my youngest son…i think you will enjoy this film actually…he did not write this note for Burn…he does not even know i am putting it here..this email was just for our immediate friends..only because Panos mentioned Obama did i think of it….

    Hello friends and family,

    Last year, I was the cinematographer for a documentary that put me behind-the-scenes in the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One, and racing around in a few motorcades with President Obama. It’s a National Geographic Special about the role of the President’s photographer that was filmed off and on from September 2009 to May 2010. While the most fun as a cinematographer was the time spent following the current photographer, Pete Souza, in and around the White House with the President, the film also includes interviews we did with all of the living former photographers as well as Bush 41 and Bush 43. So don’t shy away from it because of any political leanings – it’s not that kind of show.

    You can watch a short trailer here…

    It will be airing on PBS, which makes it a little trickier than usual to suggest a time to watch. You really need to check your own cable listings as each PBS station makes their own choice with programming, and sometimes cable providers use PBS stations from different locales.

    The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office
    PBS (Important! NOT on the National Geographic Channel!)
    premieres Wednesday, November 24 (in most locations – check local listings for times and dates for your cable provider)

    Take care,

  • From a non American viewing it all looks very similar to what happens in Walt Disney’s fantasy world

  • The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, came under criticism for employing a personal photographer and paying for him out of the public purse: so much so that changes were made so that the photographer will now be paid from Conservative Party funds. Given that the public purse is almost empty I suppose criticism is to be expected but I’m sure that it could have been deflected to a considerable extent if the work of American Presidential photographers had been shown as an example of what was hoped to be achieved. I’m thinking, particularly, of a photograph of President Ford after he had just made the call to end the Vietnam War. I’d like to see something similar from Cameron and Obama.

  • David AH/Imants/Mike R/All,

    Interesting to see this come up. I spent 2 days photographing David Cameron on his recent visit to Beijing. I’m not particularly into politics but it was rather interesting way to spend a couple of days. Got very good access and spent time in the motorcades, behind the scenes etc. Even got to photograph some quieter moments and his meetings with the Chinese leaders. The BBC did a nice little interview if you’d like to read about my experiences…


  • Thanks Sean interesting stuff

  • Imants,

    No problem. I think some have already seen the images from before but your ‘Walt Disney’s Fantasy World’ rang a bell. The whole experience was slightly surreal.


  • The wwwdot world has sure upped the ante on performing for the media aren’t there more spin doctors pulling the strings for the seats of power than ever before.

  • SEAN…

    good work… a couple of very nice images… ever see Peter Marlowe long essay on Tony Blair?? months on the case…and the very best was Yiochi Okamoto work with U.S. prez Lyndon Johnson…great access…unbelievable great access….also pretty good was David Hume Kennerly with Gerald Ford as per the Mike R comment above…Kennerly and Ford became very good friends even to the point where Kennerly became a Vietnam war advisor…after all he had been on the ground covering the war and knew more than anyone in the official cabinet on a certain level


    if you see the film you will see it is a long tradition to document the prez..these pictures generally do not go out to the press…mostly they just shoot for the archives….and any U.S. citizen has access to these public archives…but , yes i suppose anything connected to the Oval Office could look as you suggest..not the same in OZ?? well if you really want to see Disneyland just wait two years when Sarah Palin gets in….the spin doctors of the spin doctors at work!!

  • No politics in this corner of the world (well, except for everyone waiting for Dec. 14th, seems there’ll be the big bang.. not believing it, as they are attached to their seats with glue and scotch tape..), just family stuff: the thingy and his dad

  • Very inspirational, both – Erin’s trailer for ‘The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office’ and Sean’s interview with the BBC! One of the wonderful things about digital and being able to file work so quickly is that people remote from the action get to feel so closely involved virtually ‘real time’ as we did with Sean. He was sharing the work as he was producing it which was pretty impressive as he’d not done it before. Fabulous camera work in the trailer and so perfectly produced! I really loved some of the moments in there – I hope we’ll get to see the documentary in the UK. I have no doubt that people would love to see it here.

    Sean – Wow to your responses in the interview! Every single point is so very concise and spot on! I like that image on the red carpet best of all, knowing the context. Thanks for sharing it all! Truly, once in a lifetime in Beijing. You did it so well! Amazing given how much preparation must have been involved and it was your first time!

    Mike R – Personally, I don’t think it would have any difference what the UK public was shown re. the work of photographers documenting US Presidents. The furore was centered on where the funds were coming from in the light of the fact that Cameron’s whole raison d’etre is based around the economy and reducing public spending, so the fact that he had hired a ‘vanity photographer; (even the word irks people here) out of public funds drove people mad given the cuts and changes he is making across the board including national health, welfare and education…

  • Eva – what a cutie! a beautiful image!

  • Eva
    Thingy looks just like his daddy

  • David
    Sarah Palin will fit right in with past Democratic presidents.

  • Sean, yes, good interview and good work. Increasingly politicians try to manage events via press statements and “grip-and-grin” photographs so it is refreshing to see you getting at least some access.

    JLW, I’m from England so I understand what you say and yes, the term Vanity Photographer did not help. It is a pity that the post has been made during a period of austerity as I believe that the work will become an important historical record and more valuable as time passes. The views of politicians are much more interesting after they have left office, as attested by political diaries and interviews of former Prime Ministers and government Ministers etc. They tend to tell more of the truth for a start.

  • WooHoo! Just received UPS tracking info from Magnum – Burn01 was still in stock there & ships today.


  • Another source for those interested in Burn#01: I just contacted the italian bookstore where I bought my copy and apparently they have still some of them in stock (I don’t know how many). Here is the link… good luck ;)

  • Today’s blog post from Stephen Alvarez is on the subject of bags:

    Of course, a couple of mentions about DAH :-)

  • David nowhere near the same in OZ most get a portrait but the display of that is erratic ……….. the prime ministers live a lot more privately sure there are some official photos but most are taken when they do something really dumb stupidity is a norm so that is not newsworthy.

  • a civilian-mass audience

         “The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on and individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. You can take away a man’s political freedom and you won’t hurt him- unless you take away his freedom to feel. That can destroy him. That kind of freedom can’t be granted. Nobody can win it for you.”
     Jim Morrison

    I will be back…

  • ” I will be back ” …… arnold Schwarzenegger as the terminator !!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    BURNIANS…in Korea …and Cambodia …

    Sending best energy…may the spirits of strength and compassion be with all of Us…
    And especially with those in need…

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Hmmm…is because of my heavy accent…?:)))
    Thanks for reporting back in the BURNING area…

  • Gordon, wonderful images of the party and snowfall… i like that you so faithfully document those people and places closest to you. It seems you do a great job balancing the task of documenting- and participating.. and i sense you do so lovingly; in particular your photos of Martha.

  • David AH…Yes, I know of Peter’s work on Tony Blair. I assisted Peter on a shoot during my time at Magnum London and remember asking him about his experiences photographing the PM. I believe he photographed him just before he became PM. Great access though and great work. It was in the back of my mind when I was photographing Cameron. Never thought 5 years later, I’d be doing a similar thing. Will try and find the work of the other photographers you mentioned.

    JLW…Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, turning the images around quickly was not how I normally work but it was interesting for the short time I did it. I always kept ‘the feature’ in mind, so have been spending more time with those images which are much more natural, rather than some of the more formal pictures I had to capture for the client. An experience to remember, for sure.

    Mike R…Yes, it was a special opportunity. Just tried to make the most out of the limited time I had. I was happy with the work, in the end. I had no agenda and was happy to have the freedom try to find a few unique moments.

  • Imants; Bad news about the miners… None survived…

  • I fucking love this place..$2 for whiskey and u can smoke indoors..
    I fucking love this place ..
    My kinda place!;)
    Plus free wifi?

  • And it’s only 11:30pm? Thanks giving in 24h..
    I think I’ll sleep here tonight!;)

  • Yea Ross the second explosion sorta confirms it all, with these mines requiring ventilation that gas cocktail sure must have built up. The guys probably died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their sleep. Sad stuff

  • 2 Texan cowboys approaching me.. I’m in their “watch” for the lat 3 hours now..
    Am I in trouble? He’ll yes!

  • Life is simple here.. You love ths “Spurs” and “hate” the Lakers..
    But, not me., I hate noone and I love the Lakers,.
    And the Lakers humiliated Michigan tonight ..
    Viva Kobe..
    But that’s not the reason I’m in trouble.,
    Reason is that Melissa is with me..
    Melissa the Astonishing decided to “follow” the Lakers guy…
    Cowboys not fond of that…
    But that’s how it always worked..
    My loss your gain and Vice Versa…
    Sex is always the Excuse.
    Usually it’s “deeper” than that..
    It’s more like “save me”… “take me away” kinda thing!
    I love the south..
    Girls are so much more straightforward ..
    Da Real Thing

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