Free beer, no sorry, free portfolio reviews…

It is past midnight.. It is late and it smells late..I leave for France in the afternoon tomorrow…I have not packed, nor have I ever learned to pack for any trip in all these years. Always get it wrong. Working on it. I am headed for four days of Magnum meeting followed by four days of Les Rencontres d’Arles arguably one of the most important international photography assemblages. After days of biz meeting with Magnum I am sure many would cut both ears off instead of one as did VanGogh in this fair charming south of France town.

Yet I always go. Never missed an annual gathering of the tribe since 1993 when I became a Magnum nominee and forever changed my life. I have already been to two photo fests this spring, am burned out on the social scene, and would not go to one now were Magnum not meeting on this 65th year in this historic Arles. The vibes in Arles buzz in way as in no other place.

My little book from 1967, Tell It Like It Is,  gets its two minutes of fame along with 10 other Magnum photographers who are participating on a presentation called “First Time”. Addressing the evening audience on July 3 with their first work, their first important work. The work that took them forward. For me this is bracketed with my recent Rio novella (based on a true story) entering the prestigious Library Actes Sud and a book signing at Les Rencontres. So my “first time” and my most recent. All the while surrounded by terrific exhibitions and evening presentations.

Burn will also have a stand where we will do free (buy me a beer) portfolio reviews. “We” being the entire Burn staff: Anton Kusters, Diego Orlando, Eva-Maria Kunz, Candy Pilar Godoy and Claudia Paladini. I do not think we have EVER had all of us together in one place. We work by remote control. By Skype. By text message (should be illegal) and by brain debilitating email. Fate has brought us all together. We are electric. On fire. BurnMagazine, BurnBooks, and BurnUniversity are all happening. Details on all will follow after the Burn gang meets after the Magnum meeting.

It all blends anyway. Magnum’s new website may unleash a whole new Magnum. For sure exciting times. Times to reinvent, times to invent, times to push push the proverbial envelope just as far as we can without losing the thing Magnum members care about the most. A place in history. A seat at the table. Burn seeks to help find new talent and celebrate the icons who may be a beacon for those forging ahead with oftentimes a wrinkled map.

If you are anywhere near the south of France June 3-8 please stop by. If you are on the other side of the world and have a lot of miles to cash in, now is the time. Everyone in this Burn audience knows well they have input in what goes on around here. Either with their voice or their pictures. Burn eliminates a lot of excuses. If you have something to say, you can say it right here and you are reaching an impressive cross section of our craft. Both the photographers and the editors and a lot of well versed serious photographer who choose photography as an avocation, rather than as a business.

I only write tonight and rambled this long to avoid the inevitable packing I must do. So let me get to it. Wishing all of you a pleasant morning/evening and ask you to stay tuned as I report from Arles in the week upcoming to flow alongside our EPF finalists.



Williston, North Dakota, from the Magnum project Looking For America, May 2012


335 Responses to “Free beer, no sorry, free portfolio reviews…”

  • Bill, I’m so glad to hear you’re doing better after the second surgery. I spent a year hanging out with my uncle before he passed from esophageal cancer. Sadly, he was one of my teacher in college at the time he discovered he was sick. I haven’t uploaded that song yet for you… But I will very soon. I hope you have a nice weekend!

  • David – Thanks. I will be watching my inbox.

  • Bill!!

    Got finally home, to find your print(s)!! Looking great, nothing beats a print!

    My very best wishes for a fast and as painless as possible recovery! You’ll kick back, I know that!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    can I sing now?…Can I?

    I am reporting from Greece…I am back in my desk…


    My apologies for not being around lately BUT,BUT…you know, I love you ALLLLL…
    I am trying to find “shelter” for my chickens…

    Life is full of surprises!…keep reporting MY BURNIANS…
    I am watching YOU!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    When there is Vision…there is light…


    there is vision in the darkroom…therefore…there is “light” everywhere…

    oime…I need my ouzo ASAP…:) Good morning from Grecolandia !!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    as EVA says…

    “… nothing beats a print!”

  • Eva – thanks – so good to hear from you!

  • Bill. A lot of people rooting for you around here.

    Eva. Great interview. Love what he says about doing the work because you love it…and love his work.

    DAVID. Back in the darkroom? Looking at those prints its like you never left. Although I hope the irony is not lost that you are showing your first wet prints in 35 years…….on instagram. Gotta love that.

  • The Making of the Leica M9-P »Edition Hermès« – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas

  • Some walking around photos here. Though to be honest, I haven’t been walking around all that much. Most of it’s in my head.

  • ok Burnians….
    a little plug for me… :)
    Here is a photo I took of Donna Ferrato at LOOK3…..

  • Plug away, ma’am. Remember the words of the great Damon Runyon: He that tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted. Have at it.

  • Carlo, like the Lamborghini, just one more thing I’ll never be able to afford. Life is unfair.

  • or, go lost yourselves in Greece…somewhere by a Lighthouse, the day of a FUNERAL… click here:

  • FREE meditations lesson below:

  • bring the CHILD out from within otherwise you’ll be digging in memories;)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    It’s a hot,BURNING,busy summer here in Grecolandia…

    FROSTY, I know you are busy BUT you forgot my birthday cake…and yes JARED, happy birthday too!!!

    WENDY…this is a killer photo…

    MW…keep walking…we walk with you!

    wow,PANOS…after I checked your videos…I am about to call it a day…!

    I love YOU ALLLLLL…civilian is watching you…you have been warned…:)

  • Eva,

    Thanks for that link. Really interesting…reading reading….

  • Glückwünsche, Katharina !!!

  • ONE LIFE: International Photography Competition

    Deadline: July, 31st, 2012

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Are we going to Bangkok…???
    where are u my BURNIANS? I need reports…not to exceed 35 words:))))

    LOVE YOU ALL…I am just taking care of business here in Grecolandia…not an easy task…
    5 chickens left…I ate the rest…

    ouzo on me and some figs…!!!

    I will be back…

  • a civilian-mass audience

    KATHARINA …bravo!!!…maybe ouzo is on you today:)))))))))))))))

    FROSTY and ALL of you…I am sending best energy!

    I know,I missed some birthdays and some cakes BUT I will find a way to balance IMF and my vision!

    BURN is the place to be! I will sing later…

  • a civilian-mass audience

    and guess what I will have for lunch?

  • a civilian-mass audience

    chicken on the rocks!!!


    Deadline: August 15th, 2012

  • Thomas, Panos & Civi : besten Dank & ευχαριστώ πολύ :)

  • Andrew B., haven’t seen an email from you, please resend. Been crazy busy.

  • re-posting this one by Jim..well said

    Jim Powers
    July 1, 2012 at 8:53 am Edit
    Jason, it is incredibly hard to make a living at photography. Very few people do it. And it gets harder every day. The level of commitment required borders on obsession. If you don’t get up every day thinking about photography and shooting, it’s not for you. You can make better money at just about anything else. The bottom line is, how much are you willing to sacrifice personally to take photos?

    Yes, you have to understand and take care of the business end, but that’s just part of it. You have to work incredibly hard at it. Much harder than most folks are willing to work.


    john gladdy
    June 27, 2012 at 10:00 am Edit

    I think this is worth discussing further seeing as how it relates to the winner of the EPF. essay
    It seemed in danger of being quietly buried.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    This is but another sad example of a western photojournalist painting an entirely skewed picture of Serbia based on an education chock full of New York Times, BBC and CNN propaganda. The essay shows nothing of what Kosovo has become, a NATO military base. It shows nothing of the remnants of the NATO bombings, it shows nothing of the remnants of over a decade of internationally imposed sanctions.

    What appalled me the most is that Americans are still obsessed with these faux humanitarian crusades and that they continously send back skewed impressions of the world. Mr. Lutton is clearly concerned only with showing off that he went to a place off the beaten path for most Americans, and in turn painted it as a backwards hellhole to make his photos seem more important. The fact that the essay claims to tell story of Serbia in the wake of the the wars that broke apart Yugoslavia is laughable, laughable.

    As an aside, a little googling shows that 4 out of 6 of the jurors are AMERICAN and many with strong links to Nat Geo or Big M.
    Not sure if that is relevent or not , but it did strike me.

    Paul made a really astute comment also when he said
    ‘change the captions and it could be about any previous Eastern Block country.’

    Now does that mean that all east european countries look the same, or that OUR cultural stereotyping of them is?



    i am late getting to this party….sorry, totally missed your post…i cannot tell for sure which part of the post is yours and which part is amarinovitch..

    honestly i cannot comment at all on the condition of Serbia now and how Matt Lutton saw it…i just don’t know…for sure it sounds as if somebody should do the essay amarinovitch suggests showing Serbia as a NATO base , if in fact that is one aspect…

    yes the jury this year does appear a bit Americancentric….my fault…not my intent…i honestly do not look at nationalities when choosing a jury and surely would not choose a jury to somehow support American foreign policy which 99% of the time i am opposed to….and in my mind the big M and the NatGeo are in opposition to each other much of the time esthetically , so Alex Webb, the only juror from “big M”does happen to be American….for sure “big M” is NOT Americancentric so i was seeing Alex as M and not “American” in his judgments…

    in any case, these juries and these endings will always be a bit controversial no matter who receives the grant…you could take this set of comments and transpose them to last year or the year before etc etc etc…people will always disagree with the jury or with me for having chosen a jury of a particular makeup..however, for sure i will make sure there are no Americans on next year’s jury!!

    as you may imagine setting up the EPF, if you only read the comments, would of course be a thankless task…raising the money to give away, and all of the myriad of logistics it takes to make it happen would seem a total waste of my time if i only read the comments…few seem to appreciate that EPF actually supports a young photographer at a time when there is so little support…so the intention is one of those good ones, but with the same backlash as happens with many intended good deeds…

    that is just the way it is…

    by the way, Speakers Corner, is just around the corner

    cheers, david

  • DAVID. it was posted by aramovich. i just re-posted it with some additional questions as i thought it an interesting angle that was in danger of being buried prematurely. there were some very well thought out responses to the post as a result.
    as an aside, I dont think anyone seriously doubts the good that this award can do and the support it, and awards like it, offer to young photographers. i t may seem a thankless task, but im sure there are many giving thanks.


    oh yes i know…just a rainy morning musing….thanks for re posting this because i did miss it…and aramovich probably makes a good point…i only wish Matt Lutton had seen it and could respond…i have never met Matt (that i know of) and yet by sheer coincidence he texted me and wants to meet this week in New York…i will tell him to take a look at this comment…he may have a whole different perspective and reasoning…

    you and Diego in communication?

    cheers, David

  • i only wish Matt Lutton had seen it and could respond…

    If burn is going to be anything other than a ordinary site, each photographer that has a essay must be involved and participate in the dialogue. This is part of learning and sharing

  • “If burn is going to be anything other than a ordinary site, each photographer that has a essay must be involved and participate in the dialogue. This is part of learning and sharing”

    That would be a great thing, especially when there are questions like in this case.. not in dialogue, but right there under the essay, for record..

  • Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur on the Work-Home Balance… looking forward to get the book, stumbled over it here:

  • eva I stated dialogue not a noun but as a verb just as olde Bart (Shakespeare) used the word meaning discussing.

  • Imants.. yup, got that… (still a noun the way you used it, but quite clear what you meant.. where is Akaky when you need one???) :)

  • Got the Kashi app. I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. It’s more about home-work imbalance, though. His wife seems to have a very tightly controlled bitterness about the whole thing. Complicated.

  • Hi harvey and all.. Guess this is where the chatter is..

    For the past couple of years I’ve been shooting a new project, very quietly as it’s been without permission..
    Today I GOT PERMISSION and a first client to publish the work.
    so I can tell you I’ve been working / photographing life as a docker in the Norwegian oil industry.. 2 summers and 2 winters long.. Fierce.. At the largest oil rig supply base in n. Europe.. in a little town called florø.. The westernmost inhabited place in Scandinavia.
    Now I have permission I can
    A – talk about it and
    B – begin making dedicated trips to the oil rig supply base purely to photograph and fill in the blanks.. Starting next week when one of the enormous ships carrying drill pipe arrives from Japan.. Epic ships.. Epic job.. Straight outta the 50’s.

    I’ve also been scanning my music project archive, as I dropped my external HD in 2009 and did not have it backed up.. It is backed up now.. 60 000 + images scanned ready to pick up where I left off with editing for my book ..

    So.. Harvey :)
    Something to Skype about.
    Will try to catch you over the next couple of weeks if poss..


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