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27 August 2008


Pixlr is a free online editor where you can edit, adjust filter, rotate, flip

Pixlr is built for non-professionals, users that have basic editing needs. It's not for large RAW images (file conversion) or for printing. It is merely a tool for editing web images to be posted on blogs, news-sites, social networks like Facebook, Bebo, and image sites like Flikr, Photobucket etc. (Pixlr FAQ)

Will try it when I have time to do some editing and post my comments here.

26 August 2008

Cutting Edge (Urban) Architecture

Photographed before typhoon Frank, which ravaged many parts of the Philippines including Iloilo, among the heavily hit provinces. I came back to the same spot after the typhoon and found this structure unscathed. 

Asian Photography Festivals You Shouldn't Miss

China Pingyao International Photography Festival
September 19, 2008 - September 26, 2008
Pingyao, China

Visit PIPF Website here.

Singapore International Photography Festival (Updated)
October 8-31, 2008

Scheduled to take place from 8 to 31 October 2008, the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first event of its kind in Southeast Asia. This biennial festival strives to provide a platform for Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside their international peers at various venues across Singapore.

The three main festival components are the official exhibitions, workshops and a 2-day portfolio review session for 50 selected Southeast Asian photographers. This will be followed by a series of workshops facilitated by curators and senior photographers for 40 Southeast Asian photographers.

Alongside the official exhibitions and programmes, the SIPF Fringe activities will be carried out at various arts galleries, arts spaces and education institutions to promote photography across Singapore.

See SIPF programme here

4th Angkor Photography Festival
November 23 - 28, 2008
Siem Reap, Cambodia

This festival was created in 2005 and this year, for the fourth time, the temples of Angkor will become a hub that will draw both famous and passionate photographers from around the world.

The Angkor Photography Festival showcases this year outdoor projections by celebrating regional and international photographers in different locations in Siem Reap.

The strong educational goals of the Angkor Photography Festival set it apart from other photography events. During their stay, famous photographers will tutor free workshops for emerging Asian photographers and the festival will also present its outreach programs for vulnerable people.

Visit Angkor Photo Festival here.

Chobi Mela V
International Festival of Photography
January 29, 2009 - February 20, 2009

With its inception in 2000 (Chobi Mela I), Chobi Mela, the first festival of photography in Asia, is one of the most exciting ventures that Bangladesh has undertaken. Organised by Drik Picture Library Ltd., Pathshala - South Asian Institute of Photography, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, The British Council, The Alliance Fran├žaise, The High Commission of India and the Goethe Institut, the event the single biggest media event in Asia and the first of a regular that will become one of the highlights of the Asian calendar. Over 18 international exhibitions as well as workshops, lectures, slide show and films, throughout the month. The festival opened on the 15th December 2000, by the launch of the retrospective exhibition 2000 of the World Press Photo Foundation. The show features the most significant press photographs taken over the last forty five years, many of which have become icons in world history (view source here). 

Chobi Mela V was originally scheduled to open on November 6, 2008, however this important photography event was moved to January 29 up until February 20, 2009 according to its Festival Director, Dr. Shahidul Alam (see details here).

Visit ChobiMela website here.

19 August 2008

Blogging From Home

Janette Toral had recently launched a new book called "Blogging From Home' which I think covers everything about blogging (see topics covered here).

Blogging from Home was written for easy reading and designed for the typical Internet user who wants to learn about blogging and its various use for business or personal intent.

07 August 2008

Photojournalism goes Modern

While viewing this year's winning photographs at the recent World Press Photo Exhibit, I was reminded of Martin Parr's interview over PDN "Why Photojournalism Must Get Modern' (read an interesting comment from Jorg Colberg here). 

I noticed a lot of photographs are conceptual and seem bordering on the fine art genre. Among these are the photos of marathon runners at the finish line by Erik Refner, illegal immigrants' makeshift shelters by Jean Revillard,  portaits of Afghan women shot through an 'old-fashioned Afghan box camera' by Lana Slezic,  Olivier Culmann's photographs of television 'addicts', 'commercialized' Italian leisure parks by Massimo Siragusa and even Chuck Close portrait of the African artist Kara Walker who employed alternative process (Daguerroptype).

World Press Photo Winners Gallery here
World Press Photo Award Interviews here.

06 August 2008


'Vewd is a documentary photography magazine aiming to continue the tradition of storytelling through a visual medium. We bring these important essays from up and coming, but largely unknown, photographers.

Matt Blalock started Vewd to provide a place for new photographers to share their documentary essays. He felt the circle of people who are ultimately responsible for exploring and representing the entire world's perspective was restricted. Vewd aims to broaden and diversify this circle; bringing in new names, ideologies, and ways of capturing, preserving and sharing the world we witness'.