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Nikon D800 (pre)ordered

Before teaching workshops this weekend in Munich and before flying to Yemen on Monday, I met with representatives of my suppliers, partners, and sponsors today. At that occasion, I was also able to (pre-)order the upcoming Nikon D800. Sweet. Can’t wait to hold it in my hands…

UPDATE: apparently, both D4 and D800 are severely delayed because of the heavy quake damage to Nikon’s plant in Sendai, Japan.

UPDATE 2: the D700 replacement is not to be expected until December 2011. (Aug 22 ’11)

UPDATE 3: because I get so many questions – since 2011 seems to have been the precursor of the apocalyptical 2012 a couple of things happened out Nikon’s control (and even more outside my control) that severely delayed this camera. Luckily enough for me, the big project for which I need the capabilities of the new Nikon was delayed, too… Yet, the much lighter body of the D4 should excite pros, too… Finally an alternative to the D700 / 5D league? (Jan 5 ’12)

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On the Road: What I take to Yemen

Tomorrow morning, 06:00 I will leave home for another trip to Yemen, continuing my work on a book about the mystique isle Socotra. Three weeks of exploration and adventure! Three weeks out in the wild!

Curious what I will take with me? Carry-on baggage only. (Yes, I travel light. And you want to travel light because you are faster and more flexible with little to drag along. We have to be fast and flexible when on the road. You never know what’ll happen…)


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Critique: The Power of Black (WPP)

James Estrin wrote the other day:

I have always thought that photojournalism contests lead to bad photography. They encourage young photographers to make images like the ones that won in previous years instead of pursuing their personal vision. Shooting black and white with a 24-millimeter lens at f/1.4, and overprocessing the result, does not automatically make a great image. Following your own passions is more likely to lead to important photographs.

He is so right. (And I don’t say that because James and I share own personal disappointment at the World Press Photo awards.) But this years World Press Photo Awards sadly proof the point made. Guillem Valle won the 3rd prize portraits (single) with this photograph from Sudan:

It is wide-angle, it has a shallow depth of field – and it is black and white. A winner!

However, it happens that Mr. Valle’s Agency Fotogloria has the colour version of the same photograph on offer:


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First Dummy of My Socotra Book

After the first two trips to the island I produced a first dummy for my book on the island. It’s beautiful!

With this book, I graduated with a ‘distinction’ from the online M.A. “Photojournalism and Documentary Photography” at the London College of Communication, University of The Arts London and got nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass 2011. And it’s only a dummy – wait for the final one!

This book completely self-made. All sheets are Giclée-prints and the signatures are hand-stitched. The book is covered in goat leather that is manually dyed with Dragon Blood from Socotra. I bought the resin through the «Socotra Women Association», a local project that helps women to gain economical independence in a strictly male-dominated society.

I love book binding. Books are great by themselves already and actually making them is even better. All the sympathetic flaws and blemishes of a genuine handmade product turn a self-bound book into something really special!

(In case your interested into getting your very own copy of this handmade book: I am planning to produce a small edition of handmade books of the final book. I’ll keep you updated, promise!