WAR PHOTOGRAPHY, MEET FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY - Model Laura Peterson's negative sandwiched with an image of devastation in Lebanon after the 34-Day Summer War

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    I have been widely criticized for commercializing photojournalism and war photography since I appeared in the Warner Brothers television show "In Harms Way." Since then I have been working hard on ways of making my work even more commercial.
    The bottom line is that for photojournalism to do any good, it must be seen — and seen by as large of an audience as possible.

    Photojournalism has become a rigid and stagnant industry. It is obsessed with rules, hiding behind "ethics" in order to produce nothing but formulaic, generic press photography and generally forgetting about the fact that it is our job to use our ART to educate the world and bring about awareness. My personal mission is to go beyond what others are doing in hopes of creating works that are completely new and fresh, instead of mimicking the work and career paths of others.

    Several years ago I went from covering the conflict in Gaza straight to New York to shoot Fashion Week. My entire time in Gaza I did not see one other photographer, yet at fashion week I was packed in with 50 or more shooters during runway shows. I was distressed by this in the beginning, but soon I began to see possibilities.

    What if you could use the glamor and sex appeal of fashion and celebrity photography along with the messages in photojournalism? What if you could create works of art that would not only stun people visually, but also educate people about a subject that they may otherwise ignore or find too depressing to pay attention to?

    Years ago when I did my work using film and darkrooms I fell in love with a process called "Negative Sandwiching" or "Sandwich Printing" or "Multiple Printing." This process involved actually placing two negatives on top of each other before exposing the image (alternately you could expose using one negative and then again with a second). The same process can be done digitally now with much more accuracy and detail.

    I would like to announce that I am beginning to take my career in a new direction. I am not now, nor will I ever give up photojournalism, but it is time to go far beyond the limits of the profession.

    Six months ago I began shooting models and celebrities to work on creating composite images of beauty, sex and fame mixed with conflict, crisis and disasters. I am in the process of making a book as well as an international exhibition of this work. All of the models and celebrities involved in this project have donated their time, as have I, and the proceeds from this project will benefit refugees of conflict.
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    1. zo- [deleted] 62 months ago | reply

      please keep going.
      maybe have some kids and make them all like you, for the future.

    2. realityfanclub 62 months ago | reply

      Please make millions!

    3. Zoriah 62 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone. Yes, I am working hard on this new project and will be showing a few more images from it here on Flickr in the coming weeks. I will also be shooting in NYC and Paris during the next three months and will have many more images to show after that. I look forward to sharing them with all of you.

    4. Doubter toad 62 months ago | reply

      This amazing picture was seen in
      Only Black And White

    5. onkel_wart (thomas lieser) 62 months ago | reply

      stunning

      Intelligence Explosion

    6. Sam ♑ 62 months ago | reply

      I saw this photo in The Best of Black and White

      Lasciatemi sognare un bell'osso.

      This is a wonderful black and white photograph, if you haven't already, please tag your photo with "bestofb&w"

    7. Sam ♑ 62 months ago | reply

      INVITATION
      Black & White Master Photos - Invite Only

    8. Niels Kaaber's Photo 61 months ago | reply

      Best of luck with your new way

      Niels

    9. RUA DOS ANJOS PRETOS 61 months ago | reply

      FANTASTIQUE!!! GREAT SHOT! GOOD IDEA!

      I faved your photo in Fave Me!
      Fave Me!

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      Visto en el grupo"Fave Me! Post 1 Fave 2" (Yo también quiero esto)

    10. Paulo Lucic* 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DRAMA* - high contrast group [p1 - a1] exhibitions, and we'd love to have this added to the group!



    11. Desmond Leo 61 months ago | reply

      well I hope you know first aid because you just blew my mind. Powerful, amazing, beautiful...nothing that I am used to...but I am now your newest fan. Will definitely be following your blog!

    12. Jake M. Scott 59 months ago | reply

      You are talented! I know Laura..I went to Einstein High School with her.

    13. Paulo J. Barbosa 57 months ago | reply

      This is really different! A really powerful message!!

    14. mirkillo 54 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is powerful!

    15. David C. Foster 44 months ago | reply

      Hi,

      We wish to extend an invitation to submit this photo to the “Global Photojournalism; Politics, News, Protest, and Culture” photo contest (#6). The contest link is here:

      www.flickr.com/groups/global_photojournalism_news_protest...

      Thank You

      David

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