Day three: remembering life, celebrating work
Day three of the professional week started with the sad news of photographer Marc Riboud’s passing. A giant of photojournalism, the late Frenchman’s photo essays on the Vietnam War, the Cultural revolution in China and everyday life around the world inspired the future careers of many of today’s well-known photojournalists. The third day of pro week was therefore more reflective.
Commenting on Riboud’s influence on his own career, photojournalist Stanley Greene told an audience in the L’auditorium Charles Trénet, at Perpignan’s Palais des Congrès: “He was one of my favourite photographers because of a very famous picture he took of a worker on the Eiffel Tower. Most of my influence is cinema film, and that image of his reminded me of a Harold Lloyd silent movie. As a child I saw the world in black and white, and it’s a tribute to Marc Riboud of being able to take a young kid like myself and fascinate me so much to pursue a career as a photographer.”
A debate about colour: it’s not all black and white
Stanley Greene was participating in a debate on the use of black and white and was joined on stage by fellow photojournalist and Canon Ambassador Brent Stirton plus Patrick Witty, Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic. Together the three men put forward their own very unique and personal views on when to shoot in colour and when to shoot in mono, with Brent Stirton commenting: “Black and white is the unifying tool; it’s something where photographers can take bodies of work which may not have come from the same story, but find a common theme in the stories and weave it together by the use of monochrome.”
Patrick Witty continued: “Many of our influences from Riboud to James Nachtwey to Sebastião Salgado are known for their black and white work. And that work is the reason some of us are photographers today. But are photographers today trying to replicate that aesthetic? Do they feel that their work is considered serious or worthy of prizes if it is not in black and white?” The debate will continue to rage, but for the discussion today it was neatly summed up by Brent Stirton who said: “Ultimately it is a personal choice with economic consequences. It’s our romanticism that we enter contests in black and white. That would seem practical, don’t you think?”
CPN tweets live!
Canon Europe’s Mike Burnhill joined CPN for a live tweeting session today where followers of @CanonProNetwork on Twitter asked their questions on the new EOS 5D Mark IV. There was a strong response and questions were put to Mike on a variety of technical topics. You can see the twitter timeline here and although the live session has ended, you can still send in your questions using the #AskCanon hashtag and we will publish the best answers on CPN at a later date.
Workshops, awards and screenings
Canon Ambassador Ziv Koren was busy reviewing the work of the first low light workshop this morning, and more visitors arrived today eager to get their hands on the EOS 5D Mark IV for a second session on the camera’s unique features and benefits. Armed with a brief from Ziv on how to use the camera and what to look for, we will bring you a selection of the best images after the final workshop on Friday. Head to the Canon Space on the ground floor of the Palais des Congrès to sign up for a place on the free workshop tomorrow.
Tonight, the first of the awards are being presented at the evening screenings in the Campo Santo. Remember to arrive in good time at the venue to get through the extra security and try not to bring large bags into the auditorium as this will cause inevitable delays. We’ll continue to bring you all the latest news and updates tomorrow as well as report on who has won awards this evening.