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If you are into photojournalism, chances are you’ve already seen this. If you haven’t, I strongly recommend you to watch it.

In the following 4 minute video you get to listen to photographer Damir Sagolj talk about anticipation, researching, reaching out and being invisible, among other things, when working on a project or story. Take a look at it, you won’t regret it. It is surprising and satisfying to find a useful video nowadays.

A few weeks ago I talked to talented photographer Andrea Gjestvang, from Norway. I interviewed her about his photo project “One day in History” which has led her to portray some of the survivors of the terrorist attack that took place in Oslo and in the island of Utoya last year and that ended with the life of more than 70 people, most of them teenagers.

Andrea is portraying these young survivors with incredible touch and delicate images. It was a pleasure to talk to her and learn more about her way of working and her insights behind her photos.

Today, the top notch online photography magazine QUESABESDE.COM is publishing an article resulting from the interview I conducted with Andrea Gjestvang. It is worth reading (in Spanish), so if you’re interested, go take a look.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE

I just read a great article and If you love photography and photojournalism, good pictures and great stories, you should read it too.

It’s about the Napalm Girl (Kim Phuc) that Nick Ut took in Vietnam, in the town of Trang Bang in the summer of 1972 and how photographer David Burnett missed that shot because he was loading a stubborn Leica famous for being really difficult to load.

Take a look at it HERE.

I live in a very small town and I don’t have any bookstore selling international magazine close to my house, so everytime I go to Barcelona (one hour from home) I buy photography magazines and books.

Last Saturday I bought the latest issue of the British Journal of Photography. I love this magazine: excellent articles, great stories, awesome photos and a beautiful minimalistic design that I just adore. If you’ve never seen the magazine I strongly recommend it to you. Here’s their website if you want to take a look.

I also bought the “Izis 100 photos for the freedom of the press”. I don’t know if you have seen these photography books before but they are great. They cost less than 10 euros and they include tons of stunning photos. I have the David Burnett book, the Don McCullin one and even the Magnun Photos one and they are all must-see.

Sure, we can all see thousands of pictures on the Internet, but I still love to hold a magazine or book in my hands and stare at an image for as much as I need to absorb all that magic. And for me, paper is a better transmitter than a computer screen.

I wrote a new tutorial in Spanish for the photography site CÓMO LA HICE and this time I included a Photoshop Action that will apply to your images all the steps described in the tutorial.

You can take a look at the tutorial HERE and download the Photoshop Action at the end of the article.

If you feel lazy and just want to download the Photoshop Action and see it working on your images, you can download it HERE.

Please leave a comment below if you downloaded the Action, used it and it worked for you. Let me know if you liked it or hated it with a passion. This Photoshop Action should boost the colors and contrast of your images as well as adding some grain to make it look a little bit like a Kodachrome or Fuji Velvia film slide.

Some weeks ago I started working for the online photography site QUESABESDE. It is one of the top notch, most respected and most visited sites worldwide about photography in Spanish language, so it is pretty important to work with these guys.

Today they published my first written text. It is an interview I conducted with photographer Ricky Dávila and it was very interesting to talk to him. The text is in Spanish and you should read what this guy has to say if you understand the language. You will be surprised, believe me.

Hopefully, I will keep publishing articles on this site and I hope readers really enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

You can take a look at the interview here or clicking on the image below.

I went to a bookstore last saturday and I headed to the photography section. I always do the same. I always visit bookstores because I love to be there, surrounded by books. Just stay there. I don’t even have to buy anything to be happy and I wasn’t planning on buying a thing the other day.

But then, then I saw this small but thick book called The Great Life Photographers (Life Los Grandes Fotógrafos, in Spanish) and I grabbed it. It wasn’t really expensive, 25 euros. Photography books tend to be a bit expensive, you know it. So it took me about 3 second to decide whether I was buying the book or not.

To tell you the truth, I still don’t know whether the book is good or a piece of crap. I’m sure it’s awesome, but I will not know until I unwrap it. Sounds crazy, I know, but I never unwrap a new book until I’m 100% sure that I will have enough time to read it or watch carefully. The thing is that I enjoy watching and reading photography books very much and I never unwrap a book just to take a look and leave it on the shelf for weeks or months until I pick it up again.

That translates into having lots of unwrapped photography books on the shelf but also lots of brand new great books like William Klein’s Retrospective, a couple of Robert Capa’s books, War is Personal by Eugene Richards and The Americans by Robert Frank, among many others. I’m sure I will soon find the right time to read all these wonderful books.

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