Helen M. Stummer, Social Documentary Photographer

Helen M. Stummer is an intrepid photographer who spent over 30 years documenting one of Newark's toughest neighborhoods. Her memoir, "Risking Life and Lens: A Photographic Memoir" (2017) is available from Temple University Press. Winner of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Arts Program Feature. Produced by Susan Wallner, Narrated by Dan Gordon, Videography by Joe Conlon.

The jury on the six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year

The 2018 World Press Photo Contest general jury - Magdalena Herrera (chair), Thomas Borberg, Marcelo Brodsky, Jérôme Huffer, Whitney C. Johnson, Bulent Kiliç, and Eman Mohammed - explain the selection of the six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Awards Show in Amsterdam on 12 April 2018.

"The Still Present" by Luisa Nolasco


Luisa Nolasco was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is currently doing a MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster, in London.

Having studied Social Communications, she began taking pictures at the age of 16, after buying her first camera. As a documentary photographer, Luisa develops images that speak both to her and to others about what is happening out there in the world. Part of her process before taking pictures is to observe people. Luisa wants to capture simple moments of the day to day life and traditions that sometimes seem to be forgotten or are not paid attention to. 


Guest Blog post by Luisa Nolasco:
My interest in photography has always been to talk about time through images. I am concerned to understand what time means.

In a world that is buckling under the weight of profit-making and overrun by the power-hunger of globalization, it seems like time has become something rare. If everything is moving faster and faster how is it possible to slow down? This is why I decided to create a photographic experiment on how to freeze time, or to simply make it repeatedly continuous, rolling still.  "The Still Present" is a body of work in which I photographed the tube: always at the same time, on the same seat and at the same station, everyday, for a month. I did this because it takes away the feeling of overflowing information, it creates a common and familiar environment, making both me and the viewer more comfortable. 

I picked the tube as my working place for two main reasons:

  1. Firstly, because it is a fast-paced environment – and my will to go against it. 
  2. Secondly for being a reasonably controlled space to explore, or what Marc Auge calls a “a non-place”:

    "A person entering the space of non-place is relieved of his usual determinants. He becomes no more than what he does or experiences in the role of passenger. Perhaps he is still weighed down by the previous days worries, the next day concerns, but he is distanced from them temporarily by the environment of the moment. Subjected to a gentle form of possession, he tastes for a while the passive joys of identity loss. What reigns there is actually, the urgency of the present moment." _Marc Auge

Within the broad subject that time is how many paths can we take? How many projects can unfold from it?

I guess this is up to us; writers, sculptures, photographers, painters...


Quote of the day

© Cecil Beaton

© Cecil Beaton

Be daring,
Be different,
Be impractical,
Be anything that will assert
integrity of purpose and
imaginative vision
the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace,
the slave of the ordinary.
— Cecil Beaton

Renée C. Byer on the Art of Photojournalism

All photos copyright of Renee C. Byer and The Sacramento Bee Renée C. Byer is an award-winning American documentary photojournalist best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard.