Always a Place for the Still Frame: David Degner on Practice, Vision, and the Future of Photojournalism

David Degner is a Cairo-based freelance photographer represented by Getty Reportage and the co-editor of the Egyptian photo story magazine, Panorama by Mada Masr

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In an age when video journalism is increasinly paramount and printing is arguably no longer necessary, how do you feel the still image is still pertinent to documentary or news work?

Video journalism serves its purpose and is growing as it is easier to create and distribute, but photos haven’t lost their power in this new environment. A single strong image can be viewed and summarize a situation in seconds. In our fast paced world there will always be a place for the still frame.

Do you think documentary and art photography are important for the development of photo journalism? Is there enough of that going on in Egypt (with the Cairo Image Collective, for example) to create a photographic culture?

As a photojournalist I often steal style from art and commercial photography.  We must be aware of their modern visual language in our work to stay relevant and interesting.  But even though the internet has broken down barriers it can be impossible to find many documentary or art photo books in Cairo.  While in the west you can pick up a thick fashion magazine at almost any store and get inspired by the commercial portraiture it takes conscious effort for photographers to suss out inspiration in Egypt.

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“Photography Is My Therapist”: the iPhone Photo World of Ornella Mignella

“I am not a photographer,” says the Italy-based Ornella Mignella, known on Instagram as @miss_golightly_the_cat and otherwise very reticent about herself. “Photography is my therapist. It helps me to accept myself and what happens to me. Acceptance is not resignation but a form of consciousness raising, an instantaneous clarity of thought captured in a picture. I use my iPhone 5 and some apps to edit my photos.”


Peter never came back

I play the role of Wendy, who waits for Peter Pan until her death. She lies on the floor, we don’t know if she tries to fly to reach Peter or dies of missing him. Her death is every existential failure, it is my generation’s failure, our broken dreams. Peter is everything we can’t reach, something we lost forever.
We only know that he flew away with Tinker Bell. Wendy flew away too.

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Avni Nijhawan: I Shall Call Myself Alice

@theavni in California

“How can you stick at a game when the rules keep on changing? I shall call myself Alice and play croquet with the flamingos. In Wonderland everyone cheats and love is Wonderful, isn’t it?”

— Jeanette Winterson

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بيت أروى: مهاب نصر عن الصدق والثورة

EGYPT. Fayoum. Tunis.

Bieke Depoorter, Fayoum. Source: magnumphotos.com

ليس أخطر ما أنتجته ثورة يوليو (أو انقلاب يوليو) هو ما يسمى بـ”حكم العسكر”، بل في كونها مثلت أو تسببت بوضوح في إحداث شرخ واسع في الضمير المصري. لأنها أولا أول سلطة “مصرية” تحتكر الحكم بلا منازع (فلا ملك ولا إنجليز)، ومن ثم فقد كانت تمهيدا لمواجهة الشعب لذاته وإن استغرقت هذه المواجهة عقودا خصيلتها ما يحدث الآن. ولأن هذه السلطة لم تحتكر الحكم باعتبارها سلطة منتخبة بل استثنائية، وهو ما جعل فكرة “الاستثناء” تتحول إلى قاعدة سياسية بشكل متناقض تماما مع طبيعتها. وهي ثالثا احتكرت تمثيل الضمير العام (المبرر  لهذه الاستثنائية) وبالتالي وضعت نفسها أمام شرط مستحيل وزائف.

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