The finalists in this year’s Photostory proved to be as strong as they were diverse, and picking a winner was no easy task. After much deliberation, the jury chose ‘Suspension‘ by Alvaro Deprit as the winning series of the Photostory 2012.
‘Suspension’ portrays young immigrants in Italy finding temporary refuge in the so-called ‘Case Famiglie’ (‘Family Homes’). Often times that have travelled thousands of kilometres, fleeing war, poverty and uncertainty. Having now found a ‘home’, they find themselves in a relatively tranquil place. However, it’s a temporary tranquility. In Deprits words: ‘they live suspended between two worlds; they are on hold, waiting for what will come. […] Once they reach adulthood, they will again find themselves facing the external world outside the home, often without any sort of purpose.’
Alvaro Deprit was born in Spain in 1977. He studied German Philology in Germany and Sociology in Italy. Currently he lives in Rome and Istanbul. His interests include the modernisation of Turkey and immigration in Europe, which he explores in various forms, including photography.
The jury praises the series for its way of conveying the state of mind of the youth portrayed: ‘the Casa Famiglie is a place of limbo and transition. Not knowing their fate, the young people who live there only have their imagination to draw a picture of their future. This state of mind is beautifully visualised in Deprit’s photographs of daily life.’
Alvaro’s award will be in the form of a book publication and a travelling exhibition kit. The book and exhibition kit will be designed by renowned designers, and will provide a different perspective and a new way to interact with the work.
The Photostory contest is a non-profit initiative by the founders of Viewbook. It was inspired by direct engagement with photographers, and the desire to present engaging photographic work through different media.
See the series at viewbookphotostory.com
Photo: Brandon Schulman
We’re happy to announce a couple of highly-requested features. All site layouts can now scale up to 1600 pixels wide and also the top layout can be set to scale. For optimum sharpness the logo fields and albums are optimized for the high resolution retina displays. The following updates have been made:
- Larger scaling of images for all layouts
- Scalable top layout
- Scalable background image
- Full width text columns
- Logo and albums optimized for retina displays
- Share Albums on Google+
- Bug fixes & improvements
For detailed info, read more here.
If you notice any bugs or quirks, contact us in support, and we will do our best to resolve them as soon as possible.
Viewbook is growing fiercely. A few years ago our core team was the four Swagerman brothers, but today we are ten people strong. If you have contacted support or followed our blogs, you may know a little about these guys already, but I’d like to give them a proper introduction. Each of them shines in his own way, and we’re extremely happy to have such skilled and independent thinking people aboard.
Bob Donderwinkel – developer
Bob has been with us from the beginning as a freelancer, and he joined us full-time as the coordinator of our development team last year. He is passionate about creating smoothly functioning feature rich products, and that is one of the many reasons why we love him. When he is not making Viewbook more awesome, Bob enjoys looking at and photographing urban architecture.
Jim Turbert – support & education
Jim is the only non-Dutch person who works for Viewbook. Most days he keeps himself busy answering your support requests, but he also gives workshops and does a bit of copywriting. We like him because of his sparkling personality, and also because his ability to help people borders on the supernatural. When not making your website related troubles go away, Jim is a photographer. You can see some of his work at his way outdated website jtfanclub.com
Joachim Nolten – developer
Joachim is an extremely thorough Ruby on Rails developer. He has a critical eye for systems design, and never jumps into a project without researching all of his options. Besides being a Ruby on Rails prodigy, he also seems to know everything about movies, science, and anything technical. He is also a joy to be around.
Bas Ben Zineb – developer
We’re very excited to announce the opening of the 2012 edition of the Viewbook Photostory contest. After successful editions in 2009 and 2010, it’s back
in a new form. While we focused on the big picture in the previous editions, this year’s edition will concentrate on the theme “Small Stories.” The focus will be on photographic series with a personal view, or stories from a “small” or intimate perspective. Of course, this theme is open to interpretation. We aren’t eschewing topics that deal with major world issues or news, but sometimes personal stories can tell us more about the big picture because they
deal with situations that individuals can relate to. We are interested in what is happening to specific individuals under any given conditions. It would be fantastic if you could show us work that is focused on the micro instead of the macro.
During the submission period selected series will be displayed on the viewbookphotostory.com website and in an iPad app with beautiful slide show presentations. We’re really looking forward to (re)view and share your photographic series from all around the globe, and ultimately, celebrate the winner!
We partnered up with GUP Magazine and United Photo Industries. They will promote and support the contest as well as participating photographers in various ways.
New as Jury Chair is director and scriptwriter Ineke Smits from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Sam Barzilay, former director of the New York Photo Festival and now director of United Photo Industries is on the jury panel. Other jury members are being selected as we speak.
The winner of Photostory 2012 will receive a personalized award in the form of a book publication, a travelling exhibition kit, and exposure on a variety of channels.
Submit your series
Any serious photographer whose work meets the theme and criteria is invited to submit their series. Submitting your work is free, and there are no obligations. All entries must be received by Midnight on Wednesday 31 October 2012.
To stay updated, be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Get your work outside the academy walls! While introducing the Viewbook EDU student plan, we were looking for an opportunity to connect and collaborate to the world of academies and students; and here it is: the Student Poster Exchange project.
Students from art academies worldwide are invited to submit work and every week a handful of students will be selected by the founders of Viewbook. The work of the selected students will be printed on large posters, and they will receive a free Viewbook EDU subscription (Value $95). Just like Todd and Gisli in Exchange 01, they will receive the poster by mail to hang at the wall at their respective academies.
See the first exchanges and submit your work at posterexchange.viewbook.com.
Read more about the Viewbook EDU student plan.
This is a short update about the current status of Viewbook V3. The first new version will be tested by a small group of people in the coming months. Then around spring 2013 we will begin the rollout of V3. Thanks for your support. We really appreciate your commitment.
This is a third status update on the progress of Viewbook V3, the project name for ‘Viewbook Version 3′. It has been almost a year since we announced the development of Viewbook V3 on this blog. We were fully aware that completing this project would take a long time. But we are the first to admit that it sure is taking a wee bit longer than expected.
Although a lot is already accomplished we discovered in the final quarter of 2011 that the underlying technical systems would need significant revision to support V3 and perform at the levels that both you and we expect. That meant more work, and more development, so we kept working and developing every day. So, anybody having concerns about V3, this is where we are.
We currently have a functional draft version of V3. It is not ready for public viewing yet, still the page designer and editor is there, as are the individual expansion modules which make all the new features possible. Paul, our lead designer, is working on the user interface framework. He is finalizing the rules, structure, and all the user interface components necessary to provide an intuitive and satisfying user experience. Another exciting development is that Paul is working with a well known icon designer to freshen up Viewbook’s icons. To hasten the creation of our new infrastructure (the underlying technical systems) we hired two new developers, Bas and Joachim. Since they started good progress has been made, but it will take time before this new base is ready.
It is great to talk about all the progress that we are making, but the bottom line is that we need more time to finish V3. It is still impossible for us to offer a definitive release date, but we want you to know that it is our intention to make the best product possible. We are dedicated to doing this correctly, and are not prepared to release a product that is less than extraordinary. As a Viewbook user, you will be the first to try and test the new product when it’s ready. Some of the bravest (or luckiest) among you will be able to contribute directly if you are chosen as alpha-testers. We will keep you in the loop with updates on our progress on this blog and on the V3 development site. Your patience is greatly appreciated, as is your input. Thank you.
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To help students present their work outside the walls of the academy we are
introducing the Viewbook EDU plan. The Viewbook EDU plan has the same features as the Viewbook Pro plan, but at half the price, or $9.50 Monthly / $95 Yearly. In order to be eligible for the special EDU rate you must either be a full time student enrolled in a program that lasts at least two years, or an educator at such an institution. Teachers can contact us about getting an EDU account for collaborative
use free of charge. All you have to do is sign up for a free 30 day trial. For verification purposes, you will be asked to upload a copy of your valid student or staff ID before your trial ends, and we’ll send you a subscription link to the reduced EDU prices. For more information about the EDU program read the FAQs or contact us.
Available now! The Viewbook Albums for iPhone App. Download for free on the App Store. Viewbook Albums for iPhone is an
album viewer, creator and photo uploader that works seamlessly with Viewbook.com. View albums online with clean swipe-enabled albums with captions and thumb-grid mode. Create and share albums, import photos from your phone’s library or use the camera. online viagra Have your work available anytime and anywhere!
Get Viewbook Albums for iPhone on the App Store
How to use – full walkthrough
“If you create work from your own original point of view, it will make it easy for you to stand behind your work.”
Benedikt Partenheimer (1977) was born in Munich and started his photographic endeavors at an early age. After studying art history and philosophy in Munich, he studied photography in Melbourne and New York. After completing his studies, Benedikt procured an internship with Richard Avedon in New York where he assisted him on many projects. The master died just a year later during a shoot for the New Yorker. Alrik Swagerman, Co-founder of Viewbook, calls Benedikt at home in Berlin, Germany. Benedikt tells us about his work, what motivates him, and his view on getting ahead in the art world.
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“It’s important to stand behind your work, so you’re not promoting yourself, but your work.”
Irina Rozovsky was born in Moscow (1981) and grew up in the Boston area. She received a BA in French and Spanish Literature from Tufts University and an MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been published and exhibited in the United States and abroad. Alrik Swagerman, Co-founder of Viewbook, calls her at home in Brooklyn New York. Irina tells us about her work, how she approaches new projects and her view on getting forward in the art world.
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