Featured Exhibit /July 12, 2009
Catching the Tide: Scotland's Last Salmon Net Fishermen
Photographs by Colin McPherson
Salmon netter Ian Falconer carries netting across the foreshore at low tide during construction of the fly net on the rocks at Boddin, Angus. Photo by Colin McPherson.
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The wild Atlantic salmon is under threat. Decreasing numbers returning to their native rivers from the open seas to breed indicate that the species is in trouble. The decline in fish numbers, blamed on agricultural pollution, rising sea temperatures, degraded habitats and over fishing, comes with a human cost too. For centuries, generations of men have fished for the wild Atlantic salmon around Scotland's long and varied coastline. An industry which once supported thousands of men has virtually disappeared. <read more>
"The deepening world environmental crisis is touching us all. From the developing world, to each corner of the affluent West, people will have to come to terms with the the results of climate change. It will inform the way we live over the next decades and bring profound change. Photographers are on the frontline and are witnessing how change is occurring."
Colin McPherson was born in Edinburgh in 1964 and was given his first camera at the age of 13. After school he began working for newspapers and magazines both on staff and for the past 15 years as a freelancer. He shoots assignments regularly for the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, the Observer and the Times Educational Supplements and is a contributing editorial photographer with Corbis. He has covered almost all the major news events in the UK during the last decade and has traveled across the world for many of his newspaper and magazine clients.
Ed Kashi's "Three" Film Screening & Book Signing at powerHouse Arena
June 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
powerHouse Arena presents a world-premiere film screening and book signing of Ed Kashi's new work "Three". Thursday, July 16, 7-9 pm, the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn,NY. A panel discussion will follow.
THREE, a book of triptychs by acclaimed photographer Ed Kashi, plays on the visual appetite of a hectic world. These triptychs span eras and continents, challenging our notions of perspective and the individual image. Contained in a format dating back to Christian art in the Middle Ages, Kashi's images examine current issues of social and political significance, bringing together the joy, sorrow, destruction, and reconstruction of a world in flux. These triptychs compel us to see the relationships between extreme ends of the human experience and to appreciate the strange beauty inherent in that experience. More information on the book>>
About the author and panelists
Ed Kashi has received numerous awards, including prizes from the World Press and Pictures of the Year competitions. The author of Aging in America: The Years Ahead and Curse of The Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta (powerHouse Books, 2003 and 2008), Kashi has also published his work in the magazines National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Fortune, Geo, Smithsonian, Newsweek, Natural History, US News & World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, Granta, Aperture, and American Photo, among others.
Daryl Lang is the Online Managing Editor for Photo District News. He has been a PDN editor since 2005 and oversees PDN's online editorial content including its blogs and Twitter feed.
Sean Corcoran is the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. He previously served as Assistant Curator of Photography at the George Eastman House
For more information, (718) 668-3049
SocialDocumentary.net is a new website for photographers, NGOs, journalists, editors, and students to create and explore documentary websites investigating critical issues facing the world today. Recent exhibits have explored oil workers in the Niger River Delta, male sex workers in India, Central American immigrant women during their journey north, and Iraqi and Afghan refugees in Greece. Click here to view all of the exhibits.