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WHATEVER IT TAKES?



The 'slave' stories coming out of Libya the last year has been sickening. It has recently created a frenzy on social media after CNN exposed a 'slave trade' somewhere in a very dark place outside Tripoli.

By Jørn Stjerneklar

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TONE-DEAF BY CHOICE?



World Press Photo is again taking to the world stage. Not surprising with a name like that. According to themselves they are: "Pursuing justice and seeking the truth". But are they really doing their job to protect us from fake news and stories? I think not!


By Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer
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HAIL CESAR!


The director of World Press Photo should spend some funds on studying history, Latin, and certainly the reports send to him by people who works for free and tirelessly to unveil the cheaters among us photojournalists. And then he should act genuinely and honestly when it has been proved for him that the world is full of conmen. We have plenty of fake stories going around. We do not need the frauds to win big prizes.



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THE LIBRARY SPEAKS VOLUMES 7

By Jørn Stjerneklar


Facebook has some robots to check the content of what you post on your fb-wall. Those robots seems to be biased since they have allowed Mayday Press to publish naked black women, but as soon as a white lady hit the our wall, it was removed. Here' the original post written on Facebook. See the previous blogs about this subject to judge for yourselves.

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THE LIBRARY SPEAKS VOLUMES 6


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Mayday Press has a lot of old photographs from Congo. Strangely enough many of them have naked people somewhere in the frame. This picture is no exception. The white man is from Denmark.
Unknown to most people Scandinavians played a huge and very important part in the colonisation of what became The Free State Congo, État indépendant du Congo.
It was owned by King Leopold the Second of Belgium. Literally owned by him as a personal business venture. It's the darkest chapter in the dark book about white supremacy in Africa. During Leopolds time as CEO half the population lost their lives due to what Stanley Kubrick later called ultra violence.

Also disease and the very extreme measures used to punish people, cutting off their hands if they did not collect enough rubber for the King, played a huge factor.
The Scandinavians, particularly Danes and Swedes, were a crucial part of the whole business concept. Leopold did not want to use employees from competitors on the continent. Denmark and Sweden had no colonies at that time, the Germans, British, French, the Dutch, Portugese, Spaniards could not work for him. Guess why
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On top of that Danes are born sailors as are the Swedes. Leopold needed seamen to navigate the 20.000 kilometers of rivers that Congo has.
Leopold also managed to recruit plenty of dismayed officers from the Danish army who lost a big chunk of Denmark in the war with the Germany in 1864. Suddenly they could get a very well paid job in Africa. Some of them were in charge of areas the size of Denmark. Small kings from a small country in the big, dark Africa.

And we could continue...

What a story.

Mayday Press has a lot of stories and historic photos in our library.

PS If you have not read 'The Heart of Darkness' yet. Do it! Written by Joseph Conrad who worked on the river. He was Polish, by the way.

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THE LIBRARY SPEAKS VOLUMES 5



SEX IN THE BUSH
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History. We need to have our history in order. We need to be able to see and read about how things were. Long time ago and not so long time ago. We cannot have self acclaimed editors to edit out the more unpleasant parts of our common history.

Or the nude parts.

Facebook founder/owner Mark Zuckerberg has a huge and important task to use his immense powers in the right way.
Maybe he is to young to handle the pressure?

We will continue our series of photographs from the Mayday Press library. The naked truth served in black and white and sometimes in colour.
The two (very, very) young girls having a good time is from 1979. They are drinking beer, they are for sure not 21, which is the age limitation in US for drinking alcohol in public places. But they don't care. They are Danish.
They are reliving moments their elder sisters had ten years before. At this time in history, '79, nakedness was just as much a rebellion as it is for young girls to own a smartphone today. It was normal to see topless women in parks, at the beach, sometimes even in the street.

This is history. We are obliged to show it like it was then. You cannot hide it away from the biggest social media in the world.
The photograph is from the biggest public park in central Copenhagen, Fælledparken. The event? Can't even remember, the girls were not alone in drinking beer that day.

Mayday Press has lots of historic pictures in the library.

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THE LIBRARY SPEAK VOLUMES 3


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It seems that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, did not attend his history classes in highschool. He is now banning people from fb for showing Nick Uts iconic photo of a naked girl burned by napalm. Because she is – surprise – naked.
So MZ sees it as his job to censor history from his media.

We at Mayday Press wonders where his limits is. Will he also ban this photograph of other victims from the same war?
These children were all affected by the American army using 'agent orange' during the Vietnam War. The horrors of this poison, dioxin, is not on show for the public. But are on display for visitors to the Peace Village Ward of Tu Do (Freedom) Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly known as Saigon.
It's not for the faint hearted to visit this ward. The kids living there are all suffering from the chemical mixed and sold by Monsanto, yes that's right, the company who manufactures the Round Up you used in your garden this morning. This happened back in the 1960's.

Today up to four million people are still living with the 'after shock' of this company's ruthless policy of supplying the weed killer.
It's now the fourth generation which are hit by the chemicals. USA has never acknowleged their responsibility for the death and horror they sprayed from planes and choppers during the war.

Mayday Press has hundreds of high quality pictures from Vietnam in our library.

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THE LIBRAY SPEAKS VOLUMES 2



Mayday Press has thousands of photos in their library. To give some thoughts around the pictures we will publish a few of them over the next year or so. The words were originally meant to be published on out Facebook wall only, but since FB is a flimsy media, we have decided to put them on our blog space as well. This is the second one originally published September 7 2016.
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THE LIBRARY SPEAKS VOLUMES 1



Mayday Press has thousands of photos in their library. To give some thoughts around the pictures we will publish a few of them over the next year or so. The words were originally meant to be published on out Facebook wall only, but since FB is a flimsy media, we have decided to put them on our blog space as well. This is the first one originally published September 6 2016. Read More...
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We hate filtered coffee

A video blog by Jørn Stjerneklar

Best viewed in full screen.
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Can an ostrich ride a bicyckle and win - even in Amsterdam?



By Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer

Happy New Year to all of our readers! We hope we all will have a year free of manipulated and staged entries to the World Press Photo contest 2016. We also hope that Visa pour l'Image will not be hit by another scandal like the one Mayday Press exposed last year (read our six blogs on the topic).
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TO GOOGLE OR NOT TO GOOGLE...



A third picture from Visa Pour l'Image exhibition last year has been called out for being a fraud. And the worlds worst photojournalist has been exposed.



By Helle Maj, journalist and Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer
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NOW A GRENADE HITS VISA POUR L´IMAGE



Like in a murder case we had a forensic expert to help with a new investigation. Black smoke continues to rise from Perpignan. One more photoshopped image is revealed.


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MONKEY BUSINESS


If the Visa pour l'Image is the temple of photojournalism does that make Jean-Francois Leroy the high priest?



By Helle Maj, journalist and Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer

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EXCUSE MY FRENCH!



A Danish photographer is "playing vigilante Internet".

In Perpignan an edgy director Jean-Francois Leroy is pissed.

Photographer Patrick Chauvel asks, "why all this hatred?"

The saga continues…


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WHODUNNIT?



Another communist disappears. Is there a copycat on the loose? From the jungle to high tech - the war continues. Will Visa pour l'Image win?



By Helle Maj, journalist and Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer
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ABER WARUM?



How to make a communist disappear for good, throw a piece of rope to Hell and create a new Water World for all of us to admire. In other words - how to Photoshop without being shy - and still reach the world stage of photojournalism.


By Jørn Stjerneklar, photographer

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The double armed photographer

The final story about the Vietnamese war-photographers who survived the war and are still going strong.


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The creative artist

Meet the grand old man of the surviving war-photographers in Vietnam.


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The anarchist colonel

The most hardcore of the Vietnamese war-photographers.


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Photographer by mistake

Meet the first of four elderly men of a noble and very dangerous profession.


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The battlefield their home, the rivers their darkroom

The first of five stories about the brave men and women who reported and shot pictures from the North-Vietnamese perspective during the long war against the Americans.

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The Ultimate Scandinavian design

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Scandinavian design has big competition from an unexpected corner of the world.
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Where's Wally?

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Where's Wally? Where's Waldo? Find Holger!
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Toy guns versus real guns

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Should kids be allowed to play with toy guns? Real guns?
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You ned to give stick sometimes

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Have you ever given anyone stick? Here’s how it’s done the African way.
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What are you thinking when dying?

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

What are you actually thinking about when you are dying,
if you have the time to think?
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Playing in the snow

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

So where does the name frisbee originates from? And why are these refugees playing in the snow?
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Light bulb jokes of the week

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Light bulb jokes. Are they any good?
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Wild Turkey

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Cold turkey. Young Turks. Talk turkey. Turkey’s nest.
How come there’s so many expressions involving the bird?
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Affordable Housing!

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Take a trip to Uganda and see if the real estate market in ”The Pearl of Africa” can tempt you to change location.

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THE EMPEROR´S NEW CLOTHES 2.0

By Jørn Stjerneklar

Photojournalism at its very best.
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ON THE MARCO VERNASCHI SAGA: WE REST OUR CASE

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Marco Vernaschi has won both the World Press Photo award in the news category 2010 and the PGB news award for a series of pictures from Guinea-Bissau. It is photos with a lot of style. But can you call them news pictures?
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MUSICAL CHAIRS?

By Helle Maj and Jørn Stjerneklar

Please take a look at the pictures in these three screendumps. Is something right or wrong?
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TO STAGE OR NOT TO STAGE...

By Jørn Stjerneklar

The last few years has brought more and more competitions for photographers around the world. We have seen excellent pictures winning big prizes – then later to find out the photos were staged. Or photoshopped. Or otherwise manipulated.

I would like to join the discussion with two pictures shot by the Italian photographer Marco Vernaschi.
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