BY DAVID WALKER
WHAT’S YOUR NICHE?
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© Jari Peltomäki
Markus Varesvuo and Jari Peltomäki of
Finland, and Bence Mate of Hungary have
co-authored The Handbook of Bird
Photography, which will be released in
the U.S. in February by publisher Rocky
Nook. All three began photographing birds
in their teens. They each won the British
International Wildbird Photographer of the
Year Award consecutively in 2003 (Varesvuo),
2004 (Peltomäki) and 2005 (Mate).
Interview by David Walker
CoUrteSY BeNCe mate
Chelsea Photo Galleries
Face Difficult Recovery
Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy flooded
several photo galleries on the lower west
side of manhattan, damaging or destroying
photographic prints in exhibition and storage
areas. other galleries were forced to close
temporarily because of power outages. the
extent of losses to gallery owners and artists is
undetermined, however. http://bit.ly/rSfzmH
PDN: What got you interested in birding and bird
MARKUS VARESVUO: We all have a solid back-
ground in birding first, before photography. I filled
my first bird observation book at the age of 11.
PDN: How did you decide to do this new book?
JARI PELTOMäKI: Markus and I had already been
working together on a couple of books and we both
knew Bence well. Our original publisher, Docendo in
Finland, had a vision of a handbook of bird photogra-
phy and [asked] us to do it.
PDN: How is your book going to be different from
other books on bird photography?
JP: It is very practical. It isn’t theoretical. We’ve
poured out our own experiences and shared what
we have learned through years of hard work.
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A soldier forcefully embraces two stray dogs on a
U. S. military base in Afghanistan.
Peter van Agtmael Wins $30,000
W. Eugene Smith Grant
the Brooklyn, New York-based photographer
plans to use the grant for his project exploring
the lives of those affected by the american-
led wars of the last decade, including people
in afghanistan and iraq, and refugees in the
U.S., europe and countries in the middle east.
massimo Berruti of italy received the $5,000
W. eugene Smith Fellowship for his project
“the Dusty Path,” which looks at violence
and political corruption in Pakistan.
© Jari Peltomäki
Clockwise from the top: Photos of co-authors Markus Varesvuo, Bence Mate and Jari Peltomäki.
N YC Sued for Systematic Civil Rights
Above: A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) swoops toward Peltomäki’s camera in Tornio, Finland, March 2009.
Violations During Occupy Protests
the federal lawsuit alleges that the New York
Police Department committed widespread
violations of free speech and free assembly
in order to deter and retaliate against occupy
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