Photographers: Show off your Haiti

Jan 26 in Port-au-Prince (Rodrigo Abd/AP)

Where are you going to be at 11am EST on Sunday, May 2nd?  The New York Times excellent photography blog wants you to show the world. (I’m thinking a lot of you will be in church)

Whether you’re a professional or just an amateur, here’s a chance to show the world what Haiti or being Haitian-American means to you. See the invitation from a Times senior photographer, after the jump.  Read this February post about ethics also from the Lens blog, At one point there were almost certainly too many photographers in Haiti. But which point?

On behalf of the New York Times photography blog Lens, I would like to invite you and your colleagues to join us in a  global project called A Moment in Time. Thousands of photographers of all experience levels will be capturing the same moment on Sunday, May 2nd at 15:00 U.T.C. That’s 8 a.m. in Los Angeles, 11 a.m. in New York City and Santo Domingo, 4 p.m. in Algiers and London, 7 p.m. in Moscow and 11 p.m. in Beijing.

This is the first step in trying to connect photographers around the world.

We are asking participants to think about where they want to be and what they will focus on. Consider how to represent yourself, and your community, with one image.

To help stimulate ideas and to act as guides, we are suggesting the following categories for images:

·   Religion
·   Play
·   Nature and the Environment
·   Family
·   Work
·   Arts and Entertainment
·   Money and the Economy
·   Community
·   Social Issues

Photos should be no larger than 5 MB, ideally 1000 pixels wide or more. In keeping with photojournalistic standards, please keep Photoshopping to a minimum.

After you take your photos, submit your best image as soon as possible to The link will go live that morning, directing you to a Web form. You will be asked to categorize your photos by location and subject, and to include a caption that helps tell the story.

Photos will quickly appear on the Lens Blog and The New York Times Web site. Your photo will be displayed in our A Moment in Time display, and may also be spotlighted in a Lens post. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions.

Check the Lens Blog for more information about A Moment in Time. You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter (@nytimesphoto) for updates. To join our official Facebook event invite, click here.

A Moment in Time is open to everyone. The project will be greatly enriched with your help. Please spread the word far and wide.

Thank you in advance.


James Estrin

Lens Blog Co-Editor
Senior Staff Photographer
620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

By submitting to The New York Times, you are promising that the content is original, doesn’t plagiarize from anyone or infringe a copyright or trademark, doesn’t violate anybody’s rights and isn’t libelous or otherwise unlawful or misleading. You are agreeing that we can use your submission on Lens, the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, and in other manner and media promoting or referring to the Lens post.

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