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Island Style film screening

Island Style is a one hour documentary film that looks at the Afghan war through island eyes. Photojournalist Ben Bohane spent a month with Pacific island soldiers and contractors there in late 2013. The film is now screening in some Pacific countries and will be posted online soon.

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Pasefika review

A German non-profit group that actively reports on Pacific Islands issues has published a positive review of Waka Photos member Floyd K. Takeuchi’s book “Pasefika.”  The June 2014 edition of Rundbrief has a two-page review of “Pasefika,” Floyd’s photo book documenting the Festival of Pacific Arts. Rundbrief is the monthly newsletter of the Pacific Network …

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Exhibition highlights Pacific soldiers in Afghanistan

Following the launch of his exhibition at Guam’s National Museum, Ben Bohane’s exhibition Desert Islanders is now showing at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, New Caledonia and at the Alliance Francaise in Port Vila, Vanuatu. It is the first photo exhibition to highlight the largely unrecognised role played by Pacific island soldiers and contractors …

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175 years of photography

This week has seen a burst of blogs acknowledging this being the 175th year of photography on Aug 19. According to prwire World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced …

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Chuuk Lagoon canvas

It was a dream photo assignment: a commission by a hotel owner/developer to photograph the stunning land- and seascapes of Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia.  And then print the selected photographs large, to be hung in a new Chuuk hotel’s lobby, rooms and conference center. “I couldn’t believe my luck,” says Waka …

Floyd Takeuchi's winning portrait of Pualani

‘Pualani’ Named Best In Show In Honolulu Exhibition

   A portrait by Waka Photos member Floyd K. Takeuchi was named “best in show” in the 2014 Elements Exhibit in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Elements is one of Hawaii’s largest juried photo exhibits, featuring photographs by 14 of the state’s leading photography talents, including Monte Costa, Aaron Dygart, Bruce T. Erickson and Alison Beste. Floyd had …

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Tasty Klix

Apart from being a giant experiment in communication anarchy (and surveillance), the internet remains a great repository of info as we well know. Joining the digital sprawl, photo sites are ‘shrooming up everywhere with little niches and hidden archives finally seeing some light. Some stay hobbyist while others get vacuumed up by a mega-agency and …

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The cost of digital preservation

On the costs of digital preservation versus film, editing war images and Cartier Bresson. There have been a few insightful stories running in the New York Times newspaper recently relating to photography that are worth sharing. The NY Times lens blog has become one of the best photo blogs around, showing new talent and old. …

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Waka is launched

Last Friday night in Port Vila, at the Baywatch tapas bar overlooking the harbour, we launched Waka Photo Agency and Waka Press. Strange rambling speeches were made and too much kava drunk. But now, after several years (island time) of putting this all together, we have now launched the first Pacific photo agency and also …