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March 4, 2006

The BAG, Alan Chin And The Koufax Awards


Although BAGnewsNotes has been around since May of ‘03, it wasn’t until about a year-and-a-half ago (during Kerry-Bush) that it discovered its niche.

As I’ve steadily developed this craft of analyzing political images, I’ve been fortunate to have received a good deal of critical recognition and other honors.  Within the past few months, I’ve been especially proud to have been nominated for the Koufax Award, the most prestigious (and grassroot) liberal blogging award. 

The BAG has been nominated in three Koufax categories, Best New Blog; Blog Most Deserving of Wider Recognition; and Best Post.

Of the three, I am most proud of the third.  If you follow this site, you know there are few blogs as respectful and observant of contemporary photojournalism.  As part of my allegiance to this art, I have developed a special relationship with Alan Chin.  An artist as much as a photojournalist, Alan spent time last year in Iraq, then was in New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina.  Although a couple of Alan’s incredible documentary images were featured in Newsweek, he made his entire Katrina archive available to BAGnewsNotes. (See: Katrina Aftermath: And Then I Saw These).  Not only are these powerful and brutally honest images a contribution to humanity, they vividly demonstrate the kind of impact the blogging medium can have.

There are a lot of incredible blogs in the liberal blogosphere, many quite a bit more popular than this one (at least, so far).  However, if you’re a fan of The BAG, you might want to visit Wampum (the Koufax sponsor, and a great blog in its own right) and give a nod to BAGnewsNotes.  Above all, I urge you to cast a vote for Alan’s incredible images in the “Best Post” thread. 

Blog Most Deserving of Wider Recognition category here.

Best New Blog category here

Best Post (BagNewsNotes: “Katrina Aftermath: And Then I Saw These”) here.

(image: courtesy Alan Chin)

  • rchsod

    i`ve never seen those pictures before- well i am sort of new here. those are truly moving pictures that need recognition. ill have to vote later today…

  • hauksdottir

    Absolutely! And well deserved nominations. :)
    It perhaps took Alan more courage to come in here with all the chewing lions than to slip down the alleys of Iraq. We can savage a reputation, which is a more fearsome death to a creative professional. However, he was willing to sit down for conversations with us about why and how he took his powerful imagery, and we all learned from the experience.
    The best blogs aren’t places where ranters and trolls hang out and take potshots at each other. That’s just verbal fragging. The best blogs and forums are places where a person discusses vital issues (the topic of interest to the group), but also builds up enough of a rapport so that when something personal comes up, they aren’t afraid to talk about that, either.
    Friendship is facilitated by having a good host, just like an annual party takes on a culture. I’ve been fortunate to meet in real life some of the people I’ve conversed with over the Internet, and they’ve come from the thoughtful sites, where who we are and what we value really does come through our typing.

  • Cactus

    Certainly well-deserved nods to the Bag. And I’m happy for Alan Chin and his Katrina photos.

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