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12 Feb 2015 18:32 - 12 Feb 2015 18:45 #1015373 by Doug WSC
We are in the process of putting WSC's photography archives online. The idea is to eventually bring all the material commissioned for the magazine under one roof and to ad archive material too.

If anyone wants an advanced look, the site is at photos.wsc.co.uk

Any comments welcome. (I'd prefer nice ones, obviously, but I'm getting quite thick-skinned in my old age...)
Last Edit: 12 Feb 2015 18:45 by Doug WSC.
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12 Feb 2015 18:38 #1015375 by Aspulliter
Good stuff, going to take hours to trawl thro'

Be well worth the effort
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13 Feb 2015 06:06 - 15 Feb 2015 19:24 #1015498 by danielmak
This looks great. I only had time to look through the Africa Cup of Nations images, but the site is easy to navigate and there is a nice mix of images. Thanks for sharing the link. It seems that a link should be added to the banner at the top of all WSC pages that goes directly to the photos site.
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13 Feb 2015 09:22 - 13 Feb 2015 09:29 #1015523 by seand
Bloomin' glorious. Are you planning to use the site as a vehicle for selling photos?
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13 Feb 2015 09:24 #1015524 by Toby Gymshorts
Looks pretty 'triffic so far. Good effort.
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13 Feb 2015 09:31 #1015526 by Giggler
Searched for 'Bury' and the first thing I was presented with was a picture of Kevin Blackwell. Cheers.

BUT SERIOUSLY, it's great. Well done, Doug.
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13 Feb 2015 10:08 #1015538 by wiblflibl
Had a quick look through the Lost Grounds and got a shiver down my spine as I saw the entrances we used to get into the North Bank at the Vetch back in the 70s and 80s.

I'll enjoy spending more time going through the rest. Well done WSC!
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13 Feb 2015 10:27 #1015542 by johnr
Wonderful stuff; had a look at the ANC images from 1994 - I was on that WSC trip - and the photos of the Tunisian soldiers brought it all back...I hope that Tony Davis has some more of those (I remember him running across the pitch after the final to 'get a photo of Pele' - which we assumed meant a quality image showing a new side of the great man - and then coming back a bit sheepishly saying 'I gave my camera to somebody else to take a shot of me with my arm around Pele').
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13 Feb 2015 10:36 #1015552 by G-Man

seand wrote: Bloomin' glorious. Are you planning to use the site as a vehicle for selling photos?


That sounds like a great idea, in as far as you own the copyrights to the pics. It might provide a welcome source of revenue for WSC.
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13 Feb 2015 10:41 #1015553 by G-Man
One smnall issue: I'd make the captions more prominent. Scrolling through pics in an album, I didn't at first spot where they were.
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13 Feb 2015 10:42 #1015554 by johnr
It does have a 'pricing' section on the search function, so I guess if they're not for personal/non-commercial use that's the idea.
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13 Feb 2015 10:49 #1015559 by Gangster Octopus

johnr wrote: I gave my camera to somebody else to take a shot of me with my arm around Pele

Ah, a pre-selfie selfie...
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13 Feb 2015 11:49 #1015583 by nmrfox
Just had a quick mooch around and all looks excellent so far.
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13 Feb 2015 12:54 #1015599 by The Alan Partridge Project
The photo of Richmond Academy V Buck Inn Broncos in the Wensleydale Creamery League would have worth it just for those details alone. It's merely a bonus that the composition is terrific.
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13 Feb 2015 15:22 #1015714 by Hugh Fatbastard

G-Man wrote: One smnall issue: I'd make the captions more prominent. Scrolling through pics in an album, I didn't at first spot where they were.


interestingly, the caption appears up on the browser tab at the top (at least it does with Firefox).

it reads better than the one accompanying the photo.
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15 Feb 2015 18:12 - 15 Feb 2015 18:14 #1016373 by Doug WSC
Thanks for the comments. All very nice and not in any way prompted by me in the first place, I’m sure...

In vague response to some points raised, the photography site exists for a few reasons. Firstly it seemed like it could be ‘a good thing’ (remember those?). Large amounts of the photography taken for the magazine’s features miss the cut and the best of part of a decade's digital work has been piling up on my computer drives. It seemed like a decent idea to share it with a wider audience.

Overall, we think it's a like-minded body of work, drawing on football culture and the game as it is experienced rather than how it is presented by most of the media. Hopefully it comes across as a worthwhile project on that level.

There is a boring legal side of it too. A large chunk of material has been shot under licence from Football Dataco - the PL and FL’s licensing people who you must go through these days for match accreditation. This is a way for those images to be published online and made available for syndication, on request, within the terms of the contract. There’s a bit more syndication info on the site's About page here .

Thanks for the Tony Davis story johnr, cheered me up no end, but then any stories about, or told by Tony, invariably do. We’re hoping to add lots more of Tony’s work, and draw on other archives too. Unfortunately it all takes time, especially with the pre-digital stuff, much of which is stashed away in the WSC filing cabinets. Myself and Simon Gill (WSC photographer and co-conspirator on the site) are on the case, after a fashion at least…

We will try and follow up any comments about usability too

Cheers
Last Edit: 15 Feb 2015 18:14 by Doug WSC. Reason: Usual errors...
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19 Feb 2015 13:09 - 19 Feb 2015 13:12 #1017847 by Doug WSC
PS to johnr. Tony Davis says: "Thanks for the kind words, cheered me up too on a wet Monday. Though I don't remember the Pelé story, well not as he told it anyway!

While I'm here, you might enjoy Colin McPherson's Blog: www.documentscotland.com/scotland-football-photography
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19 Feb 2015 17:19 #1017984 by johnr

Doug WSC wrote: PS to johnr. Tony Davis says: "Thanks for the kind words, cheered me up too on a wet Monday. Though I don't remember the Pelé story, well not as he told it anyway!

While I'm here, you might enjoy Colin McPherson's Blog: www.documentscotland.com/scotland-football-photography


Cheers Doug; yes, as somebody who does a lot of history/memory publishing for a living - and therefore a lot of 'did it actually happen like that?' - I was a bit wary of posting something that was so in-the-moment. Funny, me and my (then) partner who was there subsequently told a few people about that incident - but if Tony remembers it differently then it can't have been like that, which goes to show that memory is a funny ole thing...
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20 Feb 2015 18:05 #1018417 by Doug WSC
It's your memory against his...
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25 Feb 2015 14:20 - 25 Feb 2015 14:23 #1020117 by Doug WSC
Slight risk I'm having a conversation with myself here, wouldn't be the first time I guess...

All the same, a chap called Mike Blackburn got in touch with a nice story about his Dad, who appears in this photo , which has now been added to the caption.

If anyone sees anyone they know, or have a story or information that could be added to a picture, please let us know. We'd like to hear about it. Won't keep you any longer...
Last Edit: 25 Feb 2015 14:23 by Doug WSC.
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