13 Feb 2015 06:06 - 15 Feb 2015 19:24#1015498by 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.
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').
15 Feb 2015 18:12 - 15 Feb 2015 18:14#1016373by 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
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
Last Edit: 15 Feb 2015 18:14 by Doug WSC. Reason: Usual errors...
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...