The thing that finally drove me to write, though, was something that Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey said at tonight's Magnum Festival event, Drinks with Magnum at The Half King in Chelsea. It's all about authorship, was Harvey's easily put but infrequently achieved advice. "You have to have something to say." And that got me thinking, again, about Larry Towell's complaint that during the open portfolio reviews Magnum held last weekend, he saw way too many photographers who didn't know how to tell a story. "There was no thread, no consistency, and very little purpose," was his assessment...much like the "avalanche of images" that the Magnum photographers also complained about. The AP, Towell told the audience, sent NO photographers to the affected areas when the tsunami hit Indonesia. Instead, it handed out digital cameras to people on the ground (if anyone can verify this, I'd love to know more about it). "There were lots of pictures," he said. "But I don't remember any of them."