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Suffering and Resilience: The Hospitals of Aleppo

It was a typical day at one of the hospitals here in Aleppo, a typical three hours, to be even more specific. Children seemed to be everywhere, on hospital beds, in the hospital lobby and waiting with listless faces outside the clinic. Blood seemed to seep through every piece of clothing they had. Some, as young as three, composed themselves as needles pierced their skin to stitch up deep wounds.

Mohamed, 13, tried hard not to cry as he lay on a hospital bed, wincing in pain from the injury he’d sustained after a shell landed near the breadline where he had waited for hours. No one knew he’d been hurt yet and his cousin arrived only thirty minutes later to transfer him to another hospital.

More civilians flooded in, and those who were conscious had a resigned look of acceptance—this was just what happened now these days.

A teenage son, his face smeared in red, collapsed in tears over his father’s body laying on the gurney. He was hit in the head by a bullet, caught in the crossfire as their car made their way through the confusing myriad of streets, unaware of where the snipers or perhaps even the army was. He didn’t seem to register the reality and stared at his father’s bloodied body in disbelief. The doctors bound his father’s hands together and covered him in a blue sheet. They carried his body into the back seat of the car, his feet sticking oddly out of the right window. The boys in the back couldn’t hold it in any longer—as the car pulled away, they wailed.

A man’s body, uncollected by his relatives, lay on a bed in an alley behind the hospital. Another man came rushing in, his eyes wide with fear. In his arms was a bleeding young girl. The hospital staff were all busy attending other civilians and fighters. “What do I do?” he screamed. He was panting, panicking. Someone told him to go to another field hospital. Back in the surgery room, almost easy enough to miss, was an 8-year-old girl who had apparently died in an airstrike. Her body was being wrapped in a shroud and a doctor picked her up to bring her to a waiting taxi.

And minutes later, 15-year-old Fareed was rushed into the hospital. His eyes were wide open as he took deep, labored breaths—his last few before turning motionless. The doctors rushed him to surgery, attempting to resuscitate him. His mother appeared in the lobby, screaming, hyperventilating, crying and grasping at her face in disbelief.

Fareed couldn’t be saved. The little piece of shrapnel had entered his back and passed through his heart—there was nothing the doctors could do here. The hospital had so many needs—for staff, surgeons in particular, and crucial medical equipment like oxygen tanks. It is simultaneously a little house of horrors, and a little house of miracles, where death hangs heavy in the air but every saved life brings a renewed sense of purpose for the doctors.

“I feel a lot of pain inside. A lot of pain, when I see women and children injured. But I have to control myself because I have to help them,” says 28-year-old Abu Ismail, an anesthetist from Aleppo. Abu Ismail wears a black headband with white writing: There is no God but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet. “This headband gives me strength. I don’t save the lives—Allah does,” he says calmly as the horns of cars rushing to the hospital echo downstairs. Abu Ismail doesn’t flinch—his eyes remain excited and he is always smiling, even though he slept less than two hours the night before.

These are the everyday scenes in one hospital of one neighborhood in Aleppo. A microcosm of what the war looks like for the civilians of Syria, where every day the horror multiplies for even the youngest sufferers in this war. They are often the ones who cry the least as they are treated by doctors, while just a few beds over, grown men, fighters of the Free Syrian Army, scream out in pain. Daily shelling and attacks by helicopters and fighter jets seem to not break the civilian spirit. They remain resilient—they remain because they have no other place to go. Or simply, because they would rather die at home.

Nicole Tung is a freelance photographer who previously documented the uprisings in Libya and Egypt. Tung has previously filed dispatches from Syria recounting the aftermath of an airstrike in Aleppo and civilian funerals in Idlib

Interview: Nicole Tung on covering the battle for Aleppo

Earlier this month, TIME published A Syrian Tragedy: One Family’s Horror, a series of images shot by freelance photographer Nicole Tung. The images, shot in Aleppo as the Syrian city was under attack, portray civil casualties, highlighting how the war has torned apart families. For the past four months, Nicole has been documenting the uprising in Syria. Months before, she was in Libya, covering her first violent conflict at just 25.

Nicole started taking pictures when she was 15, living in Hong Kong, her hometown. “A good friend of mine, who also became a photographer, also served as one of my inspirations,” she says. “He showed me the first book in contemporary photojournalism that I clearly remember today, Winterreise by Luc Delahaye.” She studied journalism and history at New York University, and has since been published by The New York Times, TIME and Global Post among many other magazines and newspapers.

In an interview with Photojournalism Links, she tells us more about her work in Syria, how she gained access to the country and what she’s seen there.

Men carry the body of Hatem Qureya, 15, after he was trapped under rubble following an airstrike in the neighborhood of Bustan al Qasr in Aleppo, Syria, on Monday, August 6, 2012 which claimed at least eight lives including five children from the same family. Hatem later died at the field hospital. His father, mother, younger brother and sister and two younger cousins were also killed. Bustan al Qasr, a Free Syrian Army controlled district in south west Aleppo, has consistently been shelled and attacked by helicopters and planes over the last two weeks after the FSA entered Syria’s commercial capital and its most populated city. According to the UN, over 200,000 civilians have fled the city, whilst many other displaced remain inside, seeking refuge in mosques, parks, and schools. Bustan al Qasr remains almost fully populated by its residents who chose not to flee. Image © Nicole Tung.

Mikko Takkunen and Olivier Laurent: Why did you decide to go to Syria?

Nicole Tung: I decided to go to Syria because I felt that the coverage was lacking from the inside. But I was also personally curious and I wanted to fulfill something that the late Marie Colvin once said: “Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice.” Marie was a friend and I felt that her death could not, should not, cow journalists from carrying out their missions. She would have been disappointed to know that her death was the reason so many decided to turn off from directly covering Syria. I admired her deeply, and felt the best way to honor her, and other colleagues killed in the past year was to continue working.

MT & OL: How did you manage to enter the country?

NT: I entered the country through Turkey, like many journalists do. Up until a few weeks ago, all the crossings in to Syria via Turkey had to be illegal. It involved some running across border areas with gear in hand, to avoid the Turkish military police.

MT & OL: How did you make your way to Aleppo?

NT: I first went to Aleppo city a week before the fighting began on July 20. I was in the Reef Aleppo (the country side), spending time in the towns there that were experiencing frequent helicopter and shelling attacks by the government forces. At that time, Aleppo was still in full control of the military, intelligence, and police units and getting in meant sneaking through back roads, avoiding the plentiful checkpoints, and high tailing it in to a safe house in the city. One could not really work as a photographer in Aleppo just four weeks ago– spies were everywhere and you were busy focusing on not sticking out, so having a camera in public, even out in the car, was absolutely out of the question.

The brother of Abdul Latif Qureya, 33, reads the Koran near his body after he was killed in an airstrike in the neighborhood of Bustan al Qasr in Aleppo, Syria, on Monday, August 6, 2012 which claimed at least eight lives including five children from the same family. Abdul Latif Qureya’s wife Wahiba, two sons, Hatem, 15, and Mahmoud, 14, and his 8-year-old daughter Bara’a as well as a neice, 7, and nephew, 1, were killed in the same airstrike. Image © Nicole Tung.

MT & OL: Was sending your work back to your editors a struggle? How did you manage it?

NT: When I went back to Aleppo as the fighting started, sending work back to editors was and is, certainly a struggle. Many of the activists there were caught off guard, I think, by the actual fighting having finally reached Aleppo. I saw a steady decline in the quality of communications over a three-week period. Phone networks in the city started to fail, and the 3G Internet the activists often relied on began to shut down too, besides the fact that it was very difficult to buy credit. Only a few, highly skilled activists could set up satellite Internet quickly enough, or run DSL connections out of still-government controlled areas of the city. Added to that was the severe electricity cuts that about 70% of the city was experiencing. I managed to send images out because of the Syrians, who would often go to the ends of the Earth to help me. They worked tirelessly to get a car, to get fuel for the car, to make sure the roads were safe, then worked to get you to a physical location in order to connect to the Internet. And then they stayed with you, drank tea and coffee with you, for hours on end while your files were beamed halfway across the world. It is a cumbersome way, but often the only way, to work in Syria. I have never experienced such patience and generosity from people who are themselves going through the darkest hours of their life.

MT & OL: Where you working with other photographers/journalists while there?

NT: I was working with one other videographer whilst I was there. It’s difficult to work in Syria in big groups because of the logistics. Also, in a dangerous situation, having too many opinions from too many colleagues often causes more problems.

MT & OL: Did you have an assignment before you left for Syria or were you confident you were going to get published once you were in the country?

NT: The first time I went into Syria at the end of May this year, I did not have an assignment. I was there to establish contacts and get a better idea of what things looked like on the ground. I went back several times, selling images to various publications before getting an assignment in June to go back in with Die Zeit. When I was not on assignment — I want to say I was confident, but in those situations you just never know — I knew for a fact that there were very few journalists covering Syria from the inside because of the dangers it posed and for logistical reasons. I thought that having a view from the ground might be somewhat valuable in itself.

Demonstrators shout slogans as they carry the bodies of nine civilians killed the night before by mortars fired on the city of Maarat Al Noman by the Syrian Army on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Estimates put the death toll between 20-30 people as many died on their way to Turkey for further medical treatment, and over 100 people were injured. Image © Nicole Tung.

MT & OL: Your work for TIME in Aleppo has received particular attention. Can you tell us about your experience on the ground in Aleppo?

NT: I witnessed the situation in Aleppo both before and after the fight for the city began on July 20. It was incredible to see the changes because the neighborhoods which are experiencing the heaviest fighting now, and which have been hardest hit, were the most defiant in terms of staging almost nightly demonstrations against the government even in a very tightly controlled city. When I first went there, checkpoints had been set up on all the main arteries of Aleppo. I moved around with doctors and activists who took incredible risks to do their jobs and added more risk by having a foreign journalist in their car. I couldn’t have my camera out at all, because there were pro-government militias known as ‘shebiha’ all around, and informers for the regime, as well. The only time I could take my camera out briefly was when I was at the demonstrations, running the risk that the protest would be broken up at any given time if the security forces open fired on the crowd, which they did very often.

I saw the Aleppo Underground as it was. There were doctors clandestinely treating injured protestors at private and sometimes public hospitals, and falsifying their medical reports (taking care not to write ‘gun shot wound’ or any other violence related injuries) to avoid scrutiny by security. There were pharmacists shuttling medical supplies in and out of the city to other affected areas around the country. Women who left the comfort of their middle-upper class life to deliver clothes, food, and formula to families who sought refuge in Aleppo from places like Homs and Hamah. One woman even counseled girls who had been raped. There were teenagers, all high school students, who dared to protest and were arrested, often tortured before being released and they were back on the streets the very next day protesting again. And then there were the Aleppo University students who became the heart of the uprising in city, through their shows of multiple, daily demonstrations in front of their faculties. They paid a high price for it, often getting beaten, shot at, and arrested by the security forces on campus. No less than one dozen students were killed on university grounds over the months of protests, and in June 2012, three medical students were found bound, shot, and their bodies burned for attempting to treat an injured protestor. The revolution was very much alive, and it was conducted almost completely through peaceful means. But finally, the war came to Aleppo, and since then, overcrowded neighborhoods have become ghost towns, the chatter and noise of daily life and children has given way to the sound of incoming mortar rounds, tank shells, the drone of helicopters and furious sound of diving fighter jets. Shelling in the contested areas of the city has no pattern and it is indiscriminate, often hitting civilians in their own homes. The Free Syrian Army has continued to pour in to the city. They have the advantage of knowing the streets and urban warfare is their forte. But they still lack weapons to make any real gain on the government forces. Civilians in some neighborhoods have fled to other parts of the city, to parks, university dormitories, and mosques whilst others have gone to Aleppo’s countryside. Some families have been displaced twice over as they left Hamah and Homs, only to be leaving their refuge in Aleppo. That was my experience in Aleppo: the situation was fluid, and working around it was incredibly difficult.

MT & OL: You concentrated a lot more on civilians rather than FSA fighters. Was this something you had decided beforehand or did it just happen?

NT: I did not decide beforehand that I would cover specifically civilians, but it became very apparent to me, once I was there, that it was necessary. The war is fought by two sides with particular, sometimes varying, agendas. Photographing combat is dangerously addictive to some people. I have a one-day tolerance for it when I’m there before I find that most of those images end up looking the same and provide little scope for what else is happening. Certainly the FSA is up against a violently disproportionate use of weapons but the civilians are the quiet sufferers of what happens on the battlefield. Assad’s forces don’t hesitate to kill them if they peacefully demonstrate or harbor FSA fighters in their neighborhoods. Often, the FSA base themselves there to try and protect the civilian population or use it as a point from which to attack the Syrian Army. But it’s the civilians who pay the price because they lose their lives and lose their homes. Sometimes there’s no reason at all for killing civilians. The worst is seeing children getting injured, or dying. For what, though? When I witnessed an airstrike last week that killed five children from the same family, it occurred to me that it was something beyond comprehension, beyond reason. At that point, agendas don’t matter at all.

Men gather at a graveyard on the outskirts of Anadan, Syria, on Friday, June 8, 2012 to bury Fawaz Omar Abdullah, 30, a civilian who was shot and killed by a Syrian Army sniper the day before as he was walking near a checkpoint in the village. Image © Nicole Tung.

MT & OL: How widely have your images been published?

NT: Certainly the advantage of having published with TIME is that many people see those images, and I have the editors there to thank for their support when I was working in an extremely difficult situation. They have since gone on to CNN, Human Rights Watch, Paris Match, other European publications and will also be screened at Visa Pour l’Image in September.

MT & OL: How different was covering Syria compared to Libya?

NT: Syria is far more dangerous and complicated than anything I ever experienced in Libya. Libya was the first combat zone I’d ever been to and I was lucky to have so many veteran journalists around who looked out for me and guided us younger photographers. We also shared rides with them and listened to (or more correctly, noted) their advice, followed them as they worked, and learned from them. I was fortunate to have security consultants lend me body armor and give me crash courses in first aid. Syria has none of those luxuries. I’ve since picked up my own body armor, took a combat medical training course, and made a fair number of my own contacts inside. You are on your own from beginning to end, and you cannot rely on anyone but yourself. The government’s use of fire power is unlimited. At least there was a no-fly zone very quickly established in Libya, but in Syria, anything goes. The people of Libya and Syria are not so different, though. I have met some of the most generous, warm hearted people working in both countries and their hospitality often knows no bounds.

MT & OL: Now that you are out of the country, what are your plans? Are you going back? Or will it prove difficult to go back?

NT: I will continue to go back to Syria because, like Libya, I have become committed to the story and the path of where the country will go. It will prove difficult going back only because of people’s concerns about my safety, which I certainly understand.

MT & OL: How do you see the situation evolving in Syria in the coming weeks?

NT: In the coming weeks, the fight for Aleppo will still be going on. The rebels there are no match to the forces of Assad, especially when they continuously run low on ammunition. The country is already in chaos when you think about how many millions are displaced by fighting, how many thousands of lives have been lost, and the amount of destruction this war has wrought, physically, financially, and emotionally. Added to that is the lack of unity from both political and military groups from the opposition. While Damascus and Aleppo become the biggest news stories, other cities near Idlib and Hamah continue to get pounded by government forces. And let’s say Assad were to be finished off tomorrow, what will a new government look like? Will minority groups be proportionately represented? And what about the regional implications of this war? These are all questions the Syrians are still wrestling with. Most don’t have answers that would satisfy the international community.

Nicole Tung’s images can be seen on TIME’s Lightbox here and here.

For more information about Nicole Tung, visit her website at www.nicoletung.com.

Thursday 5 January 2012

Photojournalism Links turned 4 years in the end 2011, but let’s begin the fifth by looking back at the past year, shall well…

Features and Essays

New York Times Pictures of the Year….

Cover* by Moises Saman….   (*at least online. Don’t know how the selection was printed in the paper.)

New York Times: 2011: The Year in Pictures |

Slide 14 by Tyler Hicks looked familiar…

Photo: Tyler Hicks. Fighters reacted after an airstrike near Ras Lanuf, Libya, on March 11, where rebel lines began to crumble before an onslaught of artillery fire.

Seems to have been taken moments before or after Yuri Kozyrev’s famous one…See for yourself…

My initial thought was that Hicks’ frame surely must have been taken before Kozyrev’s, as there is that photo of him running away, and in which Kozyrev can still be seen shooting… But: I started thinking more about the stronger smoke seen in Hicks’ frame and why we don’t see it in Kozyrev’s if indeed that was taken later. The other possibility is that Kozyrev’s photo shows the airstrike mentioned in Hicks’ caption, and that  in fact Hicks’ one is taken after and it shows rebels having returned to the scene after running away and being defiant in some kind of adrelanine rush.. Hicks’s caption mentions: “after airstrike”. Kozyrev’s caption says  ”Rebels flee under fire from the Libyan army”. There might have been several airstrikes/attacks of course and if Kozyrev’s is taken after, it could show a different strike/attack..in which case the stronger smoke in Hicks’ photo might be explained partly by camera angle and time.. the smoke we see in his frame could be the same as in Kozyrev’s photo..only in Kozyrev’s one the smoke had already slightly cleared.. Can’t decide which one it is… before or after….not that important anyway, but it’s interesting how different emotions we see at the same scene in two photos taken very close to each other…Tyler Hicks’ photo shows such defiance by the knife-wielding rebel, who is seen running for cover in Yuri Kozyrev’s one.

You can tweet your answers to this little ‘before/after’ puzzle @photojournalism.

LightBox compiled a yearbook for 2011, picking a photo for each day of the year…below frame from February 4, 2011 from South Sudan by Pete Muller, who was chosen by Time picture editors as the best photographer on the wires

Photo: Pete Muller / AP. February 4, 2011. Southern Sudanese from the pastoralist Taposa tribe take part in a nationalist celebration in the remote area of Kapoeta.

Lightbox: LightBox 365: A Year in Photographs

LA Times: The Year in Pictures (Framework blog)

Guardian: Photographs of the Year 2011

You can find links to loads more Year in Pictures/Best Photos of the Year galleries at Monroe Gallery’s blog

Really interesting slideshow on Lighbox about scenes and situations documented by more than one photographer…

photo credits: Daniel Berehulak—Getty (left); Kevin Frayer—AP (right)

Time Lightbox: Two Takes: One Picture, Two Photographers

Fritz Hoffman: The Cold Patrol (NGM)

Adam Ferguson: Getting Ahead in Dharavi (NYT)

Dominic Nahr: Still Born in Somalia (Magnum)

Sven Torfinn: Rape on the Rise in Somalia (NYT)

Republican Presidential campaign….

Lars Tunbjork: Iowa Caucus (Lightbox)

Danny Wilcox Frazier: Election 2012: The Path to Iowa (Lightbox)

Josh Haner: On the Campaign Trail in Iowa (NYT Lens)

Brendan Hoffman: The Iowa Caucus in Two Minutes (Lightbox) multimedia

Evan Vucci: Iowa Voters (whosay.com)

Paula Bronstein: Myanmar, an Isolated Country Undergoing Change (NYT Lens)

Yann Gross: An American Dream in Switzerland (NYT Lens)

James Whitlow Delano: Cherry Blossoms (Newsweek) Japan After Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Disaster: Cherry Blossoms Return

Todd Heisler: War’s Inner Wounds (NYT) multimedia

Balazs Gardi & Teru Kuwayama: Afghanistan (Newsweek)

Adam Ferguson: The Afghan National Army (Lightbox)

Donald Weber: War is good | Kurdistan after Saddam (VII)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s latest now as multimedia on VII Magazine…

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: The National Womb (VII Magazine)

Karim Ben Khelifa’s work from Yemen on Le Monde…Some nice frames, but was quite distracted by the brush tool marks visible in the skies of  several of the frames…Not sure what happened there…

Karim Ben Khelifa: Zinjibar, Yemen (Le Monde)

Marcus Bleasdale: Tuberculosis in Tanzania (VII)

Michael Hollahan: Momma Doc (zReportage)

Renee C. Byer: Foreclosure (zReportage)

Craig F. Walker Mahala Gaylord: Welcome Home : The Story of Scott Ostrom (Denver Post)

NYT Lens (various photographers): Portraits of Artists

Brent Clark: Deconstructing Santa

NatGeoMag January 2012 cover story…

Jodi Cobb: Twins (NGM)

Martin Schoeller: Twins (NGM)

More twins by this month’s featured Firecracker photographer Maja Daniels…

Maja Daniels: Monette and Mady (Firecracker) Firecracker newsletter 

Some pretty incredible as well as disturbing photographs from Serengeti…

Michael Nichols: Field Test : Serengeti (NGM)

John Vink: Cambodia: Borei Kela Relocation (Photographer’s website)

Paul Jeffers: The Holy Land Experience (Foto8)

Sarah Amy Fishlock: Middlemen (Foto8)

Ilse Frech: Nika’s Journey Growing Up With HIV (Lightbox)

Stephanie Sinclair: Les Americains a table (Le Monde M Magazine) Still story was originally published in NYT Mag. 

Jonathan Torgovnik: JR’s Street Art in Los Angeles (GQ) Torgovnik’s time-lapse of JR working on Getty Reportage Tumblr

Amanda Rivkin: Baku (Le Figaro) Azerbaijan

Myrto Papadopoulos: Tajikistan (NYT Lens)

Peter Dench has a slideshow on Time.com about London building for this year’s Olympics..Several frames from my neck of the woods in Stratford, east London…

Peter Dench: London Builds for 2012 (Time)

Daniel Etter: My Year in Pictures (Photographer’s website)

Todd Heisler: A Day With Stephen Colbert (NYT Magazine)

Ryan McGinley: Sweet Birds of Youth (Vanity Fair)


Jack Van Antwerp : WSJ’s Director of Photography discusses how the WSJ photo department culled the best of photos of 2011 (WSJ) video

Philip Wolmuth : Adapt to survive: A photographer’s view of the market today (BBC)

Bruno de Cock (Emphas.is)

Kai Löffelbein : Unicef Photograph of the Year Winner (Leica blog)

Giles Duley (BBC)

Guy Martin (BBC Radio Cornwall) Starts at 1:33:45

Melanie Burford (BBC)


R.I.P Eve Arnold.

NYT: Photojournalist Eve Arnold Dies at 99

photo: Eve Arnold. CUBA. Havana. Bar girl in a brothel in the red light district. 1954.

Guardian: Photographer Eve Arnold dies aged 99 | Arnold’s portfolio on Magnum Photos

Pres release and memorial slideshow on Magnum Photos

BJP: Magnum photographer Eve Arnold dies

Really nice quite in the Lightbox profile…

“I look for a sense of reality with everything I did,” she once said. “I didn’t work in a studio, I didn’t light anything. I found a way of working which pleased me because I didn’t have to frighten people with heavy equipment, it was that little black box and me” – Eve Arnold

Lightbox: Eve Arnold: 21 April 1912 – 4 January 2012

PDN: Photographer Eve Arnold Dies

Telegraph: Steve Bent, the photographer, who died on Christmas Day aged 53

NPPA: Lynsey Addario’s 2011: From Libyan War Captive To New Mother

NPR: Basil Al-Sayed, Who Chronicled The Syrian Uprising, Is Dead | Basil al-Sayed, a Syrian citizen journalist lost his life documenting the uprising in Homs.

PDN: Swedish Photographer, Reporter Convicted in Ethiopian Show Trial

photo: Finbarr O’Reilly

NYT Lens: Afghanistan Veteran Recalls Meeting a War Photographer

AP: Wounded Marine inspires AP photographer’s search

MSNBC: Photographer reunited with Marine injured in Afghanistan

PDN: CPJ Says Missing New York Times Driver is Dead

BBC: Libya blast photographer Guy Martin hosts display

Independent: Risking their lives in a warzone: is this the next generation of reporters? | The Arab Spring offered unprecedented access to freelance journalists on a tight budget

Duckrabbit: Tim Hetherington’s last photos and their presentation on the Guardian

photo: Lucas Jackson

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Lucas Jackson 

PhotoShelter: The Best Photography Blog Posts of 2011

Lightbox: Time’s Best of 2011: The Photobooks We Loved

Lightbox: Best Photos…of Photos 2011

NYT Mag 6th Floor blog: Our Top Ten Photo Books of 2011

Telegraph: Review of the year 2011: pictures of Libya and Egypt by Telegraph photographers

NYT Lens: Photo From North Korea Funeral Was Doctored (NYT Lens)

Time International ran the doctored photo as their weekly double spread Lightbox photo, without the acknowledgement of the frame being doctored….Credited to KCNA/Reuters… It seems the kill notice didn’t go out fast enough…

Time International photo editor Patrick Witty wrote about it….

Lightbox: The Aesthetics of a Dictatorship: North Korea’s Photoshopped Funeral

Doctoring of different kind…

NYT Lens: Pavel Maria Smejkal’s Iconic Scenes, Revisited and Reimagined

Related.. Jorg Colberg: A Theme with Variations

Kinda related to doctoring as well..

NYT: Apropos Appropriation

NYT: Harold Ross: Sculpting a Photograph With Light

Poynter: AP, 28 news orgs launch NewsRight to collect licensing fees from aggregators

BJP: Photography on the iPad: The Road to Success?

BBC: A question of ethics: Photographers in the spotlight

LightBox:  Top 10 Posts of 2011

NPR: Richard Avedon’s New Year’s Eve, Revisited

Observatory: A New American Picture: Doug Rickard and Street Photography in the Age of Google

New Yorker: Vince Aletti’s Top 10 Photo Shows

Telegraph: The Firecracker Diary | To raise funds for a new photographic grant, Firecracker has produced an illustrated 2012 diary showcasing work by women photographers.

Lightbox: A Package of Protest

BJP: Kodak to seek bankruptcy protection?

Verve: Andrew McConnell

Verve: Anne Ackerman

Digitaltechparis: The Correct Copyright Notice on a Photographer’s Website

IdeasTap: How to Photoblog


Self-assessment test for frontline journalists (conflict-study.com)


Life Force Magazine January issue is out

Flakfoto has a new website


Guy Martin – Shifting Sands : 10 January 2012 to 14 January : The Poly, 24 Church Stree : Falmouth TR11 3EG

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Registration deadline for World Press Photo is January 6, 2012 at 23:59 (Central European Time)

Magenta Flash Forward 2012

Lightbox: Best in Show: Valerio Spada’s Book Gomorrah Girl | Photography Book Now competition’s $25,000 Grand Prize winner

The Magnum Foundation is pleased to announce 4 scholarships for the 2012

Source Graduate Photography Online 2012


Condition One by Patrick Chauvel (Emphas.is)


MediaStorm’s summer internship application deadline is January 15.

Agencies and Colletives

Luceo Best of 2011


NOOR photographer Pep Bonet’s revised and renewed website..

Pep Bonet

Eduardo Castaldo

William Daniels

Thomas Haugersveen

Josh Haner

Brent Clark

Philip Wolmuth

Kai Löffelbein

Sarah Amy Fishlock

Paul Jeffers

Jodi Cobb

See also Photo Follies of 2011

and How Photographers Actually Spend Their Time