Tag Archives: Cnn

Features and Essays | October 2012

Love this Cuba feature by Paolo Pellegrin for the National Geographic Magazine. Published in the November issue.

Photo © Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin: Cuba’s New Now (NGM) After half a century under Castro, Cubans feel a wary sense of possibility. But this time, don’t expect a revolution.

Also in the latest National Geographic Magazine issue…Eugene Richards from Arkansas Delta… his feature mixes current work with photos from the early 70s.

Photo © Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards: Return to the Arkansas Delta (NGM) The delta west of the Mississippi River was once a place where sharecroppers lived in segregation and poverty yet forged a vibrant community. Industrial farming has erased their culture, leaving behind endless sky and few people. Eugene Richards documented their world four decades ago. Now he returns to where his pictures began.

Dominic Nahr’s recent Somalia work shot for Time, now on his agency’s website.

Photo © Dominic Nahr

Dominic Nahr: Scarred Somalia’s War on al-Qaeda (Magnum)

Abbie Trayler-Smith: The Ladies of Guera (Panos) Chad

Kate Holt: Inside Somalia: Violence Against Women and Girls (Guardian) multimedia

New work by Stephanie Sinclair on her child brides project.

Photo © Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair: Trading Childhood for Marriage (CNN)

Jessica Dimmock short film on the same young woman…

Jessica Dimmock: Too Young to Wed: Destaye (Vimeo)

Some of Sinclair’s Child Brides in Politiken…

Stephanie Sinclair: Child Brides (Politiken)

Jerome Delay: Niger’s Hunger Brides (Guardian)

Mads Nissen: A Silent Libya After Gadhafi (CNN)

Louis Quail: Libya: Life After Gaddafi (Guardian)

Ben Lowy: iLibya: Growing Pains (Reportage by Getty Images)

Ben Lowy: iLibya (Mother Jones)

Ilvy Njiokiktjien: Afrikaner Blood (Politiken) multimedia

Nicola Lo Calzo: Slavery’s Ghosts (Newsweek)

James Oatway: A Tale of Two Angolas (Panos)

Kieran Doherty: Daily Life in Liberia (Guardian)

Pierre Crocquet: Confronting Childhood Sexual Abuse (NYT Lens)

Magnum nominee Jerome Sessini has been documenting violence in Culiacan, Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico for years… He has a book titled The Wrong Side coming out in spring 2013… Some of the work in CNN photo blog..

Photo © Jerome Sessini

Jerome Sessini: The wrong side’ of the Mexican border (CNN)

David Rochkind: Mexico’s drug war ‘impossible to ignore’ (CNN)

Matt Black: After the Fall (NYT Lens) Mexico

Matt King: Being Strong – Growing up with Violence in Mexico (Foto8)

Miguel Alvarez Bravo: retrospective (Lightbox)

Oscar B. Castillo had a terrific slideshow on Lightbox just before the recent Venezuelan presidential elections…

Photo © Oscar B. Castillo

Oscar B. Castillo: The Street Gangs of Caracas (Lightbox)

Meridith Kohut: Portraits of Chavez Supporters (NYT)

Tomas Munita: Chile’s Challenge on Easter Island (NYT)

Stephen Ferry: Violentology: Colombian Conflict (Lightbox)

Yuri Kozyrev: The Occupation of the Belo Monte Dam (NOOR) Brazil

Miquel Dewever-Plana (photographer) Isabelle Fougere (writer): Alma: A Tale of Guatemala’s Violence (Lightbox)

Jorge Dan Lopez: Thieves face lynch mob (Reuters) Guatemala City | related: photographer’s blog post

Time Lightbox recently shared a 100+ image edit of chief White House photographer Pete Souza’s work on the Obama presidency… I guess I should probably take these images with a grain of salt in the journalistic sense considering he is employed by the administration he is documenting, but I do find the work fascinating…It’s a great historical record…with loads of really terrific frames…

Photo © Pete Souza/White House

Pete Souza: Portrait of a Presidency (Lightbox)

Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath photos in New Yorker Photo Booth by various photographers…

New Yorker: Hurricane Sandy in Photos (Photo Booth)  Sandy’s Aftermath, NYC (Photo Booth) After Sandy in Manhattan And The Rockaways (Photo Booth)

Time sent five photographers to document the hurricane…

Time (photographers Michael Christopher Brown, Benjamin Lowy, Ed Kashi, Andrew Quilty and Stephen Wilkes): In the Eye of the Storm: Capturing Sandy’s Wrath (Lightbox)

Shaul Schwarz shot Sandy for NBC News.

Shaul Schwarz: Sandy’s path of destruction leaves mark on Brooklyn (NBC News)

Photo © Joe Amon

Joe Amon: Heroin in Denver : The Story of Alice and Iris (Denver Post)

Andrew Hetherington: Inside the Pot Industrial Complex (Newsweek)

Ashley Gilbertson: Incarceration’s Stigma – Mercedes Smith (VII)

Ron Haviv: Incarceration’s Stigma – Ronald Day (VII)

Brenda Ann Kenneally: Sharing Life and Liquor on a Changing Bushwick Street (NYT Lens)

Brenda Ann Kenneally: In Drug-Riddled Bushwick, Revisiting a Steadfast Friend (NYT Lens)

21st century FSA…

Photo © Andrew Lichtenstein

Andrew Lichtenstein: An American Place (Facing Change)

Gary Knight: Inmigracion Topografia (VII)

Marc Asnin: Embracing Uncle Charlie (CNN)

Brendan Hoffman: Middle-class America searches for new identity (CNN)

Bryan Schutmaat: Beauty, sorrow of American West (CNN)

NYT (various photographers): Fracking (NYT Lens)

Jan Banning: Down and Out in the South (CNN)

Don Doll: Native Americans (NYT Lens)

Really like the below shot by Christopher Anderson of VP Biden… Shame there’s only half a dozen photos in the series on Magnum website…

Photo © Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson: Joe Biden (Magnum)

Christopher Anderson: A Political Portfolio (New York magazine)

Charles Ommanney: Romney in Florida (Newsweek)

Peter Bohler: From the Campaign Trail with Paul Ryan (Lightbox)

Christopher Morris: Republican Faces (VII)

Brendan Hoffman: Photos of What It Looks Like To Be a Democrat (PhotoShelter)

Greta Pratt: Looking Presidential (NYT Lens)

Robert Leslie: A Photographic Road Trip Through a Familiar Superpower (NYT Lens)

Benedict Evans: Behind the Scenes of Platon’s “Adversaries” (New Yorker)

Alec Soth: Looking for Love (Lightbox)

Lauren Fleishman: Wheelchair Bodybuilders (Lightbox)

Brian Frank: Mixed Martial Arts (NYT Lens)

Mark Lyon: Staring at the Wall, Encountering Nature (NYT Lens)

Stephen Morton: Geechees Fragile Culture (zReportage)

Rick Sforza: Shrinking Sea (zReportage)

Pat Vasquez-Cunningham: Sacred Mountain Threatened (zReportage)

Photo © Cedric Gerbehaye

Cedric Gerbehaye: Belgium: A Country in Flux (Lightbox)

Charles Ommanney: Made in France (Newsweek)

Andrea Frazzetta: The Enchanted Island of Centenarians (NYT Magazine)

Adam Ferguson shot Greece’s continuing economic crisis for the New York Times…

Photo © Adam Ferguson

Adam Ferguson: Lean Times in Greece as Government Cuts More Spending (NYT) entire edit in VII archive here. Also on offer in colour, which I actually personally slightly prefer.

Zalmai: In Restive Greece, Afghans Greeted by Xenophobia (NYT Lens)

Tom Jamieson: On Europe’s Border (Emaj Magazine) Greece

Andrea Gjestvang: One Day in History (Moment agency archive) Portraits of young people who survived the massacre at the summer camp of Norwegian Labour Youths (AUF), on the island of Utøya outside Oslo on July 22nd 2011

Peter Marlow: Morning glory: England’s cathedrals (FT)

Arnhel de Serra: Rural Britannia (New Yorker)

Maciej Dakowicz: Cardiff After Dark (Guardian)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: Mr. English Beauty (CNN)

Tom Wood: Men and Women (Guardian) UK

Birte Kaufmann: Ireland’s Biggest Minority Group (CNN)

Kuba Kaminski: The Whisperers (NYT Lens) Poland

Piotr Malecki: Commuters (Panos) Poland

I found Alex Majoli’s Paris Fashion Week series to be a proper visual treat… and not talking about the models here…Stylish edgy frames…

Photo © Alex Majoli

Alex Majoli: 2012 Paris Fashion Week (Magnum) different edit on New York Magazine

Artur Conka: The Roma of Lunik IX (Foto8) Slovakia

Lukasz Trzcinski: New Europe. Atlas (NYT Lens)

Landon Nordeman: Euro Dog 2012 (New Yorker) Romania

Joanna Nottebrock and Insa Cathérine Hagemann: Meet the Undertakers (CNN)

Photo © Michael Chelbin

Michael Chelbin: Sailboats and Swans: The Prisons of Russia and Ukraine (Lightbox)

Platon: A Russia for All Russians (Newsweek)

Yanina Shevchenko: Crossing Over – A Trans-Siberian Railway Journey (Foto8)

Misha Friedman: Tuberculosis in the Former Soviet Union (burn)

Colin Delfosse: Les cadets de Mourmansk (Picture Tank)

Spanish photographer Maysun is a new name to me… Seen plenty of strong Syria work from her recently.

Photo © Maysun

Maysun: Syria’s Civil Conflict (Guardian)

Jerome Sessini: Syria (Le Monde)

Photo © Daniel Etter

Daniel Etter: Daily Life in Syria (Newsweek)

Zac Baillie: Syria (Paris Match)

Manu Brabo: The fragility of life in Syria’s borderlands (NBC News)

Bryan Denton: Syria’s War Edges Closer to Turkey (NYT)

Giulio Piscitelli: Aleppo (Photographer’s website)

Uriel Sinai: A Tattoo To Remember (NYT) Israel

Adam Ferguson: In Postwar Iraq, Neither War Nor Peace (NYT Lens)

Jenna Krajeski: A Long Border: Refugees in Iraq Kurdistan (Pulitzer Center)

Photo © Mathias Depardon

Mathias Depardon: Black Sea Postcards (Foto8)

Davide Monteleone: Red Thistle (Lightbox) Caucasus

Toufic Beyhum: Mecca Pilgrimage: Ka’aba, Crowds and Construction (Wired) Saudi Arabia

Carolyn Drake: A Bird in the Hand (Panos) Cyprus

Laura El-Tantawy: The Veil (VII Magazine)

Pyhäjärvi, Finland (Horse and Barn), 1981 © Pentti Sammallahti

Pentti Sammallahti: Here, Far Away – retrospective (Guardian)

George Steinmetz: Sailing the Dunes (NGM) Photographer George Steinmetz has flown over every extreme desert, guided by the shifting sand.

Julian Germain: Classroom Portraits (Lightbox)

Mark Henley: A Sign of Our Times (Panos)

Photo © Pieter ten Hoopen

Pieter ten Hoopen: Wandering in Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’ (NYT Lens)

Jason Florio: Fighters of the longest war (CNN) The Karen people of Myanmar have been embattled in a civil war with the country’s central government since 1949. It is considered the world’s longest ongoing war.

John Vink: Cambodia: King Norodom Sihanouk Funeral (Photographer’s website)

Photo © Poulomi Basu

Poulomi Basu: On India’s Border, a Changing of the Guard (NYT Lens)

Vivek Singh: Aftermath of ethnic riots in India (CNN)

Alex Masi: A Toxic Tragegy in Bhopal (CNN)

Albertina d’Urso: Sculpting gods from clay (CNN) For centuries, artisans have been crafting statues of Hindu deities on the banks of the Hooghly River in Kolkata, India.

Massimo Berruti’s Pakistan work, for which he received a $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship this year…

Photo © Massimo Berruti

Massimo Berruti: Pakistan: Fade Into Dust (burn)

Mauricio Lima: Afghans Wary in Push for Mineral Riches (NYT)

John D. McHugh: The People of Afghanistan (Reportage)

Mikhail Galustov: Afghan Faces (New Yorker)

Beijing-based British photographer Sean Gallagher continues his commitment to covering environmental issues…

Photo © Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher: Climate change on the Tibetan Plateau (CNN)

Sean Gallagher: China’s Three Rivers, Asia’s Threatened Headwaters (Pulitzer Center)

Nadav Kander: Yangtze – The Long River (NYT Lens)

Sim Chi Yin: In the Shadow’s of Shanghai’s Skyscrapers (BusinessWeek)

James Whitlow Delano: Growth (Chinafile.com) China

Lucas Schifres: Made in China (NYT Lens)

Eric Michael Johnson: Pedaling Under Shanghai’s Stars (WSJ)

Kim Hong-Ji: South Korea’s ‘baby boxes’ (Guardian)

Matthew Niederhauser: K-Pop Star (New Yorker) South Korea

Bharat Sikka: Bhutan (Lightbox)

Stephen Dupont: Portraits of Papua New Guinea Gangsters (Lightbox)

Arantxa Cedillo

Arantxa Cedillo is one of those unique documentary photographers who has the ability to reinterpret difficult situations into work that is artistic, poignant and meaningful. Her sensitivity to her subjects and her ability to tell stories in unique ways make her a gifted seer.  I am featuring her project, Cambodian Children at Risk, where she manages to obscure the identity of her subjects, yet create compelling diptych portraits.

Arantxa was born in Madrid  and studied the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography.
Her work has received several international awards such as the Ian Parry Award (2005, UK), the Kiyosato’s Young Portfolio Acquisitions (2005, 2006, Japan), the Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographers Award (2008, 2011, Canada), the Alexandra Boulat Scholarship TPW (2008, Italy), and numerous others. Arantxa has been widely published with clients such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Time Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, New York Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, GEO, Colors, Le Monde, Marie Claire, El Pais Semanal, Io Dona, The Australian and DU among others.
Her work has been widely published in galleries around the world including the Canon Japan Gallery (Tokyo), Getty Images Gallery (London), International Center of Photography (New York), New Orleans Photo Alliance (New Orleans), Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock), Toronto Image Works Gallery (Toronto), Mogliano Veneto (Treviso) and the Royal University of Fine Arts (Phnom Penh).
She is currently based in Kathmandhu, Nepal, and her work is represented by Getty Images Global Assignment.

Cambodian Children at Risk it is a project produced, within the IOM “Human Rights Protection for Trafficking Victims through Legal Support” Project and funded by the Italian Cooperation.The primary concern was to present children at risk without showing their faces or any other feature that could lead to their identification, which was a very significant and creative challenge. It was done working with households and local communities in Cambodia to show the lives and livelihoods of children at risk. This project was produced in collaboration with Damnok Toek, Krousar Thmey and Mith Samlanh, and with the support of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Malis was alone and lost in a foreign country, not knowing which path would take her home.

Malis’s family were very poor, with no rice, no land to grow food, no tools for farming. When she was in Grade 2, she dropped out of school and the whole family went to Vietnam to beg. When Malis was about ten, she decided to go back with her aunt to earn money for her parents by washing dishes. At the border, the police let her through, even though she had no papers, because she was very small.

Her friends introduced her to a family where she washed dishes and mopped floors for a month, but then they asked her to go back to her family in Cambodia. Malis went home, but later returned to Vietnam with a broker from her village to work as a beggar. Shortly after she arrived, Malis got lost in Ho Chi Minh City for a year.

A “black lady’ (who had darker skin than Malis) took her to a household in southern Vietnam, which used to be Cambodian territory. She did housework for a Khmer-speaking family, earning 20,000 Vietnamese Dong (US1) a day. Although the family did not mistreat her, Malis was afraid that they would keep her forever. The broker did not help her to go home. In fact, when her parents went to court in Cambodia to try to trace her, the broker ran away from the village.

Eventually, a social worker found her, and the family she was working for took her to the border, but Malis did not know the way home. By chance, she met someone who knew her father, and he came to collect her. Her father felt very happy when he saw her. Her mother was overjoyed and sorrowful at the same time. She says: “I felt strange when I came back home as I was away for one year. I never went back to Vietnam after that.”


Champa was passed around from family to family, trapped and mistreated, until she finally found a place to call home. 

When she was three years old, her mother gave her to another family to take care of her. When she was eight, she was passed on to a second family, and when she was 11, to a third. It is believed that all the families beat her. One day when she was washing the dishes, the mother beat her, so she ran away. She slept outside and people recognized her, so she ran away again. An NGO found her and contacted the third family, but when the mother arrived Champa ran away again. She went to a pagoda and was cared for by the nuns for a few weeks, but girls are not allowed to live in pagodas, so the monks were not comfortable with having her. The NGO contacted Damnok Toek, who took her to the Day Care Centre.

Champa did not know how to read or write. Even though she was a big kid, she was still in Grade 1. She did not speak and fought a lot. She was very angry and used to cry at night. Two years later, she still gets angry sometimes, but she can speak, read and write. Now she smiles, and likes to play with children and do sewing. She says: “I like living at the school because I learn things. I would like to become a teacher and sew clothes.”


Chan became an addict when a gangster stole his money, bought drugs, and forced him to try them.

His father died after falling from a palm tree. When he was eight, his mother and sister forced him and his two brothers to go to Phnom Penh. There he earned about 6,000 riel (US 1.50) a day begging, while his brothers earned 10,000 Riel (US 2.50) washing dishes. They all slept together on the street.

Chan started working in front of the Royal Palace, but gangsters beat him up and took his money. One night, they put tissues between his toes and lit them. He got scared, and started walking around all night to stay awake. The gangsters forced him to sniff glue and use yama. He began to want to use it because it made it possible for him to work at night, and made him feel happy. A foreigner took him and one of his friends to a hotel, but the police arrived before anything happened. He decided to stop using yama. 

Chan fell sick, and his sister-in-law, who sold toys in front of the Royal Palace, took him to Mith Samlanh. Eventually, his sister-in-law asked if he could live there. Now he studies part-time at Mith Samlanh and part-time at public school, where he is in Grade 4.

Chan likes living alone. He says, “I would like to study mechanics and repair cars.”


Kdeb was preyed upon by a foreigner in public places, because he was living in the open, with no privacy and nowhere to find refuge. 

He came to Phnom Penh with his grandmother when he was ten because his father beat him. He collecting recyclables and helped his grandmother to sell flowers in front of the Royal Palace, where they lived on the street. 

An American man met him while he was taking a bath outside the Palace. The man took him for walks, bought him food and new clothes, took him to study English, and abused him. About eight months later, the man was arrested and Kdeb was asked to testify against him. The man was sent to prison and ordered to pay compensation, but it is unclear if this was ever paid.

His grandmother rented a place near the market, and Kdeb lived there with her. But the situation was not safe because the police “cleaned the streets”, so Mith Samlanh moved him to the centre, where he lived for about six months. He now lives with his grandmother again and continues studying at Mith Samlanh.

Kdeb likes football, especially Christian Ronaldo, and likes drawing nature pictures, such as landscapes and flowers. He says, “I would like to study more, but I don’t know what. In future, I would like to be a policeman.”


Dong spent many years confined to bed, but now he is well-known for performing the peacock dancer
He has been deaf since birth. He is one of seven children. One of his elder sisters is also deaf, and studied at Krousar Thmey, so she taught Dong sign language. As a child, he was never discriminated against. In fact, people liked him a lot. His parents believe that education is very important, because their children it enables their children to live like other people and be included in society. 
Dong was seriously ill as a small child. He had an operation and needed to stay home for a long time. Five years ago, when he was ten, he started studying at Krousar Thmey Since starting school, he has become more polite but he does not play as much as before. He is a normal child and a good student. He has many friends and likes playing games, like bowling and badminton. 
Dong has learned how to be a ‘peacock dancer’ and usually train two hours a week. Now many people in the provinces have seen him and know him. He likes drawing a lot, and when he comes back home from school he either watches TV or dances. 

Klok spent four years in Bangkok, begging on bridges, to support his parents and six siblings, under close watch by the broker who took him there.
 
He is one of seven children in a very poor family, has a deformity of his upper limbs. When he was seven, a broker told his parents that a disabled child could earn a lot of money begging in Thailand. His parents agreed, and paid the broker 3,000 Baht to take him to Thailand, which they promised to pay off from his earnings. 
In Bangkok, Klok got up at 5am every day and worked until 10am, then worked again from 2pm to 6pm. He used to sit down on the street, usually on a bridge, hold an empty bowl and thank people when they gave him money. Every hour or two, the broker came around and collected the money from the child beggars. Klok usually earned about 1000 Baht (US$30). The broker gave him 100-150 Baht (US$3 – US$4.50) and kept the rest. 
Klok rapidly became the main breadwinner in the family, often coming and going to Thailand. He had enough to eat, and had friends and learned to speak Thai, but he did not like begging. His parents did not like it either, but they had no choice.

When he was 11 years old, Klok was caught by the police. He was put in a detention centre with about 30 other children. Some tried to escape or fought with each other, but Klok did not do that, because he wanted to go back to Cambodia. 

Klok now stays at Damnok Toek in Phnom Penh. He cannot be reintegrated into his family, as they are even poorer now that his father has died. He likes Damnok Toek, as he can go to school to learn English and computer. He says, “In the future, I would like to be a translator.”


Trop and his siblings never had a home of their own. Without the kindness of friends, they would have been living on the street. 

Trop is the youngest of three children, whose parents died when the children were small. They went to live with their grandmother, who worked as a cake seller, but she had no house so they used to live with the neighbours. Trop was happy to help his grandmother sell cakes, and to clean the house. 
The two older children went to study at Mith Samlanh. Then their grandmother became very sick, so she and Trop also moved to Phnom Penh to live with their mother’s friend, their “godmother”. At first his grandmother could not sell anything and she was very sick with a muscular disease, so he gave her massages and did everything he could to help. 
Trop started studying at Mith Samlanh two years ago. His brother studies laundry and his sister studies hairdressing. Trop has now been reintegrated into public school, where he is studying in Grade 5. He is very honest and gets top grades every month. His friends like him because he is very clever, and the other students often ask him for help. 
 He says, “I like Phnom Penh because it is a happy place and easy to live in. The thing I like most is studying.”

Kolap grew up working amid garbage, but education is now giving her a chance to grow in healthier soil. 
Her father was an alcoholic who beat his wife and never shared the little money he earned. When she was four, her parents separated and her mother took Kolap and her younger brother to live with their grandmother, then went to look for her husband. Neither of the parents has been seen since. 
Kolap’s grandmother worked as a street hawker around the ferry terminal area in Neak Loeung. The household now had ten mouths to feed. Kolap helped around the house, but when she was seven, her grandparents decided they needed her to earn an income too. Kolap got up at 4am every day to go out scavenging with her aunt, and went back to the house twice a day to cook rice for the family. She usually earned about 2,500 Riel (US 80 cents) a day, but if she did not earn anything she was afraid to go home. 
A social worker from Damnok Toek met Kolap and gradually persuaded her grandparents to let her do classes at the Drop-In Centre for two hours a day. Late last year, she began attending full time. Damnok Toek supported her with her school materials, meals, clothes, healthcare and counseling. She goes to school very early so that she can still go scavenging, and earns about 2000 Riel (US 50 cents) a day. 
Now Kolap is in Grade 1 and can read, write and do arithmetic. She has started talking a lot more, but if the teachers ask about her problems, sometimes she just shakes her head and cries. She dreams of becoming a traditional dancer. She says: “I am very happy when I dance.”


Bopha felt closely tied to her father, and always tried to care for him, even though he did not treat her well. 

Bopha’s mother abandoned the family when the children were small. Their father brought them to Phnom Penh to live with her aunt, but her father, who is mentally ill, was rough and abusive, so her aunt kicked them out. 
They lived on the street, working as beggars and scavengers, and sometimes took care of people’s shoes at the pagoda. Their father would talk loudly to himself about politics and his children, and get into fights. Bopha was scared of him, because he would beat them and swear at them, but she still wanted to take care of him. 
The Mith Samlanh staff asked her aunt if the children could go to study at the centre. Bopha’s father claimed the children had been taken away from him by force, and one day he beat the security guard. He complained to Court, but when the Court asked them where they wanted to live, the children chose Mith Samlanh. 
When Bopha was 11, her father had a job and a rented house. Bopha lived with him for two years, until it became impossible. She went back to Mith Samlanh, but asked for permission to visit her father once a week to help him with his job. After he assaulted her, they refused to allow her to go anymore. 
Now Bopha lives at Mith Samlanh and is studying in Grade 5. She studies arts, such as drawing, dancing and singing, and likes reading books, watching TV and helping with the cooking. She says, “In future, I would like to work as a teacher for Mith Samlanh and work for a company, perhaps as an accountant.”


Champey probably lost her sight when she was left under a tree as a baby.
 

Champey was abandoned as a baby by her mother under a tree near a lake. People say that insects ate her left eye while she was lying there, and she can only see a little through her right eye. Champey is also deaf. When she was four years old, an orphanage found her and brought her to Krousar Thmey. 
A Korean NGO took her to Korea to have a cochlear implant installed. This is an amplifier that is surgically inserted into her ear.

Champey has been studying at Krousar Thmey for five years. She is slow at learning because she cannot see much and is still in Grade 1, but she is a very good student. She always sits in the front row of the class, does everything at school and participates in all the activities. 

Champey likes reading books and drawing pictures, and playing as if she was cooking. 
The teacher says that she cannot control her sometimes when she doesn’t concentrate. When she needs something she just goes and gets it. For example, when she is hungry, she goes to the street and begs. Now she is changing that attitude a bit and has started asking for things when she needs them. 
Champey does not know why she cannot see. She is a happy child, and never asks questions about what happened to her.

Features and Essays | September 2012

Middle East.

Great work in Time by Moises Saman from recent clashes at his homebase Cairo… Opening spread featured as a Tearsheet of the Day earlier this week…

Photo © Moises Saman

Moises Saman: Clashes in Cairo (Lightbox) Different edit (Magnum)

Shawn Baldwin and Ayman Oghanna: Syrian Refugees in Turkey (New Yorker)

Bryan Denton: With the Rebels in the Battle for Aleppo (NYT) | Syria (Paris Match)

Photo © Moises Saman

Moises Saman: Battle for Aleppo (Magnum)

Ricardo Garcia Vilanova: Aleppo (CNN Photo blog) Battle in Aleppo (CNN)

Adam Dean: Syria (Newsweek) | Inside the Syrian Conflict (Panos)

Impressive work from Aleppo by AP’s Manu Brabo.

Photo © Manu Brabo / AP

Manu Brabo: Aleppo (National)

Nicole Tung: Suffering and Resilience: The Hospitals of Aleppo (Lightbox)

Giulio Piscitelli: Risking Their Lives to Save Lives : Syria (Private magazine)

Sam Tarling: Syria (Executive Magazine)

Yuri Kozyrev from Yemen in Time….

Photo © Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev: The End of al-Qaeda? On Patrol in Yemen (Lightbox) different edit (NOOR)

Ed Ou recently in Gaza for the New York Times…

Ed Ou: Gaza (NYT)

Ed Ou: Ways that Life Goes On : Iraq (Getty Reportage Tumblr)

Julien Goldstein’s Perpignan exhibited multi-year Kurdistan project on Reportage website.

Photo © Julien Goldstein

Julien Goldstein: Kurdistan: The Anger Of A People Without Rights (Reportage)

Fernando Moleres: Sounds of Light and Hope (Panos) Egypt

Yaakov Israel: Land of Stories and Myths (Lightbox) Israel

Natalie Naccache: No Madam (Reportage Emerging Talent) Lebanon

Indian subcontinent.

Photo © Roberto Schmidt

Roberto Schmidt: Geddani ship-breakers : Pakistan (The National) | Different edit (Paris Match)

Tim Mitchell: Clothing Recycled : India (Foto8)

Justin Mott: Labor Unrest in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry (NYT)

Stuart Freedman: Ageing in India (Panos)

Luigi Baldelli: Prostitution in Bangladesh (Parallelozero)

Europe.

Strong set  by World Press Photo winner Samuel Aranda on the tough economic reality faced by many in Spain…from NYT..

Photo © Samuel Aranda

Samuel Aranda: In Spain, Austerity and Hunger (NYT)

Markel Redondo: The Pain in Spain (Foto8)

Photo © Gianni Cipriano

Gianni Cipriano: In Malta, Immigrants Left in Limbo (NYT)

Stefano De Luigi:  iDyssey (New Yorker)

Platon: Greece (New Yorker)

Walter Astrada: Violence Against Women in Norway (NYT Lens)

Africa.

Brent Stirton in October issue of National Geographic magazine.

Photo © Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton: Blood Ivory (NGM) ‘Thousands of elephants die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious objects. Can the slaughter be stopped?’

Tyler Hicks on the same topic in NYT.

Tyler Hicks: In Poaching Frenzy, Africa’s Elephants Vanishing (NYT) DRC

Shannon Jensen’s South Sudan series from Newsweek.. Featured in a Tearsheet of they Day last month..

Photographs © Shannon Jensen

Shannon Jensen: A Long Walk (Newsweek) South Sudan | You can also see some of Jensen’s work in this MSF video on Youtube.

John Stanmeyer: Health Crisis in South Sudan, Part I | Health Crisis in South Sudan, Part II (VII) |   Sudanese Refugees in Yida (MSF)

Pete Muller: Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan’s Border  (ushmm.org)

Heartbreaking series of photographs by Nicki Sobecki.

Photo © Nichole Sobecki

Nichole Sobecki: A Tiny Life Ends in South Sudan (NYT Lens)

Mads Nissen: After the War: Libyan Cityscapes (Panos)

Graeme Williams: Painting over the Present : South Africa (Panos)

Dominic Nahr: A Visionary Journey (Lightbox) Kenya

Benedicte Kurzen’s Nigeria project which was exhibited at Visa pour l’image…

Photo © Benedicte Kurzen

Benedicte Kurzen: Tangled Roots of Violence in Northern Nigeria (NYT Lens)

Jerome Delay: Niger’s Nomadic Herdsmen (Guardian) different edit (NBC News)

Jan Grarup: Somalia (Politiken)

Sven Dumelie: Gold Mining in Southern Ethiopia (Guardian)

Latin America.

David Alan Harvey from Rio in October issue of NGM…

Photo © David Alan Harvey

David Alan Harvey: Rio de Janeiro (NGM) ‘Rio is a city of glamour and glitz—but also of poverty and violence in the favelas that climb its hills. With the Olympics coming in 2016, the slums are getting a face-lift.’

Sebastian Liste: The Abandoned Chocolate Factory (Lightbox) Brazil

Pilar Olivares: Ballet Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro (Guardian)

New group project by NOOR: Brazil

Photo © Francesco Zizola

Francesco Zizola: Brazil’s Middle Class (NOOR)

Kadir van Lohuizen: Pacifying the Favelas (NOOR)

Andrea Bruce: The Power of Women (NOOR)

Pep Bonet: Brazil’s Transsexuals (NOOR)

Jon Lowenstein: Sao Paolo Rising (NOOR)

Photo © Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore: Reinventing Cuba (NYT Magazine)

Kevin Kunishi: Remembering Nicaragua (New Yorker) | video (Youtube)

Photo © Tomas Munita

Tomas Munita: A Salvadoran Cease-Fire Holds, for Now (NYT)

James Whitlow Delano: A history interwoven with sugar : Suriname (CNN)

Ed Kashi: Making sugar and sweets : Brazil (CNN)

Stephen Ferry: Colombia (New Yorker)

Juan Orrantia: Life After Coca : Colombia (Foto8)

Roberto Guerra: The Curse of Inca Gold (zReportage)

Tarrah Krajnak: Strays (Foto8) Peru

US.

I’m yet to see Lauren Greenfield’s documentary The Queen of Versailles… here is the feature in stills on Institute website….

Photo © Lauren Greenfield

Lauren Greenfield: The Queen of Versailles (Institute)

Lauren Greenfield: The Best Club Ever (Institute) video (GQ)

Vittoria Mentasti: For God and for Gold: Photographs from Atlantic City (New Yorker)

Enjoyed Doug Menuez’s Silicon Valley project exhibition at Visa pour l’image… here are the photos on the Lens blog…

Doug Menuez: Steve Job and The Tech Boom (NYT Lens)

Carolyn Drake: The Lubavitchers (Panos)

Shannon Taggart: Basement Vodou: Haitian Spirituality in Brooklyn (Lightbox)

Richard Misrach: Petrochemical America (New Yorker)

Yunghi Kim’s Occupy photos in Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany to coincide with the one year anniversary of OWS…

Photo © Yunghi Kim

Yunghi Kim: Occupy Wall Street (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Robert Nickelsberg: The Army Mountain Warfare School (Reportage)

Gillian Laub: Camp Lee Mar: 60 Years of Summer Fun for Special Needs Children (Lightbox)

Callie Shell photographing Obama again…

Photo © Callie Shell

Callie Shell: Obama on the Campaign Trail (Lightbox)

Jason Andrew: Inside Obama’s HQ (FT Magazine)

Ben Lowy: the RNC and DRC Convention Instagrams (New Yorker)

Charles Ommanney: US Presidential Campaign 2012 (Reportage)

Charles Ommanney: Obama in Iowa Campaign Trail (Newsweek)

Lauren Fleishman: The Convention Draws Near: The Romney-Ryan Road Trip to Tampa (Lightbox)

Grant Cornett: The DRC Delegates (Lightbox)

Grant Cornett: The RNC Delegates (Lightbox)

Grant Cornett: The RNC Protests (Lightbox)

Lauren Lancaster: RNC (New Yorker)

Charles Ommanney: The Family (Reportage)

Melissa Cacciola: The Mohawk Ironworkers (Lightbox)

Camilo José Vergara: MLK Murals (Lightbox)

Melissa Lyttle: Good Sisters (zReportage)

Touching multimedia by Peter van Agtmael (photos) and Gaia Squarci (video) for the New Yorker

Photo © Peter van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael (photos) Gaia Squarci (video): Treasure, Thrown Away (New Yorker) “one family’s reckoning with the sudden murder of their loved one.’ Multimedia to accompany a New Yorker article on confidential informants.

Joseph Rodriguez: From Behind Bars (Lightbox)

Zed Nelson: Gun Nation Revisited (Lightbox)

Emily Berl: In Coney Island, Grand Dreams on the Far Edges (NYT Lens)

Gaia Light and Alessandro Cosmelli: Beautiful Brooklyn (Newsweek)

Zachary Canepari’s project on Claressa Shields, young American female boxing phenomenon… He is also working on feature doc I heard….

Photo © Zachary Canepari

Zachary Canepari: T-Rex (Panos)

Wayne Lawrence: Small Ball (Institute) different edit (Lightbox)

Mary Kang: Bhutanese refugees rebuild in Texas (CNN)

UK.

Spencer Murphy shot a terrific portrait project for Save the Children…

Photo © Spencer Murphy

Spencer Murphy: Children’s views of poverty (Guardian) backstage video (Youtube)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: Tired of London, Tired of Life (VII)

Afghanistan.

John D McHugh: Kabul – A city of hope and fear (Al Jazeera)

Bryan Denton: In Afghanistan, American Trainers Keep Their Armor On (NYT)

Andrew A. Nelles: K9 Soldiers (zReportage)

Japan.

Kosuke Okahara: Fragments of Fukushima (NYT Lens)

North Korea.

David Guttenfelder and Vincent Yu: Revealing more of North Korea (Boston Globe)

Russia.

Photo © Misha Friedman

Misha Friedman: Corruption in Russia (NYT)

Greenland.

Andrew Testa: Greenland’s Changing Face (NYT)

Stefano De Luigi: Northwest Passage (VII)

Azerbaijan.

Rena Effendi: Liquid Land (Institute)

China.

Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer: China’s One Percent (Foreign Policy)

Huang Qingjun: Chinese families’ worldly goods (BBC)

Adam Dean: China rushes to build a new generation of mega-dams (Telegraph)

Australia.

Jackie Dewe Mathews: Tasmania: Beyond Down Under (Newsweek)

Southeast Asia.

Paula Bronstein: Manila’s hidden spaces: Life on the margins in a crowded megacity (NBC News) Philippines

Laura El-Tantawy: Thailand: Smile Me Hello (VII Mentor)

Jaime Cunningham: Burma Foreign Investors Don’t See (Newsweek)

Tomasz Tomaszewski: Sugar Towns of Yesterday (CNN) Indonesia

Carl de Keyzer: Modern world of sugar consumption (CNN) Indonesia

Projects with various different countries.

Slideshow of late Remi Ochlik’s amazing Arab Apring work on the Lightbox…Revolutions book is now out and can be purchased from Emphas.is.

Photo © Remi Ochlik

Remi Ochlik: Revolutions (Lightbox)

Julian Germain: Classrooms around the world (Guardian)

An edit of Kadir van Lohuizen’s Via Panam project on NBC News website…

Photo © Kadir van Lohuizen

Kadir van Lohuizen: Migration in the Americas : Searching for a better life (NBC News)

Steve Winter: Tigers (NYT Lens)

Martin Roemers: Metropolis (New Yorker)

Features and Essays | 10 July 2012

Photo © Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis (Guardian) “For Sebastião Salgado, the opening of his Genesis exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum next year will be the culmination of an eight-year odyssey to capture the last wild places in the world”

From NGM July issue.

Photo © Jonas Bendiksen

Jonas Bendiksen: Russian Summer (NGM) Click here to see how Bendiksen caught the above photo.

Photos © Lynn Johnson

Lynn Johnson: Vanishing Languages (NGM)

Syria.

Photo © Robert King

Robert King: Conflict in Syria (NYT Lens) Related: King’s article in Foreign Policy

Nicole Tung: As Syria Grieves (Lightbox)

Seamus Murphy: In Syrian Hospital, No Escape from War (CNN)

Ed Ou: In Turkey, a Staging Ground for Syrian Rebels (NYT)

Kate Brooks: Syria’s Thriving Elite (Newsweek)

Niklas Meltio: Syria (Dagens Nyheter)

Egypt.

Photo © Daniel Berehulak

Daniel Berehulak: Celebrating the Brotherhood’s Victory: A New President is Elected in Egypt (Lightbox)

Alex Majoli: Egypt’s Presidential Pursuit (New Yorker)

Yuri Kozyrev: Egypt in Flux (Lightbox)

Adam Ferguson: Protests as Egypt’s High Court Invalidates Parliament (NYT)

Fernando Moreles: Copts in Crisis (Panos)

Xenia Nikolskaya: Egypt’s Forgotten Palaces (Telegraph Telephoto)

Libya.

Tomas Munita: Libya Elections (NYT)

Sarah Elliott: After the Spring: Women of the Arab Revolution (Lightbox)

various photographers: Almost Dawn in Libya : panorama (Lightbox)

Andre Liohn: Libya (Le Monde)

India.

Photo © Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

Daniel Berehulak: Hindu pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave (Guardian)

Sohrab Hura: From Bleak Central India, a People’s Movement (NYT)

South Sudan.

Trevor Snapp: Gun Culture Plagues in South Sudan (CNN)

Tyler Hicks: Sudanese Children in Exile (NYT)

Fabio Bucciarelli:  Next Year’s Failed State : South Sudan (Foreign Policy)

From different parts of the continent of Africa.

Photo © Finbarr O’Reilly / Reuters

Finbarr O’Reilly: Dakar Fashion Week in Senegal (Guardian) Different edit in Paris Match.  Yet another edit on Reuters.

Todd Heisler: In Tunisia, Balancing Democracy and Religion (NYT)

Lynsey Addario: Zimbabwe (VII)

Dan Kitwood: Benin Voodoo Festival (Guardian)

Jan Grarup’s Somalia slideshow includes a photo of a man carrying a shark on the streets of Mogadishu, which I featured in  a Side-by-Side post couple of weeks ago…

Photo © Jan Grarup

Jan Grarup: Somalia (PDN)

Sven Torfinn: Kenya counts the cost of gun violence (Guardian)

Peter DiCampo: Waiting for Gbagbo (Foreign Policy)

Benedict Kurzen: The Ordeal of Flying in Nigeria (NYT)

Shen Bohan: Cameroon’s Field of Dreams (zReportage)

Congos.

Phil Moore: Peacekeepers at War : Congo (WSJ)

Jonathan Torgovnik: ‘A Slow Restart’ in Congo (CNN)

EU economy.

Photo © Emilio Morenatti / AP

Emilio Morenatti: Stillness overtakes a once busy coal mining industry in Spain (MSNBC photo blog)

Filippo Massellani: Despair in Italy (Newsweek)

Markel Redondo: Tu Casa es Mi Casa (Panos)

Yannis Behrakis: The Lost Generation : Greece (Reuters)

Israel and Palestine.

Photo © Oded Balilty / AP

Oded Balilty: The Stone Throwers of Palestine (Lightbox) on AP.

Oded Balilty: The Ultimate Prize Fighters: Practicing Peace through Boxing in Israel (Lightbox)

Linda Forsell:  Photographs of Israel and Palestine (New Yorker)

Adam Golfer: Vignettes from a Contested Land (Lightbox)

Simona Ghizzoni: Afterdark. Consequences of War on Women in the Gaza Strip (burn)

Andrea Gjestvang’s portraits of survivors of the 2011 Norway attacks in Newsweek…If you want to see how these were used in print, go to the Tearsheet of the Day posted end of June, here.

Photo © Andrea Gjestvang

Andrea Gjestvang: Survivors of the 2011 Norway attacks (Newsweek)

US.

Photo © Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson: Son  (Washingon Post) “Father’s Day, A Photographer’s Love Letter”

Lucy Nicholson: Father’s Day in Prison (Reuters)

Michael Christopher Brown: Like Father, Like Son (Foam)

Philip Toledano: A Shadow Remains (MediaStorm) NB. Trailer for free. 1.99USD to watch entire multimedia

Maggie Steber: Rite of Passage  (MediaStorm) NB. Trailer for free. 1.99USD to watch entire multimedia

Samantha Box: Invisible Youth (Lightbox)

Todd Heisler: Uniting Through a Prayer Call (NYT Lens)

Bruce Gilden: ‘No Place Like Home: Foreclosures in America’ (Lightbox)

Mike Sinclair: Public Assembly (Lightbox)

Janet Jarman: Marisol and the American Dream (Lightbox)

Donna Ferrato: Leaving Abuse Behind (NYT) From Lightbox

various photographers: State of America: Photographing Joe Klein’s Road Trip (Lightbox)

Gian Paul Lozza: America’s Undocumented Immigrants (Lightbox)

Photo © Sean Hemmerle

Sean Hemmerle: Drone Zone (NYT Magazine)

Mike Stotts: Cowboy Showdown (zReportage)

Dina Kantor: The Demise of Treece, Kansas (New Yorker)

David Armstrong: Below the 14th Street, Downtown scene (New Yorker)

Martin Parr: Picturing the American South (Lightbox)

Danny Wilcox Frazier: Lost Nation: America’s Rural Ghetto (burn)

Christaan Felber: Boxing in Bushwick (New Yorker)

Rebecca Norris Webb: My Dakota (NYT Lens)

Lucas Foglia: A Natural Order (Lightbox)

Zun Lee: Exploring African-American Fatherhood (NYT Lens)

David Goldman: Saving Auburn Avenue (Time)

Jennifer Kaczmarek: Love for Alyssa Still Grows (CNN)

Josef Kaczmarek: Gun Crisis (zReportage)

Gloria Baker Feinstein: Memories Bought and Sold (NYT Lens)

Adam Bartos: The Darkroom: Nostalgia for a Dying Craft (Lightbox)

China.

Photo © Kurt Tong

Kurt Tong: The Queen, The Chairman and I (Foto8)

Mark Leong: Hong Kong (NYT Lens)

Sim Chi Yin: Beijing’s Basement Dwellers (Newsweek) Same in Foreign Policy. Same on VII Mag.

Around the Gulf.

Several proper photo features on the Daily Mail website recently…What’s going?  This by Institute’s Guillaume Herbaut…

Photo © Guillaume Herbaut

Guillaume Herbaut: Sofex Arms Fair (Daily Mail)

Ebrahim Noroozi: Documenting Death Sentences in Iran (NYT Lens)

Ed Ou: Bahrain Protesters Focus Ire on United States (NYT)

Kate Peters: Location, Location, Location : Fujaraih, UAE (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Ayman Oghanna: Yesterday’s War, Today’s Iraq (burn)

Afghanistan.

Zalmai: Dreams and Dread in Afghanistan (New Yorker)

Tyler Hicks: On Board the USS John C Stennis (NYT)

Turkey.

Pari Dukovic’s Turkish Oil Wrestlers in Lightbox… I only became aware of Dukovic early May when I saw one of his portraits in the New Yorker…Which was this blog’s first Tearsheet of the Day.

Photo © Pari Dukovic

Pari Dukovic: Inside the World of Turkish Oil Wrestling (Lightbox)

Jason Andrew: Soccer’s Lost Boys, Stranded in Istanbul (NYT Lens)

From various countries.

Photo © Suzanne Lee / Save the Children

Suzanne Lee: Family Planning in Nepal (Guardian)

various photographers: Troubled Waters (NYT)

Stuart Matthews: Changing Tides (Foto8)

Mario Tama: Brazil’s Development Dilemma (Time)

Gustavo Jononovich: Richland (burn)

Photo © Matt Lutton

Matt Lutton:  “Only Unity”: Serbia In The Aftermath of Yugoslavia (burn) On  Wired Raw File blog

Justyna Mielnikiewicz: Brides From Belarus (Newsweek)

Damir Sagolj: Myamar’s Rohingyas (Reuters)

John Vink: Quest for Land (NYT Lens)

Giulio Di Sturco: Iwahig: A Prison Without Walls (Reportage)

Gianni Giosue: The Chechen Refugees in Pankisi Valley (Private photoreview)

Ross McDonnell: Remember Me, My Ghost: Documenting Ireland’s Notorious Ballymun Neighborhood (Lightbox)

Nano Calvo: Hounding Misery (zReportage)

Kosuke Okahara: On a Japanese Island, a Community Apart (NYT)

Katrin Koenning: Loraine and the Illusion of Illoura – Encounters with an Outer Land (Firecracker)

Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggart: Rounding Up Iceland’s Horses (NYT Lens)

Haiti.

Maggie Steber: Haiti (NYT Lens)

Benjamin Rusnak: Rachel’s Village: Haiti (zReportage)

UK.

Kate Peters directed project of British Olympians for the Guardian….Filmed by Peters and Joseph Turp

Photos © Kate Peters

Kate Peters: Olympic Bodies (Guardian) Stills on Peters’ website: Olympians | Tearsheets of stills printed in the Guardian Weekend magazine shown on Institute website.

Mark Seager: Made in England (Reportage)

Andrew Testa: Anyone for Tennis? (Panos)

Sophie Evans: East London People (Guardian)

Pretty awesome photographs taken by London’s urban explorers….photographers’ names withheld for obvious reasons…

various photographers: Exploring London (Evening Standard Magazine)

Toby Smith: When The Lea Valley Closed (Reportage)

Christopher Furlong: Red Arrows (Guardian)

Ewen Spencer: Teenagers (GUP)

Mexico.

Photo © Stefan Ruiz

Stefan Ruiz: Soap Mex (FT Magazine) Same series on Lightbox.

Eunice Adorno: Guadalaraja, Mexico (New Yorker)

Rodrigo Cruz: With Prosperity Elusive, Mexican Voters Focus on the Economy (NYT)

Alejandro Cartagena: Car Poolers (NYT Lens)

Shaul Schwarz: Jeffrey’s Difficult Move (NYT) video

Photo © Marco Kesseler

various photographers: 36: Press and Editorial Photography from Falmouth (Foto8)

To finish off….

The Onion: Internet Scam Alert: Most “Kickstarter” Projects Just Useless Crap (YouTube)

Features and Essays | 8 June 2012

Yuri Kozyrev has recently been to Libya for a road trip with a Time writer Abigail Hauslohner…Great work as always…

Photo © Yuri Kozyrev

Yuri Kozyrev: After The Revolution: Libya (Lightbox)

Alixandra Fazzina’s Flowers of Afghanistan featured recently both on Lightbox and CNN Photo blog… This Lightbox opener is really stunning…

Photo © Alixandra Fazzina

Alixandra Fazzina: Flowers of Afghanistan (Lightbox)

Alixandra Fazzina: Flowers of Afghanistan (CNN)

Kozyrev’s Afghanistan series which ran on latest Time magazine, includes a frame that gave me a flashback earlier this week…

Yuri Kozyrev: Afghanistan Now (Lightbox)

Seamus Murphy: Death and Love: The Poetry of Afghanistan’s Women (VII)

Christopher Morris: America’s Last Living POW (Lightbox)

Really enjoyed these Gillian Laub’s prom portraits on Lightbox.. Actually prefer to Mary Ellen Mark’s recent Prom series… Location portraits far more interesting than the sterility of studio…There’s a video too, in which Laub talks about the assignment.

Photo © Gillian Laub for TIME

Gillian Laub: Last Dance: American Proms (Lightbox)

New Yorker Tim Fadek based in Berlin, currently spending some time in Athens…quite an opener to this slideshow…

Photo © Timothy Fadek

Timothy Fadek: Something’s Rotten in China (Foreign Policy)

Here are links to Moises Saman’s Egypt work in three different places… Take your pick…Impressive work..

Photo © Moises Saman

Moises Saman: Egyptian Elections (Magnum)

Moises Saman: Egypt’s Choice (NYT)

Moises Saman: Egypt (Newsweek)

Giorgios Moutafis: Syria’s Free Army (Newsweek)

Seamus Murphy: Syrian Spring (VII Magazine)

Oliver Hartung: Signs of Syria (NYT Lens)

Photo © David Chancellor

David Chancellor: Predator and Prey (New York Times Magazine)

Damon Winter: Learning to Heal, One Memorial Day at a Time (NYT)

Tyler Hicks: Islamists in Northern Mali (NYT)

Kiana Hayeri: Young Women in Iran (NYT Lens)

Irina Ruppert: Tracing Memories in Kazakhstan (Lightbox)

Michael Zumstein: Looking Forward in Liberia (Newsweek)

Dominic Nahr’s Sudan Border Wars, some of which was published in Lightbox, includes Photojournalism Links’ first Image of the Month, posted end of May. Plenty of other great frames as well.  Do take a look…

Photo © Dominic Nahr

Dominic Nahr: Sudan Border Wars (Magnum)

Goran Tomasevic: Nuba Mountains (Guardian)

Phil Moore: DRC Crisis (Al Jazeera)

Andrea Bruce: Afghan Americans (NOOR)

Kadir van Lohuizen: The Cold End of the World (NOOR)

Jon Lowenstein: The Masks We Wear (NOOR)

Photo © Mae Ryan

Mae Ryan: Pentecostal Rehab Aids Adddicts in Russia (CNN)

Maxim Dondyuk: Tuberculosis Epidemic in Ukraine (CNN)

Davide Monteleone: Portraits of Russian Activists (New Yorker)

Giuliano Camarda: The Return of Los Indignados (Foreign Policy)

Joseph Rodriguez: Portraits from Another America (New Yorker)

Tom Stoddart: Britons (Reportage by Getty Images)

Peter Dench: The Diamond Jubilee (New Yorker)

Martin Parr: Up and Down Peachtree (Magnum)

Chris Steele-Perkins: Xiangshawan, Mongolia (Magnum)

Photo © Adam Dean

Adam Dean: Burma: Winds of Change (Panos)

Lana Slezic: Young in Old Delhi (Newsweek)

Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet: A Tasting Tour of Salts Around the World (Smithsonian)

Shiho Fukada: Great Hall of the People, China (Panos)

Andrew Testa: Binge Britain (Panos)

Seamus Murphy: Growing Body Parts (VII)

Photo © Tomas Bravo / Reuters

Tomas Bravo: Mexico’s Front Line (Reuters)

Don Bartletti: Mexicali’s Hotel of the Deported Migrant (LA Times Framework)

Doug Rickard: A New American Picture (Daily Mail)

Anders Petersen’s Soho work that we featured in the Tearsheet of the Day posts…here on CNN Photo blog…

Photo © Anders Petersen

Anders Petersen: Soho, London (CNN)

Kate Holt: Life on the Margin (zReportage)

Andrew Dickinson: Fighting the Addiction (zReportage)

Renee C. Byer: Picking Up the Pieces (zReportage)

Laura Pannack: Ukraine (Independent)

Photo © David Alan Harvey

David Alan Harvey: Rio (CNN)

Graham McIndoe: Missing Posters (NYT Lens)

Jeremy Suyker: Generation Wave: The Burmese Youth Fighting for Democracy (Foto8)

Jan Brykczynski: The Last Primeval Forest (Foto8)

Photo © Rebecca Norris Webb

Rebecca Norris Webb: My Dakota (Lightbox) Same in New Yorker

Richard Misrach: Cancer Alley (Lightbox)

Christine Osinski: Staten Island (Lightbox)

Always loved this image…Exhibition on at the recently re-opened Photographers’ Gallery in London’s Soho…

Photo © Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky: Oil (Guardian)

Zanele Muholi: South Africa’s Lesbian Community (New Yorker)

Myra Greene: Race and Identity (NYT Lens)

Baptiste Giroudon: Hello Mister President (Photographer’s website)

Simon Roberts’ Let This Be a Sign on shown in Swiss Cottage as part of the London Festival of Photography. Still need to pop down there, as I was busy on the private view night… Here’s some of the work on BBC website…

Photo © Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts: Let This Be a Sign (Telegraph)

Theodore Kaye: Turkey: Kyrgyz Nomads Struggle to Make  (Eurasianet)

Photo © Zed Nelson

Zed Nelson: Hackney (BBC)

Elizabeth D. Herman: Tracing Present Scars to Past Traumas (NYT Lens)

Articles | Saturday 19 May 2012

Olivier writing here. This is my first post for Photojournalism Links. I’ve been a long-time follower of Mikko’s work, which has, over the years, proved to be an amazing resources for photojournalists and photo editors. It’s my pleasure to help Mikko update and develop the site further, and we’re already planning new things for the site. Stay tuned.

Let’s get started.

First things first, if you happen to be in London this coming week, head for the Frontline Club, which is holding a series of photography events, including VII Photo’s seminar (Hint: if you’re looking to buy the agency’s latest book Questions Without Answers, you’ll get the opportunity to get it signed by a lot of the their photographers!) Reportage by Getty Images will also be there with a couple of events, including a discussion with Peter Dench, Tom Stoddart and Aidan Sullivan. Finally, on 24 May, there’s the Panos Pictures Networking Party.

Washington Post: Vogue’s flattering article on Syria’s first lady is scrubbed from Web. The images used by Vogue were shot by James Nachtwey. A copy of the article is hosted by a website called President Assad here. In the Washington Post’s article, it’s mentioned that Assad’s children aren’t actually his but decoys planted for security reasons.

Examiner: The picture of dishonesty: social media slaps down a wedding photo faker.

Walk Your Camera: Perpetuating the Visual Myth of Appalachia – or how a photographer reacts to a very bad edit, done by CNN, of her work.

Martin Parr: Too Much Photography.

Photobooth at The New Yorker: Will Steacy’s Photographs Not Taken continues to make the rounds, this time with The New Yorker publishing Nina Berman’s story of Cathy, who she met in London in the 1990s.

Cover of “Photographs Not Taken”

PBS: Photojournalists Scramble to Video. Is it worth it? 

“Video storytelling is different in execution than still photography, without a doubt. But it has been well-established that very talented still photographers can make the transition back and forth between the media and enhance their visual reporting,” says Sean D. Elliot, president of the National Press Photographers Association.

A Photo Editor: Is it Time to Eliminate Stills From Your Shoot?

BJP: Lange-Taylor Prize Gets a Facelift, relaunches in 2013.

A lot of talk about Hipstamatic, Instagram, and all-things Lomography in recent weeks, especially since Facebook paid $1.2bn for Instagram, so here we go:

NYT Lens: Benjamin Lowy: Virtually Unfiltered. The article that brought back the whole Hipstamatic debate on the table.

Conscientious: On the Hipstamatic Journalist. Joerg Colberg wonders how The New York Times can publish Hipstamatic images without it violating its strict rules about photo manipulation.

NYT: Everyone’s Lives, in Instagram Pictures. Karen Rosenberg tries to answer the question: “Why do we want to tweak our pictures so conspicuously?”

NYT: Lomography, an Analog Company Surviving in a Digital World.

Time Lightbox: Lomography and the “Analogue Future”.

San Francisco Chronicle: Hipstamatic Founders Lucas Buick, Ryan Dorshorst. An interview with the founders of the controversial app, and their plans for the future, including the release of an iPad magazine with interviews of star photographers using Hipstamatic.

Slate: In Defense of Instagram: Why News Photography Goes Well With Vintage-Filtered Cat Pic. An older article (March 2012), but felt it was needed in this context.

PetaPixel: IKEA Cardboard Camera Called KNAPPA To Land on Store Shelves Soon. Even Ikea is going into the cheap digital camera market.

BJP: New app bring lossless “developed raw” images to the iPhone.

Even about Instagram and Hipstamatic. Last week, there was an auction to help the family of Anton Hammerl, who was killed in Libya a year ago.

BBC: War photographer Anton Hammerl remembered at auction. A video of the auction and interviews with family, friends and colleagues.

NYT Lens: At Christie’s, an Auction for Anton.

Time Lightbox: Robert Capa, Friend of Anton.

Talking about Robert Capa…

The Guardian: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro: love in a time of war.

In Spain, Capa soon developed a reputation for taking photographs whatever the risk, setting the tone for war reportage as we now know it. Taro, too, was often seen running across the battle lines with her camera, her bravery matched by her recklessness. She travelled back and forth to the frontlines, shooting what she saw, often driven by a mixture of humanity, political commitment and a shrewd understanding of the power of the photograph to shape public opinion.

Fred Stein Archive/Getty Images

Time Lightbox: Overseas Press Club Award Winners Announced. Including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award, which went to André Liohn.

Channel 4 News: Death in a time of life. Jon Snow remembers Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria earlier this year.

NYT Lens: Parting Glance: Horst Faas.

Photo by Horst Faas / AP Photo.

PDN: Horst Faas, AP Combat Photographer, Dies age 79.

Panos Pictures: Robin Hammond Released From Prison in Zimbabwe. After being held for two weeks in Zimbabwe, Robin Hammond has been released and is back in Paris, safe and sound. I’m looking forward to seeing the images he came back with after spending two years documenting this country.

NYT Lens: A Ride Cloaked in Secrecy. I love this kind of articles, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the news, especially when it has a West Wing kind of vibe. Here, we get the background on how a photographer reported on President Obama’s secretive trip to Afghanistan.

The Guardian: What happens when a photojournalist travels to revisit his subjects?

NYT Lens: The Eddie Adams Workshop’s 25th Year.

NYT Lens: Touring the Nanny-Photographer’s Past. Yet another article about Vivian Maier.

Chicago Tribune: The Great John H. White.

Firecracker: Olivia Arthur. Chosen for her excellent Jeddah Diary, the photographer’s first book.

Photo by Olivia Arthur.

The Guardian: Richard Mosse’s best shot.

Photo by Richard Mosse / Institute.

The Guardian: Saatchi captures the confusion of contemporary photography.

“The title, Out of Focus, may have been meant ironically, but it takes on a more pointed meaning if you approach the show as a mirror of the fractured world of contemporary practice.”

Wall Street Journal: The Surreal Selling of Man Ray.

PhotoShelter: Photography Through the Eyes of Art Directors.

PhotoShelter: The 40+ Items Every Photography Assistants Needs Now.

A few articles about photographers’ rights and copyrights:

Time Lightbox: Fight for Your Right: Resources for Photographers Covering Protests (note: it’s mainly for US-based photographers).

Nancy L. Ford Blog: Why NOT to give away your copyrights.

BJP: More than $120,000,000 at stake in AFP v. Morel case.

The Russian Photos Blog: Agence France Presse vs Morel: “AFP Got Caught With A Hand In The Cookie Jar And Will Have To Pay” Out of 200 pages of legal documents filed by both Daniel Morel and Agence France-Presse / Getty Images, this sentence, written by an AFP employee is by far the one that caught the attention of the industry. I’ve used it in my standfirst as well, and A Photo Editor picked up as well.

BJP: Leica introduces a black-and-white digital M9 camera.

And to finish, a 100-minute documentary about Helmut Newton from Frames From The Edge. Of course, it’s best watched in full-screen.

And a 60-minute interview with Michele Hadlow, Forbes’ Senior Photo Editor on How to Shoot Powerful Portraits of Powerful People.

Finally, congratulations to photographers Karim Ben Khelifa and Finbarr O’Reilly. Both have been selected as International Nieman Fellows for the Class of 2013 at Harvard. Ben Khelifa will “conduct research on journalist-audience engagement, analyze the behavioral economics linked to crowdfunding and study new business models promoting the diversification of visual storytelling.” While O’Reilly will “study psychology to better understand how the human mind and behavior is affected by personal experience, with a focus on trauma and conflict zones.”

apertureWEEK: Online Photography Reading Shortlist

Aperture aggregates the best posts from this past week in the photography blogosphere.

  • “It is almost impossible for me to shoot a photo where someone is NOT taking a picture or posing for one,” writes Martin Parr on his blog in a post titled, “Too Much Photography.” Prime examples of this can be found in his series Tourism Inc. which is being published by Reporters Without Borders for the 20th anniversary of their “100 Photos for Press Freedom” collection, accompanied by an exhibition at Galerie Photo Fnac Forum des Halles in Paris, La Lettre de la Photographie reports. His photographs of Atlanta for the High Museum’s “Picturing the South” series are also featured in the upcoming summer issue of Aperture 207.
  • In further commentary on CNN’s controversial edit of Stacy Kranitz’ series on Appalachia, Joerg Colberg writes, “If we wanted to know what a place looked like we would need an infinity of photographs, taken from all possible angles excluding nothing, seeing everything at the same time,” a notion he thinks antithetical to the practice of photography, but increasingly possible, not only as Parr points out through the proliferations of cameras, but with the help of the Google Street View car, profiled by the Times here. Check out art made with photos pulled from the Street View service by Aaron Hobson, Jon Rafman, and Michael Wolf of the monograph Transparent City (Aperture 2008). And stay tuned for the upcoming re-issue and expanded edition of A New American Picture by Doug Rickard coming from Aperture in fall 2012.
  • Perpetual shooting brings us to the post on APhotoEditor asking, “Is It Time To Eliminate Stills From Your Shoot?” due to the ease and success with which quality still images may be pulled from video footage as a result of the recent proliferation of HDSLR cameras on the market. Now with no need to pick the decisive moment, soon no need to pick where to focus, who’ll need photographers? Have a look through SFMOMA’s page “Is Photography Over?” and read about the dialectical relationship of aesthetics and distribution/media on Fotomuseum Winterthur’s blog Still Searching.
  • On a different note, watch this great video from Feature Shoot, “Inside the World’s Only Tintype Photography Studio,” a photo gallery and walk-in commercial tintype portrait studio. Owner/photographer Michael Shindler says, ”I think what people seem to be looking for now is a kind of photography where the process itself is going to impart its own flavor to the finished image, a little bit of uncertainty.”
  • American Suburb X  shares Kelly Dennis’ 2005 essay, “Landscape and the West – Irony and Critique in New Topographic Photography,” which explores the work of Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal, Art Sinsabaugh and more. After reading, check out new-New Topographic photography in Camps & Cabins at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle, the third solo show by Eirik Johnson, author of the monograph Sawdust Mountain (Aperture 2009), on view through May 26, 2012.
  • LENS blog profiles the opening of “Gordon Parks: 100 Years” at the International Center of Photography, celebrating the centennial of the legendary photographer’s birth with an exhibition of his work presented not inside the center, but in their windows, on view to the street. Parks was featured in an essay by David Campany on “Precedented Photography” in Aperture issue 206. His writing also appears in the requisite volume, Photography Speaks: 150 Photographers on Their Art.
  • Fototazo posts Part II of their three-part interview with Oregon-based photographer Blake Andrews of the popular blog B. During this exchange, they invite him to create a competition for photographers to rank and sequence famous photographs, and predict the most popular sequence. The results of the contest will be published on Fototazo and Andrews’ blog. Part III of the interview will be published on Fototazo May 24, 2012.

apertureWEEK: Online Photography Reading Shortlist

Aperture aggregates the best posts from this past week in the photography blogosphere.