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Somalia in Transition: Photographs by Dominic Nahr

Mogadishu is enjoying its longest sustained peace in 21 years of civil war. But don’t mistake that for a return to normality. As TIME contract photographer Dominic Nahr’s pictures reveal, when the tide of war rolled back off Somalia’s capital, it left behind one of the world’s strangest-looking cities. Every building shot-up, every road ruineda tropical Dresden on the Horn of Africa standing testament to an extraordinary capacity for destruction. And yet, as the city recovers, that grey and dusty tableau of annihilation only accentuates the bright shoots of returning life: the red of a head scarf, the orange covers on a refugee shelter, the florescent turquoise of the sea.

No one knows what Mogadishu’s future will look like. High Speed Internet For You . No one even knows whether its peace will last. But already there is a lesson: even in the most ruined city in the world’s most failed state, life and colorand hopeendures.

Dominic Nahr, aTIMEcontract photographer,is represented byMagnum.

Alex Perry is TIME’s Africa bureau chief.

Image of the Month – Dominic Nahr for TIME

This image  from Sudan (used here with the photographer’s permission), which portrays a soldier of the northern regime’s army, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), dead, immersed in oil next to a leaking petroleum facility in Heglig, was taken by Magnum Photos member Dominic Nahr for TIME. The magazine ran it double truck end of April to open Alex Perry’s article titled Sudan’s Spiral Back to War. When Mikko and I saw it, we agreed it was one of the most visually and contextually striking images we’d seen in weeks – and so, it made sense for us to select it to kickstart our new monthly showcase.

Writing for TIME, Dominic explained how he came to photograph this dead soldier. “In Heglig, days before it was retaken by the northern army, I wandered over to the nearby oil installations hoping to capture photos of the destruction. There were bodies of dead northern soldiers all over the place. As I got closer to the pipeline I saw a corpse lying in a thick slick of oil, glistening in the sun. The soldier’s head was resting on his arms and I couldn’t see any injuries: it looked like he was sleeping.” Read more about it on the TIME Lightbox website.

We’ve asked Dominic to share with Photojournalism Links his personal feelings about the image. He had this to say: “When I see civilians that have been killed, my body aches, knowing that something horrible has happened. With soldiers it is slightly different. I had been photographing more than a dozen bodies that day, most of which were torn to pieces. You go into work mode, I remember I was photographing this body that almost didn’t look real, I framed it in a very direct way. When I got back to look at it I was shocked to see that I thought that would be an ok picture to have published or shown. It was very far from being useable. When I saw the body in the oil, i really thought the soldier looked like he was sleeping, so in a way it was a lot more calming than the other situations I had documented that day. It felt like for the moment I was there, time stopped.”

Revolution Lost: Photographs by Dominic Nahr

Gone are the accolades of heroism and courage that just one year ago greeted Egypt’s so-called “Facebook youth” when they led the popular uprising against the authoritarian regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Of that emotional and miraculous 18-day revolt, many proud Egyptians say the youth succeeded where decades of repressed and compromised opposition parties had not.

But 12 months later, Tahrir Square is a ravaged and frustrated version of its former self. Egypt’s youth movement is struggling to keep the revolution going, challenging the ruling military council the only way they know how—through protest. But with the country’s economy and stability sliding further into turmoil, the youth heroes of yesterday are failing to win the hearts and minds of the Egyptian majority today. Instead, many say they’re desperate to move on from the square.

Abigail Hauslohner is TIME’s Cairo correspondent. Find her on Twitter @ahauslohner.

Dominic Nahr is a contract photographer for TIME, represented by Magnum Photos. You can see more of his work from the Egyptian revolution here

Monday 11 April 2011

Been a week since last updates… Busy times…both professionally and personally, with a friend visiting from Caracas, but here we go again…

A proof of how hectic it’s been, is that I haven’t even hit the NYT Paywall 20 free articles limit yet…and I was able not only see the below photo(s) on the Lens blog, but also read the article (If I remember correctly, after I’m going to hit the 20, I can only see the photos but not the text)…

Features and Essays – Finbarr O’Reilly: On the Road to Revolution (NYT Lens blog: April 2011) Libya

I found some of Chris Morris’ Libya series Theater of War on Lightbox to be very reminiscent of his My America..Check this out…Libya frames on the left…(you can see the comparison bigger here)

Features and Essays – Christopher Morris: Theater of War (TIME: April 2011)

New York Times’ Libya gallery..

Related… A lot of talk about Condition ONE recently.. Not necessarily so keen on it myself…

Articles – TIME Lightbox: Condition ONE : A New Way to Photograph War (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Athit Perawongmetha : Too Close to Fukushima: Inside the Exclusion Zone (TIME: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Giovanni Cocco: Evros: Long Ways to Europe (VII Mentor: April 2011) Illegal immigrants arriving into the EU | Cocco’s website

Stephanie Sinclair’s Newsweek cover story on Hillary Clinton now VII website

Features and Essays – Stephenie Sinclair: Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights (VII: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jonathan Saruk: Postcard from Yemen (New Yorker: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: The Uprising: Reflections on the Egyptian Revolution (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Andrea Bruce: Egypt’s Democratization (VII Network: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Joao Pina: Tunisia (New Yorker: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Lynsey Addario: Libya Uprising (VII Network: April 2011)

Features and Essays – David Spero: Churches (National Media Museum Vimeo: 2011)

Features and Essays – Andy Sewell: The Heath (Telegraph: April 2011)

I went to the National Portrait Gallery here in London on Friday, partly to show it to my friend but also to see the latest acquisitions…some Kate Peters, and Spencer Murphy in there…Also had another look at Jason Bell’s An Englishman in New York room…

I had seen it already before, but it is worth seeing a second time.. The project is out as a book.. and TIME featured it on their photo gallery…

Features and Essays – Jason Bell: An Englishman in New York (TIME: March 2011)

New work by Martin Parr on Magnum Photos website…

Features and Essays – Martin Parr: The Goutte d’Or (Magnum: April 2011) Cultural diversity in north Paris

Prefer the new work on his blog….

Features and Essays – Martin Parr: Modern Fashion Warfare (Photographer’s blog: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Laura Lean: Restoring Kabul’s bazaar (BBC: April 2011) Lauran Lean’s website

Agencies VII April 2011 Newsletter

Saw Marcus Bleasdale tweet the other day..that he has new work from Djibouti, China and Iceland on his website..

Articles – NPPA: Joao Silva Doing Exceptional Following Major Reconstructive Surgery (NPPA: April 2011)

Articles – BagNewsNotes: Amanda Rivkin in Hungary: Toxic Red Sludge (BNN: April 2011)

A lot of talk about this on the Twittersphere last week…

Articles – Guardian: Deutsche Börse: When is contemporary photography not photography? (Guardian: April 2011) This year’s Deutsche Börse prize show has just opened, but are the shortlistees photographers at all – and should the Photographers’ Gallery rethink its name?

Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen work, which was featured on NYT Magazine under the title The Shrine Down the Hall is nominated for a National Magazine Award in News and Documentary Photography category having


Articles – NYT: National Magazine Award Nominations (NYT: April 2011)

April 2011 issue of British Journal of Photography is out…Loads of interesting articles and interviews, including one with Anton Corbijn…

and New South Africans, which features work by Mikhael Subotzky…

…and Wim Wenders (cover!), and Intelligence section about crowdfunding and NYT Mag’s redesign…Worth checking out if you have £6.99 / $14.99 to spare.

From BJP online…

Articles – BJP: Photographic organisations unite for Bill of Rights campaign (BJP: April 2011)

Articles – Getty Images is offering $100,000 in grants to photojournalists. Enter before 01 May

How to spot a faked photo… (via @JamesEstrin)..

Digital forensics (Mit.edu: April 2011) Photo experts converge at MIT to discuss how to spot doctored images.

Also via James’ Twitter feed… “Altaf Qadri, Award-winning AP photographer, missing in Libya | StarTribune.com”

Interviews – Carl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (Rob Galbraith DPI: April 2011)

InterviewsSara Terry (PDN: April 2011)

Interviews – James Nachtwey reflects on the genocide in Rwanda (TIME LB: April 2011)

Interviews – David Burnett – Iran revolution (Youtube)

Interviews Christopher Anderson (Acrental.wordpress.com: April 2011)

InterviewsLynsey Addario (CPJ: April 2011)

Interviews – Steve McCurry on his iconic photograph ‘Tailor in Monsoon, Porbandar, India’ (Phaidon: April 2011)

Interviews William Klein (Telegraph: April 2011)

Interviews Christian Als (Telegraph: April 2011)

Interviews Chris Jordan (Telegraph: April 2011)

From the NYT Lens blog Turning Point series…

InterviewsTy Cacek (NYT Lens: April 2011)

MultimediaAuto de Fe

Awards – IdeasTap Photographic Award with Magnum Photos : Deadline 3 May 2011

Awards – Foto8 Summershow open for entries!

Awards – AOP Assistant Awards

Workshops – Foundry Photojournalism Workshop : Bilingual classes – Clases bilingües at Foundry

Awards – The City of Levallois Photographic Award is now calling for entries. Winner gets an exhibition and €10,000

The new Vivian Maier website will launch soon…You can subscribe to the newsletter at http://viv.ma/newsletter to be informed about the launch (via @martinfuchs)

New edition of Lens Culture – online

Collectives Terra Project April 2011 newsletter

PhotographersStuart Leech

Photographers Pierfrancesco Celada

Photographers Karen Mirzoyan

Photographers Cheryl Dunn

Festivals / Exhibitions – NYPH 2011  : Provocation – Selected Entries (NYPH Vimeo: April 2011)

Always fascinated reading about photographers and their promos…

Benjamin Rasmussen shares his latest promo on his blog here

I also like reading about what photographers have in their bags… Justin Mott reveals his bag’s contents, which might not be quite what you’d expect….

Blogs – Justin Mott: Finally Revealed!!! What’s In My Camera Bag (Photographer’s blog: April 2011)

Tuesday 15 March 2011

PJ Links is now coming from London. Moved to E15 yesterday. Feeling very optimistic. I’ve always loved visiting the city and it feels good to be actually calling it my home now. Hopefully the decision to move here proves a wise one also professionally. Very much also looking forward to making the most of what London photography scene has to offer. It should definitely be easier to meet people in person here. Was already very pleased to have met @Yumi_Goto yesterday in central London. She’s been in the UK for a couple of weeks after having come to give a talk at Format festival. Was also briefly introduced to @ZarinaHolmes from Sojournposse and Mariateresa Salvatin from Slideluck Potshow London. Hoping to get a chance to talk more with both ladies soon. The next SLPS London event, by the way,  will be in June and it will be curated by Yumi.

Now back to business…

Everyone was talking about the new Lightbox blog launched by TIME magazine’s photo department yesterday…I’m excited too. I’ve always been a big fan of their photo features..Every post I do seems to have one or two essays from their site…Lightbox looks like a brilliant addition to TIME’s photo offerings… And the best thing is, you can view slideshows without having to load each of the photographs on a new URL, like in their photo essays galleries. One of the sections of the new blog, is called In Progress, which promises exclusive look at new work… the first photographer featured in the section is Dominic Nahr and his work from Japan, where he is covering the earthquake/tsunami aftermath…See below…I saw Patrick Witty tweet yesterday that James Nachtwey is also on assignment in Japan. Would be great to see his work in In Progress too…

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: Amid Japan’s Devastation (TIME Lightbox: March 2011)

Japan in Boston Globe’s Big Picture… Japan: New fears as the tragedy deepens

Lightbox has an interview with one hero of mine ,  well one of all of ours..Eugene Richards..

InterviewsEugene Richards (TIME Lightbox: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Marcus Bleasdale: One Voice, One Thousand Children [part2] (VII Magazine: March 2011)

The third Prix Pictet winner will be announced  in Paris on Thursday, and the latest Sunday Times Magazine featured some of the nominees…and as @AshGilbertson mentioned on Twitter end of the week, Chris Jordan’s series really is pretty amazing…

Features and Essays – Chris Jordan: Midway: Message from the Gyre (Photographer’s website: March 2011)

Also saw the below photo , which I quite like,  by Edgar Martins in the Sunday Times Magazine, but remembering the Martins/NYT mag assignment saga relating to manipulation of his photographs, my pleasure of looking at Martins’ photo was slightly undermined by doubt that might it be rather manipulated also…

Libya…Damn.. I really thought Gaddafi’s days were numbered as a leader two weeks ago, but he held off, and it’s looking pretty bad for the rebels now…

Features and Essays – Alex Majoli: Libya at War (Newsweek: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Finnbarr O’Reilly: Rebel Portraits (Reuters: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Alessandro Gandolfi: Libya (Parallelozero: March 2011)

Michael Christopher Brown’s Libya Hipstas now on burn…

Features and Essays – Michael Christopher Brown: Libya (burn: March 2011)

Yuri Kozyrev’s Libya gallery on TIME website now up to 87 photographs.

New York Times’ Libya gallery now up to 276 photographs.

Interviews – Marco Di Lauro (BJP: March 2011) Photographer tells BJP he was detained and deported from Yemen, as he tried to cover the unrest

Going through latest NGM (April 2011) features earlier…It’s 15th again, so I was pretty sure they’d have some new ones on offer…

Features and Essays – Diane Cook and Len Jenshel: New York’s High Line (NGM: April 2011 issue) New Yorkers can float over busy streets in an innovative park.

Gerd Ludwig in there too…

Features and Essays – Gerd Ludwig: Crimea (NGM: April 2011 issue) Russia’s paradise lost belongs to Ukraine—and that’s where the trouble begins.

Features and Essays – Shiho Fukada: Tension and Theater at China’s Congress (NYT Lens: March 2011)

My Canadian mate @keithvass sent me a link to this…

Articles – Toronto Star Photo Blog: Kid Goes to War (Toront Star: March 2011)

Interviews Lise Sarfati (ASX: March 2011)

Interviews and Talks Kenneth Jarecke and David Burnett (Jarecke blog: March 2011)

Interviews and Talks – Peta Pixel: 14 Powerful TED Talks by Photographers (Peta Pixel: 2010)

Getty Images is hiring…

Jobs Photographers’ Agent

Forgot to mention, I also met London photographer Ore Huiying yesterday. Yumi was staying at hers…

Photographers Ore Huiying

Photographers Jason Wallis

PhotographersMichael T Regan

Photographers Stuart Matthews

Photographers Eva-Lotta Jansson

Second year BA Press and Editorial Photography student Dan Cainey from University College Falmouth was in touch about the second year students’ show opening at Calumet gallery,93-103 Drummond Street,London NW1 2hJ early next week…

Exhitions Falmouth Progression : Private View at 6:00pm on Tuesday 22 of March

Photographers Dan Cainey

Saturday 5 February 2011

It’s all Egypt again, to start-off with…

Some of the best photos I’ve seen from Tahrir Square…

Features and Essays – Yuri Kozyrev: The Battle for Tahrir Square (TIME: February 2011)

Features and Essays – NYT (various photographers): From the Protests in Egypt (NYT: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jacopo Quaranta: A Night in Tahrir Square (TIME February 2011)

TIME has also updated Dominic Nahr’s gallery I posted on Tuesday, with some new images..

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: The Clashes in Cairo (TIME: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Guy Martin: Clashes in Cairo (WSJ: February 2011)

It’s not surprising photographers are moving in small packs in conditions as in Cairo during this week and end up with similar photographs. It does however give an interesting opportunity to compare, how two photographers see and capture identical scenes….As pointed out by @melissalyttle, Dominic Nahr and Guy Martin for instance seem to have moved together as both of the two slideshows above include several photographs that have been taken as if the two men have been standing, in Lyttle’s words, “shoulder to shoulder”….See for yourself in the below examples…I find especially the first example striking… The two photographs are pretty much identical…only slight differences in contrast and saturation…About the photo of the man wiping blood off his head, I’m almost 100% certain we are looking at the same man, despite the fact his jacket does look different colour…this might be due to post processing… I’m pretty sure the wall is the same, and its colour is slightly different as well in the two photograps…

Dominic Nahr for TIME:

Guy Martin for Wall Street Journal:

Egypt in New Yorker Photo Booth…

Features and Essays – Kate Brooks: Postcard from Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Joao Pina: Postcard form Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Nadia Shira Cohen: Postcard from Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Ron Haviv: Egypt (VII: February 2011)

From LA Times…

Features and Essays – Caroly Cole: Egypt (LA Times: February 2011) audio slideshow

Features and Essays – LA Times (Carolyn Cole and Michael Robinson Chavez): Protests in Egypt (LA Times: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Sean Smith: Egypt protests: events in Tahrir Square (Guardian: February 2011) Another Guardian gallery by various photographers

Great photos by Ivor Prickett on the Panos site…and it’s not 6×6…

Features and Essays – Ivor Prickett: Days of Anger (Panos: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jason Larkin: Cairo’s Ornate (or Odd) Portals to the Past (NYT Lens: February 2011)

The harrasment of journalists and photographers has been worrying…

Articles – NYT Lens: Even the Middle Ground Is Perilous in Cairo (NYT Lens: February 2011)

Articles – PDN: Photographers Beaten, Robbed as Pro-Mubarak Gangs Turn on Press (PDN: February 2011)

Articles – MSNBC: Hotel staff take photojournalists’ cameras in Cairo (MSNBC: February 2011)

Interviews Chris Hondros interview regarding the madness in Tahrir Square in Egypt (BagNewsNotes: February 2011)

Interviews Magnum photographer Peter Van Agtmael tells of ordeal in Cairo’s streets (BJP: February 2011)

Interviews – Ron Haviv : Mob mentality creates dangerous conditions for protesters and journalists (MSNBC: February 2011)

Articles – Andrew Burton: Account of an Attack (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

This is from week ago…

InterviewsScott Nelson (NYT Lens: February 2011)

NewsABCNews ongoing list of journalists arrested/injured/attacked/threatened in Cairo

I wondered how they all filed during the internet shut down..

Articles – PDN: From Egypt, Photographers Persisted in Filing Photos (PDN: February 2011)

Elsewhere in North Africa…

Features and Essays – Christian Als: Postcard from Algeria (New Yorker: February 2011)

Something completely different…

Features and Essays – Piotr Malecki: The Knacker’s Yard (Panos: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Silent Murmur (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Features and Essays – Gerd Ludwig: Chernobyl (Huffington Post: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jerome Sessini: Referendum in Southern Sudan (Reportage: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Tomas Lekfeldt: AfriChina (Moment Archive: 2011)

Features and Essays – David Moore: Inside London’s Secret Crisis-Command Bunker (Wired: February 2011)

MoviesHow to Make a Book With Steidl

Books – A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia by Alixandra Fazzina is voted number 10 in a list of Amazon’s bestsellers in photojournalism

Awards Sony World Photography Awards Finalists and Shortlisted (SWPA)

Awards – Announcement for female documentary photographers: The 2011 Inge Morath Award is now open for submissions

World Press Photo judging…

InterviewsDavid Burnett, Vince Aletti, Ruth Eichhorn and Heinz Kluetmeier : WPP judges (World Press Photo: February 2011)

Another great blog post by Burnett…A must read!

Articles – David Burnett: To Photography and To Photographers (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Anastasia is everywhere…and to my surprise it’s not 6×6 this time…

Articles – Verve: Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Verve: February 2011)

I heard by the way, that her Gaza Zoo feature is published in today’s Telegraph Magazine, if you are interested…

[NB. the below link did work when I was doing this post, but not when I later checked. Fingers crossed it’s OK, again]

Articles – BJP: French retail chain offers three photojournalism grants (BJP: February 2011) FNAC, a French entertainment retail chain, has unveiled the recipients of its inaugural photojournalism grants with photographers Jan Banning, Cedric Gerbehaye and Anastasia Taylor-Lind each receiving €8000

Articles – BJP: New World Order : Images from the frontline of the recession by Christian Lutz, Marchand & Meffre, Ian Teh, etc (BJP: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – Joyel L: How to find a fixer (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – Assignment Chicago: Two Essential Ingredients of Contest-Winning Photos (Chicago Tribune: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – Reuters: Want to know how to cover street protests? Here’s some useful photo tips and what to look out for (Reuters: February 2011)

A must read….

Articles – Justin Mott: Now What? Vol. 1: Why Being Busy Can Mean Being Broke (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles – Chip Litherland: i’ll just shoot some weddings (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles – Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Alexandre Meneghini (Guardian: February 2011)

AgenciesMagnum Photos February 2011 Newsletter

Multimedia New issue of 1000 Words Magazine is out

MultimediaEverybody Street

Articles / Interviews Misha Erwitt : The Woman in the ‘Family of Man’ Family (NYT Lens: February 2011)

Twitter accounts I’ve just started following…

Twitter David Guttenfelder

TwitterScott Nelson

Twitter Kevin German

Twitter David Walter Banks

TwitterAutographABP

TwitterShit Photojournalists Like

Twitter David Axelbank

JobsPanos seeks multi-media intern

Books – Phil Coomes: 64×64: Farewell to Kodachrome (Blurb)

WorkshopsWorkshop in Slovenia with Antonin Kratochvil and Marcus Bleasdale : March 2011 : Slovenia

To finish off, again, a joke: “Conan O’Brian’s advice to Egypt: “If you want people to stay at home and do nothing, you should turn the internet back on.”

As for me, I’m now going to turn off this computer and go cycling on the Brighton seafront. Even if it rains. Have a good weekend everybody.

Dominic Bell



All images © Dominic Bell

I recently received these intriguing and ethereal images from Dominic Bell as part of his ongoing Broken Waves project. A recent photography graduate of the University of the Arts Bournemouth, Bell’s work explores the state of our relationship with nature.

Broken Wave, seeks to represent the objectification of nature through the investigation of current notions surrounding the contemporary seascape. The work of Broken Wave strives to exemplify the possibilities of the relationship between the sculptural object and the photographic image through an investigation into the nature of time and photography. The photographs within Broken Wave are depicted with the aim of superseding the original objects and making the temporality of the sculptural work be replaced by aspects of timelessness. This work is part of an ongoing investigation in to human interaction with landscape and our incessant desire for ‘objects’. By collecting samples of wave water and freezing them, the work plays on the themes of human intervention and destruction.”

It’s still under construction, but if you’re itching for more you can take a look at Bell’s work on his website.