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Pulitzer Prize for Photography 2012: Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse

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The 2012 Pulitizer Prize for Breaking News Photography
Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse

Tarana Akbari, 12, screams in fear moments after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a crowd at the Abul Fazel Shrine in Kabul on December 06, 2011. ‘When I could stand up, I saw that everybody was around me on the ground, really bloody. I was really, really scared,’ said the Tarana, whose name means ‘melody’ in English. seo marketing . Out of 17 women and children from her family who went to a riverside shrine in Kabul that day to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, seven died including her seven-year-old brother Shoaib. Comcast Cable Florida . More than 70 people lost their lives in all, and at least nine other members of Tarana’s family were wounded. The blast has prompted fears that Afghanistan could see the sort of sectarian violence that has pitched Shiite against Sunni Muslims in Iraq and Pakistan. The attack was the deadliest strike on the capital in three years. President Hamid Karzai said this was the first time insurgents had struck on such an important religious day. The Taliban condemned the attack, which some official viewed as sectarian. On the same day, a second bomber attacked in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Karzai said on December 11 that a total of 80 people were killed in both attacks. Published December 7, 2011.

At the Hour of Our Death

Video by Mark & Angela Walley, Photographs by Sarah Sudhoff

One of photography’s distinctive qualities is its ability to reveal subjects that are invisible to the eye. But carefully considered images can also make visible ideas that we find difficult to think about or discuss. Dying, for example, is an act that is frequently shielded from view, presumably to protect the living from facing fears of what happens when life ceases to be. Sarah Sudhoff’s At the Hour of Our Death, takes as its starting point writer Phillipe Aries’ observation that “death’s invisibility enhances its terror”.

Like most of her work, these pictures are inspired by personal experience. As a teenager Sudhoff lost a friend to suicide. While visiting his home after learning of the tragedy, she witnessed a clean up crew efficiently removing all physical traces of his final moments—the stuff of death we prefer to quietly avoid. Brightly illuminated and full of vibrant color, Sudhoff’s large-scale photos present swatches of bedding, carpet and upholstery marked with the signs of a passing life. Seemingly grim at first blush, the series is a fascinating and beautiful work of conceptual art. By making abstract the thing we fear most, Sudhoff brings it into stark focus.

Sean Lee

Sean Lee is a talented twenty-five year old photographer who lives and works in Singapore. His commercial work is stylized and dynamic, but his personal work is, well, personal. His series, Homework, will be on exhibition at Galeria Tagomago in Barcelona from July 7th – September 10th. In his short photography career, he has already garnered awards and solo shows, including the Discovery Award at the Arles Photo Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Angkor Photo Festival, and the Icon de Martell Cordon Bleu, a photography prize that recognizes the most outstanding artist in Singapore.

On ʻHomeworkʼ:
I started making images about my family on a regular basis upon completing my course in the School of Theology in Singapore. It was also around that time that I started having a sneaky suspicion that the reason why I have always felt the need to create is because I was first created by an uncreated God. For some reason, this time spent in school in many ways elevated my love for making images. Strange, especially considering how nothing we learntat all was particularly related to photography.

I have always felt that the only kinds of work worth doing are the ones that we are utterly concerned about, whether in photography or otherwise. This is perhaps the reason why I turned to making images at home. There is a kind of quiet delight in photographing the members of my family. In many ways, the process of making pictures has made life at home a little less mundane and uneventful. Sometimes, itʼs almost magical. Like the time when I made my parents hug each other. That was the first time I had ever seen them being so physically intimate. It was pure joy for me.

I do different things with my family members in this work. Sometimes, I use them to say something about my thoughts on faith, desires and fears. Other times, I just want to make them touch each other, which is something that is very new to us. We never touch. And then there are times when I make them do completely weird and crazy things so that we can all laugh it together. That to me is one of the most magical things, making comedy with the camera.

I notice little things, like how looking at my family through the viewfinder feels so different from just looking at them. I am always surprised by their willingness to have their pictures taken and how they have gradually become more involved in the process, often giving me advice and opinions on the end products and setup. More recently, my dad and sister have been asking me to explain my work. I think I might just show them this.

To me, the best thing about this work has been how it has begun to affect all of us in the family and how we interact. This is what Iʼve been looking for ultimately: to be changed by what I do. It is not enough for me to just make images. Ultimately, I want my images to also make me. This work started off as a way for me to organise and to make sense of how I feel towards my family.Iʼm glad that it has turned into something more. I hope that you, too, will get something out of them.

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