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Marco Longari: TIME Picks 2012′s Best Photographer on the Wires

Of the millions of pictures moving through the news services, or “the wires,” in 2012, an astonishing number have already proven unforgettable. Distinctive images of daily life in Pakistan from Muhammad Muheisen, an Islamabad-based chief photographer for the Associated Press; unexpected visual stories from Jerusalem-based AP staffer Oded Balilty; uniformly strong work from Reuters’ peripatetic Goran Tomasevic (who in the past 12 months shot in Congo, Afghanistan, Syria, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt); Spanish-born Manu Brabo’s searing photos from Syria — over and over again, the wires provided signature photos from unyielding conflicts, rebellions and upheavals the world over.

But even in this celebrated company, the work of Agence-France Presse photographer Marco Longari stood markedly apart. The Italian-born Longari’s pictures from across the Middle East in 2012, from Egypt and the West Bank to Gaza and Syria, were at-once unflinching and authoritative. The unspeakable anguish in the face of a Palestinian mother holding her lifeless daughter, killed in an Israeli air strike; the passion evinced by thousands of Egyptian Christians praying for their ancient homeland; a Syrian man engaged in the most quotidian of tasks — carrying groceries — and yet hunched against a sniper’s bullet that might, at any second, take his life; the deceptively idyllic scene of a boy tending to his horse in Gaza City: in quiet moments and in terrifying, violent environments, Longari made picture after picture this year that mattered.

The Jerusalem-based chief photographer for AFP in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Longari is a graduate of the Istituto Superiore di Fotografia in Rome. In the late 1990s he covered the unrest in Kosovo before moving to Africa, where he served in Nairobi, coordinating the agency’s East African coverage. He chronicled the seemingly endless crisis in Darfur and shot the 2008 Russo-Georgian war. But it was in the Middle East in 2012 that his work transitioned from powerful to indispensable. There is, simply, no way to envision the upheaval across the region in the past year without his work. It is that central to how the world sees (and will remember) this deeply unsettling year.

The 47-year-old Longari recently told TIME that, from his perspective behind the camera, 2012 was “another year of revolutions, protests, violent acts and sheer madness. [It seems] like humanity has lost its bearings, yet again.”

He spent most of his time in Cairo, arriving early in the year, on the first anniversary of the start of the 2011 revolution. There, he was greeted by street violence and chaos.

“It was a sad scene,” he told TIME. “All the energy and the expectations of the young people with whom I shared long days and nights in Tahrir Square the year before, all was being hijacked and taken away, lost in political games. It has been difficult to find images that made sense … that were not simple repetitions of what was done a year before.”

The Egyptian presidential election in May was again, he says, a time of some optimism, with Egyptians voting in large numbers — some of them for the first time in their lives — in a country finally, tentatively experiencing what a real multiparty election can be.

“The shift in the visual landscape,” he notes, “was important, a chance to tell a positive story, whatever the outcome. Fire is still burning under the ashes,” he adds. “People on the streets are still ready and willing to settle scores.”

The West Bank and Gaza, meanwhile, is a story Longari been covering for almost six years. “Crossing the border” into that part of the world, he says, “is shifting into another gear — a different tension, but still a real tension. It’s a landscape I’ve looked at for quite a long time now. I have tools to understand it.”

Incredibly, from a year of countless telling moments, Longari recalls a specific, revelatory instance of professional camaraderie in Gaza that stays with him.

“I was waiting for casualties to arrive at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after an air raid,” he told TIME. “Phone lines with Jerusalem [where his wife and two children live] went dead. It took me some time to compose myself and get back to the routine of doing what I do. But in the faces of the colleagues around me, I recognized what my face must look like every time a bomb or a rocket falls near their families. Photography is compassion — and that scene in Gaza was the most humbling lesson in compassion I’ve experienced in my career.”

TIME’s previous wire photographers of the year:

2010: Pete Muller of the Associated Press
2009: Mauricio Lima of Agence-France Press

Agencies and Photographers | November 2012

Agencies and Collectives

It’s not even December yet, but some Best of 2012s are out already….

VII: Best of 2012: Highlights of a Year in Pictures | ‘VII photographers present their best images, shot or released in 2012′

Best Pictures of the Year from Agence France Presse (Whittier Daily News)

European Pressphoto Agency: The Year in Images (EPA)

Reuters’ best pictures of the year is pretty cool as it includes comments by the photographers and even technical info…

Photo © Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Photo © Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Reuters: Best Photos of The Year 2012 (Reuters)

VII Newsletter November 2012

TerraProject Newsletter November 2012

Prime Collective: Newsletter November 2012

NOOR: Evelien Kunst becomes NOOR’s new Managing Director | news on BJP

Magnum event at Frontline Club in London : Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom : Thursday December 13, 2012 7:00 PM

Pioneer photo agency Sipa Press files for bankruptcy protection (BJP)

Katie Orlinsky joins Reportage by Getty Images as a Featured Photographer

Tommaso Protti joins Emerging Talent at Reportage by Getty Images

Firecracker November 2012


Trailer to the upcoming McCulling documentary…Very much looking forward to seeing the film at some point…In the mean time I’ll be reading his autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour.

Trailer to the documentary ‘McCullin’ (Guardian) ‘Watch the world exclusive trailer for David and Jacqui Morris’s documentary on British photographer Don McCullin, whose acclaimed work for the Observer and the Sunday Times in Vietnam, Biafra, Cyprus and Lebanon produced some of the defining images of war. McCullin describes the ‘moral sense of purpose and duty’ behind his work. McCullin is released in the UK on 1 January 2013′

Somewhere to Disappear with Alec Soth

Looks like Contrasto has pushed the publication of James Nachtwey’s Pietas forward until September 2013… Was supposed to come out late October… Shame. Was on my wish list for Santa…

James Nachtwey: Pietas 

Reckoning at the Frontier by Eros Hoagland (Kickstarter crowdfunding) ‘Reckoning at the Frontier is an upcoming photography book that explores the drug war in northern Mexico.’

Workshop : Photographic storytelling with Sebastian Meyer and Anastasia Taylor-Lind : 7 December, London(Guardian) ‘Two eminent, widely published and very different photojournalists give a Guardian Masterclass in telling stories with images.’

Photo © Maysun


Jordi Ruiz Cicera

David Vintiner

Matilde Gattoni

Hiroyuki Ito

Nicola Lo Calzo

Howard Schatz

Andrew Lichtenstein

Matthew Niederhauser

Lindsay Mackenzie

Andrea Frazzetta

Narciso Contreras

Georgina Cranston

Mark Seager

Matt Carr

Michal Solarski

Laura Pannack new website

Duncan Nicol Robertson

Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman on Verve

Paul Taggart on Verve

Pavel Prokopchik on Verve

Philipp Spalek  on Verve

Daniel Hartley-Allen on Verve

Linda Dorigo on Verve

Pascal Maitre

Matteo di Giovanni

Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini

Greta Pratt

Toufic Beyhum

Emine Ziyatdinova

Artur Conka

Guest Blogger 2 – Landscape Photography tips and advice with Toby Smith and Robert Leslie on the World Photography Organisation Blog

© Robert Leslie, Leroux Wash Arizona 2011, Stormbelt. “The most pristine water a man can take, they are drilling it out of the ground. So now the old folks are saying, “What happened to all the deer? What happened to all the birds?” All because of some greedy people lighting up the whole city of New York & LA” Navajo Nation Member

For my second post on the World Photo Organisation Blog, Landscape Photography – Getting it Right, I get some tips and advice and touch upon the question of the acceptable levels of post-production in landscape photography. This is a topic I will return to on Hotshoe Blog later.

I’m no landscape photographer so I asked two well-travelled photographers Toby Smith (TS) and Robert Leslie (RL) for some advice. One tip that is oft repeated is ‘being in the right place at the right time’. Apart from this, you also need patience, determination and a good eye.”

Read more over at the WPO blog.

Photo © Toby Smith/Reportage by Getty Images
BAOTAO, CHINA – DECEMBER 20, 2010: Coal trucks grind down-hill from an open-cast coal mine to the main-highway. Congestion at the highway, weighing points and intersections often sees the vehicles jammed for days as China attempts to redistribute its coal.

Filed under: Documentary photography, Photographers, Photographers blogs, Photojournalism Tagged: Edmund Clarke, HotShoe magazine, Landscape photography Tips, Low-light photography, Miranda Gavin, Post-production, Processing RAW, Robert Leslie, Toby Smith, World Photo Organisation Blog

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)

Agencies and Photographers | October 2012

Agencies and Collectives

Congratulations to Reportage by Getty Images for their 5-year anniversary.. Their editors have put together a slideshow to mark the occasion, showcasing work by the agency’s represented and featured photographers. …Includes the below classic by one of my favourites, Shaul Schwarz…

Nairobi, Kenya. 2008. © Shaul Schwarz

Reportage by Getty Images: Five Years Old

E-version of the first issue of the agency’s recently launched Reportage magazine….I picked up a print version in Perpignan…Definitely worth checking out…

Photos © Jonathan Torgovnik

Reportage : Reportage by Getty Images magazine

They have a revamped Tumblr too…

Reportage by Getty Images new Tumblr site

VII: Newsletter November 2012 | Newsletter October 2012

VII Photo’s collaboration with Think Outside the Cell (BJP)

Magnum Photo newsletter

Still two months until the end of the year, but NOOR have already done a Year in Review….

NOOR: Year in Review

NOOR: Newsletter October 2012

NOOR celebrates fifth anniversary with Blurb book project (Blurb blog)

Photo seen on the newsletter © Abbie Trayler-Smith

Panos Pictures Newsletter

Prime Collective: Newsletter October 2012

Terra Project newsletter

This looks terrific. I need to get myself an iPad.

Reuters – The Wider Image App | Reuters’ The Wider Image app (editorsweblog.org) ‘New storytelling for photojournalism’ | Reuters releases Wider Image iPad app (BJP)

Carlyle Group completes Getty Images acquisition (BJP)

Addretouch, post-production


Dedicated website to Stephanie Sinclair’s and Jessica Dimmock’s Too Young To Wed project.

Photo © Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair and Jessica Dimmock : Too Young to Wed

James Nachtwey has a new book out today…

James Nachtwey: Pietas (Contrasto) [link to Amazon]

Group project on Afghanistan by impressive list of contributing photographers

Photo seen on the front page © Jonathan Saruk

Razistan | Land of Secrets

Group project on Scotland…

Document Scotland

Saw a friend mention on Facebook that Stephen Shore just launched his first ever website…If indeed true, certainly worth visiting, no?

Stephen Shore

Manu Brabo

Eric Bouvet

Brian Finke

Mike Berube

Lauren Decicca

Julian Germain

Bharat Sikka

Melissa Cacciola

Vittoria Mentasti

Tarrah Krajnak

Brian Driscoll

Thomas Locke Hobbs

Giulia Marchi

Tadej Znidarcic

Jesse Neider

Zac Baillie

Tim Mitchell

Photo © Misha Friedman

Misha Friedman on Verve

David Chancellor on Verve

Alejandro Kirchuk on Verve

Lexey Swall on Verve

Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert on Verve

Massimiliano Clausi on Verve

Mackenzie Reiss on Verve

Pauline Beugnies on Verve

Alvaro Deprit on Verve

Photo © Andew Burton

Andrew Burton on Verve

Allison Joyce on Verve

Andrew Kelly on Verve

Fara Phoebe Zetzsche on Verve

Nadia Sablin on Verve

Myriam Meloni on Verve

Titus Simoens on Verve

Benedicte Desrus on Verve

Maciej Dakowicz: Cardiff After Dark (book) [link to Amazon]

Toby Smith : showreel

Pete Marovich crowdfunding on Kickstarter for project Shadows of the Gullah

Some website updates…

Antonio Olmos new website | new blog

Cathal McNaughton new website

Kiana Hayeri new website

Conor O’Leary new website

Valentin Bianchi new website

James Arthur Allen new website

Marta Wanatko

Imaginary Universe: Richard Kolker’s Computer Generated Images

London-based artist Richard Kolker has been working exclusively with computer generated imagery (CGI) for the last six years. But the fact that he comes from a traditional photographic background, having previously worked as a commercial photographer for Getty Images, would surprise no one: Kolker’s imagined pictures of still lifes, interiors and landscapes are rendered with such precision and clarity that they appear like true, documentary shots.

Inspired by the online virtual world Second Life and games such as World of Warcraft, which both rely heavily on GCI, Kolker sought to create images that were the antithesis of the aesthetic found in these programs. “I wanted to create images that reflected a more mundane nature, as opposed to the more fascinating environments people were experiencing through the anonymity of an avatar,” he says.

TIME Magazine

Richard Kolker’s computer generated image featured in the Oct. 29, 2012 issue of TIME.

That quieter mood is seen in the image created for Kolker in this week’s education-themed issue of TIME. For a story that examines the potential of free online courses to upend traditional higher education, Kolker created a dark image of an empty classroom. “A lot of my photos have this dark shadowy entity to it,” he explains. “I wanted to convey the emptiness with this classroom image—like all the life has been taken out.”

Kolker’s images typically take a couple days to create. And while the method may be seen as unconventional, he says the process itself feels similar to actual shooting. “I build a model like I would with plastic or cardboard, and I light it as I would in real life—but just with digital tools,” Kolker says. “And then I photograph it with a computer tool [Maxon Cinema 4D] that has a shutter speed and aperture—so in many ways, it’s fairly conventional.”

For the most part, Kolker relies on his self-described “vivid imagination” to conceptualize pictures, although he’ll use an actual photograph as a starting point from time to time. In one series, “Reference, Referents,” Kolker looked to famous works by artists whose pieces recalled photographic elements, including David Hockney, and tried to recreate the perfect picture that might have inspired said work.

He still carries cameras around when he travels, but says he never takes pictures anymore, preferring to continue his CGI work. “The whole world is shifting from analog to digital, and I love thinking about this digital code that you can use to create images of places around the world without ever having to go there,” Kolker says. “I love the total freedom of it—the ability to create whatever it is in your imagination or fantasy.”

Richard Kolker is an artist based in the U.K. See more of his work here


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.

Tearsheet of The Day | Brent Stirton’s Blood Ivory in the National Geographic magazine

The latest National Geographic magazine issue, October 2012, has a cover story called Blood Ivory, written by Bryan Christy, an investigation linking religious art and ivory smuggling. The photographs are by the always brilliant Brent Stirton. The photo seen in the below spread is one of the most harrowing images of the series. You can view the entire edit online on the magazine’s website here.

pp. 34-35. National Geographic magazine, October 2012.
Photo © Brent Stirton
Caption on the spread: Bodies are what remain in Cameroon’s Biuba Ndjidah National Park after one of the largest mass elephant slaughters in decades. Armed with grenades and AK-47s, poachers killed more than 300.

Brent Stirton is a South African photographer based in New York and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. He is represented by Reportage by Getty Images. Stirton won a First Prize in the Nature Stories category in the 2012 World Press Photo for his Rhino Wars  series, which was also photographed for the National Geographic magazine.