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The 2012 Presidential Election Year in Pictures

For years, TIME has created some of the most memorable campaign photography, from veteran political photographer Diana Walker’s coverage of five administrations to Christopher Morris’s eight years with President G.W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2008, the tradition continued with Callie Shell’s intimate documentation of Barack Obama’s campaign and eventual presidency.

This season, we looked for ways to continue the legacy of TIME’s political coverage during the 2012 elections — to jump start the traditional approaches to covering campaigns that are moving further and faster from the familiar political cycles of the past decade. We looked to commission photographers with fresh perspectives who could re-envision the spectrum of American politics.

The candidates kicked off their campaigns in Iowa, so we sent Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjork, known for his work photographing the ironic and often-absurd landscapes of suburbia, to document the caucuses. His first time covering American politics, Tunbjork photographed the strangeness of these early events in the frozen Iowa landscape.

We continued by commissioning work by Ricardo Cases, Lauren Fleishman, Justin Maxon, Brendan Hoffman, Lauren Lancaster and Peter van Agtmael — selecting each of them for their different visions as photographers. And each returned with photographs that reflected a diverse visual vocabulary looking beyond the political staging.

We also encouraged veteran political photographers like Christopher Morris, Brooks Kraft, Callie Shell, Andrew Cutraro and Danny Wilcox Frazier to experiment with their coverage. While on assignment, all noted how different the political landscape felt visually since the last election. After Obama’s first 100 days in office, the White House dramatically cut down on photographers’ access to the President, instead releasing images by Pete Souza on their own Flickr page.

The Romney campaign also carefully controlled photographers’ access this election, allowing very little intimacy with the candidate until the final weeks of the campaign, and then only rotating the traveling pool behind the scenes.

In the same way an undecided voter tries to see behind the political facade to judge the true character of the candidate they’ll vote for, our photographers too worked relentlessly to break down the constructed photo-ops and reveal to our readers a sliver of their personality.

The media dissected the Republican candidates one by one before a frontrunner finally emerged. As Mitt Romney became the GOP  frontrunner, we turned to photographers who could capture the candidate’s personal side. Lauren Fleishman documented him (along with running-mate Paul Ryan) for weeks on end, through ten different states. Fleishman’s photographs reflect the nuances of the conservative values shared by he and his wife, Ann.

As Obama started to step up his campaigning, we assigned Callie Shell to follow the President. Documenting his travels the week before the DNC, Shell showed readers a side to the President that had felt absent for a long time. A warm photo of Obama leaning against a high-school gymnasium’s wall before a rally made the cover of our magazine at the DNC the following week.

We’ve attempted to present readers with photographs that document a very specific time in our country’s history—a time where we face numerous worries and frustrations about America’s political future. Although this election may reveal how radically divided we are as a nation, the future will be the ultimate judge of how important this time of recovery continues to be. We hope to provide the lasting record.

Paul Moakley is the Deputy Photo Editor at TIME. 

Interviews and Talks | October 2012

VII Photo’s International Director Nick Papadopoulos shared practical advice  for young photographers at a Canon talk in Perpignan… Canon Professional Network put the main points on their website… Includes good tips also from some of the VII members…Worth reading  by photographers young and old in my opinion…

Nick Papadopoulos (VII) : practical advice for young photographers (CPN)

Really good hour long talk Lynsey Addario gave at Side Gallery in Newcastle earlier this autumn…

Lynsey Addario (Side Gallery Vimeo) Lynsey Addario discussing her photographic practice and ‘Veiled Rebellion’ exhibiton at Side Gallery, which looks at the lives of women in Afghanistan. | 55mins

Prison Photography’s Pete Brook interviewed VII photographers who shot for the agency’s and NYC based advocacy group Think Outside The Cell’s collaborative project…

Ed Kashi   (Prison Photography)

Ron Haviv  (Prison Photography)

Ashley Gilbertson (Prison Photography)

Jessica Dimmock  (Prison Photography)

Stephanie Sinclair on NBC photoblog on her child brides project

Photo © Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair (NBC)

Stephanie Sinclair (World Press Photo on Vimeo)

Ron Haviv (WBEZ on Soundcloud)

Joachim Ladefoged (Digital Pro Photo magazine)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Emaho Magazine)

Gary Knight and co talked about their Bosnia book in Perpignan… CPN shares the points on their site…

Gary Knight, Jon Jones, Tom Stoddart and Rémy Ourdan revisit Bosnia (CPN)

Peter Turnley (YouTube)

Pete Souza (MSNBC)

Teun Voeten interviewed about his book Narco Estado on the BBC World Service (Panos)

Terric talk by David Burnett at PhotoShelter’s recent Luminance event.

David Burnett (PhotoShelter)

Jeremy Bowen (Guardian)

Reuters photographers Jorge Silva and Carlos Garcia Rawlins on photographing Hugo Chavez (YouTube)

Donna Ferrato interview in burn magazine…

Conversation with Donna Ferrato (Burn)

Alessio Romenzi (LA Times Framework blog)

Katrin Koenning (Time Lightbox Tumblr)

Peter diCampo : Everyday Africa (NYT Lens)

Poulomi Basu (Theworld.org)

David LaChapelle (PDN)

Phaidon interviewed Peter van Agtmael relating to his W. Eugene Smith Grant awarded project Disco Night September 11…

Ten Questions for photographer Peter van Agtmael (Phaidon)

Mark Power : From Poland, With Love (themuse.com)

Steve McCurry video, on location in Ethiopia (Phaidon)

Bruce Gilden (ASX)

Jake Chessum (A Photo Editor)

Video interview with William Klein to coincide with his exhibition at Tate Modern in London…

William Klein (Youtube)

Daido Moriyama (Youtube)

Simon Baker, the Tate Modern’s Curator of  Photography and International Art on William Klein + Daido Moriyama: Double Feature (Lightbox)

Susan Bright (YouTube)

Good Simon Norfolk interview…I don’t always agree with what he says,  but I do like the fact he doesn’t mince any words…

Photo © Simon Norfolk. From the project “Burke + Norfolk”

Simon Norfolk (FK Magazine)

Joel Meyerowitz (Youtube)

A Conversation with Richard Misrach and Kate Orff : Petrochemical America (Aperture)

Alejandro Cartagena (A Photo Editor)

Interview with Jason Eskenazi on “Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith” – A 10-Year Odyssey Around the Former Soviet Union (erickimphotography)

A Conversation with Danny Wilcox Frazier on Facing Change: Documenting America (Leica blog)

The National photo blog has been a great find…

AP photographer Manu Brabo talks about his time in Syria and covering conflicts (The National)

Daniel Etter : Witnessing Syria’s Descent Into War (Newsweek Photo Dept Tumblr)

A conversation with Neville Elder-Photographer and Film-maker (Broadbentius blog)

Ewen Spencer in Guardian’s ‘best shot’ series…

Photo © Ewen Spencer

Ewen Spencer’s best photograph: MCs at a UK garage rave (Guardian)

Ewen Spencer (BBC)

Dana Popa (Photo Parley blog)

Photo © Franco Pagetti

Franco Pagetti – From Fashion to the Frontline (Emaho Magazine)

Sebastian Rich : From war zones, photographer brings scars and searing images (NBC)

Teru Kuwayama (PhoNar)

Benjamin Chesterton (PhoNar)

Victor Cobo (Foam)

Niall McDiarmid (Document Scotland)

Maroeskja Lavigne (Word Magazine)

Martin Parr introducing us to his new book…

Martin Parr presents Life’s a Beach (Aperture Vimeo)

Photo Raw magazine’s video interview with Parr…

Martin Parr (Photo Raw)

Alec Soth (LayFlat.org)

Simon Roberts (YouTube)

Danfung Dennis (YouTube)

Brian Smith: Secrets of Great Portrait Photography (PhotoShelter webinar)

Brian Smith on How to Take Better Portraits (B&H blog)

I don’t consider myself a gearhead, but I do sometimes enjoy reading about what others have in their bags…

John Stanmeyer : What’s The Kit (Photographer’s blog)

From Photo Brigade…

In My Bags – by Robert Caplin (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Dominick Reuter (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Matt Eich (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Eric Thayer (Photo Brigade)

In My Bag – by Keith Bedford (Photo Brigade)

David Bailey‘s India: the long click goodbye (Guardian)

Interview with Maciej Dakowicz on his “Cardiff After Dark” book Published by Thames & Hudson (erickimphotography)

Maciej Dakowicz (BBC)

Jim Mortram’s Small Town Inertia (BBC)

Tom Wood (BBC)

Tom Wood (Guardian)

Laia Abril on the Fabrica Artist Residency (PDN)

Mario Testino interview: the man who makes models super (Guardian)

Mikhail Baryshnikov (NYT Lens)

A Vibrant Past: Colorizing the Archives of History

Technology has given us an incredibly wide-ranging view of modern presidents; chief White House photographer Pete Souza’s images of Barack Obama show him in countless locations and situations, from meetings in the Oval Office to candid shots of the president eating ice cream with his daughters on vacation.

The photo archive of Abraham Lincoln, the subject of this week’s cover story, is a much smaller set due to the technological limitations of the time; most of the existing photographs of the 16th president are posed portraits, the majority of which only show Lincoln from the chest up—and all are black-and-white.

But TIME commissioned Sanna Dullaway to create a more vibrant document of Lincoln through a series of colorized photographs produced in Photoshop. After removing spots, dust and scratches from archival Lincoln photographs, Dullaway digitally colorizes the files to produce realistic and modern versions of the portraits, which look like they could have been made today.

The 22-year-old Swedish artist began colorizing images in January 2011, when she was listening to the debut album by rock band Rage Against the Machine. The self-titled album’s cover art is a black-and-white picture of a self-immolating monk taken by AP photographer Malcolm Browne. “I thought the normally fiery flames looked so dull in black and white, so I…looked for a way to make them come alive,” she says. Dullaway colorized the flames, and eventually, the entire picture. She then posted the image on Reddit, and it instantly went viral.

Since that first experiment, Dullaway has continued to colorize a wide range of historical figures, including Albert Einstein, Che Guevara and Teddy Roosevelt, each of which has generated viral buzz online. She’s also used the approach on a number of iconic photographs, such as Eddie Adams’ harrowing image of a Vietnam police officer the moment before he’s about to execute a Vietcong prisoner. In each of these renderings, Dullaway’s use of color is subtle and sophisticated—yielding images that maintain the photographic integrity of their originals, while presenting a look at how these photographs may have come out had color photography existed at the time. That nuanced ability to handle color runs in the family; Dullaway’s father is painter.

The images take anywhere from 40 minutes to three hours to produce, and for the young artist, it’s a way of bringing a contemporary perspective to older works. “History has always been black and white to me, from the World War I soldiers to the 1800s, when ladies wore grand but colorless dresses,” Dullaway says. “By colorizing, I watch the photos come alive, and suddenly the people feel more real and history becomes more tangible.”

Lincoln is at the heart of her next project, a book of Civil War images rendered in color. “I felt like it was a good place to start because the war is well documented in the Library of Congress and started roughly around the same time the camera was first used commercially,” Dullaway says. “And a war offers to chance to cover many subjects at once, and present the events of that time as our eyes would see it today—in color.”

Sanna Dullaway is a photo editor based in Sweden. See more of her work here.

Pete Souza’s Portrait of a Presidency

The long view of history tends to be the judge of a presidency. As we approach what President Obama hopes will be the midpoint of his tenure in the Oval Office, it is too early to draw conclusions on his legacy as Commander in Chief. What we do know is that Obama’s first term has been a historic one: the first African American to hold the county’s highest office, Obama and his Administration have battled a recession, passed health care reform and legislation to end the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, formally ended the war in Iraq and brought Osama bin Laden to justice.

Through adversity and triumph, public victories and private setbacks, chief official White House photographer Pete Souza and his team of photographers have relentlessly documented the actions of the President, the First Lady and the Vice President since Obama took office in early 2009.

As the President runs for a second term, LightBox asked Souza to reflect on his time photographing Obama and share an edit of his favorite images that he and his staff made during the President’s first term; the photographs offer a fascinatingly candid insight into the life of the President while painting a portrait of Barack Obama the man, husband and father.

“I tried to, in putting together this edit, not only to show some of the high points or low points of his presidency thus far, but pictures that help people understand what he’s like, not only as a President but as a human being,” Souza tells TIME. “And how he relates to other people, how he relates to his family.”

Souza’s process is aided by his long-standing working relationship with Obama — one that precedes the presidency. They met on Jan. 3, 2005, Obama’s first day in the Senate. For Souza, then a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune‘s Washington bureau, it was the first day of a yearlong assignment to document the new Senator’s time in office.

As the assignment evolved, Souza — who had worked as a White House staff photographer during President Reagan’s second term — began recognizing something special about the Senator. An inkling of things to come, or potential for the future. He began looking for moments that would prove valuable in the course of history, photographs that would define Obama’s early years to those who only knew his legacy.

“I was looking for things that I knew that if he ever became President you would never see again,” he says. “[Obama was] walking down a sidewalk in Moscow in 2005 and no one recognized him. I realized that if he ever became President, you would never, ever see a photograph like that. The odds of becoming President are obviously pretty slim, but I knew he had the potential. And you can’t say that about too many people.”

Souza continued to photograph Senator Obama, who quickly became presidential-candidate Obama and then Democratic-nominee Obama. With Obama’s 2008 election victory, Souza returned to the White House as chief official White House photographer and director of the White House Photography Office.

The photographs that Souza has taken extend the lineage of White House photography that began in the 1960s, first in a somewhat scattered way during John F. Kennedy’s Administration and then more officially with Yoichi Okamoto, Lyndon B. Johnson’s photographer. Okamoto is considered the first photographer to capture the presidency with an eye for history. Souza is quick to acknowledge and praise his work and that of others who have followed, including David Kennerly (Ford), Bob McNeely (Clinton) and Eric Draper (George W. Bush).

An all-digital workflow is one thing that differentiates Souza’s work from the majority of his predecessors. Although he wasn’t the one to move the process to digital — Draper, Bush’s photographer, made the switch from film to digital — Souza made the first official portrait of an incoming President with a digital camera. The Obama Administration has understood the insatiable appetite for imagery that the digital age has wrought and embraces Flickr as a means of disseminating presidential photography.

The Administration encourages sharing behind-the-scenes photos now, he says. “[It wanted] to establish a way to become more transparent than any other Administration, so every month, we upload a new batch of behind-the-scenes photos. The response has been overwhelming.”

But alongside the ease brought by the digital era came one difficulty: the Presidential Records Act prohibits Souza and his team from deleting any photographs. ”One of our bigger challenges is just the storage of all these images,” he says, noting the immense difficulty the team will experience moving millions of digital files to the National Archives at the end of Obama’s tenure.

Souza’s work with the President follows in the golden age of photojournalism’s best traditions, when photographers working for magazines like LIFE established relationships and spent inordinate amounts of time shooting beautifully crafted images of public figures.

“I spend a lot of time with [the President], around him, on vacations, sometimes on weekends, depending on what’s going on. He’s used to me being around,” Souza says. As his friend P.F. Bentley described it, “When the President is on, I’m on. And when the President’s off, I’m still on.”

Souza recalls one meeting that he missed because it had been rescheduled unbeknownst to him. “I was a little upset with the President’s secretary for not telling me that they had moved the meeting up, and [the President] heard us talking and he said, ‘What are you talking about? You were in that meeting.’ He’s so used to me being there that he thought that I had been in the meeting that I wasn’t even in. So I took that as a compliment.”

His access to Obama’s inner circle and day-to-day routine stems from the trust he built during their relationship prior to the presidency. “I’m there to seriously document his presidency. I’m not looking for cheap shots, and I think that’s the kind of relationship any White House photographer should have with the President they’re covering,” he says. “That they have a level of access and trust that will lead to important photographs for history.”

Souza is aware of the significance of the photographs he and his team are taking, but he’s also focused on capturing the small and incidental moments that make the Obama Administration unique. “There are days that you certainly think about the importance of what’s taking place — you’re serving an important role in visually documenting this period of time for history,” he says. “But at the same time, a lot of the pictures that tell you a lot about a President are not [made] during those times. They’re when he’s having a private moment with one of his daughters, or when something unexpected happens that may not be, you know, important in terms of history’s sake.”

“I think that’s what keeps you on your toes. You never know when those moments are gonna occur, because they don’t always occur when big things are happening,” he says. The image of Obama playing in the snow with Sasha and Malia is a testament to Souza’s approach. The photograph is not simply of the President but of a moment shared between a father and his daughters.

These personal images round out Souza’s portrait of the President and give it greater depth. While preparing this edit for LightBox, he acknowledged that it was hard to present what a presidency is about in just a handful of pictures. “I don’t gravitate toward any singular image right now,” he says. “I try to look at a body of work, and so I’m proud of this edit that I submitted. To me, it’s all these photographs together which tell you something about this man, this President, and I guess to a certain extent, about me and what I think is important.”

Although Souza’s edit comprises more than 100 images, it is by no means a comprehensive record of Obama’s time in office. “I’m sure that I left out some important moments,” he says. “I don’t think I included anything from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and that’s historic in itself — he won the Nobel Peace Prize. But it just didn’t fit in with the series of pictures that I wanted to present.”

Says Souza of the President: “He has certainly created history just by being the first African-American President. Hopefully in future generations, we’ll soon have a woman President or a Hispanic President, and it won’t matter that much. But I think that if you’d ask him, he wants to be remembered for the things that he’s done.”

For Souza, it’s difficult at this point to reflect on the last four years and the photographs he and his team have made. “One of the difficult things, doing this every day, is having a chance to really sit back and take it all in. Putting these photos together helped that a little bit,” he says. “You’re a little bit overwhelmed about everything that happened in four years, because a lot of stuff has happened. I hope there will come a time where, when I’m not doing this job any longer, I’ll be able to sit back and reflect on everything that he’s been through and everything that I’ve been through.”

An exhibition of Souza’s work, The Obama White House — Photographs by Pete Souza, is on view at the Leica Gallery in New York City from Oct. 5 to Nov. 10, 2012.

Saturday 7 May 2011

photo: Chris Hondros

The New York Times have interviewed young Iraqi girl, Saman Hassan, who appeared six years ago, aged five, in one of the most famous photographs from the war in Iraq… the Chris Hondros frame portraying a child in a moment of terror after her father and mother were killed by U.S. Soldiers, after the family’s car failed to stop at a check point…

Photo: Ayman Oghanna

Articles – NYT: Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later (NYT: May 2011)

Comment from Michael Shaw over at BagNewsNotes on whether the paper was heavy-handed re-capturing her this way…

Articles – BagNewsNotes: Finding Chris Hondros’ “Checkpoint Girl” — Captured Again? (BNN: May 2011)

Some new Nachtwey work on Time Lightbox…

Features and Essays – James Nachtwey: The Lost Souls of Kabul (TIME LB: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Bryan Denton: Inside the Libyan Rebels’ Hidden Weapons Shop (NYT: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Ron Haviv: Haiti Hollywood (VII: May 2011)

Joachim Ladefoged’s black and white TIME 100 Justin Bieber shots in colour on VII website…

Features and Essays – Joachim Ladefoged: Justin Bieber (VII: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Benedicte Kurzen: Do-or-die Politics (VII Network: May 2011) Nigeria

Features and Essays – Chloe Dewe Matthews: Of Birds and Beasts (Foto8: May 2011) Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China.

Features and Essays – Aperture: reGeneration2 website

Features and Essays – Natan Dvir: Eighteen (Foto8: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Stefano di Luigi: Blanco (TIME LB: May 2011)

Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. troops in Abbottabad, Pakistan, just a couple of days ago, and a lot of discussion has been raised on whether the U.S. should release photos of bin Laden’s corpse, as well as some debate around Pete Souza’s photos from the Situation room, and was it OK for photographers to snap President Obama after his speech to the nation announcing bin Laden’s death, when it was a faked situation…

Articles – David Campbell: Thinking Images v.16: Osama Bin-Laden and the pictorial staging of politics (DC blog: May 2011)

Articles – Phil Coomes: Osama Bin Laden raid: Do pictures provide truth? (BBC: May 2011)

Articles – Poynter: Reuters, AP photojournalists describe staging of Obama photo (Poynter: May 2011)

Articles – NPPA: From White House To Pakistan, Photos Play Strange Role In Bin Laden Drama (NPPA: May 2011)

Articles – MSNBC: Obama re-enacted the televised address Sunday night for still cameras (MSNBC: May 2011)

Articles – Chip Litherland: History or His story? (Photographer’s blog: May 2011)

TIME put a post 9/11 slideshow on their website after bin Laden’s death… photos by Magnum Photos photographers…

Features and Essays – TIME (various Magnum Photographers) 9/11′s Days of Mourning (TIME: May 2011) Memorials to those killed in the World Trade Center attacks appeared spontaneously all over New York almost immediately after the tragedy.  A portfolio by the photographers of Magnum Photos

Features and Essays – TIME – Spencer Platt, Mario Tama, Brooks Kraft, Chip Somodevilla et al.: Celebrating the Death of Osama Bin Laden (TIME: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Pete Souza: President Obama Monitors the bin Laden Mission (TIME: May 2011)

Articles – NYT Lens: Michael Appleton Captures the Moment When Firefighters Gather for News of Bin Laden (NYT Lens: May 2011)

Agencies – VII: Post 9/11, Defining a Decade (VII: May 2011)

Excellent piece in the New York Times earlier this week by Bill Keller on war photographers….

photo: Michael Kamber

Articles – Bill Keller: The Inner Lives of Wartime Photographers (NYT: May 2011)

Keller also interviewed Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich…

Interviews and TalksJoao Silva and Greg Marinovich (NYT Lens: May 2011)

Excellent PDN piece on photographers getting injured covering wars and the relationship between photographers and their editors…

Articles – PDN: What To Expect If You’re Injured on Assignment (PDN: May 2011)

Related…. Enjoyed this In Harm’s Way slideshow on Slate…

Features and Essays – Slate (various Magnum photographers): In Harms’ Way (Slate: May 2011)

Related too…

InterviewsLynsey Addario (Charlie Rose: April 2011)

Articles – The Epoch Times: Egypt to Libya Through Photographers’ Lenses: Forum (The Epoch Times: May 2011)

multiMedia – Conflictzone

Have your bought the 3/11 Tsunami Project app yet? I have…If you missed the info on it the first time around… here’s a reminder…

Articles – BBC: iPhone photo app aims at relief effort (BBC: May 2011)

World Press Photo days have been on in Amsterdam this week…and this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass has been chosen… Big congrats to all, especially my friends Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Sebastian Liste!

Articles – 2011 Joop Swart Masterclass

InterviewsJodi Bieber : Revisiting Aisha (TIME LB: May 2011)

Interviews and Talks – Jodi Bieber on Bibi Aisha part 1 | part 2 (David A Larsen’s Audioboo: May 2011)

Interviews – Aaron Huey : Life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (Popphoto.com: May 2011)

InterviewsZed Nelson (BMIVoyager: May 2011)

Interviews – Enrique Metinides, Mexico’s Weegee (TIME LB: May 2011)

Excellent Ed Ou interview.. found via @tammydavid

InterviewsEd Ou (Ionmagazine.ca: May 2011)

InterviewsRon Haviv hopes for the best while documenting the worst (takegreatpictures.com: May 2011)

Interviews – Elliott Erwitt’s Best Picture? The Next One. (NYT Lens: May 2011)

InterviewsSebastian Junger (Globe and Mail: May 2011)

Articles – Michael Kamber: Tim Hetherington: Photojournalist, Giant (goodmenproject.com: May 2011)

Interviews and Talks – Chris Hondros’ 2006 ICP visiting artist talk (ICP)

Simon Norfolk is exhibiting in Tate Modern at the moment…Here’s video from Tate’s website…

InterviewsSimon Norfolk (Tate Channel: May 2011)

Olivier Laurent from BJP interviewed Moby about the artist’s photography…

InterviewsMoby (BJP: May 2011)

InterviewsJacopo Quaranta (NYT Lens: May 2011)

Interviews – Jane Hilton (Telegraph: May 2011)

Articles – 6th Floor blog: The Making of a Cover (NYT: May 2011) via @AshGilbertson

Articles – A.O. Scott: On (Digital) Photography: Sontag, 34 Years Later (NYT: May 2011)

Blogs – John Stanmeyer: Why Choose a Holga? (Photographer’s blog: May 2011)

PhotographersJaime-James Medina

Guillaume Herbaut has launched a new photography website..

Photographers – Guillaume Herbaut

Awards – Amnesty media awards shortlist announced

Awards – Entries now being accepted for the 2011 Summershow

Agencies Magnum Photos May Newsletter

CollectivesBoreal Collective Magazine issue 1

Tips and Tutorials – Ten common mistakes made by photographers using WordPress (Graphpaperpress.com)

– Pete Souza will be Obama’s White House Photographer

NPPA reports that photojournalist Pete Souza has accepted the position of Obama’s White House Photographer. Souza published an acclaimed book , "The Rise of Barack Obama," in May of last year.

We will bring you more information on this recent appointment later this week!