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Features and Essays | August 2012

Incredible work by Aaron Huey in National Geographic magazine’s August issue…

Photo © Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey: In The Shadow of the Wounded Knee (NGM) ‘ After 150 years of broken promises, the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are nurturing their tribal customs, language, and beliefs. A rare, intimate portrait shows their resilience in the face of hardship’ | Huey on ‘Photographing, and Listening to, the Lakota’ on the Lens blog with some frames not on the NGM edit, here.

Stephanie Sinclair from Yemen in NGM September…

Photo © Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair: Yemen: Days of Reckoning (NGM) ‘The ancients praised Yemen for its beauty and stability. Today the nation is close to becoming a failed state.’

Magnum’s Alex Webb shot East London for NatGeo’s August issue to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics…

Photo © Alex Webb

Alex Webb: East London (NGM) ‘The “other London”—gritty, gratified, but with a rising cool index—gets ready for its close-up as the venue of the Summer Olympics’

Syria.

Reuters’ Goran Tomasevic has been doing strong work in Syria during the last two weeks. One of his photos from Monday reminded me an old Nachtwey frame… You can see the Side by Side here.. The below one is from last Sunday and ran on the cover of the NYT and IHT…

Photo © Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Goran Tomasevic: The Battle for Aleppo (Reuters)

Two, slightly more viewer friendly, galleries of Tomasevic’s Syria work on the Guardian and Telegraph websites…

Goran Tomasevic: Syria’s Civil War (Guardian)

Goran Tomasevic: Aleppo (Telegraph)

Nicole Tung’s Aleppo series on Lightbox beginning of last week….I and Olivier Laurent interviewed Tung yesterday about working in Syria and Aleppo specifically. You can read the interview here.

Photo © Nicole Tung

Nicole Tung: A Syrian Tragedy: One Family’s Horror (Lightbox)

Nicole Tung: The Battle for Aleppo (Global Post)

Laurent van der Stockt: The Battle for Aleppo (Reportage)

Ayman Oghanna: Aleppo (Telegraph)

Kate Brooks: The Other Side of Syria’s Civil War (Foreign Policy)

Espen Rasmussen: Syria’s Suffering (Panos)

Giulio Piscitelli: Heavy Fighting Near Homs, Syria (NYT)

Ricardo Garcia Vilanova: In a Rebellious Part of Syria, a Makeshift Hospital (NYT)

Yuri Kozyrev: The Syrian Arms Race (Lightbox)

Elsewhere in the Middle East.

Oded Balilty: The Ultra-Holy City: Photographs by Oded Balilty (Lightbox)

Olivia Arthur: The Secret World of Saudi Women (Newsweek)

Laura El-Tantawy: The Veil (VII Mentor)

Adam Ferguson: Egypt’s Runoff Election (VII)

 Donald Weber: War is Good* (Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund)

Brigitte Lacombe: Hey’Ya (Nowness)

Afghanistan.

Photo © Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Lucas Jackson: Afghanistan (Reuters)

Andrea Bruce: For a Female Boxer from Afghanistan, An Olympic Journey Ends (Lightbox)

Gloriann Liu: Victims of War in Afghanistan (NYT Lens)

Sean Power: 40 Commando (Auto de Fe)

South Sudan.

Photo © Cedric Gerbehaye

New Yorker (photos by Cedric Gerbehaye and Dominic Nahr): South Sudan (New Yorker) audio slideshow

Fabio Bucciarelli: South Sudan One Year On (Guardian)

Shannon Jensen: South Sudan Refugees (Guardian)

Christian Als: South Sudan’s Birth Pains (Panos)

Somalia.

Photo © Dominic Nahr

Dominic Nahr: Somalia in Transition (Lightbox)

Dominic Nahr: Mothers risk lives during childbirth in Somalia (CNN)

Goran Tomasevic: Life in Mogadishu as Somalia’s capital slowly recovers from war (Guardian)

Susan Schulman: Mogadishu’s Transition to Peace (Reportage)

Phil Moore: Fragile peace bolsters Somali Olympic hopes (Al Jazeera)

Elsewhere in the continent of Africa.

Photo © Yann Gross

Yann Gross: Uganda’s Skateboarding Scene (NYT Magazine)

Benjamin Lowy: Scenes from the Libyan Election (Slate)

Ivor Prickett: Deadly Motherhood (Panos) Sierra Leone

Marco Gualazzini: Militias Zealous to Oust Islamists in Mali (NYT)

Lynsey Addario: Malians Flee as Extremists Tighten Their Grip (NYT)

Lynsey Addario: Zimbabwe’s Black Farmers Faring Better After Land Upheavals (NYT)

Lynsey Addario: In Zimbabwe’s Bounty, a Political Chip (NYT)

Phil Moore: Kenya’s Maasai Women (Al Jazeera)

Photo © Phil Moore

Phil Moore: Congo (Denver Post)

Phil Moore: Goma (NCB News) Defending Goma (Al Jazeera)

Michael Christopher Brown: DRC with iPhone (Lightbox)

Nicki Sobecki: Using Small Loans to Generate Big Profits (WSJ)

North America.

Photo © Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario: Hope in the Wreckage (NYT Magazine) Mississippi health care

Photo © Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks: Civil Rights Images (NYT Lens)

Walker Evans: American Photographs (Lightbox)

John Moore: Healing wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center (NBC News)

Todd Heisler: Brooklyn Basketball (NYT)

Don Usner: Chimayo, New Mexico (New Yorker)

Lucy Nicholson: Inside San Quentin Prison (Reuters)

Photo © Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller: Portraits of the 2012 U.S. Olympians (Lightbox)

Jim Naughten: The Way We Were: 1948 London Olympians Look Back (Lightbox)

Damon Winter: Their Golden Years (NYT) Some of the athletes who represented the United States at the 1948 London Games.

Carolyn Drake: Camp Karolyi: An Enduring Legacy for U.S. Olympic Gymnasts (Lightbox)

Photo © Erin Trieb

Erin Trieb: The Homecoming Project (Lightbox)

Brenda Ann Kenneally: The Boy From Troy (Lightbox)

Zoe Strauss: Postville, Iowa (NYT Magazine)

Carsten Peter: Chasing Lightning (NGM)

Bieke Depoorter: I Am About to Call It a Day (burn)

Lucas Oleniuk: Detroit Is On Fire (zReportage)

Photo © Antonio Bolfo

Antonio Bolfo: The Birthplace of Obama the Politician (NYT Magazine)

Zachary Canepari: T-Rex: The youngest female Olympic boxer (CNN)

Pete Muller: Machine Gun Americana (Photographer’s website)

Wayne Lawrence: Orchard Beach, Bronx (NYT)

Edward Keating: To Have and to Hold: Gay Marriages in New York City Begin (Lightbox)

Ben Lowy: Meet the Tweeters (Fast Company)

Dan Winters: Last Launch (Lightbox) U.S. Space Program

Katie Orlinsky: The Last-Minute Photographer by City Hall (NYT)

Dona Schwarz: Pre- and Post-Child Parents (NYT Lens)

Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Fort McKay (NYT Lens)

Ben Stechschulte: Dude, Where’s My Windshield? (NYT Magazine)

Gail Albert Halaban: Many Windows on Private Lives (NYT Lens)

Europe.

Photo © Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky

Karla Gachet and Ivan Kashinsky: Home of the Roma Kings (NGM) In a Romanian farm town, once itinerant traders have struck it rich, replacing caravans with mansions.

Stephanie Sinclair: Roma – Failing Another Generation (VII)

Zalmai: Walking in Quicksand (Magnum Foundation) Afghans in Greece

Daniel Etter: Greece’s Porous Border, a Back Door to Europe (NYT)

Maciek Nabrdalik: Slavutich (VII)

Amanda Rivkin: Prague Stag Nights (VII Mentor)

Jost Franko: Shepherds (VII Mentor)

Maja Daniels: Into Oblivion (Lightbox)

Chiara Tocci: Life after Zog and Other Stories (Firecracker)

Marcus Bleasdale: The Survivors of Utøya (Photographer’s Vimeo)

Eivind H Natvig: You Are Here (Foto8)

Titus Simoens: Blue, See (Foto8)

Scott Mitchell: Bradley Wiggins: the Sky’s the limit (Guardian)

Camille Seaman: The Last Iceberg (NYT Lens)

Caucasus.

Photo © Petrut Calinescu

Petrut Calinescu: Black Sea Region (NYT Lens)

Yuri Kozyrev: The Wrestlers of Chechnya (Lightbox)

Yuri Kozyrev: Paradise Lost: 20 Years of Independence in Abkhazia (Lightbox)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: The National Womb: Baby Boom in Nagorno Karabakh (burn)

Central, East, and Southeast Asia.

Photo © Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita: Tibet’s Golden “Worm” (NGM) ‘A medicinal fungus highly prized in China is fueling a boom on the Tibetan Plateau.’

James Nachtwey: The Gold Standard:  China’s Female Weight Lifters (Lightbox)

Davide Monteleone: Change in the Gobi: Mongolia’s Economic Boom (Lightbox)

Gilles Sabrie:  Boom Times in Mongolia (NYT)

Lisa Wiltse: Charcoal Kids (Auto De Fe)

Bjorn Bergman: Welcome to North Korea! (zReportage)

Brian Cassey: Life in a Coffin : Hong Kong (Fotostrada)

Photo © Ian Teh

Ian Teh: The Burmese Spring (New Yorker)

Thierry Falise: Burma (Le Monde)

Damir Sagolj: Images of hope in Myanmar (Reuters)

Indian Subcontinent.

Stanley Greene: The Maoist Rebel Insurrection in India (Noor)

Laura El-Tantawy: I’ll Die for You: Suicide in Rural India (VII Mentor)

Yannik Willing: Before Tomorrow: Tourism in Post-War Sri Lanka (New Yorker)

Gazi Nafis Ahmed: Inner Face (VII Mentor)

Central and Latin America.

Photo © Mads Nissen

Mads Nissen: At the Mercy of the Militias (Panos) Colombia

Photo © Tomas Munita

Tomas Munita: A Young Olympian: Diver Carolina Mendoza’s Path to London (Lightbox)

Alejandro Chaskielberg: Remnants of Dutch sugar factories (CNN)

Theo Stroomer: The Resource Curse of Mining in Bolivia (CNN)

Alexandre Meneghini: Lucha Libre (Guardian)

Brigitte Grigner: Ayste, Patagonia (New Yorker)

U.K.

Catherine Teya, originally from Central African Republic.
Photo © Anastasia Taylor-Lind

The Photographers’ Gallery: The World in London | “The World in London presents portraits of Londoners by British and international photographers taken from 2009 – 2012. Each portrait shows a person or people from one of the 204 nations taking part in the London 2012 Games, accompanied by individual stories.” | on Guardian website.

Simon Roberts was documenting the London 2012 Olympics for the Financial Times Magazine…

Photo © Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts: Olympics part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 (FT Magazine)

Zed Nelson Hackney project on the Lens blog… Worth another look as includes larger edit with photos I for one hadn’t seen elsewhere.

Zed Nelson: In the Olympics’ Shadow, a Tale of Two Cities (NYT Lens)

George Georgiou: The Big Smoke by Bus (Lightbox) George Georgiou photographs London

Dan Chung: London 2012 with a smartphone (Guardian)

Tom Jenkins: London 2012: Olympic Highlights (Guardian)

Mark Makela: London Calling (zReportage)

Seamus Murphy: “Went the Games Well?” (New Yorker) Olympics

Photo © Sophie Gerrard

Sophie Gerrard: The Dunes (Independent)

Gareth Phillips: Cross Channel Swimmers (Reportage)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: Olympic London: Follow the Crowd (New Yorker)

Manuel Vazquez: BBC’s Bush House (BBC)

Adam Patterson: Twisted Nostalgia: Life After The Troubles (Lightbox)

Keith Wilson: Highs and lows: Behind the scenes with the Red Arrows (BBC)

Kieran Dodds: The Clan (Panos)

Photo © Chris Hoare

Chris Hoare: Dreamers (Issuu)  Bristol’s hip-hop scene

Gesche Würfel: Go For Gold! (Foto8) The transformation of London’s landscape in preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

To finish off… Olympic photographer vs. lens cap

apertureWEEK: Photography Reading Shortlist

© International Center of Photography, 2012. Photograph by John Berens.

›› Throw out your SLR? App-maker Hipstamatic announced its plans to launch the Hipstamatic Foundation for Photojournalism to educate and support ”the next generation of photographic storytellers using smartphones with Hipstamatic.” Photojournalist Brad Mangin posted “How I Made Instagram Images That Were Good Enough for Sports Illustrated,” an essay about how he got a portfolio of iPhone Instagrams published, and how you can too. Traditional photojournalists everywhere are groaning, but check out Benjamin Lowy’s blog featuring his reports from Libya via Instagram (supported in part by a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant) and judge for yourself.

›› The Associated Press has announced that it will be using robotic cameras (in addition to its team of photographers) to photograph the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. These cameras, which have been mounted on ceilings and the bottom of pools, will provide an otherwise impossible perspective on the games. On the heels of the highly controversial Olympics Portraits that made the rounds on the web earlier this month, LightBox tells the story of The Best Magazine Assignment Ever, photographer’s Neil Leifer’s 1984 “Olympic Odyssey Around the World” during which he traveled to 13 different countries to create a collection of images that would appear in TIME’s preview of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

›› The New York Times Lens Blog published a collection of color slides taken by groundbreaking American photographer, musician, writer and film director Gordon Parks in 1956, images from his “Segregation Series” that had been thought lost until they were found at the bottom of a box this spring. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened Gordon Parks: 100 Moments, a retrospective focusing on the photographer’s work in Harlem and Washington D.C. in the 1940s. The International Center of Photography opened an exhibition of Parks’ photographs in May, and they’ll be on view until January 2013. Parks, who died in 2006, would have been 100 this year.

›› What does the future hold for photography publishing? The British Journal of Photography reported on the growing body of work being printed on newsprint, profiling publications by Jason Larkin, Guy Martin, Alec Soth, and Rob Hornstra, who are enthusiastic about the medium’s affordability and impermanence. Joerg Colberg discussed how serious photography might best use the internet as a means of dissemination.

›› The Guardian’s Geoff Dyer profiles StreetViewer photographer Michael Wolf, as well as Doug Rickard whose forthcoming monograph A New American Picture sparked lively debate on our Facebook page last week, some condemning his practice as lazy appropriation, and others praising its conceptual ingenuity. In discussing Rickard, Dyer links “this new way of working” to the candid photography traditions of Paul Strand, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans: “The shifting spirit of Robert Frank seems also to be lurking, as if the Google vehicle were an updated incarnation of the car in which he made his famous mid-50s road trip to produce his photographic series, The Americans.” In other virtual reality news, StreetView now includes images from the Antarctic huts of explorers Shackleton and Scott, providing yet more digital space for such artists to explore.

The Way We Were: 1948 London Olympians Look Back

Few are alive today who remember the 1948 Olympics in London. To commemorate London’s third hosting of the Games, TIME has traversed two continents to speak to the last surviving medalists from the U.K. and the U.S. for its special Olympics edition. Those competitors speak of feelings familiar to us all—the comfort of a lucky charm, the joy of victory. They also recount experiences that are foreign to many athletes today: the enervating effect of post-war rations, and training sessions fitted around everyday jobs.

Despite the various hardships they encountered, the athletes interviewed by TIME remember the Games fondly. Yet when the International Olympic Committee selected London to host the 1948 Summer Olympics, not everyone in the city was pleased. “The average range of British enthusiasm for the Games stretches from lukewarm to dislike,” wrote London’s Evening Standard in September 1947. “It is not too late for invitations to be politely withdrawn.” Even government officials who had pushed for a London Olympics acknowledged that following the devastation of the Second World War, Britain had few resources to spare for a sporting contest. “We have a housing shortage, and food difficulties, which do not permit us to do all we wish,” said Prime Minister Clement Attlee in a radio address welcoming athletes in 1948.

(For daily coverage of the 2012 Games, visit TIME’s Olympics blog)

It was called the ‘austerity’ Olympics—in a sense that even in today’s frugal times we can hardly fathom. With a budget of just $1.2 million (compared to today’s almost $14 billion), no new venues were built—instead, organizers made do and mended. The Henley Royal Regatta course hosted rowing events despite being 70 meters too short. Javelin throwers, deprived of stadium lighting, cast their spears in the dark, while judges officiated with flashlights. Wembley Stadium—usually used as a greyhound racing arena—received a new brick rubble cinder surface, which quickly turned to slush in the rain.

Yet, as Atlee pointed out, if there was anything lacking, it was not “good will.” Britain worked hard to be able to welcome 4,000 competitors from 59 countries – converting university dormitories, schools and RAF bases into accommodation for visiting athletes and their entourages. The army convalescent camp in London’s Richmond Park became an athletes’ village, complete with a ‘milk bar’, a cobbler’s, a hair dresser’s, a post office and a cinema to seat 500. Good will also streamed in from other nations, particularly when it came to food. The Dutch shipped over 100 tons of fruit and vegetables, Denmark contributed 160,000 eggs, and Czechoslovakia sent 20,000 mineral water bottles. The Brits cooked these and other contributions in camp kitchens, attempting to cater to national cuisines. Although post-war rations were boosted for athletes, the fare wasn’t always well received—legend has it that oarsmen displeased by their end-of-the-Olympics dinner at Henley began to chuck bread rolls in protest.

Still, athletes managed to enjoy themselves, without fine cuisine and—in many cases—without alcohol (though the French team carted over their own wine). After winning a gold medal in the swallow sailing class, David Bond and other competitors celebrated by going to a dance at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay, on the English coast. “We had a wonderful ball,” he tells TIME. “Nobody got drunk actually.” In 1948, the rewards for top competitors, were modest — a medal to show to their family and, in British cyclist Tommy Godwin’s case, a post-race glass of chocolate milk. There were no multi-million dollar endorsements, no spandex uniforms, no neon mascots. The big technological advances in 1948 were the photo finish and silk swimming costumes, which replaced saggy cotton. Yet for all the differences with the modern Games, some things have remained the same. Sixty years later, people from all over the world will gather once more in London to celebrate the Olympic spirit. Londoners will still grumble. And like Prime Minister Attlee said in his address, everyone will be hoping for a bit of good weather.

Jim Naughten is a photographer based in London. See more of his work here.

Tearsheet of the Day | 8 May 2012

Picked up a New Yorker issue dated 7 May, 2012 from a London newsagents’ last night…First time in a while..Would obviously like to read The New Yorker on a regular basis, but there just isn’t enough time nor money to buy  every magazine I want. Nevertheless, trying to keep at least some kind of tabs on the magazine by picking up a copy every now and then.

Anyway. There’s a point here. Really liked this portrait of boxer Claressa Shields by photographer Pari Dukovic.  Very simple, and very nice. Claressa Shields is a young American boxer who’s fighting for a place at this summer’s London Olympics. Long piece about her in the magazine written by Ariel Levy.

Caption: Claressa Shields at Berston’s gym, in Flint, Michigan. 

Pari Dukovic is a photographer whose work I don’t remember seeing before.  Had to have a quick look at his website. He was part of PDN30 in 2011, so I obviously hadn’t done my home work well enough. There’s some documentary work in there, such as the series on Turkish oil wrestling, which you might want to check out (Paolo Pellegrin shot the same subject recently and should you want to compare…you can see Pellegrin’s here.).  I enjoyed the most going through Dukovic’s tear sheets (New Yorker appears to be a regular client). Digging the gritty and grainy quality in some of his work, visible for example in portraits of Elizabeth Warren and Bernadette Peters (you can see those in the tear sheets) . Interestingly, the Shields portrait highlighted here  doesn’t necessarily seem like his usual style at all.

NB. Please excuse the poor reproduction of the tear sheet. You can see in its proper glory on Dukovic’s website. I shot the tear sheet with my iPhone on a moving train… Where I’m writing this post…