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Syria’s Agony: The Photographs That Moved Them Most

Syria has always been a tough place to cover for journalists. Confidently authoritarian with a ruthlessly formidable security and intelligence apparatus, Syria has long been one of the most policed of Arab police states. So when some Syrians defied their government to take to the streets in the southern city of Dara‘a in March 2011, the temptation to cover the story was overwhelming for many, including myself.

The story of the Syrian uprising is ultimately the tale of regular citizens silencing the policeman in their heads, breaking their own personal barriers of fear to speak, to demonstrate, to demand, to reject, to no longer be afraid, to live in dignity. It’s about what these people will do, what they will endure, and what they are prepared to become to achieve their aims.

It is also the story of a significant portion of the population that considers the regime of President Bashar Assad the country’s best option, because they believe in its Baathist secular ideology or directly benefit from its patronage or don’t have confidence in Assad’s opponents and fear what may come next. Understanding what this segment of the population will accept in terms of state violence, the narratives they choose to believe and their concerns is a critical component of the story, though one that is harder to obtain, given the paucity of press visas issued by Damascus.

The only way to tell the Syrian story, really tell it, is to be on the ground with the men, women and children who are central to it, whether in Syria on in the neighboring states that many Syrians have fled to. It isn’t easy to do — the Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York City, has dubbed Syria the “most dangerous place for journalists in the world” — but it is essential. Nothing beats being there. There is no compensating for seeing, feeling, touching, capturing, living the story.

The images here are a testament to the power of being on the ground, of sharing and capturing a moment for posterity, of translating an element of a person’s life through imagery.

Take a look at the photos. Can you place yourself in these situations? Can you imagine what it must be like? What do you feel when you look at the images? Are you drawn into them, or are you repulsed? Can you relate to them, or are they too alien? This is the power of translating on-the-ground reporting to an audience. This is why we must and will continue to document the Syrian uprising from inside the country when we can, and we — members of the foreign press corps — are not alone. Sadly, as is often the case, local journalists (both professional and citizen) have disproportionately borne the brunt of the casualties in this crisis. Still, this story is not about members of the media and what we go through to tell it; it’s about the Syrians who entrust their testimonies, their experiences, their hopes, their fears, their images to us in the hope that they will help explain what is happening in one of the most pivotal states in the Middle East.

—Rania Abouzeid


This collection of testimonies is the third in a series by TIME documenting iconic images of conflict. See “9/11: The Photographs That Moved Them Most” and “Afghanistan: The Photographs That Moved Them Most” for more.

Abouzeid is a Middle East correspondent for TIME. Reporting by Vaughn Wallace.



Thursday 29 March 2012

Photojournalism that caught my eye during the month of March….

Features and Essays

One of my big faves, Tomas Munita, had a series from Cuba for Time to coincide the Papal visit to the country… opening double spread from the latest magazine seen here… Lightbox slideshow through the link…

Tomas Munita: Church and State: The Role of Religion in Cuba (Lightbox)

Side note on the above…what made me fall in love with his work? It was his stunning 2006 Oskar Barnack winning series from Kabul. You can see most of the frames here. Man, Leica, and slide film working in perfect harmony…

Japan. 11 March saw the anniversary of the tsunami…

Nachtwey recently got four double trucks in Time for his Japan 1 Year Later portfolio.Pretty rare these days for something like that to happen I think…

James Nachtwey: Japan One Year After (Lightbox)

Daniel Berehulak: Japan One Year After (NPR)

David Guttenfelder: Tsunami, Then and Now (SacBee Frame blog)

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Route 45: Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami Anniversary (Reportage)

Espen Rasmussen: Fukushima Fallout (Panos)

Noriko Hayashi: One Year On (Panos)

Dean Chapman: Fading Memories II (Panos)

Hiroko Masuike: A Japanese Community After the Tsunami (NYT Lens) Related

Chris Steele-Perkins: Tsunami Streetwalk, Kesennuma / Streetwalk 2 (Magnum in Motion)

Syria.

Moises Saman: Refugees Flee Syrian Violence in Turkey (NYT)

Ed Ou: Syrians Find Refuge in Lebanon (NYT)

William Daniels: Escape from Syria (Lightbox)

Tyler Hicks: Glimpses of the Armed Opposition in Syria (NYT)

Rodrigo Abd: Inside Syria (Lightbox) from Guardian

Tyrone Turner: Where Slaves Ruled (Brazil) (NGM)

Recent great International Herald Tribune front page pic by Meredith Kohut and the slideshow on NYT.com…

Meredith Kohut: In Salvador, Prisons Packed to the Bars (NYT)

Pete Muller: Ethiopian Forces in Somalia (Newsweek)

Dominic Nahr: On the Ground: Safe fro Kony? (Lightbox)

Adam Dean: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Campaigns in Myanmar (NYT)

Adam Ferguson: Christians Flee Iraq (NYT)

Ikuru Kuwajima: Astana, Kazakhstan’s Capital Outside In (NYT Lens)

Sergey Kozmin: Elite Russian Military School for Girls (NYT Lens)

Stefano de Luigi: Cinema in Iran (Lightbox)

Eugene Richards: ‘War is Personal’ Continues (Lightbox)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: British Entertainment (VII)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Siberian Supermodels (VII) multimedia

Franco Pagetti: Egypt (VII)

Davide Monteleone: Libya : Winners and Losers (VII)

Stefan Bladh: Youth in Kaliningrad, Russia (Lightbox)

Politics. Russia.

Yuri Kozyrev: On the Campaign Trail with Vladimir Putin (Lightbox)

Politics. US.

This was a TIME magazine cover story early this year…

Christopher Morris: A Day With Obama (VII)

Justin Maxon: On the Trail with Santorum (Lightbox)

Charles Ommanney: Santorum (Newsweek)

Lauren Lancaster: Super Tuesday (New Yorker)

Evan Vucci: GOP Campaign Trail with Instragram (MSNBC photo blog)

Lauren Fleishman: Romney : Super Tuesday (Lightbox)

Stephen Crowley: Smoke-Filled Rooms part 2 (NYT Lens)

Jeroen Oerlemans: Dreaming of Europe (Panos)

Adam Dean: City of Broken Dreams (Panos)

Alfredo Caliz: The Longest Spring (Panos)

William Daniels: Faded Tulips (Lightbox)

Afghanistan.

Alixandra Fazzina: Over Mountains, Underground (NOOR)

Jason P Howe: Afghanistan: Saving Private Bainbridge (Telegraph)

Andrea Bruce: Skiing in Afghanistan (NYT Lens)

Larry Towell: Afghanistan (Lightbox)

Peter Hapak: Olympic Women’s Boxing Hopefuls (Lightbox)

Rian Dundon: A View From Inside The Other New China (Burn)

Spencer Platt: Haiti Landfills (MSNBC photo blog)

Sally Ryan: Home No More (zReportage)

Kate Holt: Education for All (zReportage)

John Pendygraft: If I Die Young (zReportage)

Peggy Peattie: Angels of Milot (zReportage)

Fredrik Naumann: A Voice from Rost (Foto8)

Rob Hornstra: Empty Land, Promised Land, Forbidden Land (Foto8)

Dominic Nahr: Voices of Protest in Senegal (Magnum Photos)

Mila Teshaieva: Promising Waters (Lightbox)

Kevin Frayer: Holi Festivities (SecBee)

Chris Kelly: Situation in Southern Kordofan (Photographer’s archive)

Tomas Wiech: Poland’s Great Adventure (NYT Lens)

Brent Lewin: India’s ‘rat hole’ Mines (National Post)

Pete Pin: Cambodian Americans (NYT Lens)

Martin Parr: Think of Finland (Magnum)

Alejandro Cartagena: Car Poolers (Photographer’s website)

Erica McDonald: Change in Park Slope (NYT Lens)

Ben Lowy: Ohio’s Long Road to Recovery (Reportage by Getty Tumblr)

Graeme Robertson: Portraits of Malawi (Guardian)

Carl de Souza: The Maasai Cricket Warriors (Atlantic) Kenya

Enjoyed these sports pics…

Fred R. Conrad: Spring Training (NYT Lens)

NYT Lens (various photographers): Postcard from London

Kate Peters: Yes, Mistress (Institute)

Jonathan Torgovnik: Rebuilding the DRC (BBC)

Tom Stoddart: Women of Sarajevo Revisited (Reportage)

Bruce Gilden shooting fashion for Vice…

Bruce Gilden: In Broad Daylight (Vice)

Daniel Cuthbert: First on Scene : South African Paramedics (BBC)

Alex Troesch and Aline Paley: Mexican Pointy Boots (Lightbox)

Danko Stjepanovic: North Kosovo (photographer’s website)

Interviews and Talks

“I looked through a lens and ended up abandoning everything else’ – Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado (Guardian)

Sebastiao Salgado (Vimeo)

Excellent 9 minute video by Finnish photographer Rami Hanafi on Martin Parr working in Finland…

Martin Parr : Making of ‘Think of Finland’ (Vimeo)

Zohra Bensemra: My journey into Syria’s nightmare (Reuters)

Ed Kashi (NYT Lens)

Samuel Bollendorff (BJP)

Elliott Erwitt on the art of photographic sequencing (BBC)

Lynsey Addario (Newsweek)

Lynsey Addario (Newsweek)

Davide Monteleone (Develop Tube)

Sean Gallagher (Atlantic)

Alex Prager : this year’s Foam Paul Huf Award winner (BJP)

Sebastian Salgado : The Photographer as an activist (Youtube)

Giles Peress (Youtube)

Pieter Hugo (Vimeo)

Barbara Davidson (LA Times Framework blog)

Homer Sykes (Photoshelter blog)

Olivia Arthur (IdeasTap)

Naomi Harris (Thisisthewhat)

Dominic Bracco II : Turning Point (NYT Lens)

Fiona Rogers (IdeasTap)

Giles Duley : Becoming the Story (TED on Youtube)

Justyna Mielnikiewicz (TED Youtube on Reportage)

Steve Pyke (PicBod)

Mark Power (Impressions Gallery)

John Moore on on ‘Epic’ Libya Battles, Arab World Revolutions (Click)

Shaun Fenn : From Assistant to Photographer: Shaun Fenn’s Professional Transition (PDN)

Articles

Tyler Hicks on his assignment to Syria with late Anthony Shadid…

Tyler Hicks: Bearing Witness in Syria: A Correspondent’s Last Days (NYT)

Javier Espinosa: How I escaped from Homs as Syrian forces closed in (Guardian)

PDN: Remembering 13 Unsung Heroes of Photojournalism

PDN: Paula Lerner Obituary

NYT: Stan Stearns, Photographer of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Salute to Father, Dies at 76

NYT: Lillian Bassman, Fashion and Fine-Art Photographer, Dies at 94

Lynsey Addario was featured on Guardian’s brilliant ‘Best Shot’ series…

Guardian: Photographer Lynsey Addario’s Best Shot

Guardian: Photographer Tom Craig’s best shot

Related… Guardian: My best shot: The one that got away | For five years, G2 has been asking photographers to tell us the story behind their best shot. But what about their worst? Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Terry O’Neill and others reveal all

And… Guardian: My Worst Shot

Guardian: The Month in Photography

Guardian: Photographs Not Taken: what makes a photographer freeze? | A new book of essays by photographers explores the missed opportunities of images never captured

NYT Lens: Empowerment, Through a Lens

David Campbell: Kony2012, symbolic action and the potential for change

NYT: David LaChapelle, From Photographer to Artist

Verve: Kirsten Luce

Verve: Jeremy Nichol

Verve: Alessandro Grassani

Verve: Jonathan Lewis

Verve: Max Sher

Boston Globe on VII Photo’s Hipstamatic shot exhibition…

photo: John Stanmeyer

Boston Globe: With Hipstamatic app, photojournalists smartphone it in to new exhibit

Nick Stern: Why Instagram photos cheat the viewer (CNN)

PDN: Eggleston’s First-Ever Large Pigment Prints Earn 5.9 Million at Auction

D Perez: Chimping (Vimeo)

FT: What Eve Arnold Saw

Guardian: All About Eve

NYT Lens: Steichen, A New Trove From an Old Master

Diane Smyth: Dana Popa (PhotoMonitor)

BBC: England Uncensored by Peter Dench

Lightbox: DEVELOP Tube: A photographic resource grows

BJP: William Klein will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at the Sony World Photogrpahy Awards

BJP: World Photo London is starting next month, packed with talks, seminars and workshops

Eggleston Shore (video on 1000Words blog)

Conscientious: How to make a photobook | related

Gregory Crewdson movie : trailer

PhotoShelter: Should Photo Contests Require Original Image Files?

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien won first prize in World Press Photo Multimedia contest for “Afrikaner Blood….Not surprised. I remember telling friends after Perpignan that one of the best things I had seen during the festival was that exact multimedia piece….

photo Ilvy Njiokiktjien

BJP: World Press Photo announces Multimedia contest winners | Related: Bombay FC: WPP Multimedia Judging part 2 . Part 1

Foto8 Summershow 2012

FotoVisura winners…

Photo: Erin Trieb

FotoVisura Photography Grant Winners

BJP: Anastasia Taylor-Lind has won the Center Project Award in Santa Fe

BJP: Paul Graham wins the Hasselblad Foundation International Award for Photography, worth $150,000

Days Japan Photojournalism Awards 2012

Slideluck Potshow is coming to London again….

Slideluck Potshow London IV Submissions | related on Wayne Ford’s blog

NPPA: Justin Maxon, Katie Orlinsky Win 2011 Alexia Foundation Grants

Finland’s press photos of the year…

Sami Kero got the POY with a photo from Cairo…

photo: Sami Kero / Helsingin Sanomat

Finland Press Photos of the Year 2011

London Festival of Photography 2012 Prize

The City of Levallois Photography Award

Eddie Adams Workshop now accepting submissions

LUCEO Student Project Award

KL Photo Awards 2012

Guardian Student Media Awards 2012

Agencies and Collectives

Magnum open to submissions again. Last year they didn’t take any new nominees, if I remember correctly…

photo: Burt Glinn

Apply to become a member of Magnum Photos : 2012 Submissions are now open : Deadline is 08/06/12

photo: Venetia Dearden

VII Photo Newsletter March 2012

Noor newsletter 15 March 2012

Prime Collective March 2012 newsletter

Reportage by Getty Images: Natalie Naccache now part of Emerging Talent

Read about this commercial agency on Twitter… Good line-up of photographers.. including Tom Stoddart..

Making Pictures : commercial photo agency : London

Books

VII Photo’s Questions Without Answers book featured on Phaidon blog…

Photo: Alexandra Boulat

Phaidon: The defining images of our turbulent times…VII: Questions Without Answers

Jörg Colberg: Better by Design: The role of design in the making of five modern photobooks (BJP)

multiMedia

Once Magazine

Blogs

Happy belated birthday to Lightbox!

photo: Joakim Eskildsen

Lightbox: A Year of Great Photography

Photo Archive News

Crowd Funding and related

photo: Andre Liohn

Almost Dawn in Libya aka ADIL (NYT Lens)

Paula Lerner Memorial Fund

Photo Time Machine on Kickstarter

Respecting My Elders on USAProjects

Jobs

Save The Children : 3 month internship opening in the Film&Photo team

Photographers

Thomas Lekfeldt

Tahnia Roberts

Max Strong

Max Fabrizi

To finish off… KillShot: A Rifle Camera for Hunting with Photos Instead of Bullets

And… Britain’s top 10 worst photographers

And… Photographic Moratorium – Looking Sad in the Tub

Faded Tulips: Kyrgyzstan’s Counterfeit Revolution

Among the ‘stans of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is something of an outlier. Remote and mountainous, the tiny republic is home to the region’s only parliamentary democracy and a vibrant civil society. Not once, but twice, its people have taken to the streets to force out their rulers—a considerable exception in a part of the world dominated by iron-fisted, post-Soviet apparatchiks.

Yet Kyrgyzstan is also a microcosm of Central Asia as a whole. A significant proportion of its impoverished population ekes out a living as migrant labor abroad. The rusted traces of a Soviet past line its cities and towns, while Moscow’s long history of gerrymandering borders and resettling whole communities gives it a complex, volatile ethnic make-up. Tensions between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the south of the country flared in 2010 and riots led to as many as 2,000 deaths. Its legacy still smolders.

Over the span of some four years, French photographer William Daniels chronicled Kyrgyzstan’s tumultuous progress. His work, entitled Faded Tulips, documents the false dawn of democracy: in 2005, the country’s quasi-authoritarian regime was toppled in an uprising hailed the “Tulip revolution.” But the man drafted in to oversee democracy’s blooming across the Central Asian steppe—President Kurmanbek Bakiyev—proved to be cut from the same cloth as petty despots elsewhere in the region.

Allegations of corruption mounted as well as reports of voter fraud and intimidation of dissidents and the media. In 2007, Daniels arrived in a Kyrgyzstan where the illusion of democratic change was beginning to slip. He was on hand in 2010 when protests broke out against the Bakiyev regime, eventually forcing the putative strongman to flee into exile in Russia. Months later, as an interim government tried to right Kyrgyzstan’s listing ship, ethnic riots between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in the country’s south led to hundreds of deaths and a geo-political crisis. Neighboring countries closed their borders, while up to 400,000 people—mostly Uzbeks—fled their homes. Daniels’ pictures of charred, gutted neighborhoods in the southern city of Osh—an ancient Silk Road town that’s long been a rich crossroads of peoples and faiths—bear stark testament to how lifelong neighbors can wake up one day as enemies. “I particularly tried to understand how this small country could descend so quickly into extreme violence,” Daniels says.

But while much has yet to be reconciled following that spasm of violence, there are real glimmers of hope in Kyrgyzstan. The country’s seemingly successful transition into a multi-party parliamentary system has weaned it off the grip of a domineering executive—the main impediment for real political change elsewhere in Central Asia. But the country’s economy is still in desperate shape, and new President Almazbek Atambayev, who has so far engendered cautious optimism among most analysts, has to steer Kyrgyzstan through a maze of competing American, Russian and Chinese interests. “We will see how and where Atambayev will lead the country,” says Daniels. His photos, though, show a Kyrgyzstan as haunted by the past as it is uncertain for its future.

William Daniels is a photographer based in Paris. See more of his work here. He is currently engaged in a crowdfunding effort to publish Faded Tulips as a book; the drive is still ongoing, but the funding goal was reached while Daniels was reporting for TIME in Syria. Read about his harrowing escape from that situation here on LightBox.

Faded Tulips: Kyrgyzstan’s Counterfeit Revolution

Among the ‘stans of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is something of an outlier. Remote and mountainous, the tiny republic is home to the region’s only parliamentary democracy and a vibrant civil society. Not once, but twice, its people have taken to the streets to force out their rulers—a considerable exception in a part of the world dominated by iron-fisted, post-Soviet apparatchiks.

Yet Kyrgyzstan is also a microcosm of Central Asia as a whole. A significant proportion of its impoverished population ekes out a living as migrant labor abroad. The rusted traces of a Soviet past line its cities and towns, while Moscow’s long history of gerrymandering borders and resettling whole communities gives it a complex, volatile ethnic make-up. Tensions between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in the south of the country flared in 2010 and riots led to as many as 2,000 deaths. Its legacy still smolders.

Over the span of some four years, French photographer William Daniels chronicled Kyrgyzstan’s tumultuous progress. His work, entitled Faded Tulips, documents the false dawn of democracy: in 2005, the country’s quasi-authoritarian regime was toppled in an uprising hailed the “Tulip revolution.” But the man drafted in to oversee democracy’s blooming across the Central Asian steppe—President Kurmanbek Bakiyev—proved to be cut from the same cloth as petty despots elsewhere in the region.

Allegations of corruption mounted as well as reports of voter fraud and intimidation of dissidents and the media. In 2007, Daniels arrived in a Kyrgyzstan where the illusion of democratic change was beginning to slip. He was on hand in 2010 when protests broke out against the Bakiyev regime, eventually forcing the putative strongman to flee into exile in Russia. Months later, as an interim government tried to right Kyrgyzstan’s listing ship, ethnic riots between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in the country’s south led to hundreds of deaths and a geo-political crisis. Neighboring countries closed their borders, while up to 400,000 people—mostly Uzbeks—fled their homes. Daniels’ pictures of charred, gutted neighborhoods in the southern city of Osh—an ancient Silk Road town that’s long been a rich crossroads of peoples and faiths—bear stark testament to how lifelong neighbors can wake up one day as enemies. “I particularly tried to understand how this small country could descend so quickly into extreme violence,” Daniels says.

But while much has yet to be reconciled following that spasm of violence, there are real glimmers of hope in Kyrgyzstan. The country’s seemingly successful transition into a multi-party parliamentary system has weaned it off the grip of a domineering executive—the main impediment for real political change elsewhere in Central Asia. But the country’s economy is still in desperate shape, and new President Almazbek Atambayev, who has so far engendered cautious optimism among most analysts, has to steer Kyrgyzstan through a maze of competing American, Russian and Chinese interests. “We will see how and where Atambayev will lead the country,” says Daniels. His photos, though, show a Kyrgyzstan as haunted by the past as it is uncertain for its future.

William Daniels is a photographer based in Paris. See more of his work here. He is currently engaged in a crowdfunding effort to publish Faded Tulips as a book; the drive is still ongoing, but the funding goal was reached while Daniels was reporting for TIME in Syria. Read about his harrowing escape from that situation here on LightBox.

Escape from Syria: Photographs by William Daniels

When we arrived in Bab Amr, we began to send e-mails to editors saying we were there. We were excited, happy. Of course, we were scared of the situation, but we were happy.

On the first morning, shelling began very close to us. One boom, then a second. After the third, the Syrians with us shouted, “You have to get out!” Then a fourth rocket hit. We lost Marie Colvin, the American reporter, and my friend Rémi Ochlik, a photographer. The correspondent for Le Figaro, Edith Bouvier, was badly injured, as was Paul Conroy, a British photojournalist.

William Daniels—Panos for TIME

This week’s cover of TIME.

The Syrian army targeted Bab Amr everywhere, anywhere. There was no way to get out. One night we visited families staying underground. There were 150 people in a basement with only small lights. They had some rice and a bit of water. Everyone had a family member who had been killed. We felt very bad, thinking, Please help us get out of here; we have lost our friends. But we couldn’t say that, because they had lost everything.

The Syrians who were looking after us were never outwardly scared. They were totally confident. They would prepare medicine in the middle of the room, while we were cowering behind a wall. They were not scared of anything.

Rémi’s death affected me a lot. And perhaps it will affect me even more later. His career was taking off. He had just won the World Press Photo award. He was becoming famous. I was sure he was about to work with magazines he’d dreamed of working for, like TIME. We were excited about getting to Syria. We thought we had a lot of work. I thought, O.K., we’re here, we’ve come for this, to be inside Bab Amr. There was no time to think that maybe we’d made a mistake in going there.

I really liked Rémi. I had a lot of affection for him. Perhaps because I’m older, I felt a bit like an older brother. But sometimes he was the one advising me, especially when we were in dangerous situations. And he just disappeared, so quickly.

Rémi was cremated in Paris on March 6, the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution.

MORE: A Reporter’s Escape from Syria

French photographer William Daniels was on assignment for TIME in the besieged district of Bab Amr. On March 1, after nine days there, he and Edith Bouvier managed to safely cross the border into Lebanon.

William Daniels, Edith Bouvier Arrive Safely in Lebanon

LightBox has just learned that William Daniels, who was on assignment in Syria for TIME, safely crossed the border with wounded Le Figaro journalist Edith Bouvier into Lebanon Thursday. Daniels was present in the war-torn city of Homs during a bombardment by Syrian forces that killed journalists Rémi Ochlik and Marie Colvin on Feb. 22, just one day after Daniels had arrived in the country. He was unharmed but Bouvier suffered serious fractures to her leg; the two appeared together in an online video the following day, pleading for safe transport so that Bouvier could receive medical attention. Today, more than a week later, they have finally made it out of danger. French President Nicholas Sarkozy announced publicly that the two, who are French, would be escorted to their embassy in Beirut—and TIME received a more personal confirmation of the good news: Patrick Witty, TIME’s International Picture Editor, got a text message from Daniels. “We are out,” he wrote, “and Edith is safe!”

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Features and Essays

The end game in Libya…Bryan Denton has been in the country for most of the last six months covering the events for the New York Times…NYT Lens interviewed him as rebels were pushing towards Tripoli end of last week…

Bryan Denton: Tomorrow Tripoli (NYT Lens: August 2011)

New York Times’ The Battle for Libya gallery … impressive selection from February onwards.

Libya galleries from TIME, NPR, The Atlantic’s In Focus, The Foreign Policy, and Wall Street Journal…

TIME: Libyan Rebels Move on Tripoli 

NPR: The Story Of Libya’s Revolt, In Pictures 

The Atlantic In Focus blog: Qaddafi Losing Grip on Libya

The Foreign Policy: Triumph in Tripoli 

WSJ: Libya’s Revolution

Moises Saman captured the mood in Tripoli just before the rebel push…

Moises Saman: Gaddafi Defiant (Magnum: August 2011)

Maybe a good time to recap on some of the events in the Middle East this year,  by looking at this TIME video of Yuri Kozyrev’s work from Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya again…also as Visa Pour l’Image is just around the corner… and the festival will showcase some of the work…

Yuri Kozyrev: On Revolution Road (TIME: June 2011)

Moving on from Libya to other things…

New York Times Magazine did something special with their What They Were Thinking last weekend…

NYT Magazine: Classic Magazine Photographs, Then and Now (NYT Mag: August 2011) “What they were thinking then. What are they thinking now.”

From National Geographic Magazine’s September issue…

Brent Stirton: The Sahara’s Tuareg (NGM: September 2011)

John Stanmeyer: Brazil’s Girl Power (NGM: September 2011)

Michael ‘Nick’ Nichol: Orphan Elephants (NGM: September 2011)

New on VII website…

Giulio Di Sturco: Somali Famine (VII Mentor: August 2011)

Erin Trieb: The Homecoming (VII Mentor: August 2011)

Sim Chi Yin: China’s Lead Curse (VII Mentor: August 2011)

Venetia Dearden: Mariinsky Ballet (VII Network: August 2011)

Lynsey Addario: Saudi Life (VII Network: August 2011)

From VII Magazine…

Antonin Kratochvil: Incognito (VII Magazine: August 2011)

Giulio di Sturco: Doolow Somalia (VII Mag: August 2011)

Jonathan Saruk: Kabul’s Movie Theaters (Reportage by Getty Images: August 2011)

Moises Saman: Syria, Decisively Seen (TIME LB: August 2011)

William Daniels: Revisiting Japan’s Ground Zero (TIME LB: August 2011)

Jake Price: Japan, Five Months On (BNN: August 2011)

Daniel Berehulak: Pakistan: One Year Later (Newsweek: August 2011)

Abbas: Sources of the Ganges (Magnum: August 2011)

Samuel James: In Nigeria, an Islamist Insurgency Strengthens (NYT: August 2011)

Bruce Davidson: NYC Subway Commuters in the 80s (Flavorwire: 2011)

Taslima Akhter: Garment Workers in Bangladesh (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Marcus Bleasdale: Ripe With Abuse (HRW: August 2011)

Jehad Nga: Dadaab (New Yorker: August 2011)

Peter Greste: Somalis Flee to Ethiopia (Al Jazeera: August 2011)

Davin Ellicson: Postcard from Bucharest: After the Revolution (New Yorker Photo Booth: August 2011)

Carlos Saveedra: Daughters of the Goddess Huitaca (Foto8: August 2011)

Alizandra Fazzina: Paper Mill 2 (NOOR: August 2011)

9/11…VII newsletter about the upcoming tenth anniversary with links to features…

VII: 911 Tenth Anniversary (VII: August 2011)

911 with Holgas and Lomos..New trend developing? First Tama/Getty and now Stapleton/Reuters…compare here

Shannon Stapleton: A Different View of 911 (Reuters: August 2011)

Michal Chelbin: Prison Portraits (New Yorker: August 2011)

Brian Shumway: True Men (burn: August 2011)

Anthony Suau: Turmoil on Wall Street (Facing Change: August 2011)

Andrew Moore: Love in Detroit’s Ruins (NYT: August 2011)

Piotr Malecki: Call Centre (Panos: August 2011)

Seamus Murphy: London Riots (Stern: August 2011)

Ryan Gauvin: Shots Out the Rough (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Julio Bittencourt: Big Pool of Ramon (TIME LB: August 2011)

Evan Vucci: Killer Blue- Baptized by Fire (Photographer’s Vimeo:2011)

Evan Vucci: We Don’t Have Enough Power to Fight (Photographer’s Vimeo: 2011)

Thomas Hoepker: Berlin Vintage (Guardian: August 2011)

Stephen Dupont: Generation AK (Vimeo: 2011)

Stephen Shames: Bronx Boys (TIME LB: August 2011)

Sarina Finkelstein: Modern Day Gold Prospectors (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Rodrigo Abd: Mayan Women (Oregonian: 2011)

Articles 

Guardian: Sean Smith’s Best Shot (Guardian: August 2011)

Assignment Chicago: 7 Lies About Photojournalists (Chicago Tribune: August 2011)

TIME LB: John Moore’s story behind the photo : Somalia, One Mother’s Unspeakable Loss (TIME LB: August 2011)

David Campbell: Imaging famine: How critique can help (DC blog: August 2011)

Visual Culture Blog: Defacing Gaddafi (Visual Culture Blog: August 2011)

PDN: Judge Dismisses Copyright Suit Against Ryan McGinley as “Wasteful” (PDN: August 2011)

Lisa Pritchard: Ask An Agent 2 (LPA blog: August 2011)

photo: Massimo Vitali

New York Times Mag: A View From the High (NYT Mag: August 2011) Massimo Vitali

Telegraph: Lomography: the digital photo sceptics strike back (Telegraph: August 2011)

Telegraph: Instagram, Hipstamatic and the mobile photography movement (Telegraph: August 2011)

BJP: Corbis signs deal with Associated Press

BJP: BBC’s Twitter statement is “unacceptable”, says NUJ

Nowness: Corinne Day : Heaven is Real (Nowness: August 2011)

BJP: Award-winning war documentary comes to the UK

photo: Paolo Patrizi

Prison Photography: Photographing the Prostitutes of Italy’s Backroads: Google Street View vs. Boots on the Ground (Prison Photography: August 2011)

Related..

Conscientious: Google Street View and Authorship (Conscientious: August 2011)

MSNBC: At 83, subject of ‘American Girl in Italy’ photo speaks out (MSNBC: August 2011)

NPR: In Japan, Restoring Photos For Tsunami Victims (NPR: August 2011)

PDN: Lee Miller: Great Conflict Photographer, Not So Great Parent (PDN: August 2011)

Carol Guzy: Losing Miss Cassie (Washington Post: 2010)

Events

If you happen to be in Scotland this coming weekend…Some great events and talks happening as part of the Festival of Politics…World Press Photo exhibition and Anastasia Taylor-Lind showing some  of her work and participating in another talk…

Festival of Politics:  Raised by Women: A Photographic Essay on Female Dominated Communities : Anastasia Taylor Lind : Where: Scottish Parliament : Edinburgh : Saturday 27 August, 11:00 – 12:00, Committee Room 3, FREE Chaired by Olivier Laurent, News and Online Editor, British Journal of Photography. Also: Covering Conflict: the role of the photographer and artist : Saturday 27 August, 17:30 – 18:30, Committee Room 3, FREE

Magnum in Motion, Live : NYC (TIME LB)

Crowd Funding Focused (IndieGoGo)

Interviews and Talks

David Campbell and Jon Levy : ”Aesthetics have no place in photographing famine” (OPEN-i Vimeo: August 2011)

Peter Dench (Telegraph: August 2011)

Ashley Gilbertson (PRX: August 2011)

Don McCullin (TateShots on Youtube: August 2011)

Steve Pyke (Hungry Eye: August 2011)

Ben Lowy (Conscientious: August 2011)

Leonie Hampton (Ideas Tap: August 2011)

Shannon Stapleton (Reuters: August 2011)

Yannis Behrakis (Reuters: August 2011)

Brassai (ASX)

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

photo: Samuel James

Exposure Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism : inaugural winner Samuel James. Work ‘Lagos, Area‘ syndicated by VII

Lens Culture Awards includes, documentary, fine art, abstract, and photojournalism. Deadline Sept.17

Ian Parry Scholarship Private view (Olivier Laurent’s Vimeo: August 2011)

Movies and Videos

The Mexican Suitcase

Paul Strand : Under the Dark Cloth (Youtube)

Hungry Eye TV

Agencies

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon joins INSTITUTE as Director of INSTITUTE | news on BJP

Falcon

Photographers

Justin Maxon

Rian Dundon

Angelos Giotopoulos

Stephanie Foden

Jobs

MSF Canada

Video Producer/Editor for msnbc.com in NYC

Whitechapel Gallery are hiring a Schools & Families Education Curator

To finish off…

From Gawker…Experience an Entire Day in New York in One Photograph…Very entertaining photos by Stephen Wilkes

Photoshop horrors….

Either Testino retouchers photochopped Kate Moss’ daughter’s fingers on purpose or someone fucked up bad…

Also…

This timelapse video of a day in California is worth checking out too..

See also Little People

Tuesday 12 July 2011

Features and Essays

South Sudan is now independent… Some photos from the days prior the declaration of independence…

Pete Muller: Small arms and cattle-raiding in southern Sudan (Guardian: July 2011) One of the  photos…the one of police, very evocative of Dominic Nahr’s DRC Soldiers I thought…see for yourself.

Pete Muller: Into Existence: Southern Sudan on the Eve of Independence (TIME LB: July 2011)

Tyler Hicks: South Sudan Prepares for Independence (NYT: July 2011) Some of Hicks’ black and white work from South Sudan was featured on Lens blog.

Cedric Gerbehaye: Birth and Death in Southern Sudan (TIME LB: July 2011)

Martin Parr: Harrow School (Magnum: July 2011)

Ed Kashi: Malawi (VII: July 2011)

Went to the Foto8 Summer Show opening last Friday… Terrific..Check out all the work exhibited…The below photo by Dougie Wallace was Veronica’s favourite…I quite like it too…

photo: Dougie Wallace

Foto8 Summer Show 2011: Shortlisted (Foto8: July 2011) Feature on BBC

Mads Nissen : Among the Madding Crowd (Panos: July 2011) Philippines

Michael Sharkey: Young (Gay) Americans (Guardian: July 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen: Via PanAm (NYT Lens: July 2011)

William Daniels: Faded Tulips (Burn: July 2011)

Yola Monakhov: Empire State (TIME LB: July 2011)

Tyler Hicks: Opportunities at Home Reduce Illegal Immigration From Mexico (NYT: July 2011)

Bryan Denton is back in Libya for NYT with writer Chris Chivers..

Bryan Denton: The Battle for a Libyan Village (NYT: July 2011) Great Libya coverage by the two over on At War blog

Atlantis Shuttle was launched past Friday…NYT sent Todd Heisler to take photos…Slideshow here…In relation to the Atlantis launch, the Lens blog featured some of David Burnett’s terrific photos from the the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969…

David Burnett: Apollo 11 (NYT: July 2011)

Charles Ommanney has a website….

Charles Ommanney

Interviews and Talks

Giles Duley :  ”Bomb Took 3 Limbs, but Not Photographer’s Can-Do Spirit” (NYT: July 2011)

Stephanie Sinclair : The Lives of Child Brides (PBS.org: July 2011)

Kathy Ryan (Le Lettre: 2011)

Bruce Davidson (Telegraph21: 2011)

Anton Corbijn (Foam: July 2011)

“I’m more interested in a photography that is ‘unfinished.’” – Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellgerin (Today’s Zaman: July 2011)

John Szarkovski (Charlie Rose: 2005)

Jehad Nga (Wired Raw File blog: 2011)

Dominic Nahr (Vimeo: 2011)

Masaru Goto (Invisible Photographer Asia: 2011)

Olivia Arthur (e-photoreview: June 2011)

Amanda Rivkin (photographer’s blog: 2011)

Roof Unit Artists Preview 2 : Liz Hingley, Laura Hynd, Chloe Dewe Mathews : July 13 : Bethnal Green, London

Articles

‘Debate’ around modern war photography continues over at Duckrabbit…Make sure to read the comments…

Duckrabbit: War photography debate (duckrabbit: July 2011)

NYT: Georgia – Photographers Still Jailed (NYT: July 2011)

Magnum: News from Magnum: Magnum Photos to Distribute Archive of Tim Hetherington (Magnum: July 2011)

Everybody’s was talking about Arles online last week…I’ve never been there… Need to try and make my way next year…Festival review by Guardian’s Sean O’Hagan….

Guardian: Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011 (Guardian: July 2011)  review Europe’s high-profile photography festival is a disjointed affair this year, but it’s worth making the trip to see the stunning showcase of Mexican work

Guardian: War photography? Isn’t there an app for that? (Guardian: July 2011) Two war photographers have used camera-phones and a simple app to record stunningly personal images of soldiers and locals in Afghanistan

Guardian: The month in photography (Guardian: July 2011) The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books, featuring Pieter Hugo, Vanessa Winship, Elliott Erwitt, Taryn Simon and Walker Evans.

Emphas.is: Crowdfunding vs Grants (Emphas.is blog: July 2011)

BBC:  Rediscovering the work of Ernst Haas, a master of colour (BBC: July 2011)

David Campbell: Photographic anxiety: should we worry about image abundance? (DC blog: July 2011)

Marcus Bleasdale: A Fixer in Need: Good News from The Pastor (TIME LB: July 2011)

BJP: Leica partners with Facing Change collective (BJP: July 2011)

Anthony Suau: The Leica S2: On the Road with FCDA (FCDA blog: May 2011)

Stephen Farrell: Reporting Under Fire: a Survey of a Century of War Correspondents (NYT At War blog: June 2011)

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

From Guardian….Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse winners of  the Rencontred d’Arles Discovery Award.

Ian Parry Scholarship deadline extended to Thursday 14th July

NPPA Announces Short Grants For Photographers

Shortlist for 2011 IdeasTap Photographic Award

Oskar Barnack Award 2011 winners on Vimeo

Agencies 

Magnum Photos July Newsletter

From BJP….Picturetank, the Paris-based photo cooperative, is looking for photographers to join

Noor is looking for new members. Deadline 5 August

Magnum Photos have an opening for a sales role in their London office. Applications are open

Books

Seba Kurtis: Drowned (Here: 2011)

Platon’s Power featured on Guardian website

Platon: Power (Chronicle: 2011) There’s also an app

WorkshopsEddie Adams Workshop : Class of 2011

To finish off…

Use an action to make any picture look like an instagram picture  Via @lucasjackson

Is this for real????

The iPhone SLR Mount.