Sarker Protick photographs the Bangladeshi film industry in his series, “Love Me Or Kill Me.”

Sarker Protick photographs the Bangladeshi film industry in his series, “Love Me Or Kill Me.”

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Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarker Protick would look forward to Friday afternoons, when, on the national television channel, he could count on the screening of a Dhallywood film. Full of epic romances and cartoonish violence, the movies made by the country’s film industry were exercises in extremes, made quickly and with small budgets to appeal to the widest possible audience. For the young Protick, they offered a glimpse into a fantastical world.

Sarker Protick photographs the Bangladeshi film industry in his series, “Love Me Or Kill Me.”

A Complex Self-Portrait of Africa – NYTimes.com

A Complex Self-Portrait of Africa

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Holding a retrospective exhibit after only 15 years as a professional photographer may seem unexpected. But such was the timing for Akintunde Akinleye, the only Nigerian photojournalist to have won a World Press Photo prize, in 2007. Since then, he has continued his work for Reuters, capturing life in the heart of Lagos, whose population of more than 20 million makes it Africa’s largest city.

A Complex Self-Portrait of Africa – NYTimes.com

PDN’s 30 2015 : New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

PDN’s 30 2015 : New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

As you read through our 16th annual PDN ’s 30 feature, you’ll notice these photographers shared some of the “Key Lessons” they’ve learned, “Best Advice” they’ve received and “Biggest Challenges” they’ve overcome. These footnotes to the photographers’ stories are honest, insightful, sometimes funny and, we hope, useful to photographers at all stages of their careers.

PDN’s 30 2015 : New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography – NYTimes.com

Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography

There is a struggle going on in documentary photography between proponents of journalistic ethics and practices and those who believe that new visual and storytelling strategies are needed to communicate effectively in the modern world. The controversies surrounding this year’s World Press Photo awards have amplified this debate.

Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography – NYTimes.com

City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest – citypaper.com

City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest

In a video shot by City Paper Managing Editor Baynard Woods you can see Giordano, wearing a green jacket, and a protester, both of whom had just been knocked to the ground by police, being beaten as Woods yells, “He’s a photographer! He’s press!” 

City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest – citypaper.com

David De Vleeschauwer – Searching for a Human Side in North Korea | LensCulture

David De Vleeschauwer – Searching for a Human Side in North Korea

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Lost in this sea of misunderstanding are, of course, the people of the country itself. Belgian travel photographer David de Vleeschauwer decided to visit the country with “an open mind and the belief that something human lies behind…despite negative reporting in the West.”

David De Vleeschauwer – Searching for a Human Side in North Korea | LensCulture

Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest – The Atlantic

Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

The editors of Smithsonian magazine have announced the winners of their 12th annual photo contest, selected from more than 26,500 entries. The winning photographs from from the competition’s six categories are published below: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile. Also, a few finalists have been included as well.

Winners of the 2014 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest – The Atlantic

Phyllis Dooney: CENTER’S 1st Place Editor’s Choice Award | LENSCRATCH

Phyllis Dooney: CENTER’S 1st Place Editor’s Choice Award

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I was immediately intrigued by the first picture in Phyllis Dooney’s project Moonflowers, about a gay woman in the Mississippi Delta. Over three years, Dooney documented Halea Brown and her family in an attempt to portray larger issues that affect American families. Poignant and emotional, I believe this work has the potential to deepen beyond its current scope. And with this prize, I hope Dooney will be inspired to continue to build on what she has already created.

Phyllis Dooney: CENTER’S 1st Place Editor’s Choice Award | LENSCRATCH

Rebuilding Lives After a Factory Collapse in Bangladesh – NYTimes.com

Rebuilding Lives After a Factory Collapse in Bangladesh

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An hour after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Abir Abdullah got to the scene unsure where to begin taking pictures. More than a thousand people had died and hundreds more were trapped alive in the rubble. Injured workers were screaming and crying all around him as rescue workers pulled bodies from the debris.

Rebuilding Lives After a Factory Collapse in Bangladesh – NYTimes.com

Germany: Service by Platon at Jablonka Galerie – The Eye of Photography

Germany: Service by Platon at Jablonka Galerie

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“Service” took many weeks to develop but Platon’s enthusiasm for the project never faltered. He rose to each photographic challenge, no matter what difficulties a shoot presented. Like a house being built, stone by stone, the photographs were crafted into a sequence of spreads that in the end added up to an exceptional essay. Access was difficult, shoot times often limited, and making each spread unique instead of repetitive was a great challenge. In addition to portraiture for which Platon is well known, he took documentary images, and even some still-lives. In the end the New Yorker published a series 16 pages and won a National Magazine Award for it. Bravo Platon!

Germany: Service by Platon at Jablonka Galerie – The Eye of Photography