Moments Big and Small in Vintage Photos – The New York Times

Lee Shulman, an English-born filmmaker based in Paris, decided to buy a random bundle of slides from eBay on a lark. Almost instantly upon examining the contents, “I felt very close to the image,” he said, “and close to the emotions that were transferred.”

War of Words: Meet the Texan Trolling for Putin – Texas Monthly

In 2014, Russell Bonner Bentley was a middle-aged arborist living in Austin. Now he’s a local celebrity in a war-torn region of Ukraine—and a foot soldier in Russia’s information war.

Searching for Memory of the Gulags in Putin’s Russia | The New Yorker

The photographer Misha Friedman and I travelled in Russia in 2016, looking, as we put it in the subtitle of a new book, “Never Remember,” “for Stalin’s Gulags in Putin’s Russia.” We wanted to document memory—or the lack of memory. We began in places where I had reported two decades earlier, when memory activists, then often with the aid of local officials, created memorials or museums. We wanted to see how those sites had changed in the twenty years since, as Joseph Stalin’s image was being burnished—to the point that he now consistently tops polls asking Russians to choose the greatest man who ever lived.

Carol Guzy Wins 2018 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award | PDNPulse

Photographer Carol Guzy of ZUMA Press has won the 2018 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for her reportage about the effects of the war against ISIS on the civilian population of Mosul. The Overseas Press Club announced the news yesterday. Reuters photographers Carlos Garcia Rawlins and Carlos Barria won the Olivier Rebbot Award, and Kevin Frayer of Getty Images won the Feature Photography award.

Capturing Photos of Corporate Office Life in 1970s America – The New York Times

When Susan Ressler returned home from photographing a Native American community in northern Canada, something didn’t sit well. She had been there for three months in 1973 with an anthropologist, following families as they battled alcoholism and poverty. She had dreamed of becoming a documentary photographer like Dorothea Lange, but her time in Canada left her questioning her privileged status as a photographer.

Fashion Climbing, photographer Bill Cunningham’s secret memoir

This is kind of amazing. Legendary street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died two years ago, leaving behind a massive body of work documenting the last 40 years of the fashion world. Somewhat surprisingly, he also wrote a memoir that seemingly no one knew about. He called it Fashion Climbing (pre-order on Amazon).

This Photographer Deleted His Social Media with 1.5 Million Followers

Professional landscape photographer Dave Morrow had thriving social media accounts with over 1.5 million followers. Last year, he decided to delete those accounts and give up his huge followings there. The decision changed his life and photography.

Another Piece of the Jigsaw that is North Korea – Feature Shoot

Photographer Tariq Zaidi’s most recent project Photographing North Korea was undertaken during a journey from Dandong, on the North Korea-Chinese border, to the DMZ in the south, and across the country from the capital Pyongyang to Wonsan. The final edit shows what the North Korean guides allowed Zaidi to photograph, and not what was deleted from his SD card upon leaving the country.

Wolfgang Tillmans Explores the Role of Art in a Post-Truth World – The New York Times

LONDON — The German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans has had a decades-long love affair with printed media. Since making his name in the 1990s taking pictures of night life in Hamburg, Germany, for the British counterculture magazine i-D, his work has appeared in countless publications — from fashion titles to newspaper supplements — as well as in galleries and museums. Mr. Tillmans has long been concerned with how his work appears on the printed page.

Peter Funch Sees the Patterns in the People on the Street – The New York Times

It’s not that hard to go out into the street and take a stranger’s picture. It is legal and, with the right equipment, technically simple. But how do you arrive at two pictures of the same person, with almost the same expression, on what seem to be different days? These photographs were made by the Danish artist Peter Funch, and they are part of a series of many such pairs. For nine years, from 2007 until 2016, Funch hung around Grand Central Terminal and watched commuters during the morning rush between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Using a long-lensed digital camera, he made countless portraits, an intriguing face here, another one there, yet another over there. He began to notice repetitions, the same people, the same faces, the same gestures, the same clothes. Each person was in the self-enclosed reverie of getting somewhere. The photos were all taken in May, June or July, in bright summer sunshine. The resulting project, published last year in a monograph titled “42nd and Vanderbilt,” is named for the street corner on which Funch stationed himself. It contains dozens of pairs of portraits (and a few in sequences of three), all of strangers.

Looking at the Paralympics With a New York Times Photographer – The New York Times

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — After parking his car at the Paralympics Alpine skiing venue, Chang W. Lee climbed 40 steep steps, scaled a hill with an imposing gradual incline, passed through security, climbed some more steps, walked up another hill, climbed two more sets of metal steps labeled “Caution: Slippery Surface,” trudged across a flat expanse of snow, scaled another small hill to ride a chair lift, climbed still more slippery steps, trudged across more snow and then finally lumbered down a ramp.

These Photo Tiles Transform Walls Into Soviet Apartment Blocks

It’s “an idea to bring outside inside,” Gyva Grafika says.

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way

Patricia Morosan – Sun Stands Still « burn magazine

The images in the photoseries “Sun Stands Still” were shot during the years 2014-2016, while traveling through my homecountry Romania, as well as through Poland, Portugal and Germany. But the concrete places dissolve in this work and they become my own personal metaphorical space. In this space and through this images, I tell stories both of intimate encounters, as well as from a brief glance at the little stories I met along the way, which may have happened, or will still happen while passing by. And in doing so, images came along and have been found (again); as if they could arise from my memories, hunches and dreams. The images in ‘Sun Stands Still’ are therefor seen as momentary reliefs, which may be found in reality as in a dream.

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way

Facebook’s Surveillance Machine – The New York Times

Mr. Grewal is right: This wasn’t a breach in the technical sense. It is something even more troubling: an all-too-natural consequence of Facebook’s business model, which involves having people go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. The results of that surveillance are used to fuel a sophisticated and opaque system for narrowly targeting advertisements and other wares to Facebook’s users.

Pride and Self-Love in the L.G.B.T.Q. African Diaspora – The New York Times

When Mikael Owunna returned to his family’s home in Pittsburgh after finishing a Fulbright Fellowship in Taiwan, it was unsettling. He and his family were originally from Nigeria, where gay Africans like him were scorned and mistreated. While grappling with long suppressed anxiety and depression because of that cultural tension, he saw an exhibition of the work of Zanele Muholi, the chronicler of queer experience in South Africa.

The Mesmerizing Mundane Objects of Ordinary North Korean Life

LONDON — Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK, a new exhibit at London’s House of Illustration, shows that interesting graphic design can be showcased in utterly prosaic objects, from cigarette boxes to bottled water labels and wrapping paper.

UPDATE: Another Contest Scam? Who Runs Monochrome and Monovisions Awards? | PDN Online

Photographers who were asked to judge the Monochrome Awards, a black-and-white photography competition that charges entry fees ranging from $15-$25 tell PDN that they never judged the competition. The stories of these photographers, and the refusal of Monochrome Awards representatives to respond to PDN’s questions about the organization and one of its organizers, Sebastian Markis, suggest there may be a connection between the Monochrome Awards and the International Photographer of the Year awards, another competition that came under scrutiny recently and is suspected of falsely promoting its jurors. Markis is also involved in a third organization, Monovision Magazine, which runs a black-and-white photography competition, PDN has learned.

A Mexican-American Photographer’s Divided View of Postwar L.A. | The New Yorker

Last week marked the fiftieth anniversary of the East L.A. “blowouts,” in which thousands of Mexican-American high-school students protested their crowded, understaffed classrooms and outdated textbooks with an organized walkout. At the time, George Rodriguez was a thirty-one-year-old photographer working at Columbia Pictures. It was a good job, working on the publicity stills of stars like Frank Sinatra and Jayne Mansfield. Rodriguez, who is also Mexican-American, had grown up at a different time, and in a different part of the city—South L.A., not the Eastside, which was the hotbed of the burgeoning Chicano movement. But he recognized that something important was happening. During lunch breaks, he grabbed his camera and drove across town to take pictures. Who else would document this moment? One photo features a teen-ager, his hair parted down the middle, holding a sign in each hand: in the right, roosevelt chicanos demand justice; in the left, fuck the pigs. A visual reminder, in light of the recent Parkland student protests, that teen-agers have long been at the forefront of demanding political change.