Festival: Don’t Want to Be in Photos? Put a Red Dot on Your Forehead

A festival in the Netherlands has come up with a strange response to the EU’s new GDPR privacy laws: it’s asking attendees who don’t want to be photographed to opt out by putting a red dot on their forehead.

Shahidul Alam: A Singular Voice in Photography for Dignity and Human Rights – The New York Times

Over three decades, the photographer has covered major events, natural disasters and the struggle against governmental abuses. Now he is in jail in Bangladesh.

Trump and the Enemies of the People | The New Yorker

Nearly every day, Trump makes his hostility clear. He refers to reporters as “scum,” “slime,” and “sick people.” They are cast as unpatriotic––“I really think they don’t like our country,” he says. They are “trying to take away our history and our heritage.” Trump has smeared critical news organizations as “fake news,” a term gleefully adopted by Putin, Bashar al-Assad, and other autocrats who are delighted to have their own repressive reflexes endorsed by an American President. Trump has threatened to sue publishers, cancel broadcast licenses, change libel laws. He betrays no sense of understanding, much less of endorsing, the rudiments of American liberty. During a visit from the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Trump told reporters that he thought it was “frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write.”

The #freeshahidulalam Campaign: How You Can Help | PDNPulse

More than a week after police jailed Bangladeshi photographer, educator and activist Shahidul in order to silence him, his supporters continue to call on others in the photo community to join the #freeshahidulalam campaign.

Alex Prager’s Sunny Scenes of Los Angeles Noir – Feature Shoot

Hailing from Los Angeles, Alex Prager is a true photograph-auter. Her cinematic sensibilities are perfectly at home in the single image, expertly making use of the imagination’s inimitable ability to construct fantastical narratives when provoked. With the eye of a director allowing a tale to unfold, Prager stages each photograph with the precision of a blockbuster Hollywood film.

We Need Perspective in Landscape Photography in the Instagram Age

A quick glance at Instagram hashtags reveals over 90 million photos tagged #landscape, around 50 million #sunrise photos and over 180 million tagged #sunset. There are 40 million #trees, nearly 90 million #clouds and about 190 million #beach photos.

Four to Follow #10 – Witness

While the issues, regions and approaches of this month’s stories are incredibly diverse, a passion for visual storytelling links the four APJD members — Eman Helal, Nourredine Ahmed, Etinosa Yvonne and Victoire Douniama. Each began a career in a different field before deciding to pursue photography full time.

Egypt: Legacy of Rabaa Massacre 5 Years Later | Time

In the early hours of Aug. 14, I was trying to make my way into Rabaa Square with my camera, unaware of the violence I was about to witness. The sun had just become visible on the horizon when a block of armored military vehicles jammed the square — one of Cairo’s busiest thoroughfares — shutting down all major exits to the sit-in. Police and military soldiers advanced to clear the sit-in using live ammunition, armored vehicles and snipers. Around 800 people were killed in fewer than 12 hours. A huge fire engulfed the sit-in, burning down tents and the nearby Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque.

Triggered: David Hobby Reflects on 12 Years with Strobist – PhotoShelter Blog

For the past 12 years, David Hobby has been living his life as Strobist – one of the first and greatest online photography resources. Entire photo empires have come and gone, but Hobby remains stubbornly wedded to teaching people how to use off-camera flash to augment their photographic skills and inspire their creativity.

The people left behind by Philippines’ brutal war on drugs – photo essay | Global development | The Guardian

One year after visiting the Philippines to document the impact of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on drugs, photographer James Whitlow Delano returns to the city of Navotas, Metro Manila, to assess the impact of a campaign that has now claimed up to 20,000 lives

The Daily Edit – Interview with Frank Ockenfels Part One | A Photo Editor

I probably didn’t have that till I got to New York and probably my third year of college is when I finally hit it where I was like, Oh! This is something you do every day. Every single day, you wake up and you have to take pictures and to basically answer that question that’s in your head. That is the reason why you would become a photographer. Why is it that one person figures it out while another person doesn’t figure it out? There is no rhyme or reason even though there’s a passion in photography on both ends equally. At my workshops people are looking for me to for the answer, I wish I had the golden ticket. “Look at my book and tell me why I can’t get a job.” I tell them,

When We See Photographs of Some Dead Bodies and Not Others – The New York Times

When it’s common practice to publish photographs of war casualties from other countries but not to publish photographs of war casualties from the United States, then the very fact of visual access to the dead marks them as “other.” Likewise, if the refusal to publish images of dead American service members is a sign of respect, then the willingness to publish photographs of other people’s dead bodies can be read as a sign of disrespect. Publishing some images while suppressing others sends the message that the visible bodies are somehow less consequential than the bodies granted the privilege of privacy. Whenever I see a photograph of a dead body in the media, I take a screenshot of the image. It’s my informal attempt to keep track of whose bodies are shown and whose are hidden. For years, among the hundreds of images I saved, none showed an American soldier. My screenshots also didn’t show bodies belonging to American civilians. But then, in 2014, Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., by Officer Darren Wilson, and a photograph of Brown’s body appeared on the front page of The New York Times.

America’s White Supremacists, One Year on From Charlottesville | Time

“They have Confederate flags and Nazi symbols and they’re just standing there, and nobody’s paying attention,” recalls photographer Mark Peterson, who was among the cluster of media that day. “And six weeks later Charlottesville happened and everybody did pay attention to the same group doing the same thing. It’s just pretty surreal.”

Favorite Career Moments from 5 of the Best Sports Photographers – PhotoShelter Blog

As fans, the first images that come to mind are those game-winning catches and triumphant celebrations — the kind that end up on the covers of Sports Illustrated. But when we asked 5 of the best sports photographers from The List for their most memorable moments, their answers surprised us. They were moments of quiet contrast to the roaring crowds and fierce competition. And they were examples of the true power of sports and the communities they create. Check out what the photographers had to say below.

Photographers on Photographers: Carolyn Russo on Isabel Corthier | LENSCRATCH

It was in 2011 at the Lishui Photo Festival in China, where I first met Isabel Corthier. I was drawn to her black and white portraits and her positive energy that comes with a wonderful Belgian-French accent and carefree laugh. It was obvious how anyone would be at ease in front of her camera. She had just received the Golden Award from the China International Digital Photography Art Exhibition Contest for her photographs in Africa. She told me her plans to sell off her worldly possessions in Belgium, for an upcoming move to Africa, and I thought she was courageous. We haven’t seen each other since parting ways in China, but we have stayed in touch via the internet and are now working together for her photographs to appear in an upcoming Smithsonian exhibition.

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