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PhotoNOLA: Rich Frishman: Ghosts of Segregation | LENSCRATCH

I had the pleasure of meeting Rich Frishman at Fotofest last March; I not only enjoyed my time with the photographer, but immediately recognized his commitment to his craft. I featured his project American Splendor this past June, showcasing photographs that are constructed of between dozens and hundreds of images. I met up with Rich again at PhotoNOLA in December and was presented with a poignant and powerful new body of work, Ghosts of Segregation. I’m happy to share that this project went on to win the 2018 PhotoNOLA Review Award which results in a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during the thirteenth annual PhotoNOLA festival in December, a cash award of $1000, and a complimentary year of mentoring and strategic marketing consultations from Mary Virginia Swanson.


Michael Adno admired no artist’s work more than Alabama’s William Christenberry. And after Christenberry died in late 2016 at 80, Adno retraced his footsteps through west-central Alabama. Today, read through a two-year journey with Christenberry’s family and friends, recounting how he made a record of his native Hale County and what that ultimately meant outside the South.

Debunking the Myths of Robert Capa on D-Day

Our project, in a nutshell, dismantles the 74-year-old myth of Robert Capa’s actions on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and the subsequent fate of his negatives. If you have even a passing familiarity with the history of photojournalism, or simply an awareness of twentieth-century cultural history on both sides of the Atlantic, you’ve surely heard the story; it’s been repeated hundreds, possibly thousands of times:

The Legacy of Photos – Witness

Mario Cruz (Instagram) is a 31-year-old photographer based in Lisbon, Portugal. Starting in 2006, he worked with LUSA, a Portuguese news agency, and European Pressphoto Agency, before starting to work on his own personal projects more fully in 2012. “The talibes project appeared naturally,” he remembers:

Beyond the Wall: Traveling the U.S.-Mexico Border | Time

When photographer Elliot Ross and I traveled the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border it was the spring of 2017. The post-election climate had enflamed a sense of cultural and political difference in the United States — much of which centered around the debate about the border wall. We set out expecting to find residents there who were fundamentally vexed by the relationship between the United States and Mexico; between immigrant, indigenous and Caucasian communities; and between border inhabitants and undocumented migrants. Instead, we found the opposite — and heard about fears largely left unvoiced.

A Portrait of Love Among the Ruins of Post-Industrial America – Feature Shoot

Artist Brenda Ann Kenneally knows how the game is played better than most, and uses her knowledge and wisdom expose the truth — rather than perpetuate the lies told and sold. In 2002, she and author Adrian Nicole LeBlanc began collaborating on a magazine assignment in Troy, New York, a once-thriving city whose fortunes have gone dark.

Martin Parr: 48 Years of Photographing the Quirky and Kitschy in Manchester – The New York Times

For almost half a century, the British photographer has captured the diversity and eccentricity of the city of Manchester in northwestern England.

‘Everyone was leaving, and we were trying to get back in’: A photographer remembers the end of the Soviet Afghan War – The Washington Post

Viktor Khabarov, 67, was a major in the Soviet military, working among the troops as a photographer. While the Kremlin made lofty decisions about the conflict from Moscow, he saw it close up, on the ground. From 1986 to 1989, he hopped in and out of Afghanistan on assignment for Red Star, the Soviet (and now Russian) military newspaper.

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The 2019 Kiss Exhibition | LENSCRATCH

On this day of professing love, I am extending my love to those who make this site what it is…the behind the scenes people like Jonas Yip and Brian Van de Wetering who solve all the glitches and Clay Lipsky who can turn around a design with record speed, the active daily promoters of the site: Val Patterson, Julia Bennett, Patty Lemke, and Paula Riff, the wonderful writers and editors: Linda Alterwitz, Daniel George, Amanda Dalgren, Megan Ross, Brennan Booker, and The States Project Editors…well, and so many more….and I don’t want to forget two people that were so critical to the site, Grant Gill and Sarah Stankey who are off at grad school making waves in the photo world. I love you and thank you and wish you the most wonderful Valentine’s Day!

The Democratic Vision of a Lost and Found Early-Twentieth-Century Portrait Photographer | The New Yorker

The sitters who moved in and out of Hugh Mangum’s view between 1897 and 1922 smiled, laughed, and daydreamed; they threw their arms around or leaned upon one another; they wore their best dresses and fanciest hats, or they wore coarse cloth and stood barefoot. In an era of racial terror, as Jim Crow tightened its grip on the South, Mangum set up makeshift studios across North Carolina and Virginia (sometimes just a tent outside of town) that were open to white and black sitters alike. A gangly white man with an appealingly unkempt mustache, Mangum often used a Penny Picture camera, designed to capture up to thirty exposures on a single glass plate. Sitters would line up and take their places in front of the camera; Mangum would charm and cajole them, shifting the plate a little bit for each new exposure. The result, inadvertent but still provocative, is a record of how much daily life and experience was shared by the people whom racist American custom and law treated as separate.

Award-Winning Photographer Lisa Saad Accused of Stealing Photos

Lisa Saad is considered one of Australia’s top photographers and has won numerous prestigious photo contests both in her country and internationally. But Saad has now come under fire with serious accusations of stealing other people’s photos without credit for her prize-winning photos.

A Refugee’s Story: ‘No One’s Family Is Perfect but Mine Is Perfect for Me’ – The New York Times

Wesaam Al-Badry’s first and fondest memory of his father, Sattar, was visiting him in an Iraqi prison. Sattar had been imprisoned and tortured for being a pacifist who refused to fight in the Iran-Iraq war. There were at least 20 other prisoners in the same cell, Wesaam recalled where his father hugged him and held him in his lap.

An Afghan Photographer’s Intimate Look at Everyday Life in His Country – The New York Times

Farshad Usyan followed in his late brother’s footsteps as a photographer for Agence France-Presse. In his personal work, he focuses on the mundane struggles and simple pleasures in his homeland.

Thomas Alleman: The Nature of the Beast | LENSCRATCH

Los Angeles photographer Thomas Alleman has a legacy of looking at Los Angeles with the unique perspective of a visual hunter. As he traverses the city on foot or by car, his projects reflect the visual connections to it’s history of Noir and movie making, but he also investigates the ubiquitous visual assaults of advertising, architecture, and the land itself. His new series, Living On The Land In Los Angeles, FLORA, explores the idea that we live in a false environment with landscape that is non-native, filled with species that are invasive and damaging resulting in a terrain that has a mind of it’s own. His compositions and use of flash present an off-kilter, mess of a marriage of flora, architecture, and humanity.

Priya Ramrakha’s Brief, Heroic Life as a Conflict Photographer, in Africa and Beyond | The New Yorker

first met Priya Ramrakha on a back street in Kampala, Uganda, in 1966. I was helping him and his editor at Time/Life, where I worked as a stringer and a fixer, to rent an aircraft to fly to Bukavu, in the eastern Congo, where some white mercenaries had taken over the town. Hiring the small plane required tedious paperwork in a government office, so, while the editor filled out an application, Priya wandered outside, into the equatorial sunshine and the broken road, his camera around his neck, and I followed. A large, dark snake, probably a mamba, highly poisonous, lay dead in the road. Priya stood over it. He cocked his head, then he raised his camera and looked through the viewfinder. He did not snap a picture; he paced around the snake and continued to examine it through his camera lens, bringing it into focus, enlarging it, studying it. I realized then that that was how he saw the world—that the camera was an extension of his brain and his eye, and that it did not shy away from danger or death.

Beautiful Photos of Japanese Cities Lost in Snow – Feature Shoot

The Chinese photographer Ying Yin initially boarded the ‘Wind of Okhotsk’ train in Hokkaido, Japan in hopes of seeing the the famous drift ice over the Sea of Okhotsk. Her first attempt, however, was cut short by bad weather, leading her to pursue a different subject. Following the general course of the train, she made visits to snowy cities, where she observed solitary figures going about their daily lives.

Dawoud Bey, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Shahidul Alam Win 2019 Infinity Awards | PDNPulse

The International Center of Photography has announced the winners of its 2019 Infinity Awards. Rosalind Fox Solomon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dawoud Bey will receive the award for Art. The Emerging Photographer award will go to Jess T. Dugan, who studied with Bey at Columbia College Chicago and last year published her portraits of older transgender and gender non-conforming adults in the book To Survive on This Shore. The awards will be presented at a gala on April 2 in New York City.

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