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‘Fighting But No Progress’ in Libya’s Capital. Inside the Surreal Siege of Tripoli | Time

Magnum photographer Lorenzo Meloni first went to Libya after the uprising that led to the death of Gaddafi. His latest series of photographs from April and May depicts the exhaustion of fighters who have again been called to the front line. Many on the ground told him of the betrayal they felt after having been backed by U.S. airstrikes as they ousted ISIS from Sirte in 2016, only to be abandoned now. Libya has now become “a small Syria,” Meloni says. “There is fighting but no progress.”

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The ‘Liar’s Dividend’ is dangerous for journalists. Here’s how to fight it. – Poynter

This is a bigger problem than the Oxygen Theory, which argues that by debunking a falsehood, journalists give the claim a longer life. The Liar’s Dividend suggests that in addition to fueling the flames of falsehoods, the debunking efforts actually legitimize the debate over the veracity. This creates smoke and fans suspicions among at least some in the audience that there might well be something true about the claim. That’s the “dividend” paid to the perpetrator of the lie.

Can Paul Huntsman Save The Salt Lake Tribune? – The New York Times

Since buying the struggling daily from its hedge-fund ownership group for an undisclosed sum in 2016, Mr. Huntsman has sometimes found himself at odds with family members and the local establishment his ancestors helped shape. He has also been challenged by the task of keeping the paper alive at a time when small newspapers are dying out and big dailies with national followings are growing more dominant.

Juxtapoz Magazine – Ugur Gallenkuş’ Sobering Collages of a Polarized World

Uğur Gallenkuş is a Turkish visual artist whose sobering digital photo collages have recently been shared across social media as a reminder of the unjust state of the world. This project started as a spontaneous reaction to the disturbing image of the washed-up body of three-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, back in 2015. It eventually grew into an ongoing series of brutally honest work that provides a real picture of the highly polarized world we live in.

This Microbiologist Can Spot Your Fake Images – PhotoShelter Blog

When National Geographic published Beth Moon’s images of “the world’s oldest trees by starlight,” seasoned astrophotographers like Adrien Mauduit cried foul. Not only were sections of the sky cloned, but specific stars were appearing in portions of the sky that were physical impossibilities. As other astrophotographers chimed in, a microbiologist emerged as the most eagle-eyed of the bunch. Dr. Elisabeth Bik, a science consultant who runs Microbiome Digest (@microbiomdigest), started finding more manipulation in Moon’s work, as well as other images on the Nat Geo website and by photographers like Steve McCurry.

B: Another dusty old gem

My old teacher Rich Rollins recently sent me this chat between JP Caponigro and Lee Friedlander, originally xeroxed from a 2002 issue of Camera Arts magazine. It contains several pearls of wisdom, tangents, and outright deflections, and is altogether so good I thought I’d share here. Enjoy.

Making Sense of Instagram’s Algorithm in 2019

While its specific operation is a closely-guarded secret, it’s not completely opaque. The social media scheduling tool HootSuite has published a detailed explanation of how it believes Instagram’s algorithm functions based on a briefing they’ve received from Instagram itself, plus their own research.

Photojournalist Chuck Liddy Stayed In Front Of The News From Behind The Camera | WUNC

Chuck Liddy stumbled into a career as a photojournalist after he found out he could walk into  high school football games for free if he had a camera around his neck. But the photography enthusiast had already converted a bathroom in his house into a darkroom and enjoyed experimenting with the camera his dad had taken into the Vietnam War. Once Liddy was on staff at a newspaper, he began a career of taking risks and adopting the new technology of the day, from digital cameras to drones.

Juxtapoz Magazine – From Africa to China with Pieter Hugo

Pieter Hugo is probably best known for his brutally frank portraits of his “kin,” mainly the Afrikaners of South Africas post-apartheid era. Later on, his portraits of Nigerian gangs wielding chained hyenas in intimidating poses brought international recognition. Traversing Africa, clearly unafraid to venture out to areas earlier closed to South African passport holders, Pieter has shot starkly direct portraits of young and old, often against a backdrop of ravaged landscapes and still life images. His photo work includes Rwandan children a decade after the genocide; Ghanaian city workers at toxic recycling dumps; Ghanas rural wild honey collectors, donning make-shift tree leaves against dangerous bee stings; South Africans with albinism; and, intimate looks at family and friends, as well as self-portraits.

New York Times Closes Lens Blog: A Hiatus or the End? | PDNPulse

Lens, the photo blog of The New York Times, will stop publishing at the end of May and go on a “hiatus” for an indefinite period. Meaghan Looram, director of photography at The Times, announced the news today in a note to staff. James Estrin, who has co-edited Lens with David Gonzalez, David Dunlap and Josh Haner, shared the note on social media.

Jonathan Torgovnik : Intended Consequences & Disclosure (25 years later)

In 2006, Jonathan Torgovnik worked on a photographic essay, on the children born as a result of rape during the genocide there in 1994.

Many Tutsi women were forced to watch their husbands killed right in front of them, and then were brutally and repeatedly raped by Hutu militias. They often contracted AIDS and gave birth to children, who were at the time unwanted. Their woes were exacerbated by their own tribe’s rejecting both mother and child because the child was the product of mixed parentage. These little family units received little or no help or comfort.

A Daughter’s Portrait of Her Mother Through Dementia | The New Yorker

The photographer Cheryle St. Onge is an only child. Her father was a physics professor and researcher; her mother, Carole, was a painter. “I had a truly magical childhood,” St. Onge told me recently. She grew up on university campuses, in Michigan, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, going on sailing trips and nature walks with her parents. St. Onge’s photos, which often celebrate the natural world, pay tribute to that inheritance. “It was a mix of science, authenticity, and curiosity,” she said. “I think that’s the nature of life for me.”

Scientific Errors in Those Nat Geo Milky Way Photos

In the wake of the controversy raging on the Internet over the past few days, I wanted to take a deeper look at some of the pictures that were published. The goal here was to try and determine if Moon’s pictures were manipulated based on the undeniable science of astronomy.

Are You an Ethical Photographer? – PhotoShelter Blog

A group of boys in Baraboo, WI assembled for a junior prom photo and posed with a Nazi salute. One of the boys posted the image to Twitter with the caption “We even got the black kid to throw it up.” In the midst of public outrage, it was revealed that a professional photographer not only took the image, but directed them to “wave goodbye.”

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