Santa Cruz del Islote, one of the world’s most crowded islands – The Eye of Photography

540 people inhabit an island the size of two soccer fields. This photography series by Colombian photographer Charlie Cordero takes us to one of the most densely populated islands on the planet. There’s no water, no cops, no priests or doctors, neither armed conflict. There are 97 houses in which 18 families live. A school. A restaurant that works as a port. And a small square with a cross in the middle that give  the island name: Santa Cruz del Islote. From the life of the islanders, their interactions and problems, we discover the awakening of this community in a struggle for territory. This project reflects on the role of man as an inhabitant of a society, making this island a metaphor for our world.

Luis Fabini’s Cowboys of the Americas – The Eye of Photography

During the summer of 2003, while traveling around northern Uruguay, I stopped at the end of a long day to greet a few gauchos gathered around a fire by the side of a dirt road. As is customary, they invited me to share mate, their traditional beverage. As we stared into the fire, the gaucho in charge of the mate passed it around the men, one at a time. They were cattle drovers, herding a thousand head of cattle back to the estancia. I took a chance and asked the eldest one, “Who is the gaucho?” After a long silence he said, “The gaucho is the land he treads upon.” The authority and conviction of the old gaucho’s words had an immediate impact on me, and the phrase would become the cornerstone of my work and my guiding compass as I embarked on a journey through South and North America, photographing the different groups of cowboys.

A ‘Soulful Journey’ in a Family Photo Album – The New York Times

Ernesto Bazan was teaching a workshop in Brazil in 2013 when he received a call that his father, a surgeon and professor of medicine, had died in Sicily. He rushed home to Palermo, arriving just in time for the viewing, a powerful, if painful moment. Afterward, the body was cremated.

Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites – The New York Times

The headlines are eye-catching. Melania Trump is leaving the White House! Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines! Televangelist Joel Osteen is leaving his wife!

40 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1977 – The Atlantic

Four decades ago Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th president of the United States, the original Star Wars movie was released in theaters, the Trans-Alaska pipeline pumped its first barrels of oil, New York City suffered a massive blackout, Radio Shack introduced its new TRS-80 Micro Computer, Grace Jones was a disco queen, the Brazilian soccer star Pele played his “sayonara” game in Japan, and much more. Take a step into a visual time capsule now, for a brief look at the year 1977.

Photographer Dawoud Bey is awarded a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship – The Washington Post

“Receiving the MacArthur Fellowship is a tremendous affirmation and validation of the work I have been doing for the past 40 years. It affirms that the things I have worked to achieve with my work have considerable value to others in the field. My ongoing project has been to make work that engages the human community in a conversation with itself through making works of young people and African Americans and then situating those photographs in museums and galleries where other significant art objects exist.

fovi8 volume #1 issue #2 – Jonesblog

fovi8 volume 1, issue 2 is now released and is physical with cover art by Jeff Carlson @jeffcarlson.  This is something that you can hold in your hand, and it is gorgeous.  There will be only 100 issues printed, ever and is the product of 25 extraordinary photographers who submitted their work to fovi8 in September.  If you want your copy, go to the site and get it before they are gone

Iggy Smalls: Neverland | LENSCRATCH

Iggy Smalls‘ project Neverland investigates the ability of a photograph to present stories as truth. Through a sequence of photographs of real objects and real places, Iggy creates a fictitious place that is grounded in reality. From small, mysterious everyday moments, to larger descriptive landscapes, she encourages a direct connection with day to day experience while also leaving room for interpretation. Using colorful abstraction and straightforward observation, Iggy’s work reveals connections between things big and small, literal and curious, and allows the scenes depicted to be left to the viewer’s imagination.

See Photographer Bruce Gilden’s ‘Blunt’ State Fair Portraits

Bruce Gilden has shadowed the residents of cities around the world, capturing the dark side of urban dwellers with a flash in hand. His often-confrontational take on street photography is framed within his modern day film noir sensibility. Since the start of his career in 1968, he says, he has been compared to legendary street photographers like Weegee, William Klein and Lisette Model.” These are photographers who created a new space in a genre that has existed since photography’s inception, pioneering styles that were entirely personal and captured an attitude about their time and perception of the world. Fifty years later, Gilden has carved out a place for himself with almost twenty books in this category. Now he’s redefining himself again.

Daily life in Manenberg, South Africa – The Washington Post

A suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, Manenberg was established in the Cape Flats, a vast low-lying sand dune, during the late 1960s by the apartheid government as an area for “colored” families. Marginalized by geography, history and a dominant culture, today most of Manenberg’s estimated 35,000 to 52,000 residents live in overcrowded and problematic conditions. There are around 8,000 households in Manenberg, 52 percent of which are headed by women.

In Our Time: a pivotal age in photojournalism history – The Eye of Photography

“For a photojournalist, the 1930s were the worst of times and the best of times. War raged in Europe and the Far East. And America moved inexorably toward its rendezvous with destiny. Against this somber backdrop, documentary photography entered its golden age. There were new picture magazines, new 35mm cameras, new Kodak films, and a new attitude in photojournalism,” wrote Raymond H. DeMoulin, the Vice President of the Eastman Kodak Company, who was instrumental in making possible the blockbuster photobook and exhibition In Our Time (1989).

Patrick Wack, China’s Far West – The Eye of Photography

Borrowing from romanticized notions of the American frontier, synonymous with ideals of exploration and expansion, photographer Patrick Wack captures in this series entitled Out West a visual narrative of China’s westernmost region—Xinjiang. Whereas the American West conjures images of cowboys and pioneers, of manifest destiny and individualistic freedom, the Chinese West has not yet been so defined.

Álvaro Laiz, The Hunt – The Eye of Photography

In The Hunt, a new book released by English publisher Dewi Lewis, Spanish photographer Álvaro Laiz tells us the story of Udege people, in eastern Siberia, who have lived in the boreal forest for hundreds of years. Due to their close contact with nature, their beliefs are full of references to supernatural forces that they believe should be respected. In 1997 a Russian poacher called Markov came across the trail of an enormous Amur tiger. Despite the risk, Markov saw the tiger’s footprints as a promise for a better life. He shot the tiger, but was not able to kill it. Udege people believe that if someone attacks a tiger without good reason, Amba, the dark side of the tiger, will hunt him down. Without realizing it, Markov had unleashed the Amba. Over the following 72 hours the animal tracked him down and killed him. Later investigations suggested that the tiger planned its movements with a rare mix of strategy and instinct and most importantly, with a chilling clarity of purpose: Amba was seeking revenge. This animistic belief constitutes the leitmotiv to experience the impact of nature in the Udege communities across one of the last remnants of shamanism: the culture of the hunter.

Prayers of the Persecuted Around the World – The New York Times

Though Monika Bulaj grew up in Communist Poland, she was nonetheless a devoutly Catholic child who studied mystics and dreamed of a life as a cloistered nun. But her teenage discovery that her grandmother’s town was once home to thousands of Jews who perished in the Holocaust set her on a different path: a 30-year journey documenting persecuted religious minorities around the world.

The Oldest Genius: Photographer Dawoud Bey named MacArthur Fellow – PhotoShelter Blog

Of the 24 extraordinary people who the MacArthur Foundation named as 2017 Fellows (commonly referred to as “Genius Grant” winners), one is a photographer. As the oldest recipient at age 64, Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey photographs people and things that he says “might be taken for granted.”

Interpreting tragedy: Photographing the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting – The Washington Post

According to the Gun Violence Archive, last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas was the 278th so far this year.  For Washington Post photographer Matt McClain, it was the fifth of his career.

The Photographer Who Saw America’s Monuments Hiding in Plain Sight – The New York Times

Lee Friedlander’s “The American Monument” was first published in 1976. That’s “monument” singular, though one of the many singular things about Friedlander is that he’s nothing if not a pluralist. Whitman-like, he is great, contains multitudes. In an essay appended to the sumptuous new edition of this landmark work, Peter Galassi (who curated the 2005 Friedlander retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art) deems it “pointless” to try to count precisely how many books the photographer has published since 1976 before settling on roughly one a year. The retrospective was huge, and, inevitably, the accompanying catalog was almost too hefty to lug home comfortably. It was sort of monumental, though monuments tend to be erected to the dead.

Fotoistanbul 2017 – Meeri Koutaniemi – The Eye of Photography

Finnish journalist and photographer Meeri Koutaniemi’s subject is female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision, a ritual practice observed in various parts of the world for non-medical purposes. It involves the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. An estimated 200 million women and girls around the world have undergone the procedure.

Empowering Girls Rescued From Child Marriage – The New York Times

Having spent 15 years photographing child marriages around the world, Stephanie Sinclair is uniquely positioned to understand its lasting impact on communities and, especially, on the girls who were forced to wed against their will. “You can’t expect individuals who have been through significant abuse to just act normal as soon as they get out of that situation,” she said. “They need to be nurtured, to be given the time and the tools to heal.”