Mac blog publishing app MarsEdit 4 now available in public beta  | 9to5Mac

There’s a new version of the MarsEdit blog publishing software out, and Mac users running the current version can try out the public beta for free ahead of its release. MarsEdit 4 is the first major release in more than seven years and brings editor and WordPress-specific enhancements, auto-save and version history, a Safari app extension, and much more.

The Battle for Mosul Enters Its Final Stage – The Atlantic

Eight months ago, thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish troops, supported by the United States, France, Britain, and other western nations, began a massive operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from ISIS militants. Now, after months of war, the Iraqi military says it has reached the final few days of the battle, having encircled an estimated 350 remaining Islamic State militants in Mosul’s Old City . Reuters reports that more than 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the Old City, as ISIS fighters are “dug in among civilians in crumbling houses, making extensive use of booby traps, suicide bombers and sniper fire to slow down the advance of Iraqi troops.” Also, see previous stories on the battle for Mosul here, here, here, and here.

Photographers Peeved Their Photos Were Quietly Used in Windows 10

It seems that Microsoft decided to license the photos from various stock services (e.g. Stocksy, Corbis, 500px), paying anywhere from $20 to $172 to license the photos that The Journalist looked into.

The Beauty and Power of Mexico’s Volcanoes – The New York Times

The beauty of Mexico’s volcanoes can be matched by their power. Whether topped by snow or spewing towers of ash and smoke, they are a natural draw for would-be nature photographers. But to Hector Guerrero they are more than subjects for pretty pictures. The 33-year-old photographer sees them as embodying the environmental and social challenges facing his country.

Jan Banning, Red – The Eye of Photography

Red, by Dutch photographer Jan Banning, is a photo project about Communist party premises and their iconography. The series focuses on “democratic” – at least officially non-Communist – countries on several continents (India, Italy, Nepal and Portugal among them), where communism still plays an important role. For Banning – a non-party progressive – Red is a non-propagandistic search for what’s left of the communist ideals, 100 years after the October Revolution. The series shows interiors of party offices and environmental portraits of party officials and activists: people who, unlike their colleagues in communist dictatorships, chose to be member of such a party out of a sense of conviction and free choice against the prevailing neoliberal trend.

Edward Burtynsky – Interview Part Two – Luminous Landscape

Continuing my interview with Ed Burtynsky, we talk about every photographer’s favorite subject, cameras. Ed shares with us his evolution of camera systems from 4×5 and 8×10 film to the Hasselblad 100 mega-pixel digital camera. Much of Ed’s work is shot from high altitude, and he has a few stories about how that is accomplished. You’ll also hear why during the film days Ed decided to shoot his work with color negative film. He shares his evolution of color printing and how he went from a hybrid color workflow to his eventual full digital workflow.

The Fleeting Beauty of New York City’s Golden Hour | The New Yorker

After the slog of commuting and working on a New York summer day, walking outside into the light of the golden hour can be a salve in itself. That fleeting period of time—shortly before the sun sets, or after it rises, when shadows grow longer and everything appears to glow—lends us an opportunity to reconsider

Love, Forgiveness, and Humility in the Photos of Adger Cowans – Feature Shoot

Photographer Adger Cowans hails from an historic American family. His great-great-grandfather was a Buffalo Soldier, the first all-black division of the U.S. Army formed after the Civil War. His cousin, Dr. Early Sherrard, was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black division of the U.S. Air Force that fought in World War II; his story was immortalized in the film Fight for Life starring Morgan Freeman as Earl.

After a Century, Syrian Refugees Return to Armenia – The New York Times

Ms. Kamay had been living in Morocco when she returned to Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, in 2015 and was quickly captivated by the stories of Syrian Armenians she met in her neighborhood and through volunteer work with the nonprofit Armenian Redwood Project. Last year, she teamed up with an Armenian freelance photographer, Anush Babajanyan, to share those narratives with the world.

Bushwick, Brooklyn Like You’ve Never Seen It Before – Feature Shoot

Those who reside in the Brooklyn neighbourhood that is Bushwick may or may not be familiar with its original 17th century Dutch name ‘Boswijk’, which can be translated as “little town in the woods”. Israeli Artist Niv Rozenberg’s bold, graphical series of the same name highlights the diversity of architectural form that he has come to appreciate in this locality.

A photographer’s thirst for Iraq, quenched in a Detroit suburb – The Washington Post

Photographer Salwan Georges, an Iraqi American who came to the United States from Syria as a teenager, has been documenting the area since 2014. The photographer notes it’s not just Muslims out celebrating. Iraqi Chaldeans, Americans and others also drive from the suburbs to enjoy the late night food.

The Image of American Hyperbole | The New Yorker

Recently, trawling Instagram, I happened upon a picture captured by the still-life photographer Shana Novak, of the big-box chain Kmart’s recently redesigned plastic bag. The bag, pristinely white, its surface marked by forgiving wrinkles, is set against a subtle gradient-blue background that looks like the sky. It might have been tossed away and carried upward by the wind. “Life is ridiculously awesome,” it says, in two bubbly, bright-red fonts: a juicy cursive and a blocky, all-caps sans serif.

Nikolay Gnisyuk, a classic but unsung Russian photographer – The Eye of Photography

The history of Russian photography records names of authors, whose best works are nowadays well-known to every photography lover. Each of these shots reveals layers of cultural history and zeitgeist, in which the author’s personal biography intertwines with stories of his models. Nikolay (Mikola) Gnisyuk is best known as the movie photographer, who created an entire gallery of high-class portraits of movie stars. The first retrospective of the photographer, now on view at Rosphoto State Museum includes artworks created between the 1960s and the 1980s, which have never been displayed in St. Petersburg before.

Stephen Shore, Selected works 1973-1981 – The Eye of Photography

Over the past five years, American landscape master Stephen Shore has scanned hundreds of negatives shot between 1973 and 1981. In this fantastic volume, Aperture has invited an international group of fifteen photographers, curators, authors, and cultural figures to select ten images apiece from this rarely seen cache of images and write a commentary.

Vendôme : Who’s a photographer? #2 – The Eye of Photography

For its thirteenth edition and continuing last year’s programme, the Promenades photographiques de Vendôme is continuing its reflection on the theme Qui est photographe? Odile Andrieu, the festival’s artistic director, tells us about the 2017 programme.

Lens Rentals | Blog

Leica made a fantastic camera in the Leica M10. It’s the most classic Leica I’ve seen in years, and it plays to all their strengths, while still maintaining all Leica look and feel that so many have come to love

Edward Burtynsky – Interview Part One – Luminous Landscape

Edward is a true photographer because for him taking the photo is one part, but making the print is the second and the most important part.  His prints are large, very large.  Because of this, he has had to use cameras that would allow him to print big.  He’s worked with 8×10 cameras and, as of lately, the Hasselblad H6D 100.

The images Saudi Arabia doesn’t want you to see –

But you won’t find the story splashed on front pages and leading news bulletins around the globe — Yemen’s grinding two-and-a-half-year civil conflict, between Houthi militants and a Saudi Arabian-led coalition of Arab states that support the former Hadi government, is often called “the silent war” because it receives relatively little attention in the media.
Yet that’s not for want of trying: for the past two months CNN and dozens of other journalists have been actively pushing to gain access to the hardest-hit parts of the country.