Black Gold – Witness

Indonesia is an archipelago rich in natural resources, especially fossil energy, including oil, coal and natural gas. In the heart of Java, there is a rural oil field built by the Dutch colonial administration that has been exploited for more than 100 years. The field itself is located in the mountain area of Wonocolo Village, Bojonegoro Regency, East Java.

2017 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded – The Atlantic

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2017. Among the events covered in this essay (the first of a three-part photo summary of the year): the inauguration of President Donald Trump; the Women’s March on Washington; the retaking of Mosul, Iraq, from ISIS; observations from Saturn; massive opposition rallies in Venezuela; and much more. See also, the Top 25 News Photos of 2017, and, coming over the next two days, the Year in Photos, Part 2, and Part 3. The series will comprise 120 images in all. Warning: Some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.

Using Photography to Tell Stories About Race – The New York Times

I stood in the lunchroom doorway with my friend Kevin, bewildered. It was our first week at the High School of Music and Art, a West Harlem public school, and we had become instant friends. Still, I did not know where I belonged in a room that had casually self-segregated into racial camps where “minority” teens gravitated to one side, whites to the other.

Yorgos Yatromanolakis’ dreamlike Crete – The Eye of Photography

Yorgos Yatromanolakis is a Greek photographer, originally from Crete. He is currently working on a project on dreamlike images of the fauna and flora of his child hood island, Crete. He explains that, for him, photography is the most direct narrative way for passing on and sharing his personal history. This project is a return to the land of is childhood rediscovered with the eye of the photographer he is today. The photos in this series enable him to merge his memories with his creativity . His images are tinted with a slightly strange, almost mystical atmosphere. This remarkable approach is certainly linked to the ambiguity of the relationship that each of us maintains with the past, childhood, and the enigmatic world of memory.

Pieter Hugo, Between the devil and the deep blue sea – The Eye of Photography

What separates, what connects us? How do people live with the shadows of cultural oppression or political domination? The South African photographer Pieter Hugo, born in 1976 in Johannesburg, explores these questions in his portraits, still lifes and landscape photographs. In his images, Pieter Hugo captures the traces and scars of people as well as the country’s history. His special interest is subcultures, the gap between ideal and reality. He portrays the homeless, albinos and AIDS sufferers as well as men who tame hyenas, snakes and monkeys or collect electronic waste. His models are Nollywood actors (African film industry) in costume and pose, but also his own family and friends. This is brought together in the exhibition Pieter Hugo: Between the devil and the deep blue sea, a retrospective of the photographer’s career at the Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Dortmund, in Germany, on view until May 13, 2018.

Mayumi Suzuki – The Restoration Will « burn magazine

My parents, who a owned photo studio, went missing after the 2011 tsunami. Our house was destroyed. It was a place for working, but also for living. I grew up there. After the disaster, I found my father’s lens, portfolio, and our family album buried in the mud and the rubble.
One day, I tried to take a landscape photo with my father’s muddy lens. The image came out dark and blurry, like a view of the deceased. Through taking it, I felt I could connect this world with that world. I felt like I could have a conversation with my parents, though, in fact, that is impossible

New Haven’s Dashed American Dream | The New Yorker

As a young man, Jim Goldberg, the acclaimed Magnum photographer, had an ambition: “to get out of New Haven as soon as I could.” As he explains in his vivid new photographic memoir, “Candy,” the Goldberg family business was candy distribution, and New Haven during his childhood, in the nineteen-fifties and sixties, was an old American port city hustling into the future. The so-called Model City for urban renewal had an ambitious mayor, Richard Lee, who hoped to create the country’s first “slumless city.” Money and ideas poured into town like syrup, which then crusted over into new buildings and reconfigured neighborhoods notably lacking in beauty or communal cohesion. There were seizures, riots, flight, industry gone to rust, chronic poverty—the full box of urban bittersweet. Lee’s own verdict, years later, was, “If New Haven is a model city, God help America’s cities.”

Fashion Photog Bruce Weber Sued by Male Model for Sexual Harassment

Renowned American fashion photographer Bruce Weber has been sued by a male model for sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit accuses Weber of “casting couch practices.”

Tragic, Heartfelt Photos from the Streets of Poughkeepsie – Feature Shoot

During his junior year at Vassar College, the photographer Caleb Stein passed through Main Street in Poughkeepsie, New York every day on the way to his internship with Bruce Gilden. He stopped for the first time when a group of basketball players caught his eye. He took out his camera, and he spent time talking to them. Over the next year, he made a point to visit Main Street and travel back to campus by foot. “ I started to see the same people in the same places,” he remembers. “And they started to recognize me.”

Yo Soy Fidel – The Leica Camera Blog

Just over one year ago on 25 November 2016, leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 marking the end of an era. From 29 November to 3 December, the casket carrying his ashes traveled 900 kilometers to Santiago de Cuba. The convoy traced, in reverse, the route of the “Freedom Caravan” of January 1959, which saw Castro and his rebels take power. Italian photographer and World Press Photo winner Fulvio Bugani was there to shoot the following photo story with his Leica M10.

Man confronted to the mountain, in pictures – The Eye of Photography

Welcome to the world of excess, of beauty, of the amazing, of the breathtaking. Welcome to Montagne spectaculaire. Photographers from around the world (Sam Bié, Simon Carter, Jimmy Chin, Dom Daher, Monica Dalmasso, Alexandre Deschaumes, John Evans, Olivier Grunewald, Christian Pondella, Scott Serfas, Ben Tibbetts, Pascal Tournaire…) chose their most impressive mountain photographs for this book. Images commented and highlighted by the mountaineering journalist Guillaume Vallot. Solo on a rock-face of 900 metres, lost in the clouds at altitude, balanced on a ridge or on the thin thread of a highline, on a snow slope or in an iced corridor… the mountain spectacle is everywhere. Even in the simple contemplation of a glowing, low-angled light, like a celestial projector, an emerald lake. Through the pages of Montagne spectaculaire we have snow crystals full in the face, fingers trying to grasp an imaginary handhold, sometimes scared to the pit of the stomach and, as always, the beauty of the spectacle before our eyes takes our breath away.

Hugh Holland’s Silver, Skate, Seventies – The Eye of Photography

On a late afternoon in 1975, a young American photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. Southern California was experiencing a major drought. Emptied suburban swimming pools became evaporated playgrounds for kids with wheels—kick-starting an explosive skateboarding scene. “It spread like wildfire all over Southern California,” says photographer Hugh Holland. “I know it happened in other parts of the world too, but California felt like the center of it all.”

Telling Stories of Domestic Slavery in India – The New York Times

The lush floodplains of Dooars, India, appear to go on forever. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the green is so vibrant it is all consuming.

But beyond the riverbeds, in an area once known for its bustling tea gardens, Dooars’s dirt roads can be perilous. They are barely proper roads, and the commute to school by foot is long and dangerous, making girls easy targets for attackers and traffickers.

“They’re like fishermen waiting for the bait,” said Smita Sharma, a photojournalist documenting survivors and their families.

The Best Work I Saw at Review Santa Fe: Part 1 | A Photo Editor

I did 17 consecutive reviews on Saturday, and it almost burned out my brain. But the quality of work was high, overall, and as I also popped through the portfolio walk on Friday night, I’ve got a nice selection of work to show you today and next week.

In Flint, High School Football Is No Game – The New York Times

Chris Donovan arrived in Flint after the scandal over the Michigan city’s contaminated water supply had been dominating national headlines. He was there, just like dozens of other journalists, covering the crisis. “When I first went, everything I was photographing was really obvious,” he said of his initial trip in 2015. “It was people handing out water, protests and people showering with bottled water.”