Art Shay, 70 years in American streets – The Eye of Photography

For over 70 years, American photographer Art Shay has documented life, combining his gifts of storytelling, humor and empathy. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1922, Art Shay has pursued photography since his teens, and he took his first Leica to war with him. His first published photographs—documenting a midair collision over his English Air Base—were printed in a September 1944 issue of Look magazine. In fact, during World War II, he was then lead navigator on 30 missions in the Eighth Air Force. His service, which also includes 23 combat supplies missions, earned him five Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre.

Alinka Echeverría, Becoming South Sudan – The Eye of Photography

Prior to South Sudan’s independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011, forty years of internal conflicts and two protracted civil wars had permeated the history of the country. Established in 1956 at the end of the Anglo-Egyptian colonial rule, the Republic of Sudan had its borders drawn by European powers with little concern for the cultural and ethnic reality of the region. South Sudan’s independence allowed the borders to be reconfigured. Regardless, the world’s newest nation remains in shambles. Its short history has demonstrated that internal solidarity along the ethnic lines has long lost its echo among the rivalries within the country’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

In the 1990s, New York’s Nightlife Found a New Beat – The New York Times

Everyone knows that New York’s nightlife was so much cooler back in the day. They just don’t agree on when that day was. Maybe the glory nights of Danceteria and the Latin Quarter in the 1980s, or the shimmering ‘70s heyday of Studio 54. Maybe back to the punk explosion at CBGB, or further to Andy Warhol’s court at Max’s Kansas City – all the way back past the Savoy Ballroom of the Harlem Renaissance to Pfaff’s beer cellar on Broadway near Bleecker Street, first outpost of American bohemia, where Walt Whitman probably sidled up to some rugged Bowery b’hoy and said, “Things were much livelier last week, too bad you missed it.”

My passport is ‘unlucky’ – Witness

Photography as an expressive and subjective media operates for me in a way that is similar to Anne Frank’s diary; it’s a special tool that allows me to make sense of the world around me. Photography allows me to share personal glimpses into the nightmarish conflict in Yemen—where I grew up and still call home—in which my documentary practice has been shaped. As a Yemeni, I have always wondered how such a small piece of paper like a passport can define a person? How does a legal document shape us? How does it control us? Why in some airports should I be held aside for another round of security screening just because my passport says Yemen?

Mathieu Asselin, Dayanita Singh Win 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Prizes | PDNPulse

Mathieu Asselin’s book Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation has won the $10,000 First PhotoBook Prize in the 2017 Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook awards. Published by Verlag Kettler and Acte Sud, the book combines original photos, old Monsanto ads and archival material about the pesticide manufacturer. Dayanita Singh won PhotoBook of the Year for Museum Bhavan, her series of nine small, accordion-fold books contained within a clamshell box.  (See: Photo Book Making: Dayanita Singh’s “Museum Bhavan.”)

Let’s talk about that photo of Al Franken groping a sleeping woman | Poynter

Absent the approval of the victim, might one have otherwise deemed it an invasion of privacy, vaguely akin to naming a rape victim? Legally, Maddow was correct. The woman, radio talk show host Leeann Tweeden, circulated the photo herself. Ethically? What should one do, regardless of her consent? A lawyer for a prominent media organization says it’s degrading and juvenile. A description would make the point, perhaps even being worse for Franken.

A Photographer’s Old College Classmates, Back Then and Now | The New Yorker

In 2000, when the photographer Josephine Sittenfeld was a junior at Princeton University, she captured portraits of her classmates on medium-format film and, after exhibiting the prints on campus, she consigned them to a closet in her parents’ home. The series returned to Sittenfeld’s mind last spring, not long before her fifteen-year college reunion. On a whim, she retrieved her film and decided to pack color copies of the old photographs, along with a digital camera, to bring to New Jersey, where she would re-create the same shots in the present day. Dressed, as this year’s tradition demanded, in a cowgirl costume, she spent much of the event attempting to locate and resituate her subjects, some of them now distant acquaintances, on a campus that had changed perhaps more than they had. On one occasion, in order to mimic the scene where she first photographed her freshman-year roommate, Sittenfeld waylaid an obliging undergraduate, who led the women, and their families, up four flights of stairs to the desired backdrop—a disorderly dormitory, complete with the young man’s authentic, extra-long twin mattress.

Deanne Fitzmaurice on Judging CPOY and the Evolution of Photojournalism – PhotoShelter Blog

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Deanne Fitzmaurice had just finished judging the College Photographer of the Year in Missouri, when she jumped on a plane to join the faculty at the Summit Sports California Photography Workshop near Malibu, CA. While she was in transit, a prominent photo editor started a discussion on Facebook over whether the desaturated look of the winner, Mathias Svold, adhered to the standards of photojournalism.

A Photographer and Her Subject Share a Journey Over the Decades – The New York Times

In the first pages of “An Autobiography of Miss Wish,” the reader meets Kimberly Stevens multiple times: In handwritten notes; dark, cinematic images; drawings of knives and books; and a beaming childhood portrait. Then there’s her psychiatric history written in detached clinical jargon, and a portrait of her prone, living on the street.

The 2018 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests | PhotoShelterBlog

Inside, get a breakdown of 42 photo contests worldwide and learn which contests to consider and which to pass up. We give each a verdict based on factors like entry fees, promised exposure and prizes, submission rights, plus direct feedback from past winners.

Passing Through The American Heartland

In June 2017 Jérôme Sessini spent several weeks road-tripping through Middle America, photographing the sagging buildings and crumbling cities along the highway. From the southern ghost towns to the shuttered homes throughout the rustbelt, his photographs testify to the perilous economic realities found in many parts of the country.

Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning | Poynter

Platforms rely on these algorithms to perform actions at scale, but algorithms at scale also become increasingly inscrutable, even to the people who wrote the code. In her recent TED Talk about the complexity of AI, Zeynep Tufekci points out that not even the people behind Facebook’s algorithms truly understand them:

Journalist Swept Up in Inauguration Day Arrests Faces Trial – The New York Times

On Jan. 20, the day Donald J. Trump was being sworn in as president in front of the Capitol, a limousine was set on fire and storefront windows were smashed nearby. Officers in riot gear from the Washington Metropolitan Police moved in and arrested 230 people — including nine journalists — at the protests, which were organized in part by an activist group called Disrupt J20.

The History of Photography is a History of Shattered Glass – The New York Times

It has only been a few weeks, but I can already feel the events in Las Vegas slipping away from me. The horror that unfolded there is indelible: A single shooter killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds more. And yet the horror is not indelible; it is fading, as most public tragedies eventually do. (You might even have wondered, reading the above, Which events in Las Vegas?) Since Oct. 1, there has been a terrorist attack in New York City, a mass shooting in Texas and other gun violence throughout the country, as well as numerous distressing public scandals. What trace of these events remains for those of us not personally affected by them? Names, dates, photographs, videos: all retrievable, but most archived away in a cloud of faint memory.

Photographer Kamaran Najm’s Friends Break Silence on His 2014 Kidnapping | PDNPulse

Three years after photojournalist Kamaran Najm, co-founder of the Iraqi photo agency Metrography, was kidnapped in Iraq, his friends and colleagues have ended their media blackout and released information on his disappearance. Kamaran was abducted by ISIS militants on June 12, 2014, shortly after he was wounded while covering the fighting between ISIS and Kurdish forces near Mullah Abdullah, Iraq. Initial reports by AFP said Najm had been killed. According to Sebastian Meyer, co-founder of Metrography, which is based in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, Najm made a call on June 13 using his kidnappers’ phone. He said he had been taken to the city of Hawija.

Covering a Mass Shooting, and Adding to a Town’s Pain – The New York Times

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — It wasn’t the television presenters elbowing their way to the front of the scrum near the massacre scene that finally drove home how the news media was aggravating the tragedy here. It wasn’t the run on food at Theresa’s Kitchen or the point at which the number of journalists seemed to rival the few hundred souls of the town’s population.

Flights of Fancy: Photographing the World’s Plane Watchers – The New York Times

There’s a funny paradox about flying, said the Lithuanian photographer Mindaugas Kavaliauskas: Those in the air often wish they were on the ground, and those on the ground often dream of being in the air.