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Pieter-Jan De Pue : Kings of Afghanistan

Filmmaker and photographer Pieter-Jan De Pue spent almost eight years in Afghanistan. There he worked on his award-winning film The Land of the Enlightened. As well as researching, preparing and making his film, PJ also continued to take photographs. His photos are portraits of people and landscapes, as are his diary entries. A recurring theme is his huge admiration for the country, its spectacular landscape, and the resourceful children for whom survival became the art of living. His images – both film and photos – come about as a result of a slow process. The landscapes with its timeless caravans of people and animals show the resilience of a country for more than 40 years in war.

Juxtapoz Magazine – Travis Jensen Explores One of the Last Real San Francisco Neighborhoods In Stunning Black & White

For seven years, Travis Jensen has embedded himself in The City’s Excelsior District, a neighborhood at the southern central tip of SF that has remained, for all intents and purposes, a neighborhood not quite inundated by the massive influx of wealth and tech booms that much of the city has seen. That project, which culminated hundreds of photos documenting the culture that surrounds the people who reside in the Excelsior, will be on display at Photoworks in San Francisco starting on June 5, 2019. Excelsior District: Forever Upward is a photo-documentary project seven years in the making that highlights San Francisco’s vibrant Excelsior District that many consider being The City’s last working-class neighborhood. It’s a story about a rapidly-changing city, family, friendship, brotherhood, camaraderie, and the power of photography.”

Alternatives to Adobe Lightroom 2019 – PhotoShelter Blog

For some photographers, the thought of continuing to use Adobe’s subscription-based products is unpalatable, and fortunately, there are a number of full-featured alternatives that come without the price nor baggage.

After Police Raid and a Hearing, a San Francisco Freelancer Will Get His Property Back – The New York Times

Bryan Carmody, the Bay Area freelance journalist whose house was raided by the police this month, was to get back his property that was seized — including his laptop and three decades’ worth of archives — following a hearing in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday.

‘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.

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