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New York Times Closes Lens Blog: A Hiatus or the End? | PDNPulse

Lens, the photo blog of The New York Times, will stop publishing at the end of May and go on a “hiatus” for an indefinite period. Meaghan Looram, director of photography at The Times, announced the news today in a note to staff. James Estrin, who has co-edited Lens with David Gonzalez, David Dunlap and Josh Haner, shared the note on social media.

Jonathan Torgovnik : Intended Consequences & Disclosure (25 years later)

In 2006, Jonathan Torgovnik worked on a photographic essay, on the children born as a result of rape during the genocide there in 1994.

Many Tutsi women were forced to watch their husbands killed right in front of them, and then were brutally and repeatedly raped by Hutu militias. They often contracted AIDS and gave birth to children, who were at the time unwanted. Their woes were exacerbated by their own tribe’s rejecting both mother and child because the child was the product of mixed parentage. These little family units received little or no help or comfort.

A Daughter’s Portrait of Her Mother Through Dementia | The New Yorker

The photographer Cheryle St. Onge is an only child. Her father was a physics professor and researcher; her mother, Carole, was a painter. “I had a truly magical childhood,” St. Onge told me recently. She grew up on university campuses, in Michigan, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, going on sailing trips and nature walks with her parents. St. Onge’s photos, which often celebrate the natural world, pay tribute to that inheritance. “It was a mix of science, authenticity, and curiosity,” she said. “I think that’s the nature of life for me.”

Scientific Errors in Those Nat Geo Milky Way Photos

In the wake of the controversy raging on the Internet over the past few days, I wanted to take a deeper look at some of the pictures that were published. The goal here was to try and determine if Moon’s pictures were manipulated based on the undeniable science of astronomy.

Are You an Ethical Photographer? – PhotoShelter Blog

A group of boys in Baraboo, WI assembled for a junior prom photo and posed with a Nazi salute. One of the boys posted the image to Twitter with the caption “We even got the black kid to throw it up.” In the midst of public outrage, it was revealed that a professional photographer not only took the image, but directed them to “wave goodbye.”

Who Was Most Opposed to Freeing 2 Reporters in Myanmar? Aung San Suu Kyi – The New York Times

BANGKOK — The biggest obstacle to releasing two imprisoned Reuters reporters in Myanmar was not the country’s military, diplomats and others say, but its de facto civilian leader: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and former political prisoner herself who once declared, “Please use your liberty to promote ours.”

Facebook Algorithms Make It Harder to Catch Extremists – The Atlantic

f grisly images stay up on Facebook or YouTube long enough, self-appointed detectives around the world sometimes use them to reconstruct a crime scene. In July 2017, a video capturing the execution of 18 people appeared on Facebook. The clip opened with a half-dozen armed men presiding over several rows of detainees. Dressed in bright-orange jumpsuits and black hoods, the captives knelt in the gravel, hands tied behind their back. They never saw what was coming. The gunmen raised their weapons and fired, and the first row of victims crumpled to the earth. The executioners repeated this act four times, following the orders of a confident young man dressed in a black cap and camouflage trousers. If you slowed the video down frame by frame, you could see that his black T-shirt bore the logo of the Al-Saiqa Brigade, an elite unit of the Libyan National Army. That was clue No. 1: This happened in Libya.

Two and a Half Decades Observing Life in Rural America | The New Yorker

The subjects of Sheron Rupp’s photographs can often be found in their yards, where garden hoses twist in loops near their bare ankles and kids take up broken branches as props. People young and old move through gardens, sit back on porches, and stand amid drying laundry. Grass has been worn to dirt in patches between driveways and front steps. For two and a half decades, from the eighties into the two-thousands, Rupp traversed the United States, with her camera, lingering in rural towns. She would spot something that interested her—kiddie pools, bird houses, bicycles—pull over to the side of the road, and spark conversations with whoever she encountered. Only after getting to know them would she explain that she was a photographer. In her new book, “Taken From Memory,” we see the results of those acquaintanceships and the many ways that private life can spill out into public view.

Listen to Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden Talk Photography |

In “Sofa Sessions,” a new video series from the Martin Parr Foundation, you get a chance to see just that. In the latest installment, Parr sits down for a chat with street photographer Bruce Gilden. The two discuss Gilden’s background. thoughts on photography today and a lot more.

This Milky Way Photo on Nat Geo is Raising Eyebrows

National Geographic recently published a series of gorgeous photos by photographer Beth Moon that shows some of the world’s oldest trees under the stars. But one photo, in particular, is now raising eyebrows after sharp-eyed readers noticed something strange about it.

The CENTER Awards: Project Launch Grant Winner: Igor Tereshkov | LENSCRATCH

Congratulations to Igor Tereshkov for being selected for CENTER’s Project launch Grant recognizing his project, Oil and Moss. The Project Launch  Award is granted to an outstanding photographer working on a fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package. It requires signature of a contract to participate in an exhibition during Review Santa Fe and offers participation in a winner’s exhibition at the Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN.

Myanmar Releases Reuters Journalists Jailed for Reporting on Rohingya Crackdown – The New York Times

Two prize-winning journalists, U Wa Lone and U Kyaw Soe Oo, were released from prison in Myanmar on Tuesday. They were imprisoned for more than a year after reporting on the country’s treatment of the Rohingya minority group.

Workshop Preview: Christian Patterson on the Art of Photo Book Making | PDNPulse

On May 18-19, Patterson will share his bookmaking expertise in a workshop at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn, NY. In anticipation of the workshop, PDN asked Patterson via email to share a few insights about creative photography bookmaking, building a photographic narrative, and about the differences between an artist book and a trade book.

Unraveling The JPEG

JPEG images are everywhere in our digital lives, but behind the veil of familiarity lie algorithms that remove details that are imperceptible to the human eye. This produces the highest visual quality with the smallest file size—but what does that look like? Let’s see what our eyes can’t see!

Photographic Storytelling: A Poverty of Theory – Witness

I doubt I am alone in finding this simple sentence amongst the most enticing in the English language. It is laden with promise, and possibility. Almost anything could happen next. As photographers, we often think and speak of ourselves as storytellers, but our actual understanding of how stories work is woeful compared to other fields. Good storytelling is not something weinnately understand, we aren’t generally taught it, and most of us don’t go out of our way to learn it; at best, we pick up some understanding of it along the way, through trial and error. But even those rare people who actually have a robust working understanding of storytelling rarely seem able to articulate what it is they do when they create visual narratives. They just do it instinctively, as if by gut.

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