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Wright Morris : The Essence of Visible

When Wright Morris (1910-1998) went into photography, he was already a scholarly writer, and soon became a respected author in the United States. Therefore, he considered the photographic medium primarily as an additional tool for “capturing the essence of the visible” just as he did with words.

Dominik Dunsch: Suburbia | LENSCRATCH

The genre of family continues to be explored as photographers mine their lives, looking at those under the same roof as a way to understand and document those near and dear. Dominik Dunsch’s project Suburbia documents the every day, using family and place to understand his own life as he exists between generations in the middle ground of what is and what was. It’s a series of details and metaphors, the intangible bumping up against the real, snippets of humor and absurdity and beauty all combining into this thing called life.

Award-Winning Photojournalist Accused of Faking Photos of Assassins | Fstoppers

An award-winning photojournalist stands accused of faking a series of images documenting hit men carrying out acts of violence in Honduras. It is alleged that Swiss/Italian photographer Michele Crameri staged several shots of men wielding guns and threatening to kill people, following revelations from the Honduran fixer who helped him gain access to local gang members.

Tseng Kwong Chi, an “Ambiguous Ambassador” to Life in America | The New Yorker

On an evening in December, 1980, the photographer Tseng Kwong Chi gate-crashed the party of the year: the gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was the opening night of “The Manchu Dragon,” an exhibition (organized by Diana Vreeland) of Chinese costume from the Qing dynasty. Tseng used a medium-format camera to photograph the arriving guests. An era’s tony milieu pauses, flash-lit: an amused Yves Saint-Laurent, Halston in high spirits, a quizzical William F. Buckley. Nancy Kissinger turns up in the same Adolfo dress as two other women—but nobody looks embarrassed. Tseng himself is also in the pictures, grinning away beside his subjects, with a cable release in his hand. And he is dressed, as he frequently is in his dandy-conceptualist art, in a plain gray “Mao suit,” which reads here as a laconic visual rejoinder to the exhibit’s lavish Orientalism.

John Sanderson: Carbon County | LENSCRATCH

At first glance John Sanderson’s series of images, entitled Carbon County, has the familiar cadence of American Western documentary photography. Broad sweeping landscapes with horizons that seem worlds away, lonely snaking roads and rugged men on horseback. But very quickly these perceived pillars of American Western identity, the keystones in the story we tell ourselves about Western life, take a different shape. There is a tone of mythology in the gaze Sanderson casts upon his subjects as he attempts to merge the fantastic nature of American Western lore with the reality of the place. So many of his photographs are made through the window or dashboard of a car, a framing which begins to feel like it contains a still from an old Western movie. And isn’t that how we most often experience this landscape? Either in film or traversing the country across wide open highway, snapping photos of some road signs or an old windmill and then carrying on our way? I ask myself these questions and then begin to wonder whether I’m allowing the version of the West that exists in my own mind to be projected onto the imagery. And perhaps this is the point. Sanderson presents us with the truth and the fantasy all at once as he explores the narratives ingrained in us – American Frontierism, Cowboys and Indians, and the promise that as you continue West surely wealth and personal discovery would be bestowed.

Sam Gregg documents the true story of Naples – Feature Shoot

Whether its the slums in Klong Toey, Bangkok, or Britain filled with “greasy spoons” and “pie and mash shops”, London-based Sam Gregg is a portrait and documentary photographer drawn towards capturing marginalised and dispossessed communities.

The story of my second arrest | You can’t have my job, but I’ll tell you a story

July 19, 1994. About 3 pm. I’m standing on a canal bank in south central Bakersfield, talking with some members of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue team. They have been called, as have I, to this location for a report of a little boy who has disappeared in the canal’s waters. I don’t know it, but in about 10 minutes, I’m going to be arrested for the second time in my career. And that’s the nature of photojournalism, that’s how quickly a situation can turn on you. One minute you’re talking with deputies and officers you know. The next minute, one you don’t know shows up, decides you don’t belong there, and all hell breaks loose. And that’s what happened on this day.

Amish and Mennonite Photo Coverage in Face of Sexual Abuse, #MeToo – Reading The Pictures

As it happens, visual depictions of Amish and conservative Mennonite communities already share some traits with those of Hollywood celebrities. Many of their photographs in the press look like they were taken by paparazzi: shot from discrete angles, from the side or behind, often with long telephoto lenses. Because they hold a conviction that posing for a photograph can be interpreted as a form of pride, or as an affront to the biblical commandment against graven images, conservative Anabaptists usually resist being photographed. Faraway, detached images, then, are what inform much of the public’s visual vocabulary of Plain church communities. Those who see them at all are used to seeing them from a distance.

Hasselblad X1D II 50C is a Faster and Cheaper Medium Format Mirrorless

Hasselblad today announced the new X1D II 50C medium format mirrorless camera, a followup to the X1D, which became the world’s first compact medium format mirrorless camera when it was unveiled back in 2016.

News photo editor Guy Reynolds battled cancer, depression but never lost ‘the eye of an artist’ | Obituaries | Dallas News

When Guy Reynolds was at his best, he was a creative force — a gifted photographer with a quirky eye.

An insider look at Kurdistan’s fight against ISIS

Photographer Joey L. has been embedded with Kurdish guerrilla groups for years, capturing the human side of a fast-evolving conflict.

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Celebrating “The Sweet Flypaper of Life” in Roy DeCarava’s Centennial Year – Feature Shoot

“We’ve had so many books about how bad life is, maybe it’s time to have one showing how good it is,” Langston Hughes said of The Sweet Flypaper of Life, his landmark art book collaboration with Roy DeCarava recently republished by David Zwirner Books.

Photographer Tom Fox on encounter with Dallas gunman: ‘He’s going to look at me around that corner’ and shoot | Dallas | Dallas News

Veteran Dallas Morning News photojournalist Tom Fox said he thought he “was gone” when he hid in an alcove from a heavily armed masked man at the downtown federal courts building Monday morning.

‘Good morning, America’: The state of the union through the eyes of Magnum photographer Mark Power – The Washington Post

In “Good Morning, America,” published by GOST Books, Power offers a view, somewhat pessimistic, of a country he has found deeply divided as far back as the 1980s, when he made his first visit. “Its problems seemed then (and still do, only worse) to be so vast, so deep-rooted, like an enormous ball of twine that is slowly unraveling and impossible to stop,” he told In Sight. His photos, taken during various trips in America since 2012, highlight the incongruity of a country that stands at the top of the economic chain while also being home to increasingly larger pockets of inequalities.

Larry Torno – Life in the Midwest

It’s interesting to note that although it’s called “Life” in the Midwest, there is an obvious absence of humankind in these images. That’s  because the “life” I am referring to is not humanity, but rather, my observations made as I absorb my surroundings.

Adobe’s new AI tool automatically spots Photoshopped faces – The Verge

The world is becoming increasingly anxious about the spread of fake videos and pictures, and Adobe — a name synonymous with edited imagery — says it shares those concerns. Today, it’s sharing new research in collaboration with scientists from UC Berkeley that uses machine learning to automatically detect when images of faces have been manipulated.

Thoughts about Deepfakes – Thoughts of a Bohemian

Certified trust will soon become the most important value for visual content. Trust that images or videos are not altered in any way that could deceive the viewer. No fake images or montage, no biased alterations. By imposing accountability, the lines between deception and truthfulness would be clearly defined. And moral responsibility reestablish. That is the only way to combat deepfakes.

The Winning Photos of the 2019 Nat Geo Travel Photo Contest

National Geographic has announced the winners of its 2019 Travel Photo Contest. Photographer Weimin Chu won the $7,500 grand prize for his Cities photo “Greenlandic Winter,” which shows the fishing village of Upernavik in Greenland.

How this Syrian filmmaker captured war first-hand

When civil war broke out in Syria, Waad Al-Kateab picked up the camera – and didn’t put it down. The resulting documentary, co-directed with Edward Watts, humanises a conflict most of us only know through statistics.

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Photographer Stephen Dupont looks back – a picture essay | Art and design | The Guardian

The renowned Australian photographer chooses 10 of his most memorable images and explains why they had an impact. He is talking at Aperture, the southern hemisphere’s largest photography conference, held from 22 to 23 June in Sydney

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