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Beat the Press

I’d like to believe that this video snippet was just another absurdity of campus life, where the politics are so vicious, as they say, because the stakes are so small. But it goes to a more troubling trend — the diminishment of a healthy, professionally trained free press.

David Burnett: Marathon Man

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To be a photographer in this age, you have to really WANT to do it.  Don’t do it just because you can’t think of anything else to do.  Go to workshops, and perhaps more important, use your library and even the web to find work which inspires you.  One of the things which I find so disconcerting is that very few young photographers today can tell you who the photojournalists of note were in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. I fear there is a certain kind of self-validation which shooting/seeing immediately engenders

Elliott Erwitt. Retrospective

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Elliott Erwitt has been taking pictures since the late forties. This exhibition is a unique and comprehensive survey of his work. Erwitt’s unmistakeable, often witty, style gives us a snapshot of the strange and the mundane over a period of more than half a century, through the lens of one of the era’s finest image-makers.

Odysseia

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At the borders of Europe, migrants try to force their way into this impenetrable citadel. Migrants, a generic name for lives that are nonetheless distinct. Through photography and video, Antoine d’Agata distances himself from a sensational or dramatic approach. He gets right up close to the experience and the odyssey of these men and women. Their everyday lives consist of vagabond journeyings along roads, nights sheltered in makeshift tents, waiting for possible entry into port areas… However, the photographer is aware of the limitations of images, and adds words to them, just to be sure.

The ‘Internet History’ Tumblr Finds Your Darkest Defunct Flickr Gallery

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Doug Battenhausen has been trolling dead image-hosting accounts, rotted links, and maybe your tweenage MySpace for the past five years, amassing these types of gloriously depressing snapshots. I got the chance to speak with Doug about what draws him to these images and how the quality shift in personal photography has made it more difficult to find the gems that show up on his blog

Sarker Protick – Love Me or Kill Me

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The Bangladeshi film industry based in Dhaka, and so known as “Dhallywood” has been going since 1956. Dhallywood movies have fallen out of favor among the richer classes, who prefer foreign films. The growing influence of Bollywood (Hindi cinema) films in Bangladesh has also had an adverse impact on the local industry. Yet the Dhallywood industry produces around 100 movies a year, and does still enjoy the support of many ordinary moviegoers.

Roger Frei – AEDES

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Roger Frei searches for residential communities built on a large scale – in the truest sense of the word. He is searching for a “home” in a mass residential construction that is so often perceived as anonymous. He has focused his vision on the objects of so-called residential housing functionalism as well as specimens of contemporary Swiss architecture that are considered exemplary and classics of modernism.
He systematically walks from floor to floor, photographs walls in hallways at regular intervals and puts all of the photos together digitally as collages, so that they coalesce into a serial composition.

Sebastião Salgado’s Journey From Brazil to the World

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Listen, I am not a social photographer. I am not an economic photographer. I’m not a photojournalist. Photography is much more than that. Photography is my life. It’s my way of life, and my language. I went to photograph the things that I had a great curiosity to see and to organize. I felt a certain revulsion, and a compulsion to show that others also have dignity, that dignity is not an exclusive property of the rich countries of the north but exists all over the planet. That’s what photography was for me, my language, my life and my way of going about and doing things

Epiphany on a Kosovo Rooftop

Kathy Ryan, the director of photography for The New York Times Magazine, sent me to Kosovo in June of 1999 to take a panoramic picture of a burned-out street that would be published over four pages. There was one proviso: Whatever ruins I decided to photograph had to reveal the horrors that had been inflicted upon its occupants.

2014: The Year in Photos, September-December

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 2014, a particularly brutal year. Among the events covered in this essay (the last of a three-part photo summary of the year): severe drought in California, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protests, raging battles and U.S. airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, victories for same-sex marriage proponents in the U.S., the successful test launch of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, and crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Be sure to see part 1 and part 2 posted earlier. The series comprises 120 images in all. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content. [40 photos]

2014: The Year in Photos, May – August

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 2014, a particularly brutal year. Among the events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year): Summer rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, the World Cup in Brazil, the flight of the Yazidis from ISIS in Iraq, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the Israel-Gaza conflict. Come back for part 3 tomorrow, and be sure to see part 1 posted yesterday. The series will total 120 images in all. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content. [40 photos]

2014: The Year in Photos, January – April

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 2014. Among the events covered in this essay (the first of a three-part photo summary of the year): Protests that drove Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych from office, the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, multiple protests worldwide, Ellen DeGeneres’ much-retweeted selfie from the Oscars, the ongoing and brutal situation in war-torn Syria, the opening of the largest solar thermal power-tower system in the world, and a playful rocket battle in Vrontados, Greece. Come back for part 2 tomorrow, and part 3 on Wednesday. The series will total 120 images in all. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content. [40 photos]

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