Category: Editor’s Choice

At Water’s Edge: Paul Blackmore

This body of work – spanning 11 years and 14 countries – explores the intimate relationship between humanity and its most vital natural resource. Blackmore’s photographs poignantly illustrate the unfolding drama of the global water crisis and how it is affecting those caught up in it; a billion people without access to clean water, another four billion without an adequate supply. Against this dire backdrop, the work also celebrates our primal and spiritual bond with nature’s essential resource.

Link:
http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/entries/8455/melbourne-paul-blackmore

Visa pour l’image 2012: Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair’s first encounter with child marriage occurred in 2003 while doing a story on self-immolation in Afghanistan. All the victims she met had been married very young, some only 9 years old, and to much older men. Meigon in Herat told how her drug addict father sold her into marriage when she was 11, and detailed the rape by her husband. That was when Stephanie decided to devote herself to the subject, covering Afghanistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen. She was determined that her images would have an effect on people’s understanding of the issue, highlighting the urgent need to work within these communities for change.

Link:
http://lejournaldelaphotographie.com/entries/8174/visa-pour-l-image-2012-stephanie-sinclair

Gregory Heisler Interview

Grayson: On the opposite side of the spectrum from being subject-proof, do you have photo shoots that fail from time to time? Gregory: I think they all suck. The picture I was hoping for is never the picture I get, but yeah, I think they fail all the time. Fortunately my clients don’t think they do, so I can continue to have a career. But I just look at them and think, ugh.

Link:
http://trentnelson.net/x/2i

A Tyranny of Ones

There just didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day that I could manage so that the work load of both shooting and file management was done with confidence  and competence.  In addition,  I was exhibiting signs of retrograde camera envy.  Besides the digital cameras at hand, I wanted to shoot with my 1940s Speed Graphic, a beautiful old beast of a press camera, with a 1943 aerial recon camera lens on it.  I have shot with this camera for a decade, and find that when I look into its amazing viewfinder, I see things I just miss with my digi cams.  The old lens, long and fast, sees the world in a very different way than the Canons, and in many ways IS a perfect foil for the smaller more agile counterparts.  First, it uses Film.  There is no practical affordable digital back for a 4×5” camera at least not yet, and frankly I kind of hope no one develops one anytime soon.  There is, in the use of film, film holders, and a semi ancient camera, something very satisfying, very “I have to get this in ONE shot,” something very, shall we say, Romantic.

Link:
http://thephotosociety.org/blog/a-tyranny-of-ones/

The Boy from Troy by Brenda Ann Kenneally

There was an uneasy identification between the two of us that grew into friendship over the next eight years while I continued to document Kayla, Sabrina and their friends who lived as a family on the same block. A family, I discovered, that was formed largely in response to increasingly punitive legal, moral and economic shifts within their working class community. I watched, as school either became the interface between the justice system and a disengaged teenager or a lifeline thrown from an involved teacher. At year six, I began to agonize about the utility of this monster story and when Donny began school, it became evident that he was the story. Donny is the proverbial child that this neighborhood raised

Link:
http://trentnelson.net/x/1n

Documenting the Journey of Central American Migrants: an Option of Last Resorts

“Destino” is Michelle Frankfurter’s personal project about the journey of Central American migrants across Mexico by rail. A documentary photographer based in Washington DC, she shot this project on Ilford HP5 120 film and a Bronica 6×6 camera – 12 exposures per roll.

Link:
http://trentnelson.net/x/13

Power, The Fourth Prix Pictet Shortlist

Twelve photographers have been shortlisted for the prestigious fourth Prix Pictet. This year's theme for the photography prize is Power. The artists, all with outstanding portfolios, come from ten countries: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. Les Culture is pleased to provide an overview of the finalists' portfolios here in a high-resolution slide show of 115 images.

Link:
http://trentnelson.net/x/q