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After a recent period being embedded with the United States Marines in southern Afghanistan, I stopped in Kabul to wander the streets and take photos of a city forever in transition. The Western presence was something not tolerated during Taliban rule, so there have been some changes.

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This group of pictures from Saturday’s New York Times showed Zimbabweans on their election day where they were forced to vote for the only candidate, President Robert Mugabe, for fear of punishment unless they could produce a finger colored by red ink as evidence they had cast their ballot.

According to the newspaper, the subjects agreed to be photographed and interviewed on the condition that their faces not be fully visible while the pictures ran uncredited for fear of reprisal against the photographer.

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Last Saturday I had a feature run about a man I met who raises deer in his back yard. 14 to be exact. He also is a Vietnam Veteran who suffers from PTSD and was exposed to Agent Orange. He’s kind of a quiet guy who doesn’t like crowds but finds his joy and sense of peace when he is spending his time with the deer.

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From 1989 to 1997 Andrew Bush took photos of people driving in Southern California.

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I got an e-mail from Brandon Pavan yesterday with a link to his website. His series Breakfast At Grandma’s is quite nice and deserves a more thorough examination.

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Like a modern-day Weegee, Harri Palviranta cruises the night streets of Finland, armed with his Hasselblad camera and a big flash, looking for a fight to photograph, or the bloodied face of a drunken party-goer, or the scene of a recent brawl.

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Here’s the second essay I worked on in David Alan Harvey’s essay class at Look3.
This essay is one that’s all about mood and only mood.

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Some of Japan’s billions of amazing textured details, modern and traditional.

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In Access to Life, eight Magnum photographers portray people in nine countries around the world before and four months after they began antiretroviral treatment for AIDS. Paolo Pellegrin in Mali, Alex Majoli in Russia, Larry Towell in Swaziland and South Africa, Jim Goldberg in India, Gilles Peress in Rwanda, Jonas Bendiksen in Haiti, Steve McCurry in Vietnam and Eli Reed in Peru

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Reading E. Annie Proulx’s story the other day with Richard Renaldi’s photograph as an illustration got me thinking about words and pictures, and how the two collide. I was thinking of doing a “what’s burning a hole in my bookcase” post anyway, so when I pulled Andrea Modica’s Treadwell off the top shelf yesterday, it felt like kismet; E. Annie Proulx wrote the introductory essay.

I’ve often wanted to post about Treadwell, which is one of my favorite photo essays ever, but the images available online are all pretty small and of poor quality. So we fired up the PhotoShelter scanner, and voila!

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photographs by
Andrew Phelps

Anyone who has taken a road trip through the American Southwest has passed through towns like Higley: unlikely tough-scrabble little communities that crop up like weeds and cling to inhospitable territory, lingering, lonely, and surviving like a desert cactus.

Towns like Higley start out not even on the fringe of a larger metropolitan area. They exist seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and few people take notice that they are there at all.

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Everyone knows I love a floater, so when M. Scott Brauer commented on the Chinese photography post and said he wished I’d included Li Wei, I grabbed the folder of Wei’s work that’s been burning a hole on my desktop and uploaded it with glee.

Wei is a photographer and performance artist who puts himself in gravity-defying poses, often with the use of harnesses. Thirty-seven-year-old Wei intentionally seeks to surprise and shock the viewer

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Quote: “One thing that Life and I agreed right from the start was that one war photographer was enough for my family; I was to be a photographer of peace.”

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If you’re in heading to Dubrovnik this summer, you might want to check out a cool museum that is often left off the usual tourist itinerary. It’s called War Photo Limited.

It’s a small space, located just a block up a small street that is off Dubrovnik’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. Sleek and modern, it’s full of creaky wood floors and exposed beams. But it is usually what is on display that makes a visit worthwhile.

This museum is dedicated to the work of the war photographer. Founded a few years ago by New Zealand photojournalist Wade Goddard, it’s only open half the year — May to October — and features usually two major exhibits. Past exhibits have focused on Iraq, Lebanon and the Muslim world. In a few months, one about child soldiers in Africa will arrive.

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I think my interest in the home/square combo could very well have something to do with Christine Tran’s series, Homesick. I think I pretty much just want to take these pictures. Tran nails the nostalgia without it feeling treacly, and her narratives are lovely and filmic. I’m into those grays

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I am especially impressed with the breadth and quality of Matt Lutton’s work. Lutton has yet to receive his BA, and has made some incredible work about Seattle, the Balkans, and Kosovo. Check out his site. Moakley says he would already “definitely think about putting him on assignment. He seems excited to shoot anywhere.”

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Elyse Butler was born to a scientist & a hippie on a volcano in the middle of the ocean.

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