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photo by William Eggleston

Sometimes an exhibition is many years in the making. Case in point
is the show I’m opening next week which deals with the ongoing influence the great photographer August Sander had and continues to have on photography. Most active from the early 1900s through the 1920s, Sander’s credo was simple: “I am not concerned with providing commonplace photographs like those made in the finer large-scale studios of the city, but simple, natural portraits that show the subjects in an environment corresponding to their own individuality.”

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photo by Kevin German

I have begun exploring mental illness in Vietnam. This will hopefully continue next week and into following year. For the time being I will simply leave you with a broad edit of photographs.

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an EF2 tornado tore through Griffith and severely damaged over a dozen homes including the Jelenski house. The next morning I walked up to Jeff and introduced myself to him and walked with him through his house as he told me the story of the night before

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The judges for our recent Blog Contest have been overwhelmed with your quality submissions. Before we make our final selection, we would like to know your favorite entries. Make sure to click the “Continue reading” link to see all 72 entries and let us know what you think in the comments section:

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Photo by David Turnley

In 1985, I proposed that the Detroit Free Press send me to South Africa to attempt to photograph everyday life under apartheid. I was convinced that the reality, the indignities, and the ambiguities of daily existence in South Africa also spoke to the tragedies of segregation and prejudice in my own country.

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Making photographs is and isn’t child’s play. For many of the young photographers in this book, the camera became part of their lives at an early age, and in years they are not far removed from their own childhoods. Still, looking at their photographs, we know at once that they have left childhood behind to take on challenging issues and subjects and to seize those compelling moments when photographs are made.

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New York City-based photojournalist Steve Simon made several quiet portraits of individuals witnessing history within a large crowd watching election-night coverage in Harlem.

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Photo by Scott M. Bort

As many of his classmates prepared for starting college or new jobs, 2008 Portage High School graduate Jason Follow was preparing for the U.S. Marine Corps. I met Jason in May and followed him on and off through the final days of school and through his summer before departing for Recruit Training in San Diego on Aug 12, 2008.

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Mark Power/Magnum Photos

In late September I made my latest visit to Poland, to finally bring some closure to ‘The Sound of Two Songs’, which began way back in 2004. These are some of those recent pictures.

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Guardian photographer Denis Thorpe and northern editor Martin Wainwright discuss an exhibition of pictures taken by the paper’s Manchester photographers. The exhibition, curated by Thorpe, includes striking work taken since the paper appointed its first staff photographer, Walter Doughty, in 1908. A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Guardian Photography runs until March 1 2009 at The Lowry in Salford, Greater Manchester

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