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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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i spent a month in scotland last summer and was going through some shots that i liked. i wanted to re-tone them and put them up. i think some of these were some of my very first posts on here. but its fun to look back at your old shots and see how your feelings about them change.

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We drove for several hours today until we reached the Laos border. It was incredible to see a small checkpoint protecting the two borders. The people I was with told me there are many secret police in all of the border towns that report any suspicious activity along the border, such as illegal crossings.

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Here are some images from the Burley series Disappearance of Darkness, which documents the final year of the Kodak Canada facility in Toronto. This facility, which was made up of 18 buildings on a 5 hectare site, had a one hundred year history of producing photographic films and papers. It was sold in 2006 and demolished in the summer of 2007.

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Melbourne’s The Age had its team of photographers compile the best photography from the past 100 years in a Century of Pictures.

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I spent some more time with Russ and some with his family this evening. Russ was rummaging through his burnt down house for a while trying to find anything that survived the flames. A couple things of interest made it. The bible, Book of Mormon, Sim City CDs and some wedding photos.

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Quote: “The photographer is filled with doubt. Nothing will soothe him.”

Raymond Depardon joined Magnum Photos in 1978 and became a full Member in 1979.

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George Kelly is based in Portland. Although he’s probably the most patient, daring, and talented street photographer I know, he doesn’t spend much time on a computer and has virtually no web presence.

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Beloved Magnum photographer Burt Glinn passed away early in the morning on April 9. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Glinn served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46 before studying literature at Harvard University, where he edited and took photographs for the Harvard Crimson. From 1949-50, Glinn worked for Life magazine before becoming a freelancer. He covered Castro’s takeover of Cuba and the Sinai War and created extensive portraits of countries all over the world. One of the first Americans to join Magnum, Glinn became an associate member of the young photo agency in 1951 and a full member in 1954. He served as president of Magnum from 1972-75 and was re-elected in 1987. He is survived by his wife Elena, son Sam, and daughter Norma.

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When my daughter Alison was born, in the tradition of a new parent, I began to photograph her, initially in a separate and private body of work. However, in the process of documenting Alison’s growth, I developed a passionate interest in human relationships and capturing intimate moments in the lives of family and friends.

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Quote:”I don’t care so much anymore about ‘good photography’; I am gathering evidence for history”.

Gilles Peress joined Magnum Photos in 1970 and is a Magnum Contributor.

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