On Assignment: Afghanistan – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
You could call David Guttenfelder the man behind the man in the pink boxers. Mr. Guttenfelder, 40, the chief Asia photographer for The Associated Press, attracted attention two months ago — all the way up to the Commander in Chief — with his photograph of Specialist Zachary Boyd, Specialist Cecil Montgomery and Specialist Jordan Custer returning the Taliban’s fire in Afghanistan. Specialist Boyd was wearing pink boxers and flip-flops at the time. Admirers of this picture saw in it a perfect expression of American readiness and capacity to fight. “Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.
Must See: Surfing, With a Dark Edge – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
Chris Bickford’s project about the local surf scene on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was all about firsts: his first time shooting in water, his first time capturing a fast-action sport and his first time conceptualizing completely in black and white.
Photographer Anthony Karen has documented the modern-day Klan in their homes, at rallies, and at Klan gatherings, taking us deep inside a world we would otherwise never see — a world most of us might not even want to know about. The unnerving photos featured here, exclusively on LIFE.com, are from his new book, “The Invisible Empire: Ku Klux Klan.” “The majority of people I’ve come across,” Karen told LIFE, “you’d only know they were in the Klan if they decided to share that.”
The cultural project ‘Inside Niger’ is a photographic reportage that started after a meeting with the humanitarian association African Pan Project, which is active is Niger since 15 years.
The reportage, committed by Paris city council and Conseil General de Val de Marne, is taking place for one month in the region of Tillaberi and Dosso in the Niger. Its main focus is the population that lives and works on the borders of the Niger River, where most of commercial activities take place such as universities, public work, markets, fishing, slaughter house, vegetable gardens, and tannery.
Luceo bad ass Matt Slaby has a fun little series that he’s calling “My Diving Bell” from a recent road trip to Wyoming. As he laid down the back seats of the rental car and tried to sleep, the windows of the car offered a new view of the world.
Readers’ Photos: Call Forwarding – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
To judge from the response to our cellphone photo solicitation — 1,524 submissions before we closed the mailbox on July 2 — our readers are doing nothing but taking pictures with their mobile devices.
And what pictures. My colleague Josh Haner, who curated our gallery with an eye toward graphic composition, use of light and unusual moments, found 353 photos that he thought were worth sharing with a larger audience. Many entrants focused on the sky, capturing moody colors and striking cloud forms; exactly those fleeting moments at which one used to say, “I wish I had a camera right now.”
Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to meet California photographer, Peter Tonningsen, at Photolucida, but his images were well showcased at the event. Peter approaches and presents his work with a unique point of view, and his broad range of images and interests are quite refreshing. After studying art at the San Francisco Art Institute and San Jose State University, he is currently an adjunct photography instructor at The Academy of Art University and has also been an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley since 2006. In addition, Peter is the recipient of the Phelan Art Award in Photography, which recognizes significant California born artists.
In the last 25 years, you might have run into Jason Eskenazi in Haiti, Afghanistan, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine or Dagestan. He may have been photographing on assignment for Time or The Times, or working on projects financed by a Guggenheim or a Fulbright grant. Today, if you want to see Mr. Eskenazi, you don’t have to go farther than the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s the short, middle-aged man in the guard uniform watching the sunlight fall on the statues in the Greek galleries.
My only memory of the Great Salt Lake is when my mother bought me a big chunk of rock salt that I licked all the way back to Los Angeles on a summer road trip (a treat that would not be sanctioned these days). So I was happy to revisit the lake through Utah photographer, Michael Slade’s, interpretive images. These rich black and white prints are part of an extensive photographic survey of not only the Great Salt Lake, but the life and lifestyles that surround it.
Showcase: Life Behind Glass – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:
Michael Wolf composed his photographs, eliminating any horizon by cutting off the tops and bottoms of the buildings in his frame. There are no visual paths out of his images, making them feel claustrophobic. He calls this “no-exit photography.”
It was so easy, I laughed. Caught a trolly to the border, went through the lab maze and was spat out in Mexico. Jumped into a cab and there I was, taking photos of all the folks dressed in Lucha Libre masks. My face hurt that night from all the smiling.