Category: Portfolios & Galleries

On Assignment: Afghanistan

On Assignment: Afghanistan – Lens Blog –

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.

Anthony Karen Goes Inside Today's KKK

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LIFE Goes Inside Today’s KKK – Photo Gallery, 12 Pictures – LIFE:

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, 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.”

nicola lo calzo – inside niger

nicola lo calzo – inside niger | burn magazine:

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.

Readers’ Photos: Call Forwarding


Readers’ Photos: Call Forwarding – Lens Blog –

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.”

lenscratch: Peter Tonningsen


lenscratch: Peter Tonningsen:

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.

Russian Noir by Jason Eskenazi


Showcase: Russian Noir – Lens Blog –

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.

lenscratch: Michael Slade

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lenscratch: Michael Slade:

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.