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The Year In Pictures 2018 – The New York Times

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY is often meant to be consumed instantly, on paper, on our screens, in endless scrolling feeds. It tells us what the world looks like right at the moment. But it can lose much of its power that way — the power to seize us, to shake us awake, to interrupt the everyday. There is always a new image. Scenes of the present become instantly the past.

Jack Carnell: True Places | LENSCRATCH

Fall Line Press has just released a new monograph of photographs by Jack Carnell. The book, aptly titled, True Places is a collection of well-seen details, small moments, and well, true places seen in the American South. Created in 2005, from the perspective of a Northerner delighting in the unique Southern intricacies and quirks that make up small town and suburban living, the book includes 51 color images and 3 essays, by Spence Kass, Nataniel Popkin and Wendy Brenner.

Images That Counter Traditional Depictions of Women – The New York Times

Hannah Starkey knew she was pushing back against expectations when she unveiled a collection of seven images — large, color, constructed photographs exclusively depicting women — at her Royal College of Art graduation exhibition in 1997.

The Best New Yorker Photography of 2018 | The New Yorker

The photo team at The New Yorker assigned more breaking-news commissions this year than ever before. In October, the photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas accompanied the staff writer Jonathan Blitzer on a weeklong trip to follow the migrant caravan as it moved north through Mexico. During the midterms, the political photographer Mark Peterson captured, in one powerful image, the Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in a voting booth with two of his small children standing by. And, after receiving a phone call from our director of photography late one evening in September, the photographer Benjamin Rasmussen woke up before dawn to take a portrait of Deborah Ramirez, who had told Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer of a college encounter with the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Standing alone in the morning light, Ramirez exuded both quiet resilience and resignation, a poignant moment of calm in the midst a chaotic and anguished nomination process.

David Molina – Go to Become « burn magazine

Go to Become Is a fictional record inspired by Lycanthropy telltales that take Barcelona night-club scene as the main stage, where for its clubbers, the use of alcohol, psychoactive substances and the beats of techno, are a way to achieve a basic state of being in which people is lead by their innermost instincts, like Werewolves.

Ronghui Chen – Freezing Land « burn magazine

My project, Freezing Land, aims to explore descendants of immigrants living in the northeast. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping started a campaign called the “Chinese Dream”. But what does this mean to the the once prosperous land? What’s the story of today’s northeastern China?

Kalen Goodluck: The States Project: North Dakota | LENSCRATCH

I first encountered Kalen Goodluck’s work on the website Natives Photograph which features work from a range of indigenous visual journalists. Goodluck focuses on a variety of subjects in his practice, but two series — Contrails of a Fevered Dream and Fort Berthold — look at specifically at issues and places in the Fort Berthold reservation in northwestern North Dakota. In both collections Goodluck photographs in analog black and white and examines the changing conditions in the reservation as a result of natural resource development. In his Contrails series, for example, Goodluck uses infrared film to interpret the rural landscape as a dynamic entity, and as a witness to a history of nefarious activity on the land. His second series, Fort Berthold, looks at neighborhoods, community spaces and his family’s home in the reservation.

A Spanish Photographer’s 42-Year-Long Mission to Save His Village’s Memories – The New York Times

Old ways of life are disappearing from Cespedosa de Tormes in western Spain, but Juan Manuel Castro Prieto wants to preserve the threads that join him to his ancestral village.

Lewis Ableidinger: The States Project: North Dakota | LENSCRATCH

North Dakota is one of the least densely-populated states in the country with an average of eleven people for every square mile. Most of the population resides on the state’s eastern border with Minnesota, and few of these residents or visitors to the state venture out into the rest of the state which is marked with small communities and stark landscapes of open horizons. Lewis Ableidinger comes from one of these small towns — Kensal, North Dakota — and explores themes related to the challenges and joys of living in the state’s rural areas. His most recent series, Flyover Country, delves into these themes while challenging prevailing stereotypes about the region as a whole. In this project Ableidinger brings together a mix of portraits, landscapes, and interior shots that represent both the vibrancy and warmth within small Midwestern communities, as well as issues leading — in some cases — to their decline. Ableinger treats these issue with sensitivity, however, and balances photographs that reference downturn of rural towns with images of residents at work, active downtowns, and the spare beauty of the open landscapes that surround the communities. Ableidinger balances his photography with his work as a locomotive engineer on Canadian Pacific Railway, a position that immerses him into an array of Northern Plains landscapes and further deepens his knowledge of and perspective into the state’s environments.

Documenting the Disappearing Glaciers of Iceland – The New York Times

On foot and by plane, Ragnar Axelsson is photographing the glaciers that cover his homeland, creating a poetic record of the structures for a future without them.

The 20 best photos of 2018 | Dazed

In a turbulent world, photography holds up a mirror to ourselves, and a window into others’. As the uncertainty swirls, the camera can help us make sense of it all. 2018 was no exception, and photographers from all over the world used their lens to cover social, political, and economic issues from their communities and the places they have been welcomed into: whether this was the fights for abortion rights in El Salvador, or for trans rights in Peru. Some of our favourite photos this year showed the complexity of femininity in China, and the reality of life for Palestinian youth living on the Gaza Strip.

Hopeful Images From 2018 – The Atlantic

2018 has been another year of news stories with photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view. I’ve made it a tradition to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past year—an effort to seek out and recognize some of the abundant joy and kindness present in the world around us. The following are images from the past year of personal victories, families and friends at play, expressions of love and compassion, volunteers at work, assistance being given to those in need, or simply small and pleasant moments.

Photographers on why East London still inspires them

To mark the release of East London Photo Stories – a compilation of work on the titular neighbourhood – we speak to seven different photographers about what keeps bringing them back to the East End.

2018 in Photos: Wrapping Up the Year – The Atlantic

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Among the events covered in this essay (the last of a three-part photo summary of the year): midterm congressional elections in the United States, hurricanes and typhoons in Asia and North America, a contentious confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brazil’s election of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro as its new president, a horrific attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and much more. See also: “Top 25 News Photos of 2018” and the 2018 in Photos: Part 1 and Part 2. The series comprises 120 images in all. Warning: Some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.

In Ethiopia, Visual Storytelling From a Deeper Perspective – The New York Times

Addis Foto Fest, founded by photographer Aida Muluneh, aims to give photographers from Africa a platform to capture the cultural complexities and diverse histories of the countries they call home.

Rory Doyle: Delta Hill Riders | LENSCRATCH

Another wonderful discovery in juroring the SlowExposures: Celebrating the Rural South Exhibition was the work of Rory Doyle. Rory attended the festival and I was able to see a broader edit of his photographs of the African-American cowboy community of the Mississippi Delta. The project not only shifts our vision of what we consider the traditional cowboy, but celebrates and explores the Delta culture. For the past two years, he has attended a myriad of Delta cowboy events, creating an expansive and modern look at a vibrant Mississippi community. The work has been well celebrated and he will be having a series of exhibitions starting in Cleveland, Mississippi in February 2019.  Rory states, “I wanted to have the first show in the Delta to allow the riders to attend by horseback, and allow them to have a voice at the gallery opening. We will also have a speaker discuss the significance of African-American cowboy history. The Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Humanities Council are supporting this endeavor, and I want to make sure they know how thankful I am for their support.”

2018 in Photos: A Look at the Middle Months – The Atlantic

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2018. Among the events covered in this essay (the second of a three-part photo summary of the year): Mexico elected a new president, World Cup fans cheered and cried, protests rocked Nicaragua, a new Ebola outbreak hit central Africa, lava destroyed neighborhoods in Hawaii, and much more. See also: “Top 25 News Photos of 2018” and 2018 in Photos: Part 1, and come back tomorrow for the last in this series, Part 3. The series will comprise 120 images in all. Warning: Some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.

Sanja Jugovic Burns – Fugue « burn magazine

My first journey back to Yugoslavia was as a “foreigner” and a tourist, but not a stranger. It was summer of 1990. I witnessed a country preparing to slide violently towards its death and still denied this ever being a possibility. For a long time after, and elsewhere, I did not have a reason to bother recalling the country of my birth. Then my mother passed away. My very entry into this world disappeared and I needed to relearn the world, relearn that I was from nowhere.The idea that we are from some place has an irresistible magnetism, but what happens when that place is gone? One realises all we are is a collection of fragmented images. I return to my home town frequently to look for traces of life I have left behind, but all I find is an unceremonious blur playing out in a parallel universe. The life I have had is forever gone. I languish in nostalgia. The more nostalgic I become, the less I remember. All I have is my fragments.

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