In 1976 while rummaging through an attic of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in search of old museum publications, editorial assistant Lorna Condon opened a drawer in a wooden cabinet. Inside, she found a number of flat leather cases
We’re back after a long COVID hiatus. We’re kicking off a new season with Benjamin Chesterton, @duckrabbitblog on Twitter, and his open letter to Magnum concerning years of photographing child abuse and other controversies surrounding the iconic photo agency. Trigger Warning: sexual assault, child abuse. This is a harrowing episode. Read his letter to Magnum here. The Statement with over 600 signatures calling on Magnum Photos to demonstrate accountability can be read here.
Tom Stoddart is an award-winning British photojournalist whose work has appeared in many of the most pretigious international magazines and newspapers. He is widely regarded by editors and his peers as one of the world’s most experienced and respected photographers. His international frontline assignments have included almost every major conflict and natural disaster over four decades, from wars to earthquakes and from the fall of the Berlin Wall to pandemics. During a long and varied career he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the election of President Nelson Mandela, the bloody siege of Sarajevo and the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
American photographer Michael Christopher Brown was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington. After moving to New York City in 2005, he joined the Italian photo agency Grazia Neri in 2006. He then moved to Beijing, China, in 2009 and over the next two years put together a series of works from road and train trips across the country.
NPR photojournalist David Gilkey was killed back in June 2016 during the War in Afghanistan while documenting fighting between Taliban and Afghan/American
“I talked to him about it once and I said, ‘What kind of photography do you really want to do?’ And he said, ‘I want to do the kind where I have to go out into the world and find out what’s happening,'” Alyda tells NPR. “And I said, ‘Well, I guess you’re never going to be a wedding photographer.’ And he said, ‘No way. No way.’ It was just what he wanted to do.”
January 6, 2021, an infamous day in U.S. History when citizens overran the Capitol was also a day when photojournalists delivered incredible work under heavy duress. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen review some of the exemplary
A quarterly print publication of top notch photojournalism for $300 per year? Seasoned photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke believes there’s a market for it and has launched The Curious Society to prove his point. Also in the show: Congress passes the CASE Ac
The New York Times recently published their annual Year in Pictures, and Sarah and Allen discuss their favorite photos, the role of editing in making sense of the world, and what they missed. We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites
Reuters is the first major wire service to publish a year-end “best of” photo gallery. The photos are an incredible collection of well-composed images that convey so many of the seminal moments of the year including COVID-19, protests, wildfires, and more
The long awaited documentary featuring the Obama administration’s Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza recently made its debut on MSNBC, and Sarah and Allen share their thoughts, and why they shed a few tears. In addition, Pari Dukovic’s photo of Joe
British photojournalist Tim Page was born in 1944 and left England at 17 to travel across Europe and the Middle East en route to India and Nepal. He found himself in Laos at the time of the civil war and ended up working as a stringer for wire service United Press International. From there he moved on to Saigon where he covered the Vietnam War for the next five years working largely on assignment for Time-Life, Upi, Paris Match and Associated Press. He also found time to cover the Six Day War in the Middle East in 1967. The role of war-photographer suited Tim’s craving for danger and excitement. He became an iconic photographer of the Vietnam War and his pictures were the visual inspiration for many films of the period. The photojournalist played by Dennis Hopper in Francis Ford Coppola’s seminal 1979 movie Apocalypse Now was based on Tim.
Stephen Dupont is an Australian artist, photographer and documentary filmmaker working mostly on long-term personal projects. Born in Sydney in 1967, Stephen grew up in the western suburbs and Southern Highlands under tough social conditions and displacement, with social worker parents, who were full-time carers of state wards. Stephen is recognised around the world for his concerned photography on the human condition, war and climate. His images have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into the people, culture and communities that are fast disappearing from our world.
On September 5, 2020, The New York Times published “The Great Divide” – the latest entry in their “The America We Need” Times Opinion series – which examined neighborhoods on Chicago’s North Side and South Side and the enormous disparities in wealth and h
In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen discuss the controversy and complexities surrounding the NYT’s article, plus John Divola criticizes MFA student William Carmargo, and Jeff Mermelstein photographs your texts for #nyc.
In this jam-packed episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen discuss how citizen journalism and professional photojournalism gave us an incredible point of view of the tragic explosion in Beirut, Andy Day and Benjamin Chesterton uncover Magnum P
After 18 months, a campaign started by then 18-year old Mercedes Baptiste Halliday, a Black photo student in London, to stop the sales of a republication of Gian Butturini’s “London” by Martin Parr has come to and end. An official apology plus Parr’s requ
After the controversy surrounding Annie Leibovitz’s Vogue cover of Simone Biles, Vanity Fair published a beautiful photo spread of Viola Davis taken by Dario Calmese. The images were spectacular, but Calmese used an old photo as a reference image for the
Annie Leibovitz recently photographed Olympic gold medalist and GOAT gymnast Simone Biles for Vogue, and Twitter wasn’t so happy with the results. Co-hosts Sarah Jacobs and Allen Murabayashi concur, and share their thoughts on why the photos, lighting, re
President Trump gave a Fourth of July Speech at Mount Rushmore, which provided a perfect spectacle for Presidential propaganda. Did the media get played by circulating these “patriotic” images, or was the publication more nuanced? In this episode of Visi