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Ron Haviv: Saving film from Serbian warlord Arkan | RESOLVE — the liveBooks photo blog:

This month we have a story from Ron Haviv about an encounter with the Serbian paramilitary leader Arkan (at right) while he was covering the Bosnian War during the 1990s. With a little smoke and mirrors, Ron saved his revealing images from confiscation and helped share the horrors of ethnic cleansing he saw with the world. Much of the work is collected in his book, Blood and Honey.

NPR: NPR’s Photographer Reports From Afghanistan:

NPR staff photographer David Gilkey says that the number one rule for a photographer is: never abandon your equipment. But he decided to do just that — leaving most of his things behind except a camera, a lens and a bulletproof vest. What was supposed to be a brief patrol with the Marines in southern Afghanistan turned into a 7-day trek through the surprisingly lush Helmand River Province.

Trekking in temperatures well over 110 degrees, the Marines abandoned almost all of their belongings except their weapons, and dodged almost constant fire with only the clothes on their backs.

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Ross Taylor Podcast – APAD:

One of my favorite APADers, “an honest to goodness true photojournalist” Ross Taylor was interviewed by Robert Norman for his Connecticut PHODcast (Photographers of Distinction). Like Robert says, “Listen up and you may learn something.”


World Press Photo says:

At the prestigious 2009 Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, a number of prominent speakers shared their thoughts with an international audience. The first speaker, World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke lifted the veil on the World Press Photo Academy and announced that a comprehensive online archive of prize-winning photography will be launched later this year.

In a speech that followed, Executive Board chairman Pieter Broertjes spoke about the pressures threatening the integrity of the profession and the need to stay true to high standards in reporting.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, World Press Photo’s patron, HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, talked about  the freedom of the press and about the importance of the work of photojournalists.


lens culture photography weblog says:

Stephen Mayes, who has served as World Press Photo Jury Secretary for the past six years, gave a keynote lecture during which he shared his personal observations, reflections and concerns about “how the media processes images” as well as his insights on the grueling but efficient behind-the-scenes workings at this most important award in photojournalism.

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From Josh Spear, Trendspotting:

Do you find that tune from Tetris twisting and turning in your brain all day? Does the music of Metroid make you want to move your feet? Sure you’re probably a video game addict, but there’s nothing wrong with getting those sweet sounds of Super Street Fighter stuck in your head. The only issue you face is trying to find a place that will let you relive the soundtrack of your gaming life. Luckily, there’s now 8bitFM, an internet radio station dedicated to devotees of Double Dragon ditties and Super Mario melodies.

Check it out here.


From lens culture:

Tillim spoke with me at length about his work and philosophy when we first met in Paris in November 2008. You can listen to an 18-minute edited audio recording of that conversation here.

Check it out here.


From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: A Thoroughly Unpleasant Record (MP3):

The annoying qualities of Jamie Marlowe’s performance are matched by the wretchedness both of the lyrics and of the person those lyrics describe.

Check it out here.


This “Valerie” tape was easily the most wizard thing I was ever sent to play on the show. Some of the other unique cassette documents I used back then will be featured here in future blogs.
Not only does Valerie sustain the energy and focus of this tape from paused scene to scene, she also at one point has a “conversation” with a “rock star/band” in which she is actually improvising lines off of a voice that she’s turning up and down on the radio – a risky and hilarious move.

Check it out here.

Over the weekend I had an opportunity to participate in a broadcast on KPFK radio in Los Angeles about the war on photography. The broadcast was part of Ric Allan and Doran Barons’ weekly radio show Digital Village

Check it out here.

Joshuah Bearman alerted me to David Dixon’s amazing audio archive website, which has links to audio files that people recorded at home and unwittingly sent to Napster.

Check it out here.


Here are both sides of a grimly disturbing 45 made by Dexter Gardner, a deeply troubled teenaged (and self-identified) LSD addict from Kearns, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

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Roger Ballen has been making disturbing photographs in South Africa for many years now. In an exclusive audio interview for Lens Culture, he talks about a wide range of topics, including how he found his “voice” as a photographer, his working methods and philosophy, why he uses flash lighting, the violence of nature in South Africa where he lives, the similarities between geology and photography (he holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics), and more.

Check it out here.

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Reza Deghati is considered among the world’s great photojournalists.

He has traveled the globe for nearly 30 years, bearing witness to wars, unrest, great leaders and the courage of ordinary people trapped by history. He has won countless awards, working for publications such as National Geographic, Newsweek and Time.

Check it out here.

Here is the long promised audio from Platon’s speech at the Eddie Adams Workshop from a few weeks ago.  It’s well worth a listen.

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