The Alyssa Coppleman Mixtape | LENSCRATCH

It gives me great pleasure to celebrate a special friend and bright light in the photo world, the wonderful Alyssa Coppelman. Alyssa has a well-developed eye for connecting images to text in her various incarnations of Photo Editor, Art Researcher, and Writer/Contributor. She also can often be found reviewing portfolios at the major photography events –we were both recently at Photolucida in Portland, as well as at PhotoNOLA in December, and several years ago, we spent a very memorable experience at Atlanta Celebrates Photography that ended in an epic evening of dancing, and in October we will be enjoying the San Diego sunshine at the Medium Festival

101-Megapixel B&W Photos of Pre-War Era Racing

Wenner was equipped with a Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic camera system that captures a 101-megapixel black-and-white photo with each exposure. The $49,990 IQ3 100MP Achromatic is the world’s only 101MP digital back dedicated to monochrome photos.

The Increasing Cost of Truth | NPPA

With the threat to visual journalists never greater than today, our ability to advocate on your behalf has never been more important. But, ensuring the stability and continued work of the NPPA comes with increasing costs.

That is why the NPPA board voted to increase annual dues for the first time in 11 years. This is not a decision we made lightly; rather, it was a step necessary to ensure the future of this organization.

Why You Should (Re)-Join the NPPA – PhotoShelter Blog

And for many photojournalists (whether freelance or not), work environments are becoming increasingly hostile. Thus the advocacy work of the NPPA for everything from press freedoms to copyright legislation has also become more directly relevant. It’s a level of protection that can’t be gleaned from watching a YouTube video or downloading a PhotoShelter guide.

Coming of Age as a Girl in Gaza, in Photos – Feature Shoot

When the Istanbul-based photojournalist Monique Jacques traveled to Gaza in 2012, she expected to see evidence of violence and war, and she did. But she also saw something else: pieces of herself as a preteen, teenager, and young woman, mirrored in the many girls who called this place their home. Over the course of five years, she came back to tell their stories, compiled in the upcoming book Gaza Girls: Growing Up in the Gaza Strip.

Adrienne Defendi: Relinquish | LENSCRATCH

I have admired Adrienne Defendi’s work for a number of years and was very happy to meet her and see her work in person at Photolucida. Having a background in the toy camera world, I know the artistry it takes to transcend a plastic lens and limited range of options.  But Adrienne’s work follows in the footsteps of the ground breaking work by Nancy Rexroth, where the tool to create the work is secondary to the imagery. These beautifully seen and captured photographs, rich in metaphor and story telling, take us through the final chapter of her parent’s lives. Her project, Relinquish, is a quiet and poetic documentation of love, loss, memory, and last days.

Gregg Segal photographs public swimming pools – The Washington Post

The public pool is a lot of things: It’s a vital sanctuary for those who don’t live in gated communities or belong to private swim clubs. It’s a destination that, for kids, sets the rhythm of summer days until school starts again. And — as I’ve found in visiting pools from Washington, D.C., to Chippewa Falls, Wis., from Villisca, Iowa, to Los Angeles — it’s a great place to get a feel for the character and culture of a community.

Victory in the Shadows – The New York Times

The photographer is Santu Mofokeng, and the caption of the image opens up a world: ‘‘The Drumming, Johannesburg- Soweto Line, from Train Church, 1986.’’ We now know that we are in South Africa, that the hand is not at rest as we might have first guessed but drumming on the wall of a train carriage and that the train carriage is doing double duty as a church.

Meet the Tenants of London’s Trellick Tower | FotoRoom

Last 14 June, a huge fire broke out at Grenfell Tower, a public housing building in West London, killing at least 80 people; since then, new questions have been made about London‘s social housing and whether council tenants live in safe conditions. With her long-term series In Brutal Presence, 31 year-old Bermudian photographer Nicola Muirhead brings us inside the flats of Trellick Tower—a social housing estate rising about one mile away from Grenfell Tower

Living on the World’s Most Crowded Island – The New York Times

Off Colombia’s Caribbean coast, two hours from Cartagena, sits a dot of an island, just over two acres big and barely noted on maps. Until a few generations ago, it was uninhabited, a rest stop for fishermen lured to its shores by the simple promise of solid ground.

Then some decided to stay. A few more joined them. And so on until Santa Cruz del Islote became what it is today: the most densely-populated island on earth. That’s what attracted Charlie Cordero, a documentary photographer from Barranquilla, just as it draws tourists from all over the world. Everyone wants to see what it’s like for 1,200 people to live on a patch of land four times as dense as Manhattan, with no services – no running water, sewer system, police, hospital, trash pickup.

Photog Bill Frakes Leaves U of Nebraska Following Sexual Harassment Charges

According to notes made during the OIEC’s investigation, and sent anonymously to PDN, Bill Frakes was alleged to have commented on the appearance of female students’ appearance but not the appearance of male students; scrolled through photos of “scantily clad” women on his phone while driving with female students in his car; referred to female editors he worked with as “bitches” but “did not speak negatively about male editors in the same tone”; and told students he was not a person “to ‘piss off’ and he could ‘end their careers.’”
Frakes has previously taught at the University of Miami, the University of Florida, the University of Kansas, and at several workshops.

Sergey Melnitchenko – Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2017 – LOBP

Winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2017 is Sergey Melnitchenko for his series „Behind the Scenes“. He receives 10,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.

Virtually no photographer has got as close to the dancers at a Chinese club as the Ukrainian Sergey Melnitchenko. He was with them backstage, offering rare insight into life in the cheap entertainment business. His own experience as a dancer served him well. With great sensitivity, the images reveal the reality of a tough profession despite its frolicsome appearance under the spotlight.

What it’s like to be President Trump’s White House photographer | PBS NewsHour

From the start of the presidency of Donald Trump, it’s been photos not snapped by the official White House photographer that have gotten the most attention. There were the press images that confirmed his inauguration crowd size was smaller than the first Obama inauguration, that showed the president’s tie held in place with Scotch tape, and that revealed a stone-faced Pope Francis in his meeting with Trump at the Vatican. As the weeks passed, media reports began to suggest that Trump was actually avoiding Shealah Craighead, his new photographer, as many pictures posted to social media by the White House were taken by other members of staff. And after day 50 of the presidency, when Craighead released her first real set of photos, photography websites declared her a rigid, boring photographer, unable or willing to take candid or unguarded photos of the president.

Legendary NYC Street Photographer Arlene Gottfried Dies at 66

“In every frame, no matter how tough the subject matter, there is never a sense of detached irony or coolness. Whether it was her mother dying in bed, or a homeless person on the sidewalk, she approached them with the same careful empathy and directness.”

Closing Down a Notorious Heroin Camp in Philadelphia – The Atlantic

Earlier this year, AFP photographer Dominick Reuter and Getty photographer Spencer Platt both visited the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to photograph “El Campamento,” one of the largest open-air drug markets and shooting galleries on the East Coast, before it was shut down. According to Getty: “People come from throughout the city, and some as far away as the Midwest, for heroin that is remarkably cheap and pure.” At the end of July, the encampment, littered with mattresses, used needles and other refuse, started to be cleaned up and closed down by city workers and Consolidated Rail employees, while outreach workers try to help place homeless residents of the camp. Getty further reported that “over 900 people died last year in Philadelphia from opioid overdoses, a 30 percent increase from 2015.”

Haley Jane Samuelson: Year of the Beast | LENSCRATCH

Haley Jane Samuelson’s Year of the Beast is quite the coming of age story, though not so much in the traditional sense.  Here is a body of work not revolving around becoming an adult or the process of finding the one and only, but establishes itself later in life in a place that is reserved for the achieved, the settled, the people that have “figured it all out.” After living in New York for ten years, Samuelson and her husband relocate westward to Colorado to live with family. What follows are the stories and depictions of two newlyweds having to make unexpected changes in a time they are meant to be settling down. These photographs are their daily intimate lives, caught in ever-shifting light and liminal space, and paired with narratives that provide a little more insight into their transition.

Stephen Crowley: a Visual Historian in Real Time – The New York Times

After 25 years as a photographer for The New York Times based in Washington, D.C., Stephen Crowley has retired. His incisive and revealing photographs pierced the public veneer of Washington politics, bringing the viewer into the back rooms of power.

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