My Lai Massacre Anniversary: The Photographer who Captured an American Atrocity | Getty Images FOTO

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Haeberle talks with FOTO about his pictures from an American atrocity that changed the course of the Vietnam War.

Mississippi, murder, and William Eggleston’s “Red Ceiling”

William Eggleston first tried peyote one summer in the early 1960s while visiting a friend in Oxford, Mississippi. You can find the story in a memoir by University of Mississippi football star (and later Dark Shadows actor) Jimmy Hall, who was there at the time. Eggleston had invited Hall to join him and his friend, and the three men puzzled over the green-blue cactus in its cardboard box, purchased via mail-order from a nursery in Laredo, Texas.

RIP, Chuck Westfall: The Photo Industry Just Lost a Legend

Chuck Westfall has died. A legend in the camera industry, Westfall was a photographer who served as a technical representative and advisor at Canon for decades.

Syrian Photographer Wins 7th HIPA Grand Prize of $120,000 | PDNPulse

Syrian photographer Mohamed Alragheb has won the $120,000 Grand Prize in the seventh annual Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA). The photographer was unable to attend the awards due to the ongoing hostilities in Syria. However, one of the subjects of the photograph, fellow photojournalist Abd Alkader Habak, received the prize on his behalf, and was given a special merit award for an extraordinary act of bravery.

New Yorker, W, and TIME Win Ellie Awards for Photography and Video | PDNPulse

The New Yorker magazine has won the 2018 National Magazine Award for feature photography for “Faces of an Epidemic,” Philip Montgomery’s photo essay about the growing opioid crisis in the U.S. W magazine won the award for photography for the fourth time, and TIME magazine, in conjunction with Mic, won the Video award for “Life After Addiction,” a video by Aja Harris and Paul Moakley. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday.

Matt Eich: I Love You, I’m Leaving | LENSCRATCH

I often recall this verse by Elizabeth Jennings from her poem In Memory of Anyone Unknown to Me when I view images that cause my heart to ache, that force me to empathize and consider the threads that join together our collective stories. The images in Matt Eich’s newest monograph, I Love You, I’m Leaving, published by Ceiba Editions, weave these threads into a complicated yet tender, semi-fictional portrait of a family enduring the chaos and elation of life. Every photograph is steeped in a familiar, heavy kind of tension that can be recognized by any viewer. We are invited to experience at once both pain and joy, love and frustration, closeness and distance, sharp reality and fleeting memory. Eich uses his camera to grasp at the apparitions of human experience, in his words, wrestling fragile memories into a permanent state. Everything from the cover image of a half-erased chalkboard, to the cyclical nature of the book sequence, echoes Eich’s attempts to construct something concrete from the intangible, creating at once a book object that feels both uniquely personal and profoundly universal.

Gabi Pérez – Our Mind; A Weapon « burn magazine

During our journey, my father learned about, and introduced me to Project Semicolon; a “non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.” We joined the movement, and I held his hand as he got his first tattoo, a semicolon on his left arm. I have no doubt that, even on the darkest days, my father fought relentlessly for his life. However, the ending to his story was traumatic and unexpected.

A Midwestern High Schooler’s Intimate, Imperfect Portrait of Adolescence | The New Yorker

Far more affection than angst figures in the adolescent wasteland where the eighteen-year-old photographer Colin Combs portrays his friends, most of them high-school seniors from Dayton, Ohio. Combs’s home town is sometimes called the heroin capital of the United States. His mother, a respiratory therapist, has stories of patients who have overdosed or suffered from trafficking; his father, a car salesman, speaks warily of a gas station near his workplace that attracts opioid addicts. “It’s pretty much everywhere,” Combs said. But he has no interest in succumbing to the specious glory of drugs. In his vivid, unvarnished stills, Dayton instead assumes a melancholy splendor, sheltering artists and skaters whose insouciant dignity resists the clichés that accrue to youth.

On Collaboration: Hillerbrand+Magsamen | LENSCRATCH

The team of Mary Magsamen and Stephan Hillerbrand are masters at brilliantly and continually weaving the complexities of daily life into their work as they probe the essence of the suburban nuclear family. From fog enveloping their dinner table to a chronicle of a family trip to the moon (complete with a gift shop), their staged documentary work exposes the tenuous underpinnings of existence. We admire their practical impracticality as they hold the line between immersion and satire – bending, breaking, mending, taping, reordering, and illuminating life.

Photo Contest Judges Raise Alarm: We Didn’t Judge Anything…

There’s something strange going on with the International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY) photo contest. 11 of the 14 photographers listed as judges for the IPOTY 2017 contest say they weren’t asked to judge a single thing before the winners were announced in February (and the other 3 couldn’t be contacted).

National Geographic: ‘For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist’

National Geographic made ripples today by acknowledging that the famous yellow-bordered magazine spent decades of its history publishing photographs and stories that were racist.

Joel Meyerowitz’s Magnum Opus “Where I Find Myself” is a Six-Decade Tour de Force – Feature Shoot

Joel Meyerowitz: Where I Find Myself (Laurence King) is a pièce de résistance, a masterful feat of publishing that sets the bar as high as it can possibly reach. The photographer’s magnum opus opens in the present day, with his most recent body of work and unfolds in reverse chronological order, leading us through a spellbinding life in photography that is simply unparalleled.

‘Russian Vivian Maier’ Discovered After 30,000 Photos Found in Attic

She was Leningrad’s lost photographer. Russian photographer Masha Ivashintsova (1942-2000) photographed constantly but never showed her work to anyone. In late 2017, a relative stumbled on boxes of negatives and undeveloped film gathering dust in an attic. Published here, some for the first time, are some of the 30,000 images from the remarkable discovery.

The Siege of Eastern Ghouta and Seven Years of War in Syria – The Atlantic

More than a thousand people are believed to have been killed in recent weeks as Syrian government forces laid siege to the rebel-controlled region of eastern Ghouta outside the capital of Damascus. The United Nations estimates that 400,000 people still live in the villages and towns in the besieged region, trapped by several rebel groups who won’t let them leave and by Syrian government blockades that block their paths. Despite international pressure to call a ceasefire, Syrian ground forces and Russian-backed air forces have maintained their assault, recently gaining territory and splitting the region into three parts. This battle is just one of many still taking place across the fractured nation of Syria seven years since the start of its civil war.

Photographer Exposed for Using Film Set Shots as ‘Documentary’ Photos

As Oskouei completed his film and entered it into international festivals, Souri wrapped his photo essay Waiting Girls (Persian: دختران انتظار), a series of black and white images from the correctional facility. In all international publications and contests, Souri’s photo series has a more provocative title, Waiting for Capital Punishment. Souri never informed the director nor asked for his permission to publish his pictures.

Pamela Littky: American Fair | LENSCRATCH

“I drove thousands of miles to experience and document this most ‘American’ of American traditions,visiting fairs all over the country teeming with the people who call the surrounding area home. Begun in the 19th century for primarily agricultural purposes, state and county fairs remain as popular as ever.And as these traditions endure so do the people who keep them alive.” — Pamela Littky