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Kosuke Okahara with the Leica M7

Jeff Mermelstein is a F***ing Anthropologist

Jeff Mermelstein’s photographic practice of making presumably private text conversations public by photographing people’s phones while they are texting and then posting the results on Instagram has made a splash recently. Of course the highlight that ran in Business Insider was framed as a question in a PetaPixel article: is Mermelstein’s practice ethically sound?

A harrowing portrait of the U.S. opioid crisis – Feature Shoot

“I want people’s hearts to be broken,” says photographer Jordan Baumgarten on his book titled Good Sick. “That’s what it can be like to live here.”

Japanese Journalist, Missing in Syria Since 2015, Appears in New Video – The New York Times

Jumpei Yasuda, a freelance reporter who often covered war zones, disappeared after traveling to Syria from Turkey in 2015, intending to cover the Syrian civil war. He was believed to have been taken hostage by the Nusra Front, which now calls itself Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, a group known to capture foreigners for ransom.

Verifying conflict: Anastasia Taylor-Lind and the eyeWitness to Atrocity app

In an age where the image is increasingly under question, how can you verify that a photograph has not been tampered with? Examples like that of the cloned Iranian missiles in 2008 can have serious political repercussions. Other examples such as the 2018 British Wildlife Photographer of the Year (showing an anteater moving towards a termite mound) demonstrate the problem of misrepresentation. The picture was disqualified when it turned out the anteater was a taxidermy specimen.

Obituary: Pulitzer-Winning AP Photographer Alan Diaz, 71 | PDNPulse

Alan Diaz, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for his photo of federal immigration agents seizing Elián González, the six-year-old Cuban refugee at the center of an international custody dispute, died July 3, according to an AP report. He was 71.

These Funny, Disarming Photos Will Make You See Sports in a New Way – Feature Shoot

“I can say about all my pictures that what you see really happened, just not at the same time,” the Massachusetts photographer Pelle Cass tells me. He’s been working with composites over the last decade, and he calls these images his “still time-lapse photographs.” After collecting many pictures in one location over a period of time, he selects individuals from various frames to include in the final scene.

Susan Meiselas: Breaching Boundaries in Photography – The New York Times

Susan Meiselas, who joined Magnum Photos in 1976, is also the president and co-founder of the Magnum Foundation. Born in 1948 and starting as a teacher in the South Bronx, she went on to produce a definitive chronicle of Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution. More recently, she has led the foundation’s efforts to nurture a new, diverse generation of photographers. Her books include “Carnival Strippers,” “Nicaragua,” and “Prince Street Girls.” In the last year, she has also been the subject of two books, “Susan Meiselas: Mediations” (Damiani) and “Susan Meiselas: On the Frontline” (Thames & Hudson). She spoke with James Estrin about her career. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use

A Virginia federal court has made a decision that photographers won’t be happy to hear: the court ruled that finding a photo on the Internet and then using it without permission on a commercial website can be considered fair use.

News media paid Melania Trump thousands for use of photos in ‘positive stories only’

The first lady earned six figures from an agreement with Getty Images that paid royalties to the Trumps and mandated photos be used in positive coverage.

500px Nukes 1M+ Creative Commons Photos

500px just shut down its Marketplace stock photo platform in favor of selling photos directly through Getty Images and VCG, as the company announced a month ago. And as part of the major change, 500px has wiped out over 1 million of the Creative Commons photos photographers had uploaded to the service.

The Colors of American Patriotism in the Age of Trump | The New Yorker

These are just a few of the makeshift gestures of American patriotism that the New York-based photographer Chris Maggio collects and dissects in his sly series “Bored on the 4th of July,” which he shot last summer, often in the suburbs, and mostly on trips around the Northeast. He has said that he was interested in creating imagery that channelled “the confusion and polarisation of a country where everyone has a differing opinion of what it means to be an upstanding American.”

Remembering South African Photographer David Goldblatt | Time

South African photographer David Goldblatt, born in 1930, made images that were shaped by the political history with which his lifespan intersected, and he possessed a singular drive to capture the truths of his country in a manner that was both urgent and nuanced. When he died on Sunday at 87, he left a legacy of rich reflection in the form of his many books.