This is a Photographer Covering the Wildfires in California

As dry and windy conditions cause raging wildfires in California, there are brave men and women putting themselves in harm’s way to document what’s happening and serve as the eyes of the world. This incredible photo by photographer Noah Berger shows photographer Justin Sullivan braving wind-blown embers while covering the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

The 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest – The Atlantic

National Geographic magazine’s annual photo contest is still open for entries for just a couple more days, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 15. The grand-prize winner this year will receive $5,000—all winners will be announced in December. The folks at National Geographic were once again kind enough to let me choose among the contest entries so far and share them here with you. Captions are written by the individual photographers and lightly edited for content.

Visual Tropes of Migration Tell Predictable but Misleading Stories

When mainstream news agencies report on Central American migration, they frequently use a series of visual tropes to turn complex issues into predictable narratives. Editors often select formulaic photographs from subscription news agencies to illustrate stories. Many of these borrow from religious iconography or draw on stereotypes to portray the displaced.
The images shape readers’ understanding of stories, often without their awareness. In my research into representations of 21st-century global migration, I have identified a series of recurring tropes.

Applications Open for the 2019 New York Portfolio Review – The New York Times

It takes time, passion and obsession to make great work. But you also need the opportunity to have your work seen in the first place. And since we at Lens believe only the quality of work should matter — not your connections or bank account — we are again bringing together 160 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, curators, gallery owners and video producers, for the 7th annual New York Portfolio Review on March 30 and 31 in New York City.

A Portrait of the Amazon on the Brink of Catastrophic Change – Feature Shoot

In his series, Where the River Runs Through, which was chosen for the Critical Mass Top 50, photographer Aaron Vincent Elkaim presents Where the River Runs Through, a profound portrait of the people and the landscape at the precipice of a massive change whose impact on the indigenous communities and the environment are devastating. Elkaim shares his insights into the impact of industry on the earth.

NY Times Using Google AI to Digitize 5M+ Photos and Find ‘Untold Stories’

The New York Times has teamed up with Google Cloud for digitizing five to seven million old photos in its archive. Google’s AI will also be tasked with unearthing “untold stories” in the massive trove of historical images.

Preston Utley: Today’s West | LENSCRATCH

Through artful black and white images, Denver-based photographer Preston Utley shows us his vision of Today’s West — a region transformed by transportation, tourism, and development, yet still clinging to old myths and Hollywood clichés. At Grand Canyon National Park, a crowd of tourists obscures our view of an iconic landscape. A movie cowboy grins at us in an antique store in Denver. Stereotypes are very much alive, embodied by a truck cab in New Mexico painted with a logo depicting a “Navajo” girl wearing braids and a feathered headdress. His layered compositions echo those of Lee Friedlander, particularly his creative use of reflections and side-view mirrors as creative framing devices.

Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don’t Show ‘Respect’ – The New York Times

President Trump said on Friday that he might revoke the credentials of additional White House reporters if they did not “treat the White House with respect,” lobbing another threat at the news media two days after his administration effectively blacklisted the CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

DE|MARCATION: A Survey of Contemporary Photography in Utah | LENSCRATCH

DE|MARCATION is a limited edition portfolio curated by Amy Jorgensen and Edward Bateman, and was originally conceived by Amy Jorgensen to support the unique vision of artists in the state of Utah and to build on the rich discourse of imagemaking in the region.

Jean Mohr, 93, Photographer Who Found Heart Amid Bleakness, Dies – The New York Times

Jean Mohr, a Swiss photographer who brought a humanist’s eye to refugee camps, the Palestinian territories and places of distress all over the world, died on Saturday in Geneva. He was 93.

Shahidul Alam Denied Bail—for 5th Time | PDNPulse

After numerous delays, a high court in Bangladesh refused to hear the bail petition for photographer Shahidul Alam, who has been held in jail without charge since August 5. The two-judge panel told Alam’s lawyers to seek bail from another court. This was the fifth time Alam’s lawyers had sought his release on bail, according to numerous news reports.

Saints – Witness

In the fall of 2012, my involvement in an unrelated work brought me to Victoria Square, in downtown Athens. In these early stages, my goal was to capture the everyday life of the children — most of them refugees from Afghanistan — that worked and played on the square. It quickly became about much more than that. It became about childhood — that broken mirror image of adult life — and the forces tearing it apart: fragility and unconstrained freedom, the brutal violence of war and the instinctive expression of child’s play.

Jay Maisel – Jay Myself – A Documentary – Luminous Landscape

However, this is not what this article is about.  It’s about Stephen Wilkes a very well known photographer who has also been an inspiration to me and many of my photographer friends. When Stephen learned that Jay was going to move out of this incredible building, he set out to tell the story of Jay and how this amazing piece of property grew into a legendary location.

A Deep Dive Into Elliott Erwitt’s Remarkable Life in Photography – Feature Shoot

“Working as a freelance photographer has given me with kind of life that many people dream of — with extensive travels throughout the world, and to witness situations that are only available to my profession,” Elliott Ewritt tells Feature Shoot on the occasion of he publication of Personal Best, his magnum opus just published by teNeues, and self-titled exhibition at PDNB Gallery, Dallas, through November 10, 2018.