How Pulitzer Photojournalists Capture Iconic Moments

If you’d like a dose of photography inspiration, spend 8 minutes watching this video. It’s a story that just aired on CBS Sunday Morning titled “Capturing the Moment,” and it looks into whether people can be taught to create a great photograph.

American wars in the photobook – Witness

I want to attempt to come to conclusions about both the way photographers described war and how underlying larger professional and societal trends influenced the description. Needless to say, these two aspects are not independent at all. Photographers are embedded in societies. However much they might try, they can never escape the restrictions put upon them. They might fully embrace them, fight them, or engage in a combination of both. This then feeds back into the societies, which might change their thinking around wars based on what photographs tell them. It’s an imperfect feedback loop, whose imperfections are frequently being discussed by both photographers and society. Both tend to voice their dismay about war imagery not having enough power and/or impact to dissuade the starting of yet another war (by the same society having such conversations).

Jenny Sampson: Skaters | LENSCRATCH

I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Sampson at Photolucida last April. She brought a stellar portfolio of wet plate collodion tintype portraits of skateboarders–the process a perfect reflection of the gritty street activity that draws in interesting community of athletes. Jenny also shared that she was releasing a monograph of Skaters: Tintype Portraits of West Coast Skateboarders, through Daylight Books, coming out this Fall. The book has just been made available and it reflects her commitment to the skater community by using a large format camera and portable darkroom at skate parks in California, Oregon and Washington. The book includes a foreword by Bret Anthony Johnston and essay by Joel Rice.

In Search of the Balkan Soul – The New York Times

Thodoris Nikolaou has spent the last three years — and counting — crisscrossing the Balkan Peninsula to create a visual mosaic of the region’s people and their stories. But for Mr. Nikolaou, the project, called “…Balkaniotheque” and sponsored by the Onassis Foundation, became more than a multifaceted look at the region. It has been a search for his very identity.

Graciousness and tenacity in pictures from storm-wrecked Puerto Rico – The Washington Post

For three decades, I’ve been traveling throughout Latin America, though I had never made it to Puerto Rico. I finally made it there last week, and my first visit was not under the best of circumstances. Hurricane Maria had taken a terrible trajectory, right over this emerald gem. It turned forests into lifeless patches of bare trunks and plunged the island back into the preindustrial era. There is no electricity in most of the territory, and running water is scarce.

Mexican Photojournalist Found Dead After Kidnapping

The government’s Mechanism to Protect Journalists and Rights Activists called for an “immediate and effective investigation” into the killing of Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, 23, who was reportedly kidnapped Thursday by gunmen posing as police officers in the city of San Luis Potosi.

Álvaro Aponte-Centeno – Loíza « burn magazine

This essay is part of a multimedia work from Loíza, a coastal town in Puerto Rico, where 298 houses were totally destroyed, and it is estimated that Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane in the last 100 years to hit Puerto Rico, affected an estimated one thousand homes.

Harry Gruyaert: East / West – The Eye of Photography

At a time when the world was politically divided into East and West, Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert’s quest for light and sensuality led him to capture the colours of two very different worlds: the vibrant glitziness of Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 1981 and the austere restraint of Moscow in 1989, just before the fall of the Soviet Union. Harry Gruyaert: East / West, published by Thames & Hudson, is a remarkable journey of contrasts and contradictions now published in two stripped volumes. The book reproduces nearly a hundred photographs of these two series, of which seventy are new images.

How France Shaped Walker Evans’s American Vision – The New York Times

A turning point for Evans was his decision — like many young men of means — to go to Paris in 1926 to study for a year at the Sorbonne. His stay filled his head with ideas gleaned from Flaubert and Baudelaire, but it was another Frenchman — Eugène Atget — whose work affected him the most, leading to the dry, observational style that became his visual signature.

Nikon D850 DxOMark sensor review: the first DSLR to hit 100 points | Nikon Rumors

The introduction of the first BSI sensor in a full-frame Nikon DSLR with a super-high 45.7Mp resolution puts the Nikon D850’s image quality on par with, and often better than, medium-format cameras

Lessons through the lens and life: 9 photographers share their best memories of the Eddie Adams Workshop – The Washington Post

Thirteen years after his death, the workshop continues to see new generations of photographers gather in Jeffersonville — all with the same desire to learn and, eventually, pay it forward.

Essay: My journey to becoming someone who can live in the moment – The Boston Globe

Photojournalists are hunters of moments — moments when the veil lifts and humanity, unaware, is briefly exposed. This takes a certain skill set: patience, the ability to blend, and the intuition to anticipate a subject’s next move.

Meg Elizabeth Ward: The States Project: West Virginia | LENSCRATCH

Meg Ward and I are on the phone. It’s early morning for me, but Meg has been up for hours already. Her children are napping. Light is streaming through the window where I sit in Hampshire County, West Virginia, and I picture her, a similarly tall woman, sitting in similar window light in Pocahontas County. She says something to me, humbly, that I can relate to: “I’m not a big talker. Photography is a lot like speaking, for me. If I haven’t made a photograph, then I haven’t said anything that day.”

Photojournalism Ethics and Computational Photography – PhotoShelter Blog

Computational photography challenges our traditional conception of photography as a single exposure of light intensity captured by a photosensitive medium. As a thought experiment, consider a digital camera sensor where each pixel is capable of a different exposure, such that you’d never over or underexpose parts of the image. Is this single exposure “HDR” unethical?

Ubiquitous photography – Kaptur

One of the most important announcement during Google latest release event has mainly passed under the radar or simply dismissed as a gadget. The Pixel Clip camera is a small device that can be attached anywhere and, using a simple A.I.,  continuously takes photos when it recognizes familiar faces. Perfect for busy parents who like to record everything but do not want to break the moment by picking up their phones to take a picture. But, beyond the convenience, Google just might have open the door to a new type of photography, one that is powered by smart IoT’s and is completely ubiquitous.

House Bill Introduced for Copyright Small Claims

Photographers in the United States are now one step closer toward seeing a copyright small claims system for pursuing infringements on a smaller scale. A new bipartisan House bill has introduced the CASE Act, which stands for the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017.”

Nic Persinger: The States Project: West Virginia | LENSCRATCH

It’s around 11:30pm, and I am sitting on my porch, smoking, assembling the image files for the States Project. Nic Persinger calls me on the land line. We share some key common ground: humor tinged with sarcasm, a love of dogs, motorcycles, and ornery old men, and a reverence for West Virginia.   Although Nic lives in Baltimore now, and I moved here later in life, the both of us recognize West Virginia as home.

A Young Japanese Photographer’s View of Harlem in the Nineties | The New Yorker

In 1983, at the age of eighteen, Katsu Naito left his small Japanese city of Maebashi, in the Gunma Prefecture, and headed to the United States. “New York City is a place for kids like you to go and get disciplined,” his mother had told him as she scanned ads for overseas job offers. He didn’t argue. At the time, Naito’s greatest love was disco, and his mother, unwittingly, was ushering him straight to its center. For his first three years in the U.S., Naito was contracted to work as an assistant chef at a Japanese restaurant on Columbus Avenue, a job that helped him get a green card. He spoke little English, but he’d go dancing at the Paradise Garage night club, and at the end of each day he found “a kind of calm,” he said, in looking at books by Diane Arbus, which he browsed on the shelves of A Photographer’s Place, on Mercer Street. Her photographs reflected something of his own wanderings along the city streets that he had not yet found a way to express. “They just stole my heart,” Naito told me. A sushi chef at the restaurant showed him how to work a Leica, and how to develop film.

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