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Nihilistic Photojournalism? Don McCullin at Tate Britain – Disphotic

I went to Don McCullin’s current retrospective at Tate Britain with some trepidation. Both in terms of the things I knew the exhibition would ask me to look at, but also in terms of the stance the exhibition would take on photojournalism itself.

After ISIS: Photographing the Ruins of Raqqa and Mosul | Time

Homes make a city. More than buildings, roads, schools, markets, hospitals and shops, it’s homes and the people who live in them that create the life of a place. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria conquered Raqqa, which it named its first capital, and eventually the Iraqi city of Mosul, where it declared its caliphate, in order to control millions of those lives. Between these twin capitals, ISIS militants ruled with a level of cruelty and madness almost unknown in our time.

After ISIS: Photographing the Ruins of Raqqa and Mosul | Time

Homes make a city. More than buildings, roads, schools, markets, hospitals and shops, it’s homes and the people who live in them that create the life of a place. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria conquered Raqqa, which it named its first capital, and eventually the Iraqi city of Mosul, where it declared its caliphate, in order to control millions of those lives. Between these twin capitals, ISIS militants ruled with a level of cruelty and madness almost unknown in our time.

These teen activists want you to run their pictures if they die by gun violence. Read these guidelines first. – Poynter

MyLastShot.org organizer Kaylee Tyner, a Columbine High School student, was not born when the shooting occurred. But she says that if students placed a small sticker on their IDs stating, “In the event that I die from gun violence, please publicize the photo of my death,” it would force the public to pay attention to the lives lost.

What if Mexico Still Included California, Nevada and Texas? – The New York Times

Tomas van Houtryve followed Mexico’s long-forgotten northern boundary to meet families who have lived in the region, now forming part of the United States, for centuries.

Two years on: a photographic tribute to Standing Rock

Photographer Ryan Vizzions looks back on one of the largest protest movements in American history: what’s changed since, and what he hopes will come next.

Juxtapoz Magazine – Joan Cornellà Shows New Painfully Funny Paintings at London’s PUBLIC gallery

This Wednesday, London’s PUBLIC gallery is opening IM GOOD THANKS, a solo exhibition by the renowned Catalan artist Joan Cornellà. Through a series of new works, IM GOOD THANKS invites us to peer into Cornellàs dystopic vision of contemporary life. Paintings line the walls, surrounding a central sculpture – the artists trademark suited character, hanging from a noose and smiling psychopathically whilst posing for a selfie. Each work holds a mirror up to the depraved nature of society; confronting everything from our unnatural connection to social media and masturbatory selfie culture, to political topics such as abortion, addiction and gender issues – no subject is off limits.

Getty Images Sued Yet Again For Trying To License Public Domain Images | Techdirt

Well, now we’ve got another lawsuit against Getty over allegedly licensing public domain images. This one was brought by CixxFive Concepts, and… also seems to be a stretch. How much of a stretch? Well, it starts out by alleging RICO violations, and as Ken “Popehat” White always likes to remind everyone: IT’S NOT RICO, DAMMIT. This lawsuit is also not RICO and it’s not likely to get very far.

Garie Waltzer: The States Project: Ohio | LENSCRATCH

Garie Waltzer’s personal evolution as a photographer in some ways mirrors the wildly radical transformation of the medium itself during the past 50 years. After working as a painter as an undergraduate student, she embraced analog photography; later, she described her relationship to the medium as being “infused with a love of process and materials” and her work as straddling “the boundaries of what was considered ‘photographic.’” Waltzer was an early adopter of digital imaging, working with scanners and Apple computers in the 1980s; she combined digital output from imaging machines intended for business applications with drawing and other expressive techniques to create large-scale color electrostatic collages. Her hybrid use of imaging technologies and painterly strategies continued throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s. But, just when, as she describes it, “the avalanche of digital work” revolutionized photography, Waltzer took a hiatus – and when she returned to photography, she came back to the analog world.

Juxtapoz Magazine – From Mail Art to Memes: SFMOMA’s “snap + share”

If sharing is caring, we are a very invested species. In the center of SFMOMAs snap+share exhibit, a landslide of glossy photos, the physical manifestation of pictures uploaded on a sharing site in a single, cascade from the walls. Filling the room like high tide, Erik Kessels installation is what Senior Curator Clement Cheroux calls a “massification” of images. Impossible to walk through without lingering over a photo amid the peaks and valleys of images, the piece overwhelms, amuses and gives pause.

Finding Fraternity and Politics in Algerian Soccer – The New York Times

The sport is so popular in the North African nation and the region, that it’s been given the Marxist treatment: “We call it the opium of the people,” Fethi Sahraoui said. Since 2015, Mr. Sahraoui has photographed roughly 30 games in his hometown, Mascara, and in neighboring Relizane. The result is “Stadiumphilia.”

The Chaos of Altamont and the Murder of Meredith Hunter | The New Yorker

In December, 1969, the photographer Bill Owens got a call from his friend Beth Bagby, who occasionally shot photos for the Associated Press. As Owens explains in his new photo book, “Bill Owens: Altamont 1969,” the A.P. wanted to hire him for a day “to cover a rock and roll concert in the Altamont hills.” The Altamont Speedway concert had been reported as the West Coast’s response to Woodstock. It was also part of a return to public view for the Rolling Stones, who had started touring again, after nearly two years off the road. Their efforts began in July, with a free show in London’s Hyde Park. The concert was a success, an entirely peaceful event financed and filmed by Granada Television. Security had been provided by a ragtag group of people wearing leather, who the Stones mistakenly believed were part of the Hells Angels. Emboldened, the Stones hired the man who organized the Hyde Park concert, Sam Cutler, to work on an American tour in the fall of 1969.

Ariana Grande Strikes Back at ‘Greedy’ Photogs with Full Copyright Grab

TMZ reports that Grande’s new concert photo policy resulted from years of being “exploited” by people profiting from their concert photos of her.

Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants Women Photographers to Photograph Her | PDNPulse

Actress Brie Larson stars in Captain Marvel, the first in the Marvel cinematic franchise to feature a female superhero as the lead. Larson is using her press junket for the blockbuster movie to advocate for women photographers, and for reporters and photographers of color.

Juxtapoz Magazine – Radio Juxtapoz Podcast, ep 10: Selina Miles and the Making of Her New Documentary on Martha Cooper

For the past few years, Miles has been following and working on a film about the life and work of groundbreaking and influential graffiti and street art photographer, Martha Cooper. Martha’s work, including the seminal Subway Art and four decades of photographing the evolution of one of the world’s largest art movements, has also connected multiple generations to the powerful global art form. In many ways, Martha is the glue that holds these generations together, both a rite of passage for artists but an active and vital artist for the movement as well.

An Insider’s View of Joy and Beauty in Africa’s Biggest Shantytown – The New York Times

As Brian Otieno was waiting to start college six years ago, he spent his days snapping pictures with his phone as he wandered the unpaved streets and alleyways of Kibera, a sprawling shantytown on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Often referred to as Africa’s largest slum, Kibera is home to up to a million people living side by side in ramshackle homes. Poverty, crime and hardship have long defined its visual narrative.

Rosalind Fox Solomon’s surreal shots of American life

American photographer Rosalind Fox Solomon is a master of precision and poise, capturing the most compelling moments in life. On April 2 – her 89th birthday –Solomon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Centre of Photography.

Europe Adopts Tough New Online Copyright Rules Over Tech Industry Protests – The New York Times

On Tuesday, the media industry got some help on that front with the European parliament’s adoption of a copyright law that requires technology platforms to sign licensing agreements with musicians, authors and news publishers in order to post their work online.

Supreme Court Denies Co Rentmeester’s Copyright Petition over Nike “Jumpman” | PDNPulse

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied photographer Co Rentmeester’s petition for a hearing on his copyright claim against Nike. The high court announced its decision this morning, but gave no reason for its refusal to hear the case.

Acclaimed photojournalist Tom Stoddart reflects on ‘ringside seat to history’ during remarkable career | London Evening Standard

Acclaimed photojournalist Tom Stoddart has vowed never to put down the camera as he reflects on his remarkable career today.

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