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It’s Nice That | Mustafah Abdulaziz’s 15-year photography project depicts the global water crisis

15 years and 32 countries: Mustafah Abdulaziz’s Water project presents an outstanding full-time commitment to documenting our relationship with water. The initial idea to embark on such a journey began in 2011 and has since developed into a monumental ongoing photography series that couldn’t be more necessary worldwide. Ideas surrounding water and our intimate affair we have with the natural resource are often underrepresented; water connects everything, it’s the source of life and the stem of all routes. Our planet is in jeopardy and Mustafah aims to tell the story of this crisis through powerful imagery. We were lucky enough to talk to him to find out more about this project and the impact it will have on a global level.

Photo storage 4.0 – it’s deduplication, stupid! – Kaptur

Today, I’d like to share the findings that relate to how and why consumers store their smartphone photos on cloud services or home storage devices, as well as what features they most value in photo organizing apps or services.

Keeping Watch: Hasan Elahi, Lauren Grabelle, and Sheri Lynn Behr | LENSCRATCH

In the late 1990’s I slipped anonymously into a job in the surveillance department at one of the largest casinos in the world. There I found myself with over 800 cameras at my fingertips, unlimited video recording abilities, and at the push of a button the option to “print” a frame seen on the monitor before me while searching remotely for human indiscretions. I became Photographer X.

Capturing Camaraderie in a Minor League Baseball Team – The New York Times

In a bygone era, sports photographers didn’t have the benefit of Telephoto lenses, digital cameras or wireless transmission. But their technological limitations had under-appreciated benefits.

“Photographers had to get really close to the ballplayers,” said Fred Conrad, a former staff photographer for The New York Times. “So there’s this wonderfully personal and intimate feeling from the photographs.”

These photos show the punk scene in San Francisco in the 1970s – The Washington Post

Jim Jocoy became a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976, at the threshold of the San Francisco punk scene. It took only one year for him to become entranced by the scene, which included bands like the hardcore punk Dead Kennedys. Jocoy dropped out of school to spend his nights taking photographs that documented a completely different subculture in the city, the Summer of Love just a decade behind it.

Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year – The Atlantic

The results of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest are now in, with grand-prize winner Sergio Tapiro Velasco set to receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, for his incredible shot of lightning striking the erupting Colima Volcano in Mexico. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share the winners and honorable mentions with you here, from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. The photos and captions were written by the photographers, and lightly edited for style.

Bay of punks: remembering when punk rock invaded San Francisco | Music | The Guardian

n early 1979, photographer Jim Jocoy attended an auction at the Peoples Temple in San Francisco. More than 900 of its worshipers had died in a mass suicide-murder which came to be known as the Jonestown massacre, led to their deaths by activist-turned-doomsday cultist Jim Jones. When Jocoy saw some of the followers’ left-behind luggage, he saw a symbol of Jones’ “hollow, empty promise”, and took a picture. “Jonestown, the assassinations – they worked into the fabric of San Francisco, and unraveled its tapestry,” Jocoy says. “It was quite gloomy, that summer of hate, and punk was the soundtrack.”

In Puerto Rico, Love Lingers for a Deserted School – The New York Times

“Why are these schools abandoned?” said Mr. Rodriguez Pichardo, 35, who goes by Jesus Emmanuel professionally. “They protect us from hurricanes if you have to be evacuated from your home. They are polling places. They are big and they are abandoned. Why not convert them into something with the community? It’s a lack of respect when you leave it closed and abandoned.”

Hirve, Agusti and Demczuk Win $2,500 Each in Inaugural Women Photograph + ONA Grants

Néha Hirve, Luján Agusti and Gabriella Demczuk have each won a $2,500 grant from the inaugural Women Photograph + ONA Grants. The prize, the first from ONA’s Storytelling Fund, is dedicated to supporting new or in-progress projects from emerging female documentary photographers.

A photo finish: Longtime N&A photojournalist Jill Nance says goodbye | Lifestyle |

I know, however, that these 12 years and the time I spent at other papers have shaped who I am for the rest of my life, and that will live on long after I step away from the paper. I am a more compassionate, empathetic, well-rounded and knowledgeable person because I have met so many people on this journey and have had so many experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise. They have changed me. 

No Longer Seeing the World Through Men’s Eyes – The New York Times

The first Women Photograph grants to support personal projects by female visual journalists have been presented to Alex Potter, Lujan Agusti, Gabriella Demczuk and Néha Hirve. Women Photograph, a new organization, aims to help women gain opportunities in an industry that has historically been dominated by white men and has been rife with sexism.

Julien Chatelin’s break from the decisive moment – British Journal of Photography

A successful photojournalist, Julien Chatelin grew frustrated with his work after being sent to cover the war in Libya in 2011; taking a step back, he started producing slower work

China Is the Biggest Photo Copyright Abusing Country, Study Finds

China is the country that ranks highest in the world for copyright infringement of digital photos. That’s according to a new study by image theft detection platform Copytrack. France and the United States follow in second and third place, respectively.

Legendary Photo Editor John G. Morris Dies at 100

Legendary photo editor John G. Morris died today in Paris. He was 100. Morris was a titan in the world of photojournalism, serving as photo editor for LIFE, The New York Times, National Geographic, and Magnum. Photographers he worked closely with include Robert Capa and W. Eugene Smith.