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Jason Lee: Oklahoma | LENSCRATCH

Some months ago, I had the pleasure to be in conversation with photographer/actor Jason Lee at Arcana Books about his sold-out monograph, A Plain View. The book is a beautiful tribute to the genre of the Road Trip, his work reflects months on the road in Texas with his Graflex Speed Graphic view camera. The book is comprised of color photographs made throughout Texas over the course of 25 days between January and April of 2017 using expired Kodak 4×5 color films.

Muhammad Hidayat – The Sounds Of Dream « burn magazine

In that dream they came like shadows, voices, songs, light and gasp, they were so close, even closer than the clothes I wore. I felt like I was back to the beginning where I was walking alone in the middle of a crowd and felt cold in the middle of the blazing heat. Those dreams were so real and so clear that it made me constantly think about them.

Google Made $4.7 Billion From the News Industry in 2018, Study Says – The New York Times

The journalists who create that content deserve a cut of that $4.7 billion, said David Chavern, the president and chief executive of the alliance, which represents more than 2,000 newspapers across the country, including The New York Times.

Meet a Pro: Carol Guzy, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist

The only journalist to be honored with four Pulitzer Prizes, Carol Guzy was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and attended the local Northampton County Area Community College, graduating with an Associate’s degree in Registered Nursing.  But her true passion was photography, and that led her to enroll at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida where she earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography.

Michael Wolf’s homegoing comes after sunrise – Feature Shoot

When German photographer Michael Wolf died in Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, on April 24 at the age of 64, he left behind a prodigious body of work that spans 25 years as a photojournalist. Wolf spent the majority of his career in Asia creating work that defies easy categorization. Rather, Wolf moved as an outsider would, discovering value in the overlooked, mundane details of life and uncovering a deeper symbolic connection to the larger world.

Guy Mendes: The States Project: Kentucky | LENSCRATCH

I remember the first few weeks I started teaching at the University of Kentucky, I was walking around the art building which was my new home and I kept running into Guy Mendes. One has never encountered at more inviting and supportive fellow photographer. Ever since we met, he has been the first to congratulate me on a new fellowship or project. This is made even more meaningful considering Guy’s amazing career. Born in New Orleans in 1948, Guy migrated to the Bluegrass to attend UK in 1966 where he studied under the writer Wendell Berry who introduced him to Ralph Eugene Meatyard, who in turn introduced him to photography the likes of which he had never before encountered. It set him on a lifelong search for a different way of seeing through the camera, looking long and hard at the world at hand.

Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 7 June 2019 – Photojournalism Now

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – it seems incredibly appropriate in a week when freedom of the press in Australia has come under attack to feature an exhibition of the 2018 Walkley award-winning photographs (our premier journalism awards). When the Australian Federal Police raided our national broadcaster, the ABC, and the home of a News Corp journalist, democracy itself was threatened. Let’s remember how important journalism is to our right as citizens to be informed. On the same theme, this week also features Patrick Brown’s exhibition on the plight of the Rohingya, No Place on Earth, showing at the Bronx Documentary Centre in New York.

A Photographer’s Vision of Being a Mother and an Artist, Year After Year | The New Yorker

In a 2001 series called “I Sign; I Exist,” the Taiwanese photographer Annie Wang took pictures of her pregnant belly as she signed and dated it, the way an artist autographs a canvas. The experience of pregnancy, she wrote, in a statement about the series, presented a paradox: her body was performing a great feat of creation, but, in doing so, it was beginning to overshadow the creative identity she’d earned through her work as an artist. In the eyes of the world, pregnancy and motherhood can turn a woman into a mere vessel, subsumed by the sacrifices she makes for her children. In these photos, Wang asserts her active role in the making of another life, reframing motherhood as a grand creative endeavor.

A Life in a Sea of Red – British Journal of Photography

Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre, Liu Heung Shing, the photojournalist who captured the transformation of China, reflects on his coverage of the protests and his wider body of work

Sarah Hoskins: The States Project: Kentucky | LENSCRATCH

I was recently introduced to Sarah Hoskins’ work as a fellow Lexington photographer who imbeds themselves into communities for their practice. I was immediately intrigued by her ability to get access to these small communities and show their intimate moments. The photographs depict families and friends living their lives working, relaxing and worshiping together. Sarah’s work with the towns of eastern and central Kentucky seem to be an investigation of not the general culture and economy of the region, but of relationships and a way of life. I am constantly reminded of the work of Arthur Rothstein’s work in Alabama in the late 1930s. Both are not looking to exhibit labor and abuse of these communities, but their way of life and a portrait of a region and its angelic citizenry.

Chernobyl Disaster: Photos From 1986 – The Atlantic

As the HBO miniseries Chernobyl comes to a conclusion tonight, viewers will have been taken on a dramatic trip back to 1986, experiencing the horror and dread unleashed by the world’s worst-ever civil nuclear disaster. Thirty-three years ago, on April 26, 1986, a series of explosions destroyed Chernobyl’s reactor No. 4, and several hundred staff and firefighters tackled a blaze that burned for 10 days and sent a plume of radiation around the world. More than 50 reactor and emergency workers were killed in the immediate aftermath. The workers and emergency responders were not the only ones to risk their lives—a handful of photographers went to the scene as well, managing to capture images of some of the chaos and acts of heroism that took place in the weeks and months that followed. (For current images of Chernobyl and the surrounding exclusion zone, be sure to also see Visiting Chernobyl 32 Years After the Disaster, from 2018.)

How Skateboarder Turned Actor Jason Lee Started Photographing the American West | Vanity Fair

After two decades in the spotlight, the star of Mallrats and the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise is now a small-town Texas photographer and dad of five.

Afro-Ecuadoreans Maintain Identity Through Spiritual Practices – The New York Times

The photographer Johis Alarcón documented not just the indelible influence of African culture in Ecuador, but also how the descendants of enslaved women maintained their culture.

‘This could ruin us’: A class-action suit imperils California freelancers – Columbia Journalism Review

Dynamex is shorthand for a class-action lawsuit in California about the employment status of delivery truck drivers. Last April, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Dynamex Operations West, a package delivery company, had misclassified its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The ruling also covers exotic dancers, hairdressers, freelance reporters, and anyone else who works as an independent contractor (IC) in the Golden State. Heralded by labor groups as protecting the rights of vulnerable workers and confronting the abuses of the gig economy, Dynamex has also created widespread confusion about who’s exempt, who’s in trouble, and what the ruling will mean for freelancers. To say that it’s having an impact would be an understatement. People are freaking out.

Graciela Iturbide’s Art of Seeing Mexico | The New Yorker

Four years ago, at the age of seventy-three, the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide travelled across her country with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Their journey began in the southern state of Tabasco, near the border with Guatemala, where migrants make their way north atop a notorious freight train known as La Bestia. In the town of Tenosique, Iturbide stopped by La 72, a shelter built in memory of seventy-two migrants who were slain by a drug cartel, their bodies found, blindfolded and bound, in a derelict farm across the border from Brownsville. The backdrop for many of her photographs were shelters run by friars and nuns, where she captured migrants in rare moments of respite. We see a pair of lovers, who had met on the road, locked in an embrace, and a mother unwinding with her infant son, their forms casting a shadow on a hand-painted mural of Mexico dotted with safety and danger zones. On the last stop of her trip, at a shelter in Oaxaca, Iturbide met a Salvadoran teen-ager who was fleeing MS-13 because he had refused to kill. She found the boy in front of a desktop computer, listening to MS-13 raps and composing his own verses. “Even if he didn’t want to belong anymore, he still did,” Iturbide told me recently by phone, from her studio, in Mexico City.

Time Inc. Settles with Photographer in Case of Tweeted Tom Brady Pic | PDNPulse

Photographer Justin Goldman has reached a settlement with Time Inc., one of the nine defendants in a copyright infringement case involving the common practice of publications “embedding” Tweets in articles. The settlement effectively ends any further appeals in the case, which has implications for how publishers share and display copyrighted images hosted on social media servers and other websites.

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