Photos of race and compassion in the Mississippi Delta – The Washington Post

Brandon Thibodeaux’s eight-year journey in the Mississippi Delta, which resulted in the poetic images of In That Land of Perfect Day, began with a personal quest. The Texas native, who is white, moved to small predominantly African American towns of the Delta where he didn’t know a soul — armed with a bicycle, a Mamiya C330, and a stack of 3×3 inch square prints.

Innovative solution providers tackle the ever-growing headaches of photo management and storage – Kaptur

It’s a given: we are all overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos we take, or that are being shared with us. With some of these, it’s no big deal if you accidentally missed viewing them, or if you can’t locate them again after you’ve first enjoyed them. With others, it does matter: According to our recent survey, 58% of photos on average are considered to be “long life” keepers.

More Photos of the Crisis in Puerto Rico – The Atlantic

Eight days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico with devastating force, some relief and supplies are beginning to arrive in the capital of San Juan. However, the Associated Press reports that many on the island are “still waiting for help from anyone from the federal or Puerto Rican government. But the scope of the devastation is so broad, and the relief effort so concentrated in San Juan, that many people from outside the capital say they have received little to no help.” Puerto Rico’s governor says he intends to ask for more than a billion dollars in federal assistance.

Four To Follow #3 – Witness

The African Photojournalism Database (APJD) is a growing community of talented visual storytellers from across the continent.

This month, we’re highlighting the work of four members of the APJD, John Wessels, Mahmoud M. Khattab, Shayma Idris, and Yasmine Yusuf.

Randal Levenson, In Search of the Monkey Girl and other works – The Eye of Photography

This exhibition at Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, features American photographer Randal Levenson’s photographs selected from three bodies of work: Americana, Mexico, and In Search of the Monkey Girl. The three distinct groupings range from the artist’s black and white photographs from the 1970’s to large-scale color prints from this decade.

Genevieve Gaignard, In Passing – The Eye of Photography

In Passing, a solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Genevieve Gaignard, brings together several photographs made between 2015 and the present, mapping her ever-evolving performance of identity through large-format self-portraits and vernacular installations. Through an array of campy stereotypes that range from a suspicious housewife peering out a window to a Divine-esque drag queen, Gaignard interrogates her own intersectional identity as a biracial woman as well as the often murky, difficult terrain of race, class, and gender in contemporary culture.

The seventh edition of Cortona On The Move – The Eye of Photography

A sense of elsewhere and the research for new contemporary expressions of space, time and reality: that’s the focus connecting the projects within the Cortona On The Move International Photography Festival, at its 7th edition.

This Hotel Used to Be a Base of the Communist Party | FotoRoom

For our latest Cameo we’re having 25 year-old Polish photographer Karol Palka. Karol shares with us Edifice, a series shot in an abandoned and decaying hotel that used to be a base of the Czech Communist Party.

Naomi Harris: EUSA | LENSCRATCH

It’s hard for me not to love Naomi Harris’ photographs. A medium format film camera, a flash, a sense of humor, a sense of adventure, a global perspective, intelligence, and a really nice person all combines into a party that I want to attend. Her new series, EUSA, takes a look at the globalization of nationalities, where people in Europe are celebrating the American West, and people in the United States are celebrating various European traditions. Naomi visited over two dozen American-themed places in Europe and European-themed places in America providing a humorous look at our desire to feel part of a culture not our own.  As Naomi states, “These exaggerated reconstructions bear little authenticity and rather are a perception of fantasy, a sense of what the other wishes the reality to be. And through this spirit of camaraderie, if only for that moment, the participants are granted membership to another’s culture.”

Pakistan’s UN Envoy Criticizes India, but Uses Gaza News Photo to Do It | PDNPulse

When Pakistan’s envoy to the UN accused India of attacking civilians in the disputed region of Kashmir, she waved a photo she claimed showed the bruised face of Kashmiri girl who had been struck by fire from a pellet gun used by the Indian army. There was one problem: The photo was taken in Gaza, not Kashmir.  Photojournalist Heidi Levine took the photo in 2014. It shows a Palestinian girl, Rawya Abu Joma’a, then 17, who had been injured in an Israeli airstrike.

Army Troops Deployed in Rio Slum to Fight Drug Gang Violence – The Atlantic

Recently, rival drug trafficking gangs and factions in Rio de Janeiro’s giant Rocinha favela have fought several frightening street battles for dominance. The heavily-armed gang members were more than local police could handle, so 950 army soldiers were deployed to the narrow streets and alleys of Rocinha on Friday. After numerous arrests, officials say the favela is now back under control, with the soldiers still in place for the time being.

These photos show the human side of seal hunting – The Washington Post

Yoanis Menge was waiting for his train in Paris when he first saw the ad. “There was this huge poster for a campaign against seal hunting,” he says. “It was a Photoshop montage of an adult seal holding a club and about to crush the head of a human baby on the ice.”

The secret cost of pivoting to video – Columbia Journalism Review

Hundreds of journalists have lost their jobs while shiny-object-chasing publishers are no closer to creating cohesive video strategies to replace the traffic those writers were producing. Publishers who pivoted to video have forfeited the majority of their hard-won native audiences in only a year of churning out undifferentiated, bland chunks of largely aggregated “snackable” video. That’s no one’s idea of success

Weegee: King of the Nighttime Streets – The New York Times

In this cast of characters, Weegee was the Dante of New York’s nighttime demimonde. His photos, of swells and speakeasies, crime and crowds, or perps and play, are a singular record of New York City in the 1930s and ’40s. And just when you thought you had seen all of his work, a new book, “Extra! Weegee,” features vintage prints — many previously unseen — that captures Weegee’s singular point of view.

States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era – The Eye of Photography

States of America, on view at Nottingham Contemporary in London, is an unusual survey of American photography exhibited in England. The exhibition focuses on a generation of photographers that experimented with innovative approaches to documentary photography. Drawing from the collection of the Wilson Center for Photography, the exhibition includes key works by Diane Arbus, Louis Draper, William Eggleston and Bruce Davidson, as well as Stephen Shore, who in November will be the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA in New York. This exhibition stretches from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, three decades that shaped the polarized landscape of Trump’s America, and explores tectonic shifts in American society and politics, from the decay of city centers and the decline of industry to suburban sprawl and the development of mass advertising.

Paolo Ventura, Eclipse – The Eye of Photography

Paolo Ventura, born in Milan in 1968, grew up with storytellers. His father was a popular author of children’s books, while his grandmother told memorable tales of living in the Italian countryside during World War II. Ventura has developed his own inventive approach to narrative, blending two forms of storytelling—one inspired by historical events and the other entirely fictive with a creative technical approach that has earned him widespread recognition.

Yu-Chen Chiu: American Seen | LENSCRATCH

Yu-Chen Chiu’s photographs recently came on my radar when she submitted an image to the Photographic Coversations Exhibition. Her project, America Seen, is a visual diary of America leading up to and after the Presidential election. It’s not political; it doesn’t show crowds of protest or celebration, instead the work shows  us the every day and the ordinary–it’s as if her work is a reaffirmation that life goes on, and in some ways remains the same. Her perspective is that of the inbetween state of immigrant and rooted citizen, still curious about the sometimes strange, sometimes humorous, and sometimes beautiful place we call America. Yu-Chen was recently selected for the Critical Mass Top 200 and will have a solo show  of America Seen at 182 ArtSpace in Tainan, Taiwan this coming December.

In Her Own Words, Photographing the Vietnam War – The New York Times

Catherine Leroy was 21 when she arrived in Vietnam in 1966 with only a hundred dollars, a Leica M2 and a limited professional portfolio. Over the next three years covering the war, she built an exceptional body of work: surviving and documenting a capture by the North Vietnamese Army, parachuting in combat operations with the 173rd Airborne, and being published on the covers of major magazines, including Life and Paris Match.

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest for 2017, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 17. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 (USD), publication in National Geographic Magazine and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account. The folks at National Geographic were, once more, kind enough to let me choose among the contest entries so far for display here. The captions below were written by the individual photographers, and lightly edited for style.

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