Chobi Mela 2017: Arko Datto, Pik-Nik


Picnicking is far from a simple affair in eastern India. In a land where the fleeting months of December to February offer the only time to ‘enjoy’ the otherwise unbearable tropical sun, picnicking is a winter pastime that’s taken very, very seriously. This work, done between 2013 and
 2015 takes a look at this phenomenon.

Fleeing the Darkness, a Photographer Took to the Nordic Road

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Sebastien Van Malleghem’s photographs can tend to have a darkness to them. In recent years, the Belgium photojournalist has documented his country’s prisons and its police force. In Mexico City, he spent time following embalmers, as they juggled dozens of bodies each day. And in Northern France, he followed the work of a group of doctors and educators treating alcohol and drug addicts.

Capturing Imaginative ‘Strangeness’ in Polish River Towns

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The Brda River crosses almost 150 miles of northern Poland and isn’t particularly noteworthy — unless you live in Bydgoszcz, where the river flows straight through the city to create picturesque waterways similar to Venice’s canals. Tymon Markowski has lived in Bydgoszcz since he was a child and knows the river well, but until recently he knew nothing about the neighboring villages and towns also built on its waters.

A Call for Action – Supporting Women in the Field of Sports Journalism

One of the best compliments I’ve ever been given came from a woman who had previously worked for the Baltimore Ravens. While at a high-profile event, the woman leaned over to my boss and said, “Your photographer right there? She’s got something that many women struggle with, she’s got confidence. She’s gonna be able to make it in this field.”

The Strange and Joyful Work of an Adopted South Korean Boy Raised in the Swiss Suburbs

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Artist Stéphane Winter shows his parents reacting to liquid nitrogen rising from a glass—an at-home experiment from when Winter was studying chemistry. Elsewhere, his mother exercises on the floor prior to a scheduled surgical procedure; his father sits and pores over an Opel car brochure (the vehicle, Winter noted, recently quit after 18 years). Playing with disguises, the whole family dons housedresses; in another image, mother dresses up as son in clothes from his heavy metal phase (Suicidal Tendencies t-shirt, black sneakers). A small sampling of blurry photos, taken by his parents, show young Stéphane before he took up the camera himself.

Donald Trump and the Theater of Access

Reporters had been following Trump all year. Early rallies had been covered as curiosities; later ones as political mass spectacles. But on the eve of the election, it was clear that a perilous dynamic had been ignored. “He never once failed to invite his crowds to heckle us,” he wrote. “He was placing us on display like captured animals. And it worked.”

Trump: The Purpose of Photojournalism in the Post-Truth Era

The “post-truth” environment we live in seems, at least in part, to be a function of the current confusing information flow and how politicians, governments and others use it towards their own ends. It remains to be seen what longer term effects this will have on journalism generally and photojournalism in particular but the power of the still image remains undeniable, even if some choose to ignore inconvenient truths.

Here’s Why These Photographers Are Still Shooting Film

Working with film requires a disciplined, considered approach. “You can make all these decisions without the camera. And then take a picture of it.” says Magnum photographer Max Pinckers. “And for me that works because I can make my decision and stick with it.”

Photographing the Science of Death and Decay

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Several years ago, self-professed nerd and science fiction fan Robert Shults got the opportunity of a lifetime when he was allowed to photograph the world’s most powerful laser on the campus of the University of Texas, in Austin (where he resides). When the project, “The Superlative Light,” which heavily referenced film noir and low-budget sci-fi films, was completed and published as a book, Mr. Shults realized he was ready for a new challenge.

Best Photography Exhibitions of Winter 2017

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Photographers and curators have long been interested in capturing political and social issues and often create series and exhibitions based on the desire to uphold human rights. As a new presidential administration is upon us, many winter-time exhibitions have an eye towards the issues on the minds of many.

Image Manipulation & How To Avoid Copyright Infringement

This infographic looks at what legalities are involved in image manipulation, focusing on US laws whilst also taking a look at UK laws and other factors from around the world. It’ll discuss what aspects can be involved in image manipulation and how the laws are interpreted by different people. At the end, we’ll also take a look at some case examples, delving into how the law has or hasn’t favoured manipulated images.

Photographing the President

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White House photographers have sought to capture a more intimate look at the leader of the free world. Press access to the President varies by administration (a criticism that dogged the Obama administration), but White House photographers have access to private or top secret moments that are a vital part of the historical record – from 9/11 to the assassination of Osama bin Laden

Mark Peterson, Political Theatre


Over the past two years Mark Peterson has photographed American presidential candidates as they lead rallies, meet with voters and plead for votes. He started shortly before the government shutdown in 2013 at a Tea Party rally at the US Capitol, when politicians were railing against President Obama and the Affordable Care Act—a show to get a sound bite into the next news cycle.

How Trump became president, through one photographer’s lens

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On Friday, Donald Trump became the nation’s 45th president. While the transition of power took only a matter of minutes, Trump’s road to the White House was much longer. From before his New Hampshire primary until a visit to a church on the morning of his inauguration, Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford followed the businessman and reality TV show star’s path to the nation’s highest office.