Feeling the pull of war: Andy Spyra

He is one of Germany’s best photographers, and his main theme is war. Andy Spyra told DW about the hurdles and limits of high-risk photography – and why it fascinates him.

All Kill No Fill @ Photo LA

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Charles Negre was the first photographer to capture people in motion on the streets of 1851 Paris. That motive has since inspired countless image makers to focus on the streets, leading to incredible and unique sub-genres within the canon of documentary photography. Photographic documents are the universal language used to decipher subculture, and for the past forty years skateboard photographers have upheld that ethic by defining art, fashion, and the sensibility of youth experience around the world.

The Fighter

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The Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home

Memories from an Arkansas Cotton Farm in the 1980s

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When she was a girl, photographer Lisa McCord spent summers and holidays at Rotan, her grandparents’ Arkansas cotton farm. Some of her earliest memories are of her nanny Cully’s cooking: black eye peas and fried chicken. She remembers singing and praying at Cully’s church and watching the bandana-clad women who worked in the fields. At dark, after long days of hoeing, they’d gather in big trucks and make their way home.

2016 Seen Through the Lens of Damir Sagolj

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Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj has had a busy year. Based in Beijing, China, his work took him across Asia, covering crime, sports, politics, protest, daily life, military events, and much more. By my count, the Reuters news agency distributed more than 4,250 photos taken by Sagolj in 2016. He covered events in China, North Korea, Mongolia, Brazil (for the 2016 Olympics), and more. To end the year, Sagolj spent much of October in the Philippines, covering the widespread campaign of violence tied to that government’s crackdown on drugs

5 trends to look for in 2017

With the new year comes the predictions. However, this year, instead of trying to predict what will happen, we prefer to take aim at what we see will be the top major trends in the visual space. We limited ourselves at five in an effort to be succinct and we picked those that will affect people more broadly.  In no particular order, here they are:

The 2016 Favorite Photograph Exhibition


A new day, a new year, we have now entered into 2017! Per tradition, we have called out asking you to send us your favorite photographs that you have taken in 2016.  This melting pot of imagery is very much a reflection of the previous year, however joyous or dim it may have seemed.  Capping it off, we have 4 exciting parts filled with fun, form, beauty, and knowledge, with photographs that highlight personal visual strength.  Thank you for your continued support in Lenscratch, and the photographic community, and here is to a brighter new year!

The State of Photo Theft in 2016

Here are some of the interesting stats: 64% of photographers experienced image theft this past year, 50% of the thieves were bloggers and social media users, and 84% of photographers never register their photos with the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Best VICE Photos of 2016

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I have the great pleasure of being able to produce a lot of original imagery for both our monthly magazine and vice.com as the resident photo dweeb here. When I’m not commissioning, I’m trying to actively promote existing work that may not get play elsewhere. In an age where the photo industry is ever changing and everyone thinks they’re a part time photographer, I don’t take it lightly that I can give artists nearly complete autonomy on their projects.

Michael Dunev: Parallax

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Michael Dunev has just released a significant monograph, Parallax, recently published by Poligrafa in Spain, showcasing 45 years of black and white stunning photography

Photographing Climate Change Refugees, by Drone and on Foot

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Josh Haner has photographed eight stories across five countries this year about the effects of climate change, often employing drones to get unique vantage points. Mr. Haner is a staff photographer and a senior editor for photo technology at The New York Times. He talked with James Estrin about finding new ways to visualize climate change.