Let’s talk about that photo of Al Franken groping a sleeping woman | Poynter

Absent the approval of the victim, might one have otherwise deemed it an invasion of privacy, vaguely akin to naming a rape victim? Legally, Maddow was correct. The woman, radio talk show host Leeann Tweeden, circulated the photo herself. Ethically? What should one do, regardless of her consent? A lawyer for a prominent media organization says it’s degrading and juvenile. A description would make the point, perhaps even being worse for Franken.

A Photographer’s Old College Classmates, Back Then and Now | The New Yorker

In 2000, when the photographer Josephine Sittenfeld was a junior at Princeton University, she captured portraits of her classmates on medium-format film and, after exhibiting the prints on campus, she consigned them to a closet in her parents’ home. The series returned to Sittenfeld’s mind last spring, not long before her fifteen-year college reunion. On a whim, she retrieved her film and decided to pack color copies of the old photographs, along with a digital camera, to bring to New Jersey, where she would re-create the same shots in the present day. Dressed, as this year’s tradition demanded, in a cowgirl costume, she spent much of the event attempting to locate and resituate her subjects, some of them now distant acquaintances, on a campus that had changed perhaps more than they had. On one occasion, in order to mimic the scene where she first photographed her freshman-year roommate, Sittenfeld waylaid an obliging undergraduate, who led the women, and their families, up four flights of stairs to the desired backdrop—a disorderly dormitory, complete with the young man’s authentic, extra-long twin mattress.

Deanne Fitzmaurice on Judging CPOY and the Evolution of Photojournalism – PhotoShelter Blog

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Deanne Fitzmaurice had just finished judging the College Photographer of the Year in Missouri, when she jumped on a plane to join the faculty at the Summit Sports California Photography Workshop near Malibu, CA. While she was in transit, a prominent photo editor started a discussion on Facebook over whether the desaturated look of the winner, Mathias Svold, adhered to the standards of photojournalism.

A Photographer and Her Subject Share a Journey Over the Decades – The New York Times

In the first pages of “An Autobiography of Miss Wish,” the reader meets Kimberly Stevens multiple times: In handwritten notes; dark, cinematic images; drawings of knives and books; and a beaming childhood portrait. Then there’s her psychiatric history written in detached clinical jargon, and a portrait of her prone, living on the street.

The 2018 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests | PhotoShelterBlog

Inside, get a breakdown of 42 photo contests worldwide and learn which contests to consider and which to pass up. We give each a verdict based on factors like entry fees, promised exposure and prizes, submission rights, plus direct feedback from past winners.

Passing Through The American Heartland

In June 2017 Jérôme Sessini spent several weeks road-tripping through Middle America, photographing the sagging buildings and crumbling cities along the highway. From the southern ghost towns to the shuttered homes throughout the rustbelt, his photographs testify to the perilous economic realities found in many parts of the country.

Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning | Poynter

Platforms rely on these algorithms to perform actions at scale, but algorithms at scale also become increasingly inscrutable, even to the people who wrote the code. In her recent TED Talk about the complexity of AI, Zeynep Tufekci points out that not even the people behind Facebook’s algorithms truly understand them:

Journalist Swept Up in Inauguration Day Arrests Faces Trial – The New York Times

On Jan. 20, the day Donald J. Trump was being sworn in as president in front of the Capitol, a limousine was set on fire and storefront windows were smashed nearby. Officers in riot gear from the Washington Metropolitan Police moved in and arrested 230 people — including nine journalists — at the protests, which were organized in part by an activist group called Disrupt J20.

The History of Photography is a History of Shattered Glass – The New York Times

It has only been a few weeks, but I can already feel the events in Las Vegas slipping away from me. The horror that unfolded there is indelible: A single shooter killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds more. And yet the horror is not indelible; it is fading, as most public tragedies eventually do. (You might even have wondered, reading the above, Which events in Las Vegas?) Since Oct. 1, there has been a terrorist attack in New York City, a mass shooting in Texas and other gun violence throughout the country, as well as numerous distressing public scandals. What trace of these events remains for those of us not personally affected by them? Names, dates, photographs, videos: all retrievable, but most archived away in a cloud of faint memory.

Photographer Kamaran Najm’s Friends Break Silence on His 2014 Kidnapping | PDNPulse

Three years after photojournalist Kamaran Najm, co-founder of the Iraqi photo agency Metrography, was kidnapped in Iraq, his friends and colleagues have ended their media blackout and released information on his disappearance. Kamaran was abducted by ISIS militants on June 12, 2014, shortly after he was wounded while covering the fighting between ISIS and Kurdish forces near Mullah Abdullah, Iraq. Initial reports by AFP said Najm had been killed. According to Sebastian Meyer, co-founder of Metrography, which is based in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, Najm made a call on June 13 using his kidnappers’ phone. He said he had been taken to the city of Hawija.

Covering a Mass Shooting, and Adding to a Town’s Pain – The New York Times

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — It wasn’t the television presenters elbowing their way to the front of the scrum near the massacre scene that finally drove home how the news media was aggravating the tragedy here. It wasn’t the run on food at Theresa’s Kitchen or the point at which the number of journalists seemed to rival the few hundred souls of the town’s population.

Flights of Fancy: Photographing the World’s Plane Watchers – The New York Times

There’s a funny paradox about flying, said the Lithuanian photographer Mindaugas Kavaliauskas: Those in the air often wish they were on the ground, and those on the ground often dream of being in the air.

Mathias Svold Wins College Photographer of the Year

Mathias Svold of the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark has been named the 72nd College Photographer of the Year with the Gold award from the competition judged at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Mateusz Baj of the London College of Communication in London, England was named the Runner-up College Photographer of the Year with a Silver award in the Portfolio category.

NYTimes Photog Tweets Blank Photo to Protest White House Pool Blackout

“This what our APEC Summit photo coverage looks today in Da Nang Vietnam,” writes New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills in the Tweet. “Blank. No coverage by the White House Travel Pool photographers traveling with [Trump].”

Dennis Church: Americolor | LENSCRATCH

Photographer Dennis Church looks at the world differently and his photographs reveal a layered seeing that reflect the kaleidoscopic assault on our senses in contemporary times. Disorienting at first, he is a visual deconstructionist, using color and altered perspectives that flatten space in order to examine the visual chaos that surrounds our every day lives. Work from his Americolor series will appear in the new 2017 edition of Bystander, A History of Street Photography, authored by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz, and published Laurence King Publishing 2017. Author Joel Meyerowitz states: “….and Dennis Church, working in New York City, as well as more suburban areas, seems to be looking at the way overlapping planes of street furnishings create spatial confusion and a kind of “visual noise” that jams things together in playful tribute to the proliferation of signage and movement happening down at the street level. And oddly, some of them remind me of the way Saul Letter, way back in the late fifties, used a vantage point near shop windows and corners to describe the city’s chaos as it appeared back then.”

Nancy Rexroth: Iowa | LENSCRATCH

When I first discovered the Diana camera in the 1990’s there were few places to look for inspiration. That was, until I found the seminal book by Nancy Rexroth titled IOWA. It was difficult to lay hands on a copy as it had been originally published in 1977.  But I did find it and the book is now dogeared, from hours of looking and being inspired by the magic that a simple toy camera, in the hands of an artist, could produce. Her poetic, well seen capture of people and places in her life were and are an inspiration to generations of photographers. Forty years after its original publication,  IOWA  has been reissued by the University of Texas Press, now in a hardcover edition that includes twenty-two previously unpublished images. The photographs are accompanied by a new foreword by Magnum photographer and book maker Alec Soth and an essay by internationally acclaimed curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, “who affirms the continuing power and importance of IOWA within the photobook genre”. New postscripts by Nancy Rexroth and Mark L. Power, who wrote the essay in the first edition, complete the volume.