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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.

A scroll through Jerry Hsu’s bizarre camera roll

In a new project, the skateboarder and photographer shares a collection of surreal shots from his old Blackberry.

Rediscovering Garry Winogrand’s long forgotten color work – Feature Shoot

Known best for his black and white photographs that pioneered a snapshot aesthetic in fine art, Winogrand’s color work is now receiving its due in Garry Winogrand: Color at the Brooklyn Museum, now through December 8, 2019.

“The Bane of My Existence”: U.K. Sportswriting’s Access Crisis – The Ringer

British journalists chronicling mega-events like the Champions League are often operating on a timeline out of their control and with little access to players, publishing stories well after they’ve been reported. Could this be the dark future of U.S. sports coverage?

Iain McKell : Private Reality – Diary of a Teenage Boy

In 1976, aged nineteen and a student at Exeter College of Art, Iain McKell got a summer job on Weymouth seafront photographing holidaymakers. It was a wonderful opportunity for him to both earn a living and carry out a project exploring the life of the seaside photographer. As well as holidaymakers he photographed his friends, his family and local people from the town, and in the evening the disco bars, fairgrounds and caravan parks of the town.

Ashly Stohl: The Days are Long and the Years are Short | LENSCRATCH

Making photographs about being a parent was once considered mundane and not wall worthy. Personally, I have have found the tableau of every day life, the small operatic performances and travails of co-existing and growing up to be immensely fascinating. Photographer and Peanut Press Books founder, Ashly Stohl, had been focusing her lens on her family for years, with an eye towards the poignant humor of living under the roof with three children in various stages of becoming. Her wonderful photographs are now a book, The Days are Long and the Years are Short, published by Peanut Press Books and the work is currently on exhibition at the Leica Gallery in New York until the end of June, with a book signing on June 20th from 6 -8pm.

The Center Awards: Editor’s Choice Award 3rd Place Winner: Xan Padrón | LENSCRATCH

Congratulations to Xan Padrón, for his Third Place win in CENTER’S Editor’s Choice Award for his project, Time Lapse. The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. Images can be singular or part of a series. Winners receive admission to Review Santa Fe portfolio reviews and participation in a winner’s exhibition at Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, IN.

‘We face a different danger,’ war photographer Paul Conroy says – Committee to Protect Journalists

In a Q&A with CPJ, British war photographer Paul Conroy discusses his last assignment with Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin in Syria, in 2012, and the dangers for photojournalists, especially when covering conflict.

Fujifilm GFX100 Unveiled: It’s a Game-Changing 102MP Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm has announced the new GFX100, a 102-megapixel medium format mirrorless camera that the company calls “a game changer in digital camera technology and capability.” It’s the new flagship camera of the GFX line.

Pieter-Jan De Pue : Kings of Afghanistan

Filmmaker and photographer Pieter-Jan De Pue spent almost eight years in Afghanistan. There he worked on his award-winning film The Land of the Enlightened. As well as researching, preparing and making his film, PJ also continued to take photographs. His photos are portraits of people and landscapes, as are his diary entries. A recurring theme is his huge admiration for the country, its spectacular landscape, and the resourceful children for whom survival became the art of living. His images – both film and photos – come about as a result of a slow process. The landscapes with its timeless caravans of people and animals show the resilience of a country for more than 40 years in war.

Juxtapoz Magazine – Travis Jensen Explores One of the Last Real San Francisco Neighborhoods In Stunning Black & White

For seven years, Travis Jensen has embedded himself in The City’s Excelsior District, a neighborhood at the southern central tip of SF that has remained, for all intents and purposes, a neighborhood not quite inundated by the massive influx of wealth and tech booms that much of the city has seen. That project, which culminated hundreds of photos documenting the culture that surrounds the people who reside in the Excelsior, will be on display at Photoworks in San Francisco starting on June 5, 2019. Excelsior District: Forever Upward is a photo-documentary project seven years in the making that highlights San Francisco’s vibrant Excelsior District that many consider being The City’s last working-class neighborhood. It’s a story about a rapidly-changing city, family, friendship, brotherhood, camaraderie, and the power of photography.”

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