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Blue Earth Alliance: Richard Street: Knife Fight City and the Kingdom of Dust | LENSCRATCH

A hard-luck story from a hard-luck place, Richard Street’s “Knife Fight City and the Kingdom of Dust” takes us to Huron, the poorest town in California. Direct on-camera flash lends a Weegee-like aesthetic to desperate scenes of migrant men running afoul of the law, or a rival gang, or their own worst impulses. See a close overhead shot of EMTs resuscitating one field hand overdosing on black tar heroin, or of a different field hand being dragged kicking and screaming into a drunk tank by a police sergeant, the hand-to-hand human contact forming a perverse visual counterpoint of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. But Street aligns himself more pointedly with the empathetic tradition of Dorothea Lange, following immigrant agricultural workers after their workday to a lonely gully wilderness where they eke out an existence on the bank of a ditch, tending to their hand-built homes of cardboard and corrugated metal under a California sun. —Thomas Patterson

This City Is an Overcrowded, Illogical, Inhospitable Marvel – The New York Times

A generation before Kouwenhoven, Berenice Abbott captured this heathen beauty in a portfolio of photographs she called “Changing New York,” which was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in 1937. Her city is not a nesting ground for the people who lived there but a rivalry of individual egos craning to fill the horizon with their concrete and glass. If people live there, it is only because the buildings have not yet had time to crowd them out.

Blue Earth Alliance: Tim Matsui: Leaving the Life | LENSCRATCH

One of the remarkable aspects of Tim Matsui’s “Leaving the Life” is the work he’s done to make sure that the project is more than an affecting, well-told story. For Matsui, creating an award-winning documentary film was just the beginning. He ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce DVDs that he could use in his grassroots outreach. And he has helped aid and educate policymakers and others who are working to end sex trafficking of minors. Matsui pushes us to expand our thinking about the role visual storytellers can play in contemporary society. A longtime partner of Blue Earth, Matsui is currently fundraising for a follow-up film about the culture and politics creating the demand for sex buying.

Appeals Court Reverses Controversial Fair Use Ruling in Copyright Case | PDNPulse

A U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s finding of fair use in the case of Brammer v. Violent Hues. The lower court had rejected photographer Russel Brammer’s claim of infringement after his photo was used without permission to promote a film festival.

We All Work for Facebook

Today’s media is ruled by a handful of corporations with enormous market power. One thing that makes these companies so valuable is how few people they employ, relatively speaking, for each dollar earned. A New York Times analysis last year found that Facebook makes just a hair under $635,000 in profit for each of its 25,000 employees. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, makes about $158,000 per worker. (At Walmart, it’s $4,288.) These calculations often get spun as representing a victory for automation and algorithms—machines, rather than humans, creating value. But the truth is, these media companies have billions of people working for them—they’re just not on staff. Whenever you post a photo on Instagram, write an Amazon review, or skim through complaints about potholes on your neighborhood’s Facebook group, you’re helping generate profit for the world’s richest corporations. A growing movement is making the case that you ought to get paid for it.

The Racial Bias Built Into Photography – The New York Times

This week, Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is hosting Vision & Justice, a two-day conference on the role of the arts in relation to citizenship, race and justice. Organized by Sarah Lewis, a Harvard professor, participants include Ava DuVernay, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Wynton Marsalis and Carrie Mae Weems. Aperture Magazine has issued a free publication this year, titled “Vision & Justice: A Civic Curriculum” and edited by Ms. Lewis, from which we republish her essay on photography and racial bias.

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez

Since the 1950s, George Rodriguez has quietly documented multiple social worlds—in California and beyond—that have never before been displayed together, a rare mix of Hollywood and Chicano L.A., film premieres and farmworker strikes, album covers and street scenes, celebrity portraits and civil rights marches.

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Juxtapoz Magazine – Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez

Since the 1950s, George Rodriguez has quietly documented multiple social worlds—in California and beyond—that have never before been displayed together, a rare mix of Hollywood and Chicano L.A., film premieres and farmworker strikes, album covers and street scenes, celebrity portraits and civil rights marches.

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Dave Heath: A Master of Photographing Solitude – The New York Times

In Dave Heath’s vision, even the smushed faces of young lovers smooching is a picture of loneliness and alienation. The woman’s eyes are slightly open, not meeting the gaze of her partner, whose head is tilted so far their faces misalign. The uncertain promise of intimacy and connection is revealed in a frame made so close one imagines kisser and kissee must have flinched when the shutter clicked.

Looking at San Francisco Through Hamburger Eyes – Feature Shoot

Back in 2001, brothers Ray and David Potes were putting out photo zines the old fashioned way. Ray would edit and art direct while Dave ran copies while working in a college copy department. The one titled Hamburger Eyes really stood out — and began attracting photographers who wanted to share their work.

Gannett just launched its own image licensing and wire service – Poynter

In a press release, Gannett said the platform, called Imagn, includes original sports, entertainment and breaking news images. The site promises 600,000 photos “per year from 10,000 sporting events covered by 300 sports photographers nationwide” to start, and an additional 1.8 million photos every year.

Ignacio Colo – At the Same Time « burn magazine

Eduardo and Miguel Portnoy are two 50-year-old twins from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They live together, they have never been apart since they were born, and today they are all alone in this world. Their family passed away with time: their parents, their only brother, also their uncles. They don’t have any close friends. They do everything alone. But they are never alone, because they have each other. The only support they have, their last safety net, is the Jewish community, that gives them employment, helping them materially but also, to a certain extent, emotionally. But, all in all, their main support is the love they have for each other and that symbiosis so typical of twins. The two of them are their only shelter, built upon love, loneliness and vulnerability.

Carolyn van Houten Wins 2019 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award | PDNPulse

Washington Post photographer Carolyn van Houten has won the 2019 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award from the Overseas Press Club for her coverage last fall of the caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States. Van Houten was honored at an awards ceremony in New York last week. Other photographers recognized at the ceremony were Maggie Steber, winner of the OPC President’s Award; Shiho Fukada, winner of the Feature Photographer Award; and Nariman El-Mofty, who won the Olivier Rebbot Award.

The Daily Edit – The Fringe Podcast: Shaughn and John – A Photo EditorA Photo Editor

Shaughn and John: As a photo team we’ve realized that working together in the same physical space helps us to make the most of the days we aren’t on set shooting.  Although we both live in the LA area there is about 50 miles separating us, which means at least 2 hours of driving per day.  Like a lot of people these days the way we cope with the long drive is by listening to an insane amount of podcasts.  Whether it be true crime, investigative, daily news or interview style, we love being absorbed in stories while we commute.  What began as a fun way of keeping ourselves occupied evolved into a conversation about what a Shaughn and John podcast would look like.  We agreed that the best idea was to create a podcast that matched the style and approach of our personal documentary projects.  Whether it is through photos, video and now audio we love telling the stories of fringe groups and subcultures.

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