Tag: Benjamin Lowy

  • Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 7 February, 2020 – Photojournalism Now

    Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 7 February, 2020
    For those of us who work in journalism the myth of the cavalier photojournalist who rushes toward conflict with zeal is well established. Robert Capa’s famous comment about photographers needing to get close to the action in order to capture the best picture is part of industry folklore. Don McCullin has spoken about the adrenalin rush of going to war, likening it to drug addiction. Tim Page’s antics during the Vietnam War have been immortalised in pop culture, Dennis Hopper’s character in the movie Apocalypse Now modelled on the British photographer. Yet while there are those who are lauded as celebrities, the vast majority of conflict photojournalists work in the background, committing themselves to covering some of the world’s darkest moments, to bearing witness to history, largely invisible to the outside world. Glory and money do not motivate them. In fact, these days it is more difficult to make ends meet than ever before. So what drives an individual to the frontline or to document the depths of human misery?
  • How a Conflict Photographer’s Vision Changed After Becoming a Dad

    How a Conflict Photographer’s Vision Changed After Becoming a Dad

    Photographer couple Benjamin Lowy and Marvi Lacar created this inspiring short film with Sony about how Lowy’s vision of the world as a conflict photographer changed after he entered the world of fatherhood.

  • Benjamin Lowy: The photographer documenting war with a cell phone – CNN.com

    Benjamin Lowy: The photographer documenting war with a cell phone

    People don’t like to be confronted with something outside of their everyday little world.

  • Eyewitness To History — Vantage — Medium

    Benjamin Lowy: Eyewitness To History

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    When I first started photography, I carried a ton of cameras and I wanted everyone to know that I was a photographer. Now I just want the smallest camera and I want everyone to think I’m just another tourist. I don’t want to stand out, I don’t want any attention. I don’t need anyone to know that I’m a photographer. I make better images if I just blend into the background. So using smaller equipment helps me blend in better

  • Could Crowdfunding Save Photojournalism? | American Photo

    Could Crowdfunding Save Photojournalism?

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    A startup called Viewfind is trying to change all that. A newly launched Kickstarter from the company is trying to raise $25,000 to produce five long-term documentary projects from Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, Ruddy Roye, Beth Nakamura, Benjamin Lowy and Matt Eich.

  • Benjamin Lowy: “The end of Instagram?”

    Link: Benjamin Lowy: “The end of Instagram?” » FLTR

    Maybe I’ll create another name on Instagram and just post pictures of my brunch. Or maybe I’ll just start photographing cats.

  • Kathy Ryan, Kira Pollack, and Benjamin Lowy Discuss Their Use of Instagram

    Link: Kathy Ryan, Kira Pollack, and Benjamin Lowy Discuss Their Use of Instagram | Feature Shoot

    Ryan and Pollack began by speaking about different ways in which their publications have used smartphone images in the last few years. For a 2010 New York Times Magazine cover story about twentysomethings, Ryan said, she commissioned smartphone images because she felt they fit the subject matter. “We never had any objections…we see it as one more way of making pictures,” she said.

  • In the Eye of the Storm: Capturing Sandy’s Wrath

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    Link: In the Eye of the Storm: Capturing Sandy’s Wrath – LightBox

    As Sandy drew near, TIME asked five photographers — Michael Christopher Brown, Benjamin Lowy, Ed Kashi, Andrew Quilty and Stephen Wilkes — to document the hurricane and its aftermath via Instagram.

  • Benjamin Lowy: War Photographer


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    The photographer Benjamin Lowy was recently awarded the Duke Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for his book “Iraq | Perspectives.” The book documents Lowy’s time covering the war in Iraq and reveals the U.S. soldiers’ experiences as seen through their night-vision scopes and their armored Humvee windows. Recently Lowy sat down with me to talk about both his book and his life as a conflict photographer. Here’s a selection of his photographs and what he had to say.

  • Interview with Benjamin Lowy @ NYPH’11

  • Haiti by VII

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    Haiti has always been a land of beauty and pain, of light and darkness. When a catastrophic earthquake hit the island on Tuesday, January 12th, the world was shaken by the magnitude of the destruction and human suffering. In this story for VII The Magazine, photographers James Nachtwey, Ron Haviv, Lynsey Addario and Benjamin Lowy provide a heart-wrenching look at this disaster and its aftermath.

    Link: VII The Magazine
  • Worth a Look: Benjamin Lowy’s “The Afghan High” | dvafoto

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    I’m usually wary of photo essays about poverty and drugs. Eugene Richards has unleashed a torrent of imitators, and the results are often voyeuristic and exploitative–unless there’s an underlying story, photos of depraved debasement do little more than serve as a vehicle for gawking at the unmentionables, grotesques without empathy. Benjamin Lowy’s “The Afghan High” does the opposite.

    Link: Worth a Look: Benjamin Lowy’s “The Afghan High” | dvafoto
  • Behind the Scenes: A Different Battleground – Lens Blog

    Link: Behind the Scenes: A Different Battleground – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com:

    In late 2002, Benjamin Lowy was showing his portfolio to various photo agencies in New York City, with little success. “We have people.” “You’re really young.” “You know, I really think you should go back to school.”

  • Benjamin Lowy: Iraq | Perspectives


    PDN Photo of the Day

    Here are 14 photographs from Benjamin Lowy’s ongoing Iraq | Perspectives project which he began in 2005. Shot from the confines of a Humvee, Lowy creates a tableau vivant of life in Iraq offering a glimpse into the bleakness and desolation of a country ravaged by war.

  • Interview: BEN LOWY


    Benjamin Lowy received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and began his career covering the Iraq War in 2003. Since then he has covered major stories in Afghanistan, Darfur, Haiti, Indonesia, and Libya among others. In 2004 Lowy attended the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass and was nominated for the ICP Infinity Award. He was named in Photo District News 30 and his images of Iraq were chosen by PDN as some of the most iconic of the 21st century. Lowy has received awards from World Press Photo, POYi, PDN, Communication Arts, American Photography, and the Society for Publication Design. Benjamin’s work from Iraq and Darfur have been collected into several gallery and museum shows, and his work from Darfur appeared in the SAVE DARFUR media campaign. In 2008 Benjamin joined the VII Network.

    Check it out here.

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    Benjamin Lowy’s take on fashion after spending years in such highly glamorous places as Iraq and Darfur is quite stunning.

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