A Moment in Time: On April 8, the New York Times Lens photography blog asked
to take a photo at a particular date and time
: Sunday, May 2, at approximately 15:00 (U.T.C./G.M.T.), then submit it for an upcoming interactive online gallery. 13,000 images were submitted, 10,000 have now been posted online.
Not every submitted image was taken on Earth:
On Mars, at 15:00 local true solar time on May 2, a solitary rover gazed southward across her own dusty deck and snapped three photos, actually three sets of three photos, which were combined to make this view. As the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shot these images of Meridiani planum, the same Sun that dictates the rhythms of our human lives was sinking toward the rover's western horizon, casting a lengthening shadow toward the east from the upright gnomon on the little sundial on the rover's rear deck. That sundial is engraved with the words "Two Worlds, One Sun" to mark the unity of Earth and Mars as part of the same solar system.
While sorting, the Times chose a few to spotlight some of their initial submissions in separate blog entries:
* From Many Instants, A Moment
* A few more moments, please.
...and ask for
By contrast, their previous mass-user-submission project, Documenting the Decade"
(recollections and photos from the previous decade) drew only 2,769 submissions.
Launched in May 2009, Lens (nytimes.com/lens / Facebook / Twitter / Previously on MeFi)
was originally conceived as a showcase and community for New York Times photographers, but it was almost immediately expanded to include others, including photos published by professional and amateurs in a variety of other media. Here are all of the blog's posts from 2009
Some other, notable Lens entries:
* Pockets and Purses Give Up Their Secrets
* Showcase: The Best in The World
* Showcase: Milton Ragovin
* Showcase: Asian Crossroads in Africa
* Behind the Scenes: To Publish or Not?
* Behind the Scenes: Man in the Pink Boxers
* Behind the Scenes: Picturing Fetal Remains (Some may find the content at this link disturbing)
* On Assignment: Into the Maw at Marja
* On Assignment: Prayers in the Dark
* Essay: How Not to Depict a War
...and of course, content from the Lens has been the subject of several past MeFi posts
However, the Lens is not the only example of a news organization posting the work of photojournalists online. Here are some additional Media Photo Blogs: (Most of these sites require Flash and/or Quicktime)
The links that follow and many others are often highlighted at Photojournalismlinks.com. Nearly every one has its own unique presentation style.
* Associated Press: Daily Gallery
* Austin American Statesman: Collective Vision
* BBC News: In Pictures
* Boston Globe's Big Picture
* Denver Post: Captured
* Getty Images: Reportage
* Guardian: Eyewitness
* Los Angeles Times: Photography
* Media Storm (photojournalism, but not associated with a single media outlet)
* National Geographic: Photography
* National Press Photographers Association's Visual Student Blog
* The New Yorker: Photo Booth (pictures, and articles explaining why and how they were chosen for inclusion.)
* NPR: The Picture Show
* Reuters: Photographers
. The blog asks: "What Makes a Great Picture?"
* Sacramento Bee: The Frame
* San Jose Mercury News Photo Blog
* St. Petersburg Times: All Eyes
* Telegraph: Art and Documentary Photography
* Time Magazine: Photo Gallery
and White House Photo Blog
* Wall Street Journal Blogs: Photo Journal
* Washington Post: Camera Works