, a 26 year old photojournalist who dedicated her burgeoning career to reporting what the media seemed to ignore
, was killed Tuesday
while on assignment documenting the conflict in Central African Republic
. As well as some amazing photography from her most recent work in CAR
, Lepage worked in South Sudan on stories about young men drawn into the war
, birth in a refugee camp
, and less formal photography on instagram
Photographer Shannon Jensen
's series “The Long Walk”
documents the shoes belonging to some of the 30,000 refugees who traveled by foot across the border from Sudan’s Blue Nile state over to neighboring South Sudan. Additional background
on the Amnesty award-winning project. [more inside]
The Ninth Floor.
[NSFW] The Ninth Floor documents a group of addicts who moved into the apartment of a former millionaire in a wealthy neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Shocking, haunting photographs by Jessica Dimmock
. [more inside]
Can Photojournalism Survive in the Instagram Era?
(single link Mother Jones via
) "It is no accident that so much of the most important work by photographers [on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan] has been on veterans as they return to the United States—one has more freedom in how one photographs."
The Chicago Sun-Times
has laid off its entire photography staff, reports the Chicago Tribune
. The Sun-Times
plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video going forward. The Chicago Newspaper Guild, the union that represents the photographers, immediately said
it would consider taking action against the company over the cuts. [more inside]
I feel creatively emboldened to personally say something on the subjects that I am documenting. In terms of how it is produced, intellectually I am more excited than I have been in years. I am envisioning so many more possibilities for the work ... I feel for first time empowered on my own terms. We are calling our own shots and have created somewhat of our own institution.
with the six-woman Middle Eastern documentary photography collective Rawiya
, whose name means "female narrator" in Arabic. [more inside]
Should a photographer document or intervene?
In the wake of the recording of a sex attack in India
, The Guardian interviews several photojournalists who have experienced doubt and regret over their actions. [more inside]
10b Photography has established itself as one of the world’s leading digital darkrooms, handling post-production for scores of award-winning photojournalists who trust that the company knows where to draw the line between processing and manipulation. [...] 10b is quick to point out that it is not a retouching firm. The term is often associated with Photoshop experts, who are hired to alter the look and shape of fashion icons, for example. So when it comes to defining Palmisano's role, it can get tricky. Post-processing in the digital age.
Stanley Kubrick's New York
Photographer Mario Tama positioned himself over Netanyahu's shoulder at the UN General Assembly, and photographed hand-written edits he made to his speech. Here's what he saw
. (via The Browser
is a site where photojournalists can pitch ideas to be funded by many small donations, i.e. crowdfund them. So far nine projects have been pitched, covering a range of subjects, from the Uyghur in western China
to life in Greenwood, Mississippi
. Each project has a short introductory video and all are interesting in their own right. So are the descriptions and photographs that accompany the projects. The blog
is worth checking out as well, especially the interviews with journalists, such as the four women who want to document a mass rape that happened last year in the Congo
and a project about communism in Laos
. The FAQ
explains Emphas.is and how crowdfunding works in greater detail.
Malnutrition, the silent epidemic
- Photojournalist Ron Haviv traveled to Bangladesh to document a silent epidemic that may lack the drama to make the nightly news, but has the power to undermine a world's worth of young lives: childhood malnutrition.
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. [more inside]
“The quality of licensed imagery is virtually indistinguishable now from the quality of images they might commission,” Mr. Klein said. Yet “the price point that the client, or customer, is charged is a fraction of the price point which they would pay for a professional image.”
The NYT on the demise of news photography
in the age of the long tail.
is a photojournalist who has worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and now works for The New York Times
. His work on a more sports-focused beat in Dallas
lead to his update on athletes from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
as part of the 2008 Olympics coverage
. As a photographer with The New York Times, he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
for feature photography
, for his first time out on the road, covering campaigns
(narrated slideshow, 3min 19sec). Currently, he is sharing his photos
and writing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
, which are included in NY Times Lens Blog
(prev. Lens Blog features: 1
). If that's a bit heavy, check his photographers journal
(narrated slide show, 2min 34sec) and his article
on creating double-exposure juxtapositions
from days or weeks of shooting large-form film. [more inside]
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
"The 2000 census found that nearly 23 percent of families living in Letcher County, KY, fell below the poverty line. The median household income in most counties is at or below $25,000, with individuals making on average $12,000 a year."
The White Family
by Carl Kiilsgaard [more inside]
The Carolina Photojournalism Workshop was founded in 2004. Each year a small group of UNC multimedia students travel to a different part of the state to produce a web documentary. 2008
: Cape Fear to Down Here, 2007
: Smoky Mountain Stories, 2006
: Stories from the Crystal Coast, 2005
: Highlands, NC, 2004
: Changing Wetlands Changing Ways.
Dr. John Rudoff
is a cardiologist in Oregon, but before he entered medical school, he was the staff photographer at The Main Point
, a coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, PA associated with the early 1960s folk revival in the Philadelphia area. His photographs of the Philadelphia folk scene include unidentified local folkies
, but also touring folk singers such as Dave van Ronk
and John Hammond
. Eventually, Rudoff got a press pass to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where he took photos of Mary Travers sharing a moment with Mimi and Dick Fariña
and Joan Baez with a pre-psychedelicized Chambers Brothers
, but the most amazing discovery of all are the photos of when Bob Dylan "went electric."
And now you can see Rudoff's whole collection
, thanks to the magic of Flickr.
The New Road
. A photo essay by Rob Amberg on the building of I-26 through Madison County in the mountains of North Carolina. via
is a bi-annual online photo magazine presenting new work of photographers from around the world. Lunatic offers the opportunity to photographers to promote original stories, images, and photojournalism. (Issue1
The Places We Live
is a new project by photographer Jonas Bendiksen from Magnum
is the author of the book Satellites
American-Dutch photographer Peter van Agtmael
and English photographer Olivia Arthur
are the two newest nominees recently welcomed into Magnum Photos
. Agtmael's images of Afghanistan and Iraq are very powerful - he discusses his work in Conscientious
. Arthur's recent work has focused on women's experiences in what she calls the Middle Distance
. [more inside]
So you'd like to see daily photographs taken in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area? You can start with What I'm Seeing
and supplement your viewing with the following sites. [more inside]
Then and Now
presents works from 8 South African documentary photographers - each contributes 10 photos taken during apartheid and 10 made since the democratic elections of 1994. (On display at Duke University
through July 27.) [more inside]
is the name of Chicago Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante's long-term documentary project. Presented in diptych form, he shows the lives of two subjects on the same piece of land separated only by time. From the Cagwin family farm to a sleepy suburban Chicago subdivision, the striking images magically embody the old saying- the more things change, the more they stay the same. [more inside]
photographed by Felice Beato
, a pioneer 19th century photographer who documented the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny
and the Anglo-French military intervention in China
before opening a studio in Yokohama in 1863. He also seems to have been the first photographer in Korea
.Wikipedia NYPL archive First two links are units in MIT's Visualizing Cultures project
The Roma Journeys
- contemporary photographs of Roma life in Hungary, India, Greece, Romania, France, Russia, and
Finland by Joakim Eskildsen. For more photo essays and info on the Roma, see two superb prior posts by plep
Alexandra Boulat, one of the world's top women photojournalists
has passed away. Her work will continue
(quicktime slideshow+audio). [more inside]
A look back at the NC2000
, a short history of the one of the first photojournalist-quality digicams. [via]
Contact Press Images - 30 Years of Excellence
- Digital Journalist highlights three decades of photojournalism from this premier independent agency dedicated to producing "in-depth photographic essays of pressing global concern." [more]
is a London photojournalist whose portfolio features work on some fun and quirky themes. He won the 2004 World Press Photo for his series called drinking of england
. Some other series, like nudestock
, are NSFW.
"I couldn't face the prospect of my child growing up and asking me, years later, what I had done, and having to say: 'Nothing.'"
Last spring Leslie Thomas, a Chicago-based architect, read a story detailing the fallout of hostilities between the Sudanese government and the rebels -- more than 200,000 dead, 2.5 million made homeless -- and decided to put together DARFUR/DARFUR
: a traveling exhibit
of digitally-projected changing images. The goal: to raise $1m with at least 24 venues in 24 months.
The photographs have been taken in Darfur
by photojournalists Lynsey Addario
, Mark Brecke
, VII's Ron Haviv
, Magnum Photos's Paolo Pellegrin
, Ryan Spencer Reed
, Michal Safdie, and former U.S. Marine Brian Steidle
. On a sidenote, Pellegrin has just been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant.