Longtime veteran courtroom sketch artist
Gary Myrick gives us a look inside his profession.
The Fed Up
project has collected over 7000 student-submitted photos of school lunches from across the US. They'll be used to create a map and report to make a case for better school lunches. [more inside]
In 1971, the newly-created US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a bunch of freelance photographers to collectively document environmental issues around the country. They were given free rein to shoot whatever they wanted, and the project, named Documerica
, lasted through 1977. After 40 years, the EPA is now encouraging photographers to take current versions of the original Documerica photos and are showcasing them on flickr at State of the Environment
. There are location challenges
, and a set has been created with some of the submissions, making side-by-side comparisons
. [more inside]
In the Shadow of Wounded Knee.
Along the southwestern border of South Dakota is one of the most poverty-stricken places in the United States—the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people. After 150 years of broken promises, they are still nurturing their tribal customs, language and beliefs. Via [more inside]
Sixty-nine photos of US politicians in high school
with a few others mixed in.
is an historical photo narrative with such gems as "Photobooth
", "Last Prisoners Leave Alcatraz
", Dorothea Lange:"Internment
", and the very sexy "Tally Ho
". *Nudity and other possibly offensive photos for some*
The Library of Congress has posted a series of colour photos from the 1930s and 1940s
online. [more inside]
Public Domain Photos
[via mefi projects
]. An extraordinarily rich resource for free stock photography.
"Then my photography started to shift; everything had to be very clean and Republican, straight and perfect... Everything is staged and controlled... It's the complete opposite of war photography."
War photographer Christopher Morris
's new exhibit
: "My America
"Everything is foggy. Everything is not clear. He was alive when we got to the other side. And now I have brought him back dead. Whatever hopes we had, that's where they ended."
The Summer of the Death of Hilario Guzman
work can be found all over the world. He is an artist that carves symbols on rocks and then leaves them at the site where they were created (sometimes burying
- a source of American historical photographs
"I am at war with the obvious",
photographer William Eggleston
once said, explaining his attraction to a ceiling lightbulb engulfed in a shock of red or an old Gulf gasoline sign sprouting like a giant weed against a rural skyline. Attempting to understand that battle
, filmmaker Michael Almereyda
trailed the photographer in action
and in repose
over a period of five years. The resulting film
is "William Eggleston in the Real World
". More inside.,
The Peleliu Project.
The tiny Micronesian island of Peleliu
was the site of one of the bloodiest battles
of World War II. The U.S. invasion
of the Japanese occupied island began in September of 1944
, and was expected to last only a matter of days. Casualties
on this 5 square mile island
reached 20,000 by the end of the two-month struggle
. U.S. soldiers were forced to pour aviation fuel into caves and ignite them in order to end the standoff of those who refused to surrender
. One determined group of 34 Japanese soldiers remained in hiding until they were discovered in April of 1947.
Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class Russell Fee
returned from Peleliu with a fierce, uncompromising vision of America which would have a profound impact
on the life and work of his son. Fifty-three years later, armed with his father's snapshots and diary which he had just uncovered, James Fee
went to Peleliu to see with his own eyes the place where his father's vision had taken shape. The result
of his five year quest is The Peleliu Project
. more inside
's photographs have documented
of refugees in camps
across Central and East Africa and the Middle East. However, his photographs
are distinctly different
from the images of refugees we commonly see in printed news articles
. Sheikh's photographs implicitly assert that the individual refugees
share humanity with their oppressive rulers. He does so by depicting the individuals
rather than as victims of a social and political drama. Sheikh, an American citizen, was just awarded the Grand Prix International Henri Cartier-Bresson
Little visual miracles.
For more than forty years that most American of photographers, Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters Lee Friedlander
, has recorded modern American
urban life -- with its jumble
, and cars
, and television sets
. He likes to turn a common blunder of amateurs
-- photographing something nearby with one's back to the sun
-- into a leitmotif
. His shadow plays the role of alter ego
, sticking to the back of a woman's fur collar, clinging to a lamppost as a parade of drum majorettes passes by, reclining like a stuffed doll on a chair. Clever jigsaw puzzles, his pictures frequently reveal themselves to be laconic, austere poems
to what Friedlander
has termed "the American social landscape
',' meaning mostly ordinary places and affairs. "Friedlander," an exhibition of more than 480 photographs and 25 books
covering decades of work, runs at MoMA through Aug. 29, before traveling to Europe until 2007. More inside.
What Was True.
From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, William Gedney (1932-1989) photographed
throughout the United States
, in India
, and in Europe
, and filling notebook after notebook
with his observations. From the commerce of the street outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores
of unemployed coal miners
, from the lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury
to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, Gedney was able to record the lives of others
with clarity and poignancy. Gedney's America
is a nation of averted eyes, and broken automobiles, and restlessness, a place Edward Hopper would recognize, but so, also, Walt Whitman.
Somewhere along the back roads
of small towns
dotting the Louisiana and Mississippi and Mexico landscape
is Jack Spencer
, a self-taught photographer, searching
. More inside.
In search of lost time
It was Jack Kerouac
who first defined Robert Frank
, who found in it some echo of his own vision
of a vast, broken-down
, but still epic
with restless and lonely dreamers
. 'Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive
, nice,' wrote Kerouac in his now famous introduction to Frank's collection The Americans
, 'with that little camera
that he raises
and snaps with one hand
he sucked a sad poem
right out of America
on to film
, taking rank among the tragic poets
of the world
Frank's exhibition, Storylines
, opens this week at the Tate Modern
A crackdown in Texas.
America - land of the free. And to guarantee that freedom, everyone has to be constantly watchful. Like the photo store clerk from Eckerd
who dutifully reported a Peruvian-born couple's lewd shots of their infants to the Richardson (Dallas/Texas suburbs) police. The photos showed the parents' two infants bathing naked, lying together in bed with their mother (again naked) and the 1-year-old Rodrigo suckling his mother's (naked) breast. So the couple was arrested -- the maximum prison sentence for the crime in question being 20 years -- and the children taken away. (verbatim k5
Fighting the CDA
: The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is working with one of nations most interesting erotic photographers
to overturn the portion of the CDA that ties all internet obscenity to the most restrictive definition of the most restrictive community in the nation.
Comstock offering free flag images
"If you need an image of the American flag for your website or a print piece, please accept this gesture as our admittedly tiny effort to somehow help. You may use any of these images without charge. With all best wishes..."
Trailer Trash get their own website.
Those living in doublewides get their own community
. Slow to load but an enjoyable read.