The year 2012 is coming to an end today and I’m sure you have seen plenty of ‘best of ‘ lists already (If you haven’t, you can find a lot of them here), but I couldn’t resist adding one more by sharing my selection of top ten photographs of the year. Trying to make such a tight edit of all the great photojournalism I’ve seen this year was challenging, but I thought ten was a good round number. So here are the top photographs of 2012, as chosen by me, in chronological order.
Lorenzo Meloni’s photograph of two menacing looking militiamen, one in shades and one wearing a balaclava, patrolling the streets of Benghazi in January 2012 stuck in my mind as soon as I saw The Telegraph Magazine run it double truck in May (The tearsheet here). The picture perhaps gains certain extra power also from the fact that we know what went on in Benghazi later on the year.
Photo © Lorenzo Meloni
Libya. January 2012. – Militiamen patrolling the streets of Benghazi.
Stephanie Sinclair had a great photo essay on Yemen in National Geographic magazine’s September issue (See it here). One of the last photographs of the feature is of a young boy without eyes, cradled by his mother, of whom we don’t see much more than the very body parts the son is missing. Sinclair’s photo, reminiscent of Samuel Aranda’s World Press Photo of the Year 2011, is powerful in how it shows not only trauma but also love and care.
Photo © Stephanie Sinclair
Yemen. March 2012. – Cradled by his mother, Saleem al Hazari lost both eyes to a sniper. The 12-year-old was shot when he joined antigovernmental protesters in Sanaa in 2011.
I find Dominic Nahr’s Sudan photo of a soldier lying immersed in oil in Heglig, one of the most striking images of the past year, not only visually but contextually, capturing something very essential of the conflict the two Sudans had in the oil-rich region. (See the photograph larger here)
Photo © Dominic Nahr – Magnum for TIME
Sudan. 17 April 2012. – A soldier of the northern regime’s army, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), lies dead, immersed in oil next to a leaking petroleum facility after heavy fighting with southern SPLA troops after they entered Heglig.
Timothy Fadek had a photo essay on Greece’s economic turmoil on the Foreign Policy website in June (See the series here. NB You might have to create a free login.). The opening picture of drug addicts shooting up in broad daylight shows in strong detail one of the more extreme examples of the human toll the country’s downturn has caused.
Photo © Timothy Fadek
Athens, Greece. May 2012. – Scenes from a failing economy. Heroin addicts shoot up behind the Athens Cultural Centeron Akademias Street in central Athens.
Egypt has continued to play a big role in the international news. In June, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy was announced as the winner of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election. Below frame, by Daniel Berehulak, of Egyptians celebrating Morsy’s election win, is the one picture with its flags and fireworks, that I remember the most. (See it larger here.)
Photo © Daniel Berehulak – Getty Images
Cairo, Egypt. 24 June 2012.- Egyptians celebrate the election of their new president Mohamed Morsy in Tahrir Square.
Pete Souza has been doing incredible work documenting President Obama’s first term, and it’s difficult to choose his best photo from this past year, but I thought the below picture of Obama sitting in a White House cabinet meeting is an extraordinarily quirky portrayal of the President, taken from an unusual view-point. It shows little more than the chair with a badge identifying who it belongs to, and the President”s back of the head . But I’m sure the head (and the ears!) would be recognisable even without the badge on the chair, but the metal tag does give an air of authority. Amusingly, The Obama campaign tweeted the photo after Clint Eastwood’s infamous empty chair speech at the RNC, with the words ‘This seat’s taken’. I also like how the roundness of the President’s head matches the curves on the wall on the other side of the room.
Photo © Pete Souza / The White House
Washington D.C., United States. 26 July 2012. – A view from behind of the President as he holds a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
Nicole Tung did several trips to Syria in 2012 to document the civil war there. Time Lightbox showcased her work on number of occasions. The opening picture of her Aleppo photo essay ‘A Syrian Tragedy: One Family’s Horror’ shows a horrific scene of a group of men carrying a 15-year-old boy, Hatem, who had been trapped under a rubble following an airstrike on 6 August. Hatem later died in the hospital. His father, mother, younger brother and sister and two younger cousins were also killed in the same attack.
I and Olivier Laurent interviewed Nicole Tung about her work later the same month. You can read the interview here.
Photo © Nicole Tung
Aleppo, Syria. 6 August 2012. – Men carry Hatem Qureya, 15, after he was trapped under rubble following an airstrike in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo, Syria.
Moises Saman has been doing terrific work in Cairo throughout the year. Above, I shared Daniel Berehulak’s picture of Egyptians celebrating their new president. Saman’s photo below shows a very different kind of flag-waving scene, this from the anti-Muslim YouTube video sparked riots directed at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt’s capital. Antonin Kratochvil once said ‘every photographer should have their own version of The Scream’, referring to the similarity of one of his own pictures to the famous Munch painting. If that’s true, I believe Moises Saman now has his. I can see and feel, real raw energy in the young man’s scream below. (See the picture larger here.)
Photo © Moises Saman – Magnum
Cairo, Egypt. September 2012. – Protestors shout and raise a flag above a burned-out car near the clashes.
I’ve seen two versions of the below scene. One by Narciso Contreras, whose coverage of the Syrian civil war has probably been the strongest and most comprehensive of any photographer out there, and the one seen here by Javier Manzano. Both are striking photographs, but I just happen to prefer the Manzano one, perhaps as the rays of light are slightly more pronounced in his photo due to the darker exposure.
Photo © Javier Manzano / AFP
Aleppo, Syria. 18 October 2012. – Two Syrian rebels take sniper positions at the heavily contested neighborhood of Karmal Jabl in central Aleppo.
Out of all the photographs done done during hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, there’s no question in my mind that Iwan Baan’s aerial photograph of the Manhattan powercut, which ran on the cover of the New York Magazine, was the most remarkable and memorable. You can read about the shoot here.
Photo © Iwan Baan
New York City, United States. 1 November 2012. – Superstorm Sandy aerial shot of Manhattan powercut.
Second month in a row that Paolo Pellegrin has work in the National Geographic magazine…and what a timing for the subject, since the series was probably shot months and months ago and based on an editor’s note the issue was just going to press when the most recent Gaza conflict escalated.
Amazing work. The below photo might not represent the story as well as some of the other photos in the NatGeo edit, it’s not directly related to the tunnels for one, but I think it looks incredible and symbolises well Gaza as the world’s largest outdoor prison, which it in many ways is.
Paolo Pellegrin: The Tunnels of Gaza (NGM) ‘They are a lifeline of the underground economy but also a death trap. For many Palestinians, they have come to symbolize ingenuity and the dream of mobility.’
Frédéric Sautereau: Gaza (Paris Match)
David Degner: Scenes from Gaza’s Violence (Newsweek)
Terrific series in December’s NatGeo magazine by Carolyn Drake.
Carolyn Drake: Shamans: Masters of Ecstasy (NGM) ‘They are shamans—called by spirits to heal bodies, minds, and souls—and their numbers are growing.’
Great photos from Cuba on the New York Times website… Photographer’s name withheld… My guess is these might be Tomas Munita photos… but you are welcome to prove me wrong, if you have solid information.
[anonymous]: Changes in Cuba Create Support for Easing Embargo (NYT)
Julien Goldstein: Cuba (Photographer’s website)
Eros Hoagland: A Reckoning at the Frontier (NYT Lens) ‘Photographs of the Mexican Drug War Along the Border’
Michael Robinson Chavez: Rio de Favela (LA Times) [multimedia] | ‘Rio de Janeiro’s favelas border the city’s toniest areas and beaches. Rio is attempting to pacify the slums with a massive police presence. Still, drug gangs litter the city within sight of the stadium scheduled to host the Olympic Games in 2016.’
Two different edits of Robin Hammond’s Zimbabwe work which won the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award…
Robin Hammond: Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence (Paris Match) Zimbabwe
Robin Hammond: Zimbabwe (Lightbox)
“The challenge today is to make stories that transcend the millions of pictures that are shot but don’t actually say anything, to make sure that you’re giving a message through powerful photography and giving a voice to the people who are in your images.” – Tom Stoddart
Audio slideshow of Tom Stoddart’s South Sudan work on the ICRC website, narrated by the photographer himself.
Tom Stoddart: Into The Earth (ICRC) South Sudan
John Stanmeyer: Battle-worn South Sudan copes with refugee health crisis (CNN Photos)
Well edited gallery on Time website with strong photos by Jerome Delay, Phil Moore, Tony Karumba et al.
(various photographers): Congo’s Crisis: Rebels Launch Offensive in Country’s East (TIME)
(various photographers): Rebel Attacks in Eastern Congo (The Atlantic – In Focus)
Dominic Nahr: Rebels Gain Ground in the DRC (Magnum)
Jerome Delay: Battle in Eastern Congo (Washington Post)
Phil Moore: La Chite De Goma (Paris Match)
Phil Moore: Congolese people flee town of Sake as fighting breaks out (Guardian) ‘As rebels and government-allied militia fight for the town of Sake, the Congolese inhabitants fled to the safety of the camps in the east’
Phil Moore: M23 fighters capture Goma in the DR Congo (Al Jazeera)
Jehad Nga: Deep Wounds of Past Produce New Violence in Congo (NYT)
Great portraits series on South Africa’s AIDS orphans by Jonathan Torgovnik
Jonathan Torgovnik: Generation of Orphans: South Africa’s Children of AIDS (Lightbox)
Greg Marinovich: South African Miners Strike at Fear (NYT Lens)
Per-Anders Pettersson: A Microcosm of the New South Africa (NYT Lens)
Pascal Maitre: An African Journey (NYT Lens)
Fernando Moleres: Sierra Leone Prisons (Lightbox)
Benedicte Kurzen: In Mozambique, a New Prosperity for Some (NYT)
Joe Penney: Guinea-Bissau (Guardian) ‘Reuters photographer Joe Penney depicts life in Guinea-Bissau and explores the legacy of years of conflict on this tiny West African country, from the fading symbols of its former Portuguese rulers, to the plight of those who fought for independence, and the impact that years of war have had on the current generation’
Moises Saman photographing the most recent turmoil in Cairo for TIME…brilliant photos..
Moises Saman: Egypt: Thousands Protest President Morsy’s Decree (Time) NB last 6 photos in the slideshow by other photographers
Rena Effendi: Egypt Dispatch: Coptic Christians Grapple With Fear and Faith (Mother Jones)
Jerome Sessini: Battleground Aleppo (Magnum)
Matilde Gattoni: The Swallows of Syria (Lightbox)
Tom Pilston: The Battles for Syria (Panos)
(various photographers): Syria in Ruins (The Atlantic)
Niclas Hammarstrom: Syria’s Killing Fields (zReportage)
Adam Ferguson: Irak (Paris Match)
Andrew McConnell’s portrait series of urban refugees in different parts of the world…Fantastic..
Andrew McConnell: Hidden Lives (Panos) The untold story of urban refugees.
Stephanie Sinclair: The Secret World Of Child Brides (VII Magazine)
Sanjit Das: Amarnath Yatra (Panos) ‘Every year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims make their way up to the Amarnath cave, 3,888 metres above sea level in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, to visit one of the holiest sites in Hinduism.’
Sanjit Das: Burning Issue (FT Weekend) ‘India is suffering an unprecedented energy crisis. So why are fires being left to rage in Jharia, home to its richest coalfields?’
Sanjit Das: Malnutrition in an Indian Village (Businessweek)
Gaël Turine: The Fence of Shame (Agence Vu)
Raghu Rai: Desperate battle to save India’s children (BBC)
Brent Lewin: Sightseeing at India’s Camel Fair (WSJ)
Q. Sakamaki in the latest Newsweek Int’l…
Q. Sakamaki: China’s Outer Lands (Newsweek)
Bruno Barbey: Shanghai (Magnum)
Zhang Kechun: China’s Yellow River (Lightbox)
Sim Chi Yin: In China, a New Beginning (NYT)
Sim Chi Yin: Les révoltés de Wukan (Le Monde)
Sim Chi Yin: A Changsha, on n’arrête plus le progrès (Le Monde)
Joachim Ladefoged: +852 Hong Kong (VII)
Shiho Fukada’s series on young Japanese women working as hostesses.
Shiho Fukada: Cinderellas of the Night (Panos) ‘Job opportunities for women in Japan are scarce. A mere 65 % of women who graduate from university find permanent employment. Working as a hostess, or kyabajo, has become a viable, and well paid, alternative for many educated young women.~~In Japan, a hostess is a young woman who entertains men at bars or clubs. Customers pay considerable sums of money for the pleasure of their company – for flirting but no sex.’
Shiho Fukada: No Country for Old Men (Panos)
Shiho Fukada: Internet Cafe Refugees (Panos)
Michael Wolf: Tokyo’s Commuters (Slate)
Gary Knight: How China Wields ‘Soft Power’ in the Golden Triangle (Pulitzer Center) Burma | ‘This place has always served as a watery junction where human and physical geographies collide. Burma, Laos and Thailand all meet here, as do the great Mekong and its smaller tributary, the Ruak, which tumbles down out of the Shan Hills.’
Gilles Sabrie: Towards a New Myanmar (Photographer’s website)
Ian The: Burma Spring (Agence Vu)
Kuni Takahashi: In Western Myanmar, a History of Hatred Emerges (NYT)
Alexander F. Yuan: The Waiting House: Caring for Burma’s HIV Patients (TIME)
Jes Aznar: A Baby Boom in the Philippines (IHT)
John Vink: Cambodia: The Off-ASEAN (Photographer’s website)
Taslima Akhter: Fighting Hopelessness Amid Ashes (NYT Lens) Aftermatch of garment factory fire on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jonathan Saruk: Kabul Movie Houses Take a Break From Insurgents and Chaos (Wired)
Bryan Denton: Herat, an Unusually Modern Afghan City (NYT)
Daniel Berehulak: Afghan War Amputees And Civilians Treated At ICRC Orthopedic Center (Getty Images archive)
Lorexon Tugnoli: Kabul’s Sex Workers Get Organized (WSJ) ‘Prostitutes Teach Colleagues About Condoms and Testing in Afghanistan’s Highly Conservative Society’
Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong: Poppy – Trails of Afghan Heroin (Foto8)
Brian Cassey: The Aak Puul Ngantam Stockman (Fotostrada)
Ulet Ifansasti: Death metal: tin mining in Indonesia (Guardian)
Great to see Eugene Richards shoot the Sandy aftermath for TIME…The edit could have been kept a little tighter, but there’s a sense of empathy in many of the photos and Richards’ captions, which really hit home and make you realise the huge magnitude of the devastation caused by Sandy not just on infrastructural, but on human level…
Eugene Richards: Devastation in Staten Island (Lightbox)
Stephen Wilkes: Aerial Photographs of Superstorm Sandy’s Aftermath (Lightbox)
Finlay Mackay: In Sandy’s Shadow: How the Redfern Houses’ True Ordeal Began After the Storm (Lightbox)
Susannah Ray: Recalling the ‘Right Coast,’ Before the Storm (NYT)
Plenty of empathy here too…
Todd Heisler: One Neighborhood, Unimaginable Loss (NYT)
NYT photographers: Glimmers of Light in a Darkened City (NYT Lens)
New Yorker photographers: After Sandy: Manhattan and the Rockaways (Photo Booth)
Massimo Berruti: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath in New York (Agence Vu)
Mario Tama: Superstorm Sandy, the aftermath (Guardian)
Terrific portraits by Marco Grob…
Marco Grob: Class of 2016: The Political Leaders to Watch (Lighbox)
Grant Cornett: A History of the Campaign in 100 Objects (Lightbox)
TIME photographers: The 2012 Presidential Election Year in Pictures (Lightbox)
Christopher Morris: On the Road with Mitt Romney (Lightbox)
Christopher Morris: Romney Republicans (Photographer’s website)
Brooks Kraft: Last Days on the Road with Obama (Lightbox)
Michael Mergen: The Halls of Democracy: Places of Civic Responsibility (Lightbox)
Daniel Borris: Ohio’s Faith in Democracy (NYT)
Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi: The Undecided (Photo Booth) video
Ashley Gilbertson: Ohio Voters: Before and After (Photo Booth)
New Yorker photographers: Election Morning: Florida and Virginia (Photo Booth
New Yorker photographers: Election Day (Photo Booth)
New Yorker photographers: Scenes from Election Night (Photo Booth)
New Yorker photographers: Election Day: Swing States and Beyond (Photo Booth)
Jon Lowenstein: Election Night on Chicago’s South Side, in Polaroids (Photo Booth)
In awe of Hiroyuki Ito’s work in Lens…. (Last frame gave me a flashback of a Christopher Anderson’s Capitolio pic #random)
Hiroyuki Ito: NYC (NYT Lens)
Pieter Hugo: Empire of the In-Between (NYT Magazine) video | NB only the stills seen in the video by Hugo
Alec Soth: Foam Party (NYT Magazine)
Henry Leutwyler: Behind the Curtain at the New York City Ballet (New York Magazine)
Emine Ziyatdinova: In Brighton Beach, a Bittersweet Peace (NYT Lens)
Doug Ricard: Street View (Photo Booth)
Larry Racioppo: Hoops Spring Eternal (NYT Lens)
Brendan Hoffman: Gorgeous Photos From the Front Lines of Outsourcing (Wired)
Briony Campbell and Duncan Nicol Robertson: A New World – Hope and Fear on an American Roadtrip (Foto8)
Will Seberger: Homeland (zReportage)
Strong set on Portugal’s economic crisis by Mauricio Lima and equally so, one on Spain’s financial woes by Samuel Aranda… Both shot on assignment for The New York Times…
Mauricio Lima: Portugal Passes Another Austere Budget (NYT)
Samuel Aranda: Evictions on the Rise in Spain (NYT)
Samuel Aranda: Spanish Crisis (Photographer’s website)
Alvaro Deprit: Once Upon a Time in Tabernas (NYT Lens)
Guy Martin: Deadly Dust of Taranto (Panos) Italy
Murray Ballard: Cryonics (Wired)
Sophie Gerrard: The Dunes (Foto8)
Kayte Brimacombe: Homelessness: Mario’s story (Guardian)
Kenneth O’Halloran: Muddy Business (NYT Magazine) NB not the first photo in the slideshow | Irish jockeys
New Yorker Photo Booth showcased work from Magnum’s new book ‘Magnum: Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom’
Joop Swart Masterclass essays.
The future is bright for lot of these guys I’m sure…
Joop Swart Masterclass 2012 essays (World Press Photo)
Martin Parr: Life’s a Beach (Paris Match)
Ami Vitale: Bathtime (Panos) Hungary
Mugur Varzariu : Roma (NYT Lens)
Michal Solarski: Hungarian Sea (Burn)
Amanda Rivkin: Bachelor parties in Prague (CNN Photos)
Mathias Depardon: Tracing the past along the Black Sea’s coast (CNN Photos)
Andrew Testa: ‘He also collected books’ (Panos) Penis museum in Iceland
Thomas Peschak: The Shark Trade of the Arabian Sea (Lightbox)
Video of Steve McCurry shooting the Pirelli calendar…
Steve McCurry : Pirelli Calendar 2013 behing the scenes video (Telegraph) ‘The world’s most beautiful women, including Karlie Kloss, Petra Nemcova and a heavily pregnant Adriana Lima, cover up for photojournalist Steve McCurry’s Pirelli Calendar.’
Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs #1 (Phaidon)
Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs #2 (Phaidon)
Steve McCurry (Art Space)
Steve McCurry (YouTube) ‘Steve McCurry shares his expertise and opinions on shooting documentary photography’
Tyler Hicks on working in Gaza.
Tyler Hicks : Working in Gaza (NYT Lens) ‘A Responsibility to Photograph, and Remember’
Bernat Armangué : The war in Gaza: photographing the conflict (Guardian) ‘Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué tells the story behind some of his images that have featured on front pages around the world in the last week’
Don McCullin trying out Canon gear in this 27 minute video on the CPN site.
Don McCullin (CPN) “The love affair I’ve had with photography has been total commitment and I’ve not taken any short cuts to do it.”
Don McCullin : The Art of Seeing (Guardian) ‘For the veteran war photographer, emotional awareness is the most important aspect of photography’
Barbara Davidson (PhotoShelter Vimeo) Luminance 2012
Photographers and NGOs : When Interest Creates a Conflict (NYT Lens) ‘Ethical Questions Raised by Photographing for NGOs’
Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini (Al Jazeera) ‘Scenes from a Syrian city under siege : An audio slideshow from Aleppo by a photographer who spent two harrowing weeks dodging bullets to cover the conflict.’
Michael Christopher Brown (New Yorker Photo Booth) HBOs Witness: Libya
Photographers Amid Chaos (NYT) On HBOs Witness series
Miguel Medina : Up close and personal with the Syrian rebels (AFP Correspondent blog)
Massoud Hossaini (scmp.com) ‘What’s behind a Pulitzer Prize winning photo?’
Tomas van Houtryve (Oslo Freedom Forum)
Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi (smdlr)
Robin Hammond on his Zimbabwe work.
Robin Hammond (RFI English)
Robin Hammond (Arte TV) NB in French
Old John G Morris interview on C-Span.
John G Morris (C-Span)
I don’t have an iPad, so haven’t experienced using Reuters’ The Wider Image app, but it does look very nice..
Lisa Wiltse (PDN) ‘Breakout Photo Essay of the Year: Lisa Wiltse’s Charcoal Kids of Ulingan’
Scout Tufankjian on the photo of the Obamas hugging which went viral after the Obama campaign tweeted on the election night…
Scout Tufankjian, the photographer of the ‘Most-Liked Photograph of All Time’ (Slate)
Laura Olin : The Photo the Obama Campaign Almost Used for Its Victory Tweet (Slate) ‘How did the Obama campaign decide to use that photo of Barack and Michelle Obama hugging to accompany its victory tweet? The photo that became the most-retweeted, most liked photo in social media history? Campaign social media honcho Laura Olin filled Slate in by email on the gametime decision—and showed us the photo that almost made the cut.’
Damon Winter on photographing Obama in 2008 and 2012 (NYT) ‘A Face More Careworn, a Crowd Less Joyful’
Fascinating video of Stephen Wilkes talking about his Day to Night project…
Stephen Wilkes and his Day to Night project (CBS video on PetaPixel)
Jim Urquhart : Portraying polygamy (Reuters Photographers blog)
Brian Finke (LA Times Framework blog) ‘reFramed: In conversation with Brian Finke’
David Alan Harvey on the Vogue Italy site.
David Alan Harvey (Vogue Italy)
Elliott Erwitt (Art Space)
Peter Marlow on photographing English cathedrals (Magnum)
Harry Gruyaert’s best photograph – waiting for a Belgian parade (Guardian)
Gideon Mendel (BBC)
Pieter Hugo (YouTube)
Joel Meyerowitz (NYT) ‘A Restless Lifetime of Paying Attention’
Joel Meyerowitz : A Question of Color — Answered (NYT Lens)
Joel Meyerowitz : ‘brilliant mistakes … amazing accidents’ (Guardian) | The photographer, best known for his 9/11 pictures, talks about his new book, which celebrates his 50 years of finding the ‘wow’ factor in everyday places
Joel Meyerowitz interview by Olivia Bee : ‘The Young Gun Meets the Living Legend’ (Vice)
Fred R. Conrad on photographing Meyerowitz (NYT Lens)
Lauren Greenfield on the Bait and Switch of “The Queen of Versailles” and the Importance of Good Cinematography (Documentary Channel blog)
Paul Moakley (rereveal.com)
Larissa Leclair : The Indie Photobook Library (Lightbox)
Isa Leshko (PDN) ‘Sustaining a Long-Term Photo Project’
Photographer Daniel Beltrá on his Greenpeace mission to the Arctic (Guardian) audio slideshow
Two part Ben Lowy interview on A Photo Editor.
Sony World Photography awards Student Focus winner Asef Ali Mohammad shares his hopes and fears as he starts his career in photography (Guardian) ‘What is life like for emerging student photographers?’
How Iwan Baan got his amazing NYC/Hurricane Sandy cover for the New York Magazine.
New York Magazine director of photography Jody Quon on Baan’s cover (Time Lightbox Tumblr)
Great Reuters TV video of their photographers describing documenting Sandy and its aftermath
Reuters photographers show images of the devastation caused by hurricane Sandy (Reuters TV) ‘A witness to Sandy’s wrath’
Andrew Burton : photographing Sandy (ABC News)
Levon Biss on photographing Mario Balotelli (Lightbox)
Melissa Golden (Digital Photo Pro)
John Delaney on Hoboken, New Jersey (BJP)
In My Bag – by Daniel Berman (Photo Brigade)
Agencies and Collectives
It’s not even December yet, but some Best of 2012s are out already….
VII: Best of 2012: Highlights of a Year in Pictures | ‘VII photographers present their best images, shot or released in 2012′
Best Pictures of the Year from Agence France Presse (Whittier Daily News)
European Pressphoto Agency: The Year in Images (EPA)
Reuters’ best pictures of the year is pretty cool as it includes comments by the photographers and even technical info…
Reuters: Best Photos of The Year 2012 (Reuters)
Prime Collective: Newsletter November 2012
NOOR: Evelien Kunst becomes NOOR’s new Managing Director | news on BJP
Magnum event at Frontline Club in London : Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom : Thursday December 13, 2012 7:00 PM
Trailer to the upcoming McCulling documentary…Very much looking forward to seeing the film at some point…In the mean time I’ll be reading his autobiography Unreasonable Behaviour.
Trailer to the documentary ‘McCullin’ (Guardian) ‘Watch the world exclusive trailer for David and Jacqui Morris’s documentary on British photographer Don McCullin, whose acclaimed work for the Observer and the Sunday Times in Vietnam, Biafra, Cyprus and Lebanon produced some of the defining images of war. McCullin describes the ‘moral sense of purpose and duty’ behind his work. McCullin is released in the UK on 1 January 2013′
Somewhere to Disappear with Alec Soth
Looks like Contrasto has pushed the publication of James Nachtwey’s Pietas forward until September 2013… Was supposed to come out late October… Shame. Was on my wish list for Santa…
Reckoning at the Frontier by Eros Hoagland (Kickstarter crowdfunding) ‘Reckoning at the Frontier is an upcoming photography book that explores the drug war in northern Mexico.’
Workshop : Photographic storytelling with Sebastian Meyer and Anastasia Taylor-Lind : 7 December, London(Guardian) ‘Two eminent, widely published and very different photojournalists give a Guardian Masterclass in telling stories with images.’
Laura Pannack new website
Mark Hartman on Verve
Paul Taggart on Verve
Pavel Prokopchik on Verve
Philipp Spalek on Verve
Daniel Hartley-Allen on Verve
Linda Dorigo on Verve
Nieman Fellowships : International entries December 1 | US entries January 31
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford : International entries December 1 | US entries January 15
Arte Laguna Prize : December 5
FotoVisura Photography Grant : December 15
Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellowship for the 2013 NYU-MF Photography and Human Rights Program : December 17
Magenta Flash Forward 2013 Call for Submissions : December 31
Environmental Photographer of the Year : December 31
World Press Photo 2013 Multimedia Contest : January 10
Noorderlicht Photofestival 2013 : January 11
Canon ProfiFoto Award : January 13
Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards : January 15
FotoEvidence Book Award : January 15
The Syngenta Photography Award : January 15
World Press Photo 2013 : Deadline January 17 | deadline for requesting user name and password January 11
Alexia Foundation Grant : January 18
Gomma Books – “Su-ture” : February 18
The Magnum Expression Award : February 23
Nikon Photo Contest : February 28
Recipients and related
Deutsche Börse 2013 – a shortlist that’s short of photographers | in pictures (Guardian) | Related from BJP
World Press Photo: The full list of jury members of the 2013 World Press Photo Contest
World Press Photo: 2012 Joop Swart Masterclass | ‘The 19th edition of the annual masterclass brought masters and young photographers together for five days in Amsterdam’
Rory Peck Awards.
The British Journalism Awards 2012: Finalists revealed (Press Gazette)
Guardian: The strength of the Prix Pictet is in danger of becoming watered down | ‘The prestigious photography prize must not lose its focus on showing the devastating impact of humans on the environment’
Some interesting articles and reviews from the past two months.
Observer: : The Month in Photography | The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books
Sara Hussein: Tweeting from the front line (AFP blog)
Freelance photographer Phil Moore has been filing great work for AFP from Kivu region in Democratic Republic of Congo (I’ll share links to some of the work later this week)… Was fascinating to read about his experiences working in DRC on the AFP’s Correspondent blog…
Phil Moore: ‘I love you very much, that is why we are here’ | Phil Moore on working in DRC
Robert King on working in Syria…
Vice: The Man Who Was There | Robert King has been covering the FSA so long they named him ‘Haji Memphis’
Why we need war correspondents.
Terry Anderson: Running Toward Danger | ‘Why the world still needs war correspondents.’
New York Times: Using War as Cover to Target Journalists
WaPo and NYT public editors on ‘controversial’ Gaza photos…
Washington Post: Photo of dead baby in Gaza holds part of the ‘truth’
New York Times: Photo Caption Should Have Been Better. But ‘Orwellian’? No. | NYT’s Public Editor defends Tyler Hicks’s Gaza photo caption.
Not your average war correspondent… crazy story…
PDN: War Correspondence | ‘This month the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will open an exhibition that promises to change the way photographs of war are seen, understood and written about.’
FT: War and Peace
Lightbox: War/Photography by Geoff Dyer
Lens blog: Coming to Terms With the Legacy of War | The Aftermath Project, Putting Together Its Fifth Book
Kenneth Jarecke: Instagram, the Devil, and You (photographer’s blog)
Kenneth Jarecke: Great Job, You’re Fired (photographer’s blog)
Jon Levy: Foto8 is Leaving Home
Five interesting articles from Guardian’s 80 page supplement ‘Photography Masterclass’ from a week or so ago…
Antonio Olmos: Street Photography (Guardian) ‘Trust your instincts, be brave and alert to every possibility and wear sensible shoes – all that pavement pounding will pay off eventually …’
Martin Argles: Photojournalism (Guardian) Even as technology advances, the role of the photojournalist will remain the same: to expand our awareness of the world
Suki Dhanda: Portrait photography (Guardian) |A powerful portrait must connect the viewer to the subject. Beyond technique and timing, observation and empathy are vita
Eamonn McCabe: Landscape photography (Guardian)| Good landscape photography does not require epic surroundings – beauty can be found on your doorstep if your eyes are open to it
Guardian: Photography: an ever-evolving art form | Our photography critic examines the changing landscape of a thriving medium
Business Insider: Photographers Will Soon Be The Most Valuable People In The News Room
Lens blog: An Inside View on Documentary Stories
David Campbell: Thinking Images v.25: The politics of the individual against the white backdrop (David Campbell’s blog)
Guardian: Magnum Revolution – review | ‘Magnum photographers provide a compelling visual record of violent uprising from Budapest 1956 to the Arab spring’
Evening Standard: Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present
Guardian: Photography: is it art? | | ‘From the earliest days of photography, practitioners took their inspiration from paintings. But as a new exhibition at London’s National Gallery shows, the link went both ways’
Guardian: Light from the Middle East offers a true reflection of a complex region | ‘A new exhibition at London’s V&A offers insights from within cultures that are more often photographed and reported from the outside’
Guardian: Henri Cartier-Bresson: who can beat the master of monochrome? | ‘An exciting new London exhibition pits Henri Cartier-Bresson, famous for eschewing colour in his photography, against some of the best colour photographers of our time’
ADWeek: Time Moves to Responsive Design
Photo Brigade: Holiday Photo Gift Guide 2012
Visual Culture Blog: London Photography Map
Lens blog: An Outsider’s Life in Pictures and Boxes | The Still Unfolding Legend Vivian Maier
Lightbox: The Bechers on Display at Paris Photo
Telegraph: Portraits of a woman | ‘What makes a portrait of a woman unforgettable? We asked eight leading female photographers to identify their favourite.’
Most of the world’s media attention has been on Gaza for the week or so, but the fighting in Syria hasn’t been any quieter. Just yesterday we saw news reports of airstrikes by Syrian government damaging a hospital in Aleppo which killed 15 people and left as many as 40 missing.
Time magazine (Int’l ed.) ran an article about the Syria’s largest city in their last weekend’s issue. Opens with a striking photo by Narciso Contreras who has been filing photos from Aleppo for the Associated Press and Polaris.
Narciso Contreras is a photojournalist born in Mexico City, whose work focuses on ‘feature stories, reportage and documentary based on religious communities, human nature and conflicts.’