Ed Ou on the front page of the International Herald Tribune (Europe edition) today with a photo from the village of Tannourine in Lebanon for an article about Iran trying to increase its influence over the country. Iran has for instance offered to build a dam in Tannourine, an idea that hasn’t pleased everybody in the solidly Christian village. You can read the article here. Obvious symbolism with the cross on the foreground, but I think it really works, making a photo of an otherwise seemingly unremarkable scene interesting. Certainly caught and pleased my eyes.
Caption in the newspaper: Tannourine, Lebanon, site of a proposed dam to be built with Iranian money. Many residents of the mainly Christian area are wary of Tehran’s effort to widen its influence in the country.
Received National Geographic Magazine’s June issue in the mail this morning. Includes David Alan Harvey’s brilliant series ‘OBX’ on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, that I was admiring already in last week’s Features and Essays. Great to see this in print. The online series is available on NGM Feature Hub here, but do check out the print copy. Always better.
Caption in the magazine: “Do you need a fish that bad?” I shouted at this boy as he repeatedly cast a line into the heaving sea. “Do you need a photo that bad?” he shouted back. We ended up agreeing that we were both a little crazy for being out on the Nags Head during a nor ‘easter.
In celebration of the Egypt’s first free presidential elections, today’s tearsheet is a Moises Saman double spread from Cairo in the latest Newsweek Int’l dated 28 May 2012. The photo opens Dan Ephron’s article ‘The Irresistible Islamist’.
Caption in the magazine: Egyptians go to the polls this week.
You can see the photo also in a slideshow on Newsweek here.
Moises Saman is currently covering the presidential elections for The New York Times. A slideshow, ‘Egypt’s Choice’, was posted on NYT website two days ago.
His November 2011 series ‘Cairo Undone’ on the New York Times, narrated by the late Anthony Shadid is really worth having a look if you haven’t seen it before.
Marco Grob has the Time cover and a double spread inside with photos of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The cover itself is rather uninspiring black and white head shot (you can see it here), but I really liked Grob’s double spread photo opening the Richard Stengel piece, ‘Bibi’s Choice’, showing Netanyahu on the backseat of a black limo only lit by some of Grob’s strobes, in a scene that – to me – portrays him, even with that expressionless face, as a somewhat shady character or some kind of a dark force (of Middle East politics). I might of course be reading some of my own not-so-positive views on the prime minister into the photograph. I wonder what Michael Shaw would think? Anyway, you’ll have to make up your own mind. But I’m sure you’ll agree… It’s a terrific image.
Marco Grob (b.1965, Switzerland) is a well-known portrait photographer. He is a regular contributor to Time as one of the magazine’s seven contract photographers. One of Grob’s recent notable series for the magazine was the Beyond 9/11: Portraits for Resilience project.
Mikko writing here. Was browsing through Saturday’s Telegraph Magazine at a coffee shop this afternoon. Found this Lorenzo Meloni photograph of militiamen patrolling streets in Benghazi, arresting. Opens ‘Tug of War’, an article by Peter Oborne and Richard Cookson on parts of Libya being at the mercy of rival militias.
Caption in the magazine: Militiamen patrolling the streets of Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city. In March, tribal leaders unilaterally declared the formation of a new state in the oil-rich east of the country with its own parliament, police, and courts. Benghazi would be its capital.
Meloni’s name didn’t ring a bell, but having look at his work now, I do remember seeing The Streets of Yemen At Night feature that was posted on Lightbox last year.
Olivier writing here. This is my first post for Photojournalism Links. I’ve been a long-time follower of Mikko’s work, which has, over the years, proved to be an amazing resources for photojournalists and photo editors. It’s my pleasure to help Mikko update and develop the site further, and we’re already planning new things for the site. Stay tuned.
Let’s get started.
First things first, if you happen to be in London this coming week, head for the Frontline Club, which is holding a series of photography events, including VII Photo’s seminar (Hint: if you’re looking to buy the agency’s latest book Questions Without Answers, you’ll get the opportunity to get it signed by a lot of the their photographers!) Reportage by Getty Images will also be there with a couple of events, including a discussion with Peter Dench, Tom Stoddart and Aidan Sullivan. Finally, on 24 May, there’s the Panos Pictures Networking Party.
Washington Post: Vogue’s flattering article on Syria’s first lady is scrubbed from Web. The images used by Vogue were shot by James Nachtwey. A copy of the article is hosted by a website called President Assad here. In the Washington Post’s article, it’s mentioned that Assad’s children aren’t actually his but decoys planted for security reasons.
Walk Your Camera: Perpetuating the Visual Myth of Appalachia – or how a photographer reacts to a very bad edit, done by CNN, of her work.
Martin Parr: Too Much Photography.
Photobooth at The New Yorker: Will Steacy’s Photographs Not Taken continues to make the rounds, this time with The New Yorker publishing Nina Berman’s story of Cathy, who she met in London in the 1990s.
“Video storytelling is different in execution than still photography, without a doubt. But it has been well-established that very talented still photographers can make the transition back and forth between the media and enhance their visual reporting,” says Sean D. Elliot, president of the National Press Photographers Association.
A Photo Editor: Is it Time to Eliminate Stills From Your Shoot?
A lot of talk about Hipstamatic, Instagram, and all-things Lomography in recent weeks, especially since Facebook paid $1.2bn for Instagram, so here we go:
NYT Lens: Benjamin Lowy: Virtually Unfiltered. The article that brought back the whole Hipstamatic debate on the table.
Conscientious: On the Hipstamatic Journalist. Joerg Colberg wonders how The New York Times can publish Hipstamatic images without it violating its strict rules about photo manipulation.
NYT: Everyone’s Lives, in Instagram Pictures. Karen Rosenberg tries to answer the question: “Why do we want to tweak our pictures so conspicuously?”
Time Lightbox: Lomography and the “Analogue Future”.
San Francisco Chronicle: Hipstamatic Founders Lucas Buick, Ryan Dorshorst. An interview with the founders of the controversial app, and their plans for the future, including the release of an iPad magazine with interviews of star photographers using Hipstamatic.
Slate: In Defense of Instagram: Why News Photography Goes Well With Vintage-Filtered Cat Pic. An older article (March 2012), but felt it was needed in this context.
PetaPixel: IKEA Cardboard Camera Called KNAPPA To Land on Store Shelves Soon. Even Ikea is going into the cheap digital camera market.
Even about Instagram and Hipstamatic. Last week, there was an auction to help the family of Anton Hammerl, who was killed in Libya a year ago.
BBC: War photographer Anton Hammerl remembered at auction. A video of the auction and interviews with family, friends and colleagues.
NYT Lens: At Christie’s, an Auction for Anton.
Time Lightbox: Robert Capa, Friend of Anton.
Talking about Robert Capa…
The Guardian: Robert Capa and Gerda Taro: love in a time of war.
In Spain, Capa soon developed a reputation for taking photographs whatever the risk, setting the tone for war reportage as we now know it. Taro, too, was often seen running across the battle lines with her camera, her bravery matched by her recklessness. She travelled back and forth to the frontlines, shooting what she saw, often driven by a mixture of humanity, political commitment and a shrewd understanding of the power of the photograph to shape public opinion.
Time Lightbox: Overseas Press Club Award Winners Announced. Including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award, which went to André Liohn.
Channel 4 News: Death in a time of life. Jon Snow remembers Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria earlier this year.
NYT Lens: Parting Glance: Horst Faas.
Panos Pictures: Robin Hammond Released From Prison in Zimbabwe. After being held for two weeks in Zimbabwe, Robin Hammond has been released and is back in Paris, safe and sound. I’m looking forward to seeing the images he came back with after spending two years documenting this country.
NYT Lens: A Ride Cloaked in Secrecy. I love this kind of articles, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the news, especially when it has a West Wing kind of vibe. Here, we get the background on how a photographer reported on President Obama’s secretive trip to Afghanistan.
NYT Lens: The Eddie Adams Workshop’s 25th Year.
NYT Lens: Touring the Nanny-Photographer’s Past. Yet another article about Vivian Maier.
Chicago Tribune: The Great John H. White.
The Guardian: Richard Mosse’s best shot.
The Guardian: Saatchi captures the confusion of contemporary photography.
“The title, Out of Focus, may have been meant ironically, but it takes on a more pointed meaning if you approach the show as a mirror of the fractured world of contemporary practice.”
Wall Street Journal: The Surreal Selling of Man Ray.
PhotoShelter: Photography Through the Eyes of Art Directors.
PhotoShelter: The 40+ Items Every Photography Assistants Needs Now.
A few articles about photographers’ rights and copyrights:
Time Lightbox: Fight for Your Right: Resources for Photographers Covering Protests (note: it’s mainly for US-based photographers).
Nancy L. Ford Blog: Why NOT to give away your copyrights.
The Russian Photos Blog: Agence France Presse vs Morel: “AFP Got Caught With A Hand In The Cookie Jar And Will Have To Pay” Out of 200 pages of legal documents filed by both Daniel Morel and Agence France-Presse / Getty Images, this sentence, written by an AFP employee is by far the one that caught the attention of the industry. I’ve used it in my standfirst as well, and A Photo Editor picked up as well.
And to finish, a 100-minute documentary about Helmut Newton from Frames From The Edge. Of course, it’s best watched in full-screen.
And a 60-minute interview with Michele Hadlow, Forbes’ Senior Photo Editor on How to Shoot Powerful Portraits of Powerful People.
Finally, congratulations to photographers Karim Ben Khelifa and Finbarr O’Reilly. Both have been selected as International Nieman Fellows for the Class of 2013 at Harvard. Ben Khelifa will “conduct research on journalist-audience engagement, analyze the behavioral economics linked to crowdfunding and study new business models promoting the diversification of visual storytelling.” While O’Reilly will “study psychology to better understand how the human mind and behavior is affected by personal experience, with a focus on trauma and conflict zones.”
First two little announcements…Photojournalism Links is going to go through couple of changes. As the posts have been getting longer and slightly more infrequent, I’ve decided that it’s better to post some of the different categories separately. So from now on, for instance Features and Essays will be posted on their own. Also.. for the past over four years, the site has been a one-man operation by me, but I’ve now teamed up with my friend, journalist Olivier Laurent, to work on the site together. As I’m sure most of you will know, Olivier’s day-job is being the news editor over at British Journal of Photography. The man is also very passioned about photojournalism, so it’s great to have him moonlighting here at Photojournalism Links. Olivier will be posting some of the categories, and we are also going to be introducing some original content. More of which in due course. But thou shalt not fear….the site has always been about sharing links to great photojournalism content found online, and that will continue to be the core of Photojournalism Links. But I do believe everything has to evolve to stay fresh, and I think that along with changing the way links are posted, providing some original content is the natural next step. So stay tuned….
But now to the links….
Don’t mean to always start with NatGeo links, but cannot not share these two National Geographic Magazine June issue features right off the bat as they were only put online yesterday…Especially liking the Harvey one…Looking forward to getting the June issue in the post very soon…
David Alan Harvey: North Carolina’s Outer Banks (NGM)
Mark Leong: Hong Kong – In China’s Shadow (NGM)
Seen Martin Roemers’s World Press Photo prize winning series published many times, recently also in Time Int’l, but always worth having a look again…. here’s the series from
New York Times’ Sunday Review…
Martin Roemers: Metropolis (NYT)
Two Tomas Munita series from NYT, obviously much shorter assignments than the above NGM pieces and Roemers’s project, but both with such great openers….
Tomas Munita: Honduras Becomes the Focal Point in America’s Drug War (NYT)
Tomas Munita: A Dam Clouds The Future of Peru’s Indigenous People (NYT)
Different variations of boxing have always been a popular subject for photojournalists, to the extent, you can sometimes go, ‘not a again’, after seeing one (A picture editor once remarked to me in discussion about possible topics: ” Just don’t do a project about boxing.”), but every now and then a new boxing series comes up, that you cannot but enjoy..Like this one…
Devin Yalkin: Blood, Sweat, and Illicit Bets (NYT)
Meridith Kohut: Life Inside a Brothel in Cartagena, Colombia (NYT)
Several photographers have tackled topics around Central and South American immigration to the United States in recent years (for instance Redondo and Orlinsky come to mind), but Joseph Rodriguez’s treatment is right up the with the best, certainly one of the most long-term and intimate, I’ve seen… Hope he manages to make this into a book like he plans…
Joseph Rodriguez: Life on Both Sides of the Border (NYT Lens)
Ed Ou: Camel-Jumpers in Yemen (NYT Lens)
Bryan Denton: Afghan Soldiers Increasingly Attack American Counterparts (NYT)
Blast from the past… The below Okahara’s series is probably couple of years old, so was surprised to see it posted on NYT website… But worth seeing again…such strong work it is…and this is actually multimedia..
Kosuke Okahara: Ibasyo (NYT) multimedia
Tyler Hicks: Moto-Polo (NYT)
Mathieu Young: Illegal Logging in Cambodia (NYT Lens)
Ian Bates: Growing Up Lost in Appalachia (NYT Lens)
Jen Davis: Seeing Yourself as Others Do (NYT Lens)
Mary Beth Meehan: Immigrants in Brockton (NYT Lens)
Rian Dundon: Changsha, China (NYT)
Jiri Makovec: Unique View of New York (NYT Lens)
Really terrific set by Peter Muller…
Pete Muller: Inside South Sudan (Lightbox)
Dominic Nahr: Divided Sudan (Lightbox)
Christopher Morris: Men in Black (Lightbox)
Rian Dundon: City on Fire: A Look Inside Changsha in China (Lightbox)
David Guttenfelder: A New Look at North Korea (Lightbox)
Joakim Eskildsen: Home Works (Lightbox)
Jeffrey Stockbridge: Neighborhood Blues: Kensington: Philadelphia (Lightbox)
Shaul Schwarz: One Morning at Home with John Irving (Lightbox) video
Steve Rubin: Vacationland: Rural Maine Chronicled (Lightbox)
Isadora Kosofsky : Senior Love Triangle (Lightbox)
Tom Stoddart: South Sudan (Reportage)
Justyna Mielnikiewicz: City of Women (Reportage)
Christian Holst: Myanmar’s HIV and AIDS Epidemic (Reportage)
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Alzheimer’s in Colombia (Reportage)
Jon Tonks: The Empire (Reportage)
Ed Kashi: Pretrial Justice in Brazil (VII)
Adam Ferguson: Myanmar in Transition (VII)
Lynsey Addario: The Criminalization of Bad Mothers (VII)
Jessica Dimmock: Jack White (VII)
Sim Chi Yin: Boxing for Burma (VII Mentor)
Giovanni Cocco: Morocco: The Southernmost Border of Europe (VII Mentor)
Giovanni Cocco: Living in Limbo (VII Mentor)
Alex Webb: Havana (Magnum)
Magnum photographers: House of Photos (New Yorker)
Dominic Nahr: Central African Republic, 2012 (Magnum)
Zed Nelson: Hackney (Institute)
Rob Hornstra: Wrestlers (Institute)
Chiara Goia: An Indian Temple’s Golden Secret (New Yorker)
Rena Effendi: The Photographer and The Islamist (New Yorker)
Dominic Bracco II: The Clarinetist : Music in One of the World’s Most Violent Cities (The Smithsonian) video
Alan Chin: Heavy Metal: America’s Tank Factory (Facing Change)
Michael Zumstein: Mangaize Refugee Camp in Niger (Le Monde)
Cedric Gerbehaye: Sudan in Transition (Pulitzer Center)
Ilan Godfrey: Legacy of the Mine (GUP)
Went to the Slideluck Potshow London the other week. You can see all the projected slideshows here. My favourite piece of the night..
Paul S. Amundsen: A Memoir of a Boy (photographer’s website)
Kate Holt: Emerald Valley (zReportage)
Stephen Morton: Making a Marine (zReportage)
Delmi Alcarez: The Crossing Point (zReportage)
Robin Nelson: No Labels Please (zReportage)
Sim Chi Yin: Waiting for Justice in Beijing (Newsweek)
Peter DiCampo: Cocoa in the Shade of War (BloombergBusinessweek)
Peter DiCampo: Night Vision (Foreign Policy)
Charles Ommanney: The Composition of the Secret Service (CNN)
Jon Lowestein: Gang Violence and Crime in Chicago (Newsweek)
Julia Dermansky: Detroit’s Otherwordly Decay (The Atlantic)
Dana Popa: After the New Man (Foto8)
Diana Markosian: Goodbye My Chechnya (Foto8)
Djamila Grossman: The Moons (Foto8)
Finbarr O’Reilly: Sierra Leone Architecture (Reuters)
Finbarr O’Reilly: Sierra Leone, 10 Years After (NYT Lens)
Ben Roberts: Africa’s Premier Ski Resort (photographer’s website)
Kael Alford: Erosion of a Way of Life (CNN)
Andrea Bruce: Women and the Revolution (NOOR)
William Daniels: In the Line of Fire (Panos)
Chloe Dewe Mathews: One Man and His Zoo (Panos)
Ivan Kashinsky: Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom (Panos)
Anders Petersen: Soho, London (Guardian)
Sophie Evans: Noble Ladies (The Observer)
Chloe Borkett: Stories East of the River (Telegraph)
Hazel Thompson: Mumbai Sexslaves (Politiken)
Lucy Nicholson: South Los Angeles, 20 Years After Rodney King Riots (Globe and Mail)
Brian Cassey: The Dogs of Sai Kung (Fotostrada)
Mustafah Abdulaziz: The Music Scene in Berlin (CNN)
Christian Stejskal: Zabbaleen (Cargo Collective)
Gianni Cipriano: Where Beauty Softens Your Grief (Photo Raw)