I’m happy to share with you the news that Photojournalism Links has found a new home at TIME’s Lightbox photo blog.
I recently started working as an associate photo editor for TIME.com and I’m thrilled to take my site there with me. Photojournalismlinks.com will stay up, and I might occasionally post some content here, but the main posts are now made on Lightbox and can be found here. The first of upcoming bi-monthly posts went up today March 25, 2013. Go and have a look.
First Photojournalism Links Features and Essays post for 2013. The previous post was made late November last year, so lots to share. I’ve divided the links in rough geographic sections, apart from the first one.
Always so exciting to see new work by Sebastião Salgado. Guardian posted the latest instalment of Salgado’s Genesis project, this on Nenets in Siberia. Stunning.
Sebastiao Salgado: The Nenets of Siberia (Guardian) For his latest epic project, Genesis, photographer Sebastião Salgado spent eight years documenting parts of the world untainted by modern life. Here, he shares the images he took of the nomadic Nenets of northern Siberia | Also on Washington Post website here
Similar to Salgado’s Nenets in terms of subject matter, and equally beautiful but in colour, here’s Matthieu Paley’s photo essay on Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads from the National Geographic magazine’s February 2013 issue.
Great Afghanistan series by Getty’s Daniel Berehulak on the CNN Photo blog. Particularly like the below photograph.
Daniel Berehulak: The Other Afghanistan (CNN Photo blog)
Andrew Burton has been doing good work on an embed in Afghanistan. His work has been pretty much a daily feature in Reuters’ ‘best pictures of the day’ during the last couple of weeks or so.
Andrew Burton: Embedded in Afghanistan (Reuters)
John D McHugh: Afghanistan Portraits (Zeit)
As Pentagon announced ending the ban on female soldiers serving in combat, TIME took a look at Paul Bronstein’s 2010 series on female marines serving in Afghanistan.
Paula Bronstein: Female Marines (TIME)
Heartbreaking and infuriating series from Iran.
Abolfazl Nesaei: The Aftermath of an Acid Attack in Iran (Lightbox)
Ivor Prickett: Blood for Oil (Lightbox) Kurdistan
Abbie Trayler-Smith: Women in Yemen (Newsweek)
Photos from the Mali conflict.
various photographers: War in Mali: France and African Allies Take on Islamist Militants (TIME)
Pete Muller: Mali (The Washington Post)
Tyler Hicks: Saving Timbuktu’s Priceless Artifacts (NYT)
Trevor Snapp: French, Malian Troops Move In to Timbuktu (Newsweek)
Fabio Bucciarelli: Mali (Foreign Policy) NB might ask for free login
Veronique de Viguerie: Conflict in Mali (Reportage by Getty Images)
Touching photo essay by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala on Argentinian children suffering malformations due to agrochemicals.
Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Stories Of A Wounded Land (Reportage by Getty Images) Agrochemicals as the cause of malformations in children living in parts of rural Argentina.
Julien Goldstein: Cuba: Metamorphosis (Reportage by Getty Images)
(Anonymous): Cuban Agriculture Struggles Under Creaky Infrastructure (NYT)
Meeri Koutaniemi: Oasis (Photo Raw) multimedia | Mexico
Marcus Bleasdale: Poverty in Lima’s Human Settlements (VII)
Marcus Bleasdale: Morococha Mining (VII)
Rodrigo Abd: The Fishermen of Peru’s Oldest Port (Guardian)
Sebastian Liste has been to Caracas for The New Yorker.
Sebastian Liste: The Tower of David: A Look at Venezuela Under Chávez (Photo Booth)
Damon Winter: Despite Billions in Aid, Reconstruction in Haiti Stalls (NYT)
Vlad Sohkin: Haiti (Paris Match L’instant)
Alexander Richter: Run-and-Gun Photos Reveal a Jamaica Beyond Weed and Rasta (Wired)
Moa Karlberg: Nip and Tuck Tourism (zReportage)
Rafael Fabres’s ongoing Rio project featured on Lightbox.
Rafael Fabrés: Pacifying the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Lightbox) Brazil
Adam Hinton: All Quiet on the Mara Front (Panos) El Salvador
Ross McDonnell: Auto Defensa: Rough Justice in Mexico’s Lawless Mountains (Lightbox)
Jerome Sessini: The Wrong Side (Photo Booth) Mexico
Aline Paley: The End of the World: For the Maya, It May Already Be Here (Lightbox) Mexico
Nick Oza: Ex-addicts find solace as caregivers (CNN Photo blog) Mexico
Brett Gundlock: El Pueblo (photographer’s website) Mexico
Misha Friedman’s project on corruption in Russia featured on Lens blog.
Misha Friedman: An X-Ray of Russian Corruption (Lens blog)
Rafal Milach: 7 Rooms (Lens blog) Russia
Yuri Kozyrev: Siberia’s End-Times Cult (Newsweek)
Davide Monteleone: Nordic Odyssey: A Month at Sea (Photo Booth)
Davide Monteleone: A Visit with the Vissarionites (Photo Booth)
Diana Markosian: Chechen Girls And The Rise Of Islam (NPR)
Amanda Rivkin: Azerbaijani Women (VII Mentor Program)
Strong work by Diego Ibarra Sanchez on eradicating polio in Pakistan.
Diego Ibarra Sánchez: Endgame for an Enduring Disease? Pakistan’s Fight Against Polio (Lightbox)
Omar Mullick: Reflections in a Pashtun Cinema (Lightbox)
Diego Ibarra Sánchez: In the Ashes in Karachi, Evidence of Oversight Failures (NYT) Garment factory fire
Reuters’ Damir Sagolj has been to Indonesia to document life under sharia.
Damir Sagolj: Living Under Sharia (Reuters) Indonesia
Andri Tambunan: AIDS Among Indonesia’s Indigenous Papuans (Lens blog)
Kieran Dodds: Third Pole (Panos)
Marieke ten Wolde: Changing Tibet (Lens)
Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer: Province by Province, a Portrait of China (Lens)
Liu Jie: Migrant Nation (Lightbox) China
John Francis Peters: Set Adrift in Western China (Lightbox)
Tim Franco: Chongqing (Lens)
Jia DaiTengFei: Love on China’s Assembly Lines (Newsweek)
Magnus Laupa: Trash Money (zReportage) China
Terrific Burma photos by Adam Ferguson.
Adam Ferguson: Burma Unbound (Lightbox)
Gary Knight: Myanmar (VII)
Sophie Gerrard: A Class of Their Own (FT Weekend) Burma
Sim Chi Yin: The Water Seller (VII Mentor Program)
Arturo Rodriguez: Burma (Paris Match L’instant) multimedia
Robin Hammond and William Daniels: Nothing About Us Without Us (Panos)
Christian Holst: Kachin Conflict (Reportage by Getty Images)
Maika Elan: Gay Couples in Vietnam (Lens blog)
David Guttenfelder: Panoramic pictures of North Koreans (Daily Mail)
Yang Seung-woo: South Korea’s Gang World (Lens blog)
Ismail Ferdous: Climate Fury: Devastation in the Sundarbans (Photo Booth) Bangladesh
various photographers: Tens of Millions Gather at India’s Maha Kumbh Mela (TIME)
Sanjit Das: For 200 Million Indians, a Life Steeped in Discrimination (NYT)
Poulomi Basu: India’s Party People (FT)
Jean-Baptiste Lopez: Bhutan (Guardian)
Shiho Fukada: Japan’s Jobs Crisis (Photo Booth)
Goran Tomasevic’s dramatic photos from Syria.
Goran Tomasevic: Syria (Paris Match L’instant)
Tyler Hicks: Syria’s Largest City, Reshaped by Scarcity and Violence (NYT)
Alessio Romenzi: Guevara (Paris Match L’instant) Syria
Lynsey Addario: Syrians Flee as Fighting Breaks Out Between Rebels and Kurds (NYT) series on VII website here
Yusuf Sayman: Atima, a Syrian Refugee Camp on the Turkish Border (Newsweek)
various photographers: Chaos and Killing in Syria: Photos of a Slow-Motion Civil War (TIME)
Lightbox highlighted Narciso Contreras’s Syria work just before Christmas.
Narciso Contreras: From the Front Lines: Syria (Lightbox)
Guillem Vallen: Syrian Kurds Find Refuge in an Erstwhile Homeland (TIME)
Pau Rigol: Syria’s Forgotten (zReportage)
Paul Rigol: State of War (zReportage) Syria
Lucas Pernin: Aleppo, Syria – The Battle for Survival (Foto8)
Two photo essays on Williston, North Dakota’s oil boom, one by Alec Soth, the other by Charles Ommanney.
Alec Soth: The Luckiest Place on Earth (NYT Magazine)
Charles Ommanney: The Promised Land (Reportage by Getty Images)
Charles Ommanney: Preppers (Reportage by Getty Images)
Charles Ommanney: NRA’s 2005 Annual Meeting (Newsweek)
Pete Muller: Machine Gun Expo Is Down-Home Americana Gone Ballistic (Wired)
Ron Haviv: Aftermath of Another American Tragedy (VII)
Christopher Morris: Americans (Lightbox)
Ben Huff: The Last Road North (Lightbox) Alaska
Greg Segal: Everyday Drones (Lightbox)
Great series by Jon Lowestein on Latin immigration to the U.S.
Jon Lowenstein: The Opportunity, or Not, to Be American (Lens)
Gabriele Stabile: Refugee Hotel: Strangers in a Strange Land (Lightbox)
Fred R. Conrad: Weddings, Indian Style (Lens)
Fred R. Conrad: Rodeo (Lens)
Ed Kashi: Oshane’s Story: Standing On His Own (VII)
Dave Jordan: Detroit (Wired)
Marc Asnin: Uncle Charlie (Photo Booth)
Chris Arnade: New York’s Red-Light District (The Atlantic)
Jamie Chung: Inside North Dakota’s Only Abortion Clinic (TIME)
Matt Eich: Redefining Home in Tidewater Virginia (Lens blog)
Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity (Photo Booth)
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz: Shane and Maggie (FotoVisura)
Peter van Agtmael: Staten Island in the Wake of Sandy (Photo Booth)
Douglas Ljungkvist: Faded Colors, Empty Rooms on the Shore (Lens blog)
Larry Fink: Inauguration Ball Photos (Photo Booth)
Ben Lowy: 57 Faces of the 57th Inauguration (NBC News)
Brian Finke: Tough Mudder Love (TIME) Inside the Demanding Yet Rewarding Obstacle Course
Pete Souza is such a great photographer.
Pete Souza: The Year in Photographs (White House Flickr)
Pete Souza: Portrait of a Presidency (Lightbox)
Callie Shell: 48 Hours with Obama (Lightbox)
Richard Barnes: Civil War Re-enactments (Photo Booth)
Lauren Silberman: The Party Is Not Over (NYT Magazine)
Corey Arnold: Life at Sea (Lens blog)
Brian L. Frank: Dreamscape (Photo Booth)
Douglas R. Clifford: Hog Hunt (zReportage)
John Gibbins: The United States Of Automatic Guns (zReportage)
New York Times’ impressive Europe debt crisis package comprised of five photo series by Samuel Aranda, Mauricio Lima, Adam Ferguson (2), and Andrea Bruce.
(various photographers): Europe’s Debt Crisis: No Relief on the Horizon
Lucia Herrero: The Strange World of Basque Sports (Lightbox)
Francesco Anselmi: Hard Times Come to Omonia Square (WSJ) Greece
Ed Ou: Seeking Safety (CBC) Roma in Hungary
Kai Wiedenhöfer: Conflict Zones (FT Weekend)
Ivan Kashinsky & Karla Gachet: Buzescu Bonanza (Panos)
Paolo Patrizi: Starlings (Guardian)
David Vintiner: World Memory Competitors (Wired)
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen: Byker Revisited (Lens blog)
David Burnett: London 2012 (photographer’s website)
Touko Hujanen: Santa 24/7: Portrait of a Year-Round Father Christmas (Lightbox)
Alejandro Guijarro: Quantum Chaos on Display in Top Physicists’ Chalk Scrawls (Wired)
Zed Nelson’s latest project: Israel – In This Land.
Zed Nelson: Israel – In This Land (photographer’s website)
Oded Balilty: Israel’s Flourishing Russian Culture (Lens)
John Tonks: Empire (Lightbox)
Marc Wilson: The Last Stand (BBC)
From National Geographic magazine’s February 2013 issue.
George Steinmetz: New Old Libya (NGM) For decades, Libyans lived under a dictator who twisted their past. Now they must imagine their future.
Group photographers shooting for Everyday Africa project, originally started by Peter DiCampo, took over New Yorker’s Instagram feed two weeks ago. Some of the project’s work on the magazine’s The Photo Booth blog.
various photographers: Everyday Africa (Photo Booth)
Jessica Hilltout’s football project in The National Geographic.
Jessica Hiltout: Soccer Joy (NGM) On fields throughout Africa, plastic bags, old clothes, and shredded tires transform into magic orbs—soccer balls.
Pieter Ten Hoopen: North-East of Congo DRC (Agence Vu)
Richard Mosse: The Color of War (NYT Magazine)
Kate Holt: Supplying water to people in Goma, Congo DRC (Guardian)
Michael Christopher Brown: Inside M23 and Congo’s Rebel Uprising (Newsweek)
John Stanmeyer: Kala Azar: Still Waiting (Doctor Without Borders) South Sudan
Michael Zumstein: Catholics in Chad (Agence Vu)
Akintunde Akinleye: Illegal oil refineries in the Niger Delta (Guardian)
Tyler Hicks: Conservation Militias Fight Poaching in Kenya (NYT)
Ugo Burga: LRA Hunter (Echo)
Jacquelyn Martin: Portraits of Albinism (NPR)
Mustafah Abdulaziz: Sierra Leone’s Water Of Life — And Death (NPR)
various photographers: Cairo’s Latest Uprising: Protests and Clashes Two Years after the Revolution (TIME)
Moises Saman: Another Convulsion in the Egyptian Revolution (Photo Booth)
Karim Ben Khelifa: My Enemy, Myself (Foreign Policy) NB Might ask for free login
Olivier Girard: Protecting livelihoods in the Congo basin rainforest (Guardian)
Samuel Aranda: Trapped Between Africa and Saudi Arabia (Lens blog)
Magda Biernat: North via South: Antarctica (Photo Booth)
Interviews and Talks
Lens blog interviewed Lynsey Addario about photographing female marines after the U.S. Department of Defense made the announcement about dropping the ban on female soldiers in combat.
Lynsey Addario : Women Shooting on the Front Lines (NYT Lens)
Brent Stirton (Interview Magazine)
Always found Alex Webb’s work so beautiful and intriguing.
Alex Webb : Rendering a Complex World, in Color and Black-and-White (NYT Lens)
10 minutes with Moises Saman (Thisisthewhat)
Ed Ou (Ted blog)
John G. Morris (elrectanguloenlamano blog)
Newsweek, which sadly stopped publishing in print end of 2012, interviewed some of the big name photographers who shot for the print issue along the years.
Behind The Lens (Newsweek) Newsweek photographers share, in their own words, how they captured the iconic images they shot while on assignment for the magazine
David Bailey (Guardian)
Terrific interview with TIME’s Director of Photography, Kira Pollack.
Kira Pollack (NPPA)
Chris Johns : The Best Photos of 2012 (NatGeo)
In conversation with Olivia Arthur (Harper’s Bazaar)
Ben Lowy : Advice on Creating a Brand for Your Photo Business (PhotoShelter)
Spencer Murphy (Photo Monitor)
Schaul Schwarz’s Narco Cultura is finally coming out. Schwarz interviewed in Sundance.
Shaul Schwarz (Sundance on YouTube)
Shaul Schwarz (Indiewire)
Christopher Morris (Emaho Magazine)
Ashley Gilbertson (Prison Photography)
Katie Orlinsky (Atlantic)
Nicole Tung on missing journalist James Foley (CPJ) ‘James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, was abducted in Syria in November. His colleague and friend Nicole Tung, a freelance photographer, spoke to CPJ about her experience working and traveling with Foley. A petition appealing for Foley’s release can be signed here.’
Couple interviews with Christopher Anderson.
Interview with Christopher Anderson (FK Magazine)
Christopher Anderson (Vogue)
Annie Leibovitz on Photography: “You Cannot Underestimate the Power of the Sitter” (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
Simon Roberts (Photographer’s blog)
Really enjoyed this 10 minute video with Bryan Denton.
Bryan Denton (Corbis on YouTube)
Donna Ferrato (YouTube)
Lynsey Addario (Youtube)
Mary Ellen Mark (YouTube)
Bernat Armangue interviewed on BBC website.
Bernat Armangue (BBC)
Walter Astrada (Alexia Foundation)
Louie Palu (Alexia Foundation)
Narciso Contreras, who did amazing work in Syria during 2012, interviewed by The Guardian.
Narciso Contreras : The Syrian conflict: a war photographer’s story (Guardian)
Timothy Fadek (Image Deconstructed)
Lynsey Addario (Monocle 24)
Lynsey Addario (Huffington Post)
Sebastian Junger (Huffington Post Live)
Sebastian Junger (Radio West)
Todd Heisler (Photostories Conference talk 2011 on YouTube)
Paul Moakley (PhotoStories Conference talk 2011 on YouTube)
Don McCullin : ‘Photojournalism has had it. It’s all gone celebrity’ (Guardian)
Jon Levy : The World According to Me (Foto8)
Oscar B. Castillo (Leica blog)
Stephen Wilkes (xritephoto)
Jonathan Worth (BBC)
Mads Nissen (IdeasTap)
Newsha Tavakolian (Roads and Kingdoms)
Camille Seaman (TED blog)
Venetia Dearden – a lifestyle more than a career (Hoikenoli)
Phillip Jones Griffiths (Aperture)
John Vink (The Digital Photobook)
Olivier Laurent (IdeasTap)
Toby Smith and Robert Leslie (World Photo Org)
Great piece of writing by Adam McCauley on Ashley Gilbertson and the psychological cost of covering conflict.
Overexposed: A Photographer’s War With PTSD (Atlantic)
Issouf Sanogo writes about photographing the French soldier with the skeleton mask…Certainly one of the most memorable photos from Mali.
Unmasking a controversy in Mali by Issoud Sanogo (AFP Correspondent blog)
Reuters’ Goran Tomasevic writes about an incredible sequence of photographs he took earlier this week in Syria.
Goran Tomasevic: Deadly sniper shot through the lens (Reuters blog)
John Stanmeyer: Out of Eden Journal (The Photo Society)
Damir Sagoj: Living Under Sharia (Reuters blog)
Remembering Bonni Benrubi, Curator of Images (NYT Mag 6th floor blog)
Columbia School of Journalism takes a look at upcoming Tim Hetherington biography.
Unfinished business, A new biography of photojournalist Tim Hetherington reflects on a too-short career (Columbia Journalism Review)
TIME’s pick of 2012’s best photographer on the wires, Marco Longari, writes about ‘shooting beyond violence’ on AFP’s The Correspondent blog.
Marco Longari: Shooting Beyond the Violence (AFP Correspondent)
Dateline Gaza: family on the (front)line (AFP Correspondent)
Marie Colvin remembered by Jeremy Bowen (Guardian)
Innovator: Eugene Richards (NPPA)
Bill Keller: Being There (NYT)
My harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Syria (Telegraph) ‘Balint Szlanko, abducted in Syria with two other journalists, tells his frightening story of captivity behind the frontlines.’
Homeland Security by Gary Knight (FT Magazine)
David Campbell: Mythical power: Understanding photojournalism in the Vietnam War (Writer’s blog)
book review: The New York Times Magazine: Photographs edited by Kathy Ryan (A Photo Editor)
Juergen Teller: fame laid bare (Guardian) As his new show opens at the ICA, one of fashion’s most successful and extreme photographers talks about his father, German guilt and making Kate Moss cry
The AP is selling ads in its tweets, but Twitter doesn’t mind (Niemanlab.org)
Pirelli calendar turns over a new leaf with war photographer Steve McCurry (Guardian) To create its 40th calendar, the tyre company headed to Rio to do something out of character – get the great Steve McCurry to shoot the models with their clothes on
Hollywood Heroines: Behind the Scenes (NYT Magazine blog)
Such great end of the year coverage last month by TIME’s photo department, both in print and online…
In Memoriam: Photographers Who Died in 2012 (Lightbox)
2012: A Year of Deja Vu (Lightbox)
366: The Year in Photographs 2012 (Lightbox)
TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2012 (Lightbox)
TIME shares picks for the year’s most striking images (Today show) Time’s director of photography Kira Pollack and editor-at-large Belinda Luscombe discuss the most iconic images from the past year.
Bobby Ghosh : Egypt photo (Lightbox Tumblr)
Photography Books of the Year 2012 (Independent on Sunday)
The Weirdest Photo Research of 2012 (Photo Booth)
The Most Tweeted Photo Ever (TIME) A social media director for the Obama campaign tells the story of how a well-timed photo of Barack and Michelle Obama broke records for Twitter and Facebook
Getty Images looks back at 2012 with a massive 258 page publication ‘Year in Focus’.
Getty Images: The Year in Focus (book available online at zmags.com)
NYT: The Year on Page 1 (NYT)
National Geographic Photo Seminar 2013 (A Photo Editor)
Vogue’s Hurricane Sandy shoot: how offensive is it? (Guardian) It’s not the first time a natural disaster has been used as inspiration for a fashion-magazine spread – but there’s more to Annie Leibovitz’s images than meets the eye
Jorge Silva: Dreaming of Diamonds (Reuters blog)
Finders Keepers: Michael Hoppen’s personal photography collection – in pictures (Guardian) A man covered in bees, the world’s longest beard, chimney sweeps in Nazi Germany, and couple from Liverpool take a two-week holiday in their own flat … Here, legendary photography gallerist Michael Hoppen explains why these images are his most prized possessions
Making Street Photography Pay (Nick Turpin blog)
Double Exposure : A Portrait of the Turnley Brothers (on PetaPixel)
Most Stressful Jobs of 2013 – 7. Photojournalist (Careercast)
57 Reasons to Love Photography in 2012 (PhotoShelter)
Photoshelter’s Best of 2012 Blog Posts (PhotoShelter)
To finish off… this really funny: How to be a Photographer by Thomas Vanden Driessche
Agencies and Collectives
Cesuralab is now Cesura.
These two things are not agencies, but been meaning to share..
Pacification by Rafael Fabres (crowfunding on Emphas.is)
Nichole Sobecki on Verve
Alessandro Gandolfi on Verve
Conor Ashleigh on Verve
Jesse Neider on Verve
Thomas Vanden Driessche on Verve
John Wendle on Verve
Alexia Foundation Grant : January 18
Center : Awards and Grants : January 23
American Photography 29 : January 25
Pulitzer Prizes : January 25
FotoEvidence Book Award : February 15
Photographic Museum 2013 Grant : February 18
Gomma Books – “Su-ture” : February 18
Nikon Photo Contest : February 28
Aperture Portfolio Prize : February 28
Magnum Expression Award : February 28
Amnesty International Media Awards 2013 : March 1
Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013 : March 1
Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2013 : March 1
Communications Arts Photography Competition : March 15
KLPA Photo Awards : March 31
Little Brown Mushroom: 10+ Photobooks of 2012 by Alec Soth
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.