PJL: July 2014 (Part 1)

Misha Friedman

Features and Essays

Misha Friedman

Misha Friedman

Misha Friedman: To Be a Russian (New York Times) Project about patriotism among Russians | Larger project website here


Chloe Dewe Mathews—Panos Pictures

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Chloe Dewe Mathews: Shot at Dawn (Panos Pictures) One hundred years after the beginning of the First World War, Chloe Dewe Mathews visits locations across France and Belgium where soldiers were shot for desertion and cowardice |Related Guardian post

Aitor Lara: The Art of Bullfighting (CNN Photo blog) A look at the bullfighting culture in Spain

James Nachtwey

James Nachtwey

James Nachtwey: The Rohingya, Burma’s Forgotten Muslims (LightBox) More than 140,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have been forced to live in camps, where NGOs have been evicted and disease and despair have taken root

Gemunu Amarasinghe: 4 Hours of Life: Tragedy of Baby Born in Myanmar Camp (NBC) Hours after Shamshu Nahad gave birth to her second child, a beautiful baby girl, her husband was digging the baby’s grave

Adam Dean: Mandalay’s Chinese Muslims Chilled by Riots (New York Times) Burma

David Guttenfelder: Damming the Mekong River (National Geographic News) Dam projects ignite a legal battle over Mekong river’s future

Adam Dean: China’s Great Coal Migration (Fortune) The country’s economic growth has long been fed by coal, but its eastern cities are choking on the smog. Now the government thinks it has a solution: Move the power plants inland

Dougie Wallace: The Rickshaw Drivers of Kolkata, India (New York Times Magazine) The rickshaws of Kolkata, India, remnants of British imperialism, are among the last in the world, but phasing them out has been far from simple

Tessa Bunney: Portrait of a Fishing Community (Daily Telegraph) 6 Months After Typhoon Haiyan: Portrait of a Fishing Community looks at the fishermen and women living on the Filipino island of Bantayan | Related interview with the photographer

Alessandro Gandolfi: Andho, A Brighter Future (Parallelo Zero) Treating cataract illness in Nepal

Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

Adam Ferguson: An Urban Incubator in the Jordanian Desert (New York Times) Refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan evolves as a do-it-yourself city

Mathias Depardon: On the Frontlines with Kurdish Soldiers (Le Monde) Iraq

Malin Fezehai: A Kind of Purgatory’: African Refugees in Israel (LightBox) It is estimated that 60,000 African asylum-seekers reside in the State of Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea. For these men, women and children, the journey to the country is as perilous as it is difficult

Martino Lombezzi: Blue Line (Contrasto) Project looking at the Lebanese-Israeli border area

Nichole Sobecki—AFP/Getty Images

Nichole Sobecki—AFP/Getty Images

Nichole Sobecki: On the Edge: Aid Groups Warn of Likely Famine in South Sudan (NBC) Looming famine in South Sudan

Brent Stirton: A Legacy of War – Mozambique (Reportage by Getty Images) Reportage photographers undertook a group project, commissioned by the ICRC, to document landmines, cluster munitions, and unexploded remnants of war. Brent Stirton worked in Mozambique

Jason Andrew

Jason Andrew

Jason Andrew: Nowhere to Go: Chronicling Soccer’s Human Trafficking Problem ( The sordid underbelly of the world’s most popular sport in Turkey and West Africa

Thomas Lekfeldt: The Knife That Kills (Agenge Vu) Female circumcision in Ethiopia

Philip Montgomery

Philip Montgomery

Philip Montgomery: Inside New York City’s Mosques (New York Times) Series on Big Apple’s Islamic communities

Charles Ommanney: The Fence Part 1 | Part 2 (MSNBC) Ommanney drove 3,000 miles along the US/Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas, to Friendship Park, California  — the southeastern and southwestern points of the United States, respectively — on assignment for MSNBC documenting issues surrounding immigration, civil liberties and national security

Ami Vitale: Bakken Oil Boom Brings Growing Pains to Small Montana Town (National Geographic News) An influx of workers leaves housing scarce—and the jail full

JJ Sullin: Saddle up: Inside America’s heartland (MSNBC) Rodeo in Iowa

Lucas Jackson: Colorado Cattle Drive (Reuters Wider Image) Jackson joined a crew of cowboys in June, and documented their work as they drove hundreds of cattle across rural Colorado | Related on the Reuters Photographers’ blog

Kirsten Luce: The Family Fireworks Sellers of South Texas ( Around the Fourth of July, a few families near the Mexican border devote their lives to selling sparklers

Nicole Tung: The Family Left Behind (Al Jazeera America) A Native American veteran’s battle with PTSD still haunts those he loved

Katie Orlinsky: A Sled Dog’s Summer (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) Orlinsky has documented summer life at sled-dog kennels in Alaska

Carlos Javier Ortiz—Pulitzer Center

Carlos Javier Ortiz—Pulitzer Center

Carlos Javier Ortiz: Legacy of bloodshed hangs over Guatemala (MSNBC) Almost two decades since the end of Guatemala’s brutal civil war, the bloodshed from the conflict still taints the day-to-day lives of the people who live there

Michael Robinson Chavez: More than rumors drive Central American youths toward U.S. (Los Angeles Times)

Moises Saman—Magnum

Moises Saman—Magnum

Moises Saman: Survivors of the Chilean Mine Collapse (The New Yorker’s Photo Booth) Saman travelled to Chile to photograph some of the miners who became worldwide celebrities in 2010 as the world watched and waited for their rescue

Wayne Lawrence: World Cup Final: Faces of Brazil (MSNBC) Lawrence took these shots on the streets, beaches, and workplaces of Rio de Janeiro in recent days, as the city prepares for the return of normal life. Not that it’ll be out of the spotlight for long: It’s only 25 months until Rio hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics

Mauricio Lima: No Fields, No Problem (New York Times) In an Amazon village built for buoyancy, the game of soccer plays on |  Feature on Lima on the Lens blog


All photos Jon Lowenstein—NOOR

All photos Jon Lowenstein—NOOR

Stories from Chicago’s South Side with Jon Lowenstein (Instagram blog) Lowenstein came to Chicago’s South Side on an assignment fifteen years ago and made a home in the poverty-ravaged neighborhood

Finding the Drama of Light and Shadow in Tehran with Ako Salemi (Instagram) In the nooks and crannies of Tehran’s streets, Salemi finds the moments when light, shadow, environment and people all come together in exquisite balance

Mussa Qawasma—Reuters

Mussa Qawasma—Reuters

Witness to a Demolition (No Caption Needed) When it comes to trauma and atrocity the photograph is frequently cast in a confounding conundrum: Because it is driven by an indexical realism it is presumed to bear witness to the worst of human behavior; and yet, because it is only capable of showing a fragment of reality in a sliver of time it is doomed by its incapacity to tell “the whole story”

Are #GazaUnderAttack images accurate? (BBC) Graphic images are being shared on social media to show how people have been affected by the renewed tensions between Israel and the Palestinians

In Ukraine, A Battle of Words and Images (LightBox) As the conflict in Ukraine continues, another battle rages far from the front lines – a battle between Russian news sites and a group of journalists accusing them of misrepresentation

How a Former White House Photographer Diana Walker Documented a Marriage-Equality Battle (Photo District News Pulse blog)

Nina Berman—NOOR

Nina Berman—NOOR

A Show of Hope for Syrian Refugees (Photo District News) Nina Berman and three other NOOR photographers recently shot images of daily life in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and exhibited them on the camp’s concrete security walls

The Danube Revisited — The Inge Morath Truck Project (The New Yorker) Inge Morath dedicated years of her career to photographing daily life along the Danube River, which flows from Southern Germany to the edge of the Black Sea in Eastern Romania. This week, eight female photographers – all Inge Morath Award winners – set out to follow Morath’s path along the Danube for five weeks

Ashley Gilbertson

Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen (Columbia Journalism Review)

Photojournalists Push Project in Spain (New York Times Lens blog) A group of accomplished documentary photographers in Spain is launching a tablet magazine for immersive photo stories and multimedia

The Photo That Made Me: Steve McCurry, Mexico City 1972 (LightBox) Part of LightBox series, in which photographers tell us about the one photograph they made that they believe jump-started their career, garnered them international attention, or simply sparked an interest in photography

Sim Chi Yin— VII

Sim Chi Yin— VII

A Familiar Destiny to Photograph the New China (New York Times Lens blog) Sim Chi Yin walked away form a comfortable reporting job to become a photographer with an interest in social issues. Her gamble paid off | Also on LightBox here

Ciril Jazbec’s Cinema on Ice (PROOF) On his most recent trip to Greenland, photographer Jazbec witnessed a movie projected onto an iceberg

Internship of a Lifetime (PROOF) Danish photographer Magnus Holm’s internship at National Geographic took him to northern Canada

Urbes Mutantes

Decay and resilience in Latin America’s mutant cities (Dazed Digital) Urbes Mutantes, a major exhibition at New York’s International Center of Photography, it documents the socio-political turmoil in cities throughout Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, particularly between the 1950s and 1980s

War’s Lingering Requiem in Vietnam (New York Times Lens blog) A museum in Vietnam memorialized the work of photographers who died covering the conflict. It includes indelible images by Western photojournalists as well as North Vietnamese photographers

Telegraph magazine

Vivian Maier: the nanny with a secret life as a photographer (Telegraph Magazine) Maier took a vast collection of photographs over 50 years. A new film, Finding Vivian Maier, documents the man who pieced together the puzzle of her double life

Surveying Garry Winogrand’s American Epic (Vice) On the Winogrand retrospective at MoMa

Looking at Photos the Master Never Saw (New York Times) On the Winogrand retrospective and exhibiting photographs the artist hadn’t edited or some even seen

Garry Winogrand and the Perils of Posthumous Prints (Hyperallergic)

The Making of Iconic American Photographs (New York Magazine – The Cut) On the Magnum Contact Sheets exhibition which just closed at Milk Gallery in New York | Also on the Wire Raw File blog

David Guttenfelder—AP

David Guttenfelder—AP

David Guttenfelder: The Photographer as Explorer (LightBox) After 20 years as an Associated Press photographer, David Guttenfelder is once again a freelancer. He spoke to about his life at AP, his future plans and being named one of National Geographic’s new explorers

Saul Leiter’s Black-and-White World (New York Times Lens blog) Though he was famed for his color photography, Saul Leiter’s earliest work was in black-and-white, and just as personal and powerful as his later images

Dennis Hopper: the inside man (Guardian) Cast out of Hollywood, Dennis Hopper picked up his camera as the LA art scene exploded. The resulting photographs have recently come to light and deserve acclaim in their own right

New Film Everybody Street Profiles NYC’s Greatest Street Photographers (Wired Raw File blog)

Magnum announces Sohrab Hura as its latest nominee (British Journal of Photography) Indian photographer Hura becomes latest Magnum Photos nominee, following its 67th AGM

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014 – Finalists’ Video (Leica Camera blog) Martin Kollar won the main award for “Field Trip,” a portfolio of photos taken in Israel. Alejandro Cegarra won the newcomer award for his portfolio, “The Other Side of the Tower of David,” that gives a face to squatters in Caracas

2014 Inge Morath Award Winner is Shannon Jensen (Inge Morath Foundation) Also on LightBox here

One to Watch: Shannon Jensen (American Photo) The self-trained photojournalist got her start while working at an NGO in East Africa

Featured photographer: Laura Morton (Verve Photo) 2014 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant recipient based in San Francisco

Featured photographer: Ismail Ferdous (Verve Photo) Bangladeshi photographer known for his Rana Plaza garment factory collapse coverage

Featured photographer: Bryan Schutmaat (Verve Photo) 2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize winner Schutmaat is based Austin

Featured photographer: Nancy Borowick (Verve Photo)  New York based photographer

Interviews and Talks

BagNewsNotes YouTube

BagNewsNotes YouTube

Photos by Donald Weber—VII

BagNews Salon Highlights: The Visual Framing of Kiev and the Battle for Independence Square (BagNewsNotes) Donald Weber discusses his and Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s Kiev series with Michael Shaw, Ekaterina Haskins and Patrick Whalen

Revisiting the Winogrand Archive: Philip Lorca diCorcia in Conversation with Leo Rubinfien (Aperture blog)

Robin Hammond (PBS Newshour) Hammond on his project documenting the treatment of mentally ill in Africa

Robin Hammond (Newstalk ZB) Hammond interviewed on New Zealand radio

Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images

Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images

Brendan Hoffman (Bird in Flight) American photographer Brendan Hoffman who covered the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine talks about his first steps in war photography, his most important photos and professional tasks worth taking a risk for

Stacey Baker (Lens Culture) New York Times Magazine photo editor Baker interviewed about her Citilegs Instagram series

Tim Freccia (Vice) Freccia’s exhibition, Life and Death, on Ricco Maresca gallery in New York through September 13

Gregory Heisler on the  Boston Marathon Tribute Cover Photo for Sports Illustrated (American Photo) How do you wrangle, engage, and light a group of 3,000 amazing people?

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