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People walk on the OCBC Skyway linking the Supertrees in the nearly completed Gardens By The Bay just next to Singapore’s busy financial district on Monday April 30, 2012 in Singapore. This is part of the city-state’s efforts to bring and nurture greenery within the city and capture the essence of Singapore as a tropical [...]

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2011 was a year of global tumult, marked by widespread social and political uprisings, economic crises, and a great deal more. We saw the fall of multiple dictators, welcomed a new country (South Sudan), witnessed our planet's population grow to 7 billion, and watched in horror as Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster. From the Arab Spring to Los Indignados to Occupy Wall Street, citizens around the world took to the streets in massive numbers, protesting against governments and financial institutions, risking arrest, injury, and in some cases their lives. Collected here is Part 1 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering 2011's first several months. Be sure to also see Part 2, and Part 3 of the series - totaling 120 images in all. [40 photos + 1 more]

A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the area March 11, 2011. The earthquake, the most powerful ever known to have hit Japan, combined with the massive tsunami, claimed more than 15,800 lives, devastated many eastern coastline communities, and triggered a nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station. (Reuters/Mainichi Shimbun)

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The month of May in Afghanistan opened with news of US Navy SEALs killing Osama bin Laden. Suicide bombings claimed lives throughout the country, one injuring the top German commander. Another outside the Italian military base in Herat west of Kabul killed at least five. As the month closed, President Hamid Karzai issued vague warnings against Western airstrikes that cause civilian casualties. Gathered here in our monthly collection from Afghanistan are images of the US military mission and daily life in the country of just under 30 million people. -- Lloyd Young (45 photos total)
n Afghan youth looks on as a US Marine from 3rd Battalion 9th Marines Kodiak Company stands guard during a patrol in Kote Tazagul area in Marjah district in Helmand Province on May 24, 2011. US lawmakers saw momentum for political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, but voiced fear that the fight against extremism was floundering in Pakistan. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

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photo: Chris Hondros

The New York Times have interviewed young Iraqi girl, Samar Hassan, who six years ago appeared, at the age of five, in one of the most famous photographs from the war in Iraq… the Chris Hondros frame (above) portraying a child in a moment of terror after her father and mother were killed by U.S. Soldiers, after the family’s car failed to stop at a check point…

Photo: Ayman Oghanna

Articles – NYT: Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later (NYT: May 2011)

Comment from Michael Shaw over at BagNewsNotes on whether the paper was heavy-handed re-capturing her this way…

Articles – BagNewsNotes: Finding Chris Hondros’ “Checkpoint Girl” — Captured Again? (BNN: May 2011)

Marco Bohr has written about the story relating to Samar’s brother Rakan…

Articles – Visual Culture Blog: Photojournalism, Ethics and the Afterlife of a Photograph (VCB: May 2011)

Features:

Some new Nachtwey work on Time Lightbox…

Features and Essays - James Nachtwey: The Lost Souls of Kabul (TIME LB: May 2011)

Features and Essays - Bryan Denton: Inside the Libyan Rebels’ Hidden Weapons Shop (NYT: May 2011)

Features and Essays - Ron Haviv: Haiti Hollywood (VII: May 2011)

Joachim Ladefoged’s black and white TIME 100 Justin Bieber shots in colour on VII website…

Features and Essays - Joachim Ladefoged: Justin Bieber (VII: May 2011)

Features and Essays - Benedicte Kurzen: Do-or-die Politics (VII Network: May 2011) Nigeria

Features and Essays – William Daniels: Libya at War (Panos Pictures: May 2011)

Panos Pictures are currently showcasing three of Tim Hetherington’s series on their features page: Monrovia Nights / Sleeping Soldiers /  In the Bunker

Features and Essays – Chloe Dewe Matthews: Of Birds and Beasts (Foto8: May 2011) Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China.

Features and Essays – Aperture: reGeneration2 website

Features and Essays – Natan Dvir: Eighteen (Foto8: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Stefano di Luigi: Blanco (TIME LB: May 2011)

bin Laden, Obama, and the power of photography…

Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. troops in Abbottabad, Pakistan, just a couple of days ago, and a lot of discussion has been raised about whether the U.S. should release photos of bin Laden’s corpse, as well as some debate around Pete Souza’s photos from the Situation room, and was it OK for photographers to snap President Obama after his speech to the nation announcing bin Laden’s death, in a staged setting…

Articles – David Campbell: Thinking Images v.16: Osama Bin-Laden and the pictorial staging of politics (DC blog: May 2011)

Articles – Phil Coomes: Osama Bin Laden raid: Do pictures provide truth? (BBC: May 2011)

Articles – Poynter: Reuters, AP photojournalists describe staging of Obama photo (Poynter: May 2011)

Articles – NPPA: From White House To Pakistan, Photos Play Strange Role In Bin Laden Drama (NPPA: May 2011)

Articles – MSNBC: Obama re-enacted the televised address Sunday night for still cameras (MSNBC: May 2011)

Articles – Chip Litherland: History or His story? (Photographer’s blog: May 2011)

TIME put a post 9/11 slideshow on their website after bin Laden’s death… photos by Magnum Photos photographers…

Features and Essays – TIME (various Magnum Photographers) 9/11′s Days of Mourning (TIME: May 2011) Memorials to those killed in the World Trade Center attacks appeared spontaneously all over New York almost immediately after the tragedy.  A portfolio by the photographers of Magnum Photos

Features and Essays - TIME – Spencer Platt, Mario Tama, Brooks Kraft, Chip Somodevilla et al.: Celebrating the Death of Osama Bin Laden (TIME: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Pete Souza: President Obama Monitors the bin Laden Mission (TIME: May 2011)

Articles – NYT Lens: Michael Appleton Captures the Moment When Firefighters Gather for News of Bin Laden (NYT Lens: May 2011)

Agencies – VII: Post 9/11, Defining a Decade (VII: May 2011)

War photography and war photographers…

Excellent piece in the New York Times earlier this week by Bill Keller on war photographers….

photo: Michael Kamber

Articles – Bill Keller: The Inner Lives of Wartime Photographers (NYT: May 2011)

Keller also interviewed Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich…

Interviews and TalksJoao Silva and Greg Marinovich (NYT Lens: May 2011)

Brilliant PDN piece on photographers getting injured covering wars and the relationship between photographers and their editors…

Articles – PDN: What To Expect If You’re Injured on Assignment (PDN: May 2011)

Related…. Enjoyed this In Harm’s Way slideshow on Slate…

Features and Essays – Slate (various Magnum photographers): In Harms’ Way (Slate: May 2011)

Related too…

InterviewsLynsey Addario (Charlie Rose: April 2011)

Articles – The Epoch Times: Egypt to Libya Through Photographers’ Lenses: Forum (The Epoch Times: May 2011)

multiMedia – Conflictzone

Have you bought the 3/11 Tsunami Project app yet? I have…If you missed the info on it the first time around… here’s a reminder…

Articles – BBC: iPhone photo app aims at relief effort (BBC: May 2011)

World Press Photo Awards days have been on in Amsterdam this week…and this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass has been chosen… Big congrats to all, especially my friends Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Sebastian Liste!

Articles2011 Joop Swart Masterclass

Interviews…

Interviews - Jodi Bieber : Revisiting Aisha (TIME LB: May 2011)

Interviews and Talks – Jodi Bieber on Bibi Aisha part 1 | part 2 (David A Larsen’s Audioboo: May 2011)

InterviewsAaron Huey : Life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (Popphoto.com: May 2011)

InterviewsZed Nelson (BMIVoyager: May 2011)

InterviewsEnrique Metinides, Mexico’s Weegee (TIME LB: May 2011)

Great Ed Ou interview.. found via @tammydavid

InterviewsEd Ou (Ionmagazine.ca: May 2011)

InterviewsRon Haviv hopes for the best while documenting the worst (takegreatpictures.com: May 2011)

InterviewsElliott Erwitt’s Best Picture? The Next One. (NYT Lens: May 2011)

InterviewsSebastian Junger (Globe and Mail: May 2011)

Articles – Michael Kamber: Tim Hetherington: Photojournalist, Giant (goodmenproject.com: May 2011)

Interviews and TalksChris Hondros’ 2006 ICP visiting artist talk (ICP)

Simon Norfolk is exhibiting in Tate Modern at the moment…Here’s video from Tate’s website…

InterviewsSimon Norfolk (Tate Channel: May 2011)

Olivier Laurent from BJP interviewed Moby about the artist’s photography…

InterviewsMoby (BJP: May 2011)

InterviewsJacopo Quaranta (NYT Lens: May 2011)

InterviewsJane Hilton (Telegraph: May 2011)

Articles – 6th Floor blog: The Making of a Cover (NYT: May 2011) via @AshGilbertson

Articles – A.O. Scott: On (Digital) Photography: Sontag, 34 Years Later (NYT: May 2011)

Blogs - John Stanmeyer: Why Choose a Holga? (Photographer’s blog: May 2011)

Some recently discovered photographers’ sites…

PhotographersJaime-James Medina

PhotographersPaul Stuart

PhotographersChris McAndrew

PhotographersWayne Lawrence

PhotographersEd Smith

PhotographersLeslie Knott

PhotographersMarc Schroeder

PhotographersSarah Rice

Guillaume Herbaut has launched a new photography website..

PhotographersGuillaume Herbaut 

AwardsAmnesty media awards shortlist announced

AwardsEntries now being accepted for the 2011 Summershow

Agencies - Magnum Photos May Newsletter

CollectivesBoreal Collective Magazine issue 1

Tips and TutorialsTen common mistakes made by photographers using WordPress (Graphpaperpress.com)

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