In today's pictures, Hindus take a dip to worship the Ganges River in India, a villager selects tea leaves in central China, a police officer is injured during a protest in Brazil, and more.
Features and Essays
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Rena Effendi: Transylvania Hay Country (National Geographic) The old art of making hay on the grass-growing meadows of Transylvania | from the July issue of National Geographic magazine | Effendi’s agency
Ami Vitale: Montana Ranch (Photo Booth) A testament to a disappearing way of life and an ode to its endurance.
Rena Effendi: Spirit Lake (Institute) Located in an isolated and economically languishing area of North Dakota, Spirit Lake is a Sioux Indian reservation home to some 6,200 inhabitants
Raphaela Rosella: Teen Mothers in Australia (Feature Shoot)
Guillaume Herbaut: Unrest in Turkey (Institute)
LouLou d’Aki: Occupy Istanbul: Portraits of Turkey’s Protest Kids (NY magazine)
Enri Canaj: City of Shadows (Foto8) Athens, Greece
Lauren Greenfield: The Fast and The Fashionable (ESPN) In Monaco during F1 Grand Prix
Giovanni Cocco: The Life Of A Sibling With Disability (NPR Picture Show)
Riverboom: Giro d’Italia (Institute)
Robert Nickelsberg: Surviving Cold War (World Policy) Forces from Norway, Britain, and the Netherlands in training in the planet’s harshest climate in the Arctic Circle
Ian Willms: Following in the Mennonites’ Footsteps (LightBox)
Tomasz Lazar: In Kosovo, Bridging an Ethnic Divide (NYT)
Cathal McNaughton: Yarnbombers (Guardian) Photographer Cathal McNaughton has caught up with the Yarnbombers, the guerrilla knitters who plan to target the G8 using knitting or crochet rather than graffiti
Sebastian Liste / Reportage by Getty Images for TIME
Sebastian Liste: On the Inside: Venezuela’s Most Dangerous Prison (LightBox)
Pietro Paolini: Ecuador: Balance on the Zero (Terra Project)
Elizabeth Griffin and Amelia Coffaro: Capturing Life With Cancer At Age 28 (NPR Picture Show)
Lars Tunbjörk: Cremation: The New American Way of Death (LightBox)
Lucas Jackson: Tornado survivors of Moore (Reuters photo blog) multimedia
Andy Levin: Coney Island (NYT Lens)
Daniel Love: 200 Hours (Guardian)
Robert Herman: New York: A View of Inner Turmoil (NYT Lens)
Reed Young: The Ground Zero of Immigration: El Paso (LightBox)
Sara Lewkowicz: An unflinching look at domestic abuse (CNN photo blog)
Tony Fouhse: The Simple View of Ottawa (NYT Lens)
Justin Jin for the New York Times
Justin Jin: A Chinese Push for Urbanization (NYT)
Sean Gallagher: Climate change on the Tibetan plateau (Guardian) audio slideshow
Nic Dunlop: On the frontlines of a ‘Brave New Burma’ (CNN photo blog)
Zohra Bensemra: Pakistan’s female Top Gun (Reuters)
Paolo Marchetti: The Stains of Kerala (LightBox)
Behrouz Mehri / AFP / Getty Images
Behrouz Mehri: Life in Tehran, glimpsed through the rear window (AFP Correspondent)
Tyler Hicks: A New Strategy on One Syrian Front (NYT)
Laurent Van der Stockt: On The Damascus Front Lines (Le Monde)
Jason Larkin: Suez – Egypt’s Lifeline (Panos Pictures)
Nyani Quarmyne: Bridging Approaches to Mental Illness in Sierra Leone (NYT Lens)
Jake Naughton: Education of Girls in Kibera (Feature Shoot)
David Guttenfelder: Last Song for Migrating Birds (NGM) Across the Mediterranean, millions are killed for food, profit, and cruel amusement.
Nick Cobbing: Follow the Creatures (Photographer’s website) Antarctica
Nelli Palomäki: Portraits of Children (LightBox)
The Burning Monk 50th anniversary (AP) Malcolm Wilde Browne was 30 years old when he arrived in Saigon on Nov. 7, 1961, as AP’s first permanent correspondent there. From the start, Browne was filing the kind of big stories that would win him the Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 1964. But today, he is primarily remembered for a photograph taken 50 years ago on June 11, 1963, depicting the dignified yet horrific death by fiery suicide of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc.
Love struck: Photographs of JFK’s visit to Berlin 50 years ago reveal a nation instantly smitten (The Independent) Photographer Ulrich Mack accompanied Kennedy on the entire trip. The results, published this month as Kennedy in Berlin, have mostly never been seen before
Osman Orsal / Reuters
Images of Protest in Istanbul: The Woman in Red (No Caption Needed)
Photographer documents Istanbul ‘war zone’ in his own backyard on Facebook (NBC News photo blog)
Photographic Mood, on the Eve of Destruction (No Caption Needed)
Pixelating the reality? (Al Jazeera: Listening Post) Photography is a subjective medium, and how it is used will always depend on who is using it. | On Paul Hansen’s World Press Photo of the Year and post-processing in photojournalism in general
The Art of War – Ron Haviv (Viewpoint on Vimeo) A documentary from the public television of Greece, year 2013. Language: English | Greek Subtitles
Leading photojournalist captures the beating heart of a brutal world (Sydney Morning Herald) Forty years of covering atrocities has only reinforced James Nachtwey’s faith in humanity
Rita Leistner: Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan (BagNewsNotes)
A Glance at the 2013 LOOK3 Photo Festival (LightBox)
Edouard Elias / Getty Images
Two journalists, including photographer Edouard Elias, abducted in Syria (BJP) According to Le Monde and BBC News, the two journalists, Didier François and Edouard Elias, were travelling to Aleppo in Syria when they were abducted by four armed men at a checkpoint
Syrian teacher turned war photographer (CNN) Nour Kelze describes her transition from English teacher in Aleppo to war photographer in the middle of Syria’s conflict.
A Paean to Forbearance (the Rough Draft) (NYT) The origins behind James Agee’s 1941 book, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” a literary description of abject poverty in the South, accompanied by Walker Evans photographs.
The Woman in a Jim Crow Photo (NYT Lens)
Abigail Heyman, Feminist Photojournalist, Dies at 70 (NYT) Related
Nelson Mandela: a life in focus (Guardian) Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Greg Marinovich reflects on a legend of our time
Eman Mohammed in the Gaza Strip (Denver Post Plog)
Robert Capa’s vintage prints on show (BBC) To mark what would have been the 100th birthday of photographer Robert Capa, the Atlas gallery in London is holding an exhibition of his work. It comprises a wide range of prints from his time in Spain during the Civil War through World War II, and ending with the Indo China conflict where he lost his life.
Chloe Dewe Mathews
Featured photographer: Scout Tufankjian (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Carlo Gianferro (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Antonia Zennaro (Verve Photo)
American Girls: Photographs Offer Vision into American Girlhood (Daily Beast) Polish photographer Ilona Szwarc’s new exhibit captures 100 kids with their cult-classic toy, the American Girl doll.
Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography by Colin Graham – review (Guardian) This catalogue of recent Northern Irish photography shows a determination to leave the documentary style of the Troubles behind
After Lowry (FT magazine) Landscape photographer John Davies takes a series of pictures in the northwest of England inspired by the work of LS Lowry
Eric Maierson: This is what editing feels like (MediaStorm blog)
Interviews and Talks
Rodrigo Abd and Javier Manzano (C-Span)
Carolyn Drake (cestandard) An interview with Carolyn Drake, author of Two Rivers
Paul Conroy (Amanpour) The deadliest country on earth for journalists | Conroy on Marie Colvin’s last assignment
Alex Webb (LA Times Framed)
Christopher Anderson (GUP magazine)
Stuart Franklin (Vice) There’s More to Stuart Franklin Than the Most Famous Photo of the 20th Century
Paula Bronstein / Getty Images
Paula Bronstein (ABC Radio National Australia) Internationally acclaimed US photo journalist Paula Bronstein talks about bearing witness to human suffering through her photo essays.
John H. White (NPR Picture Show) Photo Staff Firings Won’t Shake Pulitzer Winner’s Focus
Joe McNally (NYT Lens) Photographing on Top of the World
David Guttenfelder (NGM) Photographer David Guttenfelder reflects upon why taking pictures of the slaughter of songbirds is like covering a war.
Alexandra Avakian / Contact Press Images
Jean-François Leroy (BJP) Visa pour l’Image organizer on the festival’s editorial line and the cost of covering war
Jean-François Leroy (BJP) Visa pour l’Image organizer on social media, the future of photojournalism and the need for greater cooperation
Marco Di Lauro (Image Deconstructed)
Evgenia Arbugaeva (Leica blog) Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner 2013
Jenn Ackerman (PBS NewsHours) One Photographer’s Experience Documenting Mentally Ill Inmates
Richard Misrach (PDN Pulse) Misrach on Documentary vs. Art, the Complications of Portraiture, and Digital Photography
Daniel Etter / Redux
Daniel Etter (LightBox Tumblr)
Espen Rasmussen (Panos Social)
Michael Christopher Brown (Window magazine)
Terry O’Neill (WSJ) The photographer on starlets, the Stones and Sinatra
Ewen Spencer (Vice) The Soul of UK Garage, As Photographed by Ewen Spencer
Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.
In today's pictures, Swiss Shepherd dogs compete in Germany, protests rage in Turkey, teams compete in swamp soccer in Russia, and more.
In today's photos, Andy Murray faces Nicolas Mahut in London, a child sleeps at a brick factory in Kabul, two deer flee from the flood near Budapest, and more.
In today’s photos, a mannequin floats in a car dealership in Germany, a boy works on a wooden wheel in Pakistan, police and protesters clash in Turkey, and more.
Early this morning, Turkish riot police stormed Taksim Square, the center of recent anti-government protests in Istanbul, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today he had "no more tolerance" for the mass anti-government demonstrations that have engulfed the country and killed three protesters and one police officer. [40 photos]
A protester tries to remain standing as police use a water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced their way through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
In today's pictures, a distressed deer is found with a chip bag on its head in Florida, a tornado looms in France, Rafael Nadal wins the French Open for the eighth time, and more.
In today’s pictures, Indian children collect water from leaking pipes, a Thai man escapes a hotel fire, Tropical Storm Andrea makes waves and more.
His name is Wilmer Brizuela, Wilmito to his friends, but to the inmates of Vista Hermosa, he is simply the Pran, the unquestioned leader of one of Venezuela’s notorious prisons. Outside its walls, the Venezuelan national guard patrols; inside, the inmates live and die in a world of their own making. Brizuela has occasionally allowed reporters to visit for a few hours, but earlier this year, he gave photojournalist Sebastián Liste and me exclusive, full access to the prison for more than a week, revealing an improvised society that mirrors the one outside.
Brizuela, who is serving sentences of 10 years for kidnapping and 16 years for murder, believes that his rule over the 1,400 inmates of Vista Hermosa (Beautiful View) in the southern state of Bolívar is more humane than that of the Venezuelan prison authorities, who have been widely criticized by human-rights groups for the overcrowding, poor living conditions and corruption in the country’s prisons. Gang violence is rampant; last year 591 inmates were killed, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Prisons, a watchdog group. Under strongman Hugo Chávez, advocates and journalists who reported on abuses in Venezuela’s prisons faced intimidation and threats of violence; conditions have not improved since Chávez’s death.
Vista Hermosa is emblematic of these problems. Built in the 1950s to house 650 inmates, it now houses more than twice that number. As the population grew, clashes between prisoners and guards became common. Rather than improve conditions, prison authorities have allowed them to descend into near chaos. Since Brizuela, a champion boxer, and his gang took control of Vista Hermosa by force in 2005, drug use and violence are still widespread but tightly controlled. “So far we have achieved peace and a minimum of decent human living standards,” Brizuela says.
Entering Vista Hermosa during visiting hours feels a bit like stepping into the streets of a bustling slum. There are open-air vendors selling DVDs, medicine and snacks amid the unbearable heat and thumping techno music. There are plazas for dancing and a more formal ballroom for parties. In these areas, visiting women and children walk freely, the iron bars have been removed and the walls are freshly painted. The prison, like any society, has distinct subcultures. There are Christian evangelists, called varones, who live, pray and sing together and work hard to keep their spaces clean. Gay inmates have their own quarters, where they can live without fear of harassment.
Vista Hermosa feels like an extreme version of Venezuela itself, in microcosm. Along with the families and celebrations, there is violence and despair. Dozens of addicts, their bodies withered by crack and other drugs, smoke and sleep in rows of hammocks or on piles of trash. Men serving time for sex crimes live in an area far removed from the other inmates. And this society of prisoners has a prison of its own the zone known as La Guerrilla, where gandules, the renegade inmates who have violated Vista Hermosa’s unwritten code, are kept under armed guard. Their inmate-jailers make surveillance rounds night and day armed with pistols, high-caliber revolvers and automatic rifles.
Prisons like Vista Hermosa, which Brizuela says generates about $3 million a year in profit from illegal activities and weekly taxes paid to the Pran by the inmates, could not function without the complicity of corrupt officials who allow drugs and weapons inside. Even the Pran fears them. As Brizuela puts it, “The arms are for protecting us from the national
Jorge Benezra is a journalist based in Venezuela. Follow him on Twitter @JorgeBenezra.
Sebastián Liste is a Brazil-based photographer. In September 2012, he received the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography and the City of Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award. LightBox previously published Liste’s work documenting the community living in an abandoned chocolate factory. Follow him on Twitter @SebastianListe.