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Another year has come and gone and with it hundreds of thousands of images have recorded the world's evolving history; moments in individual lives; the weather and it's affects on the planet; acts of humanity and tragedies brought by man and by nature. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the first 4 months of 2012. Parts II and III to follow this week. -- Paula Nelson ( 64 photos total)
Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben just after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Christians commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, a holiday that marks the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Observances around the world bring a diversity of traditions as varied as the countries celebrating. Eastern Orthodox Christians will observe Easter on April 15. Gathered here are images of Christians during Holy Week and Easter, including reenactments of the Crucifixion, pilgrimages, baptisms, sunrise services, and more. -- Lane Turner (37 photos total)
A girl wears an angel costume during Blood of Christ celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua on March 30, 2012. (Esteban Felix/Associated Press)

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A man sits near an abandoned ship that lays beached near Takwa Bay just off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday. Abandoned ships are an environmental threat to the area as the wrecks of various large rusting hulks litter the coastline of Nigeria, without the funds or incentive to clean-up the strand.

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A group of people walk along the corniche area toward abandoned ships that lay beached near Takwa Bay just off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria.

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Men stand by an abandoned ship that lays beached near Takwa Bay.

See more images from Nigeria in PhotoBlog.

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GO TIME
GO TIME: Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum climbed into a truck after he greeted patrons at MaryAnn’s Diner in Derry, N.H., Monday. The Granite State holds the nation’s first primary Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

PACKED STREETS
PACKED STREETS: Nigerians packed Ikorodu Road in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday. Tens of thousands of protesters participated in a nationwide strike over gas prices that shot up when the government ended a decades-old gas subsidy. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PROTECTING TEBOW
PROTECTING TEBOW: The Denver Broncos’ Willis McGahee (23) threw a block on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Larry Foote (50) as Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) looked to pass the ball during a wild card playoff game in Denver Sunday. The Steelers lost 29-23 in overtime. (Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

TOPSY-TURVY
TOPSY-TURVY: The Greek-owned cargo ship Rena, which has been grounded off the New Zealand coast since October, broke into two pieces after it was battered by strong waves in Tauranga, officials said Sunday. Oil has been seen leaking from the vessel. (Action Press/Zuma Press)

SCOUTS PRAY
SCOUTS PRAY: Boy Scouts Russ Pierce, left, and Paul Pierce prayed during the annual Religious Freedom Day event in Fredericksburg, Va., Sunday. (Suzanne Carr Rossi/The Free Lance-Star/Associated Press)

LEOPARD ATTACK
LEOPARD ATTACK: A leopard scalped a man, killed another man and injured three other people in Guwahati, India, Saturday. The animal was captured and will be released in the wild. Conservationists say deforestation is increasingly pushing leopards into populated areas. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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The series contains abstracted planimetric drawings and eerily-serene cityscapes that suggest the changing contours of urban settlements. They represent an idea of a degenerate futurism, yet one might find similar typologies and scenes in places such as the favelas of Brazil and North Africa, and in overpopulated cities such as Lagos, Mexico City, and Mumbai. Though outputted digitally, the drawings possess a textured and painterly quality as a result of combining hand-drawn sketches, industrial textures, surfaces of deteriorated paper, and digital architectural models.
A constant interplay between digital and analog processes is important in my work, resulting in a highly layered set of documents. The drawings presented here started out as digital images that were outputted, sketched and drawn over, and scanned back into the computer in order to be retraced, textured, and layered

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Features and Essays

The end game in Libya…Bryan Denton has been in the country for most of the last six months covering the events for the New York Times…NYT Lens interviewed him as rebels were pushing towards Tripoli end of last week…

Bryan Denton: Tomorrow Tripoli (NYT Lens: August 2011)

New York Times’ The Battle for Libya gallery … impressive selection from February onwards.

Libya galleries from TIME, NPR, The Atlantic’s In Focus, The Foreign Policy, and Wall Street Journal…

TIME: Libyan Rebels Move on Tripoli 

NPR: The Story Of Libya’s Revolt, In Pictures 

The Atlantic In Focus blog: Qaddafi Losing Grip on Libya

The Foreign Policy: Triumph in Tripoli 

WSJ: Libya’s Revolution

Moises Saman captured the mood in Tripoli just before the rebel push…

Moises Saman: Gaddafi Defiant (Magnum: August 2011)

Maybe a good time to recap on some of the events in the Middle East this year,  by looking at this TIME video of Yuri Kozyrev’s work from Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya again…also as Visa Pour l’Image is just around the corner… and the festival will showcase some of the work…

Yuri Kozyrev: On Revolution Road (TIME: June 2011)

Moving on from Libya to other things…

New York Times Magazine did something special with their What They Were Thinking last weekend…

NYT Magazine: Classic Magazine Photographs, Then and Now (NYT Mag: August 2011) “What they were thinking then. What are they thinking now.”

From National Geographic Magazine’s September issue…

Brent Stirton: The Sahara’s Tuareg (NGM: September 2011)

John Stanmeyer: Brazil’s Girl Power (NGM: September 2011)

Michael ‘Nick’ Nichol: Orphan Elephants (NGM: September 2011)

New on VII website…

Giulio Di Sturco: Somali Famine (VII Mentor: August 2011)

Erin Trieb: The Homecoming (VII Mentor: August 2011)

Sim Chi Yin: China’s Lead Curse (VII Mentor: August 2011)

Venetia Dearden: Mariinsky Ballet (VII Network: August 2011)

Lynsey Addario: Saudi Life (VII Network: August 2011)

From VII Magazine…

Antonin Kratochvil: Incognito (VII Magazine: August 2011)

Giulio di Sturco: Doolow Somalia (VII Mag: August 2011)

Jonathan Saruk: Kabul’s Movie Theaters (Reportage by Getty Images: August 2011)

Moises Saman: Syria, Decisively Seen (TIME LB: August 2011)

William Daniels: Revisiting Japan’s Ground Zero (TIME LB: August 2011)

Jake Price: Japan, Five Months On (BNN: August 2011)

Daniel Berehulak: Pakistan: One Year Later (Newsweek: August 2011)

Abbas: Sources of the Ganges (Magnum: August 2011)

Samuel James: In Nigeria, an Islamist Insurgency Strengthens (NYT: August 2011)

Bruce Davidson: NYC Subway Commuters in the 80s (Flavorwire: 2011)

Taslima Akhter: Garment Workers in Bangladesh (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Marcus Bleasdale: Ripe With Abuse (HRW: August 2011)

Jehad Nga: Dadaab (New Yorker: August 2011)

Peter Greste: Somalis Flee to Ethiopia (Al Jazeera: August 2011)

Davin Ellicson: Postcard from Bucharest: After the Revolution (New Yorker Photo Booth: August 2011)

Carlos Saveedra: Daughters of the Goddess Huitaca (Foto8: August 2011)

Alizandra Fazzina: Paper Mill 2 (NOOR: August 2011)

9/11…VII newsletter about the upcoming tenth anniversary with links to features…

VII: 911 Tenth Anniversary (VII: August 2011)

911 with Holgas and Lomos..New trend developing? First Tama/Getty and now Stapleton/Reuters…compare here

Shannon Stapleton: A Different View of 911 (Reuters: August 2011)

Michal Chelbin: Prison Portraits (New Yorker: August 2011)

Brian Shumway: True Men (burn: August 2011)

Anthony Suau: Turmoil on Wall Street (Facing Change: August 2011)

Andrew Moore: Love in Detroit’s Ruins (NYT: August 2011)

Piotr Malecki: Call Centre (Panos: August 2011)

Seamus Murphy: London Riots (Stern: August 2011)

Ryan Gauvin: Shots Out the Rough (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Julio Bittencourt: Big Pool of Ramon (TIME LB: August 2011)

Evan Vucci: Killer Blue- Baptized by Fire (Photographer’s Vimeo:2011)

Evan Vucci: We Don’t Have Enough Power to Fight (Photographer’s Vimeo: 2011)

Thomas Hoepker: Berlin Vintage (Guardian: August 2011)

Stephen Dupont: Generation AK (Vimeo: 2011)

Stephen Shames: Bronx Boys (TIME LB: August 2011)

Sarina Finkelstein: Modern Day Gold Prospectors (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Rodrigo Abd: Mayan Women (Oregonian: 2011)

Articles 

Guardian: Sean Smith’s Best Shot (Guardian: August 2011)

Assignment Chicago: 7 Lies About Photojournalists (Chicago Tribune: August 2011)

TIME LB: John Moore’s story behind the photo : Somalia, One Mother’s Unspeakable Loss (TIME LB: August 2011)

David Campbell: Imaging famine: How critique can help (DC blog: August 2011)

Visual Culture Blog: Defacing Gaddafi (Visual Culture Blog: August 2011)

PDN: Judge Dismisses Copyright Suit Against Ryan McGinley as “Wasteful” (PDN: August 2011)

Lisa Pritchard: Ask An Agent 2 (LPA blog: August 2011)

photo: Massimo Vitali

New York Times Mag: A View From the High (NYT Mag: August 2011) Massimo Vitali

Telegraph: Lomography: the digital photo sceptics strike back (Telegraph: August 2011)

Telegraph: Instagram, Hipstamatic and the mobile photography movement (Telegraph: August 2011)

BJP: Corbis signs deal with Associated Press

BJP: BBC’s Twitter statement is “unacceptable”, says NUJ

Nowness: Corinne Day : Heaven is Real (Nowness: August 2011)

BJP: Award-winning war documentary comes to the UK

photo: Paolo Patrizi

Prison Photography: Photographing the Prostitutes of Italy’s Backroads: Google Street View vs. Boots on the Ground (Prison Photography: August 2011)

Related..

Conscientious: Google Street View and Authorship (Conscientious: August 2011)

MSNBC: At 83, subject of ‘American Girl in Italy’ photo speaks out (MSNBC: August 2011)

NPR: In Japan, Restoring Photos For Tsunami Victims (NPR: August 2011)

PDN: Lee Miller: Great Conflict Photographer, Not So Great Parent (PDN: August 2011)

Carol Guzy: Losing Miss Cassie (Washington Post: 2010)

Events

If you happen to be in Scotland this coming weekend…Some great events and talks happening as part of the Festival of Politics…World Press Photo exhibition and Anastasia Taylor-Lind showing some  of her work and participating in another talk…

Festival of Politics:  Raised by Women: A Photographic Essay on Female Dominated Communities : Anastasia Taylor Lind : Where: Scottish Parliament : Edinburgh : Saturday 27 August, 11:00 – 12:00, Committee Room 3, FREE Chaired by Olivier Laurent, News and Online Editor, British Journal of Photography. Also: Covering Conflict: the role of the photographer and artist : Saturday 27 August, 17:30 – 18:30, Committee Room 3, FREE

Magnum in Motion, Live : NYC (TIME LB)

Crowd Funding - Focused (IndieGoGo)

Interviews and Talks

David Campbell and Jon Levy : ”Aesthetics have no place in photographing famine” (OPEN-i Vimeo: August 2011)

Peter Dench (Telegraph: August 2011)

Ashley Gilbertson (PRX: August 2011)

Don McCullin (TateShots on Youtube: August 2011)

Steve Pyke (Hungry Eye: August 2011)

Ben Lowy (Conscientious: August 2011)

Leonie Hampton (Ideas Tap: August 2011)

Shannon Stapleton (Reuters: August 2011)

Yannis Behrakis (Reuters: August 2011)

Brassai (ASX)

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

photo: Samuel James

Exposure Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism : inaugural winner Samuel James. Work ‘Lagos, Area‘ syndicated by VII

Lens Culture Awards includes, documentary, fine art, abstract, and photojournalism. Deadline Sept.17

Ian Parry Scholarship Private view (Olivier Laurent’s Vimeo: August 2011)

Movies and Videos

The Mexican Suitcase

Paul Strand : Under the Dark Cloth (Youtube)

Hungry Eye TV

Agencies

Anne Bourgeois-Vignon joins INSTITUTE as Director of INSTITUTE | news on BJP

Falcon

Photographers

Justin Maxon

Rian Dundon

Angelos Giotopoulos

Stephanie Foden

Jobs

MSF Canada

Video Producer/Editor for msnbc.com in NYC

Whitechapel Gallery are hiring a Schools & Families Education Curator

To finish off…

From Gawker…Experience an Entire Day in New York in One Photograph…Very entertaining photos by Stephen Wilkes

Photoshop horrors….

Either Testino retouchers photochopped Kate Moss’ daughter’s fingers on purpose or someone fucked up bad…

Also…

This timelapse video of a day in California is worth checking out too..

See also Little People

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