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Gaston Lacombe

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In zoos all around the world, visitors go to admire some of the most beautiful, rare or fierce creatures on Earth, but often fail to notice the deplorable habitats in which they are kept.

I have been gathering pictures from zoos all around for the last three years. I like most zoos — I really do. Some zoos need to be congratulated for making great efforts at conserving endangered species, providing shelter to animals who could not otherwise survive and educating the public on ecological issues.

However, even in the best zoos, there are animals that are stuck in cement enclosures too small for their needs, or in rooms where the only vegetation they see are the plants painted on the wall. I’ve seen animals living in cages where they cannot even sit up, or have no access to daylight or clean water. At these moments, I feel guilty for supporting a system that treats animals cruelly, and at these moments, I take pictures.

 

Bio

Gaston Lacombe is a photographer and filmmaker, originally from the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

He has left his footprints all over the globe, including living in Latvia for 12 years, and is presently based in Washington DC. He completed his Professional Photography degree at the Center for the Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University (Washington DC campus), and also has studied at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. level in History.

He specializes mostly in documentary projects that have taking him to all corners of the planet. This includes an art residency in Antarctica with the government of Argentina in early 2012. His work has been shown in PDN magazine, the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and many other publications. His photos have also been exhibited in solo and group shows in North America and Europe, including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

 

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PJ Links is now coming from London. Moved to E15 yesterday. Feeling very optimistic. I’ve always loved visiting the city and it feels good to be actually calling it my home now. Hopefully the decision to move here proves a wise one also professionally. Very much also looking forward to making the most of what London photography scene has to offer. It should definitely be easier to meet people in person here. Was already very pleased to have met @Yumi_Goto yesterday in central London. She’s been in the UK for a couple of weeks after having come to give a talk at Format festival. Was also briefly introduced to @ZarinaHolmes from Sojournposse and Mariateresa Salvatin from Slideluck Potshow London. Hoping to get a chance to talk more with both ladies soon. The next SLPS London event, by the way,  will be in June and it will be curated by Yumi.

Now back to business…

Everyone was talking about the new Lightbox blog launched by TIME magazine’s photo department yesterday…I’m excited too. I’ve always been a big fan of their photo features..Every post I do seems to have one or two essays from their site…Lightbox looks like a brilliant addition to TIME’s photo offerings… And the best thing is, you can view slideshows without having to load each of the photographs on a new URL, like in their photo essays galleries. One of the sections of the new blog, is called In Progress, which promises exclusive look at new work… the first photographer featured in the section is Dominic Nahr and his work from Japan, where he is covering the earthquake/tsunami aftermath…See below…I saw Patrick Witty tweet yesterday that James Nachtwey is also on assignment in Japan. Would be great to see his work in In Progress too…

Features and Essays - Dominic Nahr: Amid Japan’s Devastation (TIME Lightbox: March 2011)

Japan in Boston Globe’s Big Picture… Japan: New fears as the tragedy deepens

Lightbox has an interview with one hero of mine ,  well one of all of ours..Eugene Richards..

InterviewsEugene Richards (TIME Lightbox: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Marcus Bleasdale: One Voice, One Thousand Children [part2] (VII Magazine: March 2011)

The third Prix Pictet winner will be announced  in Paris on Thursday, and the latest Sunday Times Magazine featured some of the nominees…and as @AshGilbertson mentioned on Twitter end of the week, Chris Jordan’s series really is pretty amazing…

Features and Essays – Chris Jordan: Midway: Message from the Gyre (Photographer’s website: March 2011)

Also saw the below photo , which I quite like,  by Edgar Martins in the Sunday Times Magazine, but remembering the Martins/NYT mag assignment saga relating to manipulation of his photographs, my pleasure of looking at Martins’ photo was slightly undermined by doubt that might it be rather manipulated also…

Libya…Damn.. I really thought Gaddafi’s days were numbered as a leader two weeks ago, but he held off, and it’s looking pretty bad for the rebels now…

Features and Essays - Alex Majoli: Libya at War (Newsweek: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Finnbarr O’Reilly: Rebel Portraits (Reuters: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Alessandro Gandolfi: Libya (Parallelozero: March 2011)

Michael Christopher Brown’s Libya Hipstas now on burn…

Features and Essays - Michael Christopher Brown: Libya (burn: March 2011)

Yuri Kozyrev’s Libya gallery on TIME website now up to 87 photographs.

New York Times’ Libya gallery now up to 276 photographs.

Interviews Marco Di Lauro (BJP: March 2011) Photographer tells BJP he was detained and deported from Yemen, as he tried to cover the unrest

Going through latest NGM (April 2011) features earlier…It’s 15th again, so I was pretty sure they’d have some new ones on offer…

Features and Essays - Diane Cook and Len Jenshel: New York’s High Line (NGM: April 2011 issue) New Yorkers can float over busy streets in an innovative park.

Gerd Ludwig in there too…

Features and Essays - Gerd Ludwig: Crimea (NGM: April 2011 issue) Russia’s paradise lost belongs to Ukraine—and that’s where the trouble begins.

Features and Essays – Shiho Fukada: Tension and Theater at China’s Congress (NYT Lens: March 2011)

My Canadian mate @keithvass sent me a link to this…

Articles – Toronto Star Photo Blog: Kid Goes to War (Toront Star: March 2011)

Interviews - Lise Sarfati (ASX: March 2011)

Interviews and Talks - Kenneth Jarecke and David Burnett (Jarecke blog: March 2011)

Interviews and Talks – Peta Pixel: 14 Powerful TED Talks by Photographers (Peta Pixel: 2010)

Getty Images is hiring…

Jobs - Photographers’ Agent

Forgot to mention, I also met London photographer Ore Huiying yesterday. Yumi was staying at hers…

Photographers - Ore Huiying

Photographers - Jason Wallis

PhotographersMichael T Regan

Photographers - Stuart Matthews

Photographers - Eva-Lotta Jansson

Second year BA Press and Editorial Photography student Dan Cainey from University College Falmouth was in touch about the second year students’ show opening at Calumet gallery,93-103 Drummond Street,London NW1 2hJ early next week…

Exhitions - Falmouth Progression : Private View at 6:00pm on Tuesday 22 of March

Photographers - Dan Cainey

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