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Too often the subjects of images of Africa seem to be reduced to symbols - viewers do not encounter them as fully rounded human beings, rarely seeing journalistic images of the middle class, artists or the cultural heritage of African countries. Peter DiCampo, with his iPhone, endeavors to address this.

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We humans share this planet with countless other species, interacting with many of them daily, others rarely. We treat some as sources of food and others as sources of companionship, entertainment, or education. We experiment with them at a genetic level, try to understand their overall behavior, and bond with them on an intimate scale. Most animals live their lives independently of us, but they dwell in habitats that we shape profoundly. Gathered below are images of animals in the news from the past several weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [42 photos]

A monkey who survived the Ivorian post-electoral crisis at the Abidjan Zoo. Three lions named Lea, Simba and Loulou, "died of hunger", said Claude-Sie Kam, a zoo employee, to an AFP reporter. About forty animals perished due to lack of food at the Abidjan Zoo during the Ivorian crisis. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

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Articles – Telegraph: Bruce Davidson: close encounters | photos (Telegraph: May 2010) From the gangs of New York to the civil rights clashes in the Southern states, the photographer Bruce Davidson found dignity in the most desperate situations. A new retrospective brings together more than 50 years of his work. | ‘Outside Inside’ by Bruce Davidson is published by Steidl, £110

Awards - Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 : Deadline 18 July 2010

Awards – Magenta Flash Forward – Emerging Photographers 2010

Interviews - Tomas van Houtryve : Maostalgia (Photographer’s blog: May 2010) Radio Interview about The Great Leap Backwards on CBC’s Dispatches : “An interview about my photography of Red Tourism in China was recently broadcast on Canadian Radio as part of the CBC foreign affairs program, Dispatches.” The Maostalgia photos on Foreign Policy website. | via van Houtryve’s Twitter

Features and Essays – Kieran Dodds: Where the Water Meets the Sky (Panos: May 2010) Zambia

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Features and Essays – TIME: Bangkok Street Fighting Intensifies (TIME: May 2010)

Features and Essays – Reuters: Thailand in Turmoil (Reuters: May 2010)

Features and Essays - Guardian: Bangkok street battles escalate (Guardian: May 2010)

Videos – Sean Stiegemeier’s timelapse video of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano shot on the 5D Mark II using a motorized dolly.(PDN Pulse: May 2010)

Photographers – Masaru Goto : website

Twitter - Brighton Photo Fringe

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