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In today’s pictures, commuters take in art in Italy, a heavily tattooed Vladimir Franz gains enough signatures to run for Czech president, a boy greets his soldier dad in Colorado, and more.

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MILITARY FUNERAL
MILITARY FUNERAL: Mourners attended the funeral of U.S. Army National Guard Maj. Robert Marchanti II at Virginia’s Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday. Maj. Marchanti, of Maryland, was fatally shot in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in February that the Taliban said was retaliation for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

SOMBER CEREMONY
SOMBER CEREMONY: A man mourned in front of a portrait during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday. A Turkish helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, killing 12 Turkish soldiers and Afghan civilians. (Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HUDDLED AROUND
HUDDLED AROUND: Men gathered around a religious flag as they celebrated the New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. Afghanistan uses the Persian calendar. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

MUD BATH
MUD BATH: A believer asking for a miracle emerged from mud in Monterrey, Mexico, Monday. Thousands of believers participated in a procession to ask for miracles from Niño Fidencio, a deceased Mexican folk healer whose spirit still heals people, according to local legend. (Julio Cesar Aguilar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

HAPPY BOY
HAPPY BOY: A child played in mud on the banks of the Bago River in Bago, Myanmar, Tuesday. (Reuters)

KEEPING THEIR COMPOSURE
KEEPING THEIR COMPOSURE: Soldiers stood still after a comrade fainted as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles arrived for a wreath-laying ceremony at Akershus Fortress in Oslo Tuesday. (Getty Images)

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Teresa Cos

I Was There – Observations on “The Society of The Spectacle”

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“I Was There” is the first chapter of a long term (lifetime) project which explores western society and its obsession with success. I started by depicting the worlds of art, fashion and culture, where anxiety and struggle for success, together with the desperate need for recognition and approval are ubiquitous; where people live with the constant fear of being considered losers. The images have been taken in 2010 at Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice Film Festival, Milan and London Fashion Weeks, Frieze Art Fair in London and Paris Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC).

I chose these events because they are globalised examples of a bubble (for instance the art industry) that is on the verge of explosion. As wrote Jean Baudrillard: When one looks at the emptiness of current art, the only question is how much such a machine can continue to function in the absence of any new energy, in an atmosphere of critical disillusionment and commercial frenzy, and with all the players totally indifferent? If it can continue, how long will this illusionism last? A hundred years, two hundred? This society is like a vessel whose edges move ever wider apart, and in which the water never comes to the boil.

If one substitutes current art with current society the equation doesn’t really change, does it? And who are these indifferent players, if not us? I want to keep on exploring and understanding photographically the Hyper reality created by consumerism, where people aspirations are dangerously confused with the models of living that the society of the spectacle is constantly selling us and where need has become desire and admiration envy.

To me, it is fundamentally important to understand these social dynamics because, by creating the idea that through a selfish individualism everybody can finally reach extreme forms of wealth and success, one drastically contributes to the social and economic disparities in this world.

 

Bio

I was born and grew up in a small town called Latisana, in the North East of Italy, a one hour drive from Venice, where I ended up living for six years as an architecture student. It is thanks to architecture that I discovered photography, because it taught me to look at the world through different eyes.

After graduating in 2008, I was in the Italian team of architects and urbanists in the international table of consultation wanted by the French government to produce ideas for the future of Paris. I lived for seven months in the suburbs of the French capital, producing my first important body of work, Banlieue 08/09, that allowed me to be accepted last year onto the Photojournalism & Documentary Photography MA program at London College of Communication, where I graduated with Distinction.

I live and work in London and I am also part of the photography collective Five Eleven Ninety Nine.

 

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The best photos of 2011 from around the globe. Warning: All images in this entry are shown in full, not screened out for graphic content. Some images contain dead bodies, graphic content and tragic events. We consider these images an important part of human history.

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WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT OR NUDITY
From the uprisings across the Arab world to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there was no lack of news in 2011. Reuters photographers covered the breaking news events as well as captured more intimate, personal stories. In this showcase, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.

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In McCarren Park, aerialist Seanna Sharpe instructs Millie Biswas during a cloud trapeze class. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


New York police near the scene of shooting on the boardwalk in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach in which one woman was killed and four men were wounded on Thursday evening. (Michael Nagle for The Wall Street Journal)


Santiago Granda dips his dog in water spraying from a fire hydrant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


David Tankersley played with his Cavalier King Charles spaniel “Harley Davidson” on the Hudson River Greenway near West 145th Street in Manhattan Monday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


The scallops, photographed at The The Dutch located at 131 Sullivan Street in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) addressed a news conference in New York, Monday. Mr. Weiner admitted sending sexually suggestive photographs to women online but said he doesn’t plan to resign from Congress because of the scandal. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)


Tourists disembarked from The Beast after a high-speed ride from 42nd Street to the Statue of Liberty, powered by jet engines that let the boat perform all sorts of fast loops and 360-degree turns. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal )


“Best Buddies Friendship Bear,” a piece of pop art by Romero Britto, brightened the plaza in front of the Time Warner Building in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle after its unveiling at the location Wednesday. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


A school bus stopped in the middle of South 2nd Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to allow children to get sprayed by water from a broken fire hydrant Friday. It is predicted that temperatures will reach 96 degrees fahrenheit by days end throughout the Greater New York area. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


A boy walked past a dead fin whale that washed up in Atlantic Beach, N.Y., Wednesday. Scientists performed a necropsy Thursday on the whale and found it likely was hit by a ship. (Zuma Press)


Jamie Gleason, a Citywide Monuments Conservation intern, worked on the Temperance Fountain in Tompkins Square Park Thursday in New York. (Michael Nagle for The Wall Street Journal)


Alexander and Andres Grayson check out a simulated crime scene at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s CSI Experience Booth on Sunday. The booth was part of the 2011 World Science Festival Street Fair in Washington Square Park. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


A worker Tuesday surveys the completed Rainbow City at the High Line park’s newly opened second section. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Filmaker Marc Singer in his Brooklyn Heights apartment this week. “Dark Dyas” will open July 1, at Cinema Village. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


The ancho-battered pollack fish taco, photographed at Pachanga Patterson located at 33-17 31st Avenue in Astoria, Queens. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Former New York Giants player Plaxico Burress, center, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, right, left the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, N.Y., Monday. Mr. Burress was released from prison after spending nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge. (Heather Ainsworth/Associated Press)

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DOWN AND OUT
DOWN AND OUT: An honor guard member passed out before the arrival of Britain’s Prince Charles as Spain’s Princess Letizia, left, looked on at the Pardo Palace near Madrid Wednesday. (Andrea Comas/Reuters)

INCH BY INCH
INCH BY INCH: London police painstakingly searched for clues outside the Stockwell Food & Wine shop, where a 5-year-old girl and 35-year-old man were shot Tuesday night. Detectives believe the victims, who were hospitalized, may have been caught in the crossfire of gang violence. (Cliff Hide/London News/Zuma Press)

PIGS PASSING
PIGS PASSING: A villager towed pigs through floodwaters in Surat Thani Province, Thailand, Wednesday. Southern Thailand faced more torrential rain after heavy downpours caused at least 15 deaths and forced the Thai navy to evacuate hundreds of stranded tourists. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

BACK ON THE HILL
BACK ON THE HILL: Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton (D., Ind.), who served as vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, attended a Senate Homeland Security hearing Wednesday in Washington about the commission’s report. (Pete Marovich/Zuma Press)

RIDING BY
RIDING BY: A man rode his bicycle Wednesday in Kesennuma, Japan, between ships that were washed inland by the March 11 tsunami. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)

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Dig this freak-out: Sun City Girls' Richard and Alan Bishop performing an acoustic rendition of "Space Prophet Dogon/Multiple Hallucinations" in Iowa City, 2008. Sun City Girls formed in 1979 and released a slew of eclectic, amazing, and bizarre small edition albums and cassettes until drummer Charles Gocher died in 2007. According to the Village Voice's Ted Hendrickson, Sun City Girls "never made any sense, conventionally speaking, and that's what makes them fun." (Thanks to Three Day Stubble's Mr. Hungry, who introduced me to the Sun City magic way back when!)

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As pretty much always…let’s start with some features….today’s around the world trip starts with Andrea Bruce’s work from Afghanistan… then we’ll head to Haiti with Jonathan Torgovnik, and to Florida with Anthony Suau…

Features and Essays - Andrea Bruce: Taliban Threat (VII Network: December 2010) Province of Faryab in northern Afghanistan

Features and Essays - Jonathan Torgovnik: La Piste Tent Camp (Reportage by Getty Images: December 2010) Haiti

Features and Essays – Anthony Suau: Florida Foreclosure Fraud Crisis 2010 (Facingchange.org: 2010)

Next to Palestine with Ladefoged…then to Bali with Stanmeyer, followed by Cameroon with Bouvet and New Jersey with Abdulaziz….

Features and Essays - Joachim Ladefoged: Growing Up Palestinian in the Age of the Wall (VII: December 2010)

Features and Essays – John Stanmeyer: Bali (New Yorker Photo Booth: December 2010)

Features and Essays - Eric Bouvet: Cholera in Cameroon (VII Network: December 2010)

Features and Essays – Mustafah Abdulaziz: New Jersey Bear Hunt (WSJ: December 2010)

Yesterday saw big student protests (Panos Pictures coverage | NYT slidehow) in London against the government’s plans to increase university tuition fees… I was at Parliament Square covering the event myself,  and I have to say that it is a bit sad too see  all the media coverage today concentrating almost solely on the rioters who attacked Prince Charles’ Rolls-Royce on Regent Street as well as the violence done to Treasury and Supreme Court buildings surrounding the Parliament Square…and the large majority of demonstrators who were entirely peaceful in their protest, barely getting a mention…  I disagree with the Metropolitan Police policy on kettling those obviously peaceful protestors… who last night were kettled until  8.30pm at the Square, and after it started looking like they were finally being let out, it turned out they were actually only pushed to the Westminster Bridge, where everybody felt like sardins in a tin… I know as I was there kettled with them until 10.30….

Matt Dunham from Associated Press hit the jackpot with his photo of Charles’ and Camilla’s limo being attacked…In Boston Globe Big Picture you can see it full frame…

Most media went for the crop…

In Guardian, he tells you how he got the shot….

Articles/Interviews – Guardian: How AP’s photographer got ‘the money shot’ of Charles and Camilla (Guardian: December 2010)

I happened to notice, by the way, Brighton’s own Simon Roberts work his 5×4 magic behind the police lines at Parliament Square yesterday…. which reminds me that according to his Twitter feed , @simoncroberts, he has new assistant, Harry….

PhotographersHarry Watts

Mathias, whose work I featured on Tuesday’s post, got featured on Verve Photo on Wednesday…

Articles – Verve Photo: Mathias Depardon (Verve: December 2010)

One of my Panos faves, Ian Teh is featured in Verve today with a photo from the Merging Boundaries series I was raving about last week…

Articles - Verve Photo: Ian Teh (Verve: December 2010)

Articles – Guardian: Photographer Pietro Masturzo’s best shot (Guardian: December 2010)

Big news…

Articles – BJP: VII outsources distribution to Corbis (BJP: December 2010)

One of my Perpignan flatmates Sebastian Liste, won yet another award…

Articles – BJP: Terry O’Neill Award goes to Sebastian Liste (BJP: December 2010)

Sebastian is also one of the Fotovisura shortlisted…

GrantsFotovisura grant finalists

Format festival got pre-launched in London couple of days ago and the website is now live…

FestivalsFormat International Photography Festival

Articles - Guardian: Featured Photographer Carl de Souza (Guardian: December 2010)

Articles - Guardian: Before Colour: photographer William Eggleston in black-and-white (Guardian: December 2010)

InterviewsAlec Soth (Artcards: 2010)

Features and Essays - NYT: Actors Create 14 Decisive Moments | 14 Actors Acting (NYT Lens: December 2010)

Year in Pictures gallery by Adam Dean…

Features and Essays – Adam Dean: 2010 Year In Pictures (Photographer’s website: December 2010)

I put a link to Palani Mohan’s latest work on Reportage by Getty Images site the other day, and I ended up having a look also at his personal website…

PhotographersPalani Mohan

Also checked Luke Banks’ site, after I saw his work on Telegraph’s Telephoto…

Photographers - Luke Banks

Photographers - Katja Heinemann

AgenciesVII Photo December 2010 Newsletter

CollectivesMJR Weekly Collection 81

Twitter - Terry O’Neill

TwitterKrista Rossow

Blogs – Chip Litherland: 100 things completely right about our jobs (Photographer’s blog: December 2010)

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