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Moustetronaut is a lovely picture book by Mark Kelly, a former Space Shuttle pilot and husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It tells the story of Meteor, an experimental NASA mouse who saves a shuttle mission by scurrying into a tight control-panel seam and retrieving a critical lost key. The story is very (very) loosely based on a true story -- there was a Meteor, but he never left his cage, but he did indeed display delight and aplomb in a microgravity environment. The whole rescue thing is a fiction, albeit an adorable one.

What really makes this book isn't its basis in "truth," but rather the amazing illustrations by CF Payne, who walks a very fine line between cute and grotesque, with just enough realism to capture the excitement of space and just enough caricature to make every spread instantly engaging. There's also a very admirable economy of words in the book itself (which neatly balances a multi-page afterword about the space program, with a good bibliography of kid-appropriate space websites and books for further reading). It's just the right blend of beautifully realized characters -- Meteor is particularly great -- and majestic illustrations of space and space vehicles.



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An Indonesian ethnic Chinese man prays during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration at Dharma Bakti temple in Chinatown in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Divers of the Nucleo Operatori Subacquei Guardia Costiera conduct a search and rescue operation that led to the discovery of the body of a woman inside of the ship [...]

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President Obama delivered his third State of the Union speech last night before a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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In this post, featuring images from the last quarter of 2011, we remember a tumultuous year of change across the globe, the capture of Khadafi, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the passing of Apple icon Steve Jobs, fire, famine, flood and protests. A memorable year, indeed. -- Paula Nelson -- Please see part 1 and part 2 from earlier. (EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not post a Big Picture on Monday, December 26, due to the Christmas Holiday ) (51 photos total)
A defaced portrait of fugitive Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli on Sept. 1, 2011 as the fallen strongman vowed again not to surrender in a message broadcast on the 42nd anniversary of the coup which brought him to power. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

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The year 2011 brought us dramatic and unexpected images from some of the world’s major news events, including the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, the violent end of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s rule and the humiliating tweet that ruined New York Representative Anthony Weiner’s career. But beyond the widely seen and iconic images that accompanied the year’s biggest events, like the death of Osama bin Laden and the shooting of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, were unusual, equally astonishing and startling images that rested at the periphery of the news. A cat with two faces, rail tracks buckled by the shifting earth after a quake in New Zealand, the police rescue of a girl held hostage by her father, a suicidal bride and beautiful, abstract images taken from space by an astronaut photographer — these are just a few of the compelling and surprising images to have emerged beyond the main news cycle this year. Here, LightBox looks back at a small selection of the underreported, improbable and astounding images that caught the attention of TIME’s photo editors.

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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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Features and Essays 

London’s been burning…

The Atlantic : In Focus: Riots in London (The Atlantic: August 9, 2011)

Monday’s NYT slideshow on the London riots opened with a strong frame by Getty’s Dan Kitwood about a community looking at the ruins…summed up a lot…saw the photo also used on the front page of The Independent…

NYT: Rioting in Tottenham (NYT: August 2011)

Boston Globe : The Big Picture: London Riots (Big Picture: August 9 2011)

Some of the back story to London riots by Mishka Henner and Liz Lock?

Mishka Henner and Liz Lock: All That Life Can Afford (Panos: August 2011) Hackney: London

Brilliant series by Simon Roberts about Brighton sea front in Saturday’s Telegraph Magazine…

Simon Roberts: Along the Prom (Saturday Telegraph Magazine: August 2011)

Getty’s Mario Tama has done a panoramic series by the World Trade Center site…Shot with some lomo I’d imagine…

Mario Tama: 9/11 (MSNBC: August 2011)


Peter van Agtmael: Thoughts on 9/11 (Chronicle: August 2011)

Robert Nickelsberg: The Al Noor School (Reportage by Getty Images: August 2011)

Alex Majoli: African Refugee Crisis (Magnum: August 2011)

The Independent had some of Ed Ou’s Somalia photos…the ones I linked to last week…Includes interview…

Ed Ou: Surviving Somalia (Independent: August 2011)

Sanjit Das: Drought in the Horn of Africa (Photographer’s archive: August 2011)

Brian Ulrich: Copia—Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores (PDN Photo A Day: August 2011)

Lorenzo Meloni: A Dark Descent: The Streets of Yemen (TIME LB: August 2011)

Tessa Bunney: Pooled Resources (FT Mag: August 2011)

Ross Taylor: A Chance in Hell ( 2011)

Gabrielle Micalizzi: Mean Street of Athens (NYT Mag: August 2011)

Barton Silverman: On Long Island, Disappearing Lobsters (NYT Lens: August 2011)

James Mollison: Where the Children Sleep (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Zackary Canepari: Aquadettes (Panos: August 2011)

Some of Don McCullin’s lost negatives of the construction of the Berlin Wall were in last Friday’s TIME magazine and you can see them also on Lightbox….

Don McCullin: The Berlin Wall : The Lost Negatives (TIME LB: August 2011)

Dustin Aksland: Sound of the Soil (TIME LB: August 2011)

Laura Levene: New York Rocker (New Yorker: August 2011)

Ben Lowy: iLibya (Reportage by Getty: August 2011)

Ben Brady: Losing Life and Limb in Afghanistan (GlobalPost: 2011)

Thomas Dworzak: Caucasus (Magnum in Motion: August 2011)

Mishka Henner: Dutch Landscapes (Panos: August 2011)

I really like the NYT Mag’s What They Were Thinking feature…

Kalpesh Latigra: The End of the Wedding, London (NYT Mag: August 2011)

Michael Kirby Smith: Plexiglas New York (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Richard Sandler: 80s: When Greed Was Good (TIME LB: August 2011)

Patrick Zachmann: Summer in Lampedusa (Magnum: August 2011)

Interviews and Talks

 Amy Weston : London riots: photographer speaks of mayhem after taking dramatic shot (Guardian: August 20110 Amy Weston captured image of woman leaping from a burning building in Croydon used on five national front pages

Tyler Hicks : Stark images of misery in Somalia spark action (CBS: August 2011)

Pellgerin profile on CPN…

Paolo Pellegrin : Canon Ambassador profile (CPN: 2011)

Canon Ambassadors: Advice to Young Photographers :  Michael Nichols,Gary Knight,Ziv Koren,Frits van Eldik,Paolo Pellegrin (CPN: 2011)

Maggie Steber : Joop Swart Masterclass address (TP: 2011)

Joao Silva : The Unstoppable Man (WNYC: August 2011)

John Moore  on his famous Arlington Cemetary photograph (APS: 2011)

Kathy Ryan : Very Familiar Faces, Far Out of Context (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Spencer Platt (MSNBC: August 2011)

Arnold Newman (Strobist)

Henri Cartier-Bresson died seven years ago… Charlie Rose interview via @JamesPomerantz

Henri Cartier-Bresson (Charlier Rose)

Steven Shames : A Lens On Life For Boys In The Bronx (NPR: August 2011)

Jim Goldberg & Todd Hido on Larry Sultan (PDN: August 2011)

Stanley Greene on Robert Capa (Dailymotion: 2011)

Antoine D’Agata (Gommamag: 2011)


Lot of talk about a Tyler Hicks photo from Somalia last week…

On Aug. 2, when most U.S. papers ran a front page photograph of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ return to the House, The New York Times went with Hicks’ photo from Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. – NPR

NPR: Photo Brings Somalia’s Famine To The Front Page (NPR: August 2011)

Huffington Post: New York Times Runs Graphic Photo Of Starving Somali Child (HP: August 2011)

Salon: Can a photograph still change the world? (Salon: August 2011) NYT editor explains why the paper ran an unforgettable photo. But will it effect change?

Related on LA Times’ Framework blog about a Barbara Davidson frame..

LA Times Framework: Back story on a ‘haunting’ image of famine in Africa (LA Times FW: August 2011)

Time Lightbox: Desperate Leap of Faith in London: The Riot Photo That Has the World Buzzing (TIME LB: August 2011)

Guardian: London riots: photographers targeted by looters (Guardian: August 2011) Serious muggings and beatings suffered by photojournalists covering the civil disorder

BJP: London memorial planned for Anton Hammerl (BJP: July 2011)

Thames and Hudson blog: Magnum Contact Sheets: Commissioning #1 (TH blog: August 2011)

Guardian: Sean Smith’s Frontlines war photographs (Guardian: August 2011)

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Adrees Latif (Guardian: August 2011) Related

Guardian: Cindy Sherman models for MAC, the makeup company of outsiders (Guardian: August 2011)

Bagnewsnotes: Picture from Iowa (BNN: August 2011)

CPN: Mike Nichols launches iPad App (CPN: August 2011)

On Newsweek’s slightly unflattering/’controversial’ cover portrayal of Michele Bachmann….Storm in a tea(party)cup, I say….

Huffington Post: Newsweek’s Michele Bachmann Cover Raises Eyebrows (HP: August 2011)

The Atlantic Wire: Bachmann Was Not Blinded by a Lighting Test ( August 2011)

NYT: The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter (NYT: August 2011)

NYT Lens: Tender Moments in the Maelstrom of War (NYT Lens: August 2011)

FStoppers: Annie Leibovitz’s Lighting, from the eyes of a Photo Assistant (FStoppers: 2011)

Verve: Gilles Sabrie (Verve: August 2011)

Verve: Lurdes R. Basolí (Verve: August 2011)

TIME LB: Rothstein’s First Assignment (TIME LB: August 2011)

Foto8: Book review: Leonie Hampton: In The Shadow of Things (Foto8: August 2011)

NYT: The All-Seeing Eye (NYT: August 2011)

BJP: Vimeo is now offering a professional video hosting plan for photographers and videographers (BJP: August 2011)


Nike Women “Make Yourself” Photo Shoot


Gael Turine

David Brunetti

Quinn Palmer

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Canon AFJ Award winner

CPN Editor’s Choice 3 Launches

Magnum Expression Award

The Frontline Club Award and the Frontline Memorial Tribute Award for excellence in journalism 

Vattenfall Fotopreis

Eyewitness Photography Competition

NPPA short grant applications


Tip: follow @Fiona_Rogers if you aren’t already… She’s always posting jobs…

V&A Exhibitions Coordinator

Magnum Photos New York are looking for a Print Sales Manager

Photography job in Nepal  via @anastasiatl

Whitechapel Gallery job vacancies

Wycombe College are recruiting Photography Course Leader

AP interactive producer in New York

Rights and Clearance Project Manager Getty Images – London, United Kingdom 

To finish off…

If you can’t make photography pay, fancy trying cleaning sewages? NYC sewage treatment workers’ minimum salary: $34.97/hour…the application form… by @dbrabyn

Also….did you you know – “That’s a WRAP” at the end of film shoot actually means Wind Reel And Print. An analogue terminology still used in digital era… via @ZarinaHolmes

You saw Move already, right? Gulp. is pretty cool too…

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Kufow Ali Abdi, 51, holds the body of his three-year-old daughter, Kadija, in a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 28, 2011. Kadija had died of starvation. The al-Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape al-Shabab territory.

South Korean army soldiers remove muddy water after a landslide, caused by heavy rains, hit the area around an apartment complex in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 29, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Korean firefighters, soldiers, police officers and other workers Friday continued to clean up walls of mud and search for possible survivors in hard-hit areas, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appeared on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise.

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Kufow Ali Abdi, 51, holds the body of his three-year-old daughter, Kadija, in a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 28, 2011. Kadija had died of starvation. The al-Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape al-Shabab territory. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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A man gets a haircut in Central Havana, July 26, 2011. The area is one of the most heavily populated of the Cuban capital since many of these old buildings have been subdivided to house multiple families. Experts say that even with some state controls, property sales, announced recently by the government that some would be permitted, could transform Cuba more than any other economic reform announced by President Raul Castro's government. (The New York Times) #

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South Korean army soldiers remove muddy water after a landslide, caused by heavy rains, hit the area around an apartment complex in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 29, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Korean firefighters, soldiers, police officers and other workers Friday continued to clean up walls of mud and search for possible survivors in hard-hit areas, according to the National Emergency Management Agency. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) #

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Women prepare a meal on the site of their home, destroyed by last year's floods, next to their temporary accomodation one year on, on July 29, 2011 in the village of Basti Jagwala Shoki, near Muzaffargarh, Pakistan. A year ago, monsoon rains caused flooding which ravaged Pakistan causing the worst natural disaster since its inception in 1947. Flood waters submerged a fifth of the countryside, equivalent to the size of England, affecting over 20 million people, displacing over 4 million and killing 2000. Millions lost their homes, farms and livelihoods. But the crisis still continues, as hundreds of thousands of people still remain homeless. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #

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A malnourished child in a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 27, 2011. The al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

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Kieren Fallon riding Hoof It win the Blue Square Stewards' Cup at Goodwood racecourse on July 30, 2011 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) #

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A stunt rider of Red Bull X-Fighters performs during a show in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 30, 2011. The Red Bull X-Fighters is one of the biggest Freestyle Motocross Championship riders in the world. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena) #

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A Filipino Muslim woman enters a mosque to pray during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in suburban Paranaque, south of Manila, Philippines on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. During Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #

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In this picture taken Thursday, July 28, 2011, Hindu pilgrims are carried on palanquins by Muslim bearers over a glacier near Amarnath Cave,150 kilometers (93 miles) from Srinagar, India. At least half a million devotees make the pilgrimage to the icy cave which lies 13,500 feet (4,115 meters) above sea level in Indian-controlled Kashmir amid tight security. Hindus worship a stalagmite inside the cave as an incarnation of the Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #

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Gwynne Chapin, foreground right, hands an ice cream cone to Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Bryan Hall (68) from her truck as his teammates wait in line for their orders following NFL football training camp Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) #

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A Nepalese Muslim prays on the second day of the holy fasting month Ramadan at a mosque in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. Muslims are a minority in this predominantly Hindu nation. Official data indicates only 4.3 percent of the country's 27 million people are Muslim. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha) #

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The Malecon, Havana's seaside bouleveard, July 28, 2011. Cuba as a country has been seemingly locked in time since its revolution. But through a labyrinth of rations, regulations, two currencies and four markets (peso, hard currency, agro and black), people make their way, though the going is hard. The world economic crisis plunged Cuba into an abyss not seen since the years after the Soviet Union collapsed. Before that, the island of 11 million people suffered decades of economic deterioration.(The New York Times) #

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Peninah Pechenik (C), from Buffalo, New York, leans around to take a closer look of wax figures of (L-R) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey while visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on Obama's 50th birthday August 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. On Obama's 50th birthday, the replica Oval Office at Madame Tussauds was decorated with party balloons, streamers and presents, while the figures the Obamas, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey were outfitted with party hats and noisemakers. . (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) #

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An electronic board displays trading activity on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 in New York. The Dow plunged nearly 513 points Thursday, its biggest point decline since Oct. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Jin Lee) #

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An old house that has been subdivided and is in use by several families, known as a "solar," in central Havana, July 29, 2011. Experts say that even with some state controls, property sales, announced recently by the government that some would be permitted, could transform Cuba more than any other economic reform announced by President Raul Castro's government. (The New York Times) #

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An Afghan carries his belongings as he passes burning fuel tankers in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Police said around five fuel tankers carrying fuel for NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan caught fire inside a depot in Kabul. No casualties were reported, and it was not immediately clear what caused the fire.( AP Photo/Dar Yasin) #

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An Indonesian woman reads a copy of the Koran on the fourth day of Ramadan at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on August 4, 2011. Like millions of Muslim around the world, Indonesians celebrated the month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking, and smoking as well as sexual activities from dawn to dusk. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY #

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This video image taken from Egyptian State Television shows 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak laying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom Wednesday Aug. 3, 2011 as his historic trial began on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. The scene, shown live on Egypt's state TV, was Egyptians' first look at their former president since Feb. 10, the day before his fall when he gave a defiant speech refusing to resign. (AP Photo/Egyptian State TV) #

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Cristina Alfaro Mejia, whose husband and daughter were killed by soldiers during a massacre in the community of Dos Erres in 1982, holds a rose while waiting to the sentence in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. The court sentenced three former special forces soldiers to 6,060 years in prison each for the massacre of more than 200 men, women and children, one of hundreds that occurred during Guatemala's 36-year civil war, which ended in 1996. Some 240,000 people, mostly Mayan Indians, vanished or died.(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

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In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appears on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington. Giffords was on the floor for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending a vote on the debt standoff compromise. (AP Photo/House Television) #

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Malaysian jellyfish swim in a tank at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo on August 1, 2011. The aquarium loacted on the top of a building, will be reopened on August 4 following a one year renovation. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO #

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A man performs the traditional "El Torito" dance at the Rabin Ajau National Folkloric Festival and Indian beauty contest in Coban, Guatemala, Saturday July 30, 2011. Unlike traditional beauty contests, the panel of judges not only value the participants' leadership skills, but their commitment to the rescue and maintenance of Mayan values. The Rabin Ajau, or Queen Daughter, contestants, whose ages range from 14-26 years, go through numerous rounds of competition, including a speech that must be given in their native dialect and Spanish. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

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U.S. Marine Sgt. Myron Ellis, 26, of Sacramento, Calif., with the 2nd Battalion 12th Marines based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, looks out from under a tent at a mountain top outpost called The Shrine Saturday, July 30, 2011 in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #

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An Indian bicycle rickshaw puller sleeps after stopping in a water-logged underpass during monsoon rain in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. India receives the annual monsoon rains from June to September. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) #

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U.S. Marine Cpl. Abraham Willis, 22, of Beech Bottom, W. Va., with the 2nd Battalion 12th Marines based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and his IED detection dog Preacher ride in the back of a wagon as they are shuttled over a bridge for a foot patrol at sunrise in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Friday, July 29, 2011. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #

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Romanian brides pose for pictures at the Triumph Arch in Bucharest, Romania, early Sunday, July 31, 2011. The arch, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the French capital, is a rendezvous place for brides after midnight on the wedding night during the stealing of the bride ritual. The ritual, of ancient origin, is performed by wedding guests who take the bride away from the party and then demand a ransom from the groom, usually money or alcoholic drinks, to return her.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #

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An Indian farmer works in a rice paddy field near Saputara Hill Station some 400 kms from Ahmedabad on July 30, 2011. The strength of the annual June-September downpour is vital to hundreds of millions of farmers and to economic growth in Asia's third-largest economy which gets 80 percent of its annual rainfall during the monsoon season. TOPSHOTS / AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY #

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A boy sleeps on a wall at a bus station during 'Iftar', when Muslims break their fast, on the third day of the holy month of Ramadan on August 4, 2011 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Ramadan, the month in which the holy Quran was revealed to the prophet Mohammad, is observed by devout Muslims who abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset, when they break the fast with the meal known as Iftar. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #

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This gallery is a selection of some standout portraits from Review of the Weekend edition of the WSJ. The “Creating” section of Review is where artists and writers, choreographers and composers mingle with monster-truck drivers, magicians, whiskey distillers, tattoo artists and fashion designers. Each week features a fresh subject who divulges secrets to their creative process, along with often-surprising details of the trade and behind-the-scenes dishing. Read on as “Creating” photographers share details about the recent shoots.

Tarina Tarantino, jewelry designer, Los Angeles, CA. Photographer Emily Shur: “Photographing Tarina was like shooting a modern day fairy princess with a
wicked business sense. Her workspace was fun and whimsical, yet busy and organized. I like meeting and photographing successful women who seem to have fun at work and clearly are respected by everyone around them.”

Mark Setteducati, magician, New York, NY. Photographer Shannon Taggart: “Mark is a very interesting guy and I think we both had a lot of fun on the shoot.
Besides being extremely knowledgeable about all things magic, he knows a lot about art. We talked about the art world, photography, and we spent some time discussing the artistic process.
Mark was a longtime assistant and friend of the artist Louise Bourgeois, one of my favorites. I got to hear some stories about her and he even had one of her pieces in his studio. He really became my collaborator during the shoot. We would photograph for a while and then go over the photos and talk about what was working and what wasn’t. His feedback guided me during the session.”

Nicola Formichetti, designer, Paris, France. Photographer Derek Hudson: “Shooting Formichetti was fun despite the fact that his show was the following day and I shot him on the eve of the show between 9 and 10 pm on a sort of impromptu “catch me if you can” kind of informal last minute arrangement. He was decidedly laid back and welcoming. He listened to music on his iPod while he scanned the impossibly thin beanstalk models who drifted in and out of the fitting session in an office at the Thierry Mugler headquarters on the Boulevard de l’Opera. He talked about his mother and the video he has just finished for Lady Gaga in a matter of fact way that I found most endearing. He then proceeded to marvel at my digital Leica camera in astonishment that such a discreet camera could produce such great pictures. I’ve shot my fair share of fashion designer icons, but Formichetti was a treat to shoot for his unprecedented air of ‘no visible stress’.”

Ann Gottlieb, perfumier, New York, NY. Photographer Mackenzie Stroh: “Ann was great to work with because she did not take herself too seriously– she has a good sense of humor that comes through in her portraits. We cast a male model to be shot with Ann– the published photo showed him naked from the waist up, spraying on her latest men’s fragrance. We were not sure how Ann would respond to being photographed with a male model, but she had was game, fun, and had tremendous poise.”

Rob Hall, owner of Almost Human special effects, Los Angeles, CA. Photographer Sam Comen: “Rob Hall’s studio was an embarrassment of riches when it came to props and scenic elements to inspire a portrait of the FX mastermind. Unfortunately, nearly all of those elements were very gory and realistic, and therefore very difficult to use in light current news focused on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting in Tucson just 5 days prior. So my plan was to showcase Rob’s special effects without being grim. I found my inspiration in the studio’s cramped and dusty loft: a set of giant insect legs peeking out behind a foam-rubber human torso. I added a colorful fly swatter, explained my idea to Rob, had my assistants perch on a ladder with the giant legs, and after some work we had our shot.”

Scott Kim, puzzle master, Palo Alto, CA. Photographer Shaun Fenn: “Scott was an intriguing artist blending math and art. It was wonderful to be able to meet at his college professor’s house which was a curvilinear masterpiece of its own. The owner, Dale Seymor had art on display throughout the yard. Scott was really a sweet guy who was calm throughout the whole process. He even created “ambigrams” of my name, and my assistants name, as parting gifts. Meeting interesting individuals like Scott is one of the reasons I enjoy working on editorial assignments.”

Peter Marino, architect, New York, NY. Photographer Francois Dischinger: “Peter Marino suffers no fools!!! We were treated like any grease monkey in a motorcycle garage…He is very funny and had a wonderfully gruff manner on our shoot. There was no prancing allowed and all we did was document this moment of toughness and style. We only spoke of motorcycle accidents. And how to reattach a mangled finger. I completely respect Mr. Marino as a subject and a great talent. I hope that gives you a little window into our shoot..”

Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer, dancer. Photographer Mary McCartney. Lucy Gilmour, Associate Photography Director, The Wall Street Journal: “Mary McCartney photographed Christopher Wheeldon in London at rehearsals for his March 2011 premiere of Alice in Wonderland with Royal Ballet Principals Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli. The approach was fast and loose with little time given to the photographer, who was not allowed to interrupt the rehearsal”.

Marie Wright, flavorist, South Brunswick, New Jersey. Photographer Kyoko Hamada: “I had been warned that Marie’s lab might be a bit like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Upon entering the lab, we were overwhelmed with the smells of bubble gum, lemon, coffee beans, chocolate, tangerine, and what I’m guessing may have been cupcake, soap, vanilla, banana and amaretto, all mixed together in what was an otherwise very stark and minimal laboratory. It was strange to think that the smells which were so omnipresent in the air were completely invisible to the naked eye.
The morning of the shoot was the same day that the big earthquake struck Japan, so I was both anxious about how my mother was doing in Tokyo (she was doing fine), and dizzy from the unfamiliar, and unidentifiable smells emanating from the lab. The combination of my anxiety, and the strong aroma made the shoot a particularly memorable one for me. Marie, the flavorist, was a self-assured, charismatic and very charming women who didn’t dress at all like any scientist I had photographed before. It was great pleasure to meet her and such fun to visit the lab. I am grateful that she didn’t call the Oompa-Loompas when I ended up breaking one of their beakers in all the excitement.”

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