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In the winter of 1955, Parisian high society buzzed in anticipation of a dance on ice to be performed by members of the royal houses of Europe. Inge Morath, 32 at the time, and a newly minted member of the Magnum photo agency, was assigned to cover the charity event, going behind the scenes to document the glamorous participants as they rehearsed for the gala evening. She shot 14 rolls in total, and the material was processed and distributed through the Magnum network, but never found its way into print.

In those days, the agency routinely distributed material shot on spec to a roster of sub-agents and publications, with the understanding that the prints would be returned. In many cases, that never happened; the prints remained in far-away files or gathered dust on the shelves of the recipients. Now, in an effort to reclaim the work, the Magnum Foundation, in partnership with the art magazine Esopus, has initiated a project to seek out that lost material and other works made by its photographers that never found its way into public view. Called “Analog Recovery,” the project is being edited by John Jacob, who is also the director of Morath’s estate. The goal, Jacob says, is to reintroduce a portfolio by a Magnum photographer twice a year. Morath’s Bal d’Hiver, is the first in the series.

Jacob had come across the Bal d’Hiver photos while doing research for another project about Magnum and the world of fashion. To assemble the piece, he used the marks that Morath herself had left on the contact sheets. “She really knew what she was doing with her editing,” he says. “I rarely needed to go beyond what she had selected.” How fitting, then, for the Esopus magazine feature on the photos to honor her astute eye—the issue includes a detachable reproduction of one of the 14 contact sheets, with Morath’s marks still visible.

A launch party for the issue, along with a small exhibit of the photographs will be held on Nov. 2 at Esopus Space in New York at 6 p.m. Select photos from the project will also be sold as prints by the online gallery 20×200, with proceeds benefitting the Magnum Foundation.

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Features 

Now know why I couldn’t find Chien-Chi Chang’s Burma work in May when writing about this year’s Visa Pour l’image program….It’s only being published now… in National Geographic Magazine’s August issue…

Chien-Chi Chang: Land of Shadows (NGM: August 2011) Burma

Somalia drought in the news…

Tyler Hicks: Fleeing Somalia’s Drought (NYT: July 2011)

Robin Hammond: Drought Crisis in Somalia (Guardian: July 2011)

South Sudan….

Francesco Zizola: South Sudan on the Eve of Independence (NOOR: July 2011)

Dominic Nahr: Republic of South Sudan Gains Independence (Magnum: July 2011)

Cedric Gerberhaye: Land of Cush (Magnum Emergency Foundation: July 2011) Sudan

I had a quick look at the latest New Yorker issue at my local newsagents’ the other day…It had, what must have been a 10,000 word, article by Philip Gourevitch on Rwandan cycling team…Photos by Dominic Nahr… Only two frames tho, unless I counted wrong…double spread of the below image to open the piece and then another….Would have expected more photos to be used for such a long piece, but then again, New Yorker is pretty word heavy magazine…Luckily we can see 10 frames on their brilliant Photo booth….

Dominic Nahr: Rwandan Cycling Team (New Yorker: July 2011)

Sven Torfinn: In Sierra Leone, Widened Access to Health Care Saves Lives (NYT: July 2011)

KC Ortiz: West Papuan Rebels (Newsweek: July 2011)

Libya…

Plenty of Katie Orlinsky’s photos in the latest Visura Magazine… Do make sure to also read the text…

Katie Orlinsky: Libya (Visura Magazine: July 2011)

Bryan Denton: As Rebels Capture Towns, Destruction Follows (NYT: July 2011)

David Degner: Libyans Live With 5 Months of War (MSNBC: July 2011) More on Degner’s website

I was checking on the VII website yesterday whether there were any features I hadn’t seen… Nothing new on the front page, but plenty on the VII Network page… The VII front page does often feature series by the Network photographers, but not all of them… not quite sure what is the criteria,as for instance Lynsey Addario’s new work is pretty much always on the VII front page…including the  recent Five-Star Delhi…The below Bhutan work wasn’t tho.. Anyway, have to remember to keep checking the Network page more often…Although, VII is closing the Network soon…Guess it’ll all be clearer then…

Lynsey Addario: Bhutan (VII Network: July 2011)

Jessica Dimmock: Gossip Girls (VII Network: July 2011)

Seamus Murphy: Chinese Tourists in Italy (VII Network: July 2011)

VII Network members from Afghanistan…

Tivadar Domaniczky: Living with the 1-8 (VII Network: 2011) Afghanistan

Eric Bouvet: French Commandos (VII Network: 2011) Afganistan

Also Afghanistan…

Charles Ommanney: Petraeus’s Final Days in Afghanistan (Newsweek: July 2011)

Balazs Gardi: Afghanistan with iPhone (bewaremag.com: July 2011)

Chloe Dewe Matthews: The Caspian Sea (Panos: July 2011)

Alinka Echeverria: The Road To Tepeyac (Foto8: July 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen: Gold Fever (NOOR: July 2011)

Nina Berman: September 11: The Afterglow (NOOR)

Sergio Ramazzotti: The Interpreter (Parallelo Zero Vimeo: 2011)

Magnum Photos: Tour de France (Magnum in Motion: July 2011)

Mark Redondo: In God’s Hands (Visura: July 2011)

Gordon Parks: F.S.A. (NYT Lens: July 2011)

Colombia…

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Hunting FARC (Reportage by Getty Images: July 2011)

Franco Pagetti: Women’s Prison (VII Magazine: July 2011) Colombia

Carlotta Zarattini: Cambodia (NYT Lens: July 2011)

Kenneth O’Halloran: Living with Alzheimer’s (TIME LB: July 2011)

Gabriela Bulisova: Formerly Incarcerated Women (Al Jazeera English: July 2011) US Prison System

Martin Usborne: Dog’s in Cars (TIME: LB: July 2011)

Daniel Etter: Syria  - A Revolution Silenced (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Kosuke Okahara: Inevitable Moment (Photographer’s website: 2011) Cairo

Events - Frontline Club Photography Network Party : 20 July : London

multiMedia

New issue of Visura Magazine is available online

Viceland Photo Issue

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

This year’s Ian Parry Scholarship winner and finalists have been announced….

Ian Parry Scholarship Winner and Finalists (pdf) (Ian Parry Scholarship press release: July 2011)

BJP: Landscape first for Ian Parry Scholarship (BJP: July 2011)

Ed Ou wins the City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award for his Children of Men work (BJP: July 2011)

Congratulations to all the winners in the Press Photographers’ Year competition…

photo: Adam Dean  | First Prize: photo essay

The Press Photographers’ Year 2011 : Winners’ list :  Slideshow of Winning work

The winner of the 2011 Inge Morath, Zhe Che (Ingemorath.org: July 2011)

Open Society Documentary Photography Project announces Moving Walls 19 photographers (soros.org: July 2011)

Articles

More on Arles…

Francis Hodgson: Arles the fun of the fair (FT: July 2011)

Ben Burbridge: Arles 2011 (Photoworks blog: 2011)

Doug Mills shooting stills and video at the same time…crazy shiiiit….

NYT Lens: Doug Mills : Shooting Twice at Once (NYT Lens: July 2011)

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: David Azia (Guardian: July 2011)

Verve: Stefano de Luigi (Verve Photo: July 2011)

Photoshelter: 11 Content Ideas for Your Photo Blog (Photoshelter: July 2011)

David Campbell: Thinking Images v.20: Famine iconography as a sign of failure (DC blog: July 2011)

David Campbell: Imaging Famine: a debate (DC blog: July 2011)

Guardian: Why you are the future of photography (Guardian: July 2011) A new show suggests that webcams, Google Street View and a cat named Nancy Bean are set to change the world of photography as we know it

BJP: Sports Photography: Breaking the waves (BJP: June 2011)

Getting Started in Google Plus: A Photographer’s Guide (Piziq.com)

Jehad Nga writes about his father on TIME Lightbox…

Jehad Nga: 1960′s Libya: A Glimpse of Life Before Gaddafi (TIME LB: July 2011)

Interviews

Lynsey Addario (NPR: July 2011)

Alec Soth (Hereontheweb: July 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen (I Am Nikon blog: 2011)

Edward Burtynsky (Themorningnews.org: 2011)

Donald Weber (DVA foto: July 2011)

David Walter Banks (NPR: 2011)

Daro Sulakauri (NYT Lens: July 2011) Sulakauri’s website

Katie Orlinsky (Youtube: 2011)

Leonie Hampton (Ideastap: July 2011)

Don McCullin (BBC: 2011)

Taryn Simon (Guardian: May 2011)

Platon (BBC Radio: July 2011)

Mishka Henner (Telegraph: July 2011)

Tessa Bunney (e-photoreview: July 2011)

Charles Ommanney and Brooks Kraft (Youtube:  2004)

Books

Pieter Hugo: Permanent Error book review on BJP (BJP: June 2011)

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters on book review on Foto8 (Foto8: July 2011)

Photographers 

Nick Ballon

Christina Theisen

Polly Braden

Zhe Chen

Jon Browning

Kate Hooper

To finish off…. Check out  Cathal McNaughton‘s contemporary take on Elliott Erwitt classic below…I saw McNaughton’s frame on a Reuters slideshow on Northern Ireland…

And two videos demonstrating the rolling shutter effect….

iPhone video enhanced by rolling shutter effect

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Back to Egypt for one series by Magnum photographers Pellegrin and Majoli…This is from Newsweek…

Photo: Paolo Pellegrin

Features and Essays – Newsweek (Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin): The Uprising in Egypt (Newsweek: February 2011)

The most recent Egypt photos on the New York Times…

Features and Essays - New York Times: From the Protests in Egypt (NYT: February 2011)

Always thought this photograph was amazing…Even if I assume it’s a crop… it is a crop, right? No Reuters’ guys shooting 6×6 on the field, I’d imagine…

Photo: Adrees Latif/ Reuters

Awards International Center of Photography Announces 2011 Infinity Award Winners (pdf)

Articles – Reuters photo blog: Adrees Latif wins ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism (Reuters: February 2011)

News – PDN: Photographer Is First Media Fatality in Egypt; Situation Remains Dangerous (PDN)

A lot of people  on the Twittersphere have been praising this piece by Ed Ou on the Lens Blog, and certainly with a reason…

Features and Essays - Ed Ou: A ‘Safe’ Drug Injection Site in Vancouver (NYT Lens: February 2011)

Do yourself a favour and watch also the multimedia

I’ve wondered about the photographers who work as a pair…who does what…

Features and Essays - Mishka Henner and Liz Lock: State of Limbo (Panos: February 2011) The Falinge Estate in the northern English town of Rochdale

Photographers - Mishka Henner and Liz Lock

Features and Essays – James Pomerantz: After Henry Hudson (Institute: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Donald Weber: Chernobyl Riviera (VII Network: 2011)

Features and Essays – Tyler Hicks: At War with a Taliban Shadow Government (NYT: February 2011) Afghanistan

Features and Essays – Espen Rasmussen: Ancient Aleppo (Panos: February 2011) Syria

Features and Essays – Jonathan Saruk: Ganjina: Afghanistan’s Deal or No Deal (Reportage by Getty Images: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Laura Hynd: Christie’s uncovered: Anatomy of an auction (Indepedent: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Adam Ferguson: Afghanistan: US Marines in Marja (VII Network: February 2011)

Features and Essays - David Hogsholt: Occupied Schools in Thailands Restive South (Reportage by Getty Images: January 2011)

Features and Essays - Russell Frederick: Love, Family and Change in Brooklyn (NYT Lens: February 2011)

PhotographersRussell Frederick

Articles - Jörg Colberg – How to promote your work (Conscientious: February 2011)

Articles – Jeremy Nicholl: Why cheap cloud storage is a bad idea for (Jeremy Nicholl’s blog: February 2011)

@prophotomag kindly sent a link to a Simon Wheatley interview they did last year…

Interviews - Simon Wheatley (Professional Photographer: 2010)

Interviews - David Hume Kennerly (frequency.com: 2011)

Some sensible business advice…

Talks - John Harrington : How To Stay Profitable In Today’s Economy (APE: February 2011)

This too…

Articles – Jay Kinghorn: Thinking Video? Make a plan (asmp.org: 2011)

NewsAaron Huey Named Contributing Editor At Harper’s Magazine (NPPA) via @NPPA

News Joao Silva’s First Steps to Recovery (NYT Lens: February 2011)

VideosSimon Roberts on Vimeo

Saw @timangerphoto tweet this yesterday…

Covers - Katy Perry’s Rolling Stone Cover Before & After

EventsAdam Patterson and Jean Claude (aka Vipoh) will talk about their project @LCCLondon on 9 March

Read more about them…

Interviews - Adam Patterson (Vice: February 2011)

Fundraising / Interviews Four women (Sarah Elliott, Benedicte Kurzen, Ying Ang, and Agnes Dherbeys) want to give a face to Congo rape victims (Emphas.is: January 2011)

Gear blogging…

Articles – Justin Mott: Stuff That I’ll Co-Sign (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles - Dominic Bracco: why equipment insurance comes in handy (Prime)

Articles - Claire Martin, who won last year’s Inge Morath Award, needs your help for her latest project. Check it out

Articles - G.J. McCarthy: An exercise in patience, persistence and Polaroids (Dallasnews.com: February 2011)

Wanna take a peek?

Awards - Oskar Barnack Award 2011 entries

multiMedia - Nikon Asia Presents “Through Asian Eyes”

Looks like a nifty little camera…

EquipmentFujifilm X100 coming next month at £999, full specifications unveiled (BJP)

Collectives - TerraProject Newsletter

PhotographersKitra Cahana

Photographers - Jake Stangel

Photographers - Valerio Berdini

Photographers - Sam Phelps : website : Twitter

Photographers - Andew Burton : website : Twitter

Photographers – Rachel Palmer : website : Twitter

Some of the other Twitter accounts I’ve just started following….

@LucasJacksonRTR

@NatGeoMag

@valerioberdini

@susanagraph

@fotostrada_

@Russian_Photos

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It’s all Egypt again, to start-off with…

Some of the best photos I’ve seen from Tahrir Square…

Features and Essays – Yuri Kozyrev: The Battle for Tahrir Square (TIME: February 2011)

Features and Essays – NYT (various photographers): From the Protests in Egypt (NYT: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jacopo Quaranta: A Night in Tahrir Square (TIME February 2011)

TIME has also updated Dominic Nahr’s gallery I posted on Tuesday, with some new images..

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: The Clashes in Cairo (TIME: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Guy Martin: Clashes in Cairo (WSJ: February 2011)

It’s not surprising photographers are moving in small packs in conditions as in Cairo during this week and end up with similar photographs. It does however give an interesting opportunity to compare, how two photographers see and capture identical scenes….As pointed out by @melissalyttle, Dominic Nahr and Guy Martin for instance seem to have moved together as both of the two slideshows above include several photographs that have been taken as if the two men have been standing, in Lyttle’s words, “shoulder to shoulder”….See for yourself in the below examples…I find especially the first example striking… The two photographs are pretty much identical…only slight differences in contrast and saturation…About the photo of the man wiping blood off his head, I’m almost 100% certain we are looking at the same man, despite the fact his jacket does look different colour…this might be due to post processing… I’m pretty sure the wall is the same, and its colour is slightly different as well in the two photograps…

Dominic Nahr for TIME:

Guy Martin for Wall Street Journal:

Egypt in New Yorker Photo Booth…

Features and Essays - Kate Brooks: Postcard from Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Joao Pina: Postcard form Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Nadia Shira Cohen: Postcard from Tahrir Square (New Yorker: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Ron Haviv: Egypt (VII: February 2011)

From LA Times…

Features and Essays - Caroly Cole: Egypt (LA Times: February 2011) audio slideshow

Features and Essays – LA Times (Carolyn Cole and Michael Robinson Chavez): Protests in Egypt (LA Times: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Sean Smith: Egypt protests: events in Tahrir Square (Guardian: February 2011) Another Guardian gallery by various photographers

Great photos by Ivor Prickett on the Panos site…and it’s not 6×6…

Features and Essays – Ivor Prickett: Days of Anger (Panos: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jason Larkin: Cairo’s Ornate (or Odd) Portals to the Past (NYT Lens: February 2011)

The harrasment of journalists and photographers has been worrying…

Articles – NYT Lens: Even the Middle Ground Is Perilous in Cairo (NYT Lens: February 2011)

Articles - PDN: Photographers Beaten, Robbed as Pro-Mubarak Gangs Turn on Press (PDN: February 2011)

Articles – MSNBC: Hotel staff take photojournalists’ cameras in Cairo (MSNBC: February 2011)

Interviews - Chris Hondros interview regarding the madness in Tahrir Square in Egypt (BagNewsNotes: February 2011)

Interviews - Magnum photographer Peter Van Agtmael tells of ordeal in Cairo’s streets (BJP: February 2011)

Interviews - Ron Haviv : Mob mentality creates dangerous conditions for protesters and journalists (MSNBC: February 2011)

Articles – Andrew Burton: Account of an Attack (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

This is from week ago…

InterviewsScott Nelson (NYT Lens: February 2011)

NewsABCNews ongoing list of journalists arrested/injured/attacked/threatened in Cairo

I wondered how they all filed during the internet shut down..

Articles - PDN: From Egypt, Photographers Persisted in Filing Photos (PDN: February 2011)

Elsewhere in North Africa…

Features and Essays - Christian Als: Postcard from Algeria (New Yorker: February 2011)

Something completely different…

Features and Essays - Piotr Malecki: The Knacker’s Yard (Panos: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Silent Murmur (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Features and Essays - Gerd Ludwig: Chernobyl (Huffington Post: February 2011)

Features and Essays – Jerome Sessini: Referendum in Southern Sudan (Reportage: February 2011)

Features and Essays - Tomas Lekfeldt: AfriChina (Moment Archive: 2011)

Features and Essays – David Moore: Inside London’s Secret Crisis-Command Bunker (Wired: February 2011)

MoviesHow to Make a Book With Steidl

Books – A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia by Alixandra Fazzina is voted number 10 in a list of Amazon’s bestsellers in photojournalism

Awards - Sony World Photography Awards Finalists and Shortlisted (SWPA)

Awards – Announcement for female documentary photographers: The 2011 Inge Morath Award is now open for submissions

World Press Photo judging…

InterviewsDavid Burnett, Vince Aletti, Ruth Eichhorn and Heinz Kluetmeier : WPP judges (World Press Photo: February 2011)

Another great blog post by Burnett…A must read!

Articles – David Burnett: To Photography and To Photographers (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Anastasia is everywhere…and to my surprise it’s not 6×6 this time…

Articles - Verve: Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Verve: February 2011)

I heard by the way, that her Gaza Zoo feature is published in today’s Telegraph Magazine, if you are interested…

[NB. the below link did work when I was doing this post, but not when I later checked. Fingers crossed it's OK, again]

Articles – BJP: French retail chain offers three photojournalism grants (BJP: February 2011) FNAC, a French entertainment retail chain, has unveiled the recipients of its inaugural photojournalism grants with photographers Jan Banning, Cedric Gerbehaye and Anastasia Taylor-Lind each receiving €8000

Articles – BJP: New World Order : Images from the frontline of the recession by Christian Lutz, Marchand & Meffre, Ian Teh, etc (BJP: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – Joyel L: How to find a fixer (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials - Assignment Chicago: Two Essential Ingredients of Contest-Winning Photos (Chicago Tribune: February 2011)

Articles / Tutorials – Reuters: Want to know how to cover street protests? Here’s some useful photo tips and what to look out for (Reuters: February 2011)

A must read….

Articles – Justin Mott: Now What? Vol. 1: Why Being Busy Can Mean Being Broke (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles - Chip Litherland: i’ll just shoot some weddings (Photographer’s blog: February 2011)

Articles - Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Alexandre Meneghini (Guardian: February 2011)

AgenciesMagnum Photos February 2011 Newsletter

Multimedia - New issue of 1000 Words Magazine is out

MultimediaEverybody Street

Articles / Interviews - Misha Erwitt : The Woman in the ‘Family of Man’ Family (NYT Lens: February 2011)

Twitter accounts I’ve just started following…

Twitter - David Guttenfelder

TwitterScott Nelson

Twitter - Kevin German

Twitter - David Walter Banks

TwitterAutographABP

TwitterShit Photojournalists Like

Twitter - David Axelbank

JobsPanos seeks multi-media intern

Books – Phil Coomes: 64×64: Farewell to Kodachrome (Blurb)

WorkshopsWorkshop in Slovenia with Antonin Kratochvil and Marcus Bleasdale : March 2011 : Slovenia

To finish off, again, a joke: “Conan O’Brian’s advice to Egypt: “If you want people to stay at home and do nothing, you should turn the internet back on.”

As for me, I’m now going to turn off this computer and go cycling on the Brighton seafront. Even if it rains. Have a good weekend everybody.

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Features and Essays – Christopher Morris: Black Tide (VII Magazine: June 2010) Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Articles – BJP: Magnum Photos welcomes new member, nominees (BJP: June 2010)

Articles – Magnum: Winners of the 2010 Inge Morath Award Annouced (Magnum: June 2010)

InterviewsBruce Davidson (NYT Lens: June 2010)

Features and Essays – Werner Bischof: The Korean War (Magnum in Motion: June 2010) 60th anniversary

Features and Essays – Franco Pagetti: The Malnutrition That Shouldn’t Be (Starved for Attention [MSF with VII]: June 2010) DRC

Features and Essays – Ben Lowy: BOOM (GQ: June 2010) Deepwater horizon oil spill

Features and Essays – Matt Eich: Carry Me Ohio (burn: June 2010)

Articles – BJP: Young photojournalist detained for army cadet pics (BJP: June 2010)

InterviewsBenjamin Lowy (YouTube)

Photographers – Travis Dove : website

Photographers – Morgan Hagar : website

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