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Peter Hapak photographed the contenders for the women’s U.S. Olympic team for this week’s issue of TIME. The gallery above includes additional images of the fighters in action.

Boxing has always been an Olympic sport. The ancient Greeks wrapped their fists in leather strips in the 7th century B.C. In the modern Games, gold medals have launched the sport’s greatest figures: Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Oscar De La Hoya all made their first appearance on the world stage with a victory in the Olympics.

This summer in London, the XXX Olympiad will present a historic debut. For the first time, female boxers will compete. It’s been 19 years since a teenage girl named Dallas Malloy went to U.S. federal court to win the right for women to participate in amateur boxing. Now Americans are fighting their way toward the first U.S. Olympic women’s boxing team. Just getting to London will be a tough fight. For these boxers, this Olympics is limited, a test run. Only 36 women in the world will be allowed to compete in three weight divisions: flyweight (112-lb. limit), lightweight (132 lb.) and middleweight (165 lb.). Meanwhile, some 250 men will box in 10 weight classes.

Men’s Olympic bouts last for three 3-min. rounds. The women’s bouts are four rounds of 2 min. each. Debate flared when the AIBA, the international organization governing amateur boxing, suggested women might be required to wear short skirts rather than trunks to make it easier to distinguish them from male boxers. After an uproar, the AIBA agreed that skirts will be optional.

The three women who won the U.S. Olympic boxing trials in February near Spokane, Wash.—each winning four bouts in the process—are fighting for a chance to make history.

MORE: The New Olympic Ring

Katherine Dunn  is an award-winning Oregon-based writer and author of Geek Love. She won the Dorothea Lange—Paul Taylor Award in 2004 for her work on School of Hard Knocks: The Struggle for Survival in America’s Toughest Boxing Gyms.

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Features and Essays

Some interesting features from the upcoming National Geographic Magazine’s December issue…

David Guttenfelder: Japan’s Nuclear Refugees (NGM)

photo: Chia Ming Chien

Various photographers: The City Solution (NGM)

Jim Richardson: King James Bible (NGM)

A lot of people raving about this last week online…

Seamus Murphy: A Darkness Visible | Afghanistan (MediaStorm)

Beautiful photos by Getty’s Daniel Berehulak from the Sonepur Mela fair in India…

Daniel Berehulak: The Sonepur Mela (TIME) India

This week’s TIME US edition cover story…

Peter van Agtmael: An Army Apart (Lightbox)

I wished I had received the  US edition as opposed to Time Europe with Platon’s smirking Berlusconi…

Noticed van Agtmael’s cover is a crop of one of the frames seen in the Ligthbox slideshow…

Magnum photographers: Paris in Winter (Newsweek)

Adam Dean has the cover of Newsweek International this week with a portrait of Ai Weiwei…slideshow on the magazine’s website…

Adam Dean : Ai Weiwei (Newsweek)

Nicolas Righetti: Syria: Posters of Bashar al-Assad (Newsweek)

Ed Ou: Syrian Refugees in Turkey (NYT)

Ed Ou: Somali-Kenyan Border (Polka) multimedia

Andrea Bruce: Leaving Camp Victory in Baghdad (NYT)

Definitely worth checking out…This year’s Joop Swart Masterclass participants’ projects…

2011 Joop Swart Masterclass galleries (World Press Photo)

Sanjit Das: The End of Splendid Isolation? (Panos) Bhutan

Ivor Prickett:  Free Libya (Panos)

Zed Nelson: South Sudan (Guardian)

From VII…

Adam Ferguson: Looking Home, At War (VII) Same in VII Magazine

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: The Family (VII)

Ed Kashi: America’s Uninsured (VII)

Ed Kashi: Ze Peixe: A Life at Sea VII)

Sim Chi Yin: China’s Rat Tribe (VII)

Donna Ferrato: Domestic Abuse (NYT Lens) Ferrato’s website

Alessandra Sanguinetti: The Sixth Day (Photo Booth)

Peter Hapak: The Art of War: Honoring the Fallen for a Lifetime (Lightbox) Hapak’s website

Chantal Heijnen: Bronxites (NYT Lens)  Heijnen’s website

August Bradley: Portraits of 99 from Occupy Wall Street (NYT Lens) Bradley’s project’s website

Brian David Steven:  War veterans (BBC)

Adam Amengual: Leaving the Life: Portraits of Former Gang Members (Lightbox)

Fredrik Naumann: Return to Utøya (Panos)

Mario Tama: Nascar (CNN photo blog)

Jesse Burke: Deer Stands (Lightbox)

Tiana Markova-Gold: Prostitution in Morocco (Lightbox) Markova-Gold’s website

Martina Bagicalupo: One woman’s story of surviving 20 years of conflict in Uganda (MSNBC)

Paolo Woods: The Land of Prophets (Institute)

Shelby Lee Adams: Of Kentucky (NYT)

Danny Wilcox Frazier: South Dakota’s Badlands (MSNBC)

Matt Eich: Hunting Alligators in Louisiana (MSNBC)

Abbas: Kolkata (Magnum)

Greg Brown: Aerial Photos of Ground Zero (NYT Lens)

Kim Badawi: Gaza Stripper (Stern) You can see the full set at Reportage site

Patrick Farrell: Haitian Black Gold (ZReportage)

Narciso Contreras: Little Burma (ZReportage)

Ali Arkady: The Day Labourers in Northern Iraq (Foto8)

Wendy Marijnissen: Because I’m a Girl : Rape in Pakistan (Photographer’s Vimeo)

Misha Friedman: An Invisible Epidemic (PDN Photo of the Day)

Interviews and Talks

Christopher Anderson at the 2011 World Press Photo Masterclass (World Press Photo)

Sebastiao Salgado (CPN)

David Guttenfelder : Outside the Frame: Rare chance to see inside Fukushima (MSNBC)  Related by Guttenfelder: Inside Fukushima (Guardian) | AP photographer Guttenfelder’s website

Don McCullin on Social Documentary Photography (Vimeo)

Ben Lowy (Photo Booth)

Ed Kashi : What is Photojournalism (Kashi blog)

Andrew Hetherington:  The day I photographed the great Joe Frazier (WTJ?)

Huge congratulations to Antonio Bolfo for becoming fully represented Getty Reportage photographer last week!

Antonio Bolfo : Attending Joop Swart Masterclass (Getty Reportage Tumblr)

Susan Seubert (Youtube)

Martina Bagicalupo (MSNBC)

KC Ortiz (Juxtapoz)

Kate Peters (The SIP)

Tessa Bunney (e-photoreview)

Articles

The month in photography…

photo: George Georgiou

Guardian: The Month in Photography  | The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books, featuring Josef Koudelka, Diane Arbus, Bruce Davidson, Helmut Newton, Terry Richardson and Walker Evans.

photo: Chris Hondros

Peter Beaumont: Reporting Libya: freelance coverage, full-time dangers (Guardian)

Clare Morgana Gillis: What I Lost in Libya (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic:  ’Under Fire’: a new documentary shows that war is hell for journalists

David Campbell: The elusive enemy: Looking back at the “war on terror’s” visual culture

BagNewsNotes: Tents: The Overarching Symbol of Occupy (BNN)

The Atlantic: CNN Photojournalists Lose Jobs to Cheaper, Better Cameras

photo: William Eggleston

Guardian: Paris Photo 2011 – in pictures

Lightbox: Paris Photo 2011 Spotlights Sub-Saharan Africa

BJP: New festival to offer grants to photographers

WSJ: How an Image Becomes an Icon

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize winner annouced and exhibition opened….

BJP: Taylor Wessing winner

photo: Jooney Woodward

Guardian: Taylor Wessing portrait prize: another animal, another girl with red hair | Was Jooney Woodward’s shot of a red-head holding a guinea pig really the best of the 6,000 entries? And what makes her think it’s an ‘unsettling’ work

Evening Standard: Taylor Wessing exhibition review

photos: Pete Marlow

Telegraph: Magnum Contact Sheets book reviewed

BBC: Magnum Contact Sheets

Lightbox: The Singular Approach: Chien-Chi Chang’s Contact Sheet Chronicle

BBC: Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II sets photo record

PDN: Gursky’s Print Goes for $4.5 Million, Observers Say: Huh?   | Related: Nick Turpin blog: Value Added?

Joerg Colberg: How much are photographs worth?

PDN: Ad Banned in UK for Showing Super Skinny Model

Guardian: Photographer David Trood’s Best Shot 

Verve: Corentin Fohlen

Verve: Beth Yarnelle Edwards 

BJP: The alleged murderer of photojournalist Trent Keegan has been acquitted because of a lack of evidence

Chicago Tribune: iPad Apps for Photojournalists – Tuesday Tips

multiMedia, Apps, and Publications


Foto8 back issues on Issuu

The Condition One App : Features in NYT Lens | Lightbox | BJP

Jason Larkin has transformed his project Cairo Divided into a free 32 page newsprint publication…I picked up a copy from Jason himself last week at the World Press Photo exhibition opening here in London…do go order one…

Cairo Divided : Project website

Between Land : Project website

Awards, Grants, Competitions, and Exhibition opportunities

Magenta Flash Forward 2012 submissions open

The Street Photography Awards 2012

International Festival of Photojournalism calling for entries

Brad Vest Named College Photographer Of The Year (NPPA)

Wine Photo winners

PhotoPhilanthropy – Student Grant Round 5 

An opportunity for young Asian photographers…

Scholarship for Diploma in Photojournalism run by the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ) : The deadline is on Friday, 10 February 2012.

One Shot: The City – Intl Photo Awards

Crowdfunding, Initiatives, and Causes

Fancy Alec Soth taking your portrait? You do need deep pockets, mind…

eBay - An opportunity to purchase a portrait session with Alec Soth : Proceeds go to a charitable cause

PhotoVoice Auction 2011 Preview Exhibition  : A preview exhibition of prints in the PhotoVoice Auction of Exceptional Photographs 2011  : Monday 14th – Friday 18th Nov :  11am-6pm, late night Thursday to 7.30pm  Venue: La Galleria Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, London, SW1Y 4UY v

Events and Exhibitions

A Photo says 1000 Words? The Ethics of Photojournalism : 23 November 2011 : Southbank Centre : London

BJP  Vision11 

A Desperate Journey by Antonio Olmos : Jersey Arts Centre : Mon 14 Nov 2011 to Sat 26 Nov 2011 | more info

Workshops and Education

Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2012 : Thailand : July 29 – August 4 :  Info: Eric Beecroft, the co-founder of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops, has just announced that it was ready to accept early registrations ($100 deposit, non refundable, and deducted from the total tuition amount) until January 15, 2012. Early registration guarantees a spot and precedence in the choice of instructor.  The 2012 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop will be held in North Thailand from July 29- August 4, 2012.   For regional students (South Asia– India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet and South East Asia-Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Phillippines, Laos, Cambodia,Indonesia, Malaysia) the tuition is $475. For all others it is $975 US dollars. Payment is via Paypal.

MA program in Photojournalism at the Mid-Sweden University : Starts 2012

Agencies and Collectives

Panos newsletter

NOOR newsletter

TerraProject newsletter

Photographers

Christina Fallara

Eric Michael Johnson

To finish off… This week’s stunning video… earth seen from above

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SOON TO SEE BETTER
SOON TO SEE BETTER: Elderly villagers were taken home in an ambulance Thursday after undergoing surgery for cataracts in Varanasi, India. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

HONORING VETERANS
HONORING VETERANS: Lloyds of London staff held their annual Remembrance Day service in London Friday. The U.S. observed Veterans Day, which is often referred to as Remembrance Day in Britain and Armistice Day elsewhere in Europe, to mark the end of World War I. (Olivia Harris/Reuters)

TAKING THE TEST
TAKING THE TEST: More than a thousand students took mid-term examinations on the playground of Sihuang Middle School Thursday in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Zuma Press)

LAYING DOWN THE GLOVES
LAYING DOWN THE GLOVES: Workers prepared the casket of boxing great Joe Frazier for a viewing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Friday. The former heavyweight boxing champion died Monday at age 67 after a brief bout with liver cancer. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

HANDING OVER
HANDING OVER: Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, left, and his newly appointed successor, Lucas Papademos, met Friday in the Maximos Mansion, in Athens, Greece. Mr. Papademos named a cabinet to implement the country’s latest €130 billion ($177 billion) bailout. (Orestis Panagiotou/European Pressphoto Agency)

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Elliott Erwitt generally likes to let his pictures do the talking. “I’m very bad about talking about things,” he tells me with a smile, during a recent sit-down to look through his latest book, Sequentially Yours, published this month by teNeues.

The book playfully presents a series of unscripted vignettes that bear the personal hallmark and humor of his classic images and movies, but with an original twist— rather than single shots, the photos are shown as sequences. The result is somewhere between single exposures and films, and the stories play out like silent movies—touching, funny, sad, irreverent and full of surprise.

Erwitt uses his film sparingly; he’s the first to acknowledge that he does not take as many frames as most photographers when he shoots. “The process is sometimes more interesting than the finished picture,” he says. And it’s that thought that served as the impetus for Sequentially Yours. Looking through his archive, Erwitt decided it made more sense to show sequenced images— as opposed to a single shot a la Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “Decisive Moment.”

“You always look for the best picture, but sometimes the pictures are not that great alone. But in a group, they become interesting,” Erwitt says, citing the series of people trying to close an umbrella on a windy day. “None of these are a picture on their own, but as a sequence of 32, it’s hilarious—not being able to close the umbrella and going home with it open.”

The book’s layout mimics Erwitt’s photographs in style—classic and effortless—and each of the vignettes has different constructs and different outcomes—often open to interpretation—that surprise and entertain. There are iconic images of Erwitt’s that you would expect to be the final statement in a particular sequence that actually appear in the middle of a story, proving that the iconic image can come at different points in the process and that Erwitt continues to shoot with a natural curiosity beyond the point where other photographers might stop after they’ve gotten the picture.

In a photo series of an old man and his dog, Erwitt says “the picture is of course the man talking to the dog—having had his discussion, he goes on his way.” In another series, which takes place at a graveyard, he says, “You really don’t know what is going to happen—it starts with a woman going to a cemetery to deposit some flowers and a dog follows her.” The last picture shows the dog rolling on the ground—and could stand on its own as the picture—but it is made more interesting by those that precede it. But even as the punch line, this image is still open ended. Is the dog playing dead or simply being playful?

These sequences reveal how Erwitt shoots, and he clearly has a relaxed approach and patience. “It’s like fishing. Sometimes you catch one. You lay in wait for something to happen— sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t,” the photographer says of his process.

Along with the stories, there are Erwitt’s iconic photographs of public figures. The familiar images give further context by the frames which were taken immediately before or after. A group portrait taken on the set of the The Misfits movie reveals the chemistry of the cast in the build up to the final image. Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev are shown as a dyptich, and a series of Che Guevara portraits are simply four pictures taken from a single photo shoot. In a Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier fight sequence, the subtlety is almost lost in the magnitude of the moment. Erwitt’s explanation of this unique series is almost as surprising as Ali being knocked to the canvas. While the accredited photographers shot handheld directly at ringside, Erwitt shot from the audience a distance away, with the camera on a tripod, so you can see that all three pictures are taken from the identical position.

And while most of the image sets are taken in a concentrated time frame, there are a couple of notable exceptions. Two photos of Erwitt’s first daughter—one in which she is pregnant and the other three months later with her baby—and a series which ends the book, showing Erwitt’s personal agenda covers adorned with photographs of his two daughters taken over a thirty year period.

Erwitt has published nearly 40 books, but Sequentially Yours provides a perfect, original and refreshing context for his intuitive and instinctive images. His playful humor and wit are as sharp as ever. Here, Erwitt gives you a sense of what happens next, the end point being sometimes comic, sometimes poignant and often with a wink.

Sequentially Yours was published this month by teNeues. Erwitt will participate in a book signing at the International Center of Photography in New York on Nov. 4.

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