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US soldiers gather near a destroyed vehicle and protect their faces from rotor wash, as their wounded comrades are airlifted by a Medevac helicopter from the 159th Brigade Task Force Thunder to Kandahar Hospital Role 3, on August 23, 2011. All foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 in a process that started last month and will require the Afghan army and police to play an ever-greater role in fighting the Taliban insurgency.

Hurricane Irene continues to move towards the eastern coast of the United States and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast.

Rebel fighter celebrate as they sit on top of a monument inside Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. The rebels say they have now taken control of nearly all of Tripoli, but sporadic gunfire could still be heard Wednesday, and Gadhafi loyalists fired shells and assault rifles at fighters who had captured the Libyan leader’s personal compound one day earlier.

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US soldiers gather near a destroyed vehicle and protect their faces from rotor wash, as their wounded comrades are airlifted by a Medevac helicopter from the 159th Brigade Task Force Thunder to Kandahar Hospital Role 3, on August 23, 2011. Three soldiers were wounded while their vehicle was destroyed up by an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED). All foreign combat troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 in a process that started last month and will require the Afghan army and police to play an ever-greater role in fighting the Taliban insurgency. AFP PHOTO/ Johannes EISELE #

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A pilot dips the basket of his hot-air balloon in the Androscoggin River in front of a couple in a canoe during the Great Falls Balloon Festival, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Lewiston, Maine. More than 20 balloons launched at sunrise to kick off the three-day event. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) #

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Indian youth make a human pyramid to break the ‘Dahi Handi’, an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) #

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Salem Hasam Ali, 62, a shop owner, cries and flashes v-sign after singing the pre-Moammar Gadhafi Libyan national anthem at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Hundreds of Libyan rebels stormed Gadhafi's compound Tuesday, charging wildly through the symbolic heart of the crumbling regime as they killed loyalist troops, looted armories and knocked the head off a statue of the besieged dictator. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

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Cory Ritz braces himself as a wave bursts onto a pier at the Boynton Beach inlet on August 25, 2011 in Boynton Beach, Florida. Hurricane Irene is moving over the Bahamas and could still be a major storm as it approaches the North Carolina coast the morning of August 27. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #

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A 19 year-old polar bear (Ursus maritimus) 'Vitush' swims as he eats a fish at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden in Budapest on August 26, 2011, as the summer temperature approaches 35 degrees Celsius. AFP PHOTO/ ATTILA KISBENEDEK #

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A injured man is carried from a United Nation's office after a car blew up in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. A car laden with explosives rammed through two gates and blew up at the United Nations' offices in Nigeria's capital Friday, killing at least seven people and shattering part of the concrete structure. (AP Photo) #

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A Libyan walks inside the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, LIbya, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011,one Libya's most notorious prisons and the scene of a 1996 massacre of prisoners. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

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A Thai Muslim boy reads the Quran as he attends the last Friday prayer of the year's holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Central Mosque in the Thai southern city of Pattani on August 26, 2011. The holy month of Ramadan is recording a spike in attacks by suspected Muslim separatist insurgents in the Thai restive south with a roadside blast which killed at least five security officers on August 26 in the neighbouring province of Narathiwat. AFP PHOTO / Tuwaedaniya MERINGING #

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A demonstrator points a toy gun at a line of riot police on the second day of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Chileans marched Thursday, demanding profound changes in the country's heavily centralized and privatized form of government. Union members, students, government workers and Chile's center-left opposition parties joined the nationwide two-day strike. (AP Photo/Roberto Candia) #

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People celebrate the capture in Tripoli of Moammar Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, at the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, early Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli in a lightning advance Sunday that met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi's defenders melted away and his 40-year rule appeared to rapidly crumble. The euphoric fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in the city's main square, the symbolic heart of the regime. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

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Indian policemen detain supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare during a protest outside Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence in New Delhi on August 25, 2011. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged the anti-corruption activist whose hunger strike has rocked the government to end his 10-day fast, leading parliament in a united appeal. Hazare's hunger strike has triggered large rallies among supporters across the country, as a civil movement backed by many middle-class urban voters has mushroomed around his cause. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA #

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Rebel fighters maneuver their gun during fighting with loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, in the neighborhood of Abu Salim, in the south of the capital Tripoli, on August 25, 2011, during heavy fighting. Hardened fighters streamed into Tripoli as Libya's rebels sought to deliver a knockout punch to Moamer Kadhafi's diehards and to flush out the elusive strongman, dead or alive. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE #

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Riot police stand covered with paint thrown by demonstrators trying to reach La Moneda presidential palace on the second day of a national strike in Santiago, Chile, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Chileans marched Thursday, demanding profound changes in the country's heavily centralized and privatized form of government. Union members, students, government workers and Chile's center-left opposition parties joined the nationwide two-day strike. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #

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People are guided through the "Dialog in the Dark'' exhibit at South Street Seaport on August 24, 2011 in New York City. The new exhibition takes visitors on a sensory tour of New York City while in a totally darkened space in an attempt to simulate the urban life of a blind person. Visitors are led by a visually impaired guide and carry a cane similar to what a blind individual would carry. Separate rooms feature items from a person's daily routines, such as shopping, riding a subway car, walking and shopping, which forces visitors to use other senses to figure out the smells, sounds, and textures they encounter during the hour-long presentation. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

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A man walks along a seaside park as Hurricane Irene passes to the east of Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Irene is pounding the Bahamas as a Category 3 hurricane. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) #

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Supporters of India's anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shout slogans in solidarity with Hazare as they protest near Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Singh seized control of a national anti-corruption debate Thursday, calling on Parliament to discuss protesters' reform proposals and appealing to the weakening 74-year-old activist to end his hunger strike. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das) #

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Rebel fighter celebrate as they sit on top of a monument inside Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. The rebels say they have now taken control of nearly all of Tripoli, but sporadic gunfire could still be heard Wednesday, and Gadhafi loyalists fired shells and assault rifles at fighters who had captured the Libyan leader's personal compound one day earlier. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

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North Koreans flip colored cards in the seats of the May Day stadium in Pyongyang to create their nation's flag during a performance Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. North Korea's huge synchronized dance and gymnastics show, called "Arirang", includes up to 100,000 participants according to organizers. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

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A bride in her wedding dress runs from the courthouse in Lower Manhattan in New York August 23, 2011 as buildings were evacuated because of the aftershocks from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A.CLARY #

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Artisans work on semi-finished clay statues of Hindu goddess Durga in Kumartoli, the idol makers village of Kolkata, on August 22, 2011. Ongoing monsoon rain has made it difficult for artisans to finish idols on schedule, with the recent economic slowdown and high inflation adding to the difficulties of the idol-makers ahead of the festive season. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR #

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Rebel fighters speak to a suspected pro-Gadhafi soldier after he was captured in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Rebels say they control most of Tripoli, but they faced pockets of fierce resistance from regime loyalists firing mortars and anti-aircraft guns. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

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Quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr., are inscribed in the wall at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as it is seen at dusk ahead of its dedication this weekend in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) #

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A Pakistani security officer stands guard next to burning oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan, exploded after being attacked by gunmen on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) #

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A Palestinian child waits for her mother to cross the Qalandia checkpoint on their way to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Muslims around the world are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan where they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #

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Rebel fighters shoot to the sky during a funeral in the rebel-held town of Benghazi, Libya, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Four bodies of rebel fighters, who were killed on the frontline of Brega, were buried. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

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Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of First Sgt. Moshe Naftali, 22, at the Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Gunmen who appear to have originated in Gaza and who crossed into southern Israel through the Egyptian desert ambushed civilian vehicles traveling on a remote road, killing eight people. Six were civilians, and two were members of Israeli security forces responding to the incursion. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) #

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In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, a poster of presidential candidate and former ruling party member Dr. Tan Cheng Bok is seen during his rally in Singapore. Singaporeans vote Saturday, Aug. 27, among four candidates for the ceremonial presidency after an uncharacteristically feisty contest that could show further signs of erosion in support for the overwhelmingly dominant ruling party. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #

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Most of us don't get enough sleep. "As the world is getting faster and crazier, I've noticed sleepers around the streets, just everywhere," writes photographer Romain Philippon. "Of course, I also see some poetry and dreamings in all of that, but the contrast is so interesting to me, people trying to escape to their condition…" Philippon is self-publishing a book on the topic called "Inconscience". The first eight photographs in this entry are from that book. Collected here as well are more photographs of people everywhere lucky enough to find a few winks. -- Lane Turner (32 photos total)
Delivery man, in front of a shop, Kolkata, India © Romain Philippon

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Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, began earlier this month with the sighting of the new moon. Throughout this ninth month on the Islamic calendar, devout Muslims must abstain from food, drink, and sex from dawn until sunset. The fast, one of the five pillars of Islam, is seen as a time for spiritual reflection, prayers, and charity. After sunset, Muslims traditionally break the fast by eating three dates, performing the Maghrib prayer, and sitting down to Iftar, the main evening meal, where communities and families gather together. Collected below are images of Muslims around the world observing Ramadan this year. [42 photos]

Palestinian women stand in front of a window decoration of Islam's crescent moon and star on the eve of Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan in the West Bank city of Jenin, on July 31, 2011. (Saif Dahlah/AFP/Getty Images)

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When Atlantis touched down yesterday at Cape Canaveral, Fla., the high-flying era of the space shuttles came down to earth as well. After 30 years, the shuttle program, which began on April 12, 1981 with Colombia, has ended with the 135th mission. Atlantis delivered the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module packed with supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station, and retrieved a failed pump unit and other items for the return trip. Atlantis went aloft 33 times, logging over 125 million miles. The last shuttle will become a museum exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center. -- Lane Turner (41 photos total)
The space shuttle Atlantis flies over the Bahamas prior to a perfect docking with the International Space Station on July 10, 2011. Part of a Russian Progress spacecraft docked to the station is in the foreground. (AP Photo/NASA)

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Today marks the end of an era. Three decades of missions came to a close this morning as the Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down in Florida after a 13-day trip to the International Space Station. All told, the 135 space shuttle missions have racked up more than 542 million miles in low earth orbit. Commander Chris Ferguson piloted the Atlantis to a safe landing at 5:52 a.m., and the spacecraft will soon undergo processing and decommissioning. It has been an emotional experience for residents and workers along Florida's Space Coast -- some 9,000 shuttle engineers, technicians, and other staff are being laid off, and the main tourism draw for the area has come to an end. Shown here, for one last time, is a look at a full shuttle mission, STS-135, the final flight of Atlantis. Also, be sure to see The History of the Space Shuttle, an earlier entry on In Focus. [39 photos]

A view of the space shuttle Atlantis and its payload on July 10, 2011, seen from the International Space Station. At the rear of the cargo bay is the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module, packed with supplies and spare parts for the ISS. (NASA)

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WAITING FOR FOOD
WAITING FOR FOOD: Women lined up to receive food being distributed in a camp for internally displaced people in the southern Sudan village of Mayan Abun Thursday. Tens of thousands of southern Sudanese fled heavy fighting in the hotly contested border area of Abyei earlier this week. (Pete Muller/Associated Press)

FORMER FUGITIVE
FORMER FUGITIVE: A boy walked past graffiti showing Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of directing the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men, in Serbia Thursday. Gen. Mladic was captured Thursday after a decade and a half on the run from an indictment for genocide. (Andrej Cukic/Associated Press)

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING: Angie Elbert looked for items to salvage Thursday from her grandmother’s house in Joplin, Mo., which was destroyed when a massive tornado passed through the town Sunday, killing at least 125 people. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ARMS OUTSTRETCHED
ARMS OUTSTRETCHED: Kashmiri Muslims raised their hands as a head priest, unseen, displayed a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad, during special prayers Thursday at a shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, on the anniversary of the death of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

COVERED OVER
COVERED OVER: Volcanic ash from the eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano near Vik, Iceland, covered thick moss Thursday. Earlier in the week, ash clouds forced airport closures and hundreds of flight cancellations in Britain, Germany and elsewhere in northwestern Europe. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

PLANE CRASH
PLANE CRASH: The wreckage of a small chartered plane lay on the roof of a building in Faridabad, India, Thursday. The plane was being used to ferry a patient to a New Delhi hospital when it crashed Wednesday in a residential neighborhood, killing 10 people, government officials said. (Zuma Press)

OUCH
OUCH: The Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins, top, collided with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (in white) on a fly ball from Emilio Bonifacio during the 12th inning of a baseball game in San Francisco Wednesday. Cousins was safe for the go-ahead run, and Florida won 7-6. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

TAKING A REST
TAKING A REST: A man slept in Puerta del Sol square in Madrid Thursday during a demonstration against Spain’s economic crisis and high jobless rate. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images)


UP IN THE STANDS! Cricket fans dressed in superhero outfits drank as rain delayed the start of play on the first day of the first Test cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday. (Ian Kingston/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICKENS COME FIRST
CHICKENS COME FIRST: A man unloaded live chickens from a truck at a wholesale poultry market in Mumbai Thursday. Food inflation in India accelerated in the week ended May 14, diminishing hopes of any near-term relief for consumers from red-hot prices and raising pressure on the central bank. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

WHERE THERE WAS WATER
WHERE THERE WAS WATER: A man walked Thursday on a river shoal that appeared after the water level of the Yangtze River dropped, near Wuhan, China. China’s worst drought in a half-century is deepening, with millions in the Yangtze River region without enough drinking water. (Reuters)

G-8 SUMMIT
G-8 SUMMIT: French police forces stood guard on the beach in Deauville, France, Thursday during the Group of Eight summit. G-8 leaders expressed confidence in the rebounding global economy and said they were working on an ambitious aid program for “Arab Spring” countries. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

BORDER CROSSING
BORDER CROSSING: A Palestinian woman waited to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday. Egypt’s caretaker government said it will permanently open its border with the Gaza Strip on Saturday. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

REUSE AND RECYCLE
REUSE AND RECYCLE: A boy collected recyclable material from mounds of uncollected trash that have been a major cause of flooding during the rainy season at a riverside community in Quezon City, Philippines, Thursday. (Rolex Dela Pena/European Pressphoto Agency)

FISH FILES
FISH FILES: A worker arranged fish for sale at the Baho market in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday. (Khin Maung Win/Associated Press)

APPLE BASKETS
APPLE BASKETS: A vendor loaded baskets of apples onto a truck at a wholesale market in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Thursday. (Sean Yong/Reuters)

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Deadly storms struck again yesterday in the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. It was a storm system that followed the massive, highest-rated EF5 twister that struck Joplin, Mo., on Sunday. The Joplin twister, which killed more than 120 people, is the eighth deadliest storm on record in the United States dating back to 1840. This year's tornado season has produced approximately 1,000 twisters and has taken the lives of more than 300 people. -- Lloyd Young
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Debbie Surlin salvages items from her parent's home in Joplin, Mo. Wednesday, May 25, 2011. The home's residents Beverly and Roy Winans rode out the EF-5 tornado by hiding under a bed in the home. The tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 123 people. (Charlie Riedel/Associated Press)

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First off, just a little piece of news…I’m happy to announce that I’m now part of Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent. Reportage by Getty Images is an agency I greatly admire with some of the top names in our industry, such as Eugene Richards, Shaul Schwarz, and Tom Stoddart, as well as plenty of other great photographers,  and I’m proud to be associated with them through the Emerging Talent.  Big thanks to Patrick Di Nola and Aidan Sullivan for making this happen.  You can see my work on the Reportage site here.

To the updates…

New features from National Geographic Magazine’s upcoming May issue…Jonas Bendiksen follows his April 2010  NGM feature, Tibetan Plateau, about melting glaciers with an essay on Bangladeshis adapting to rising sea levels…

Features and Essays – Jonas Bendiksen: Bangladesh (NGM: May 2011) Adapting to rising sea levels

Also from NGM…

Features and Essays – NGM (various photographers): Yosemite Climbing (NGM: May 2011) A new generation of superclimbers is pushing the limits in Yosemite.

And this…not really my kinda thing usually, but enjoyed this, especially slide 5…

Features and Essays – Abelardo Morell:  Camera Obscura (NGM: May 2011)

Dominic Nahr’s Japan work done on an assignment for TIME magazine, now on Magnum Photos… The photos look better on the Magnum site to me for some reason than they did on Lightbox…eventhough they are smaller…weird…maybe it’s the grey background which makes them pop out…

Features and Essays – Dominic Nahr: The Wave (Magnum: April 2011) The Wave documents the local populations within tsunami landscape in Japan

Stunning work…

Features and Essays – Ed Ou: In Libya, ‘Life Goes On in Its Own Way’ (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Quality…

Features and Essays - Robert Nickelsberg: Parris Island Marines (Reportage by Getty Images: April 2011)

Great stories…

Articles / Features and Essays – Guardian: The photographic collection of John G Morris (Guardian: April 2011)

Photo: Pieter Hugo

Articles / Interviews – Guardian: Under South Africa’s skin: contemporary photography at V&A – audio slideshow (Guardian: April 2011) South African photographers Jodi Bieber, Pieter Hugo and Graeme Williams discuss their work, which features in a vibrant new exhibition at the V&A, Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

Features and Essays - Richard Barnes: Photos of a New Kazakhstan (New Yorker Photo Booth: April 2011)

Features and Essays – David Guttenfelder: Conveying the Sadness in Japan’s Stoicism (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Features and Essays – David Guttenfelder: Japan Earthquake Abandoned Community (Oregonlive.com: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jake Price: One month after the tsunami (BBC: April 2011)

Hipsta feature on Newsweek…

Features and Essays - Teru Kuwayama: Inside Francis Fukuyama’s Mind and Home (Newsweek: April 2011)

Also from Newsweek…

Features and Essays - Michael Zumstein: Ivory Coast Civil War: On the Streets (Newsweek: April 2011)

Ben Lowy’s hipstas from Libya were featured on PDN Photo of they Day…

Features and Essays – Ben Lowy: Libya (PDN Photo of the day: April 2011) iPhone photos

Features and Essays - Franco Pagetti: The Rebels (VII Magazine: April 2011) Libya

Also from VII Magazine…multimedia… The Cult of Gaddafi by Christopher Morris

Angelos Tzortzinis got in touch..He has updated his website with recent work from Libya.

Panos Pictures have Tom Pilston’s The Sunday Times Magazine 13 March 2011 cover feature about Al Jazeera on their website…

Features and Essays - Tom Pilston: Qatar’s Calling (Panos: April 2011) The rise of Al Jazeera

Features and Essays – Andew McConnell: The Faces and Voices of Western Sahara (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Bryan Denton seems to in Libya for NYT at the moment, but I noticed WSJ DoP Jack Van Antwerp tweet a link to this Aghanistan feature by Bryan from early April…

Features and Essays – Bryan Denton: Marines Rally Around Friend (WSJ: April 2011) Afghanistan

Features and Essays - Kendrick Brinson: Amortality (TIME: April 2011) TIME commissioned Kendrick Brinson to visit Cenegenics, an age management practice in Las Vegas, and spend the weekend with residents in retirement communities Sun City, AZ and Sun City Shadow Hills, CA .

Features and Essays - Joel Meyerowitz: Wild City: NYC’s Surprising Parks (Life.com: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Peter Power: The trials of Nunavut: Lament for an Arctic nation (Globe and Mail: April 2011) Article | Power’s website

Features and Essays - Gregg Segal: Why They Fight: Civil War Re-enactors and the Battle over Historic Sites (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Gerd Ludwig: Chernobyl Tourism (Institute: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Hin Chua: Ephemeral Paradise, in Medium Format (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Kael Alford: After the BP spill (FT: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Susan Falzone: The Life And Death Of A Connecticut Community (NPR Picture Show: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Julie Turkewitz: In Mississippi, Scarred But Strong (Housingworks.org: 2011) For people living with HIV in Mississippi, the stigma surrounding the disease is often more frightening than the disease itself.

Features and Essays – Quinn Mattingly: Ben San Leprosy Center, Vietnam (Photographer’s website: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jim Lo Scalzo: Salton Sea (NYT Lens: April 2011)

David Alan Harvey interviews Alec Soth on Burn Magazine…

InterviewsAlec Soth (burn: April 2011)

“You don’t understand. This is history. I have to photograph it now. Later is too late.” – Lynsey Addario

Interviews - Lynsey Addario : Back From the Brink (American Society of Cinematographers Blog: April 2011)

Interviews – Dan Winters part 1 | part 2 | part 3 (A Photo Editor: April 2011)

Two photographers who went to Fukushima….

Interviews –  Athit Perawongmetha documents the ghost town left behind by the nuclear crisis in Japan. What he found was a “time stop.” (CNN: April 2011)

InterviewsDonald Weber :  Images from the ‘exclusion zone’ surrounding the Fukushima nuclear plan (Globe and Mail: April 2011)

InterviewsAndrea Morales (NYT Lens: April 2011)

Nuru Project are organising an auction to benefit Japan quake communities

FundraisingWa Photography Auction (Nuru Project: April 2011) :  Auction featured on TIME Lightbox : Auction page on FB

InterviewsJoe Raedle : Captured photographer to UM students: You must have passion to tell the story (Miami Herald: April 2011)

InterviewsMarvi Lacar (Ny1.com: April 2011)

Articles – PDN: Miroslav Tichy, Subversive Photographer and Voyeur, Dies at 84 (PDN: April 2011)

Crowd funding – Emphas.is: $50K pledged, 2 projects funded in Emphas.is’ first month (Emphas.is: April 2011)

Articles – TIME: Emphas.is Crowdfunding for Photojournalists: From the Series Photojournalism at the Crossroads (TIME LB: April 2011)

GrantsGetty Images to offer $100,000 in editorial grants

AwardsCanon/AFJ Female Photojournalist Award

AwardsThe Emerging Photographer Bursary Award (for UK residents)

Articles – BJP: Matt Cardy, a Getty Images photographer, has won Photographer of the Year at the 2010 Press Awards (BJP: April 2011)

Articles – PDN: Aftermath Project Announces Winners of Special Grant (PDN: April 2011)

Features and Essays/ Exhibitions – FT: The Rolling Stones in pictures (FT: April 2011) An exhibition of photographs, ‘The Rolling Stones Come to NW3’ is at the Zebra One Gallery, 1 Perrins Court, London NW3, May 1-14

Articles / Exhibitions – Guardian: Kander’s camera: the work of Nadav Kander (Guardian: April 2011) As a major exhibition of his work opens at The Lowry, Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery, introduces some of Nadav Kander’s most breathtaking images

The Guardian Guide, which is a little A5 size Saturday supplement to the newspaper, about current exhibitions; theatre, cinema, and TV listings, mentioned National Media Museum’s show The Lives of Great Photographers, which “aims to tell the life stories of some of the most renowned photographers of all time” (read it here)…one of the photographers featured is Weegee, and they even printed a photo of him taken by Richard Sadler…I found it fascinating, as I had never seen how Weegee looked like…

Agencies - NOOR April 2011 newsletter

Articles – Salon: How I almost lost my marriage in a war zone (Salon: April 2011)

Articles – Neiman Lab: Photoshop, journalism, and forensics: Why skepticism may be the best filter for photojournalism (Neiman Lab: April 2011)

Articles - David Campbell: Thinking Images v.14: Looking for agents not victims in Congo (DC blog: April 2011)

Exhibitions – Call for submissions : Open Show London : April 30 : Somerset House, Strand

Events / TalksSelf Publishing and Visual Storytelling with Photographers Zed Nelson, Simon Norfolk and Rob Hornstra : London : May 14-15 (Institute U)

Events – Roof Unit : Simon Roberts talk : May 25 : London

Is there anybody, who hasn’t written about Vivian Maier?

Articles- Telegraph: Vivian Maier: the nanny with a flair for photography (Telegraph: April 2011) To those who knew her, Vivian Maier was a loving if eccentric nanny. But now this mysterious Mary Poppins figure has been exposed as a photographic great

ServicesRobin Bell Photographic Printer : London

GalleriesLucy Bell : UK

Anastasia Taylor-Lind has updated her website with new stories, portraits and tearsheets… check it out…

PhotographersAnastasia Taylor-Lind

PhotographersKurt Wilberding

PhotographersCaroline Edge

PhotographersClayton Hauck

BlogsCity Visual

Interviews - Cheryl Newman on Editing (Professional Magazine: 2009)

Telegraph on Saturday Magazine DoP @cherylnewman1 is now on Twitter….One of her first tweets was about Naomi Harris (@mapledipped) and her website… Had  to check it out… Safe to say, Harris’ website looks nothing like any other photographer’s…None that I have seen anyway…You have to go and see it yourself…I’ll post here the front page… Hopefully she doesn’t mind…

PhotographersNaomi Harris 

@foto8 and @simoncroberts tweeted a link to the below Antonio Olmos photo printed in Guardian Eyewitness the other day…Compelling photograph indeed…

Blogs – Guardian Eyewitness: Antonio Olmos: Paying Tribute (Guardian: April 2011) Olmos’ website

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So we finally got the good news on Monday that Addario, Hicks, Farrell, and Shadid had been released. You can read the account of their detention on the New York Times website…

Articles - NYT: 4 Times Journalists Held Captive in Libya Faced Days of Brutality (NYT: March 2011) an earlier article Freed Times Journalists Give Account of Captivity

Articles - CPJ: Times reporters freed in Libya; 13 still missing, detained (CPJ: March 2011)

NB. Joe Raedle of Getty and David Clark and Roberto Schmidt of AFP, mentioned in the CPJ article above have been reported free this morning and leaving Libya.

Articles – BJP: Reuters’ photographer Goran Tomasevic scores front page success (BJP: March 2011)

Alex Majoli’s Libya work in black and white now on Magnum site… There are several photos in there that were previously shown in colour on Newsweek’s site..I think I prefer the black and white ones….

Features and Essays - Alex Majoli: Libya Uprising (Magnum: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Franco Pagetti: Libya, Dreaming of a Revolution (VII: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Luis Sinco: Libya (LA Times: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Andy Rocchelli, Gabriele Micalizzi: Libya Civil War (Cesuralab: March 2011)

Ben Lowy has been posting some  iPhone Hipstas from Libya on his Tumblr…

TumblrBen Lowy

Christopher Morris’ updated Libya gallery on Lightbox here.

Features and Essays - Marco Salustro: Volunteer Human Shields in Tripoli (Corbis: March 2011)

InterviewsPatrick Baz Is in His Element in Libya (NYT Lens: March 2011)

Backstory on the release of the Guardian’s Ghaith Abdul Ahad from Libya last week (via @foodforyoureyes)…

Articles – Press Gazzette: Guardian editor gives credit to Turkey and Libya as he reveals inside story of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s release (Press Gazzette: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Baptiste Giroudon: Egypt:Life after the Revolution (Photographer’s website: March 2011)

Articles – BagNewsNotes: Alan Chin on the Middle East: Ghosts of Suez and Srebrenica (BNN: March 2011)

Articles - BagNewsNotes: Nicole Tung in Eastern Libya: Fresh To My Virgin Eyes (BNN: March 2011) (NB: post includes one extremely graphic image)

Articles - Jorg Colberg: A War of Images (Conscientious: March 2011)

Over 1,600 clicks on the ‘photo within a photo’ from Libya seen below, that I put on Twitpic the other day… So here it is again.. On the left you can see Paul Conroy’s photo, and if you look closely, you can see a pair of legs behind Tyler Hicks (first photographer from the right). I’m fairly certain, those legs belong to Yuri Kozyrev, who is taking the photo on the right pretty much at the same exact moment… Fairly random observation, I know, but still kinda interesting I thought…

To Japan..

From Newsweek…

Features and Essays - Q. Sakamaki: Aftermath (Newsweek: March 2011) Japan

Features and Essays - Peter Blakely: Japan: Relief Efforts Amid the Devastation (Newsweek: March 2011) Blakely’s website

MSNBC has a section titled Outside The Frame on their Photoblog, where AP photojournalist David Guttenfelder shares his experience covering the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan…A bit like the Backstory in Lightbox

Features and Essays - MSNBC: Outside the Frame (MSNBC: March 2011)

They also have panoramics from Japan on the Photoblog here, as well as some  ‘Japan before and after the earthquake, tsunami’ sliders

Some panoramic composites also on Lightbox, slightly differently executed though, and surprisingly by nobody other than James Nachtwey… 

Dispatch from Japan: James Nachtwey’s Impressions in Words and Pictures

Domic Nahr’s updated Japan gallery on Lightbox here.

Great BJP article on photographers working in Japan at the moment…

Articles – BJP: Japan Earthquake: Photographing the aftermath (BJP: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Donald Weber: Capital of the Third Millennium (VII Network: March 2011) Brasilia, Brazil

Looking forward to seeing this movie, although I am a bit sceptical as to whether it’ll be any good…

MoviesBang Bang Club trailer (Apple)

Articles - BJP: Movie to recount Bang Bang Club’s story (BJP: March 2011)

2011 FotoEvidence Book Award Winner…

Interviews - Paula Bronstein (Fotoevidence: March 2011)

Interviews - Terry O’Neill (Telegraph: March 2011)

Awards - The shortlist for the first World Press Photo multimedia contest has been announced (WPP: March 2011) From BJP

Articles / Tutorials and Tips - Mike Davis: Some Things To Consider When Entering Contests (Mike Davis blog: March 2011)

Videos Joel Meyerowitz 1981 Film

Articles -PDN: Appropriation Artist Richard Prince Liable for Infringement, Court Rules (PDN: March 2011) Also:  A Photo Editor: Richard Prince Loses Fair Use Argument (APE: March 2011)

Articles - Phaidon: Martin Parr takes cover for Esquire’s 20th anniversary (Phaidon: March 2011)

Agencies - David Chancellor joins Institute

Exhibitions - Tate Modern: Burke + Norfolk: Photographs From The War In Afghanistan : 6 May  –  10 July 2011 : Free entry!

Events Contact VS ASA Collective Slideshow evening (NB: Facebook link), 1st April : London

Exhibitions Laura Hynd, Michael Grieve, JH Engstrom and Tereza Zelenkova are on show at the Oblong Gallery until 23 March (BJP: March 2011)

I went to University College of Falmouth second year BA Press and Editorial Photography students’ exhibition, Progression, at Calument London…It’s a show of 34 photographs, one by each of the students on the course.

The exhibition is up for a month. Go and have a look if you happen to wonder around the Euston area in London, or have business in the aforementioned establishment. Big thanks to Dan Cainey for having invited me to the opening. Several promising works on display, so it was a pleasure.

BlogsHere by Harry Hardie

PhotographersYunghi Kim

Photographers - Shamil Tanna

PhotographersTal Cohen

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