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Americans 25 and under face one of the toughest job markets in modern history, but they’re looking to the future, too. This week, The Wall Street Journal invited some to answer this question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?


‘I see myself being a manager in the H.R. field. I like working with people and enjoy using people to their full potential after evaluating strengths and weaknesses.’
—Biyan Zhou, 22, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, switched her major from electrical and computer engineering to a double major in psychology and policy management. (Jeff Swensen for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘In five years, I see myself self-employed with opportunities to travel around Europe. I will be writing, singing, producing and recording pop songs. I will still live at the beach in Jupiter, Fla.—but not with either parent.’
—Faith Jacobson, 23, a college graduate who works at a private golf course as a part-time bartender. (Mark Ovaska for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I plan to be officially divorced, have my degree finished, have an apartment again, have savings and be a firefighter.’
—Cody Preston, 25, moved back in with his parents in Milwaukie, Ore., after he was laid off and his marriage broke up. (Leah Nash for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘In the future, I want to own a business—a small remodeling business.’
—Justin Randol, 25, right, seen here with Cody Preston, received a high-school equivalency certificate and was laid off. He splits his rent with roommates in St. Helens, Ore. (Leah Nash for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I will have finished graduate school and will be working for one of the major broadcast networks in New York City. Being in touch with the news from around the world is important to me and I hope to share that passion with others.’
—Natasha Pearson, 19, attends Hunter College in New York. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I would like to continue [in] the entertainment industry or maybe even get an M.B.A. I’m also willing to travel wherever the best opportunity takes me!’
—Elizabeth Kushel, 23, 2010 University of Pennsylvania graduate who works as an assistant for national publicity at a New York public-relations firm. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I see myself owning a business, like a barber shop. I write my own songs, too, so I’m trying to get into the music industry. I want to study business management at a community college and then transfer to a four-year program.’
—Isiah Vinters, 21, works at a grocery store in Hartford, Conn. (Jesse Neider for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘My hope is to grow with the company. I continue moving toward my ultimate goal of being a state-sales coordinator right here at Aflac.’
—John Dodge, a district sales coordinator for Aflac in Baton Rouge, La. (Daymon Gardner for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).

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A saber-toothed cat’s skull, one of a number of dinosaur remains (among other things) auctioned off at the I. M. Chait gallery on March 24. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


The funeral of Nassau County Police Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, one of two police officers killed in line-of-duty incidents that happened about nine hours and 40 miles apart. (Ken Maldonado for The Wall Street Journal)


Rye Playland, one of few amusement parks in the U.S. owned by a municipality, has been bleeding money. Now Westchester County officials are looking for developers to modernize the park. (Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal)


The Third Annual Blossom Ball celebrated by the Endometriosis Foundation of America at New York Public Library. (Astrid Stawiarz for The Wall Street Journal)


New York Police Officers at the funeral of Police Officer Alain Schaberger, the second police officer killed in the line of duty last week. ( Joel Cairo for The Wall Street Journal )


The American Folk Art Museum’s ‘Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts’ show opened on March 25 at the Park Avenue Armory. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


The grilled marinated octopus at Tre Otto. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Famed Spanish Chef Ferran Adria and Author Lisa Abend ate an American-style breakfast at Old John’s Luncheonette. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Random items in the practice space used by the band The Feelies in the basement of lead singer Glenn Mercer’s home in Haledon, N.J. (Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal)


A horse gambler leaned on the railing of the main lobby at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, Queens, following a race. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Rula Jebreal and Julian Schnabel in the dining area of the Palazzo Chupi building in Manhattan. Schnabel’s new film opened on March 25. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Charred remains of a large bus on Ninth Ave near 39th Street after an apparent engine fire on March 21. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


GreeNYC’s mascot ‘Birdie’ awaits the arrival of media and dignitaries to an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Fresh Kills Landfill closure on March 22. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


The symbolic arrival of trees on the type of barge that once transported garbage to Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, during the ceremony marking ten years since its closure and transformation into a park. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Frank Mouris, in his animation studio in Chatham, N.Y. Frank and his wife Caroline are Academy Award-winning animators and also dog breeders. (Mark Ovaska for The Wall Street Journal)

As it struggles to close a $100 million budget gap, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is exploring selling or leasing some of the three million square feet of office space it controls. Among the buildings on the table: the agency’s 20-story headquarters complex on Madison Avenue. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


A mix of wintery weather hit pedestrians on Chambers Street on March 23. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Burkes Bar in Hoboken, N.J. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


Shirley Wood’s Yorkie, Stitch, rested in her bag at the dog-friendly Gardiner County Park in West Bayshore, N.Y., on March 18. (Joel Cairo for the Wall Street Journal )

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We’re still in Libya…

Features and Essays - Alex Majoli: Libyans Flood Tunisia’s Border Zone (Newsweek: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Christopher Morris: Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli (TIME: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Moises Saman: Libyan Crisis (Magnum: March 2011)

NYT’s Libya gallery updated with photos from yesterday

Earlier today, I was reading March 14 issue of TIME with a lot of Yuri Kozyrev’s photos from Libya and Yemen…

See Kozyrev’s updated Libya gallery on Time’s website here.

His Yemen work..It was interesting to compare the photos online and in print…Something I noticed regarding these Yemen ones, was that the frames in print didn’t look half as punchy as online…Love the toning…

Features and Essays – Yuri Kozyrev: On the Ground in Yemen (TIME: February 2011)

Emphas.is has launched..

Crowdfunding - Emphas.is

Articles – NYT: Financing Photojournalism by Subscription (NYT Lens: March 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen’s ViaPanAm is one of the Emphas.is projects…

Features and Essays - Kadir van Lohuizen:  ViaPanAm (Project website: 2011)

Features and Essays - Graeme Robertson: Guatemalan street children (Guardian: March 2011)

I seem to recall that Boston Globe’s Big Picture has been doing several of these monthly round-ups of Afghanistan in the past… these are from February…

Features and Essays – Boston Globe: Afghanistan February 2011 (Boston Globe Big Picture: March 2011)

Speaking of Afghanistan, I just started reading Sebastian Junger’s War… First 30 pages really sucked me in…

Features and Essays – Steve Davis: Elegy for a Small Idaho Town (NYT Lens: March 2011) Davis’ website

Bruce Haley on NYT Lens and New Yorker Photo Booth…

Features and Essays - Bruce Haley: Rebuilding Lives in Former Soviet Lands (NYT Lens: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Bruce Haley: Postcard from Nagorno-Karabakh and beyond (New Yorker: March 2011)

Haley’s website

Features and Essays - Mark Ovaska: The Search For Glacier Gold (NPR: March 2011)

Talent calls…

AgenciesMagnum Photos issues annual submission call (BJP: March 2011)

MagazinesFOAM Magazine Talent Call

Loads of interviews…

Interviews - Bruce Gilden (BJP: March 2011) Exclusive video: Bruce Gilden goes “head on” in Derby

Interviews - Stanley Greene (Youtube)

Interviews - Steve McCurry (Pro Photographers in Ireland Vimeo: 2011)

Interviews - Brent Lewin (Msnbc.com: March 2011)

Interviews - Nina Berman (APE: March 2011)

InterviewsNick Turpin on street photography’s challenges (BJP: March 2011)

Interviews Michael Wolf welcomes World Press Photo controversy (BJP: March 2011)

Interviews - Lu Guang (Greenpeace Vimeo)

Magnum Foundation has a new website…

AgenciesMagnum Foundation

Articles - BBC: Right Here, Right Now: At the Format Festival in Derby (BBC: March 2011)

Back in time…

Articles - NYT: Tom Waits and Robert Frank, New York City, 1985 (NYT Magazine: March 2011)

Articles - Guardian: The big picture: Whitechapel 1972 (Guardian: March 2011)Ian Berry’s photograph, commissioned by the Whitechapel Gallery, captures a key moment of change in an area long used to a shifting population

PhotographersTodd Bigelow

Veronica got herself a new website…

Photographers - Veronica Sanchis Bencomo

Photographers - Nick Ballon

PhotographersAnnemarie Scholz

PhotographersNicole Tung

Copyright issues…

Articles - BJP: Photographers’ Gallery finds itself at centre of copyright row (BJP: March 2011)

Articles – Jeremy Nicholl: Dear Photographers, Lady Gaga Wants The Copyright On Your Work. Oh, And By The Way, So Do We (photographer’s blog: March 2011)

VideosSimon  Roberts uploaded  new 120 Seconds short films from the last couple of weeks (Simon Roberts Vimeo: March 2011)

Articles - Verve: Boris Heger (Verve: March 2011)

Workshops - Very affordable workshop with Joseph Rodriquez in Cardiff 21-24 March, organised by Third Floor Gallery

Exhibitions and BooksThe month in photography (Guardian: March 2011) The Observer New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books

Resources - LinkedIn …. I’ve had a LinkedIn profile for about a year, but I never got around to finishing my profile and adding contacts until recently…and I’ve noticed that not only is the site good for virtual networking with colleagues I know, but also with ones I don’t. I’ve managed for instance to find names of loads of  photo editors at different newspapers and magazines through my Linked In contacts, which is pretty useful (There is of course Agency Access but you have to pay for that)…and I guess that’s what the whole linking-in is about…

Speaking of LinkedIn… I noticed that VII Photo’s LinkedIn profile starts, maybe slightly peculiarly, with: “ The third most-important entity in photography”…as one might expect something more on the lines of, say ‘one of the most important entities in photography’…anyway…if VII are the third most important entity (finding the word entity a bit odd too), then I couldn’t help but thinking what are the two most important? Magnum Photos must one of the two for sure. The other? International Center of Photography was suggested on Twitter last night as were Getty…  Not trying to pick on VII here, of course…just food for funny thought.

About Twitter. I noticed I passed the 2,000 tweets mark yesterday. I got my profile on 19 January 2009, which based on my rough calculations means something like 2,6 tweets a day. The first ever tweet of mine? ”Loves Paolo Pellegrin’s DC piece at Magnum in Motion http://tinyurl.com/8n5q64” – @photojournalism

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