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After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along the East Coast this week. Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey and brought with it major flooding, travel disruption, structural damage, and power outages. New York City was especially hard hit. The storm system was so large ­-- nearly 1,000 miles wide at times -- it brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and 20 foot waves to Lake Michigan. It is projected Sandy will have caused about $30 billion in damages in the United States. To date, the storm claimed more than 100 lives. -- Lloyd Young ( 57 photos total)
Flooded homes in Tuckerton, N.J., on Oct. 30 after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the southern New Jersey coastline on Oct. 29. (US Coast Guard via AFP/Getty Images)

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In Stockton, Calif., 58 murders were reported last year, more than double the 24 reported in 2008. The city is considering filing for bankruptcy and has already laid off police officers. Photographer Matt Black documented some of the sites where these incidents occurred last year. Scott Thurm, Bobby White and Justin Scheck report on WSJ.com.

Information on these murders was provided by The Record.

All photographs by Matt Black for The Wall Street Journal.


Mario Hinojosa Zendejas, 23.
Dec. 14, 2011.
Shot in his driveway in the 1800 block of Country Club Boulevard.


Matthew Bosa, 28.
Nov. 14, 2011.
Shot while driving on Wilson Way near Harding Way.


Joseph Cruz, 31.
June 14, 2011.
Shot on Sutter Street just south of Noble Street.


Luis Palma, 44.
Sept. 4, 2011.
Mr. Palma, a cab driver, was shot at Lincoln and Washington streets.


David Lewis Jr., 34.
June 11, 2011.
Found near California and Fremont streets.


Michael Shelton, 30.
Sept. 17, 2011.
Mr. Shelton was shot Sept. 12 in a parking lot in the 1100 block of North Wilson Way and died five days later.


Brandon Wilson, 2 months.
Aug. 12., 2011.
Died after an incident Aug. 1 in the 7600 block of Kelley Drive.


Paris Jordan Jr., 28.
June 25, 2011.
At least five people were shot at a bar in the 2300 block of East Main Street.


Micky Xiong, 31.
Oct. 6, 2011.
Mr. Xiong, a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, was shot in the 300 block of South Sutter Street after a delivery.


Juan Juarez-Martinez, 17.
June 9. 2011.
Shot in the 200 block of East Sixth Street.


John Mozzetti, 24.
Oct. 15. 2011.
Shot while driving in the 700 block of Oak Street.


Pedro Garcia-Rodriguez, 27.
Oct. 21. 2011.
Stabbed in the 100 block of West Worth Street.


Brian Spivey, 21.
July 19, 2011.
Shot outside an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Delaware Avenue.


Damien Braggs, 19.
Oct. 21, 2011.
Shot in the 700 block of East Park Street.


Rachel Moreno, 49, and Juan Segura, 33.
Sept. 12, 2011.
Shot at South Hunter and West Jackson streets.

All photographs by Matt Black for The Wall Street Journal.

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In the Mixteca, one of the most impoverished regions in Mexico, migration to the United States has arrived like a storm. In a place so insular that pre-columbian languages like Mixteco, Trique, and Asmuzgos are still spoken more widely than Spanish, and where cars, electricity and indoor plumbing are recent introductions, if they exist at all, northern migration has emptied communities and transformed the lives of those left behind. Some villages have lost as much as 80% of their population to the north and have become little more than ghost towns, home to just a handful of old men, women and the left-behind children of migrants.

In San Miguel Cuevas -- or Nuyuco, Face of the Mountain, in Mixteco -- just 500 people out of 3000 remain. Its streets are largely empty, its fields stand deserted, its century-old way of life lies in shambles as families dissolve to the north, rending the social fabric of this traditional agrarian society. Old women raise grandchildren left behind by their mothers, teenage girls do the work of absent fathers, and old men sit alone, abandoned by their children. "I only think about dying," one 70 year old said, "my only worry is how my funeral will be."

Photographer Matt Black first photographed the mixteca in 2000. He has since made 12 trips to the region, and plans more. To contribute to the project, visit his Kickstarter project site. -- Lane Turner (32 photos total)


Fog settles on the deserted streets of San Miguel Cuevas, a Mixtec village in the highlands of Oaxaca. Over 80% of its population has emigrated to the United States, leaving it little more than a ghost town. (Matt Black)

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Hello from Lebanon again…Starting my last week here tomorrow, before heading to Finland for a bit…

This week’s updates…

Features and Essays

From National Geographic Magazine July issue…

Breathtaking work by Lynsey Addario…

Lynsey Addario: Baghdad After the Storm (NGM: July 2011)

Quite surprised to see Hipstas in NGM…I would have thought NatGeo editors too conservative for such thing…

Michael Christopher Brown: Young, Angry, and Wired (NGM: July 2011) Middle East Youth Rising

Really liked these Bleasdale frames….

Marcus Bleasdale: China – The Internet Revolution (VII: June 2011)

Magnum photographers Antoine D’Agata, Moises Saman, and Ian Berry for the UNHCR… via @wemarijnissen

photo: Moises Saman

The dedicated UNHCR website…

UNHCR: 60 Years 60 Lives (UNHCR: June 2011)

or alternatively, you can see 30 frames on the Magnum Photos site here.

Stephanie Sinclair’s recent work from NYT Mag now on VII website…

Stephanie Sinclair: Tatiana and Krista’s Special Connection (VII: June 2011)

Stephanie Sinclair: Too Young To Wed (Pulitzer Center: June 2011)

David Goldman: Children of the Fallen (YouTube: June 2011)

Jim Goldberg: Portraits from Bonnaroo (TIME LB: June 2011)

Brooks Kraft: New Hampshire (TIME LB: June 2011)

Heidi Levine: Inside Hamas (Globe and Mail: June 2011)

Just saw Christopher Morris’ photos from Pope John Paul’s beatification in Rome last month…Some frames made me think of Paolo Pellegrin’s photos of people morning the pope’s death six years ago…Almost like a bookend to Pellegrin’s series…whether it’s just because both are of Pope John Paul and in black and white, I don’t know…Have a look side by side.

Morris’ has a video of this as well, but apparently it cannot be shown before music license has been sorted out…Looking forward to seeing it as I’m a big fan of his Dear Leader and the two Obama short films…

Christopher Morris: Beatification of Pope John Paul (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Jean Gaumy: Nuclear Deterrence : Inside the French Nuclear Submarine (Magnum Photos: June 2011)

Espen Rasmussen: In Transit (WSJ: June 2011)

Jason Eskenazi: East-West Divide (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Irina Werning: Argentina (NPR: June 2011)

Matt Black: Modern Agonies in Ancient Mexican Villages (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Father’s Day  in some parts of the world today..UK and US at least I think…

Worth posting Chris Anderson’s Son from Lens blog a couple of weeks ago again…

Christopher Anderson: Son (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Also…

Lauren Fleishman: A Father’s Burden: Living with ALS (TIME LB: June 2011)

Natalie Naccache: Single Fathers (Photographer’s website: June 2011)

Libya  and related…

Pic of the week…

An armed female supporter of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi chanted pro-government slogans at a demonstration on Friday in Tripoli’s central Green Square. / Moises Saman for The New York Times

Etienne de Malglaive: Misrata (Photographer’s website: June 2011)

Ivan LaBianca: Libya (Photographer’s website: June 2011)

Tomasz Szustek: Unwanted Refugees (Photographer’s website: June 2011) Refugees in Tunisian-Libyan border

Articles

Two really good articles from the Guardian website…

Guardian: The shot that nearly killed me: War photographers (Guardian: June 2011)

Guardian:  The artists’ artist: reportage photographers (Guardian: June 2011) Leading snappers choose their favourite living reportage photographer

David Campbell on photojournalists preferring to work abroad…And he had done his analysis partly by looking at features and essays i’ve covered here on Photojournalism Links….

David Campbell: Who’s Afraid of Home? Photojournalism’s Foreign Fixation (DC blog: June 2011)

Blast from the past, but saw some people share this online this week… so I’ll post this again too…

“Embrace frustration. It pushes you to learn and grow, broadens your horizons, and lights a fire under you when your work has gone cold. Nothing is more dangerous to an artist than complacency” – Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai

Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai: Advice for Aspiring Photographers (JPG Mag: from 2008)

Lynsey Addario: Backseat Driving in Saudi Arabia (TIME LB: June 2011)

Guardian: Album of the years: can photo albums survive the digital age?  (Guardian: June 2011) An evocative survey of photo albums captures the history of American photography – and asks whether we’ll ever impose order on our sprawling digital collections

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Tomas Bravo (Guardian: June 2011)

TIME: Doctored Photos – The Art of the Altered Image (TIME LB: June 2011)

NPR: Behind the Scenes of Irina Werning’s Back to the Future (NPR: June 2011)

Interviews and Talks 

Sally Mann and Nan Goldin (Look3: June 2011)

Bruce Gilden (YouTube: June 2011)

Tyler Hicks : College of Communication Convocation  (Youtube: June 2011)

Leo Maguire : British photographer secures More4 documentary funding (BJP: June 2011)

Taryn Simon (Youtube: 2011)

Awards and Grants 

Congratulations to Jan Grarup for winning the Oskar Barnack Award… Leica blog interviewed him..

Jan Grarup win Oskar Barnack Award 2011 (Leica blog: June 2011)

Ian Parry Scholarship Calling for Entries : Deadline 30 June 

Terry O’Neill Award now open for entries

Both of the above two were won by Sebastian Liste last year…

Photocrati Fund Winner and Top Finalists (Photocrati: June 2011)

Vanessa Winship wins Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (BJP: June 2011)

Delhi Photo Festival is calling for submission : Deadline 15 July

Life.com’s 2011 Photo Blog award 

Agencies

Panos has added six new members to their roster… including Ivor Prickett and Guy Martin…

BJP: Panos Pictures adds six new members (BJP: June 2011)

VII Newsletter June 2011

Noor Newletter June 2011

Noor : Call for Submission : Deadline August 5

AppsKadir van Lohuizen’s ViaPanAm now released

BlogsKael Alford

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