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When we arrived in Bab Amr, we began to send e-mails to editors saying we were there. We were excited, happy. Of course, we were scared of the situation, but we were happy.

On the first morning, shelling began very close to us. One boom, then a second. After the third, the Syrians with us shouted, “You have to get out!” Then a fourth rocket hit. We lost Marie Colvin, the American reporter, and my friend Rémi Ochlik, a photographer. The correspondent for Le Figaro, Edith Bouvier, was badly injured, as was Paul Conroy, a British photojournalist.

William Daniels—Panos for TIME

This week's cover of TIME.

The Syrian army targeted Bab Amr everywhere, anywhere. There was no way to get out. One night we visited families staying underground. There were 150 people in a basement with only small lights. They had some rice and a bit of water. Everyone had a family member who had been killed. We felt very bad, thinking, Please help us get out of here; we have lost our friends. But we couldn’t say that, because they had lost everything.

The Syrians who were looking after us were never outwardly scared. They were totally confident. They would prepare medicine in the middle of the room, while we were cowering behind a wall. They were not scared of anything.

Rémi’s death affected me a lot. And perhaps it will affect me even more later. His career was taking off. He had just won the World Press Photo award. He was becoming famous. I was sure he was about to work with magazines he’d dreamed of working for, like TIME. We were excited about getting to Syria. We thought we had a lot of work. I thought, O.K., we’re here, we’ve come for this, to be inside Bab Amr. There was no time to think that maybe we’d made a mistake in going there.

I really liked Rémi. I had a lot of affection for him. Perhaps because I’m older, I felt a bit like an older brother. But sometimes he was the one advising me, especially when we were in dangerous situations. And he just disappeared, so quickly.

Rémi was cremated in Paris on March 6, the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution.

MORE: A Reporter’s Escape from Syria

French photographer William Daniels was on assignment for TIME in the besieged district of Bab Amr. On March 1, after nine days there, he and Edith Bouvier managed to safely cross the border into Lebanon.

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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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UPDATE Monday 21 March 12.25pm GMT… news just posted on The New York Times website… Libya Releases 4 Times Journalists http://nyti.ms/flAz1P Hurray!

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From left: Addario, Moore, Pickett, Poupin, and Hicks.

Photos: Paul Conroy/ Reuters /

As I’m sure all of you know by now, Lynsey Addario and Tyler Hicks along with videographer Stephen Farrell, and NYT”s Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid went missing in Libya earlier this week (the news on NPPA / NYT ). The team were later reported to have been detained my Gaddafi’s security forces. On Friday, New York Times reported that that the Libyan government had promised to release the Times journalists. It has passed 6pm GMT on Saturday,when I’m writing this, and unfortunately it seems that the Libyans haven’t kept their word. I hope Addario, Hicks, Farrell, and Shadid will be released as soon as possible. My fear is that the coalition launched attacks on Libya have complicated the matter quite a bit…

Kozyrev, Addario, Hicks, Sobecki by John Moore/ Getty Images

Articles - NYT Lens: Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists (NYT Lens: March 2011) Related: NPPA: Lynsey Addario’s Husband Appeals To Muammar el-Qaddafi (NPPA: March 2011)

Christopher Morris’ Libya work featured on Lightbox..

Features and Essays – Christopher Morris: Gaddafi’s Libya (TIME Lightbox: March 2011)

If you’d like to see Christopher’s own edit, you can see it on his website here.

Having browsed his site today, I noticed a link to this good piece on the Digital Journalist about him, from 2001…At the bottom of the page there’s nine videos with Morris, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to view them…maybe you have better luck…

Articles – Grazia Neri: The Battlefields of Christopher Morris (Digital Journalist: 2001)

More Libya…

Take another look at the photo on top of this post..I noticed that Yuri Kozyrev has a photo of the same scene  (see below) in his Libya gallery on TIME website …Taken almost the exact same moment…I think it’s Kozyrev’s legs behind Hicks… So his is like a photo within a photo (see them side by side here)…First thing that comes to mind is that both Conroy and Kozyrev have a lot of guts to continue taking photos in a situation that must have been rather threatening as Addario and Co are already running away from the scene…Another is that it seems like there were loads of photographers- well at least seven –  at this scene…As I mentioned regarding the Egypt turmoil, it’s not surprising photographers move in pacts in dangerous situations, but at the same it means that there’s a lot of overlap between their work, and the viewers  will not not get as comprehensive coverage of each conflict as they’d might first  imagine having looked at several photographers’ work.

Photo: Yuri Kozyrev

Another thing about Kozyrev’s photo and a lot of photos on TIME’s photo galleries for that matter…I’ve noticed they often seem to look really nice in terms of  what I call ‘punchiness’ ( good mix of contrast/saturation) and generally better processed than photographs on most other sites…To me that is evident even by comparing for instance the above Kozyrev frame with the top one by Conroy… I’ve often wondered if they have a person working on the files at the picture desk to give them a certain look… I wouldn’t be too surprised if it were so…Although this might of course be just a silly assumption of mine, and I really don’t know the inner workings of TIME’s picture desk, or any others’ for that matter, but do have a look for yourself, photos in their galleries do often seem to look really well – but not overly –  processed.

Features and Essays – Kosuke Okahara: Libya (Russian Reporter: March 2011)

Now to Japan…

I was hoping on Tuesday that we could also see some of James Nachtwey’s work from Japan in TIME’s Lightbox, and my wishes came true…The below photograph is one of the most remarkable in the series, in my opinion….cars floating like dead fishes…

Features and Essays – James Nacthwey: Japan Devastation (TIME Lightbox: March 2011)

Articles – TIME Lightbox: First Person: A Single Frame From Japan’s Tsunami Aftermath by David Guttenfelder (TIME LB: March 2011)

Interviews - Shiho Fukada : Returning to a Nightmare in Japan (NYT Lens: March 2011)

Panos Pictures archive on Japan by Adam Dean, Noriko Hayashi et all

Andrew Burton’s blog posts with loads of photos Japanese Earthquake, Post 2Thoughts on Situations Involving Bodies

Features and Essays – Adam Dean: Photographs from Japan (New Yorker Photo Booth: March 2011)

Analysis on Japan coverage…

Articles - David Campbell: Covering Japan’s disaster: A visual journalist Dan Chung’s reflections (DC blog: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Gianni Giosue: Japan (Photographer’s archive: March 2011)

Giles Duley is a British photographer wounded in Afghanistan. Please visit http://gilesduley.com/ with links to Giles Duley Fund and Giles’ website…

Articles - NYT: Giles Duley, British Photographer Wounded in Afghanistan Shows Signs of Improvement (NYT At War blog: March 2011)

AwardsMitch Epstein Wins the Prix Pictet Photography Prize (TIME Lightbox: March 2011) the news on BJP site

Interviews - Ashley Gilbertson (Fotoevidence: March 2011)

InterviewsMichiel Munneke : World Press Photo’s managing director discusses the upcoming multimedia contest (WPP: March 2011)

Features / Articles - Newsweek: Henri Huet’s Wartime Masterpieces (Newsweek: March 2011)

Articles - New Yorker Photo Booth: Favorite shoots with Elizabeth Biondi (New Yorker: March 2011)

Articles – New Yorker Photo Booth: Elizabeth Biondi, Fifteen Years at The New Yorker (New Yorker: March 2011)

Today is the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Philip Jones Griffiths…

Articles - Sean Gallagher: Remembering Philip Jones Griffiths (Photographer’s blog: March 2011)

Interviews - Philip Jones Griffiths (Youtube)

Interviews - Pete Brook (Sojournposse: March 2011)

InterviewsAnastasia Taylor-Lind (BJP: March 2011)

Always a giggle to read Peter Dench’s diary on Professional Photographer magazine…

Articles – Peter Dench: The Dench Diary December (PP: March 2011)

Tutorials and Tips duckrabbit’s tips on making photofilms

I’ve raved about Simon Wheatley’s London grime work plenty of times during this blog’s 3+ years history, and it was great to hear last year that the work was going to come out as a book…I’ve shared some links related to the book several times before, but here’s one more from BJP earlier this week.. It features spreads from the book, so take a look…

Books - BJP: Simon Wheatley’s Time of Grime (BJP: March 2011)

If you have never seen Wheatley’s Inner City Youth on Magum in Motion’s website, do yourself a favour and click here.

EventsAnders Petersen and JH Engström to speak at National Media Museum event on March 22

Articles - NPPA: Brian Lanker, 63, Loses Brief Battle With Cancer (NPPA: March 2011)

Articles - BJP Photography class opens its doors to the world (BJP: March 2011)

My friend Laia Abril did some work in Scotland recently on a girl suffering from bulimia… The stills were published in D Repubblica in Italy…and you can see the tear sheets on her website

I’ve also seen a great multimedia that Laia had put together on the same girl, a piece she is still pitching around, and hopefully someone picks it up. I will share the link here, of course, once that happens…

Articles – TIME Lightbox: Bill Cunningham: The Original Street Fashion Photographer (TIME LB: March 2011)

Photographers - Bryan Tarnowski

Events London event to focus on women photographers : Apple Store (London) : 04 April at 7pm : “Firecracker, an online platform dedicated to supporting and showcasing European women photographers, is hosting its first event in London, bringing together Tessa Bunney, Laura Hynd and Leonie Purchas”

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