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Photojournalism that caught my eye during the month of March….

Features and Essays

One of my big faves, Tomas Munita, had a series from Cuba for Time to coincide the Papal visit to the country… opening double spread from the latest magazine seen here… Lightbox slideshow through the link…

Tomas Munita: Church and State: The Role of Religion in Cuba (Lightbox)

Side note on the above…what made me fall in love with his work? It was his stunning 2006 Oskar Barnack winning series from Kabul. You can see most of the frames here. Man, Leica, and slide film working in perfect harmony…

Japan. 11 March saw the anniversary of the tsunami…

Nachtwey recently got four double trucks in Time for his Japan 1 Year Later portfolio.Pretty rare these days for something like that to happen I think…

James Nachtwey: Japan One Year After (Lightbox)

Daniel Berehulak: Japan One Year After (NPR)

James Whitlow Delano: Black Tsunami (Vimeo)

David Guttenfelder: Tsunami, Then and Now (SacBee Frame blog)

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Route 45: Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami Anniversary (Reportage)

Espen Rasmussen: Fukushima Fallout (Panos)

Noriko Hayashi: One Year On (Panos)

Dean Chapman: Fading Memories II (Panos)

Hiroko Masuike: A Japanese Community After the Tsunami (NYT Lens) Related

Chris Steele-Perkins: Tsunami Streetwalk, Kesennuma / Streetwalk 2 (Magnum in Motion)

Syria.

Moises Saman: Refugees Flee Syrian Violence in Turkey (NYT)

Ed Ou: Syrians Find Refuge in Lebanon (NYT)

William Daniels: Escape from Syria (Lightbox)

Tyler Hicks: Glimpses of the Armed Opposition in Syria (NYT)

Rodrigo Abd: Inside Syria (Lightbox) from Guardian

Tyrone Turner: Where Slaves Ruled (Brazil) (NGM)

Recent great International Herald Tribune front page pic by Meredith Kohut and the slideshow on NYT.com…

Meredith Kohut: In Salvador, Prisons Packed to the Bars (NYT)

Pete Muller: Ethiopian Forces in Somalia (Newsweek)

Dominic Nahr: On the Ground: Safe fro Kony? (Lightbox)

Adam Dean: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Campaigns in Myanmar (NYT)

Adam Ferguson: Christians Flee Iraq (NYT)

Ikuru Kuwajima: Astana, Kazakhstan’s Capital Outside In (NYT Lens)

Sergey Kozmin: Elite Russian Military School for Girls (NYT Lens)

Stefano de Luigi: Cinema in Iran (Lightbox)

Eugene Richards: ‘War is Personal’ Continues (Lightbox)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: British Entertainment (VII)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Siberian Supermodels (VII) multimedia

Franco Pagetti: Egypt (VII)

Davide Monteleone: Libya : Winners and Losers (VII)

Stefan Bladh: Youth in Kaliningrad, Russia (Lightbox)

Politics. Russia.

Yuri Kozyrev: On the Campaign Trail with Vladimir Putin (Lightbox)

Politics. US.

This was a TIME magazine cover story early this year…

Christopher Morris: A Day With Obama (VII)

Justin Maxon: On the Trail with Santorum (Lightbox)

Charles Ommanney: Santorum (Newsweek)

Lauren Lancaster: Super Tuesday (New Yorker)

Evan Vucci: GOP Campaign Trail with Instragram (MSNBC photo blog)

Lauren Fleishman: Romney : Super Tuesday (Lightbox)

Stephen Crowley: Smoke-Filled Rooms part 2 (NYT Lens)

Jeroen Oerlemans: Dreaming of Europe (Panos)

Adam Dean: City of Broken Dreams (Panos)

Alfredo Caliz: The Longest Spring (Panos)

William Daniels: Faded Tulips (Lightbox)

Afghanistan.

Alixandra Fazzina: Over Mountains, Underground (NOOR)

Jason P Howe: Afghanistan: Saving Private Bainbridge (Telegraph)

Andrea Bruce: Skiing in Afghanistan (NYT Lens)

Larry Towell: Afghanistan (Lightbox)

Peter Hapak: Olympic Women’s Boxing Hopefuls (Lightbox)

Rian Dundon: A View From Inside The Other New China (Burn)

Spencer Platt: Haiti Landfills (MSNBC photo blog)

Sally Ryan: Home No More (zReportage)

Kate Holt: Education for All (zReportage)

John Pendygraft: If I Die Young (zReportage)

Peggy Peattie: Angels of Milot (zReportage)

Fredrik Naumann: A Voice from Rost (Foto8)

Rob Hornstra: Empty Land, Promised Land, Forbidden Land (Foto8)

Dominic Nahr: Voices of Protest in Senegal (Magnum Photos)

Mila Teshaieva: Promising Waters (Lightbox)

Kevin Frayer: Holi Festivities (SecBee)

Chris Kelly: Situation in Southern Kordofan (Photographer’s archive)

Tomas Wiech: Poland’s Great Adventure (NYT Lens)

Brent Lewin: India’s ‘rat hole’ Mines (National Post)

Pete Pin: Cambodian Americans (NYT Lens)

Martin Parr: Think of Finland (Magnum)

Alejandro Cartagena: Car Poolers (Photographer’s website)

Erica McDonald: Change in Park Slope (NYT Lens)

Ben Lowy: Ohio’s Long Road to Recovery (Reportage by Getty Tumblr)

Graeme Robertson: Portraits of Malawi (Guardian)

Carl de Souza: The Maasai Cricket Warriors (Atlantic) Kenya

Enjoyed these sports pics…

Fred R. Conrad: Spring Training (NYT Lens)

NYT Lens (various photographers): Postcard from London

Kate Peters: Yes, Mistress (Institute)

Jonathan Torgovnik: Rebuilding the DRC (BBC)

Tom Stoddart: Women of Sarajevo Revisited (Reportage)

Bruce Gilden shooting fashion for Vice…

Bruce Gilden: In Broad Daylight (Vice)

Daniel Cuthbert: First on Scene : South African Paramedics (BBC)

Alex Troesch and Aline Paley: Mexican Pointy Boots (Lightbox)

Danko Stjepanovic: North Kosovo (photographer’s website)

Interviews and Talks

“I looked through a lens and ended up abandoning everything else’ – Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado (Guardian)

Sebastiao Salgado (Vimeo)

Excellent 9 minute video by Finnish photographer Rami Hanafi on Martin Parr working in Finland…

Martin Parr : Making of ‘Think of Finland’ (Vimeo)

Zohra Bensemra: My journey into Syria’s nightmare (Reuters)

Ed Kashi (NYT Lens)

Samuel Bollendorff (BJP)

Elliott Erwitt on the art of photographic sequencing (BBC)

Lynsey Addario (Newsweek)

Lynsey Addario (Newsweek)

Davide Monteleone (Develop Tube)

Sean Gallagher (Atlantic)

Alex Prager : this year’s Foam Paul Huf Award winner (BJP)

Sebastian Salgado : The Photographer as an activist (Youtube)

Giles Peress (Youtube)

Pieter Hugo (Vimeo)

Barbara Davidson (LA Times Framework blog)

Homer Sykes (Photoshelter blog)

Olivia Arthur (IdeasTap)

Naomi Harris (Thisisthewhat)

Dominic Bracco II : Turning Point (NYT Lens)

Fiona Rogers (IdeasTap)

Giles Duley : Becoming the Story (TED on Youtube)

Justyna Mielnikiewicz (TED Youtube on Reportage)

Steve Pyke (PicBod)

Mark Power (Impressions Gallery)

John Moore on on ‘Epic’ Libya Battles, Arab World Revolutions (Click)

Shaun Fenn : From Assistant to Photographer: Shaun Fenn’s Professional Transition (PDN)

Articles

Tyler Hicks on his assignment to Syria with late Anthony Shadid…

Tyler Hicks: Bearing Witness in Syria: A Correspondent’s Last Days (NYT)

Javier Espinosa: How I escaped from Homs as Syrian forces closed in (Guardian)

PDN: Remembering 13 Unsung Heroes of Photojournalism

PDN: Paula Lerner Obituary

NYT: Stan Stearns, Photographer of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Salute to Father, Dies at 76

NYT: Lillian Bassman, Fashion and Fine-Art Photographer, Dies at 94

Lynsey Addario was featured on Guardian’s brilliant ‘Best Shot’ series…

Guardian: Photographer Lynsey Addario’s Best Shot

Guardian: Photographer Tom Craig’s best shot

Related… Guardian: My best shot: The one that got away | For five years, G2 has been asking photographers to tell us the story behind their best shot. But what about their worst? Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Terry O’Neill and others reveal all

And… Guardian: My Worst Shot

Guardian: The Month in Photography

Guardian: Photographs Not Taken: what makes a photographer freeze? | A new book of essays by photographers explores the missed opportunities of images never captured

NYT Lens: Empowerment, Through a Lens

David Campbell: Kony2012, symbolic action and the potential for change

NYT: David LaChapelle, From Photographer to Artist

Verve: Kirsten Luce

Verve: Jeremy Nichol

Verve: Alessandro Grassani

Verve: Jonathan Lewis

Verve: Max Sher

Boston Globe on VII Photo’s Hipstamatic shot exhibition…

photo: John Stanmeyer

Boston Globe: With Hipstamatic app, photojournalists smartphone it in to new exhibit

Nick Stern: Why Instagram photos cheat the viewer (CNN)

PDN: Eggleston’s First-Ever Large Pigment Prints Earn 5.9 Million at Auction

D Perez: Chimping (Vimeo)

FT: What Eve Arnold Saw

Guardian: All About Eve

NYT Lens: Steichen, A New Trove From an Old Master

Diane Smyth: Dana Popa (PhotoMonitor)

BBC: England Uncensored by Peter Dench

Lightbox: DEVELOP Tube: A photographic resource grows

BJP: William Klein will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at the Sony World Photogrpahy Awards

BJP: World Photo London is starting next month, packed with talks, seminars and workshops

Eggleston Shore (video on 1000Words blog)

Conscientious: How to make a photobook | related

Gregory Crewdson movie : trailer

PhotoShelter: Should Photo Contests Require Original Image Files?

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Elles van Gelderen and Ilvy Njiokiktjien won first prize in World Press Photo Multimedia contest for “Afrikaner Blood….Not surprised. I remember telling friends after Perpignan that one of the best things I had seen during the festival was that exact multimedia piece….

photo Ilvy Njiokiktjien

BJP: World Press Photo announces Multimedia contest winners | Related: Bombay FC: WPP Multimedia Judging part 2 . Part 1

Foto8 Summershow 2012

FotoVisura winners…

Photo: Erin Trieb

FotoVisura Photography Grant Winners

BJP: Anastasia Taylor-Lind has won the Center Project Award in Santa Fe

BJP: Paul Graham wins the Hasselblad Foundation International Award for Photography, worth $150,000

Days Japan Photojournalism Awards 2012

Slideluck Potshow is coming to London again….

Slideluck Potshow London IV Submissions | related on Wayne Ford’s blog

NPPA: Justin Maxon, Katie Orlinsky Win 2011 Alexia Foundation Grants

Finland’s press photos of the year…

Sami Kero got the POY with a photo from Cairo…

photo: Sami Kero / Helsingin Sanomat

Finland Press Photos of the Year 2011

London Festival of Photography 2012 Prize

The City of Levallois Photography Award

Eddie Adams Workshop now accepting submissions

LUCEO Student Project Award

KL Photo Awards 2012

Guardian Student Media Awards 2012

Agencies and Collectives

Magnum open to submissions again. Last year they didn’t take any new nominees, if I remember correctly…

photo: Burt Glinn

Apply to become a member of Magnum Photos : 2012 Submissions are now open : Deadline is 08/06/12

photo: Venetia Dearden

VII Photo Newsletter March 2012

Noor newsletter 15 March 2012

Prime Collective March 2012 newsletter

Reportage by Getty Images: Natalie Naccache now part of Emerging Talent

Read about this commercial agency on Twitter… Good line-up of photographers.. including Tom Stoddart..

Making Pictures : commercial photo agency : London

Books

VII Photo’s Questions Without Answers book featured on Phaidon blog…

Photo: Alexandra Boulat

Phaidon: The defining images of our turbulent times…VII: Questions Without Answers

Jörg Colberg: Better by Design: The role of design in the making of five modern photobooks (BJP)

multiMedia

Once Magazine

Blogs

Happy belated birthday to Lightbox!

photo: Joakim Eskildsen

Lightbox: A Year of Great Photography

Photo Archive News

Crowd Funding and related

photo: Andre Liohn

Almost Dawn in Libya aka ADIL (NYT Lens)

Paula Lerner Memorial Fund

Photo Time Machine on Kickstarter

Respecting My Elders on USAProjects

Jobs

Save The Children : 3 month internship opening in the Film&Photo team

Photographers

Thomas Lekfeldt

Tahnia Roberts

Max Strong

Max Fabrizi

To finish off… KillShot: A Rifle Camera for Hunting with Photos Instead of Bullets

And… Britain’s top 10 worst photographers

And… Photographic Moratorium – Looking Sad in the Tub

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Russia’s presidential elections came after a season of protests for fair elections, and Vladimir Putin enters a new term in which he will have to confront unrest among the public, accusations of corruption and calls for modernization.

Among that outspoken public is Russia’s youth, a group Swedish photographer Stefan Bladh captured in the summer of 2011 in Kaliningrad. The city of Kaliningrad is not unlike most places in Russia today: plagued by poor social programs, low paying jobs and widespread unemployment. “Life is obviously hard here,” the photographer says. “Corruption is widespread, even up to the Kremlin, everybody is aware of that. The phrase ‘I take care of my business, and you take care of yours’ seems to be prevalent. The remains of the old Soviet system still exist. Better submit than to fight with authorities. Keep quiet about politics.”

During his summer in Kaliningrad, Bladh heard many stories from friends who weren’t being paid for their work, including a young woman who hadn’t been paid for three months. She has yet to complain to her boss over fears of retaliation.

“The years with Putin, according to many critics, have been a major setback for the country,” Bladh says. “Regime critics say that 12 more years with Putin will mean stagnation, a disaster.”

But that resulting pessimism is limited to those who have crossed the “invisible boundary” of 25 years of age, according to the photographer. Those beyond that line have no hope for their country, he says. On the other hand, the young Russians remained positive. They were eager to stop and talk to Bladh, who had trouble engaging with older people on the street. The young people wanted to have their portraits taken and discuss the future. ”The hope for having a good life here is still alive,” says Bladh.

Stefan Bladh is a Stockholm-based photographer. See more of his work here.

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Features and Essays

Always been a big Erika Larsen fan…

Erika Larsen: Sámi 2007-2011 (Phaidon website)

Sumit Dayal: The New Tibetans (TIME Lightbox)

Mark Henley: Bank on Us (Panos Pictures)

Lynsey Addario: The New Saudi Life (VII Magazine)

Two new features up on Reportage by Getty Images site this week… the first one isn’t that new though… It’s Ed Ou’s terrific series from Vancouver, which you probably remember from Lens blog earlier this year…

Ed Ou: A Safe Place (Getty Reportage)

Jonathan Saruk: The Strikers: Kabul’s Bowling Alley (Getty Reportage)

Stephanie Sinclair in NYT Mag again…

Stephanie Sinclair: Families (NYT Magazine)

Michael Christopher Brown: China’s Red Restaurants  (Newsweek)

Stefan Bladh: A Family Revisited (TIME Lightbox) Bladh’s website

Lynsey Addario: Muslim Women (New Yorker Photo Booth)

Robert Nickelsberg: A Long and Distant War: Photos from Afghanistan, 1988-2009 (TIME LB)

Mat Collishaw: Last Meals on Death Row, Texas (TIME)

Tim Hetherington’s photos now available in the Magnum Photos archive…480+….Hetherington’s Diary is on Magnum in Motion…

Tim Hetherington: Diary (Magnum in Motion)

Stuart Franklin: Walls That Talk: Libya’s Abu Salim Jail (Magnum Photos)

Peter diCampo: Ivory Coast (TIME)

George Georgiou: Fault Lines: Turkey East West (Panos)

Adam Hinton: Transporting Tokyo (Panos)

Josef Koudelka: Gypsies (TIME LB)

Chris Keulen: Italienische Reise (Panos)

Mark Rykoff: Russian Dacha Diary (TIME)

Giorgos Moutafis: Athens on the Brink (New Yorker Photo Booth)

James Whitlow Delano: Climate Change: Europe’s Shrinking Alpine Glaciers (Photographer’s archive)

Kenneth Jarecke: Game Time: Nebraska’s Farewell to the Big 12 (TIME LB)

Tomas van Houtryve: Borderline : Norther Korea (Magnum Foundation)

Nick Brandt: Portraits of Wildlife in East Africa (NYT Lens) Brandt’s website

As recommended by Christopher Morris…

Enrico Dagnino: Libya (Le Monde)

Also from Libya…

Baptiste Giroudon: Tripoli Rebels (Photographer’s website)

Articles

C.J. Chivers on Tyler Hicks…

NYT Lens: Tyler Hicks: A Decade in Afghanistan (NYT)

On Bob Dylan’s paintings plagiarism controversy…

NYT: Dylan Paintings Draw Scrutiny

Guardian: Bob Dylan in plagiarism row over paintings

Richard Prince: Bob Dylan’s Fugitive Art (New York Review of Books)

I looked into the Dylan paintings myself after, and noticed that two of Gagosian gallery’s four different covers of Bob Dylan: Asian Series catalogue are based on a Bruce Gilden photo and a Jacob Aue Sobol one

The final news regarding VII transition…

PDN: VII Photo Agency Brings in New Members

BJP: VII Transition

Andrea Bruce, who chose not to apply for VII membership has joined NOOR…

BJP: NOOR Images adds Andrea Bruce and Giancarlo Ceraudo as new members

TIME Lightbox: Inside the Mind of a Master Photo Editor (TIME)

Panos Pictures: George Georgiou at MoMA in NY

Real Screen:  Junger making HBO doc on Tim Hetherington

Warren Winter: Freshman Freelancing: Photo Agency Freelancing Fact & Fiction (Photo Brigade)

Digital PhotoPro: Ron Haviv: The Impotence Of Authority

BJP: Sipa founder Gökşin Sipahioğlu dies

Bill Hunt’s new book and exhibition Unseen Eye (TIME LB)

6 Tips to Get Your Fine Art Photography Featured Online (PhotoShelter)

The fake that wasn’t…

PetaPixel: Amazing Reuters Photo of Rebel Firing RPG was Not Photoshopped

The Hacker Factor blog: Without a Crutch

PetaPixel: Nikon says “A Photographer Is Only as Good as the Equipment He Uses”

NYT T Magazine: A Nanny’s Diary (NYT T Mag)

PetaPixel: An Eye-Opening Look at How Many Conflict Photos Are Staged

Joop Swart Masterclass preview (World Press Photo)

BJP: Fifty-two weeks on the streets

BJP: Apple adds new photography features with updated iPhone 4S

Life: Looking for Heroes 

Guardian: Featured photojournalist: Ahmad Masood (Guardian)

Verve: Kenneth O’Halloran (Verve Photo)

Guardian: Photographer Kevin Cummins’s best shot

TIME Lightbox: Fields of Vision: The Early Work of Gordon Parks

BJP: Agency Balcony Jump lands on the iPad

Firecracker: Sophie Gerrard

Guardian: Street Photography Now Project: shoot on sight

Interviews

Seamus Murphy (NPR)

Davide Monteleone (BJP)

Damon Winter & Marcus Yam (NYT Lens)

Nigel Bennet (Conscientious)

Kate Brooks (BBC)

David Kasnic (DVAfoto)

 Chloe Dewe Mathews (BBC)

Exhibitions

Don McCullin at Tate Modern : London : Until 4 March 2012

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

BJP: Chloe Dewe Mathews wins BJP’s International Photography Award

BJP: Facundo Arrizabalaga wins IPA single image prize

National Geographic 2011 photo contest 

multiMedia 

American Journal

Agencies

Paolo Woods joins INSTITUTE

VII : Events, Exhibitions & News Listings, October 2011

Photographers

Daniel Britt

To finish off… the latest from Shit Photojournalists Like

And don’t forget to Think Different.

RIP Steve Jobs

photo: Diana Walker

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While studying abroad in Istanbul in 2002, Swedish photographer Stefan Bladh had a friend show him neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city to get a fuller view of Turkish society. One morning, they passed a motorway bridge and saw a group sitting around a campfire. When he went over to talk to them, the family of 11 welcomed Bladh and his guide with tea. “They were very open and told us about their situation and life,” he says. “I got very touched. They were so humble and had an open mentality, so I decided to go back.”

Stefan Bladh

The family, Istanbul, June 2007

Bladh has kept in touch with the Kaplans for the last nine years, learning early on that even a language barrier need not hinder their ability to communicate—pen, paper and hand motions helped a lot. Often times, their desperate living situation spoke for itself. “I found them in various places throughout the country, living in cramped conditions without heat, electricity, clean water or proper sewer systems, in abandoned house skeletons and under motorway bridges,” he says. “Difficulties with money, health care and welfare rights take turns playing havoc on their lives, and every day is a struggle to keep the whole of the large family alive.” Their hardships made such a profound and lasting impact on the photographer that Bladh created a book about the Kaplans called The Family, which was published in 2010 by Nouvel.

At the end of this August, Bladh returned to Turkey to show his book to the Kaplans. For the photographer, it was important to depict the family’s struggles, since the plight of those in similar situations is often underreported. Bladh had more or less shown the Kaplans all the photos separately over the last nine years, during which time the family sometimes asked, “Is our life really this dark?”

The photographer says, “I believe it is hard for one to actually see his or her struggle in pictures… [I told them] this is not about telling truths – just about my experience and our time together.”

He plans to stay in touch with the family, returning to Turkey when possible. But as the kids get older and start families of their own, Bladh says that, for now, he’ll stop photographing them. Other mediums, though, aren’t out of the question. “Why not make a documentary?” He muses. “We will see.”

Stefan Bladh’s project can be seen at length in The Family, published in 2010 by Nouvel Publishing. See a video of Stefan’s visit from August 2011 with the Kaplans here.

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