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Jeffrey Gettleman and the photographer Sven Torfinn spent a week in Mogadishu, Somalia, with the rare opportunity to step into people's lives.

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Feature and Essays 

First to Middle East…again….

Great series from Gaza by Andrew McConnell on Panos website…

Andrew McConnell: Leaving Gaza (Panos: September 2011)

Rena Effendi: Women of the Egyptian Revolution (Newsweek: September 2011)

David Levene: The Lives of Palestinians (Guardian: September 2011)

Moises Saman: Post-Gaddafi Tripoli (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Natan Dvir: Eighteen (TIME LB: September 2011) Arab Teens in Israel

Olga Kravets: The Shelter (Salt Images: September 2011)

Adam Ferguson: Afghanistan Soldiers Skyping (TIME LB: September 2011)

Graham Crouch: Red Cross Kabul (FotoStrada: 2011)

To other features…

Joseph Rodriguez: Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York (New York Magazine: September 2011) article

Todd Heisler: Sound Stages in New York (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Sven Torfinn: In Uganda, Losing Land to Planted Trees (NYT: September 2011)

Thilde Jensen: Canaries (NYT: September 2011)

Gesche Würfel: Basement Sancturies (Foto8: September 2011) Würfel’s website

Lucy Nicholson: A Gay Military Family (Reuters: September 2011)

Tom Hyde: After the Fall (burn: September 2011)

From VII…

Anastasia Taylor-Lind in VII magazine…see later in this blog post for some VII transition related news…

Anastasia Taylor-Lind:  Resurgence of the Cossacks (VII Magazine: September 2011)

Ron Haviv: Glimpses of the Fall of Tripoli (VII: September 2011)

Mikolaj Nowacki: The River Odra (VII Mentor: September 2011) Nowacki’s website

I don’t remember if I posted this already earlier… quite possibly…Lynsey Addario’s NGM series on Baghdad on VII website…

Lynsey Addario: Baghdad (VII Network: September 2011)

Mads Nissen: Bessarabian Blues (Panos: September 2011)

Long 40 photo edit of Andrea Star-Reese’s Urban Cave…

Andrea Star-Reese: Urban Cave (Visionproject.org: 2011)

Maciej Dakowicz Cardiff nightlife photos were heavily discussed last week after being published in Daily Mail…Here the photos in NYT Lens…Comments in the Guardian and BBC

Maciej Dakowicz: Cardiff After Dark (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Myrto Papadopoulos: In the Grecian Caves Where Time Slows  Down (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Kosuke Okahara: Transnistria: An Unrecognized State Caught Between Past and Present (TIME LB: September 2011)

Max Whittaker: 80 on 80 (Prime Collective: September 2011)

David Walter Banks: Craziest Vacation Spots (Newsweek: September 2011)

Washington Post: Reframing Mexico (WP: September 2011) Reframing Mexico project website

John Vink: Cambodia Land Issues (Magnum: September 2011)

Finlay Mackay: London 2012 (TIME LB: September 2011)

Dan Giannopoulos: The Orphaned Elderly of Kathmandu (TIME LB: September 2011)

Peter Funch: Composite Characters (TIME LB: September 2011)

Brian Cassey: Soulless in Seoul (Fotostrada: 2011)

Paul Russell: Country Shows (BBC: September 2011)

“Your friend doesn’t have a fucking pool!” Alec Baldwin and other portraits by Jake Chessum…

Jake Chessum: Celebrity Portraits (Life.com: September 2011)

Agencies

VII Photo is going through some changes… British Journal of Photography’s news editor Olivier Laurent is keeping us up-to-date with news as they come in…So far, BJP has confirmed Stefano de Luigi will be full member, whereas VII Mentor Agnes Dherbeys has left VII to be an independent photographer. At the moment, Olivier has unconfirmed  list of photographers who have been offered  full membership with the agency and I’d imagine we’ll get the confirmations very soon…

BJP: VII Photo in transition (BJP: September 2011)

Stephen Mayes did imply in his comments that not everyone has been accepted, but it it would seen most of the Network photographers, such as Lynsey Addario, Ashley Gilbertson and Tomas van Houtryve,  have been made full members…No word on the future status of previous Network photographers Gafic, Kurzen, Domaniczky, Bouvet, or Bruce at the moment, or any of the VII Mentor photographers apart from Dherbeys…I’d imagine a lot of the Mentor photographers staying in that category, as it was only Network that’s gets disbanded…I have word that no new Mentor photographers were taken in at this time.

I can confirm that Anastasia Taylor-Lind, despite not being included in the BJP’s ‘unconfirmed list’ at time of writing this, has been offered full membership. Until now she was part of VII Mentor.

I was skyping with Anastasia earlier today, and asked about her initial reaction:

After 2 years on the VII mentor program under the guidance of Ron Haviv, I am utterly delighted and honored to become part of VII Photo. The mentor program is a wonderful and successful idea, and something I am really proud to have been part of. I’m excited about my future at VII and being part of an exceptional group of photographers, who are in turn supported by wonderful agency staff.”

Congratulations! Well deserved.  You can find Anastasia’s website here and blog with recent tear sheets here.

Speaking of VII…

Books

Fancy a look inside VII’s upcoming Questions Without Answers book? Yeah? Well, see here for sample pdf.

photo: Joachim Ladefoged from series, A Vanishing Way of Life, 2003

Slideshow in their archive

Should be a great book…. Would also love this…

The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture 2011)

Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past (Thames&Hudson: 2011)

Communities

Emphas.is September 2011 newsletter

Videos

National Geographic: Search for the Afghan Girl Pt 1 |Pt 2 | Pt 3 | Pt 4

Interviews

Kathy Ryan on The New York Times Magazine Photographs book (spd.org: 2011)

Danfung Dennis : Hell and Back Again (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Alec Soth (The New York Times Magazine’s 6th Floor blog: September 2011)

Victoria Will trying to convince 35mm photographers to try out Hasselblad…tasteful advertising….(unlike)

Victoria Will (Hasselblad US: 2011)

Fred Ritchin : What Matters Now (La Lettre: September 2011)

Steve McCurry (Oprah)

Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols : National Geographic photographer ditches website, turns to the iPad (BJP: September 2011)

Olivia Arthur (IdeasTap)

Farzana Wahidy (NYT Lens: September 2011)

Elizabeth Hingley (e-photoreview: September 2011)

Erik De Castro : Back in Afghanistan, ten years later (Reuters photo blog: September 2011)

Nick Oza (Image Deconstructed: September 2011)

Articles

“Hard times have spawned great art — but not these hard times, it seems.”

LA Times: Where’s today’s Dorothea Lange? (LA Times: September 2011)

Guardian: The excess is not in alcohol but in Britain’s self-loathing  (Guardian: September 2011) Maciej Dakowicz’s pictures of Cardiff revellers are lapped up by a country that pictures itself as broken, boozing, morally sick

PhotoShelter blog has a piece about the most dangerous places to work as a photographer…

photo: Sebastian Meyer

PhotoShelter: The 14 Most Dangerous Locations For Photojournalists (PhotoShelter: September 2011)

NYT piece on AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus’ At War exhibition in Berlin…

NYT: At Berlin Show, One Photographer’s View of the Post-Sept. 11 World (NYT: September 2011)

Reportage by Getty Images:  “Hi, my name is Spain, and this is my story.”(Reportage: September 2011)

From Telegraph's Telephoto...

Telegraph: Afghanistan? There’s an app for that (Telegraph: September 2011) The humble iPhone is changing photography on the frontline

Telegraph: Revealing landscapes: the photography of Joel Sternfeld (Telegraph: September 2011)

BJP: Could Once Magazine, an iPad-only photography magazine, represent a new revenue stream for photojournalists? (BJP: September 2011)

BJP: Harry Ransom Center acquires Elliott Erwitt’s archives (BJP: September 2011)

BJP: Ways of Looking Bradford photography festival (BJP: September 2011)

Guardian: Featured photojournalist, Mark Blinch (Guardian: September 2011)

Verve: Chelsea MacLachlan (Verve: September 2011)

PDN: Beatles Photographer Robert Whitaker Dies

PDN: Top 10 iPad photo portfolio Apps for the iPad

Bill Gates v. Photojournalists (Concertiumnews.com: 2011)

Seven by Five: Who is using your photos without permission?

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

Application open for the inaugural Tim Hetherington grant

News and Documentary Emmys : Tim Hetherington’s and Sebastian Junger’s Restrepo won two Emmys (Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story, Long Form, and an editing award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In A Craft)

Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography award

New Scholarships Available For Photojournalists Returning To School : NPPA

Lucas Dolega Award

TIME is looking for the best young photographers of 2011…NB. Only US students need apply it seems

TIME : Next Generation : Submissions will be accepted beginning October 3, 2011, at 12 a.m. EST, until midnight on October 17, 2011. Winners will be announced on LightBox on October 26, 2011.

Jobs

Ben Curtis, Middle East photo editor for AP, named chief photographer for East Africa

Part time multimedia coordinator :  ActionAid : London

Fundraising

Human Right Watch: Facing Power: A Print Sale to Benefit Human Rights (HRW)

Events

Festival of Photography : Wild Day : Sunday 2 October 2011 : Royal Geographical Society : London | full program PDF

Services

Luxlab

To finish off…

Rude hand gestures of the world

If you are like me and not really into computer games, perhaps this ‘war journalism game’ Warco will get even us excited…or not…

Warco

and…

10 photo compliments

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Features and Essays 

From Newsweek, or should I say Daily Beast….Russia’s far-right groups on the rise…photos by TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev…

Yuri Kozyrev: Russian Hate (Newsweek: August 2011)

John Moore: Somalia (Life.com: August 2011)

Todd Heisler’s been keeping busy…He too has been to Somalia…

Todd Heisler: Waging War in Somalia, a Country in Chaos (NYT: August 2011)

But also Norway…Do listen to his comments also…

Todd Heisler: Loss and Healing in Norway (NYT: August 2011)

More on Somalia crisis…

Sven Torfinn: Somali refugee camps in Kenya (Guardian: August 2011)

Brendan Bannon: Dadaab Refugee Camp (Boston Globe Big Picture: August 2011)

Francisco Zizola: Northern Kenya (MSNBC: August 2011) Zizola’s comments

Libya…

Francesco Giusti: In Case of Loss (TIME: July 2011) Giusti’s site

New York Times: Battle of Libya gallery

Paul Moakley: An All-Boys Roman Catholic School on Staten Island (NYT Lens: August 2011) Moakley’s site

Maureen Drennan: On a California Farm Where Marijuana  (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Irving Penn: Radical Beauty (TIME LB: August 2011)

Katie Orlinsky: Mexico’s Drug War, Feminized (NYT: August 2011)

Murray Ballard: Frozen in Time (BBC: August 2011)

Teun Voeten: Narco Estado (Magnum Emergency Fund: 2011) Juarez, Mexico

Stephanie Sinclair: Bihar State India (Phaidon blog: August 2011)

Thomas Hoepker: Views of a Vanished Country (TIME LB: August 2011)

Ernst Haas: Color Corrections (TIME LB: August 2011)

Mustafah Abdulaziz: On the Road, Embracing the Distance (NYT Lens: August 2011)

Lauren Lancaster: UAE (New Yorker: August 2011)

George Steinmetz: Picturing the American Drought (TIME LB: August 2011)

Sylvia Plachy: The Pageant Winner (NYT Mag: August 2011)

Matt Lutton: Balkanization (PDN Photo of the Day: August 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen: Working for a Family Far Away (NOOR: August 2011)

Jocelyn Bain Hogg: Britain’s Discontent (New Yorker: August 2011)

Ed Smith: On These Isles (Photographer’s website: August 2011)

Gethyn Rees: Business on Migingo (Foto8: August 2011)

Lucy Clemence and Darren Karl-Smith: Anarchy in the UK (Purple.fr: 2011)

Maggie Steber: Madje has Dementia (AARP.org: August 2008) via @wemarijnissen

Interviews

Elliott Erwitt (NPR: August 2011)

Paolo Pellegrin (Wayne Ford Posterous: August 2011)

Martin Parr (Vignette Magazine: August 2011)

Bruce Gilden (Viceland: 2011)

Danny Lyon (northernarizonanews: February 2011)

Amanda Rivkin (NG radio: August 2011)

Jonathan Worth (Hungry Eye: August 2011)

Jussi Leinonen (NYT Lens: August 2011) Leinonen’s site

Articles 

photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Guardian: The month in photography (Guardian: August 2011)

Guardian: Luc Delahaye turns war photography into an uncomfortable art (Guardian: August 2011)

Leon Neal: London Riots (Photographer’s blog: August 2011)

LA Weekly: David Strick, Celebrity Photographer, Suing L.A. Times For Publishing His Photos After he Left The Paper (LA Weekly: 2011)

The Jewish Chronicle: Ernst Haas: the Mad Men’s favourite photographer (Thejc.com: 2011)

Newsweek: Jerome Liebling: Chronicler of the Streets (Newsweek: August 2011)

Frenobee.com: Lenses shield 9/11 photogs as they capture history (Fresnobee.com: August 2011)

Thames&Hudson blog: Magnum Contact Sheets – Commissioning #2 (T&H blog: August 2011)

Poynter: AP, Google offer scholarships to digital journalism students

Seattle Times: White House Photo Of Dover Ceremony Sparks Controversy 

Guardian: Photographer Murray Ballard’s Best Shot (Guardian: August 2011)

Guardian: Photographer Adoplhus Opara’s Best Shot (Guardian: August 2011)

Amateur Photographer: Ian Berry at Berlin Wall (AP: August 2011)

Verve: Stuart Matthews (Verve: August 2011)

Verve: Eric Michael Johnson (Verve: August 2011)

The Best Street Photograph Ever  (sevensevennine.com: 2011)

photo: Kevin Carter

30 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs From The Last 30 Years (buzzfeed.com: 2011) via @yunghi

BJP: Bringing crowdfunding to book publishing

BJP: BBC caught in Twitter copyright row 

BJP: Apple’s MacBook Air v. iPad 2: which is better for professional photographers?

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

photo: Tamas Dezso

Winners of the 2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards

BJP International Photography Award 

People’s Choice : Summershow 2011

multiMediaHungry Eye Magazine

Talks - ”Aesthetics have no place in photographing famine” with David Campbell & Jon Levy August 18 on OPEN-i

Collectives – MJR : Weekly Collection 94

ServicesBob Books

Books

Questions Without Answers, a 368pp book featuring 20 yrs of world history by the VII photographers, will be published by Phaidon November 1.

Independent : Seba Kurtis: Drowned review

Photographers

Maureen Drennan

Mustafah Abdulaziz

James Mollison

Tessa Bunney

Lorenzo Meloni

Richard Sandler

Jobs

MediaStorm : Operations and Social Media Manager

Magnum Photos NY is hiring a Print Sales Manager

AP photo editor position open in Cairo

The New Yorker is seeking autumn multimedia intern : email kristina_budelis@newyorker.com  or DM @dbudelis

Fast Company is looking for an intern

Red Eye is looking for a part time Events Co-ordinator based in Manchester

To finish off…

Youarenotaphotographer

and…

Stasi fashion via msnbc photoblog

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Paolo Pellegrin’s Libya Exodus work previously published in The New York Times Magazine, now on Magnum Photos website…the good news is, there are  loads more frames…24 instead of just 10…and based on quick check, the NYT Mag slideshow had some frames that aren’t on Magnum feature, so there’s actually more than 14 previously unseen shots in this…

His tilt is so recognisable, don’t you think?

Features and Essays - Paolo Pellegrin: Scenes from Libyan Exodus (Magnum Photos: March 2011)

Kozyrev’s Libya work now on Lightbox…Some of the strongest work I’ve seen come out of the country…

Features and Essays – Yuri Kozyrev: Dispatch from Libya (TIME Lightbox: March 2011)

Panos Pictures coverage….”Panos photographers William Daniels, Fredrik Naumann, Jeroen Oerlemans, Sven Torfinn and Mads Nissen have covered the ongoing crisis in and around Libya”…

Features and Essays - Various Photographers: The Battle of Libya (Panos: March 2011)

Features and Essays -  Thomas Dworzak: Postcard from Libya (New Yorker: March 2011)

Do also make sure to head over to Lightbox to see Christopher Morris’ updated Libya gallery

Photo; Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press

Features and Essays – NYT: Battle of Libya (NYT: March 2011)

From Vanity Fair….Pellegrin’s ‘heir’ – at least when it comes to tilting – Moises Saman…

Features and Essays – Moises Saman: Inside Qaddafi’s Libya (VF: March 2011)

Interviews - Moises Saman (VF: March 2011)

Interviews - Goran Tomasevic (NYT Lens: March 2011) Thirty Days on the Ground in Libya: Goran Tomasevic’s Extraordinary Month, in Pictures

Interviews - John Moore (PBS: March 2011) Photographer Reflects on ‘Epic’ Libya Battles, Revolution in the Arab World

Articles – TIME: The Backstory: First Person: A Single Frame from the Conclusion of the Allied Air Strike on Libya by Anja Niedringhaus (TIME: March 2011)

Some talk over at David Campbell’s blog about lack of multimedia from some of the otherwise recently well covered countries…

Articles – David Campbell: Missing multimedia: where are the stories from Egypt, Japan, and Libya? (DC blog: March 2011)

Related…

Articles – Fred Ritchin: The Meta-Newspaper (After Photography blog: March 2011)

Guardian’s Ghaith Abdul-Ahad spent 2 weeks in 1 of Gadhafi’s dungeons (via @marcusbleasdale)

Articles -Ghaith Abdul-Ahad:  Inside Gaddafi’s brutal prison (Guardian: March 2011) While reporting the war in western Libya, award-winning Guardian correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was seized by Gaddafi’s militia. Here he describes two weeks inside the regime’s brutal prison system

Interviews - Q. Sakamaki on working in Cairo (The Villager: March 2011) “East Village photog survived Egypt beating, interrogations”

InterviewsJohn D McHugh on covering protests in Bahrain (BBC: March 2011)

Features and Essays – John Moore: Three Revolutions, One Photographer (Life.com: March 2011)

Mads Nissen’s World Press Photo prize winning series now on Panos website… Such a touching series..

Features and Essays – Mads Nissen: In the Name of Victoria (Panos: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Toshiki Senoue: The aftermath in Japan (FT Magazine: March 2011)

Features and Essays - NYT: Photos of Japan After Afterquake (NYT: March 2011)

Articles – Andrew Burton: Regarding Parachute Journalism (Photographer’s blog: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Justin Maxon: Transition to Spring (TIME LB: March 2011)

London saw huge protests against the government’s planned public service cuts yesterday. Nearly half a million people were reported to have attended the march through London and the rally in Hyde Park.

Guardian slideshow… some nice frames… don’t like the frame 7 though, with wide angle distortion…

Features and Essays – Guardian: Thousands march against spending cuts (Guardian: March 2011)

Features and Essays - Kadir van Lohuizen: Last Americans in Iraq (WP: March 2011)

AwardsThe Bayeux Calvados Awards for War Correspondents is calling for entries for its annual contest (BJP: March 2011)

Grants - Eugene Smith Fund : Deadline 31 May 2011

CompetitionsAOP Awards

Articles - BJP: BJP supports crowdfunding via Emphas.is (BJP: March 2011

Articles - Getty Images blog: Edwin Koo captures daily life in Pakistan’s Swat Valley (Getty blog: March 2011)

Articles – Reuters blog: Lucas Jackson: An arctic adventure (Reuters blog: March 2011)

Articles - Verve: Ben Roberts (Verve Photo: March 2011)

Articles - Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: Jim Lo Scalzo (Guardian: March 2011)

! Blogs  - NYT Lens Blog:  Digital Subscription Plan Begins March 28

Interviews - Bruce Davidson (Walesonline.co.uk: March 2011)

InterviewsYvonne Venegas (BJP: March 2011)

Interviews - Amnon Gutman (e-photoreview: March 2011)

Events - Format Festival : Derby : ‘On the Concrete’ talk by Tom Wood : Venue: QUAD : 1 April : 18:30 – 20:30 : £10

EventsBJP and The Photographers’ Gallery’s social night is back at Barrio Central in London on Monday 28 March.

I noticed that The New York Times Magazine had an article about a young female football  player - or as NYT Mag called her, a soccer player – and the stills were taken by Ben Lowy and Nadav Kander… There was a video to go along the piece, shot by photographer Jason Arthurs…

PhotographersJason Arthurs

PhotographersLindsay Blatt

PhotographersDavid Ellison

Photographers - Kristian Leven

The good people at duckrabbit are organising a workshop in Devon (southwest of England)  in May….

Workshops - The Hinterlands Workshop by duckrabbit : 20-25 May 2011 : Devon, UK : “The Hinterlands photofilm workshop. It’s a chance to really get to grips with the art of photofilm production, whilst at the same time hanging out with some top people.” You can read about the workshop on BJP, here.

Movies - The Death of Kevin Carter

Prizes Tessa Bunney wins “Best Overall Portfolio Prize” at Format Festival (foto8: March 2011)

! Equipment - My London based friend Conor O’Leary is selling his Canon EF24-70/2.8L. He is asking £700. I know it’s in excellent condition. Should be a great deal. If you are interested, you can get in touch with Conor by emailing him at conor@conoroleary.com.

And an end note… The blog just passed 600,000 all-time views earlier this week. Nice to know people find my one-man operation useful. Thank you for visiting!

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Brilliant street photography in NYT Lens by Matt Stuart yesterday…

Features and Essays - Matt Stuart: London, Very Dry, With a Twist (NYT Lens: November 2010)

Stuart’s website

Just in….

NEWS – World Press Photo 2011 Jury : “Nineteen recognized professionals in the field of press photography worldwide will judge the entries at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam from 29 January until 10 February 2011.”

Some ‘polaroid’ work on the Reuters Full Focus blog…. Jim Young hasn’t gone the iPhone route as a lot of photographers lately, but chose the Fuji Instax as his tool…

Features and Essays - Jim Young: Presidential Polaroids (Reuters Full Focus blog: November 2010)

US mid-term elections coming up…Suau and Miller on TIME

Features and Essays - Anthony Suau: Scenes from the Stewart Colbert Rally (TIME: November 2010)

Features and Essays - Greg Miller: The Poll Workers (TIME: October 2010) The men and women charged with ensuring the integrity of the voting process

Features and Essays - Sven Torfinn: Proposed Road in Serengeti National Park (NYT: October 2010) Tanzania

Magnum Photos is now selling photos from Paolo Pellegrin’s first NatGeo assignment, Waters Wars,  published in National Geographic  Magazine in April this year…and which was also shown on NYT Lens and NPR Pictureshow… still worth checking this one out, as there are images which weren’t included on the three previous platforms…

Features and Essays – Paolo Pellegrin: Waters Wars (Magnum: 2010)

Features and Essays – Hossein Fatemi: The Surge (Panos: October 2010) Afghanistan

Features and Essays – Steve Pyke: Philosophers | article (NYT: October 2010)

InterviewsJR : Ted Prize (Ted: 2010)

Interviews - Christopher Morris : Mr President (VII Magazine: October 2010)

InterviewsAnastasia Taylor-Lind (Digital Photo Pro: 2010)

InterviewsLiz Hingley : A journey through Soho Road (Telegraph: October 2010)

I only recently discovered  - after having worked for the FT myself –  that the paper has a really good Life and Arts section on Saturday’s… The FT Magazine is great too…

Articles – Financial Times: Photographer Larry Clark’s muses (FT: October 2010)

TwitterGideon Mendel

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EquipmentBlast Boxers

As a final note… 30,524 views in October… Thank you!

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