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Eugene Reznik

Almost 1500 photographers applied for the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants this year presented by the Aaron Siskind Foundation, honoring the legacy of the legendary photographer best known for pioneering lens-based modernist abstraction.

“He was a wonderful teacher, he was always interested in new ideas and in things that challenged us,” says Charles Traub, president of the Aaron Siskind Foundation and Chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts. “We’re interested in all aspects of the creative photographic medium and all genres of photograph investigation — as long as the work is new and fresh.”

The eligibility requirements for the $5-10,000 grants are exceptionally democratic. They’re open to any professional, a citizen or resident of the United States, “who’s working on a serious body of work, who is trying to do something imaginative, important, moving the dialogue of our medium forward,” Traub says, and adds: “the term ‘professional’ is of course a loosely defined word.”

“There are no strings attached. It’s not like you have to have five million references, and a complete bio and all this stuff. It’s really just what you present.”

The Foundation selects three new judges each year — one from the editorial field, one artist and one curator — with an effort to avoid being East Coast-centric. This year’s judges were Natalie Matutschovsky, senior photo editor at TIME, photographer Andrew Moore, who recently published a new book on Cuba, and Tim Wride, curator at the Norton Museum of Art, formerly at LACMA.

“[The jury] tends to lean towards younger photographers,” since they are the ones who usually bring forth the newest, yet-to-be-recognized work, but occasionally, Traub says, “there is a better known older photographer who does submit new work that surprises the jury.”

This year, six photographers were each awarded $8,000 grants. “We gave six instead of our usual five this year because we just couldn’t pare it down any further,” Traub says. They are:

Michelle Frankfurter presented her series Destino which portrays the “perilous journey of undocumented Central American migrants along the network of freight trains lurching inexorably across Mexico, towards the hope of finding work in the United States.”

Wayne Lawrence documented the diverse experiences of African-American Orthodox Jews living in New York City.

Joshua Lutz presented a conceptual portrait of his mother’s descent into mental illness as “she slowly slipped away from the aggressive paranoia of my youth to an almost calming sense of delusion,” he writes. The series was published as a book titled Hesitating Beauty by Schilt in 2012.

Justin Maxon documented life in Chester, Pa, where industry has collapsed and the murder rate is among the highest in the nation, “a place where a domino effect of socio-economic issues and a long history of government corruption have revealed the community to be a microcosm of the wounds of racism that stain this country today.”

Jenny Riffle  presented a complex portrait of Riley, a scavenger who as a child read “Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure.”

Sasha Rudensky presented her series Brightness which focuses on “an orphan generation of Russians, Ukrainians and Belorussians that came of age in a social vacuum, having disowned their past but lacking any means of orientation within the present.”

“I thought these were all wonderful photographers from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, from different parts of the country,” Traub says. “Largely, the work had a kind of narrative in it, a sort of structure of a story not told in a linear way and not told necessarily in a traditional documentary way. There was a great deal of technical competence and a kind of idiosyncratic look at life.”

Eugene Reznik is a Brooklyn-based photographer and writer. Follow him on Twitter @eugene_reznik.

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On Aug. 20, Will Lucas, a lanky righty from Fairfield, Conn., pitched a no-hitter in the Little League World Series. His performance was the opening highlight—the lead—on ESPN’s SportsCenter the next morning. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a bunch of prepubescent ballplayers, a few with voices higher than an Albert Pujols homer. Are we such a sports-obsessed society that we’ll devour the sporting thrills and heartbreak of children just to hold us over until football season?

But try telling the 11-year-olds from impoverished Lugazi, Uganda, who play in bare feet at home, why they shouldn’t be on television. They’ll just keep smiling and having the time of their lives in Williamsport, Pa., host since 1947 to the series—a 10-day tournament featuring eight teams from across the U.S. and eight international teams from places like Mexico, Curaçao, Japan and Panama.

Plus, the kids give better interviews than the pros. After Lucas hurled his no-no, an ESPN reporter asked a typical postgame question: How did it feel to be on the bottom of a celebratory dog pile? “It’s exciting,” Lucas said. “But then at the end, it really hurts.” Sharp, and funny. Can we call him up to the big leagues?

Sean Gregory is a staff writer at TIME.

Wayne Lawrence is a Brooklyn-based photographer. See more of his work here.

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photo: Chris Hondros

The New York Times have interviewed young Iraqi girl, Samar Hassan, who six years ago appeared, at the age of five, in one of the most famous photographs from the war in Iraq… the Chris Hondros frame (above) portraying a child in a moment of terror after her father and mother were killed by U.S. Soldiers, after the family’s car failed to stop at a check point…

Photo: Ayman Oghanna

Articles – NYT: Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later (NYT: May 2011)

Comment from Michael Shaw over at BagNewsNotes on whether the paper was heavy-handed re-capturing her this way…

Articles – BagNewsNotes: Finding Chris Hondros’ “Checkpoint Girl” — Captured Again? (BNN: May 2011)

Marco Bohr has written about the story relating to Samar’s brother Rakan…

Articles – Visual Culture Blog: Photojournalism, Ethics and the Afterlife of a Photograph (VCB: May 2011)

Features:

Some new Nachtwey work on Time Lightbox…

Features and Essays - James Nachtwey: The Lost Souls of Kabul (TIME LB: May 2011)

Features and Essays - Bryan Denton: Inside the Libyan Rebels’ Hidden Weapons Shop (NYT: May 2011)

Features and Essays - Ron Haviv: Haiti Hollywood (VII: May 2011)

Joachim Ladefoged’s black and white TIME 100 Justin Bieber shots in colour on VII website…

Features and Essays - Joachim Ladefoged: Justin Bieber (VII: May 2011)

Features and Essays - Benedicte Kurzen: Do-or-die Politics (VII Network: May 2011) Nigeria

Features and Essays – William Daniels: Libya at War (Panos Pictures: May 2011)

Panos Pictures are currently showcasing three of Tim Hetherington’s series on their features page: Monrovia Nights / Sleeping Soldiers /  In the Bunker

Features and Essays – Chloe Dewe Matthews: Of Birds and Beasts (Foto8: May 2011) Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China.

Features and Essays – Aperture: reGeneration2 website

Features and Essays – Natan Dvir: Eighteen (Foto8: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Stefano di Luigi: Blanco (TIME LB: May 2011)

bin Laden, Obama, and the power of photography…

Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. troops in Abbottabad, Pakistan, just a couple of days ago, and a lot of discussion has been raised about whether the U.S. should release photos of bin Laden’s corpse, as well as some debate around Pete Souza’s photos from the Situation room, and was it OK for photographers to snap President Obama after his speech to the nation announcing bin Laden’s death, in a staged setting…

Articles – David Campbell: Thinking Images v.16: Osama Bin-Laden and the pictorial staging of politics (DC blog: May 2011)

Articles – Phil Coomes: Osama Bin Laden raid: Do pictures provide truth? (BBC: May 2011)

Articles – Poynter: Reuters, AP photojournalists describe staging of Obama photo (Poynter: May 2011)

Articles – NPPA: From White House To Pakistan, Photos Play Strange Role In Bin Laden Drama (NPPA: May 2011)

Articles – MSNBC: Obama re-enacted the televised address Sunday night for still cameras (MSNBC: May 2011)

Articles – Chip Litherland: History or His story? (Photographer’s blog: May 2011)

TIME put a post 9/11 slideshow on their website after bin Laden’s death… photos by Magnum Photos photographers…

Features and Essays – TIME (various Magnum Photographers) 9/11′s Days of Mourning (TIME: May 2011) Memorials to those killed in the World Trade Center attacks appeared spontaneously all over New York almost immediately after the tragedy.  A portfolio by the photographers of Magnum Photos

Features and Essays - TIME – Spencer Platt, Mario Tama, Brooks Kraft, Chip Somodevilla et al.: Celebrating the Death of Osama Bin Laden (TIME: May 2011)

Features and Essays – Pete Souza: President Obama Monitors the bin Laden Mission (TIME: May 2011)

Articles – NYT Lens: Michael Appleton Captures the Moment When Firefighters Gather for News of Bin Laden (NYT Lens: May 2011)

Agencies – VII: Post 9/11, Defining a Decade (VII: May 2011)

War photography and war photographers…

Excellent piece in the New York Times earlier this week by Bill Keller on war photographers….

photo: Michael Kamber

Articles – Bill Keller: The Inner Lives of Wartime Photographers (NYT: May 2011)

Keller also interviewed Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich…

Interviews and TalksJoao Silva and Greg Marinovich (NYT Lens: May 2011)

Brilliant PDN piece on photographers getting injured covering wars and the relationship between photographers and their editors…

Articles – PDN: What To Expect If You’re Injured on Assignment (PDN: May 2011)

Related…. Enjoyed this In Harm’s Way slideshow on Slate…

Features and Essays – Slate (various Magnum photographers): In Harms’ Way (Slate: May 2011)

Related too…

InterviewsLynsey Addario (Charlie Rose: April 2011)

Articles – The Epoch Times: Egypt to Libya Through Photographers’ Lenses: Forum (The Epoch Times: May 2011)

multiMedia – Conflictzone

Have you bought the 3/11 Tsunami Project app yet? I have…If you missed the info on it the first time around… here’s a reminder…

Articles – BBC: iPhone photo app aims at relief effort (BBC: May 2011)

World Press Photo Awards days have been on in Amsterdam this week…and this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass has been chosen… Big congrats to all, especially my friends Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Sebastian Liste!

Articles2011 Joop Swart Masterclass

Interviews…

Interviews - Jodi Bieber : Revisiting Aisha (TIME LB: May 2011)

Interviews and Talks – Jodi Bieber on Bibi Aisha part 1 | part 2 (David A Larsen’s Audioboo: May 2011)

InterviewsAaron Huey : Life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (Popphoto.com: May 2011)

InterviewsZed Nelson (BMIVoyager: May 2011)

InterviewsEnrique Metinides, Mexico’s Weegee (TIME LB: May 2011)

Great Ed Ou interview.. found via @tammydavid

InterviewsEd Ou (Ionmagazine.ca: May 2011)

InterviewsRon Haviv hopes for the best while documenting the worst (takegreatpictures.com: May 2011)

InterviewsElliott Erwitt’s Best Picture? The Next One. (NYT Lens: May 2011)

InterviewsSebastian Junger (Globe and Mail: May 2011)

Articles – Michael Kamber: Tim Hetherington: Photojournalist, Giant (goodmenproject.com: May 2011)

Interviews and TalksChris Hondros’ 2006 ICP visiting artist talk (ICP)

Simon Norfolk is exhibiting in Tate Modern at the moment…Here’s video from Tate’s website…

InterviewsSimon Norfolk (Tate Channel: May 2011)

Olivier Laurent from BJP interviewed Moby about the artist’s photography…

InterviewsMoby (BJP: May 2011)

InterviewsJacopo Quaranta (NYT Lens: May 2011)

InterviewsJane Hilton (Telegraph: May 2011)

Articles – 6th Floor blog: The Making of a Cover (NYT: May 2011) via @AshGilbertson

Articles – A.O. Scott: On (Digital) Photography: Sontag, 34 Years Later (NYT: May 2011)

Blogs - John Stanmeyer: Why Choose a Holga? (Photographer’s blog: May 2011)

Some recently discovered photographers’ sites…

PhotographersJaime-James Medina

PhotographersPaul Stuart

PhotographersChris McAndrew

PhotographersWayne Lawrence

PhotographersEd Smith

PhotographersLeslie Knott

PhotographersMarc Schroeder

PhotographersSarah Rice

Guillaume Herbaut has launched a new photography website..

PhotographersGuillaume Herbaut 

AwardsAmnesty media awards shortlist announced

AwardsEntries now being accepted for the 2011 Summershow

Agencies - Magnum Photos May Newsletter

CollectivesBoreal Collective Magazine issue 1

Tips and TutorialsTen common mistakes made by photographers using WordPress (Graphpaperpress.com)

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