Graduation season is well underway, with kindergartners, high schoolers, college seniors and graduate students alike donning caps and gowns to celebrate their achievement. With their diplomas, graduates also get words of wisdom from a commencement speakers and a good excuse to celebrate. -- Lloyd Young ( 31 photos total)
US Naval Academy graduates throw their hats at the conclusion of their commencement and commission ceremony, attended by President Barack Obama at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 24 in Annapolis, Md. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)
Features and Essays
Robin Hammond / Panos Pictures / National Geographic
Robin Hammond: Zimbabwe: Breaking the Silence (The National Geographic Magazine) Oppression, Fear, and Courage in Zimbabwe | From the National Geographic magazine May issue.
Pete Muller: Questioning Zimbabwe’s Underdogs (NYT)
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis (NYT)
Michael Yamashita: China’s Ancient Lifeline (NGM) The 1,400-year-old Grand Canal is a monumental project that bound north and south China together. It’s still in use today.
Franco Pagetti / VII
Franco Pagetti: The Veils of Aleppo (LightBox)
Stanley Greene: The Dead and The Alive (NOOR) Syria
Giles Duley: Syrian Refugees (Guardian)
Nish L. Nalbandian: Portraits of Syrian Rebels (LA Times Framework blog)
Yusuf Sayman: Rebel Fighters Inside Aleppo (The Daily Beast)
Louie Palu / Zuma Press / The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Louie Palu: Documenting Murder in Mexico (Mother Jones) The brutality of the drug war, on both sides of the border.
Dominic Bracco II: A Salvation Army of One (NYT Magazine) The Rev. Robert Coogan working in Saltillo, Mexico.
Shiho Fukada / Panos Pictures / The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Shiho Fukada: Japan’s Rootless and Restless Workers (NYT Lens)
Jenn Ackerman: Minnesota, Frozen in Place and Time (NYT Lens)
Aaron Vincent Elkaim: The Last Great Race on Earth (Photo Booth) Iditarod, a thousand-and-forty-nine-mile race across Alaska
Fritz Hoffmann: On Beyond 100 (NGM) Photographer Fritz Hoffmann introduces us to people who have mastered the secret of long life.
Ami Vitale: Back at the Ranch (Panos Pictures)
David Guttenfelder / AP
David Guttenfelder: North Korea (Denver Post) While threats of a missile launch have renewed tensions with North Korea, photojournalist David Guttenfelder has returned to continue documenting life there.
Yuri Kozyrev: Pull Out From Afghanistan (NOOR)
Phil Moore: Mogadishu Boosts Security (Al Jazeera) Safety improves in Somalia’s once war-torn capital despite recent attack and ongoing threats of violence.
Zed Nelson: The Family (Institute) Zed Nelson’s project started in the summer of 1991, just turned 21
Gabriele Galimberti: My Couch Is Your Couch (Institute) Couchsurfers around the world
Steeve Iuncker / Agence VU
Steeve Iuncker: Yakutsk (LightBox) The Coldest City on Earth
James Whitlow Delano: Buried in Japan (TIME) Japan’s Aomori Prefecture might be at the same latitude as New York, but its climate can seem a lot more harsh.
Maja Daniels: In the mists of Älvdalen, Sweden (Financial Times Magazine) A world away from cosmopolitan Stockholm lies a strange forested land with an ancient language and a singular sense of quiet desolation
Antonio Olmos: Murder Most Ordinary (Guardian) Photographer Antonio Olmos spent two years visiting the site of every murder that took place within the M25 in London.
Ben Roberts: Higher Lands (Document Scotland) Growing up in the Scottish Highlands
Marco Kessler: Belarus: An Uncertain Winter (Vimeo) Belarus, once an integral frontier of the USSR, remains steeped in the Communist legacy, which ruled the daily lives of the nation for over 70 years.
Alexis Lambrou: Teaching for Life (NYT Lens) Young Brooklyn high school teacher, whose life revolves around her students and colleagues at a Brooklyn public high school.
Arthur Nazaryan: Ballet Competitions (NYT Lens) 12-year-old Russian immigrant’s efforts to become a ballerina
Amanda Rivkin: Post-Racial America Road Trip (VII Mentor)
Tommaso Protti: The Youth of Amid (Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent) Turkey
Adam Patterson: Another Lost Child (CNN Photo blog)
Patrick van Dam: Dreams of new homes abandoned in Greece (CNN Photo blog)
Herald photographer details night Boston will never forget (Boston Herald)
Tragedy and the Role of Professional Photojournalists (Chicago Tribune Assignment Chicago blog)
On That Iconic Photo from the Boston Marathon Bombings (BagNewsNotes)
Runner, spectator get photos of marathon suspects (AP Big Story blog)
Tim Hetherington, Indelible on Film (NYT Lens)
Honoring Chris Hondros (Getty Images blog)
Manu Brabo / AP
The Pulitzer Prizes Winners (Pulitzer)
Photographs of Syria Sweep Pulitzer Prizes (NYT Lens)
Javier Manzano / AFP
A Pulitzer picture first day on the job (AFP Correspondent blog) Photograph taken by Javier Manzano in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 18, won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.
Witness to Newtown’s tragedy (Reuters TV) On December 14, 2012 a gunman opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School, leaving 26 dead, including 20 young children. Reuters photographers share their experience covering the story that devastated Newtown, Connecticut and the rest of the country.
David Guttenfelder / AP
Photographer chronicles life in North Korea (NBC) In spite of the angry rhetoric, life in North Korea goes on as normal – or at least what passes as normal in this isolated state. AP photographer David Guttenfelder has been chronicling life in North Korea for years.
Those photos of young Kim Jong Un performing in ‘Grease’ are probably of his brother (The Washington Post)
I almost died in Syria (Salon)
Olivier Voisin’s last images (Paris Match L’instant)
French photographer Pierre Borghi escapes four months after kidnapping in Afghanistan (New York Daily News)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Fellowships 2013 (Guggenheim Foundation)
Feisal Omar: “Are you al-Shabaab or soldiers?” (Reuters Photographers blog) Covering Somalia
Anastasia Rudenko (Verve Photo)
Thomas Cristofoletti (Verve Photo)
How the 1962 monsoons inspired Steve McCurry (Phaidon) Forthcoming book, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind The Photographs, tells how coverage of the Indian rainy season in Life magazine set the Magnum photographer off on a life of photography and far flung travel.
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis – review (Guardian)
Explore Nic Dunlop’s new book Brave New Burma (Panos Pictures blog)
Muhammed Muheisen / AP
Making Art With Tom Waits (NYT Magazine)
The National Geographic Trove (Photo Booth)
Bert Stern’s Beautiful Photography and Less-Beautiful Personal Life, on Screen (The Atlantic) A new documentary shows two sides of the man who took some of the most iconic celebrity photographs of the 20th century: creative genius and womanizer.
“Arnold Newman: At Work” explores photographer through his archive (Harry Ransom Center Cultural Compass blog)
Native Americans: Portraits From a Century Ago (The Atlantic)
Photographer David Moore’s dingy, deteriorating Derby is the real deal (Guardian) Chronicler of 80′s working-class England peers behind closed doors to capture a community indelibly marked by Margaret Thatcher.
Graham Nash’s best photograph (Guardian) Joni Mitchell listening to her new album
This was England: the photographs of Chris Killip (Guardian) Chris Killip’s study of the communities that bore the brunt of industrial decline in the North East have earned him a nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Deutsche Börse photography prize 2013 (Guardian) video | Sean O’Hagan meets the nominees for the annual Deutsche Börse photography prize. They’re all on show at the Photographers’ Gallery in London until June 30.
Estate of Jacques Lowe
The World’s Oldest Photography Museum Goes Digital (Smithsonian)
The Surreal World of Nina Leen (Photo Booth)
Interviews and Talks
John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe / Getty Images
John Tlumacki (LightBox) Tragedy in Boston: One Photographer’s Eyewitness Account | LightBox spoke with Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki, who photographed the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tlumacki, who has photographed more than 20 marathons in his 30 years at the Globe, describes the sheer chaos of the scene.
John Tlumacki (Poynter) Globe’s Tlumacki: ‘I am dealing with trauma & trying to keep busy’ following Boston tragedy
Sebastião Salgado (Natural History Museum YouTube) Genesis
Sebastião Salgado (Guardian) A God’s eye view of the planet – interview
Sebastião Salgado (NYT) In Love With My Planet
Sebastião Salgado (Taschen) Two men, one mission: Salgado talks with Benedikt Taschen about the photographic project that changed his life.
Sebastian Junger (Indiewire) On the Value and Cost of War Reporting and Making a Film About His Late ‘Restrepo’ Co-Director Tim Hetherington
Sebastian Junger (NPR) ‘Which Way’ To Turn After Hetherington’s Death
Sebastian Junger (WNYC) The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington
Michelle McNally (Le Journal de la Photographie) The New York Times Director of Photography
James Estrin (Le Journal de la Photographie) NYT photographer and Lens blog editor
Patrick Witty (Zorye Kolektiv) International Picture Editor at TIME
David Campbell to reveal WPPh multimedia research (Canon Professional Network)
Robin Hammond (NGM) The Moment: Caught in Zimbabwe
Jeff Jacobson (PDN) On Beauty, Ambiguity and Mortality
Yuri Kozyrev (Zorye Kolektiv)
Emilio Morenatti (Zorye Kolektiv)
Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Repor Madrid TV)
Thurston Hopkins (Guardian) On his 100th birthday this week, one of the great photojournalists of the 20th century, Thurston Hopkins, talks about his career as a photographer at Picture Post
Pari Dukovic (Wonderland magazine)
Mike Brodie (LA Times Framework blog)
Danielle Levitt (Dazed Digital) Danielle Levitt’s Favourite Tribes
Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com.
In today’s pictures, a tuberculosis patient rests in an Indonesian hospital, a soldier evacuates a flooding victim in Argentina, Connecticut lawmakers debate gun control, and more.
Aereo is trying to make live TV available over the Internet and yesterday the company got a step closer. The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals declined a request by some of the country's largest television networks to issue a preliminary injunction against Aereo, which would have closed the service down. The broadcasters allege that Aereo violates their copyrights by distributing their shows without compensating them. Aereo says all it is doing is helping people watch freely available over-the-air broadcasts online, which they have a right to do. At stake is nothing less than control of the airwaves. To this point, it's been a complicated story and there's still more debate to come. Now is a good time to try to figure out...
In this week’s photos from around New York, the New York Police Department gets a new chief, rides at Coney Island open five months after superstorm Sandy and the legacy of musician Prince is celebrated in SoHo.
Corey Capasso is only 26, but he's already founded five companies. He founded his first startup, a plastic retainer business in Connecticut, when he was 18. He noticed classmates chewing on pen caps, and thought the experience would be better if the caps tasted like fruit. So he and a partner invented flavored plastic.
That business is still up and running, but Capasso went on to another venture. Capasso helped create Spinback, a startup that was acquired by Buddy Media in a mostly-stock deal. That acquisition was fruitful when Buddy Media was acquired by Salesforce one year later for nearly $700 million.
We spoke to the startup-addicted twenty-something about what motivates him in business, and how 15 failures led to ultimate success.
In Thursday's pictures, schoolchildren return to class in Newtown, Conn.; a woman is married in a Bulgarian village, a man mourns the death of his children in Syria, and more.
Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School rode buses to their new school in Monroe, Conn., as classes resumed Thursday for the first time since last month's shooting.
A photographic presentation, online and in Sunday's paper, of the stories of 2012.
Over the past year, people around the globe endured epic, historic storms — literally and metaphorically — and were often left wondering, like countless generations before, whether the clouds would ever break. Peering through the dark lens of armed conflict, natural disasters and unfathomable barbarity in places as far-flung as Connecticut and Kandahar, we’ve all — at one time or another — wondered if the tide of catastrophe was, finally, simply going to overwhelm us.
As we approach 2013, it’s only natural that we look for glimmers of promise. Next August, for example, the United States will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech — an event and an eloquence so central to a nation’s ideas of what it can be and should be that, in celebrating the memory of that day, we embrace the notion that united, we can overcome any new adversity.
Here, LightBox presents a series of images from 2012 that are joined in theme and in import by a slim yet powerfully symbolic thread: a rainbow connection. As we envision what the coming year might bring, and how we might do better as individuals and as a culture in 2013, we pause to celebrate the fleeting emblem of peace that was seen and photographed in unexpected, incongruous places — scenes that many of us no doubt missed in the welter of the past year’s violence and sorrow.
It is not what’s at the end of the rainbow that counts; we know, in our hearts, that there’s nothing there at all. But taking a moment, now and in the future, to acknowledge the rainbow’s fleeting beauty costs nothing, and there’s never any harm in hope.