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otsuka_21.jpgDeep Fried. 1997, C-print, 50.8cm x 61cm. © Chino Otsuka. Image courtesy of Huis Marseille.

At age 10, Japanese-born Chino Otsuka was sent away to a progressive private boarding school in Suffolk, England. For her first two years at the school, she was allowed to do nothing. Then, following her own interests, she started to pursue education with an unrelenting intensity. A book she wrote, at age 15, about her culture-shock and quest for personal identity, made her an instant hero and celebrity back home in Japan. (Twenty years later, the book is still a "must read" for many young Japanese students.) She went on to pursue photography at the Royal Academy of Art, and began a life-long career exploring ideas of identity, memory, and mental time travel, through photography and video and writing.

A brilliant retrospective of her work fills the entire photography museum at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam. And an equally inspiring photobook has just been published: Photo Album by Chino Otsuka.

See and read more in Lens Culture.

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01_Samuel Aranda.jpgWorld Press Photo of the Year 2011:
© Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times. Sanaa, Yemen, 15 October.
A woman holds a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh.

This World Press Photo of the Year shows a woman holding a wounded relative in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on 15 October 2011. The winning photographer, Samuel Aranda, was working in Yemen on assignment for The New York Times.

Koyo Kouoh, a member of the jury said this about the winning photo:

"It is a photo that speaks for the entire region. It stands for Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, for all that happened in the Arab Spring. But it shows a private, intimate side of what went on. And it shows the role that women played, not only as care-givers, but as active people in the movement."

Nina Berman, another member of the jury said:

"In the Western media, we seldom see veiled women in this way, at such an intimate moment. It is as if all of the events of the Arab Spring resulted in this single moment -- in moments like this."

You can see the other winning images, and read more about the winners and the competition in Lens Culture, including a high-resolution slideshow.

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Features and Essays 

To start off, great gallery on Lightbox,  by no other than Yuri Kozyrev…Don’t mean to always highlight Lightbox and  Kozyrev first, but the Time photo editors’ blog has been one of the best things happen this year in/for photojournalism… Great coverage…And Kozyrev has been the photographer whose work has popped up constantly in 2011 (during each of the last four years that I’ve been doing Photojournalism there seems to have been one prolific photographer who defined the  year for me.. in 2010 it was Lynsey Addario, the year before Marcus Bleasdale, and in 2008 it was Lauren Greenfield), so it’s probably suitable that this post (which might or might not be the last this year. We shall see) kicks off with yet another Kozyrev/Lightbox combo…

Time magazine decided on The Person of the Year… This year it’s The Protestor…

Yuri Kozyrev has photographed lot those protestors during the uprisings and revolutions that have occurred in the Middle East this year… He reflects back at the events and photographs…

Cairo, Egypt — February 1, 2011. Thousands of Egyptians flooded Cairo after Mubarak refused to step down.

Yuri Kozyrev: My Year on the Revolution Road (Lightbox)

Hapak made some portraits…

Peter Hapak: The Protestors (Lightbox)

It’s insane how much Kozyrev has been clocking up miles this year…. This from Tunisia…

Yuri Kozyrev: Sidi Biuzid, the Tunisian Town Where the Arab Spring Began (TIME)

More from the continuing Arab Spring…

Tim Fadek has a new website, where you can see his recent Egypt work, including the brilliant Time cover photo…

Timothy Fadek: Revolution Part II: Cairo (Photographer’s website)

Giorgos Moutafis: Arab Spring : One Year After (Newsweek)

photo: Alex Majoli

New Yorker (various photographers): 2011: Twelve Months of Protest 

Kim Badawi: Life in Tahrir Square (New Yorker)

US pulled its troops from Iraq…

Andrea Bruce: Leaving Iraq (NYT)

Andrea Bruce: Portraits of Iraqi Pride (NYT)

Kael Alford: Iraqi Voices (Msnbc photo blog)

JB Russell: Faces of Iraqs Suffering (Panos)

Tyler Hicks: The Civilian Toll in Libya (NYT)

From upcoming National Geographic Magazine’s January 2012 issue…

William Albert Allard: Northern Montana’s Hi-Line (NGM)

George Steinmetz: Africa’s Afar Depression (NGM)

Lynn Johnson: Cambodia’s Healing Field (NGM)

Very strong series by Brent Stirton on Reportage site on AIDS in Ukraine…

Brent Stirton: AIDS in Ukraine (Reportage)

Marcus Bleasdale: HIV and TB in Tanzania (Photographer’s website)

Marcus Bleasdale: Lead Poisoning in Nigeria (VII)

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is really rocking at the moment… awards and recognition left, right, and centre (Just this week Honourable Mention in the Unicef Photo of the Year for the Siberian Supermodels pic seen below the National Womb one… See info on that later in this post) and most importantly work published in great publications… Her project originally done for this year’s Joop Swart Masterclass got printed in The New York Times a week ago…

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: The National Womb (NYT) Same in Lens blog

Her Siberian Supermodels is on VII site…

Anastasia Taylor-Lind: Siberian Supermodels (VII)

Donald Weber: J-Village (VII)

Bruno Barbey: Istanbul (Magnum)

Chris Steele-Perkins: Xiangshawan, Mongolia (Magnum)

Ami Vitale: Design for a Living World (Panos)

Maisie Crow: Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now (VQR Vimeo)

Justin Jin: Tuva Reborn (Panos)

Stefan Boness: Going it Alone in Asmara (Panos) Eritrea

Damon Winter: Double Diagnosis (NYT) Lives Restored series [video]

You can see a shorter edit of Lynsey Addario’s Gaza series I shared last time on main VII site…

Lynsey Addario: Gaza (VII)

Ashley Gilbertson: Occupy Wall Street (VII Magazine)

Platon: Democracy Now : Russian Activists (Photo Booth)

Dmitry Kostyukov: Living on the Edge : Central Asians in Russia (FT Magazine)

George Osodi: Rape of Paradise (Panos)

Chris de Bode: Exodus (Panos Vimeo)

Paula Bronstein:  Myanmar’s hidden capital Naypyitaw (Getty)

Pep Bonet: El Futuro Es Sus Manos (Noor)

Spencer Platt: Inner City Boxing Gym (CNN Photo blog)

Emily Schiffer: Securing Food in Chicagoland (Lightbox)

Yuri Kozyrev: Sochi, location of 2012 Winter Olympics (NOOR)

Rob Hornstra: The Sochi Project (Project website)

Ester Jove Soligue: Encampment on New Jersey Cliffs (NYT Lens) Soligue’s website

Ton Koene: Steel Town (zReportage)

Kathleen Flynn: Fight to Recover (zReportage)

London based photographer Anders Birger has been to Syria recently… Not many photographers can say that.

Anders Birger: Living in the Shadow of Assad (Demotix)

Guy Martin: Libya’s Lost (Panos)

Jessica Pons: Garden of Ashes (Foto8) Pons’ website

Magnum Photos’ year in review…

photo: Christopher Anderson
USA. NYC. 2011. Andrew Kinard photographed at his apartment in midtown. Andrew lost his legs to an explosion in Iraq as a Marine in 2006.

Magnum Photos: 2011 : The Year in Review

Time photo editors picks of best photojournalism to appear in the magazine in 2011… Includes the below James Nachtwey photo from Kesennuma, Japan, which I remember having seen in black and white before… [You can compare the colour and monochrome versions here]

photo: James Nachtwey A lone house in an overflowed river in Kesennuma, Japan on March 15, 2011.

Time’s Best Photojournalism of 2011

WSJ: Photos of the Year 2011

photo: Chris Hondros

Getty Images: The Year in Focus

photo: Ed Ou

Reportage by Getty Images: 2011 – Year in Review 

New York Times: Year in New York Pictures (NYT Lens)

MSNBC: Pictures of the Year for 2011

Boston Globe Big Picture : The Year in Pictures pt 1 | pt 2 | pt 3 out on Friday this week

Most surprising photos of 2011 picked by Time photo editors…

A prison-transport vehicle sinks into a river after it was allegedly commandeered by escaped prisoners on the outskirts of Cairo. Several prisons saw revolts and break-ins after police retreated from most areas. Jan. 31, 2011

photo: Dominic Nahr  [The above photo looked really familiar. Realised I had seen the same scene in a Guy Martin photo. Compare the two here.]

Time magazine: The Most Surprising Photos of 2011

Time’s Best Portraits of 2011

Le Monde M magazine recently gave a carte blanche to a selected group of photographers around the world to shoot whatever they wanted in their home city…

photo: Tomas Munita in Santiago, Chile

Le Monde (various photographers): Carte blanche

Don’t usually link to travel pieces, but since this is shot by Adam Ferguson…

Adam Ferguson: In Cambodia, a Pocket of the Past (NYT)

Afghan Box Camera Project (Project website)

Clara Vanucci: Observing Holidays Behind Bars (NYT Lens)

Lisa Wiltse: Daulatdia Brothel (Visura) Bangladesh

Ciara Leeming: Elvira and Me (Issuu)

Marc Laita: American Extremes (Guardian)

Russell Monk: Open-Air Studio (NYT Lens)

Kim Jong Il passed away…Some notable North Korea essays from this and the last couple of years…

Damir Sagolj: North Korea’s Hunger Crisis (NYT Lens)

Irina Kalashnikova: North Korea (Reportage)

David Guttenfelder: Life in the Cult of Kim 

David Guttenfelder: North Korea in the Autumn (Denver Post)

Adam Dean:  All Hail the Great Successor! (Panos)

Tomas van Houtryve: North Korea: Secrets and Lies (VII)

Christopher Morris: Daily Life in North Korea (VII)

Sean Gallagher: Inside North Korea (burn)

See also…Kim Jong Phil and of course… Kim Yong-Il Looking at Things

Adam Dean: 2011 – The Year in Pictures (Photographer’s website)

Interviews  

Michael Nichols (CPN)

Stanley Green (Photo Raw)

Don McCullin (National Media Museum)

Stephanie Sinclair (NPR)

Damon Winter (NYT Lens)

David Guttenfelder (NPR)

Massoud Hossaini (AFP)

Annie Leibovitz (Newsweek)

Really nice interview with Ben Lowy…

Ben Lowy (Pop Photo)

Ben Lowy (CNN via Reportage Tumblr)

Lucia Herrero (e-photoreview)

Kadir van Lohuizen : Via PanAm part V (Nikon blog)

Alex Webb (MSNBC)

David Hurn (IdeasTap)

Anders Petersen (Lens Culture)

Bruce Davidson (New York Review of Books)

Shannon Stapleton : The Future of Iraq (Reuters blog)

Barbara Davidson : Back story on a ‘haunting’ image of famine in Africa (LA Times)

Matt Dunham : The story behind the news pictures (BBC)

Leon Neal: A year in the life of a press photographer (BBC)

Sanjit Das (PhotoShelter)

Giles Duley (PDN)

Giles Duley (5×15)

Monika Bulaj : The hidden light of Afghanistan (TED)

Sean Gallagher (Pulitzer Center)

Amanda Rivkin (National Geographic)

Steve McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #10 (Phaidon)

Steve McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass #9 (Phaidon)

Timothy Saccenti : How I Got That Shot: Tricky Lights Up (PDN)

Jerry Uelsmann (NYT Lens)

Articles

Must read. BJP put the excellent Olivier Laurent post-processing report online already… Discusses Italian 10b lab and the work they do with Noor’s Yuri Kozyrev…includes fascinating examples frames before and after processing…

photos: Yuri Kozyrev . Post production: 10b Photography

BJP: Post-processing in the digital age: Photojournalists and 10b Photography

NYT: Their War at Home: Iraqi War Photographers | See also related Lens post

James Brabazon looks back at the previously unpublished final shots of Tim Hetherington…

Guardian: Tim Hetherington in Libya: witness to war

Also.

Guardian: Tim Hetherington remembered by Idil Ibrahim

Lightbox: In Memory of Photographers We Lost in 2011

CPJ: For journalists, coverage of political unrest 

MSN News: Shooting under fire: A journalist’s tale

PetaPixel: NYT Sends Angry Letter to NYPD Over Treatment of Photographer

Good.is: Where Have All the Photojournalists Gone?

Usagelicense.com: Understanding Usage Licenses

Guardian: The Month in Photography 

PDN: Top 15 Objects of Desire of 2011: A Gift Guide for Photographers

PhotoShelter: The Photo Gear Pro Photographers Want for the Holidays

PDN: Object of Desire: Schneider Optics iPro Lens System

Andrew DeVigal: Redefining Interactive Narratives & Multimedia Storytelling

On Editing (various photographers) (Hernan Zenteno blog)

BBC: Two students seeking an MA in Photojournalism: Part II

PDN: The Year in Photo News

Professional Photographer: 100 Most influential photographers of all time

Lens blog:  Kamber Looks Back on War (NYT)

Two Swedish journalists in trouble in Ethiopia. One of them is photographer Johan Persson

BBC News:  Swedish journalists found guilty in Ethiopia

Lacoste. FAIL.

PDN: Lacoste Elysée photo prize cancelled over project inspired by Palestinian push for statehood

BJP: Was the Lacoste Elysée Photography Prize censored?

BBC: A question of ethics: Photographers in the spotlight

Desmond Boylan: A photo blog without photos (Reuters blog)

Guardian: Best Photography in 2011

The Independent: Photo books of the year

Guardian:  12 best photobooks of the year by Sean O’Hagan

Top 20 Photobooks of 2011 by Alec Soth

NJ.com: Legacy of Syracuse student killed in Lockerbie bombing lives on through Alexia foundation

Jake Stangel:  is it lame to pay assistants $200/day editorial?

BBC: In Pictures: Nigerians Behind the Lens

BBC: The 75 years of pioneering photojournalism at Life magazine

PDN: What Can a Publicist Do for You?

Guardian: Ryan McGinley’s best shot

Verve: Jonathan Saruk

Verve: Jérémie Souteyrat

Scott Strazzante: iPhone Hipstamatic- still bad for photojournalism?

BJP: National Media Museum’s director steps down after news of restructuring

LeBron James. What. a. Dick.

Dead Spin: LeBron James Wouldn’t Let Walter Iooss Jr., Who Was Photographing Him For Nike, Speak Directly To Him

Videos

Shoot and Move On: A Day In The Life of Street Photographers (Youtube)

multiMedia

Life Force Magazine

Bloomberg Photos Tumbrl

Crowd Funding 

Filmmakers seeking funds for Don McCullin documentary (BJP)

Fiona Rogers is selling a Firecracker  diary to gather fund for a Firecracker photography grant…Go and get yourself a calendar…

photo seen in the diary by Dana Popa

Firecracker 2012 diary: Supporting European women photographers and the 2012 Firecracker Photographic Grant

Newsmotion by Newsmotion.org (Kickstarter)

Awards, Grants, and Competition

Unicef Photo of the Year has been chosen… Interesting detail: boy in the winning photo looks to be wearing a Barcelona shirt which of course is sponsored by Unicef

photo: Kai Löffelbein

Unicef Photo of the Year Winners | Slideshow on Der Spiegel website and on Guardian site

Hope for a Healthy World Photo Competition

 Magenta Flash Forward submissions

The 2012 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest website is now open for registration

POYi Calling for Entries

Terry O’Neill Award winners

Mikhael Subotsky is the winner of 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award

 2012 Sony World Photography Awards

Walid Raad Hasselblad Award Winner 2011

Agencies 

NOOR December newsletter

Noor Images Archive

Jobs

Agence France-Presse seeks photojournalist

Save The Children UK : Media Manager – multi-media (film & photography)

Photographers

Didn’t know Paul Fusco had his own website… His RFK Funeral Train has always been  a huge inspiration…

Paul Fusco

JM Lopez

Rafael Fabres

Amelia Shepherd

Ted McDonnell

To finish off…

Check out Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant made out of a Yuri Kozyrev pic…

Several good posts by Shit Photojournalists Like  recently… Do see!

You shouldn’t miss Missy giving the lowdown on being a professional photographer either

And…Lego Pictures of the Year

And… Judge Joe Brown – Cheap wedding photographer

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Despite Japanese government refusal of admittance to the 20 kilometer "No Go" Zone surrounding the devastation of the nuclear power plant of Fukushima Daiichi, Photojournalist Pierpaolo Mittica went inside the zone several times last July to document the situation. This seemed like a natural follow-up to his award-winning work and book covering the aftermath of the disaster at Chernobyl.

Lens Culture is honored to present 30 powerful images from this new investigation, along with text by the photographer. See and read the whole story here in Lens Culture.

mittica-fukushima_16.jpgInside an abandoned house devastated by the Tsunami, from the series Fukushima "No Go" Zone. © Pierpaolo Mittica

mittica-fukushima_14.jpgAbandoned house, Namie city, from the series Fukushima "No Go" Zone. © Pierpaolo Mittica

mittica-fukushima_28.jpgTEPCO workers, from the series Fukushima "No Go" Zone. © Pierpaolo Mittica

mittica-fukushima_20.jpgResidents going back home to collect their belongings, Tomioka city. © Pierpaolo Mittica

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Been a week since last updates… Busy times…both professionally and personally, with a friend visiting from Caracas, but here we go again…

A proof of how hectic it’s been, is that I haven’t even hit the NYT Paywall 20 free articles limit yet…and I was able not only see all of O’Reilly’s photos on the Lens blog, but also read the article (If I remember correctly, after I’m going to hit the 20, I can only see the photos but not the text)…

Features and Essays – Finbarr O’Reilly: On the Road to Revolution (NYT Lens blog: April 2011) Libya

I found some of Chris Morris’ Libya series Theater of War on Lightbox to be very reminiscent of his My America..Check this out…Libya frames on the left…(you can see the comparison bigger here)

Features and Essays – Christopher Morris: Theater of War (TIME: April 2011)

New York Times’ Libya gallery..

Related… A lot of talk about Condition ONE recently.. Not necessarily so keen on it myself…

Articles - TIME Lightbox: Condition ONE : A New Way to Photograph War (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Athit Perawongmetha : Too Close to Fukushima: Inside the Exclusion Zone (TIME: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Giovanni Cocco: Evros: Long Ways to Europe (VII Mentor: April 2011) Illegal immigrants arriving into the EU | Cocco’s website

Stephanie Sinclair’s Newsweek cover story on Hillary Clinton now VII website

Features and Essays - Stephenie Sinclair: Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights (VII: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Jonathan Saruk: Postcard from Yemen (New Yorker: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Dominic Nahr: The Uprising: Reflections on the Egyptian Revolution (TIME LB: April 2011)

Features and Essays - Andrea Bruce: Egypt’s Democratization (VII Network: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Joao Pina: Tunisia (New Yorker: April 2011)

Features and Essays – Lynsey Addario: Libya Uprising (VII Network: April 2011)

Features and Essays - David Spero: Churches (National Media Museum Vimeo: 2011)

Features and Essays – Andy Sewell: The Heath (Telegraph: April 2011)

I went to the National Portrait Gallery here in London on Friday, partly to show it to my friend but also to see the latest acquisitions…some Kate Peters, and Spencer Murphy in there…Also had another look at Jason Bell’s An Englishman in New York room…

I had seen it already before, but it is worth seeing a second time.. The project is out as a book.. and TIME featured it on their photo gallery…

Features and Essays – Jason Bell: An Englishman in New York (TIME: March 2011)

New work by Martin Parr on Magnum Photos website…

Features and Essays - Martin Parr: The Goutte d’Or (Magnum: April 2011) Cultural diversity in north Paris

Prefer the new work on his blog….

Features and Essays – Martin Parr: Modern Fashion Warfare (Photographer’s blog: March 2011)

Features and Essays – Laura Lean: Restoring Kabul’s bazaar (BBC: April 2011) Lauran Lean’s website

Agencies - VII April 2011 Newsletter

Saw Marcus Bleasdale tweet the other day..that he has new work from Djibouti, China and Iceland on his website..

Articles - NPPA: Joao Silva Doing Exceptional Following Major Reconstructive Surgery (NPPA: April 2011)

Articles - BagNewsNotes: Amanda Rivkin in Hungary: Toxic Red Sludge (BNN: April 2011)

A lot of talk about this on the Twittersphere last week…

Articles - Guardian: Deutsche Börse: When is contemporary photography not photography? (Guardian: April 2011) This year’s Deutsche Börse prize show has just opened, but are the shortlistees photographers at all – and should the Photographers’ Gallery rethink its name?

Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen work, which was featured on NYT Magazine under the title The Shrine Down the Hall is nominated for a National Magazine Award in News and Documentary Photography category…


Articles – NYT: National Magazine Award Nominations (NYT: April 2011)

April 2011 issue of British Journal of Photography is out…Loads of interesting articles and interviews, including one with Anton Corbijn…

and New South Africans, which features work by Mikhael Subotzky…

…and Wim Wenders (cover!), and Intelligence section about crowdfunding and NYT Mag’s redesign…Worth checking out if you have £6.99 / $14.99 to spare.

From BJP online…

Articles - BJP: Photographic organisations unite for Bill of Rights campaign (BJP: April 2011)

ArticlesGetty Images is offering $100,000 in grants to photojournalists. Enter before 01 May

How to spot a faked photo… (via @JamesEstrin)..

Digital forensics (Mit.edu: April 2011) Photo experts converge at MIT to discuss how to spot doctored images.

Also via James’ Twitter feed… “Altaf Qadri, Award-winning AP photographer, missing in Libya | StarTribune.com”

InterviewsCarl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (Rob Galbraith DPI: April 2011)

InterviewsSara Terry (PDN: April 2011)

InterviewsJames Nachtwey reflects on the genocide in Rwanda (TIME LB: April 2011)

InterviewsDavid Burnett – Iran revolution (Youtube)

Interviews - Christopher Anderson (Acrental.wordpress.com: April 2011)

InterviewsLynsey Addario (CPJ: April 2011)

InterviewsSteve McCurry on his iconic photograph ‘Tailor in Monsoon, Porbandar, India’ (Phaidon: April 2011)

Interviews - William Klein (Telegraph: April 2011)

Interviews - Christian Als (Telegraph: April 2011)

Interviews - Chris Jordan (Telegraph: April 2011)

From the NYT Lens blog Turning Point series…

InterviewsTy Cacek (NYT Lens: April 2011)

MultimediaAuto de Fe

Awards IdeasTap Photographic Award with Magnum Photos : Deadline 3 May 2011

Awards Foto8 Summershow open for entries!

AwardsAOP Assistant Awards

Workshops - Foundry Photojournalism Workshop : Bilingual classes – Clases bilingües at Foundry

AwardsThe City of Levallois Photographic Award is now calling for entries. Winner gets an exhibition and €10,000

The new Vivian Maier website will launch soon…You can subscribe to the newsletter at http://viv.ma/newsletter to be informed about the launch (via @martinfuchs)

New edition of Lens Culture – online

Collectives - Terra Project April 2011 newsletter

PhotographersStuart Leech

Photographers - Pierfrancesco Celada

Photographers - Karen Mirzoyan

Photographers - Cheryl Dunn

Festivals / Exhibitions - NYPH 2011  : Provocation – Selected Entries (NYPH Vimeo: April 2011)

Always fascinated reading about photographers and their promos…

Benjamin Rasmussen shares his latest promo on his blog here

I also like reading about what photographers have in their bags… Justin Mott reveals his bag’s contents, which might not be quite what you’d expect….

Blogs - Justin Mott: Finally Revealed!!! What’s In My Camera Bag (Photographer’s blog: April 2011)

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SF to Paris in Two Minutes from Beep Show.

Air France flight with live light show and soundtrack. Champagne, anyone?

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Last week, the World Press Photo jury announced their choices for the best press photos published in 2010. Lens Culture is pleased to present a selection of the winners again this year. A record number of 108,059 images was submitted to the contest, and the number of participating photographers was 5,847, representing 125 different nationalities.

worldpress2011-blog.jpgA sampling of some of the winning images in this year's World Press Photo Competition.
All photos © individual photographers, courtesy of World Press Photo.

At first glance, almost all of the winning images portray doom and gloom — and lots of it. The year 2010, as depicted by the award winners, was filled with tragedy, horror, natural disaster, inhumanity, outrage and despair. The overall winner is an unforgettable image (below) by Jodi Beiber, of a young Afghan woman mutilated on the orders of the Taliban.

worldpress2011_1.jpgWorld Press Photo of the Year 2010: © Jodi Bieber, South Africa, Institute for Artist Management/Goodman Gallery for "Time" magazine

These difficult and disturbing images are softened (slightly) by some dream-like photos of wild animals in nature, split-second moments of seemingly impossible physical feats in the Sports category, and an ironic look at daily life captured through the random lens of Google Street View and edited with a curator's critical eye by photographer Michael Wolf.

michael-wolf-google.jpgPhotographer Michael Wolf, who has won several World Press Photo awards in previous years, received an honorable mention in the Contemporary Issues category, for his selection of images from Google Street View.

See this article at Lens Culture for more information and a high-resolution slideshow of the winning images.

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National Geographic Magazine’s Feature Hub is always worth checking out around the 15th of every month, when the following month’s features are put online….I don’t usually post any of the nature features, and won’t this time either, but there’s usually at least one proper photojournalism piece as well… this for November issue by Steinmetz…

Features and Essays - George Steinmetz: Sudan’s Shaky Peace (NGM: November 2010 issue)

Features and Essays – Lynsey Addario: India’s Surrogate Mothers (VII Network: October 2010)

Features and Essays - Tomas van Houtryve: Kalmykia, Chess and Buddhism (VII Network: October 2010)

Features and Essays - Espen Rasmussen: The Many Faces of Ukraine (Panos Pictures: October 2010)

Features and Essays – Lauren Greenfield: Favorite Places (New York Times Magazine: October 2010)

Features and Essays - Hiroji Kubota: North Korea, 2010 (Magnum Photos: October 2010)

Features and Essays - Stefano de Luigi: Fashionable Paris (VII Network: October 2010)

Workshops - 17th Joop Swart Masterclass participants’ photo essay previews (World Press Photo: October 2010)

Met Bruno De Cock in Perpignan. He works for MSF as a photo editor and is a photographer himself…

Photographers - Bruno De Cock

I posted the link to the NYT Lens piece about Facing Change project… Do check out the project website if you didn’t already…

Projects - Facing Change

Articles - Verve Photo: Katherine Kiviat (Verve: October 2010)

Awards – BJP: Michelle Sank Wins Single Image IPA (BJP: October 2010)

AwardsLens Culture Award 2010 Winners (Lens Culture: October 2010)

Blogs – Reuters: Inside North Korea: No one said anything (Reuters: October 2010)

Photographers - Quinn Mattingly

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Wow, it’s been over three days since last updates….This would have never happened in the old days, but my personal work has finally picked up, getting assignments that is, and I just haven’t had the same amount of time to spend on the blog as before. I’ve still been gathering links pretty much as normal though, so have loads to share…Here we go…

A lot of talk about the new Larry Clark (@punkpicasso) show in Paris…

Articles - Guardian: Too hot to handle? Larry Clark’s controversial photographs (Guardian: October 2010) “Some regard him as a brilliant artist who flirts with the boundaries of acceptability; others as a creepy voyeur. But, according to the Mayor of Paris, Larry Clark’s photographs are not suitable for children. Because of the explicit nature of some of his images, city hall has decided to ban under-18s from a new retrospective – despite the fact that many of them are decades old, and even though this hands Clark the publicity coup of a lifetime. Fair cop or heavy-handed? You decide …”

Alixandra Fazzina finally received her Nansen Refugee Award….

Articles British Photo Journalist Alixandra Fazzina Awarded in Geneva (NRC: October 2010)

Interviews - Alixandra Fazzina (YouTube: 2010)

Features and Essays - Mimi Mollica: Senegals Changing Urban Landscape (NYT Lens: October 2010)

PhotographersMimi Mollica

North Korea having been in the news a lot regarding Kim Jong-il and his chosen successor, his son Kim Jong-un…what a better place to recap on the country’s contemporary situation than by heading  to Lens Culture and Tomas van Houtryve’s North Korea work…

Features and Essays – Tomas van Houtryve: North Korea (Lens Culture: October 2010)

More on the Dead or Alive…

Articles - David Campbell: Dead or Alive? The State of Photojournalism (David Campbell: October 2010)

Justin Maxon was featured on the NYT Lens Turning Point series a couple of days ago…

InterviewsJustin Maxon (NYT Lens: October 2010)

I saw a great talk Wednesday night in Brighton by @simoncroberts about The Election Project. Do visit the exhibition at Btighton Photo Fringe if you are town at any point…

Simon talking about the project in this YouTube video…

Interviews - Simon Roberts (YouTube: 2010) http://bit.ly/aqRq7p

Tutorials - Grantseeking advice (Foundation Center)

Blogs - Reuters: Behind the glass: The secret of the remote camera (Reuters: October 2010)

Saw this on Twitter earlier… It’s from 2008, but makes interesting reading..

Articles – Brian Ach: So, You Want To Be A Wire Service Photographer? (JPG Magazine: 2008)

I met Laurence in Perpignan…

Photographers - Laurence Buter-Roch

Articles – Guardian: Photographer Uta Kögelsberger’s best shot (Guardian: October 2010)

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Features and Essays - Ed Kashi: Pakistan’s Heartland Under Threat (NGM: July 2010) West meets East in prosperous, populous Punjab. But the Taliban wants to change the status quo.

Features and Essays – Joe McNally: The 21st Century Grid (NGM: July 2010) Can we fix the infrastructure that powers our lives?  [NB the slideshow includes one image by Vincent Laforet]

Features and Essays - George Steinmetz: A Sea of Dunes (NGM: July 2010) Conjured by wind and water, a magical sandscape on the northeastern coast of Brazil is no mirage.

Books – Trent Parke: Bedknobs & Broomsticks (Little Brown Mushrooms Books: 2010) Related LBM blog post

InterviewsIndre Serpytyte (Conscientious: 2010) 

Articles - Telegraph – PhotoEspana 2010 (Telegraph) PhotoEspana runs from June7th until 25th July.

Articles – BJP: Magnum Photos Collection opens to public (BJP: June 2010)

Articles - NYT – Combing Cambodia for Missing Friends (NYT: June 2010) Tim Page is searching the remains of his friend Sean Flynn, who disappeared during the Vietnam War.

Blogs - PhotoEphemera : “Poking through the dustbin of photographic history”

multiMediaLatest issue of Lens Culture available online

Tutorials – Think Tank Photo: Multimedia DSLR Buyers Guide (Think Tank Photo: 2010)

Twitter - Joe McNally 

Twitter - St Petersburg Times Photo

multiMediaLatitude : “Latitude magazine is a historical record of the world as it exists on one day. On the 20th of March 2010, 41 world-class photographers located in 36 countires around the world, all photographed their immediate surroundings, capturing the daily lives of individuals, communities and workplaces in a manner that expands our understanding of the world.”

Features and Essays – Adam Dean: Afghanistan (Veja.com: 2010)

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