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We shared last week that the Belgian town of Charleroi was protesting after a series of photos casting it in a bad light was awarded 1st prize at the prestigious World Press Photo contest. According to the town’s mayor, Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo had gone out of his way to stage shots for the purpose of painting the city as “The Dark Heart of Europe.”
Over the past year, the Carnegie Museum of Art has been slowly releasing a 5-part documentary series titled The Invisible Photograph, which offers a look into the hidden side of photography — things that are “guarded, stashed away, barely recognizable, or simply forgotten.”
The last installment was released today, completing a series of videos that you may want to set aside some time to enjoy.
I recently took a trip to Lake Placid, NY to follow the Team USA Bobsled crew as they prepared for the upcoming World Cup competitions taking place all over Europe. In 2014, I photographed Jazmine as a personal project after the Sochi Olympics. We stayed in touch, and I convinced her to let me come to Lake Placid and photograph them training next time they were there.
Lynsey Addario is a 41-year-old photojournalist who has taken her camera into virtually ever major theater of war in the 21st century. She has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, the Congo, Haiti, and Libya (she was one of the four NYTimes journalist kidnapped in Libya in 2011).
In addition to documenting wars for the world to see, Addario is passionate about human rights and the topic of women’s roles in traditional societies.
Here’s a nice little 5-minute profile of a man named Armand Kohandani and his store, Denton Camera Exchange. It’s the only camera retail outlet in Denton, Texas, a city of around 110,000 people and the 27th most populous city in Texas.
Kohandani talks about how he started the store by buying some inventory with a loan from his father, and how he’s trying to preserve the unique history of film photography. “There’s lots of folks out there that don’t even know that film is still available, and it surprises them that I still carry it,” he says.
Here’s a 9-minute mini-documentary by the NPPA titled “The Value of Professional Photojournalism.” It examines the current state of the photojournalism and the changing landscape of news imagery.
The video also offers a glimpse into the eye-tracking study that the NPPA commissioned and reported on recently. That research found that pro shots are more memorable than amateur ones, and that people could tell the difference in 90% of the cases.
Countless photographs have been captured by numerous photographers over the course of Super Bowl history, but only four photographers have covered all 48 Big Games since Super Bowl I in 1967: John Biever, Walter Iooss, Mickey Palmer and Tony Tomsic.
I grew up in Guelatao de Juárez, a Mexican village of approximately 500 people in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte. Guelatao is famous not only as the birthplace of Mexican president Benito Juárez, but also as the site of the annual Copa Benito Juárez, in which more than 200 teams of indigenous Zapotec, Mixe, and Chinantec players compete at basketball over a period of three days.