Posts Tagged ‘photojournalism’

Wounded Photojournalist João Silva: “Historian with a Camera”

Photojournalist João Silva, who lost both of his legs to a land mine while on patrol with American soldiers in Afghanistan last October, recently spoke about his injury, the state of photojournalism, and what he considers to be his role as a “historian with a camera.” Here is the full transcript of his speech, which is as powerful as it is humbly stated. Silva simply says, “It happened. My time came, I guess,” and is already looking toward the future.

Those interested in purchasing one of Silva’s powerful prints in order to support him can do so here. According to the site, “Should João not need the funds raised through your generosity, he will donate to causes of his choice.”

(via Gizmodo, New York Times, Support João)

Share

Polipics: Native American Experience

Huey_Aaron_07

Native American Experience

Debbi K. Swanson Patrick

Time to showcase some stellar work. I’m taking a page from the great NY Times blog on photojournalism, Lens, to bring to your attention Aaron Huey. His work on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, site of the Wounded Knee massacre, documents the results of destruction of a culture.

Viewing these riveting photos of the Lakota that Huey has taken over the past five years will elicit any number of responses. Huey, 33, was stunned himself to see the poverty that overwhelmed him. He sent himself on assignment to document poverty in America, and couldn’t stop documenting this culture. Huey drives home the tragedy of seeing what was a mighty and proud nation reduced to trash heaps and desperation.

Huey is not one to choose the easy way. In 2002, he walked across the U.S. with his dog Cosmo and recently won an award from National Geographic Expedition Council Grant to walk across Siberia. He’s racking up a long list of awards while shooting for National Geographic, Smithsonian, the New York Times and several other high quality publications.

Always on the move, Aaron was heading to NYC when I caught up with him, so comments to come. Check out his work at Lens, and his website.

Share

Photojournalism: War is Only Half the Story

ASP_POYi_66-21-02-SINAU-C-05_(1)
photo © Uriel Sinai, 66th POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year, courtesy Annenberg Space for Photography

For the final program of their IRIS Nights series during the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) exhibition, The Annenberg Space for Photography will be presenting “War is Only Half the Story”: A Conversation with Sara Terry and Louie Palu. Both acclaimed photojournalists, Terry and Palu will be discussing issues relevant to photojournalism, their experiences covering global conflict and their work on The Aftermath Project. For those of you who are practicing photojournalists, or interested in a future in the field, this is not to be missed.

Find out more about the important work that The Aftermath Project is doing after the jump and click here to register for the IRIS Nights program. Also, we’d love to hear about any of your experiences in photojournalism. Upload images to share at the DP Flickr Group, Tweet us, or comment with stories.

Read the rest of this entry »

Share

Polipics: Targeting Protestors

iran

photo via Andrew Sullivan/The Daily Dish (The Atlantic)

So much is going on right now. Iranian brutality. Elections in Afghanistan. Scotland releasing the only convicted Lockerbie bomber. The controversy over whether Michelle Obama should wear shorts in 106-degree heat while on vacation at the Grand Canyon. The mind spins.

Let’s focus on Iran. Great to get the tip on this disturbing use of photographs for political gain. Thanks to L.A. photographer Keith Skelton for this item from Michael David Murphy who is blogging about Andrew Sullivan’s “Daily Dish”:

“Sullivan has done substantial work covering the protests against the election in Iran. His post “Counter-Targeting the Protestors” led to a site controlled by the Iranian government, where the regime was posting candid photographs of Mousavi supporters demonstrating in the streets, and using the site as a plea to the public to help with identifications.”

They’re available here as a zip file: Wanted.zip, or in this set Wanted in Iran on Flickr.

And speaking of photojournalists, I visited the Annenberg Space for Photography Saturday and learned that AP photographer Emilio Morenatti lost a foot on August 11, to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Videographer Andi Jatmiko, was also injured. Journalists are in danger all over the world, but they go and do and see and capture for us the horrors and magical moments they see every day—and pay a price for it.

You can see much of Morenatti’s artful work on the Denver Post site. And, of course, get to the Annenberg to see the current exhibit of the Photos of the Year International (POYi) voted on by the Missouri School of Journalism. The website has about 77 of the exhibit’s photos on view. About 45,000 pictures were submitted this year.

spaceball

Share