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50mm features a mixture of contemporary photography, classic and vintage images, photojournalism, mobile photography, influential photography by photographers old and new, videos and website links – gathered from all sorts of places.
It’s photography i like, admire and even aspire to. There are also occasional posts that feature my work.
In rural India, millions of people are born with congenital cataracts, a condition that’s easily treated, but often leads to blindness since many families can’t afford the basic operation.
For his project, First Sight, photographer Brent Stirton followed 2 girls on their journey to receive the life-changing surgery paid for by a New York-based NGO.
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Photos of Bosnia’s Seemingly Peaceful Countryside Littered with Land Mines
Photographs are complicated landscapes. Oftentimes they present the unknown, even if the subject matter is recognizable by name or shape. What lies behind the faces we don’t really know, the trees we can’t see through and the mountains we can’t climb over is forever an unknown when looking at a scene on paper or on a screen. Brett Van Ort’s landscapes are majestic indeed but enlaced with an overwhelming sense of tragedy.
In his series Minescape, rich landscapes are mixed with photographs of prosthetic limbs and various explosive devices such as the land mines that still litter much of Bosnia’s countryside. Reinforced by the nuance of the medium, these photographs remind us that the consequences of war are long lasting and that looking hard enough at a violent history is unfortunately, rarely rewarding.
From Burri’s iconic shot of Che Guevara smoking a cigar, to his beautifully composed photographs of the construction of Brasilia, his black-and-white photography is ingrained in the collective consciousness.
Previously less-known are his colour photographs that he has continually taken alongside his black-and-white work. This book introduces a retrospective of his personal selection of colour photographs. (read more)
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE
“Not only was he one of the great post war photographers, he was also one of the most generous people I have had the privilege to meet,” Martin Parr, President of Magnum Photos said in a statement. “[His] contribution to Magnum and his unrivalled ability to tell stories and entertain us over this time will be part of his enormous legacy. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family.”
“With René Burri, the world of photography loses one of its most powerful artists, a true humanist, who skillfully documented from behind-the-scenes the suffering and joy of human kind,” said Burri’s family. (read more here and here)
In this video, Burri takes us on a journey through six images from his archive:
To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.
People are silhouetted on the top of a hill close to the border line between Turkey and Syria as they watch the U.S led airstrikes, a Pakistani vendor adjusts a wall clock displayed at his stall for sale at a weekly bazaar in Islamabad and Cardinals and bishops attend a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter’s Square are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Getty/Reuters)