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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 the mid-1960s, photojournalist Ernest Cole set out to document life under apartheid in South Africa. He was arrested, and fled South Africa in 1966, and published House of Bondage in 1967. The NYU Grey Art Gallery is holding the first major show of his exhibitions, and we’ll be talking about the exhibit with Joseph Lelyveld.
In 2012 and 2013, Islamist militants took over the northern Malian cities of Gao and Timbuktu. Imposing their own despotic version of religious Islamic law, the jihadists threatened to decimate the relics of Mali’s ancient past and suppress the lively spirit of its joyous communities. Women bore the brunt of this crackdown: they were forced to cover their brightly lit clothes with dark hijabs and face-covering burkas, and they were banned from work, school, or regular access to medical care. Many found ingenious ways to fight back: through small acts of defiance, and determined ingenuity, the women of Timbuktu stood up to the Islamists’ demands, and kept the unique spirit of their country alive.
One story the world cannot ignore is the slow and murderous fracturing of Iraq and Syria. In separate projects, Pulitzer Center grantees Sebastian Meyer and James Harkin have been documenting the fallout from the sudden rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Sebastian, in this video report for Voice of America, reports from a church in Iraqi Kurdistan that has become a makeshift refugee camp for Christians fleeing from the onslaught of ISIS. “I don’t think about my future anymore,” a 14-year-old girl tells Sebastian. “I just take everything one day at a time. We want to leave and go abroad because we don’t believe we’ll ever go back home. How much longer do we have stay in this place? How much longer till it’s over?”
Meanwhile, James, reporting from northern Syria for Newsweek, continues to document the plight of more than 130 Kurdish schoolboys who were kidnapped by Islamic State militants last May with the apparent intent of recruiting them into their ranks.
“Long before western politicians identified the Islamic State as Public Enemy No. 1, the Kurds of Northern Syria were fighting a rearguard action against them, almost entirely alone,” writes James. Kobani, the city where the kidnapped boys are from, “has slowly become the epicenter and the crucible of a fight to the death. For over six months, it’s been under a crushing, increasingly desperate siege on three sides by fighters from the Islamic State – and by the Turkish authorities on the fourth.”
And finally, Pulitzer Center student fellow Selin Thomas, a recent Boston University graduate, is on the Syrian border in Turkey where she filed this Untold Stories dispatch on the plight of refugee children.
From The Eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake, one of 19 photos. Climbers descend Mount Ontake as the volcano erupts in central Japan on September 27, 2014, in this photo taken by a climber and released by Kyodo. The volcano erupted on Saturday, killing at least 36 people, officials and media said. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the volcano, 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, erupted just before midday and sent ash pouring down the mountain’s south slope for more than 3 km (2 mi). Mandatory credit. (Reuters/Kyodo)
A Honduran man appears overwhelmed after having walked for days only to be caught by US Border Patrol. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
Charles Ommanney’s photos from the US - Mexico border fence are on the cover of NPPA News Photographer magazine. Ommanney drove 3000 miles along the border for his documentary film ‘The Fence.’ View it on MSNBC.
Beginning in 2006, Lucas Foglia set out to photograph tight-knit communities in the American West, but he soon found himself in the midst of a mining boom that was transforming the landscape.
For seven years, Foglia documented the transformations happening in America’s most rural and least populated region. Frontcountry is photojournalism at its very best.
via Feature Shoot
Walking through the crowds - Sept. 25, 2014
Many New Yorkers don’t like the way tourists stop in the middle of sidewalks to take pictures of the city’s great landmarks. But, on the other hand, people commute each day to Manhattan and don’t see the beauty around them as they march to their cubicles.
On his way to the office today, Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovanstopped to photograph some of these locations on his way into work today.
You may not know what a dandy is, but you’ve undoubtedly seen them. They’re those elegant men whose idea of casual is a tailored seersucker suit.
Photographer Rose Callahan has been photographing the diverse population of modern-day dandies for years now, and she recently compiled the suave portraits into a fantastic book.