Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekend To Do: 3 Years of Le Journal de la Photographie

Le Journal de la Photographie

Last evening the shocking news hit our inbox, La Journal de la Photographie was shutting down:

Goodbye !
by Jean-Jacques Naudet

There are limits that should never be crossed: that of showing disrespect to co-workers. These limits have all been violated. Unfulfilled promises, and commitments, technological improvements ignored, payments due canceled or denied, the last six months have been a living nightmare .The Team of the Journal and I draw the line. It's over, this is our last issue.

One should not scorn with impunity a great team who for nearly three years worked to help create the Journal , developed and led it to where it is today. The Journal was a concept, and it was mine, but above all it was a team who day after day showed passion, dedication and enthusiasm. There is sadness, bitterness, regret, of course. The Journal was you, every day more numerous and passionate.
Thank you, thank you to: Paul Alessandrini, Pauline Auzou, Elizabeth Avedon, Eliseo Barbàra, Karyn Bauer, Molly Benn, Frédéric Bourret, Marine Cabos, José Carlos Joaquim, Christian Caujolle, Céline Chevallier, Laurence Cornet, Jonas Cuénin, Stéphanie de Rougé, Gilles Decamps, Xavier Derache, Juliette Deschodt, Lola Dolfy, Virginie Drujon-Kippelen, Jeff Dunas, Wilfrid Estève, Sybile Girault, Eva Gravayat, Emmanuel Grynszpan, Sophie Hedtmann, Greg Hermann, Laura Incardona, Peter C. Jones, Fanny Lambert, Olivier Laurent, John Loengard, Christophe Lunn, Paul Melcher, Severine Morel, Yan Morvan, Magnus Naddermier, Patricia Nagy, Bernard Perrine, Anna-Maria Pfab, Michel Philippot, Michel Puech, Sylvie Rebbot, Damien Robert, Andy Romanoff, Miriam Rosen, Sara Rosen, Samantha Rouault, David Schonauer, Antoine Soubrier, Alison Stieven-Taylor, Emiliana Tedesco, Michael Verger, Ericka Weidmann.

And if I dare, it is only goodbye for now.
Jean-Jacques Naudet

We suggest you take the time to visit the archives and read 3 years of some of the best photographty related content.

UPDATE - Le Journal is off the internet as of Saturday, August 31. All links are now dead.

Full archive of posted articles here

and a few posts about our photographers

Santa Fe, rétrospective Bill Eppridge

LIFE : Robert Kennedy dying by Bill Eppridge

Santa Fe : Stephen Wilkes

Santa Fe: Mark Shaw The Kennedys

"This is the icon of the century, this flag”

Firefighters at Ground Zero, Sept. 11, 2001<br>© Bergen Record
Firefighters at Ground Zero, Sept. 11, 2001
© Bergen Record


‘THE FLAG’ Pursues the Mystery of a Missing 9/11 Icon

The First Commissioned CNN FILMS Documentary Debuts Wednesday, September 4
The first original production commissioned for CNN FILMS, THE FLAG, directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, follows the mysterious journey of the American flag featured in one of the most iconic photographs taken at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The 90-minute film is based upon the forthcoming book by David Friend, Vanity Fair’s editor of creative development and formerly LIFE magazine’s director of photography (The Flag, August 27), and will debut Wednesday, September 4, at 9:00pm, 10:30pm, and 1:00am. All times Eastern.

A vibrant American flag, flying from the back of a boat moored very near the Twin Towers, managed to survive the destruction of the World Trade Center 12 years ago. Someone removed the flag from the boat on September 11th. Thomas Franklin, a photographer for the New Jersey newspaper The Record, took a searing photograph of that flag as it was raised by three fire fighters above the smoldering rubble on the evening of the terrorist attacks. That image immediately became one of the archetypical photographs of the disaster.

Shortly after the iconic photo was taken, the whereabouts of the original flag became a mystery. Who would keep it – and why?

The flag that toured the country to reassure the nation, flew over Yankee Stadium as a patriotic rebuke to terrorism, and flew over the USS Roosevelt as the battleship carried troops to Afghanistan in response to the attacks, was represented as the same flag that was raised at Ground Zero. It turns out the original flag disappeared shortly after it was photographed.

Tucker and Epperlein interviewed the owners of the original flag, Shirley Dreifus and Spiros Kopelakis. They reveal key details about their flag that distinguish it from the imposter.

“That’s not the flag that they raised on 9/11. The flag that went to Yankee Stadium, or was on the ship [the USS Roosevelt], could not have been the flag that was in the photograph,” Dreifus says in the documentary.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, as well as fire fighters, police officers, photographers who were at Ground Zero, the makers of the flag, editors who used the Franklin photograph, and others, all speak about their memories of that day for the documentary. Each discusses also his memories of the famous flag.

“I see the rebuilding starting with that photograph,” Giuliani says. “That was the moment on which, these three fire fighters, speaking for all New Yorkers – and all Americans – said: ‘Enough is enough. We’re going to fight back.’”

Tucker and Epperlein try to solve the mystery of the flag’s journey. Along the way, their interviews with key eyewitnesses from 9/11 reveal moving insights into the tragedy – and, highlight the enduring power that imagery holds for healing and national reconciliation that, for some, the original flag still represents.

“This is the icon of the century, this flag,” Kopelakis says emphatically, “and it is not any excuse, from any politician, not to try to find this flag.”

THE FLAG will encore on Sunday, September 8 at 9:00pm, 10:30pm, 1:00am, and 2:30am, and will broadcast again on Wednesday, September 11 at the same Eastern times.

As an original production for CNN FILMS, THE FLAG will air exclusively on CNN. It is the fourth CNN FILMS broadcast. ESCAPE FIRE, GIRL RISING, and OUR NIXON debuted earlier this year. CNN FILMS will mark its first anniversary in October 2013.

CNN Films brings documentaries beyond the small screen by developing strategic partnerships to leverage distribution opportunities at film festivals and in theaters. Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, oversee the acquisition strategy of documentaries for CNN Films. Malhotra manages the day-to-day operation of CNN Films, and works directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.
About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Marcellus Shale Documentary Project Artist Panel: Today, August 29

Apple Tree illuminated by gas flaring, Susquehanna County, 2011
Nina Berman: Apple Tree illuminated by gas flaring, Susquehanna County, 2011

Via Ithaca College Handwerker Gallery

Marcellus Shale Documentary Project
Curated by Laura Domencic
August 26–September 27, 2013

Work by Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen,
Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, Martha Rial

Artist Panel: August 29, 4.00 p.m.
Opening Reception: August 29, 5.00–7.00 p.m.

The six photographers of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project have taken on the responsibility of telling, in the best traditions of social and environmental documentary, the complex story of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. For the best part of a year, they have traveled across the Commonwealth, meeting people and listening to and recording their stories.

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project tells stories, through photographic images, of how the lives of Pennsylvanians are affected by the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of drilling, the work aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future.

In capturing images of the people and places most affected by gas drilling, photographers Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, and Martha Rial examine both the positive and negative results of drilling and how the environment and the communities that live with the resources are being shaped. Organized by photographer Brian Cohen, and Laura Domencic, Director of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the project will compile the work into a traveling exhibition opening October 2012 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers with accompanying lectures, book and online archive.

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project is generously supported by The Sprout Fund, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and by the individual gifts of Josh Whetzel, Nancy Bernstein and Cathy Raphael.

If you are interested in joining these supporters by donating to this important body of work, please contact Brian Cohen at

Monday, August 26, 2013

Stephen Wilkes' Hurricane Sandy Coverage in National Geographic

Photograph by Stephen Wilkes

Superstorm Sandy narrowed New Jersey’s beaches by more than 30 feet on average. At Seaside Heights it swept away the pier under the roller coaster.

Via National Geographic

The Damage Done

By the time Sandy struck the Northeast, it had killed 72 people in the Caribbean. It was no longer a hurricane—but it was a thousand miles wide, with 80-mile-an-hour winds that drove the sea onto the coast in lethal surges. The final death toll was 147. As the world warms, it may see more storms like Sandy. It will certainly see higher seas.


Article: The Rising Tide

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Guy Gillette 1922 - 2013: "In a good photograph, something happens”

Via Country Life Daily News

Famed photojournalist Guy Gillette Sr.  passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, just two months shy of his 91st birthday.

Over 50 years in the photojournalism industry, Gillette created a portfolio of art that remains in circulation today. His work has graced the pages and covers of Fortune, Harper’s Bazaar, Life, the New York Times, just to name a few. His work includes images of Jacqueline Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn and Queen Elizabeth, and was featured in the 1955 landmark “The Family of Man” photography exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Gillette’s works remain in high demand today, as galleries and movie studios routinely request the use of his images.
A coffee table book, written by Andy Wilkinson, about the work of Gillette is being published by the University of Oklahoma Press this month. Through his research Wilkinson visits the history of Houston County as seen through the eyes of Guy Gillette, Sr. This book utilizes the pictures that Gillette took on his father-in-law’s ranch in Lovelady and around Houston County in the 1940s. The pictures not only document ranching in East Texas but small-town life, like Sunday School, homecoming dinners and Saturdays downtown. It was these pictures that would open the doors in New York for Guy Gillette, Sr. to become a celebrated photojournalist.

Guy Gillette, Sr. is the father of national cowboy personalities and Camp Street Cafe owners, Guy and Pip Gillette.

Arnolds, Cafe, Lovelady, Texas, 1956
Arnolds, Cafe, Lovelady, Texas, 1956

“The years of the 30s through the 70s were great years for magazine photography and for us, the photographers, who contributed,” Gillette had said. 

Actor, author, and photographer, Gillette saw the United States evolve through wars, shifting perspectives of culture, and a changing, exciting panoply of heroes — leaders of government, icons of film and theater, and mavens from the corporate world.
"In a good photograph, something happens,” Gillette sad. From his photograph of a gravely ill Jacqueline Susann in a limo, whisked from engagement to engagement, to his quickly caught shot of President Eisenhower at a state dinner being patted on his bald pate, there is action.

 Gillette on Salvatore Dali: "I thought Dali was a bore. Always trying to look deadpan. He sought to eliminate all emotion from his public façade. I remember he flirted a great deal with the woman who was writing his profile, saying she reminded him of a Northern Italian blonde. He refused to speak English to us, even though he spoke some. Neither the writer nor I came away very happy with him."

Trained as an actor, Guy Gillette’s stage career was halted by induction into the World War II Army. After the war, now a budding photographer, Gillette, the former actor, was sympathetic to artists such as the choreographer Agnes DeMille, who allowed him to photograph her for Dance Magazine, as she created a ballet. Photos of Audrey Hepburn, Marian Anderson, Sarah Vaughn, Elvis Presley and Rogers and Hammerstein followed. A highlight of his career is a photograph of Henri Cartier-Bresson, taken by Gillette as both photographers competed for a shot of a nun at a St, Patrick’s Day Parade, leading the notoriously camera-shy Cartier-Bresson to admonish Gillette, “Photographers NEVER photograph photographers.”

Monroe Gallery of Photography will feature a very special tribute exhibition of Guy Gillette's photographs in November/December. Contact the gallery for further information.

Friday, August 23, 2013

"Those Who Dared is a sort of collective retrospective of people and events that shaped the twentieth century"

Harry Benson, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vermont, 1982, archival pigment print, 16” x 20”

Via THE Magazine



expands on the organization’s longstanding program of showcasing significant historical figures and events with imagery that’s often political and always provocative. With a grouping of works that spans decades and continents, the exhibition functions like a historical survey: a who’s who of people most of us know for their achievements. As such, Those Who Dared is a sort of collective retrospective of people and events that shaped the twentieth century. It’s also surprisingly cohesive, despite the huge range of personalities—from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Jacques Cousteau to Ai WeiWei—who may represent disparate aims and causes, but whose actions display human qualities united in goals of exploration, persistence, and boundary-breaking.

Among the most recognizable images is that of a man standing before a row of four military tanks; Jeff Widener’s 1989 Tiananmen Square photograph is still gripping despite its widespread reproduction. The tanks, lined up in robotic and chilling precision, make an impactful and grotesque juxtaposition to the poignantly small human figure facing them down. Other photographs capture lesser-known figures, and these are some of my favorites. When art can teach us about people whose actions have directly affected our lives, it behaves as a bridge between history’s purely intellectual resonance and its equally important, though more nebulous, spiritual or emotional resonance. Atender shot of Richard and Mildred Loving embracing does just this. Mildred was black and Richard was white, and their 1967 Virginia marriage resulted in prison sentences for each. The very idea of a law preventing interracial marriage now seems shudderingly backwards, but the couple’s tribulations ultimately resulted in a resounding victory. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled to strike down the law, and its abolishment paved the way for similar legislation throughout the country. For decades, Loving v. Virginia has been cited in numerous cases involving discrimination.

A 1978 vertical snapshot of Anwar Sadat by Eddie Adams pictures the Egyptian president looking out of a narrow window. The scene feels a bit tense, with a pallid pool of sunlight spread across the room’s dark carpet. Sadat, partially obscured in shadow, looks out of an open window, his hands resting on the sill. Among the few color photographs on display is an image of Aung San Suu Kyi. Also taken by Eddie Adams, the picture captures Suu Kyi in a meditative stance, her hands clasped together against her chest, with yellow flowers in her hair. One of the planet’s most prominent political prisoners, Suu Kyi has fearlessly stood up against oppression in her homeland of Burma for decades. Deeply influenced by the non-violent teachings of Mahatma Gandhi (who also makes an appearance in this exhibition), Suu Kyi famously said, “It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

The exhibition includes images whose interpretations and implications are decidedly less straightforward. One of the standouts is a shot of Russian novelist and historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Best known for the novella One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and the sweeping Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was a bold and outspoken critic of Communism— decrying the brutish Soviet Union during times when it could have proved fatal. A 1982 photograph of him by Harry Benson is mysterious and beautiful. It depicts the black-clad, heavily bearded Solzhenitsyn in the middle of a Vermont snowscape. He arches backward, his large hands spread out across his chest. His mouth is slightly open and his eyes are closed. His posture suggests a number of possibilities: relief or reflection or ecstasy—all of them intimate and recognizable in their humanity. It’s a deeply touching and unexpectedly meditative take on such an outspoken personality.
This exhibition seems like a gift for those of us lucky enough to spend time with it and learn from it. Iris Murdoch once wrote that art’s purest goal and highest achievement must be “to tell the only truth that ultimately matters.”

This captivating exhibition serves as a beautiful testament to those who ultimately mattered.


—Iris McLister
The exhibition continues throuugh September 22, 2013.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Do you think that the media should show more of what is really happening in war?"

An excerpt from last month's "War Correspondents at The Brooklyn Brewery" discussion featuring Mike Kamber:

Steve Hindy (Brewery co-founder and former Middle East correspondent): Do you think that the media should show more of what is really happening in war? In the name of good taste, they don't publish anything gory, or anything terribly tragic.

Mike Kamber: We went halfway around the world and invaded somebody else's country, and between 100,000 and half a million Iraqi citizens are dead. It's not about good taste.

Watch the full discussion below.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Union Square, New York: Day To Night

The most recent addition to Stephen Wilkes "Day To Night" Collection

Day to Night, Union Square NYC from Stephen Wilkes on Vimeo.

Santa Fe University of Art and Design Photography Department Announces In/Visible Borders Fall Exhibition

 Photo: Jamey Stillings / ©2012 Jamey Stillings, All Rights Reserved
Photo: Jamey Stillings

In/Visible Borders: New Mexico Photographers examines the cultural, political and economic realities of life in the contemporary Southwest.

Santa Fe, N.M. (PRWEB) August 19, 2013
The Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) has announced a joint exhibition with the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery called In/Visible Borders: New Mexico Photographers. The exhibition, curated by SFUAD Photography Department chair Mary Anne Redding, will open to the public on Monday, Sept. 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a reception at SFUAD’s Atrium Gallery in the Marion Center for Photographic Arts. A complementary exhibition will open at the Community Gallery on Marcy Street Nov. 22.

This joint exhibition examines the cultural, political, and economic realities of life in the 21st century along the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. It also investigates the organic borderlands between cultures and economic status that define the state of New Mexico and the greater Southwest, and it explores the relationship of these invisible and visible boundaries.

Nineteen New Mexico photographers were invited to participate. Each photographer will show two images in SFUAD’s Marion Center and two in the Community Gallery. Exhibiting photographers include:

Tony Bonanno (Santa Fe)
Michael Borowski (Albuquerque)
David Bram (Albuquerque)
Lauren Greenwald (Las Cruces)
Kirk Gittings (Albuquerque)
Mindy Jean-Paul (Santa Fe)
David Michael Kennedy (El Rito)
Karen Kuehn (Peralta)
Greg Mac Gregor (Santa Fe)
Norman Mauskopf (Santa Fe)
Delilah Montoya (Albuquerque)
Patrick Nagatani (Albuquerque)
Teresa Neptune (Santa Fe)
David Robin (Santa Fe)
Sharon Stewart (Chacon)
Jamey Stillings (Santa Fe)
Martin Stupich (Albuquerque)
Carlan Tapp (Santa Fe)
Tamara Zibners (Albuquerque)

In addition to the exhibition, two free public lectures hosted by participating photographers will be offered to the community.

In/Visible Borders: New Mexico Photographers
Opening reception
Monday, Sept. 9, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Atrium Gallery at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe

The exhibition will run through Dec. 13, 2013. A complementary exhibition at the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery will open with a reception on Friday, Nov. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. and run through Feb. 21, 2014.
Public Lecture: “Industrial Landscapes”

Featured speakers include photographers Martin Stupich and Jamey Stillings
Thursday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
Tipton Hall on the SFUAD campus
1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe
Free and open to the public.

Public Lecture: “Environmental & Community Issues”
Featured speakers include photographer Carlan Tapp
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.
City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery
201 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe
Free and open to the public.

About SFUAD’s Photography Department:
The Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a comprehensive education in the theory, techniques, history and ethics of photography. This base, integrated with a strong foundation in other visual and liberal arts, provides students with the knowledge and perspective they need to pursue photography as a creative professional. The program, housed in the Anne and John Marion Center for Photographic Arts, encompasses both analog and digital technologies, giving students the chance to work in exemplary traditional and alternative process darkrooms and a state-of-the-art digital facility. Students also have access to the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Library, an outstanding resource on the history, aesthetics and technology of photography.

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design:
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

White House Photographer Eric Draper on New York Times Lens Blog

Eric Draper: Oval Office, January 26, 2001

Photo Editors Who Made a Difference

"Today and tomorrow on Lens, photographers recall and pay tribute to the photo editors who most influenced their careers. The people who pushed, pulled and occasionally strong-armed them into producing exceptional work. The people who believed in them when nobody else did — who recognized the photographer’s strength and took the time to develop it."
Via The New York Times Lens Blog, full post here.

Eric Draper

"Mike Davis hired me to work for the Scripps Howard afternoon daily, The Albuquerque Tribune, in 1990. It was my third newspaper job since college and my first real photo editor. I learned more from Mike in two and a half years than I did in my entire early career. Every photo editing session with him was an intense experience. We would sit at the light table and Mike would look at the images, just breathing in and out, and without small talk. He taught me to shoot strong photo stories. I learned layout and design. And with Mike, no assignment was too small to learn something important.

In 1992, he handed me my most challenging assignment ever up to that point. While watching my hometown of Los Angeles burn on television after the Rodney King verdict, Mike called to send me “back to L.A. to tell a personal photo story.” It worked. We produced a 12-page special section called “Seeing Through the Flames.” It was a profound experience, and I also won Scripps Howard Newspaper Photographer of the Year.

In 2001, I became the chief White House photographer for President George W. Bush. I didn’t skip a beat in asking Mike to join the team as my photo editor. We worked closely on the images of the events of 9/11, and we traveled the world with the 43rd president. Mike made me a better photographer in the president’s first term, and I am grateful. I will never forget what he told me during those early years in Albuquerque: “Never underestimate yourself.” I never did."


Tina Hager, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and MuseumChief White House photographer Eric Draper, left, with his senior White House photo editor Mike Davis inside Draper’s West Wing office in 2003.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Magnificent Obsession: Robert De Niro on the Set of Raging Bull, Photos by Brian Hamill

Brian Hamill: De Niro, as LaMotta, screams aggressively, accusing his brother of sleeping
 with his wife.

Via Time LightBox

"If Robert De Niro never acted in any other movies besides those he’s made with his frequent director and collaborator, Martin Scorsese, he’d still be a film legend. Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas — the list goes on and on. Add to those his performances in movies as diverse as The Deer Hunter, The Godfather: Part II, Midnight Run, Cop Land and Silver Linings Playbook, and the scope of the man’s accomplishments comes into formidable focus.

Here, on the occasion of De Niro’s 70th birthday — he was born Aug. 17, 1943, in New York City — TIME presents a fittingly iconic portfolio of pictures by photographer Brian Hamill, made on the set of Raging Bull in 1979. De Niro’s riveting and at-times harrowing portrayal of world middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta won him a Best Actor Oscar, and raised the bar for onscreen Method performances when the actor famously gained 60 pounds to play a bloated LaMotta late in life."

--Full post with slideshow here.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cirque du Soleil pulls Tiananmen image from China shows after 'collective gasp'

Cirque du Soleil has removed a photo of the Tiananmen crackdown from its show in China after surprising an audience of 15,000 in Beijing with the iconic "tank man" image, which remains banned and highly controversial in the country. Full article here.

A photo of the show shared by a member of the audience. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A lone man stops a column of tanks near Tiananmen Square, 1989 Beijing, China
Jeff Weidener/AP
A lone man stops a column of tanks near Tiananmen Square, 1989 Beijing, China

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

 Jackie Robinson, March on Washington, 1963
©Steve Schapiro: Jackie Robinson, March on Washington, 1963

On August 28, 2013 citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation’s capital to commemorate and celebrate the historic March On Washington which occurred 50 years ago on August 28, 1963.
This site provides information and updates on the numerous commemorative marches that are being planned throughout this country. In addition, this site provides citizens an opportunity to leave their remembrances and pictures of the march that changed the world.

 TIME:  “One Dream” — a multimedia commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Exhibit: 1963

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham

Monday, August 12, 2013

'One Night In Miami', More Than Clay Beats Liston

Black Muslim leader Malcolm X photographing Cassius Clay, Miami, 1964

This morning National Public Radio did a piece on a new play, "One Night in Miami",  the premise of which is that no one knows where Malcolm X and Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) went after the February, 1964 fight in Miami


"The following day, bolstered by his mentor Malcom X, Clay stepped in front of a room of journalists to declare his conversion to the Nation of Islam. After fielding hostile questions, he voiced the words that would become his lifelong anthem and would forever change the world of sports: “I don’t have to be what you want me to be.”

Recently, Bob Gomel recalled: It was February 26, 1964 in a Miami restaurant after Clay won the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. Howard Bingham, Ali's personal photographer is seen at the far right above Ali.  Clay's brother Rahaman is seated to Cassius's left (only a fist is visible in the famous frame.) The name and exact location of the restaurant are paled into insignificance.”


Sunday, August 11, 2013

"Breaking Bad's" creator, Vince Gilligan, talks about shooting the show in New Mexico, and exploring sights in the state

Ernst Haas: Route 66, Albuquerque, 1969

Via The New York Times
Sunday, August 11, 2013

"And in Albuquerque itself, what’s of interest?
I’ll admit that when you enter the city on either Interstate, 40 or 25 — they meet smack in the middle — Albuquerque doesn’t look, shall we say, particularly picturesque. It seems like lots of strip malls and chain restaurants. But it has a stealth charm. Once you get into the neighborhoods, you realize it possesses a great amount of culture and history and natural beauty surrounding it.
Central Avenue is a great drive. A part of Route 66, it’s still dotted with old neon motel signs like that great Ernst Haas photo. There’s a great art gallery called Mariposa Gallery and a restaurant we love called Zinc.
The Sandias, the mountains to the east, are omnipresent. Take the cable car up to a restaurant called High Finance, which is a good place to eat. It’s stark beauty up there; you can see for hundreds of miles."      

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stephen Wilkes' Day To Night Series Featured in Today's Newspapers

Via New York Daily News

Stunning! Timelapse photographs show city skylines in daytime and at night... all at the same time

Cities such as New York City and Shanghai get captured in unique images which show the glorious daylight and the glimmering night time lights.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7:21 AM

New York City’s Central Park during the day and at night.
Stephen Wilkes/Caters News Agency
These are the incredible images which show the world’s most iconic cityscapes by day and night — in just one picture.

The mesmerising images show the beautiful transition from day to night in some of the world’s most iconic cities from the Shanghai skyline to New York’s Central Park.

The unusual images were taken by photographer Stephen Wilkes who spent up to 15 hours and shot up to 1500 photos to create just one composite image.


Stephen Wilkes/Caters News Agency
Brooklyn’s Coney Island.

The collection entitled Day to Night features 15 images including works from Times Square, The Western Wall and The Capitol.

To create the images, Stephen, 55, from Connecticut, U.S.A., shoots across the entire landscape from sunrise to sunset — sometimes from locations that do not even have toilet facilities.

He then returns to his studio to blend around 50 of the best photographs to create one seamless image. Each piece takes around one month to edit.

Shanghai in day and night.
Stephen Wilkes/Caters News Agency
Shanghai in day and night.

Stephen said he first came up with the idea of shooting multiple images across a landscape when taking the cast picture for Baz Lurman’s blockbuster Romeo and Juliet for Life Magazine, in 1996.
But it wasn’t until he was asked to shoot the High Line for New York Magazine that Stephen used this technique to show the passing of time.

Stephen said while he is fascinated by architecture, people and the cities of the world, what he really loves to shoot is history. And he has even shot Day and Night images of President Obama’s inauguration speech as well as New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

The Flatiron building in Manhattan.
Stephen Wilkes/Caters News Agency
The Flatiron building in Manhattan.

There are currently 15 images in the collection but he is currently working on images from Chicago, and hope to add works from London and Paris in the near future.

Stephen wants to add as many images as possible to his collection.

He said: “I remember saying that New York was very active and busy at lunchtime and very spooky at night.

Stephen Wilkes/Caters News Agency
Capitol Hill shown in the day and at night.

“I like to say it’s a labour of love for you to stay 15 hours and shoot 1500 images where most of the time there is no bathroom.

“I am a street photographer by training and Day to Night is essentially all the things I love about photography; my son describes it as my symphony.

“The images are so layered; there are so many elements that I love about the medium: Street, history, people environment, narrative, and storytelling.

Stephen Wilkes/Caters News Agency
The Western Wall in Jerusalem.
“I’m drawn to cities that have not only fantastic architecture, but also fascinating street life.
“The human narrative is the subtext is in a lot of my photographs, so more you look at it, the more you are going to discover.

“There is a layered effect so you will discover something new whenever you view it.”


The Telegraph: Day-to-night in the city: Stephen Wilkes documents a day in one photograph

Stephen Wilkes DAY TO NIGHT  Feature On CBS News Sunday Morning Show

Huffington Post: Day To Night In The World's Most Iconic Cities

The Daily Mail: A day in the life of the city: Mesmerising photographs capture 24 hours in just one picture

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jeff Widener shares his experience in documenting a war-torn African nation after entering the country with a humanitarian visa

Via PetaPixel
Jeff Widener · Aug 02, 2013

My Journey to Angola
Africa started tugging on me again last year and when an opportunity to join an NGO to Angola surfaced, I quickly seized the opportunity. Non-government agencies like the Red Cross and Amnesty International offer a way for photojournalists to see parts of the world completely closed off to the average traveler. The Chicago based RISE International, a non profit organization that builds schools in Angola allowed me to join them in July to document their work. Full article and photographs here.

Jeff Widener is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated American photojournalist who’s best known for shooting the photo “Tank Man“. He has documented wars and social issues in over 100 countries, and was the first photojournalist to send digital photos from the South Pole. You can read our recent interview with him here.