Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the best photojournalism around the web from the past two weeks.
Features and Essays
Robin Hammond: Zimbabwe: Breaking the Silence (The National Geographic Magazine) Oppression, Fear, and Courage in Zimbabwe | From the National Geographic magazine May issue.
Pete Muller: Questioning Zimbabwe’s Underdogs (NYT)
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis (NYT)
Michael Yamashita: China’s Ancient Lifeline (NGM) The 1,400-year-old Grand Canal is a monumental project that bound north and south China together. It’s still in use today.
Franco Pagetti: The Veils of Aleppo (LightBox)
Stanley Greene: The Dead and The Alive (NOOR) Syria
Giles Duley: Syrian Refugees (Guardian)
Nish L. Nalbandian: Portraits of Syrian Rebels (LA Times Framework blog)
Yusuf Sayman: Rebel Fighters Inside Aleppo (The Daily Beast)
Louie Palu: Documenting Murder in Mexico (Mother Jones) The brutality of the drug war, on both sides of the border.
Dominic Bracco II: A Salvation Army of One (NYT Magazine) The Rev. Robert Coogan working in Saltillo, Mexico.
Shiho Fukada: Japan’s Rootless and Restless Workers (NYT Lens)
Jenn Ackerman: Minnesota, Frozen in Place and Time (NYT Lens)
Aaron Vincent Elkaim: The Last Great Race on Earth (Photo Booth) Iditarod, a thousand-and-forty-nine-mile race across Alaska
Fritz Hoffmann: On Beyond 100 (NGM) Photographer Fritz Hoffmann introduces us to people who have mastered the secret of long life.
Ami Vitale: Back at the Ranch (Panos Pictures)
David Guttenfelder: North Korea (Denver Post) While threats of a missile launch have renewed tensions with North Korea, photojournalist David Guttenfelder has returned to continue documenting life there.
Yuri Kozyrev: Pull Out From Afghanistan (NOOR)
Phil Moore: Mogadishu Boosts Security (Al Jazeera) Safety improves in Somalia’s once war-torn capital despite recent attack and ongoing threats of violence.
Zed Nelson: The Family (Institute) Zed Nelson’s project started in the summer of 1991, just turned 21
Gabriele Galimberti: My Couch Is Your Couch (Institute) Couchsurfers around the world
Steeve Iuncker: Yakutsk (LightBox) The Coldest City on Earth
James Whitlow Delano: Buried in Japan (TIME) Japan’s Aomori Prefecture might be at the same latitude as New York, but its climate can seem a lot more harsh.
Maja Daniels: In the mists of Älvdalen, Sweden (Financial Times Magazine) A world away from cosmopolitan Stockholm lies a strange forested land with an ancient language and a singular sense of quiet desolation
Antonio Olmos: Murder Most Ordinary (Guardian) Photographer Antonio Olmos spent two years visiting the site of every murder that took place within the M25 in London.
Ben Roberts: Higher Lands (Document Scotland) Growing up in the Scottish Highlands
Marco Kessler: Belarus: An Uncertain Winter (Vimeo) Belarus, once an integral frontier of the USSR, remains steeped in the Communist legacy, which ruled the daily lives of the nation for over 70 years.
Alexis Lambrou: Teaching for Life (NYT Lens) Young Brooklyn high school teacher, whose life revolves around her students and colleagues at a Brooklyn public high school.
Arthur Nazaryan: Ballet Competitions (NYT Lens) 12-year-old Russian immigrant’s efforts to become a ballerina
Amanda Rivkin: Post-Racial America Road Trip (VII Mentor)
Tommaso Protti: The Youth of Amid (Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent) Turkey
Adam Patterson: Another Lost Child (CNN Photo blog)
Patrick van Dam: Dreams of new homes abandoned in Greece (CNN Photo blog)
Herald photographer details night Boston will never forget (Boston Herald)
Tragedy and the Role of Professional Photojournalists (Chicago Tribune Assignment Chicago blog)
On That Iconic Photo from the Boston Marathon Bombings (BagNewsNotes)
Runner, spectator get photos of marathon suspects (AP Big Story blog)
Tim Hetherington, Indelible on Film (NYT Lens)
Honoring Chris Hondros (Getty Images blog)
The Pulitzer Prizes Winners (Pulitzer)
Photographs of Syria Sweep Pulitzer Prizes (NYT Lens)
A Pulitzer picture first day on the job (AFP Correspondent blog) Photograph taken by Javier Manzano in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on October 18, won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.
Witness to Newtown’s tragedy (Reuters TV) On December 14, 2012 a gunman opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School, leaving 26 dead, including 20 young children. Reuters photographers share their experience covering the story that devastated Newtown, Connecticut and the rest of the country.
Photographer chronicles life in North Korea (NBC) In spite of the angry rhetoric, life in North Korea goes on as normal – or at least what passes as normal in this isolated state. AP photographer David Guttenfelder has been chronicling life in North Korea for years.
Those photos of young Kim Jong Un performing in ‘Grease’ are probably of his brother (The Washington Post)
I almost died in Syria (Salon)
Olivier Voisin’s last images (Paris Match L’instant)
French photographer Pierre Borghi escapes four months after kidnapping in Afghanistan (New York Daily News)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded Fellowships 2013 (Guggenheim Foundation)
Feisal Omar: “Are you al-Shabaab or soldiers?” (Reuters Photographers blog) Covering Somalia
Anastasia Rudenko (Verve Photo)
Thomas Cristofoletti (Verve Photo)
How the 1962 monsoons inspired Steve McCurry (Phaidon) Forthcoming book, Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind The Photographs, tells how coverage of the Indian rainy season in Life magazine set the Magnum photographer off on a life of photography and far flung travel.
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis – review (Guardian)
Explore Nic Dunlop’s new book Brave New Burma (Panos Pictures blog)
Making Art With Tom Waits (NYT Magazine)
The National Geographic Trove (Photo Booth)
Bert Stern’s Beautiful Photography and Less-Beautiful Personal Life, on Screen (The Atlantic) A new documentary shows two sides of the man who took some of the most iconic celebrity photographs of the 20th century: creative genius and womanizer.
“Arnold Newman: At Work” explores photographer through his archive (Harry Ransom Center Cultural Compass blog)
Native Americans: Portraits From a Century Ago (The Atlantic)
Photographer David Moore’s dingy, deteriorating Derby is the real deal (Guardian) Chronicler of 80’s working-class England peers behind closed doors to capture a community indelibly marked by Margaret Thatcher.
Graham Nash’s best photograph (Guardian) Joni Mitchell listening to her new album
This was England: the photographs of Chris Killip (Guardian) Chris Killip’s study of the communities that bore the brunt of industrial decline in the North East have earned him a nomination for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
Deutsche Börse photography prize 2013 (Guardian) video | Sean O’Hagan meets the nominees for the annual Deutsche Börse photography prize. They’re all on show at the Photographers’ Gallery in London until June 30.
The World’s Oldest Photography Museum Goes Digital (Smithsonian)
The Surreal World of Nina Leen (Photo Booth)
Interviews and Talks
John Tlumacki (LightBox) Tragedy in Boston: One Photographer’s Eyewitness Account | LightBox spoke with Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki, who photographed the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tlumacki, who has photographed more than 20 marathons in his 30 years at the Globe, describes the sheer chaos of the scene.
John Tlumacki (Poynter) Globe’s Tlumacki: ‘I am dealing with trauma & trying to keep busy’ following Boston tragedy
Sebastião Salgado (Natural History Museum YouTube) Genesis
Sebastião Salgado (Guardian) A God’s eye view of the planet – interview
Sebastião Salgado (NYT) In Love With My Planet
Sebastião Salgado (Taschen) Two men, one mission: Salgado talks with Benedikt Taschen about the photographic project that changed his life.
Sebastian Junger (Indiewire) On the Value and Cost of War Reporting and Making a Film About His Late ‘Restrepo’ Co-Director Tim Hetherington
Sebastian Junger (NPR) ‘Which Way’ To Turn After Hetherington’s Death
Sebastian Junger (WNYC) The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington
Michelle McNally (Le Journal de la Photographie) The New York Times Director of Photography
James Estrin (Le Journal de la Photographie) NYT photographer and Lens blog editor
Patrick Witty (Zorye Kolektiv) International Picture Editor at TIME
David Campbell to reveal WPPh multimedia research (Canon Professional Network)
Robin Hammond (NGM) The Moment: Caught in Zimbabwe
Jeff Jacobson (PDN) On Beauty, Ambiguity and Mortality
Yuri Kozyrev (Zorye Kolektiv)
Emilio Morenatti (Zorye Kolektiv)
Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Repor Madrid TV)
Thurston Hopkins (Guardian) On his 100th birthday this week, one of the great photojournalists of the 20th century, Thurston Hopkins, talks about his career as a photographer at Picture Post
Pari Dukovic (Wonderland magazine)
Mike Brodie (LA Times Framework blog)
Danielle Levitt (Dazed Digital) Danielle Levitt’s Favourite Tribes
Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com.