Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the best photojournalism around the web from the past two weeks.
Features and Essays
Lucas Jackson: Haunting Night Scenes of Oklahoma’s Devastation (ABC News) Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson traveled to Moore and used the twilight night sky to illuminate some haunting landscapes the tornado left behind.
Katie Hayes Luke: Faces And Places The Tornado Left Behind (NPR Picture Show)
Ashley Gilbertson: Intricate Rituals for Fallen American Troops (NYT)
Steve Ruark: Honoring the Fallen (LightBox) One Photographer’s Witness to 490 Dignified Transfers
Luke Sharrett: Sacrifices Set in Adorned Stone (NYT Lens) Gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Sergey Ponomarev: A Supporting Role (NYT) In Afghan Transition, U.S. Forces Take a Step Back
Andrew Burton: Afghanistan (CNN Photo blog) Photographing ‘my generation’ at war
Eugene Richards: Inside Guantanamo (LightBox)
Ilona Szwarc: The Little Cowgirls (Telegraph) Deep in the heart of Texas, young girls are bucking the trend and breaking into the traditionally macho world of rodeo. The photographer Ilona Szwarc has corralled some of these junior ropers and riders into a compelling visual essay | Related article here
Aaron Huey: Pine Ridge (LightBox) Aaron Huey has photographed the Oglala Lakota for seven years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Ilona Szwarc: American Girls (Photo Booth)
Andrew Moore: Stuck in the Shadow of Affluence (NYT Magazine) How the epidemic of empty, foreclosed homes in Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods ignited a new form of guerrilla activism.
Justin Maxon: Gunland (LightBox) Chicago’s South Side
Billie Mandle: Reconciliation (Wired Raw File photo blog) American confessionals and reconciliation rooms
Christopher Anderson: Skin on Parade in Central Park (NY Magazine) New York Magazine sent photographer Christopher Anderson to meander around Central Park on a 79-degree day
Charles Ommanney: Heavy Metal Cruise (Reportage by Getty Images)
Anderson Scott: Civil War Lovers Can’t Leave the Past Behind at Awkward Reenactments (Wires Raw File)
Arne Svenson: The Neighbors (Photo Booth)
Martin Parr: Life’s a Beach / USA Color (Slate Behold)
Joshua Yospyn: America’s Quirky Coincidences (NYT Lens)
Saul Robbins: Behind Closed Doors at New York Shrink Offices (Slate Behold)
Ruth Prieto: Safe Heaven (burn magazine) The second chapter of a documentary project about Mexican immigrant women in New York.
Lynsey Addario: Rich Nation, Poor People (LightBox) With its vast oil wealth, Saudi Arabia has one of the highest concentrations of super rich households in the world. But an estimated 20 percent of the population, if not more, lives in crippling poverty.
Kiana Hayeri: Young Iranian Immigrants (NYT Lens) Leaving Tehran and Restraints Behind
Carolyn Drake: Two Rivers: A Journey Through Central Asia (Photo Booth) A photographic record of the area in Central Asia that follows the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, the region’s major rivers.
Linda Forsell: Refugee Crisis (zReportage) Syria | Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp is home to 170,000 people from Syria who have fled the fighting.
Kalpesh Lathigra: Passport-Style Portraits of Displaced Syrians Living in the Za’atari Refugee Camp (Feature Shoot)
Guillaume Herbaut: Chinese Weddings (CNN Photo blog)
Peter Pin: Life Beyond The Killing Fields (NPR Picture Show)
Angelos Tzortzinis: Societal Ills Spike in Crisis-Stricken Greece (NYT Lens)
Espen Rasmussen: Mud, Fire and Pain (Panos Pictures) Tough Guy claims to be the world’s most demanding one-day survival ordeal and it has been widely described as ‘the toughest race in the world’
Espen Rasmussen: Pain (Panos Pictures) As part of a longer project looking at masculinity and middle aged men, Espen visits the longest single stage cycle race in the world, from Tronheim to Oslo in Norway.
Kirsten Luce: Matadora (NYT Lens) In the Arena With a Smile — and a Bull
Brett Gundlock: One Small Town’s Fight to Banish a Brutal Mexican Cartel (Wired Raw File)
Yann Gross: A snake story in the Brazilian far west (Institute)
Kate Holt: Somalia surgeons: under the knife in Mogadishu (Guardian) audio slideshow
Siegfried Modola: Ethiopia’s ancient salt trail (Guardian)
Takayuki Maekawa: Wild Animals (CNN Photo blog)
My friend, Robert Capa (FT Magazine) John Morris, former picture editor of Life, talks about the great photographer and his most historic roll of film – of D-Day
The month in photography – audio slideshow (Guardian) Vanessa Winship, Erwin Blumenfeld and Nobuyoshi Araki feature in June’s guide to the best photography around the world.
World Press Photo controversy: Objectivity, manipulation and the search for truth (BJP) Beyond the attacks leveraged against Paul Hansen’s winning World Press Photo, the recent controversy over image toning is symptomatic of the current state of photojournalism and its place in a society that has learned not to trust what it sees. Photojournalists, photography directors and post-producers speak to Olivier Laurent, and ask whether objectivity in photojournalism is actually attainable
Hondros: A Life in Frames – trailer (Chris Hondros film website)
Censored – images of our ugly truths, natural and man-made (Sydney Morning Herald)
American beauty: Vanessa Winship’s photos of still, small-town US life (Guardian) Winship used her Henri-Cartier Bresson prize money well: to fund a book, She Dances on Jackson, in which she has captured the silence at the heart of a clamorous nation
Photographing What Endures For Australia’s Aboriginals (NPR Picture Show) Amy Toensing’s project for the National Geographic
War Through a Woman’s Eyes (American Photo magazine) Some of today’s top conflict photographers just happen to be women. We spoke with a handful of these photojournalists about their experiences—and how they differ from their male colleagues’
Photojournalists Tell the Untold Stories From Iraq (Slate Behold)
Kathy Ryan: Office Romance: Renzo Piano’s Light (NYT Magazine 6th Floor Blog)
Capturing ‘Out Cold’ Commuters with TIME’s Patrick Witty (Instagram blog)
Martin Parr: All the world’s a beach (FT Magazine) For one photographer, there is no better place than the seaside to observe human eccentricity in all its glory
Finding And Photographing Alaska’s Remote Veterans (NPR Picture Show)
Who Will Crowdfund the Crowdfunder? (NYT Lens)
Moving Walls (The Foreign Policy) Looking back on 15 years of human rights photography.
Through the Lens of Eggleston (WSJ) The selection of William Eggleston’s photographs, “At War with the Obvious,” currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, reminds us why he an American master. For the June issue of WSJ. Magazine, the legendary photographer agreed to shoot part of his extensive collection of Leica and Canon cameras | Related
Garry Winogrand and the Art of the Opening (The Paris Review)
Wayne Miller obituary (Guardian) Magnum photographer celebrated for his images of the second world war and Chicago’s South Side
In Memoriam: Wayne Miller (1918 – 2013) (LightBox)
Featured photographer: Tim Richmond (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Albertina d’Urso (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Katharine MacDaid (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Joel van Houdt (Verve Photo)
The little girl in the photo, all grown up (AFP Correspondent blog) AFP photographer Jean-Philippe Ksiazek hears from a girl he photographed in Pristina at the end of the war in Kosovo
When Photography Imitates Voyeurism (NYT Magazine 6th Floor blog)
War and Representation: Showing the Limits of Comprehension (No Caption Needed)
Digital and the the desire for long form journalism (David Campbell blog)
Chicago Sun-Times lays off its photo staff (Chicago Tribune)
Alex Garcia: The Idiocy of Eliminating a Photo Staff (Chicago Tribune Assignment Chicago photo blog)
How the Internet Killed Photojournalism (PetaPixel)
Spitting on the Grave (Jim Colton website) On Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s comment ‘there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore’
Defining “News photographer” for the future (Reuters photo blog)
Anton Corbijn to shoot James Dean biopic, Life (Guardian) Control director to explore real-life friendship between 50s icon and Life magazine photographer in new film
Harlequin Without His Mask (Francis Hodgson blog) On Rankin
Ponte City: An Apartheid-Era High Rise Mired in Myth (LightBox) In 2008, South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky, in collaboration with British artist Patrick Waterhouse, set out to create a visual document of the building as monumental as the structure itself, exploring a long, complex history mired in myth.
Interviews and Talks
Anastasia Taylor-Lind (Nat Geo Live) Mothers, Models, and Fighters | A rising star on the photography scene, Anastasia Taylor-Lind documents the lives of women who live isolated from male society, including in schools for Siberian supermodels and military training camps for Cossack women | video
John H. White (CNN) Howard Kurtz talks to Pulitzer prize-winning photographer John H. White about what the layoffs mean for the news industry after Chicago Sun-Times drops photographers
Jonas Bendiksen (Vice) Bendiksen Takes Photos in Countries That Don’t Exist
Winners from the 2013 World Press Photo Contest (WPP) Nineteen prizewinners discuss their award-winning work.
Alec Soth (A Photo Editor)
Richard Mosse (Frieze Vimeo) The Impossible Image | Artist and photographer Richard Mosse reveals the stories behind the making of his latest film, ‘The Enclave’ (2013), in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which will be shown in the Irish Pavilion at this year’s 55th Venice Biennale.
Lauren Greenfield (Rookie magazine) Money Changes Everything: An Interview With Lauren Greenfield
Donna Ferrato (Vogue Italy) “I really believe in the power of photography to change the world. I think without it we would be like cavemen”
Fabio Bucciarelli (Photographic Museum of Humanity)
John G. Morris (Vogue Italy)
Tim Page (Radio Australia) Page on history, photography and the Vietnam War
Thomas Dworzak (Roads and Kingdoms) Dworzak’s Instagram Chapbooks
Saul Leiter (In-Public)
Photojournalists on Covering the War in Iraq (The Leonard Lopate Show / WNYC) audio | Michael Kamber interviewed photojournalists from many leading news organizations to create a comprehensive collection of eyewitness accounts of the Iraq War—Photojournalists on War. He’s joined by photographers Alan Chin and Ashley Gilbertson, who discuss trying to cover the war in Iraq and examine the role of the media and issues of censorship
New booktells ‘untold stories’ from Iraq (MSNBC) Photojournalist Michael Kamber joins MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and fellow photojournalists Carolyn Cole and Ed Kashi to talk about his new book, “The Untold Stories From Iraq: Photojournalists on War”.
Doug Richard (ABC Arts) A New American Picture: Doug Rickard’s Google Street View road-trip
David Guttenfelder (The World) Inside the Hermit Kingdom: David Guttenfelder on Photographing North Korea
Mads Nissen (Panos Social) The Making of Amazonas
Ben Lowy (ABC Arts)
Ben Lowy (MSN Australia) Covering warzones with an iPhone
Kai Löffelbein (Leica blog) A Hidden World in Hong Kong
Tomas van Houtryve (The Story)
Michal Chelbin (The Voice of Russia)
Sue Ogrocki (LightBox) Moments of Hope in Oklahoma: One Photographer’s Story
Paul Hellstern (CNN) Photographer captures snapshots of courage after tornado levels OKC school
Ed Jones (LightBox Tumblr)
Stacy Pearsall (Peach Pit) In the Trenches with Combat Photographer
Katrin Koenning (No Borders Magazine) A sense of belonging
Alonzo J. Adams (LightBox Tumblr)
Laura Pannack (Photo Whoa) Speaking Through Your Photographs & Connecting with Your Viewer
Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com