Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the best photojournalism around the web from the past two weeks.
Features and Essays
Per-Anders Pettersson: Soweto, the story of South Africa’s transformation (NBC News)
Jehad Nga: Mali (Photo Booth)
Andrew Esiobo: West Africa, as Seen From Its Barbershops (NYT Lens)
Dieter Telemans: Let There Be Light (Panos Pictures) In the centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a Hungarian Friar runs an opthalmic clinic and performs hundreds of simple operations on people living in remote communities who have no access to health care or transport to get them to their nearest hospital
Jimmy Nelson: Before They Pass Away (Foreign Policy) For two years, British photographer Jimmy Nelson lugged his 4×5 plate field camera to 44 countries around the globe — from the canopied rain forests of Papua New Guinea to the snowdrifts of northern Mongolia to the searing Namibian desert — documenting a world fast disappearing.
Adam Dean: When Buddhists Go Bad (LightBox) Buddhism is known for its pacifism and tolerance. But in several Asian nations, monks are inciting bigotry and violence—mostly against Muslims. Photographer Adam Dean traveled to document the growing friction in Thailand and Burma.
Adam Dean: Radical Buddhism Ascendant in Myanmar (NYT)
Bruno Barbey: Burma (Magnum Photos)
Kevin Frayer: Bangladesh collapse left many amputees (NBC News photoblog)
Alessandro Grassani: From nomad to climate refugee (CNN Photoblog) Mongolian climate refugees
Zhang Kechun: Yellow River (BBC) Chengdu-based artist Zhang Kechun has spent two years photographing from the banks of the Yellow River, creating a set of subtly toned large format images. Here swimmers hold a portrait of Chairman Mao as they swim across the river in Henan province.
Simon Norfolk: Afghanistan (FT magazine) After winning the Prix Pictet Commission, photographer Simon Norfolk follows the cycle of the seasons in Bamyan province in the country’s Central Highlands
Joel van Houdt : Afghanistan’s New Rich (Guardian) A tiny elite in Afghanistan enjoys a lavish lifestyle, including glittering new apartments, shopping malls and celebrations at luxury wedding halls
Jacob Aue Sobol: Arrivals and Departures: A Trans-Siberian Journey (Photo Booth)
Yuri Kozyrev: Far East Russia (NOOR)
Oksana Yushko: Balaklava, The Lost History (burn magazine) An exploration of the minds of people who were born in the USSR
Claudine Doury: Pagan rituals celebrate Russian summer (CNN Photoblog)
Rena Effendi: A Fairy Tale in Transylvania (NYT Lens)
José Antonio de Lamadrid: Living Life as Brothers: Photographing Triplets with Autism (LightBox)
Newsha Tavakolian: Iran: A Nation Eager to Be Heard (LightBox) Based in Tehran, photographer Newsha Tavakolian spent a week on assignment for TIME documenting the run-up to Iran’s elections.
Lynsey Addario: A Milestone for Israel’s President Shimon Peres (NYT)
Maciek Nabrdalik: The Last Holocaust Survivors (Slate Behold)
Mads Nissen: Amazonas (Berlingske)
Joakim Eskildsen: Cuban Evolution (LightBox) Traveling to Cuba on assignment for TIME, Danish photographer Joakim Eskildsen spent 10 days in the Caribbean nation documenting the twilight of the Castro era.
João Pina: Brazil’s Protests (Photo Booth)
Jorge Santiago: Hoop Dreams in Oaxaca’s Hills (NYT Lens)
Larry Towell: Idle No More (Magnum Photos) Native American community in Ontario, Canada
Jon Lowenstein: Getting back to nature in Gary, Indiana (NBC News) Battered city of Gary, Ind., considers shrinking 40 percent to save itself
Jan Banning: The Faces of Homelessness (Slate Behold) Beyond Stereotypes
John Pendygraft: Savannah’s Journey (zReportage)
David Walter Banks: The Myth and Mystery of the Sunshine State (LightBox) Florida
Eirik Johnson: Barrow Cabins (Feature Shoot) Alaskan Structures in Summer and Winter
Jane Hilton: The Precious Women of Nevada’s Brothels (Slate Behold)
Margaret LeJeune: At Home With the Huntress (Slate Behold) Photographs of female hunters
Katie Orlinsky: The Aqualillies (Reportage by Getty Images) The Aqualillies are an underwater dance troupe that has merged the art of ballet with the athleticism of synchronised swimming.
Brian Powers: Portraits of the Chicago Sun-Times photography department (CNN Photoblog)
Camille Seaman: The Big Cloud (TED blog) collection of storm photos
The Making of Boogie’s Demons Project (Dva Foto) Serbian photographer Boogie, known for his street photography from all over the world, has been working on a series of wet-plate collodion portraits in his hometown of Belgrade over the last few years, a project that he calls “Demons”.
Photography Legend Robert E. Gilka, 96 (NPPA) Gilka, a newspaper photographer and editor who was a mentor to legions of photographers and who was the director of photography for National Geographic Magazine for more than 27 years passed away
Bert Stern, Elite Photographer Known for Images of Marilyn Monroe, Dies at 83 (NYT) Also, on LightBox here
Greg Marinovich : Documenting apartheid, ‘one long nightmare’ (CNN Photoblog) South African photographer Greg Marinovich spent years covering the rise of violence in his home country before the eventual death of the systemic racial discrimination policy of apartheid. During the transition to democracy, he found himself on the front lines of history.
A Monday in Kabul (Philip&Hugo Vimeo) video 7 mins | In March 2013 photographer Marieke van der Velden went to Afghanistan to make a photo documentary. She had a simple question: what is your favorite place of your city?
The month in photography – audio slideshow (Guardian) See the best of Arles Photography Festival in July’s guide to the top photography around the world, with Guy Bourdin, John Stezaker and more. Elsewhere, there’s work by Erwin Blumenfeld and Vanessa Winship.
Kathy Ryan: Three Venerable Names From the Art World: Chuck Close, James Turrell and Polaroid Film (NYT magazine 6th Floor blog)
The Story Behind the Shocking Pepper-Spray Photo (New York Magazine: Daily Intelligencer)
Abo al-Nur Sadk: Another Day in Aleppo (AFP Correspondent blog)
Top of the blocks: the world’s strangest war memorials – in pictures (Guardian) Dotted around the former Yugoslavia are some of the world’s most remote second world war memorials, placed there by Tito to commemorate battle sites. From 2006 to 2009, photographer Jan Kempenaers scoured the countryside to find them all – on show now at London’s Breese Little gallery | more on Guardian’s photoblog here
In Flight, John White Shares His Light (NYT Lens)
In Flight, John White Shares His Light (NYT Lens)
Featured photographer: Kieran Dodds (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Anthony Delgado (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Adrian Fussell (Verve Photo)
Kathy Ryan: Office Romance: A Post-It Note Is a Post-It Note Is a Post-It Note (NYT magazine 6th Floor blog)
Destination Cuba: Alongside empty seat 17A (Reuters photoblog) Reuters photographer Maxim Shemetov on the fruitless flight to Cuba
Pakistani Photographers Take A Personal Picture Of Home (NPR Picture Show)
From hard copy to e-book (BBC) For the publishers of photographic books, the rise of digital publishing presents its own unique challenges
Interviews and Essays
Six Photographs: René Burri (Port-magazine) Matt Willey talks to the legendary Magnum photographer about six of his most iconic and interesting photographs, from Picasso to the reopening of the Suez Canal…
Susan Meiselas (Look3) Meiselas in conversation with David Levi Strauss
Michael Nichols (Look3) Nichols in Conversation with David Quammen
Josef Koudelka (PDN) Koudelka on the Measure of a Photographer, Courage, and Controlling Your Own Destiny
Paul Conroy (Monocle 24) audio | starts at 10 minutes in
Grazia Neri : The Lady of Photography (Le Journal de la Photographie)
Platon (New Republic) About that Rand Paul Cover Photo… A Conversation with Platon
Annie Leibovitz (Guardian) Leibovitz on the future of photography
Diana Markosian (Le Journal de la Photographie) My father, the stranger
Chris Killip (The Photographers’ Gallery Vimeo)
Bill Eppridge (Vimeo) The Importance of the Still Image
Kai Wiedenhöfer (Vice) Wiedenhöfer Hates Walls, but He Photographs Them Anyway
Aristide Economopoulos (PDN) Economopoulos on his award winning Sandy coverage
Per-Anders Pettersson (NBC News) Chronicling post-apartheid South Africa through one township’s story
Richard Misrach (Look3) Misrach in conversation with Alex Chadwick
Gregory Crewdson (Look3) Crewdson in conversation with Alex Chadwick
10 questions with photographer Pablo López Luz (Ventana Latina)
In the Photographer’s Studio: Andrea Gjestvang (WPO YouTube)
Antonio Olmos (Vignette magazine) Olmos on his The Landscape of Murder project
Maciej Dakowicz (Japan Camera Hunter)
David Stewart (Feature Shoot) Steward Discusses Film, Teens, and the Current Climate in Ad Photography
Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.