Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the best photojournalism around the web from the past two weeks.
Features and Essays
Michael Nichols: The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion (NGM) Death is always near, and teamwork is essential on the Serengeti—even for a magnificent, dark-maned male known as C-Boy | From the August 2013 issue of the National Geographic magazine
Brent Stirton: Living With Lions (NGM) Africa’s lions may number no more than 35,000. In Kenya a program called Lion Guardians points to a way to save the beleaguered cats
Yuri Kozyrev: Continuing Chaos in Tahrir Square (LightBox) Kozyrev returned to Egypt in the first days of July to capture the abrupt, almost neck-snapping changes that exploded in Cairo after the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi
Spencer Platt: Egypt (Il Post)
Moises Saman: Guinea Mining: From Conakry to Simandou (Photo Booth) The West African republic of Guinea is one of the poorest in the world, but it holds reserves of natural resources that are worth a fortune
Robin Hammond: Inside Mugabe’s Zimbabwe (Panos Pictures)
Phil Moore: Civilians flee as Congo army pounds M23 rebels (NBC photo blog)
Tomas Munita: In South Africa, Concern Over Attacks (NYT) Violence aimed at foreigners
David Guttenfelder: The Sweet Sounds of Endangered Birds (NYT Lens) Pivoting from combat photography to photographing song birds, David Guttenfelder contends that other species need a voice too | Originally from National Geographic magazine’s July 2013 issue
Misha Friedman: Tuberculosis Takes Lasting Toll In The Former Soviet Union (NPR)
Stanley Greene: Sniper’s Life in Aleppo (NOOR)
Moises Saman: Nowhere People: The Refugees of Syria (LightBox)
Gilles Sabrie: Off-Hour Escapes For China’s Workers (NYT)
Kacper Kowalski: Rising Above China (Panos) Aerial photographs taken in China
Sim Chi Yin: Rocky Transition From Farm to Town in China (NYT)
Jimmy Lam: Chronicling China’s Changing Cities (NYT Lens)
Carolyn Drake: Two Rivers (LightBox) The Surreal World of Central Asia
Charles Fréger: Behind the Painted Elephant (NGM) In India the animal is a treasure—and sometimes also a work of art
Ed Drew: Tintypes of War in Afghanistan (Photo Booth) The first tintypes made in a combat zone since the Civil War.
Taslima Akhter: Portraits of Pain (TIME) Three separate photos galleries related to the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh
Brian Sokol: Nepal’s Brick Factories (NYT Lens)
Adam Dean: Burma’s Menacing Monks (Panos Pictures)
Christian Rodriguez: On a Trapeze, Reaching for an Elusive Dream (NYT Lens) Daily life at two Vietnamese circuses
Rachel Dennis: ‘Third gender’ dancers bedazzle tourists in Thailand (CNN Photo blog)
Arief Priyono: Indo Islam (zReportage) ‘Pesantren’ are Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia
Matt Black: The Kingdom of Dust (Audiovision) The living and working conditions of farmworkers in California
Preston Gannaway: Out in the ‘Hood: Young, Gay and Hoping for Something Better (LightBox) The life of Tavaris “Teddy Ebony” Edwards
Sam Comen: Lost Hills (LightBox) Photographer Sam Comen wanted to find a new way to explore the American historical narrative, so he turned to the small town of Lost Hills, Calif. to illustrate the duality of the immigrant-American experience
Will Seberger: Access Denied (zReportage) Mexicans denied entry the U.S.
Michael Friberg: A Part-Time Home Where the Buffalo Roam (NYT magazine) Campers in Yellowstone
Daniel Barter and Daniel Marbaix: States of Decay (Guardian) Beauty in derelict buildings | Barter and Marbaix toured the United States to capture crumbling buildings that were once schools, prisons and asylums
Lucia Griggi: Riding the Surf (LightBox)
Richard Gilligan: DIY (Guardian) Do-it-yourself skaters
Richard Renaldi: Touching Strangers (NYT Lens)
Michael Hesse: Playing Bingo (Guardian) Hess has spent years photographing the faded glory of Britain’s bingo halls and social clubs.
Shooting the Messengers (GQ) Ed Caesar on the end of war reporters and journalism
Finding Chris Hondros: Film to explore life of slain war photographer through images (Yahoo) The crowdfunding page for the documentary here
Fred Ritchin on Rencontres d’Arles 2013 (Aperture blog)
Les Rencontres d’Arles 2013 – review (Guardian)
Dog Food for the Mind and Soul (NYT Lens) A zine, put out by a small international group of photographers and writers, unearths and remixes the philosophy of the cynics of ancient Greece
Bruce Davidson’s Civil-Rights Photographs (Photo Booth)
UNICEF’s first international photographer: David ‘Chim’ Seymour (Unicef) video 6 minutes
Steichen’s Family of Man Restored: New Life for a Photographic Touchstone (LightBox) After a three-year process of cleaning and retouching, the well-worn prints of Edward Steichen’s celebrated 1955 exhibition have been masterfully restored and are on permanent public view at Clervaux Castle in his native Luxembourg.
Photo Exhibit Spanning Decades Reveals Our Collective War Story (NPR Picture Show) War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington
‘Wall on Wall’ exhibit displayed on former Berlin Wall (NBC photo blog) Photographer Kai Wiedenhoefer’s exhibit features the barriers along some of the tensest borders of the world, including Baghdad, Korea, Cyprus, Mexico, Morocco, Israel, Belfast, and even former East Germany itself.
Black Star Shines Anew (NYT Lens) Images belonging to the Black Star photo agency — whose luminaries photographed many of the indelible images of the 20th century — are collected in a new limited edition book
Alice Austen’s Type of Town (NYT Lens) An avid chronicler not only of her native Staten Island but of New York City and beyond, Alice Austen pushed herself and Victorian boundaries
Magnum AGM News (Magnum Photos)
Instant Parr (Goliga Vimeo) video | Instant Parr is an event-based limited-edition Martin Parr photobook
Instagram Watch: Welcome, Alec Soth (American Photo) One of the bigger names in American fine art photography goes mobile
Featured photographer: Todd Sanchioni (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Faseeh Shams (Verve Photo)
Featured photographer: Juan Arredondo (Verve Photo)
Koci Studios Reviews Google Glass for Photography and Video (kocistudios.com)
Interviews and Talks
Fred Ritchin (Mother Jones) Can Photojournalism Survive in the Instagram Era?
Tomasz Lazar (LA Times Framework photo blog)
Michael Nichols (NGM) On photographing Serengeti lions
Michel du Cille (Washington Post) Veteran photographer recounts his first Afghan war assignment
Under Extreme Hazard: On the Front Lines in Syria (AP YouTube) Photographers Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen and Middle East Regional Photo Editor Manoocher Deghati talk about their experiences
Manoocher Deghati (AP YouTube) Deghati, AP Middle East regional photo editor, discusses the dangers and complexities of covering the Syrian uprising, and the responsibility of managing a staff of photographers in the field.
Manu Brabo (AP YouTube) Brabo on covering Syria
Khalil Hamra (AP YouTube) AP photographer Hamra on covering Syria
Antonin Kratochvil (Vogue Italy) video | An interview with VII photographer Antonin Kratochvil, one of the first to introduce an authorial aesthetics in photojournalism
Shiho Fukada (PDN) Fukada on her work on ‘Japan’s Disposable Workers’
Bruce Gilden (Vice) Gilden Takes Street Photos Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Lynsey Addario (Annenberg Space Youtube) Addario Describes Her Kidnapping In Libya
Caroline Hunter (Jasminedefoore.com) Hunter is Deputy Picture Editor of The Guardian’s Weekend Magazine
Alex Garcia (Windy City Live) Chicago Tribune photographer Garcia chats about his favorite photo assignments and the changing career of photojournalism
Shahidul Alam (Emaho magazine)
Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.