PJL: September 2013 (Part 1)

Curated by Mikko Takkunen, a collection of the best photojournalism around the web from the past two weeks.

Features and Essays

Tomas Munita for The New York Times
Tomas Munita for The New York Times

Tomas Munita: Inside Fukushima’s Evacuation Zone (NYT) Errors cast doubt on Japan’s cleanup of nuclear accident site

Sim Chi Yin: Burma Illuminated (Foreign Policy) Scenes of a changing Myanmar

Andrea Star Reese: Disorder: Indonesia’s Mental Health Facilities (LightBox)

Yuri Kozyrev / Noor for TIME
Yuri Kozyrev / Noor for TIME

Yuri Kozyrev: Treasure Land: The Mines of Afghanistan (LightBox) Afghanistan’s mountains are rich in untapped minerals that could prove to be a blessing — and a curse

Christoph Bangert: After U.S. Exit, Afghan Army Tames a Valley (NYT)

John D McHugh: Drawdown (Jalil’s Sacrifice) (Reportage by Getty Images) Afghanistan

Katie Orlinsky
Katie Orlinsky

Katie Orlinsky: Women, Bought and Sold in Nepal (NYT) As many as 7,000 women and girls are trafficked out of Nepal to India every year

Munem Wasif: Belonging, Old Dhaka (Agence Vu) Bangladesh

Abbas: Hindus in Trance (Magnum Photos) Sri Lanka

Justin Mott: Rehearsing for a Protest in Cambodia (NYT)

Michele Borzoni: Christians in Iraq (Terra Project)

David Brunetti: Dreaming of Syria (Trunk magazine) Syrian refugees who’ve settled in urban areas of Jordan

Nicolas Righetti : The omnipresence of Bashar al-Assad in Syria (CNN Photo blog)

Guillaume Herbaut: Weapon Show (Institute) Just as lingerie or cars, tanks and missiles have their own shows

Pieter Hugo
Pieter Hugo: Daniel Richards, Milnerton, 2013. Digital C-Print. From the series Kin © Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Pieter Hugo: Kin (Huffington Post) Fractured realities of South Africa

Nichole Sobecki: Nightmare in Mogadishu (Foreign Policy) Images from Somalia’s frail mental health care system

Fernando Moleres: Sounds of Light and Hope (Photo Booth) Egyptian orchestra of blind women

Juan Carlos Tomasi: The desolation of Afar, Ethiopia (El País)

Brett Carlsen
Brett Carlsen

Juan Madrid and Brett Carlsen: Welcome to Flint (Feature Shoot) Two photographers take on the most dangerous city in America

Jon Lowenstein: A Violent Thread (Photo Booth) Video | South Side of Chicago

Peter Andrew, Simon Duffy and Derek Blais: Point Blank (Feature Shoot) An in-your-face look at handguns from around the world

Natan Dvir: Coming Soon (Lens Culture) An exploration of the urban landscape through a series of juxtapositions photographed on the streets of New York City.

Bjørn Haldorsen: Death is in the Air (Feature Shoot) A glimpse inside a Brooklyn funeral home

Ben Marcin: Last House Standing (Feature Shoot) Forgotten solo row houses photographed in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Jersey

Greg Miller: The Bus Stop Between Two Worlds (LightBox) Miller’s large-format 8×10 series on school bus stops alongside rural roadways

Anne Berry
Anne Berry

Anne Berry: At the Zoo, Dreaming of Home (Slate Behold) Project examining primates in captivity

Robin Schwartz: A Glimpse Into the World of Dog Couture (LightBox)

Sally Ryan: Fight of Her Life (zReportage) Fallon Fox is the first openly transgender woman to compete in professional Mixed Martial Arts

Nicolas Janowski: The Liquid Serpent (NYT Lens) The Amazon, Through an Anthropologist’s Eye

Tomeu Coll: Mallorca (Stern) The Dark Side of the Island

Ed Kashi: Racial Profiling in the UK (VII)

Thomas Haugersveen: The Last Vikings (Agence Vu) Each summer hundreds of people gather at Gudvangen in Norway to live as the Vikings did

Kacper Kowalski: Forests (Guardian) Aerial shots of Poland’s forests in autumn

Nadia Sablin: Two Sisters (Guardian) Series documenting the lives of the photographer’s two elderly, unmarried aunts in rural north-west Russia


Telegraph Magazine. 17 August 2013.
Telegraph Magazine. 17 August 2013.

Bleak Beauty (Telegraph) The photographer Don McCullin on his life’s work

25 Years of Visa Pour l’Image: A Tribute to Jean-François Leroy (LightBox)

At Visa pour l’Image, proof that photojournalism isn’t dead (Yahoo)

John G Morris: The Peace Editor (BJP) He has spent his life editing and publishing some of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century. This year, however, the focus is on his own images – a personal reportage he shot in Normandy in 1944, which will be shown for the first time at Visa pour l’Image.

The Optimist: A profile of Aidan Sullivan (BJP) Aidan Sullivan started his career as a photographer but went on to become the picture editor at The Sunday Times Magazine and to launch Reportage by Getty Images. Yet, his dedication to photojournalism and young photographers was born from the loss of one man – Ian Parry.

Marcus Bleasdale / VII
Marcus Bleasdale / VII

Marcus Bleasdale’s Zero Hour: From photography to the world of video games (BJP) Bleasdale is thinking about new ways to highlight the grim living conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2009, he co-produced a comic book based on his images, and now he’s working with a team of developers to create a tablet game about conflict minerals.

The Lens Is Standard, the Photos Anything But (NYT Lens) Seeking simplicity as he documents almost unimaginable suffering in Africa, Jerome Delay has relied on a single camera and standard lens for much of the past year

Military Rape, Enemy Within the Ranks (NYT Lens) Less than 20 percent of military sexual assault victims come forward, and those that do often face retribution. Photographer Mary F. Calvert set out to document the human repercussions of this statistic

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Images of the Vietnam War That Defined an Era (NYT) The AP has, for the first time, culled its estimated 25,000 Vietnam photographs and reprinted some 250 in a book, “Vietnam: The Real War,” with an introduction by Pete Hamill, to be published by Abrams on Oct. 1. | Related: Veteran Reporter Ralph Blumenthal Reflects on a Distant War (Lens blog)

Photojournalists On War: The Untold Stories From Iraq (BJP)

Syria and the power of images (David Campbell blog)

Abundant photography: the misleading metaphor of the image flood (David Campbell blog)

Original photo by Warren K. Leffler / Library of Congress. Colorized by Frank Augrandjean.
Original photo by Warren K. Leffler / Library of Congress. Colorized by Frank Augrandjean.

Colorizing The March On Washington (Picture Show)

Rare Images of the March on Washington, 50 Years Later (Slate Behold)

Powerful images capture struggle for civil rights (NBC News photo blog) Bruce Davidson’s images offer a powerful window into the civil rights movement a half-century ago

What makes an image unforgettable? (CNN)

Tim Hetherington’s war photographs show moments of intimacy and absurdity (Guardian) The biggest British exhibition of Hetherington’s work since his death opens in Liverpool

Dawoud Bey’s photography exhibit reconciles Birmingham’s tragic past with the present day reality (All Alabama)

Documenting Elephants’ Compassion, and Their Slaughter (NYT Lens) It took the photographer Michael Nichols years to get close to African elephants that weren’t skittish around humans. His 20-year project Earth to Sky is being published by Aperture.

Magnum Photographers Shoot Campaign for Boston Consulting Group (Vimeo)

Minority retouch: Digital post-producers stand by their practice (BJP) In the firing line since the recent World Press Photo controversy, digital post-producers are striking back, defending their work as well as their ethics. Olivier Laurent talks to 10b Photography and Addretouch

Decision to withdraw unflattering photo of François Hollande is criticised (Guardian)

Stranger than fiction: Should documentary photographers add fiction to reality? (BJP)

Philip-Lorca diCorcia: A lost Eden (FT) The New York photographer’s latest work expresses his sense of national disillusion

Trolleyology – The First Ten Years of Trolley Books (Photo Histories)

Pierdom by Simon Roberts – review (Guardian)

Featured photographer: Jeroen Toirkens (Verve Photo)

Featured photographer: Maddie McGarvey (Verve Photo)

Featured photographer: Carlos Spottorno (Verve Photo)

Interviews and Talks

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Goran Tomasevic (Reuters YouTube) Tomasevic is a veteran war photographer, covering conflict for over 20 years in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. This film was commissioned to accompany an exhibition of Goran’s images from Syria that appear the Visa Pour L’image international photojournalism festival

Sarah Leen (NYT Lens) National Geographic’s newly appointed director of photography

Don McCullin (BJP) “I could have gone on photographing wars all my life, but what kind of person would it have made me?”

Aidan Sullivan and John Moore discuss photojournalism (World Photo Org YouTube)


Steve McCurry (Newsweek) McCurry looks back on his storied career

Eugene Richards (BJP)

Joao Silva (NYT Lens) Looking Back, Moving Forward

David Alan Harvey (Vice)

Edward Burtynsky (LA Times Framed photo blog)


Bruce Davidson (MSNBC) On his civil rights work: “I was looking at fear, oppression, and change.”

Darcy Padilla (BJP) In Julie’s shadow

Michael Christopher Brown (Upwave)

Tomas van Houtryve (BJP)

Marco Gualazzini (BJP)

Samuel James (BJP)

Chris Capozziello (NPPA)

Mikko Takkunen is an associate photo editor at TIME.com. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.

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