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By Mikko Takkunen
October 14, 2013

Features and Essays

A married Republican Congressman from Louisiana who was caught on video kissing a female aide will not seek re-election. “Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election, but I will continue to be that voice and will uphold the office to which I was elected to serve for the remainder of my term," Representative Vance McAllister said in a statement Tuesday. The 40-year-old, who won a vacated seat in the House of Representatives in November, touted his Christian beliefs and family values during his election campaign. In the statement, he acknowledged that he has fallen short of those values. “I've failed those I care most about and let down the people who elected me to represent them. I take full responsibility for this personal failure and I'm truly sorry for what I've done,” he added. McAllister's wife flew with him to Washington, D.C., this week, and has said she is “behind him 100%” and that their marriage remains intact. The object of his illicit affections, however, has resigned from her post on his staff.
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Barbara Davidson: The Security Housing Unit at Corcoran State Prison (LA Times Framework) Inmates in the Security Housing Unit are some of the most dangerous in California’s prison system

David Harriman: Facing Deportation (AudioVision) Portraits of migrants on the US-Mexico border who have been apprehended and deported

Mishka Henner: Feedlots (Wired) Satellite Images of Industrial Farms

A regulatory task force will meet in Colorado Wednesday to consider revising rules that govern the packaging requirements around edible marijuana products, after two high-profile deaths were linked to pot comestibles. The meeting in Aurora will consider whether rules should be implemented to limit the amount of THC—the active ingredient in marijuana—in a “single serving” size of 10mg. Currently no requirement exists that edible marijuana products come in single-serving sizes, KUSA-TV reports. The meeting comes after a 19-year-old leapt to his death from a building after reportedly consuming 65 mg of THC in a marijuana cookie. In another instance, police say a Denver man ate THC-infused candy before shooting and killing his wife. [KUSA-TV]
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Ashley Gilbertson and Ed Kashi: It’ll Be Better Next Year (New Yorker) Photographers Gilbertson and Kashi profiled a slice of the community of Cimarron County, Oklahoma, and to gain a better understanding of their struggles and resilience during the region’s worst drought in fifty years

Michael Light: Economic Collapse Seen Through Aerial Photos of Abandoned Mansions (Wired Rawfile)

Dana Lixenberg : Homeless in Suburbia (LightBox) Portraits From Jeffersonville, Indiana

Ilana Panich-Linsman: The Tree and The Apple (FotoVisura) A look at the beauty pageant industry through an eleven year-old competitor

Jim Lo Scalzo: Smith Island (Big Picture) The last inhabited island in Maryland

Pouya Dianat: Seeing Baseball in a Different Light (NYT) Baseball in infrared

Charles Ommanney: Bloomberg’s World (LightBox) Ommanney followed New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg as he traveled from Paris to London

Katie Orlinsky / Reportage by Getty Images

Katie Orlinsky: Mexico’s All-Female Vigilante Squad (The Daily Beast)

Paolo Woods: (Re)Building The State of Haiti (Lens Culture) Also on Huffington Post here

Juan Arredondo: Barrio Triste (Foto8) Life in Barrio Triste, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Colombia’s second largest city Medellín

Tomas Munita: Near Fukushima, a Human Crisis Quietly Unfolds (NYT) Japan’s nuclear refugees, still stuck in limbo

Damir Sagolj: Fukushima’s Fallout: The Half-Lives of Nuclear Refugees (TIME) To this day, the plant still leaks toxic, radioactive water and tens of thousands of “nuclear refugees” from nearby towns are still outcasts in their own land

Sim Chi Yin: Instabeijing (Photo Booth) Instagram photos from Beijing. The photo-centric app is one of the few Western social-media platforms that is not blocked in China, allowing us this glimpse of Sim’s experience of the megalopolis.

Sean Gallagher: Meltdown (WSJ) China’s Environment in Crisis

Jan Grarup: Combat soldiers reveal tattoo traditions (CNN Photo Blog) The tattoo imagery of Denmark’s Royal Life Guards infantry

Jamey Stillings: The Ivanpah Solar Project (LightBox) A solar field of mirrors generating energy in the Mojave Desert

Christian Als: Postcard from Helmand (Panos Pictures) Afghanistan

Andrea Bruce: Afghan Americans (Photo Booth) A study in duality

Simone Cerio: Afghanistan – When the others go away (Parallelo Zero) Italian trainee surgeon in Afghanistan | Multimedia here

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Adam Ferguson: Pakistan’s Struggle for Power (TIME) In Karachi, Pakistan’s coastal metropolis, countless residents deal with power cuts – and find creative ways to steal from and work around the country’s deeply flawed electricity grid

Sami Siva: Kukis of Northeast India fight for identity (CNN Photo Blog)

Stephanie Sinclair: Too Young To Wed (NBC Photo Blog) India

Munef Wasif: Chaos and Harmony in Old Dhaka (NYT Lens) Bangladesh

In the run up to the May 16 release of their album Ghost Stories, British rock band Coldplay have launched an international treasure hunt, urging fans to search through ghost story books in libraries where they've hidden lyric sheets from their new songs. https://twitter.com/coldplay/statuses/461080241960931329 There are nine lyrics sheets in total -- to match the nine tracks on Ghost Stories -- and two have already been found. The lyric sheet for "Magic" was found in a copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in a library in Mexico City and the lyric sheet for "Always in my Head" was found in Clive Barker's Mister B. Gone in library in Helsinki. Seven more lyric sheets remain and alongside one of those sheets is a "golden ticket," which includes a flight to see the band perform at London's Royal Albert Hall this summer. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who recently announced his split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow, has said that his relationship's demise influenced album. "I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it's love or money, kids, or illness," Martin told BBC Radio 1 during an interview on Monday night. "You have to really not run away from that stuff." The singer also shouldered the blame for the pair's "conscious uncoupling," saying, "About two years ago I was a mess, really, because I can't enjoy the things that we are good at and I can't enjoy the great things around me because I'm burdened by this... I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes." [Guardian]
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AP: An Ancient Refuge for Those Fleeing Syria’s War (TIME) Many refugees from Aleppo and neighboring Idlib province have fled to the countryside. Some have taken shelter in an ancient Roman ruins near Kafer Rouma.

AP: The Lone Family: Life in a Syrian Ghost Town (TIME) The only family remaining in the desolate village of Kfar Lata

Lynsey Addario: For Syrian Refugees in Jordan, a New Sense of Home (NYT)

Andrea Bruce: In Damascus, Tension but Also Hope (NYT)

Cédric Gerbehaye: Broken Hopes in the West Bank (LightBox)

Matic Zorman: Faces of War (Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent) Gaza

Jason Larkin / Panos

Jason Larkin: After Johannesburg’s Gold Rush: Mine Dumps (Businessweek)

Francesca Tosarelli: Women in Africa’s Militias: Kalashnikov and Nail Polish (Spiegel) Congo

Bieke Depoorter: Smiles of African Mothers (Magnum Photos) Ethiopia

Michael Zumstein: Chaos in the Central African Republic (Agence Vu)

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars! Grab a bowl of chips and watch the salsas , because it's Latin Week on our beloved dance competition show. Stalwart fans know that means this week will be filled with the ersatz celebrities and their more famous pro dancing partners doing their best to get in touch with their inner Ricky Martin and shake their bon bons for our entertainment and the judges' scores. Who better to judge their success at that noble goal than the real Ricky Martin? Much like Redfoo before him, Ricky will be joining the judges at their table, assessing the merits of the scrum of stars on their kicks, flicks and rumba moves. Here's what happened on Dancing With the Stars: Safety First: Danica McKellar broke a rib during rehearsal, because Val Chmerkoviskiy doesn't know his own man-strength. She will sally forth and barrel through, though and to reward her for her fortitude, Tom Bergeron announces that she is safe from elimination this week. Who will be joining her next week? Paralympian Amy Purdy, who is tasked with dancing first. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: During rehearsals for their saucy rumba, Amy admitted that she was having "challenges at home" because her DWTS schedule was impeding her personal life and then she started crying, which Derek found very awkward. To make things less uncomfortable for himself (but probably not helping her personal relationship) Derek choreographed a sultry and sexy rumba to "Light My Fire." The judges ate it up, but Carrie Ann Inaba a.k.a. resident Lift Cop busted Derek for putting a lift in the number. Ricky loved it, though: "I go by what my heart is feeling... You were stunning." 36/40 James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: In typical meanie DWTS style, James and Peta were told that they were in jeopardy and then ordered to hit the dance floor. And hit it they did. The duo started out clad in gas station attendant coveralls that were stripped off during the course of their samba, leaving Peta in her red sequined garters and James shirtless, which everyone with a pulse loved, but none so much as Bruno Tonioli — who announced that he will need the "full service" tomorrow because he has "blown his spark plugs." Despite what Len Goodman considered to be sloppy footwork, Ricky summed it up best: "It was like wow after wow." 35/40 Best Bergeronism: "That's amazing. That's exactly what happens in the gas station I go to," said Tom. Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Despite having a broken rib, Danica and Val delivered a fast-paced salsa routine with Danica setting the mood in her outfit of nothing but cut-off booty shorts, hot pink high tops and crimped hair. While the judges knew she was injured and she had the x-ray to prove it, they judged her strictly on her routine, which Carrie Ann deemed "stifled" and Len called "a little bit careful." 33/40 Safety Last: Amy injured her back during her routine, and was taken to the medics for examination and then ordered to the hospital before she could do the team dance. Also not safe? Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and Real Housewife Nene Leakes. Nene Leakes and Tony Dovolani: Despite being dapper in his vest and tie, thanks to a last-minute Twitter campaign, Tony was required to hit the dance floor sans shirt. Luckily, he had no problem with the creepy call and stripped down for his Argentine tango. The routine let Nene's show off her skills as an entertainer, but unfortunately her dance moves were still off. Len noted that she "sold it," but the footwork and leg action "could have been a bit crisper." Carrie Ann backhandedly said she was impressed by how far NeNe has come in the competition, which is the telltale sign of a star about to head home. 31/40 Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: While Charlie and Sharna are in jeopardy this week, everyone knows it's just the producers are using it like a pep speech in Rudy to try and create additional tension to propel the Olympian to greatness on the dance floor. They delivered a passionate and aggressive paso doble that looked amazing to the untrained eye, but left the judges unimpressed. Len didn't think it was "special" and Carrie Ann said he needed more "sharpness" in his moves. Everyman Ricky Martin loved it, though, and gave them a 10. 36/40 Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Candace had to go see a sports psychologist to drum up sympathy to discuss her insecurities and the fact that she is "blanking out" on the dance floor. After years on the hit show Full House, the actress isn't used to failure and she feels like she is letting Mark down. Candace incorporated her psychologist's suggestions into her Argentine tango. Bruno noted she had "great legs," but it was unclear whether the psychologist had anything to do with that. 35/40. Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Let it be known that Meryl knows how to rock a perm. The enormously curly hair she wore for her salsa with Maks was worth a perfect 10 in and of itself. In rehearsal, Meryl said the "depth of the sexuality" she needed for the routine was new to her, but Maks knew how to turn on Meryl's "sexy switch" — all of which was clearly a dig at her real life dancing partner Charlie. The duo got down and dirty on the dance floor for a high-energy, super-fast salsa that included a team of backup dancers, wild flips and, naturally, Maks ripping off his shirt and throwing it to the crowd. Obviously Bruno and Ricky loved it. 39/40, with Len being the lone holdout. Saddest Moment In Television History: In homage to Ricky Martin, the stars were divided into two teams: Team Vida and Team Loca. They were then forced to dance for the guest judge's pleasure to one of his own songs. Candace was the last person picked for the team dance, which will not help her self esteem issues. Team Vida: Due to the fact that they were all in jeopardy of going home, Charlie and Sharna, NeNe and Tony, and James and Peta delivered a spicy number that Bruno declared was "incredible fun." 35/40. Team Loca: Amy rudely left her teammates hanging and was loitering in a hospital triage room instead of dancing live to Ricky Martin's "La Vida Loca." That meant that instead of seeing the live routine, the television viewing audience was shown the footage from the dress rehearsal, while the studio audience got to see shirtless Maks, Val and Mark dance live with Meryl, Danica and Candace. Carrie Ann deemed it the "tightest group dance" ever. 39/40 The Leaderboard: Meryl and Maks top the rankings with a nearly-perfect 39 followed by Amy and Derek and Charlie and Sharna tied with a respectable 36. At the bottom of the charts? NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani with a 31 Who Went Home? Nene, who took a moment to speak of herself in the third person: "I am proud of NeNe Leakes!" MORE: RECAP: Mad Men Watch: “Field Trip” MORE: RECAP: Game of Thrones Watch: Soul on Ice  
Ferhat Bouda

Ferhat Bouda: North Mali with the “NMLA” fighters (Agence Vu)

Katie Orlinsky: Timbuktu’s Hopeful, Troubled Peace (New Yorker) Mali

Edward Burtynsky: Liquid of Life (FT Magazine) Burtynsky’s latest photographic project explores the ways we use, abuse and strive to control our planet’s most precious resource

Tamas Dezso: Untouched – A Portrait of Romania (LightBox) In Romania, Tamas Dezso was quickly captivated by the country’s untouched land, the sincerity of its people and the natural relationship between the two

Articles

A regulatory task force will meet in Colorado Wednesday to consider revising rules that govern the packaging requirements around edible marijuana products, after two high-profile deaths were linked to the products. The meeting in Aurora will consider whether rules should be implemented to limit the amount of THC—the active ingredient in marijuana—in a “single serving” size. Currently no requirement exists that edible marijuana products come in single-serving sizes, KUSA-TV reports. The meeting comes after a 19-year-old leapt to his death from a building after, friends say, he consumed 65 mg of THC in a marijuana cookie. State authorities consider 10mg to be a single serving. In another instance, police say a Denver man ate THC-infused candy before shooting and killing his wife. [KUSA-TV]
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In Memoriam: Iconic LIFE Photographer Bill Eppridge (1938-2013) (LightBox) After more than five decades as a professional photographer, LIFE photojournalist Bill Eppridge passed away on October 2, 2013, at the age of 75

The Moment a Photographer Became a Historian (NYT Lens) Bill Eppridge

Goran Tomasevic : Witnessing the Nairobi mall massacre (Reuters photo blog)

Tyler Hicks : Witness to a Massacre in a Nairobi Mall (NYT Lens)

Tyler Hicks : Inside the Kenya mall terror attacks (CNN)

U.S. President Barack Obama's four-nation tour of Asia ended Tuesday with a speech at Manila's Fort Bonifacio. Standing in a gymnasium packed with camo-clad soldiers, Obama spoke about the 10-year military pact signed Monday. The agreement, which was the centerpiece of his visit to the Philippines, will give U.S. planes, warships and troops greater access to the archipelago. Many Filipinos see the deal as a counter to China, with which the country is locked in a bitter maritime dispute. Obama insists it is not. “Deepening our alliance is part of our broader vision for the Asia-Pacific,” he said. Left unsaid, of course what this "vision" for Asia means for the region's rising power, China. The recurring theme of Obama's tour was that it was not about Beijing. This was a friendly visit, full stop—and it was indeed full of well-wishes and vows of trust. Yet the more Obama denied it was about China, the less it rung true. Through stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, China loomed large—the proverbial dragon, or panda, in the room. The mixed messaging underscores the challenge of one of the Obama administration's signature foreign-policy initiatives: the so-called "pivot" to Asia. The plan calls for the U.S. to shift resources away from the Middle East to East Asia, where they see more opportunity ahead. But China is also expanding its influence in the region. And Obama chose to visit four countries that are wary of China's rise. "President Obama obviously wants to avoid any appearances that this is part of a new Cold War with China," says Mark R. Thompson, director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at the City University of Hong Kong. "But this is a tricky balancing act because this is increasingly how the U.S.'s traditional allies that he is visiting are viewing things." Take Japan. President Obama's visit to Tokyo came amid ongoing Sino-Japanese territorial disputes. A set of rocks, called the Senkaku in Japanese and the Diaoyu in Mandarin, is administered by Japan but also claimed by China. The U.S. maintains a neutral stance on their ownership. But while in Tokyo, Obama said for the first time that the islets are covered by the security treaty that commits the U.S. to defend Japan should it be attacked — a boon for hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but not great news for the Chinese. It was a similar story in the Philippines, where the signing of a military pact and a speech to soldiers did much to counter the notion that the visit was, as Obama insisted, not about countering China, but rather, deepening long-standing ties. "The Obama strategy is military deterrence and balancing, combined with political and economic engagement," says Minxin Pei, a China scholar at Claremont McKenna College. "The problem with this strategy is that the Chinese tend to take the engagement part for granted and see the deterrence part as pure containment." Even in South Korea, which is not embroiled in a territorial dispute with China, Beijing was, at times, a silent presence. In Seoul, Obama announced that the U.S. and South Korea agreed on a bi-national defense team that, in the event of war, would put South Korean troops under U.S. control. Citing signs that North Korea plans to conduct another nuke test, Obama warned the U.S. would "will not hesitate to use our military might" to defend its allies. Yet there is a growing sense that to move forward with North Korea, it is China, not the U.S. or South Korea, that holds the key. And then there's Malaysia, a country with whom neither the U.S. nor China has particularly strong ties. A recent editorial in Global Times, a Beijing-backed newspaper, claimed the Obama visit — the first by a sitting president since Lyndon Johnson in 1966 — was a reward for Malaysia adopting a harder stance toward China's territorial claims in the South China. If that's the case, Obama certainly isn't saying. But he certainly stepped lightly in Kuala Lumpur, choosing not to visit opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is appealing charges of sodomy that he says are politically motivated. The President also failed to convince Malaysia (or Japan for that matter) to commit further to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-country trade bloc that does not include China. Still, the host countries gained much: Japan's Abe got U.S. cover for his rightism; the Philippines and South Korea received some military muscle; and Malaysia's leaders gained prestige from hobnobbing with Obama. Beijing seems quite content to let all this play out. State media predictably lashed out at Obama's pledge on the Senkaku/Diaoyu islets and had some stern words on the U.S.-Philippines military agreement. But the official response to Pivot 2.0 was uncharacteristically measured, almost dismissive. When asked about Obama's visit at a regular press conference Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesmen Qin Gang said "Whether it [was] to counter China or not, we will tell based on what the U.S. says and does." As for China not being on the itinerary, Qin riffed on a saying that traces back to a Qing-era love poem: "You come or you don't come, I'm right here."
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AFP’s freelancers Fabio Bucciarelli and Javier Manzano win Bayeux Calvados Awards (BJP)

Battle to death in Aleppo (AFP Correspondent) Behind Fabio Bucciarelli’s award winning photograph

Patrick Baz: Death of the ‘Brave One’ (AFP Correspondent) Murhaf al-Modahi, who worked under the alias Abu Shuja, was killed in a rocket attack on September 28 in his hometown of Deir Ezzor, Syria

French government confirms abducted journalists are still alive (BJP) Photographer Edouard Elias and journalist Didier François, who were abducted in Syria in June, are still alive, the French government has confirmed

Andrea Bruce and the Paradox That’s Damascus (BagNewsNotes)

Sweet Damascus (BagNewsNotes) On Sergey Ponomarev’s recent photos from Syria’s capital

Prices begin at $25 for bags that must be stored overhead. If your baggage is small enough to be tucked beneath a seat, you can bring it on free of charge

Meeting Marie: Paul Conroy’s Memoir ‘Under the Wire’ Remembers Marie Colvin’s Final Days (The Daily Beast) Extract from Conroy’s book, just published in the US.

Black out! Russian media remove photos to protest imprisonment of photographer (Editorial Photographers UK)

Two months detention for Russian photographer on Greenpeace vessel (Reporters Without Borders)

Photography as Advocacy: Origins of a Journey (PROOF) National Geographic photo editor Pamela Chen on Marcus Bleasdale’s photography for change

The Real Vietnam (Daily Mail) Spectacular images taken by courageous AP war photographers released to remember 50 years since conflict began

At least 11 people were killed Monday as deadly tornadoes ripped through sections of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, bringing the death toll for the storm system that hit the Midwest earlier in the week to 28. The dangerous weather was headed toward Georgia early Tuesday, after having flattened buildings in towns throughout the region. “For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable,” said Mississippi state Sen. Giles Ward, whose Louisville home was destroyed in the storm while he huddled in a bathroom with his wife, four kids and dog. “It’s about as awful as anything we’ve gone through.” Of six deaths in Winston County, Miss., Monday, one was a woman who died in the day care center she operated in Louisville, though it remained unclear if there were children in the center when the storm hit. In Tupelo, Miss., every building in a two-block area was damaged when a tornado ravaged the town of about 35,000. Power was out for tens of thousands of customers in the region and road crews worked to clear debris from streets Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. [AP]
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Focus: North Korea (AP Interactive) As part of their coverage of North Korea, AP journalists in Pyongyang are using Instagram to highlight rarely seen views of the reclusive country.

Women on the Front Lines and Behind the Lens (NYT Lens) On National Geographic’s exhibition ‘Women of Vision’, celebrating female photographers

Melissa Cacciola’s Tintypes (NYT Lens) Cacciola makes modern-day tintypes that marry attention to detail with a nod to history

Peter Turnley’s Paris (NYT Lens) Like the great French photographers he idolized, Peter Turnley remains enchanted by Paris, a city where he finds timeless moments of romance and delight

Enrique Meneses: On the Frontier of History (LightBox) Spanish photographer who had a knack for being in the right place at the right time

Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr: Photographing the English (Telegraph) The photographers were united by their gently satirical documentation of our national characteristics | Related photos here

Jacques Lowe: the JFK photographer who lost his life’s work on 9/11 (Guardian) The man who got unprecedented access to JFK’s life stored his whole archive in a safe in the twin towers. A new exhibition shows the painstakingly restored fragments that survived

Revisiting Minamata, and a Storied Mentor (NYT Lens) Decades after W. Eugene Smith’s seminal documentation of the effects of industrial pollution on the town of Minamata, Japan, his assistant revisited some of his subjects

Apple has updated its line of ultraportable MacBook Air notebooks, outfitting the machines with the latest-generation Intel processors and dropping the starting price by $100. The 11-inch model with 128 gigabytes of storage now starts at $899. The entire line – two 11-inch models and two 13-inch models – sports 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processors and four gigabytes of RAM, with prices topping out at $1,199 for the top-of-the-line 13-inch model, which features 256 gigabytes of storage. Apple is also promising better battery life for the new models, with the 13-inch versions capable of up to 12 hours on a charge and the 11-inch version capable of up to nine hours on a charge. MacBook Air [Apple Store via 9to5Mac]
Pavel Maria Smejkal

Playing with Icons (No Caption Needed) One of the characteristics of iconic images is that people play with them: artists, advocates, advertisers, comics, you name it, there always is somebody willing to drag and drop, cut, color

National Geographic Celebrates 125 Years Of Photography (Picture Show)

National Geographic magazine turns 125 (LA Times Framework)

Photographer Identifies People in Iconic 9/11 Image Using Social Media (Mashable)

Seven of the most captivating photojournalists on Instagram capturing conflict zone (Digital Trends)

If We Spend $25K On A Photo Essay, Readers Should Pay to See It, Says Harper’s Publisher (PDN)

Wire Photographer Spotlight: Political Perspective with Brendan Smialowski (LightBox)

People find women more attractive with less makeup

A photographer’s guide to being a photographer (CNN) Vanden Driessche’s satirical book, “How to be a Photographer in Four Lessons,” is a field guide to spotting photographers in their natural habitats that picks apart the stereotypes of just about every type of photographer

World Press Photo to change contest rules following post-processing controversy (BJP) World Press Photo, who has selected VII Photo co-founder Gary Knight as chair of its 2014 contest, has announced a change of rules regarding “the permissible levels in post-processing of image files” submitted following this year’s intense debate about manipulation in photojournalism

Magnum Photos readies paid-for online membership platform (BJP)

As expected, housing price gains as reflected by the S&P/Case-Shiller index slowed this month. The 20-city composite, an index of major metropolitan areas from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., rose 12.9% year-over-year for the month ending in February. That healthy double-digit gain would cause optimism anywhere but in the world of housing prices, where it reflects a deceleration from the 13.2% increase clocked for January. What's more, the slowdown is expected to continue for the next few months. The question the data poses is whether this easing of speed is worrisome or not. Noting that "the annual rates have cooled the most we've seen in some time," David M. Blitzer, chairman of the committee that releases the indices,
Kazi Riasat Alve

Emerging photographer: Kazi Riasat Alve (Photo Booth) The photographer was recently commended in The Ian Parry Scholarship

Munem Wasif’s best photograph: the journey for fresh water in Bangladesh (Guardian)

Featured photographer: David Maurice Smith (Verve Photo)

Featured photographer: Uliana Bazar (Verve Photo)

Interviews and Talks

Edible marijuana products are pictured on display at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver on April 18, 2014.
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Per-Anders Pettersson (Vogue Italy) An interview with Pettersson, who documented South Africa’s transformation ranging from reportage to fashion

Lynsey Addario (MSNBC) Addario interviewed about National Geographic Museum’s Women in Vision exhibition

Jacob Aue Sobol (FK Magazine)

Stephanie Sinclair (Vogue Italy)

JR (burn magazine)

James Nachtwey (Paris Match L’instant) NB English translation underneath the French text

Marcus Bleasdale (PROOF) On shock and change

Sebastian Junger (Guardian) ‘I got out of war when Tim Hetherington died’

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for the 4th EU-Africa summit on April 2, 2014
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Eugene Richards (LightBox) Richards on his latest book, Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down | Related on NYT Lens here

Elliott Erwitt (NYT Lens) Coloring outside the lines

Edward Burtynsky (American Photo)

Edward Burtynsky (Monocle radio) Burtunsky on his latest project | starts at 5:45 in

Angelos Tzortzinis (Leica Camera blog) Prostitution and drug crisis in Athens

Munef Wasif (Emaho Magazine) ‘The notion of educating others is quite boring’

Paolo Woods (Aperture blog) Woods on his experience living and working in Haiti

Jane Hilton (Telegraph) Hilton has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society

Carrie Mae Weems (NYT Lens)

Elinor Carucci (Telegraph) Aiming to portray the motherhood as it really is, Elinor Carucci has turned her camera on herself and her twins

Laura Pannack (IdeasTap) Pannack on the story behind one of her best-known images

Karen Kasmauski (BBC) Photographing death and disease

Brian Skerry (True To Me Too)


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


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