George Steinmetz
By Mikko Takkunen
March 24, 2014

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George Steinmetz

George Steinmetz: Frozen City (The New Yorker) Most New Yorkers spent this past winter complaining about the harsh weather. George Steinmetz took on a more ambitious project: photographing the snowbound city from the seat of a two-person piston-powered helicopter

Lucas Foglia: New Wild West (Financial Times Magazine) When the photographer went in search of America’s old frontier, he found a divided land where cowboys struggle to make a living amid industrial-scale mining

A 40-year old man arrested in Texas has been cleared of accusations that he was involved in the massive data breach at Target. When he was arrested Wednesday, USA Today and the local television station KVUE from Texas reported that the man was arrested over the devastating data breach at Target. Now law enforcement officials say that his arrest had nothing to do with the investigations over the data breach. "This appears to be strictly a street level arrest that is not tied to the larger breach investigation," an official told Reuters. Over the Christmas holidays around 40 million payment records, as well as other customer information such as addresses and contact information, was stolen from the retail giant. The Secret Service has been involved in investigating the case. [Reuters]  
Lars Tunbjork for The New York Times

Lars Tunbjork: Going Mobile (New York Times Magazine) Mobile home communities in the U.S.

Jason Vaughn: Hide (Slate Behold) Project documenting Wisconsin deer stands

The sign outside a Target store is seen in Arvada, Colo., on Feb. 14, 2014
Peter van Agtmael—Magnum

Peter van Agtmael: Hope on the horizon for Choctaw Nation (MSNBC) The Choctaw Nation is a sprawling area in southeastern Oklahoma that includes nearly 11 counties and more than 11,000 square miles of vast farm and timber lands, stretching north from the Red River and the Texas border.

Thomas Prior: Valley of Ashes (LightBox) Willets Point, Queens may be part of New York City, but it looks like a totally different world

Vincent Cianni: Out, and Serving (New York Times) Project documenting gays and lesbians who have served in the U.S. military

Robb Kendrick: Coal (National Geographic) Documenting coal industry and consumption in the U.S., China, and India

Walker Pickering: The Band Marches On (CNN Photos) As a musician from junior high through college, Pickering was in step with his marching band and a part of the camaraderie the group developed. As a photographer for the last 10 years, he focused his camera on high school and college marching bands and traveling drum corps in Texas.

Vittoria Mentasti: At the edge of the Western world (CNN Photos) Mentasti traveled to Iqaluit, the remote capital of Canada’s Nunavut territory in the Arctic North. The only way in and out of Iqaluit is by plane, and one of the only roads that lead away from the city is called Road to Nowhere.

Oscar Pistorius is seated in a courtroom at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Timothy Fadek—Redux Pictures

Tim Fadek: The Anger in Caracas (Paris Match L’Instant) Fadek spent three weeks documenting the anti-government protests in Venezuela

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Venezuela Unrest (Reportage by Getty Images)

A city in Southern California is moving to criminalize bullying. In the first round of voting on Tuesday, the Carson city council voted 5-0 in favor of the measure, which would make it a misdemeanor to pick on anyone from kindergarten up to 25 years of age. The council will vote for the second time on May 20. The ordinance would cover physical, verbal and online bullying, and offenders charged with bullying could be required to seek therapy and counseling and pay a fine. Parents of suspected bullies could also be held responsible. "We're not talking about putting a 5-year-old in jail, we're talking about intervening in both the bully's life, who is a person who is hurting too, and the victim's life," Jim Dear, mayor of the Los Angeles suburb, told Reuters. If the ordinance passes the second round of voting, it will take effect after 30 calendar days and make Carson one of the first jurisdictions in the U.S. to make bullying a crime. In Florida, there is a campaign to adopt the so-called Rebecca's Law, which would make bullying punishable with up to a year in jail. The state of Maryland outlawed cyberbullying on May 2. [Reuters]
Dominic Nahr—Magnum

Dominic Nahr: Fukushima, Three Years Later (Magnum Photos) Three years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster which occurred after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan

Q. Sakamaki: Three years later, Fukushima struggles to rebuild (MSNBC)

Q. Sakamaki: Nuclear Winter (Paris Match L’Instant) Japan

Ian Teh: Bangkok — The Most Visited City in the World (Agence Vu)

Andrew Newey: Hunting Honey, and Trying to Hide (New York Times Lens blog) An ancient tradition of hunting honey on Nepalese cliffsides is in danger of vanishing from excessive tourism — and even photographers

A 40-year-old man arrested in Texas has been cleared of involvement in the massive data breach at U.S. retail giant Target, according to reports. Local and national news initially reported that Guo Xing Chen was arrested over a much-publicised theft of credit card information believed to be worth some $70 million. However, a law enforcement source close to the investigation has since told Reuters that his arrest was unrelated. "This appears to be strictly a street level arrest that is not tied to the larger breach investigation," said the unnamed official. Over the Christmas holidays around 40 million payment records, as well as other customer information such as addresses and contact information, were stolen from the chain of stores. The Secret Service has been helping in subsequent investigations. [Reuters]
Hossein Fatemi—Panos Pictures

Hossein Fatemi: Iranian Mystique (Foreign Policy) Behind closed doors, the Islamic Republic’s famously restrictive laws relax — and a more permissive world thrives

Kaveh Rostamkhani: The Double Lives of Iranian Youth (CNN Photos) Much of Iran’s youth are living a double life today, caught in the middle of a culture clash between the East and the West

Monique Jacques: Istanbul’s Islamic Fashion (Newsweek) Twice yearly, Istanbul’s Fashion Week draws a varied crowd—from the religiously conservative to social liberals. Recent trends highlighted versatility, allowing the wearer to tailor designer outfits to conservative tastes.

Fabio Bucciarelli

Fabio Bucciarelli: Rojava, Syria — in the Land of the Kurds (LightBox) Bucciarelli spent three-weeks in Kurdistan in October 2013, just days before Iraq closed its border with Syria. He spent most of his time in a Syrian section called Rojava, which two million Kurds call home and where a de facto Kurdish government was established just one month afterward.

Andrew Quilty: Suffering on two fronts in Qabaait, Lebanon Part 1 | Part 2 (Guardian) The sleepy mountain town of Qabaait in northern Lebanon is at the centre of the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades. As Syrian refugees cross the border to escape conflict, they place a heavy load on the town’s stretched resources. In 2013, 18 Qabaait residents left their town to seek a better life in Australia, but all perished when their boat sank off the Indonesian coast. Photographer Andrew Quilty travelled to Qabaait and met the families still grieving.

Mosa'ab Elshamy

Mosa’ab Elshamy: Mahraganat: Egypt’s Musical Revolution (Rolling Stone) Mahraganat, informally known as electro chaabi, is an Egyptian socially-minded, electro-rap mash-up that echoes these hip-hop ideals, created by and for an uncertain youth in the wake of a tumultuous, post-Mubarak Egypt. Elshamy has documented mahraganet’s rise, from the wedding halls that house its most popular shows to the humble cities that birthed its stars.

Samuel Aranda: Journey to the Promised Land (Panos Pictures) 2013 saw an upsurge in the number of African immigrants trying to make their way into Europe over the border fences that ring Spain’s African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla

Mads Nissen: Crimea’s Uncertain Future (Panos Pictures)

Emine Ziyatdinova: An Uncertain Quiet for Crimean Tatars (New York Times Lens blog) More than 20 years after her family returned from decades of exile to their Crimean roots, Emine Ziyatdinova wonders if the upheaval in Crimea will again force Tatars from their homeland.

  October 2008: Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis says that Apple is working on a networked HDTV--like a TV set with a built-in Apple TV box. August 2009: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster speculates that Apple might release an HDTV by 2011, with an "iTunes TV Pass" subscription service and the the ability to sync with iPhones, iPods and iMacs. March 2010: Munster talks about a $2000 Apple HDTV arriving within 2-4 years, along with a video subscription service for $50-$90 a month. January 2011: Late 2012, Munster says. February 2011: Munster says that Apple's $3.9 billion investment in display production is yet more evidence that an Apple HDTV is on the way. He thinks the company might make $2.5 billion from HDTVs in 2012, $4 billion in 2013 and $6 billion in 2014. June 2011: A former Apple executive tells DailyTech that Apple will blow Netflix away with an iOS-powered HTDV capable of running third-party apps. It'll ship in late 2o11 unless Apple's famously high standards push it into 2012. July 2011: Dave Richards of Australian site Smarthouse says that Apple may be getting ready to release a 55-inch OLED HDTV in 2012, crediting "a Hollywood lawyer" with the scoop. July 2011: In a totally different Apple HDTV rumor from Dave Richards' 55-inch OLED one, Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research--the guy who now says Apple is doomed unless it has a smartwatch by later this month--says he's 75 percent sure about the HDTVs in three sizes which Apple will probably release in March 2012. They're modeled on Bose's VideoWave and will be two inches thick, with 16 built-in speakers. August 2011: Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities channels his inner Gene Munster, saying that Apple's TV plans are moving "at a faster pace than the market expected" and that he thinks it's possible that the company will release an HDTV by the end of the year. October 2011: Shortly after Steve Jobs dies on October 5, the Washington Post prints an excerpt from Walter Isaacson's upcoming authorized Jobs biography in which the Apple cofounder confides that he'd "finally cracked" the secret of making an easy-to-use TV. Also in October 2011: Bloomberg reports that "people with knowledge of the project" say that Jeff Robbin, one of the people responsible for the iPod and the iTunes Music Store, is leading the development of an Apple TV. The story also says that Gene Munster thinks that Apple may release a TV in late 2012 or in 2013. November 2011: Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek says that he expects Apple to begin production of an HDTV, with a Sharp LCD panel, in February for a mid-2012 release. December 2011: Taiwanese supply-chain news source DigiTimes reports that Apple is gearing up to release 32-inch and 37-inch HDTVs in the summer of 2012, with Samsung chips and Sharp displays. February 2012: Gene Munster still thinks late 2012 makes sense for the Apple HDTV's release, but he's not sure what the content strategy will be. It could involve TiVo-like management of an existing cable subscription; over-the-air broadcasts; a-la-carte or subscription streaming services; or apps. March 2012: Asian research firm CLSA says that scuttlebutt about Foxconn and Sharp's display-manufacturing plans suggests that the Apple HDTV will be a 2013 product. April 2012: Jeffries & Co.'s Peter Misek says that Apple will begin production of an HDTV which he thinks will be called the iPanel in May, to arrive in stores by the holidays. It will use a Sharp panel with IGZO technology and will cost $1250. Also in April 2012: Michael Lantz, CEO of app development firm Accedo, says that the Apple HDTV will focus on superior design, and that the appointment of John Browett to run the Apple Store will ensure that "the more complex distribution chains for TV sets can be dealt with cost-efficiently.” May 2012: Leander Kahney of Cult of Mac reports about a source who's supposedly seen a prototype Apple HDTV. It looks like an Apple Cinema Display only much larger, and has Siri voice control plus iSight camera for FaceTime videoconferencing. Also in May 2012: BGR's Jonathan Geller says that "a trusted source" says that Apple will demo a new TV operating system at WWDC in two weeks. The same source thinks Apple won't show the actual HDTV hardware at the conference. Then again, "it's certainly possible" that the set will make an appearance. Also in May 2012: China Daily reports that Foxconn chief Terry Gou has told him that his company is gearing up to produce Apple's "iTV." June 2012: Analyst Brian White, who thought that Apple might release an HDTV by the end of 2011, now says that a report on a Chinese news site that Apple will begin receiving LCD panels from Sharp earlier than expected suggests that the company may release an HDTV by the end of 2012. August 2012: Pacific Crest's Andy Hargreaves does something startling, given that he's an analyst, by saying he thinks Apple won't release an HDTV in the near-term future, based on comments by Apple executive Eddy Cue. November 2012: James Kisner of Jeffries & Co. says that a major North American cable company is performing bandwidth tests to verify that it can support an Apple HDTV, suggesting that a release may be imminent. Jeffries' Peter Misek, who once expected an Apple HDTV in mid-2012 and later talked about it shipping by that year's holiday season, now forecasts sales of 4.9 million units in 2013 and 11.6 million in 2014. Also in November 2012: Gene Munster now thinks the Apple HDTV will arrive in November 2013. He predicts sizes of 42-55 inches and pricetags from $1500-$2000. December 2012: Morgan Stanley analysts Katy Huberty and Jerry Liu says that Apple patents suggest that the Apple HDTV may have a 3D display. March 2013: Gene Munster still hopes an Apple HDTV will be out by the end of the year. April 2013: Remember Brian White? He thought the Apple HDTV might show up by the end of 2011. Then he said the signs pointed to the end of 2012. Now he expects a 60-inch "iTV" in the second half of 2013. He talks about it being bundled with a 9.7-inch "Mini iTV" and a unique input device called the iRing which you wear on your finger, for a package price in the neighborhood of $1500-$2500. October 2013: Research firm Advanced Research Japan Co. says that Apple will probably start selling 55-inch and 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TVs in the fourth quarter of 2014. November 2013: Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that he thinks an Apple HDTV is at least two years away.              
Tom Jamieson

Tom Jamieson: The Brutal DIY Weapons of the Ukrainian Revolution (Wired Raw File) The protesters who filled Maidan Square to battle the Ukrainian army and topple President Yanukovych often fought with little more than sticks, bats and sledgehammers. Their nasty homemade weapons are the subject of a series of portraits by photographer Tom Jamieson, and show how determined protesters were to either damage or defend against government security forces, depending on your politics.

Pieter Ten Hoopen: Testimonies from the North Caucasus (Agence Vu) The Caucasus Mountains located near Sochi, Russia hosted part of the Winter Olympics of February 2014. The same mountain range is also home to the North Caucasus, the site of Europe’s deadliest conflict.

Donald Weber: Pink Panthers (VII) This is a story about diamonds, thieves and the Balkans. All across Europe, a spectacularly inventive and elusive gang of jewelry thieves known as the Pink Panthers — have pulled off some of the largest diamond heists in history. To find the heartland of the Panthers, there is just one place where one needs to look: Cetinje, Montenegro

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Stanislav Krupar

Questions About News Photographers in Syria Arise After Freelancer’s Death (New York Times Lens blog) The death of an 18-year-old Syrian freelancing for Reuters has led to questions about the work of local activists the wire service employs there as photographers.

Reuters Denies Ethical Allegations, While Some Syria Photographs Still Questioned (NPPA)

U.N. Denies Syria Image Was Faked (New York Times) A United Nations photograph showing a sea of hungry Palestinians awaiting emergency food amid the detritus of their bomb-ravaged neighborhood near Damascus has been retweeted more than eight million times in the past few weeks, becoming such an arresting image of the Syrian civil war that some blogosphere skeptics have suggested that it was digitally faked.

Former American Idol star Clay Aiken appears to have won the Democratic primary in North Carolina, but the election is so close that it's still too early to call a winner. Clay Aiken, who's running for House of Representatives in the state's 2nd district, is ahead of his competitor Keith Crisco with 369 votes, the tally from the Board of Elections shows. While that lands the former singing star just above the threshold of the 40% that candidates must clear to avoid a runoff, it is not enough for him to declare victory, as provisional, absentee and military absentee ballots are still being tallied. The last votes will be counted Monday. Keith Crisco issued a statement Wednesday saying that he isn't ready to concede yet. "This election is still very tight," he wrote in the statement according to Washington Post. "I want the elections officials to have an opportunity to tally the votes and provide a report ... to allow all the campaigns a chance to see the final numbers." Whatever candidate wins the election will face an uphill battle in the general election this fall, as the right-leaning district has a history of sending Republican candidates to Congress.
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The photographer Chris Hondros who gave his life to tell the truth about Gaddafi’s Libya | Testament by Chris Hondros — in pictures (Guardian) Award-winning photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while covering the Libyan conflict in 2011. As a book of his images and writing is published, Jonathan Klein, CEO of Getty Images, shares his memories

Collecting with the FT: Martin Parr (Financial Times) The British photographer is on a mission to revise the history of photography. He talks about some of the extraordinary finds among his 12,000 books

Book review: Going Home by Muge (Conscientious Photography Magazine)

Former American Idol star Clay Aiken appears to have won the Democratic primary in North Carolina, but the election is so close that it's still too early to call a winner. Clay Aiken, who's running for House of Representatives in the state's 2nd district, is ahead of his competitor Keith Crisco with 369 votes, the tally from the Board of Elections shows. While that lands the former singing star just above the threshold of the 40% that candidates must clear to avoid a runoff, it is not enough for him to declare victory, as provisional, absentee and military absentee ballots are still being tallied. The last votes will be counted Monday. Keith Crisco issued a statement Wednesday saying that he isn't ready to concede yet. "This election is still very tight," he wrote in the statement according to Washington Post. "I want the elections officials to have an opportunity to tally the votes and provide a report ... to allow all the campaigns a chance to see the final numbers." Whatever candidate wins the election will face an uphill battle in the general election this fall, as the right-leaning district has a history of sending Republican candidates to Congress.
Lynsey Addario

Witness: Lynsey Addario on the Syrian Border (PROOF) “What really strikes home and conveys the urgency [of the situation] is the image of Syrians pouring out of Syria.”

Witness: Andrea Bruce in Damascus (PROOF) Bruce writes on her Damascus photos which were published in the March issue of the National Geographic magazine

Juan Barreto on documenting the protests in Venezuela (AFP Correspondent)

In Garry Winogrand’s photos, an America of perpetual motion and bottomless hunger (Washington Post) The retrospective of his photographs is on view at the National Gallery of Art, between Third and Ninth streets along Constitution Avenue NW, through June 8. For more info, go here

Beyond Cartier-Bresson: A History of a Master’s Early Work (LightBox) A new retrospective of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work at the Centre Pompidou allows us to look beyond the Frenchman’s famous concept of the “decisive moment”

His critics say he's weak and whiny. But he's doing what most Presidents do: muddling through

A Mystery Woman’s Eye on the World (New York Times) A documentary looks at the photographer Vivian Maier

War correspondent in Crimea, 1854 – a picture from the past (Guardian) Roger Fenton’s portrait of Times of London correspondent William Howard Russell

An Inside View of Arab Photography (New York Times Lens blog) Samer Mohdad was once told that “Arab photography did not exist.” This week he is part of an ambitious showcase of contemporary Arab photography at Houston FotoFest.

Mira Mexico: Louie Palu’s Conceptual Project About the War on Drugs (PDN)

Paul Reas’s best shot: a dad buying army wallpaper for his son (Guardian) ‘The little boy became a soldier and went to Iraq. I wonder if it was because of the military wallpaper’

Featured photographer: Natalie Keyssar (Verve Photo) Keyssar is an American photographer based in New York

Featured photographer: Farhad Berahman (Verve Photo) Berahman is an Iranian documentary photographer based in the Middle East and the UK

Interviews and Talks

Lauren Steel on becoming a photo editor | Advice to young photographers (Columbia Visuals) Steel is the Managing Editor at Reportage by Getty Images

Peter diCampo (Africa is a Country) Instagramming Africa

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz (American Photo) An unflinching look at reality has led Lewkowicz to a bright future

Photography Editor Krishna Sheth talks about her career (rebeccalmcclelland.com)


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


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