Photographers around the world have been mourning the loss of legendary photojournalist and documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who died Monday. There are many tributes you should go read, starting with The Washington Post’s In Sight blog celebration of her life.
- As NPR says, these portraits of wounded soldiers are meant to be stared at.
- You’ve probably heard lots of moaning over this reminder by Richard Prince that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours. One of the “artworks” in his exhibit is a $90,000 print of a photo by alt-porn site Suicide Girls, who responded cleverly by making posters of his prints and selling them for $90. Founder Missy Suicide followed it up by doing an IAMA on reddit, which immediately turned into a free-for-all of redditors demanding explanation for the company’s use of questionable non-compete clauses on contracts for its models and photographers in its early days (she eventually left a lengthy answer in her original post). That’s quite enough of everyone being terrible for this week, thanks.
Syrian photographer Khaled al-Hariri, who worked for Reuters for more than 20 years, has died aged 54 following a long illness. In more sad news, National Geographic photographer Cotton Coulson died on Wednesday after a scuba diving accident off the coast of Norway.
Women in Afghanistan can be incarcerated for shocking reasons. In the four years she spent visiting women’s prisons across the country, Gabriela Maj heard stories of women who’d suffered more than anyone she’d ever met. In her book, Almond Garden, Maj presents the stories of 50 of those women, alongside portraits she took after getting unprecedented access to the facilities where they live.
Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse have won the Deustche Börse photography prize for Ponte City, a study of an apartment block in Johannesburg.
On the edge of space: photographer Christopher Michel’s out-of-this-world selfie, 70,000 feet above the Earth.
What gets your dog’s heart racing? Nikon-Asia developed a camera to show you.
Friday Links: May 22, 2015
- Roger May’s epic project “Looking at Appalachia” opened this week in Spartanburg, SC. The project sets out to dispel stereotypes and redefine how the region is portrayed. The exhibit includes two photographs by Exposed DC alum Josh Yospyn.
- An interview with award-winning photojournalist Q. Sakamaki about the “art of the politico-socio-documentary.”
- A high schooler faces suspension for taking and posting completely reasonable photos of other students.
- Protesters in Burundi use a broad range of materials to hide their identities.
- Distressing images of an oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast.
- In Jeffrey Milstein’s series of aerial photographs, “Cruise Ships,” the amazing designs of the floating behemoths seem clear and even beautiful.
- Photo London is the English capital’s first ever photography fair, featuring nearly 70 of the world’s leading photography galleries.
- Baltimore in color: Patrick Joust’s vintage-looking photos of modern-day Charm City.
- Richard Prince is selling other people’s Instagram photos without their permission for up to $100,000 each.
- Five years ago, Sasha Maslov started making intimate portraits of men and women from around the world who served in the World War II.
- Two great volcanic eruption anniversaries were observed this week: Mount St. Helens, 35 years ago (here’s a gallery from the USGS and a story on PBS); and Lassen Peak, 100 years ago.
- A backyard squirrel poses with an umbrella for British photographer Max Ellis.