- Local photographer Bill Putnam went to Iraq first as a soldier and later returned as an embedded civilian photojournalist. He recently started a blog looking back at his time there.
Like a rooftop garden in an overcrowded financial district, Toronto’s Leslie Street Spit is an unexpected urban oasis whose narrow escape from development has brought marshes, lagoons and forests to the centre of Canada’s largest city.
“With my photography, I want to step away from the photo-saturated society we now live in. The magic has been lost: no one makes anything by hand any more.” Alice Cazenave’s remarkable portrait on a leaf.
- Death via selfie is getting really real, guys.
- Get your submissions ready and your hammer and nails out: Artomatic returns this fall.
“I want these images to show that behind the tattoos and the media stereotype there is a human being.” Adam Hinton’s portraits of imprisoned members of El Salvador’s MS-13 gang.
- Photographer Jason Koxvold spent three days in June at Bagram for Black-Water, a series exploring what it means to be perpetually at war in the Middle East.
- The New York Times dives into the murky privacy waters of brands capitalizing on your social media posts.
Photographer Melodie McDaniel searches for identity through the underbelly of faith, race, and the American pulpit.
“I would get many a funny look from passers-by wondering what on earth this guy with a camera was doing photographing a car park in the middle of a rainy and cold Manchester.” Phil Burrowes images capture the architecture of car parks across Britain.
- The Detroit Zoo debuted its baby red panda, Tofu, this week.
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.
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.
- Be sure to check out our huge gallery from last Friday’s incredible World War II flyover.
- Wyoming has passed a very confusing law that appears to, in part, ban people from taking photographs and giving them to the government, even for science.
- “Lily will use GPS and computer vision to follow you at up to 25mph and keep you in the center of the frame.” The selfie surveillance drone is available for pre-order.
- 98 different foods, perfectly cubed and laid out in a grid. And then someone made a key identifying each food item.
- Photos of Frida Kahlo’s incredible locked-away wardrobe.
This month’s Leica Store DC Oskar Barnack Wall winning photograph is “Cafe de Flore” by Vince Lupo.
Getty Images and Instagram have partnered to offer $30,000 in grants for three photographers using Instagram “to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.”
Andrew Savulich’s photos of 1980s New York are quirky and off-kilter, like the city itself before it became a sanitized tourist mecca.
Hungarian photographer Bela Doka’s series “Fan Club Putin” shows the Russian President’s biggest fans are college students who worship him like a pop star.
Hyung S. Kim captures striking portraits of haenyeo, women who gather seafood in Korea, submerging deep underwater without diving equipment or breathing apparatuses.
Bernhard Lang’s aerial shots highlight symmetry and sun over the beaches of the Adriatic Sea.
- Photographer Sally Mann discusses her new memoir, “Hold Still”, and her concerns about writing it.
- It’s Bike to Work day, so here are some adorable animals on bicycles. And remember, traffic laws are for you, too!
- Zookeepers in western Australia pass the time by re-creating cute animal photos.
- This year’s Washington Post Squirrel Week Photo Contest was won by Exposed regular and animal photographer extraordinaire, Angela Napili. Bravo Angela!
- Excellent photography non-profit Critical Exposure has launched a Kickstarter to create a mobile digital gallery that will showcase social justice photography created by D.C. youth.
- Capital Weather Gang highlighted some striking photos of Monday’s huge lightning storm. Kevin Ambrose stacked 42 different lightning shots into one image that seems to portray the end of days for D.C., while Exposed alum Gary Silverstein used the lightning to frame the Iwo Jima memorial beautifully.
- The Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch photography staff won the Breaking News Photography award for their “powerful images of the despair and anger in Ferguson, MO”, while New York Times freelancer Daniel Berehulak took Feature Photography “for his gripping, courageous photographs of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.”
- With this week’s presentation of the World Press photo awards, the New York Times Lens blog presents a conversation with photographers, curators and photo editors on the struggle between photojournalistic ethics and evolving visual storytelling strategies.
- The Hubble Space Telescope turned 25 this week. NASA celebrated by releasing a gorgeous image of a 3,000 star cluster. Over at Air & Space magazine, Exposed’s Heather Goss interviewed 10 scientists about the Hubble images they worked with and how each one helped usher in a new age of astronomy. The New York Times also jumped on the bandwagon.
- The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest opened this month with some tremendous prizes up for grabs. Submit your best travel photos in any of four categories, and check back weekly to see galleries of the top entries.
- Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday without warning. The first imagery to do the rounds was a time-lapse of the eruption. Then came a series of incredible individual photos followed most recently by striking shots of the ash fall.
- Davide Monteleone’s “In the Russian East” is a tribute both to Richard Avedon’s “In the American West” and to the lure of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
- In the remote village of Mawlynnong in northeast India, the Khasi tribe follows a rare tradition of women running the show.
- Two friends sent each other selfies every day for a year, and only communicated through those photos (no calls or texts).
- Artsy, ad-free social network Ello recently launched its own photography community – @ellophotography
- A rare and gorgeous quadruple rainbow was spotted in Long Island.
Don’t forget to head over to Right Proper Brewing in Shaw this coming Tuesday for our February happy hour/meetup. We hope to see not only the usual Exposed DC crowd, but also our friends from IGDC, APA|DC, ASMPDC, and the Leica Store!
- Tomorrow four D.C. photographers – Clarissa Villondo, Alex Schelldorf, Matthew Brazier and Michael Andrade – will stage the the 9:30 Club’s first pop-up music photography exhibit.
- Photographers are complaining about a little yellow car ruining their photos of the picturesque English village of Bibury.
- Brad Wilson takes studio portraits of wild animals, and here PetaPixel publishes a ton of his owl portraits. And they are intense.
- Andrew Fladeboe will see Brad’s owl portraits and raise you his stunning series about working dogs called “The Shepherd’s Realm.”
- Arlington Arts Center was awarded a grant to operate for the next two years.
- Colossal has a 10-minute documentary about photographer Michael Paul Smith, whose “broad life experiences lead him to the creation of Elgin Park, a fictional 20th century town filled with miniature 1/24th-scale models of cars and buildings. Smith mixes his carefully crafted model sets with die-cut automobiles and real-life backdrops, taking advantage of an optical illusion known as forced perspective.”
- In narcissistic self-cannibalism news, the selfie toaster – eat your own face, on a slice of toast!
- A pilot crashed his plane, killing himself and a passenger, because they were distracted taking selfies in the cockpit.
- The F-35 Lightning II fighter gets ice in its beard during extreme weather testing at a U.S. Air Force laboratory.
- “Last week, Commander Chris Hadfield (of International Space Station fame) tweeted this image, asking what could have caused such strange columns to form in rocks.” So Erik Klemetti answered.
- Nikon will reportedly announce a special version of the D810 full frame DSLR next week that’s designed specifically for astrophotography.
- A look inside the first book illustrated exclusively with photographs. Biologist Anna Atkins used sunprints inside her 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Beautiful.
- Photographer Manu Brabo has been embedded in Ukraine covering the conflict in and around Donetsk for several weeks.
- Tiger camera traps in India have captured way fewer than they’d hoped.