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July 10 2015 11:02 AM

These Altered Images Show Photojournalism at Its Worst

Mistakes, misrepresentations, and downright deceptions in photojournalism are as old as the practice itself. And according to photojournalist Michael Kamber, founder of the Bronx Documentary Center and curator of its exhibit, “Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography,” these problems are only getting worse.

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July 9 2015 12:04 PM

Photographing a Mennonite Community That Forbids Electricity 

How do you photograph a community of people who shun photography?

In 2010 and 2011, Jordi Ruiz Cirera faced that challenge when he spent time with Mennonite colonies in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Connecting with his subjects proved to be a slow proces, but the trust he gained formed the groundwork for a series of photographs that make up his 2014 book Los Menonos.

Ruiz Cirera heard about the Mennonites of Bolivia and Paraguay while travelling around South America with a friend. Although many Mennonites embrace modern technology, the communities that Ruiz Cirera visited were much stricter, forbidding electricity and alcohol. Intrigued, the Spanish photographer decided to move to Bolivia to try to document their lives, spending a few months living with different families.

“Something that really shocked me was the lack of pastimes or games, places to have a communal social life,” he wrote via email. “There are no social centers besides the church and the shop, no cafes or restaurants, football pitches, squares or gardens. Life essentially resumes to work and to look after the family.”

July 8 2015 11:12 AM

The Struggles and Heroic Strength of Women Who’ve Been Attacked With Acid

The number of women around the world who have been victims of acid and fire attacks is hard to determine since many cases go unreported. Many times the result of gender-based violence, the effects of the attacks are devastating. The women are often blinded, maimed, disfigured, and left to survive with the physical damage and overwhelming psychological scars.

Four years ago, Ann-Christine Woehrl wanted to give voice to women who had been victims of those attacks and other forms of violence; to shed light on their struggles, their hope, and what Woehrl called “their heroic strength.” The work, a mix of portraits and documentary imagery, includes women from six countries: Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, and India.

July 7 2015 10:02 AM

Only Floridians Could Come Up With a Sport Like Swamp Buggy Racing 

Like many quirky, homegrown traditions, swamp buggy racing started out small. In the early 1940s, about a dozen hunters in Naples, Florida, who used the strange, jeep-like vehicles to navigate the boggy Everglades, started racing them simply for the fun of it. But in just a few years, the race turned into an annual event, and, by 1949, an official organization formed to run it. Today, there are three swamp buggy racing events every year, each attracting thousands of spectators from all over the country to the racetrack, affectionately known as the Mile O’ Mud, in the Florida Sports Park. 

July 6 2015 10:59 AM

These Dark, Mysterious Photos of London Will Keep You up at Night 

“I'm not interested in images that pacify. I’m interested in images that shake you up,” said Jason Langer.

Langer’s photos of London, which he took over a few weeks in 2008 while he was mounting an exhibition there, certainly fall in that latter category. Dark, romantic, and perplexing, they present the city as a labyrinth of mysteries and mirages, where things aren’t always as they appear. Some of these are included in his new book, Twenty Years, which Radius Books will publish this month.

July 4 2015 8:39 AM

You Won’t Be Visiting These Abandoned Amusement Parks This July Fourth

From abandoned malls to haunted houses, Seph Lawless’ favorite places to photograph are often as sad as they are creepy. It’s little surprise, then, that he’d be attracted to photographing abandoned amusement parks, which fully embody that duality. In his new self-published book, Bizarro: The World's Most Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Theme Parks, Lawless features photographs from 10 of the spookiest parks he found in the United States and Germany.

July 2 2015 10:49 AM

The Most Exciting Part of the Tour de France Is the People Who Watch It

If photographing the Tour de France doesn’t sound difficult enough, imagine doing it while riding on the back of a motorbike travelling up to 60 miles per hour. Laurent Cipriani has been doing that for the Associated Press since 2011, part of a team of photographers, editors, and drivers—what he refers to as “a travelling theater.”

While Cipriani’s focus is on the cyclists, what initially made an impression on him was the amount of people lined up along the streets watching the race. He said the evolution of photography—from the length of telephoto lenses to the aesthetic decisions to focus primarily on the cyclists—create images that don’t tell the entire story about what happens over the three-week event. In 2012 he tried taking some pictures of the people he saw whipping past him but wasn’t happy with the results, primarily because he didn’t have time to think about doing anything but the job at hand.

In 2013, however, after a year of thinking about how to capture the bystanders, he started work on “Along the Road,” a series about them.

July 1 2015 12:03 PM

These Inadvertent Photographs Give an Unlikely View of New York

Early in Martin Elkort’s career, the New York photographer would walk out of his home and adjust his camera settings to prepare for a day of street photography, with the comparable success rate of an amateur meteorologist lifting a finger to test the weather.

There were days when he would come back home with nothing exposed. There were also days when the film was filled with images he had taken for which he had little or no explanation. It was only later in his career that he was able to see certain patterns for picture making that had been following him.

“I supposed my subconscious mind was making decisions,” he wrote via email. “I began to realize that something was at work helping me to take pictures. Something subconscious that I didn’t understand.”

June 30 2015 1:31 PM

A Seasoned Photographer Captures the Drama of the American Landscape

“America,” Burk Uzzle says “Comes at you hard.”

The prolific photographer, who has been a member of Magnum and worked on assignment for Life magazine, has been photographing for well over half a century, much of it around the United States. He sees America as complex, with movement and collage and disruption; his images celebrate this idea. More than 70 of them are on view at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City until July 31, part of the appropriately titled series “American Puzzles.”

“The national flower of America is asphalt,” Uzzle wrote via email. “From the bustling, ricocheting chaos of New York to the aching quiet and stillness of vast deserts, America delivers its drama with theater and extremes.”

June 29 2015 10:17 AM

All the World’s a Heavy Metal Stage for These Slayer Fans

Sanna Charles first encountered the American thrash metal band Slayer when the British music magazine NME sent her to cover Midlands’ rock festival, Download. The experience was transformative.

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