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Category Archives: The World

New Grant in Tim Hetherington’s Memory

To honor the life and work of the late Tim Hetherington, Human Rights Watch and World Press Photo have established an annual visual journalism award focusing on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today….
“This award is a tribute to Tim Hetherington’s extraordinary talent for bringing human rights stories into vivid focus,” said Carroll Bogert, deputy [...]

What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page

Please come to What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page to submit work and discuss ideas for a new front page–a way for us to focus as a society, to use each other’s insights, to decide which issues we should be doing something about. The project begins now online, and next week at [...]

“Blood Libel”

A few days after the horrific shootings in Tucson, Arizona, Sarah Palin, whose Political Action Committee put cross-hairs as if aiming a rifle over election districts where Democrats voted for the national health care bill (including that of Representative Gabrielle Giffords), responded:
If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate [...]

A Disease that is No More

As someone who worked on the campaign to end polio globally with photographer Sebastiao Salgado and the organizations WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and the Centers for Disease Control, I was happy to see that for only the second time in history (smallpox being the first) has humanity triumphed against a disease. This time it is [...]

“On the Line”

Another piece on war, On the Line shows the devastating toll on returning American soldiers. Just published on the VII magazine site, photographer Ashley Gilbertson’s images of exhausted, emotionally taxed phone operators are overlaid with a soundtrack of their voices as they try over and over again to coax veteran soldiers to resist suicide or [...]

Traveling with Taliban

—-An extraordinary, modest short film about a group of Taliban fighters was recently shown on Australian television and now appears on the Huffington Post. Despite considerable anxiety about his own safety, Paul Refsdal, a Norwegian cameraman, traveled with a group of men and boys into the mountains of Afghanistan. His work is intimate and revealing, [...]

Of Cameras and Machine Guns

In a provocative piece called “Are Cameras the New Guns?,” Gizmodo points out a new and disquieting trend:
“In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.”
It [...]

Of Synthetic Cells and Digital Media

Thanks to J. Craig Venter’s just-announced “synthetic” cell, there now exists “the first self-replicating species we’ve had on the planet whose parent is a computer.” His team managed to synthesize a length of DNA consisting of a million units and plant it into a bacterial cell, taking over the cell’s functions via what is referred [...]

On Photography and War

Five years ago today there was a very heartfelt discussion at the University of California, Berkeley, on photography and war, comparing the conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq. The panel included photographers David Leeson, Catherine Leroy and Don McCullin, television correspondent Mike Cerre and journalist Jonathan Schell, and was put together by Ken Light and moderated [...]

Courses in Photography & Human Rights

New York University and the Magnum Foundation are working together to offer a series of four courses on photography and human rights this May and June. Courses on creating responsible photo essays, using multimedia strategies, understanding human rights law and examining a variety of contemporary photo-based projects and campaigns will be included in this six-week [...]