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Everyday there are lives at home and on the other side of the world that go unnoticed; lives that may matter little to the personal hustle of trying to pay rent, get children to do their homework or figure out how late to leave the couch and still make it to work on time; but everyday photojournalists celebrate these lives.
From children playing while 1,034-plus bodies are pulled from the rubble of a clothing factory in Savar where shirts are sewn for wealthy westerners, to the tattered remains of an American flag on a still ravaged New Jersey coast line on the six month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy; these documentary images take us beyond a scrolling news flash on the bottom of a cable news show and ask us to look. To look and if we stop long enough to force us to stare for a moment; to question why.
Click though to The Daily Beast to see all the images for the week in pictures.
Artists invited the inmates at Illinois’s Tamms supermax prison to request one image of anything in the world, real or imagined—and then they photographed it. Like this photograph of a prisoner’s aunt’s house.
Nine months after rebels launched their surprise offensive into Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial capital remains a vital battleground in its grinding civil war. Once considered a stronghold for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Aleppo is now mired in a deadly stalemate, as rebel and regime forces wage daily battles and Assad’s warplanes sow terror overhead. Photojournalist Yusuf Sayman ventured to Aleppo’s front lines for three days in early April and returned with these searing portraits of the rebels’ desperate fight.
This is a fascinating photo essay.
Picture Dept: Nominated for a Webby!
None of this would be possible without the talent, generosity, and enthusiasm of all of the great photographers, curators, galleries, and publishers we’ve worked with—the above montage features just a few selections from our archive over the past year.
It’s a great honor to be nominated (e.g. the internet version of the Oscars) but we’re up against some pretty stiff competition: CNN, NBC, The New York Times, and…The New York Times.
So please, if you’re a fan of Picture Dept, please take a moment and visit the Webby’s website to vote for the NewsBeast entry.
What an awesome photosheet that is.
Women Seeing Women
International Women’s Day, March 8
“Mallarme said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph.” —Susan Sontag
Hanna Putz (featured in the first slide of this preview) nurtured her awareness as a photographer, starting out as a model in front of the camera. Echoing Sontag’s sentiment, she has looked for ways to shake up the “permanent posing” of her generation. In creating portraits of friends who had recently given birth to their first children, she noticed a remarkable shift in awareness. “Their attention is mainly on their child, and [they] are also in some kind of a transitional phase, as they are adjusting to the new role that has just been given to them,” said Putz in an interview with BJP.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Newsweek & The Daily Beast features work from 15 talented women who represent a range of remarkable awareness as lovers, daughters, mothers, and foremost artists.
Have you gone anywhere awesome recently? Did you take any pretty photographs of said awesome place? If so, we’d love you to send some of the coolest ones to us!
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Jamie Wellford, POYI 70 Magazine Editing Portfolio Award Recipient
Congratulations to both Jamie Wellford, and all of the photographers featured in his POYI-award winning editing portfolio.
To see more from this portfolio, featuring work published in Newsweek International and Newsweek Magazine in 2012, visit POYI.
Congrats to Jamie!
Alright, tumblr. Nemo is here. Nemo is happening. We’ll be covering the storm and its aftermath on our website, but wanted to see if our readers—yes, you guys!—wanted to be a part of it. So here’s the thing. We’ll be publishing a gallery of your photographs all weekend! The snow. The drifts. The snowmen. Just snap a pic (be safe out there though!) and send it to email@example.com, and include your name and location. If you have a website or tumblr you’d like us to link to, inclue that as well. Stay warm tumblr!
[top photo: AP]