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A young protester drags a metal curtain to be used as a barricade as soldiers defending the Presidential Palace look by. [Photo: Yusuf Sayman, via The Daily Beast’s Instagram]
We think VICE is saying they are sorry for that photo gallery depicting famous female writers at the moment of their suicide, although this reads more like a “sorry you were offended” apology.
Day 4 - new home office set up behind dryer. Table supported by old speakers.
Tumblr of the
Day Week: a laid-off Sun-Times photo staffer sets up a tumblr to document life with an iPhone.
From Every Angle: The Street Photography of Hiroyuki Ito
The Daily Beast asked the New York-based photographer Hiroyuki Ito to explore the city with a Holga – the inexpensive, yet iconic, plastic film camera that produces wonderful, nostalgic-looking images that Instagram can only mimic.
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.