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Most famous photographers suck just as much as you do!

Why you should stop worrying about other people being better that you (This post was originally sent out to the subscribers of my personal email list) A few years ago I was sitting in a café in my hometown, flipping through one of the newspapers. My eyes stopped at one photo, I remember thinking “this is a pretty crappy shot”. I mean, it wasn’t terrible but really nothing special. Today, I can’t remember the motif. But I happened to read the photo credit and I definitely remember who took it. The picture was shot by one of their staff photographers,...

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The brilliant photos of the first American female war photographer killed in action

This was Dickey Chapelle’s favorite photograph of herself at work, taken in Milwaukee in 1958 by Marine Master Sgt. Lew Lowery, who also photographed the first American flag-raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima. (Dickey Chapelle/Wisconsin Historical Images) On Dec. 6, 1956, after midnight, three figures methodically traversed a frost-encrusted field in Austria. Guided by a compass and saddled with a million dollars’ worth of penicillin, they were on a humanitarian mission to deliver aid to Hungarian refugees. But the figure in the middle — at a diminutive 5 feet tall — had an additional purpose. It was the reason why she...

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Can brands save photojournalism? Picture agency Verbatim shifts focus from editors to marketers

Only a very few years ago photojournalism still seemed like one of the coolest, most rewarding ways imaginable of making a living. When Aidan Sullivan set up Getty Images Reportage in 2009, the commissions for his team of topflight photographers came rolling in. “We were getting assignments left, right and centre,” he recalls. “We were working for Paris Match, CNN, Time magazine, the New York Times, National Geographic, you name it.” Reportage’s currency was visual imagery but the mere presence of the names on its roster –including Tom Stoddart, Lynsey Addario, Brent Stirton among a hallowed three dozen –...

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575,000 Images by Civil Rights Photographer Bob Adelman Go to Library of Congress

The Library of Congress (LOC) has acquired the archive of Bob Adelman, a photographer who helped document the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and continued to be active in social justice issues in the decades that followed, until his death in 2016. The trove, gifted by an anonymous donor, comprises 575,000 images, negatives, and slides, including 50,000 prints.Source: 575,000 Images by Civil Rights Photographer Bob Adelman Go to Library of Congress . . . Read the Original...

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