Images of the Week: What We Saw

Posted on September 30, 2011


My weekly review of photography in the U.S. media is up at La Lettre de la Photographie. Here are some hightlights.


Desperate Moments, Part 1 Photo from EPA

After tense hours, rescue helicopters reached remote villages in northeast India that had been cut off by a powerful earthquake on September 18. There is action everywhere in this photograph, in which we see rescued villagers reacting after being deposited in the town of Mangan, in India’s Sikkem state.


Desperate Moments, Part 2 Photo by Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP

Last week, traffic in the streets of New York snarled as world leaders gathered at the United Nations, where the big topic of debate was a Palestinian bid for statehood. Meanwhile, demonstrations continued in the West Bank. In this picture by photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill, Israeli soldiers take a position at a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jersuslem as the street snarls with other news photographers.


Release Photo by Jumana El-Heloueh/Reuters

After being held in Iran’s Evin Prison for more than two years, two Americans, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, were released last week and flown to Oman. There, photographer Jumana El-Heloueh caught the moment when Bauer (center) was greeted by family members and his fiancée, Sarah Shroud (right). Bauer, Fattal, and Shroud had been hiking in northern Iran when they were captured and charged with espionage. Shroud was released in 2010.


Faces of the Past Photos by Rodrigo Abd/AP

Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd recently traveled to Guatemala to photograph women competing in this year’s National Indigenous Queen contest, which is part of Rabin Aju National Folkloric Festival celebrating ancient Mayan culture. Abd underscored the context of the event by photographing the women with a 19th-century-style wooden box camera.


Glamour, Part 1 Photo by Sylvia Plachy

The new ABC television program Pan Am tries to recreate the glamour of the circa-1960s jet age—most of which, alas, must now be manufactured by computer graphics. Photographer Sylvia Plachy did it the old-fashioned way, photographing four of the show’s stars for the New Yorker (from left: Margot Robbie, Kelli Garner, Karine Vanasse, and Christina Ricci).


Glamour, Part 2 Photo by Simon Bruty

The readers of Sports Illustrated are used to seeing big-time athletes banging helmets and homeruns on the cover. But this week the magazine reformulated its newsstand strategy and put a big-time Hollywood actor on the cover. Will Brad Pitt, who stars in the new movie Moneyball, appeal to hard-care sports fans? The SI editors offered them some reassurance by noting that the film, which is about baseball statistical analysis, is actually “more than a movie.”