Photos of the Week: What We Saw

Posted on October 7, 2011


My weekly review of images from the U.S. media up up today at La Lettre de la Photographie. Here is a sample.


Eat the Rich, Part 1 Frank Franklin II/AP

The United States joined other countries that in recent months have seen large street demonstrations provoked by an ongoing financial crisis. Protestors have converged on New York City’s financial district over the past several weeks. The focus of the demonstrator’s ire includes the influence of corporate money in politics, and for the most part, the “Occupy Wall Street” protests have been peaceful, but over the weekend some 700 people were arrested when they marched onto the Brooklyn Bridge. Is the stage set for a populist uprising? Isn’t that what the Tea Party is supposed to be all about?


Eat the Rich, Part 2 Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

The “Occupy Wall Street” protest spread to Los Angeles, where it took on local flavor. Activists looking some media coverage showed up outside the courthouse where Michael Jackson’s former doctor is on trial for involuntary manslaughter.


Eat the Rich, Part 3 Michaela Rehle/Reuters-Landov

Gyrating stock markets didn’t stop European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and German Chancellor Angela Merkel from enjoying a jovial moment on September 28. Do images like this make us any more confident in our leaders? More inspiring was the $590 billion approved by the German parliament to help bail out its indebted European neighbors.


Stairway to Heaven Photo by Anis Milli/Reuters

In Libya, the surreal rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi seems to be coming to a surreal end, if this photo is any indication. The abandoned V.I.P. stairway is seen on a road leading to the airport in Surt, the tribal hometown of Col. Qaddafi.


Enlightenment Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Sitting in my office on a rainy day in New York, I saw this picture and thought of the words from a favorite Bob Seger song: “If I ever get out of here, I’m going to Kathmandu.” Photographer Navesh Chitrakar snapped this perfect rainbow as it appeared over the city’s Bashantapur Durbar Square.


Mountain Light Photos by Peter Essick

After the death of Ansel Adams in 1984, the U.S. Congress created the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains—the location of many of the photographer’s most revered images. The October issue of National Geographic pays tribute to the photographer and the wilderness that now bears his name with a portfolio of images by Peter Essick.