Images of the Week: What We Saw

Posted on October 14, 2011


My full weekly review of images in the U.S media is up at La Lettre de la Photograhie. Here is a sampling.


Stop the Presses  Photo by Norman Seeff

Steve Jobs’s death caused Time magazine to stop the presses—quite literally—for the first time in 20 years. Editor Richard Stengel tossed out the previous edition and the staff spent three hours making a new issue, going with a cover photo shot by Norman Seeff in 1984. Seeff took the picture in the living room of Jobs’s home in Woodside, California. “We were just sitting, talking about creativity and everyday stuff in his living room,” says the photographer. “I was beginning to build a level of intimacy with him, and then he rushed off, and came back in and plopped down in that pose. He spontaneously sat down with a Macintosh in his lap. I got the shot the first time.”


Band of Brothers  Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Photographer Aris Messinis recorded this scene as Libya’s “transitional forces” fought it out with loyalists of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in the streets of Surt, Qaddafi’s tribal stronghold. The Qaddafi loyalists have proved surprisingly stubborn, according to one NATO spokesman, but the morale of the one-time rebels seems equally unflappable. .


Social Realism  Photo by Damir Sagoli/Reuters

Perhaps photographer Damir Sagoli was thinking about the socialist realism of vintage communist propaganda posters when he photographed this young boy working on a collective farm in South Hwanghae Province. The North Korean government set up the tour of the area, which normally produces a third of the country’s cereal supply. This year summer floods and typhoons caused severe damage there, causing North Korea to appeal for food. The proletariat apparently plows forward heroically, nonetheless.


World War Z  Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Nothing says American populism like a silly costume. A couple of years ago, the Tea Party burst onto the national scene with rallies in which protesters donned 18th-century colonial garb to evoke their unbending belief in the wisdom of the country’s founding fathers. (Ironically, the spiritual godmother of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, preferred leather skirts and motorcycle jackets.) While the Tea Party railed against the tyranny of Washington, D.C., the new “Occupy Wall Street” movement takes aim at corporate greed—and what better way to do that than dressing up like the walking dead? Photographer Emmanuel Dunand found this group of “corporate zombies” wandering near Wall Street.


Depp Charge  Photo by Terry Richardson

According to the November issue of Vanity Fair, Johnny Depp is Hollywood’s best-paid actor. (His booty from all those pirate movies? Around $300 million.) “Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it,” Depp tells the magazine. Notice, however, that no one is dressing like a zombie to protest the actor’s wealth. Why? It might be his abundant charm, captured here by Terry Richardson. The art of high living is to make it look inoffensive.


The Physical World  Photo by Jeff Riedel

We understand that the bodies of athletes are marvelous things whenever we witness remarkable feats of power, speed, and agility. In its annual “Body Issue,” ESPN The Magazine presents athletic bodies as objects of marvelous beauty in and of themselves. Seen here: professional basketball player Sylvia Fowles.