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War Photos: “The Shot that Almost Killed Me”

July 19, 2011

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Last spring, following the deaths of photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Libya, the British Guardian newspaper ran a terrific story, which my friend Deborah Mauro just to me. It’s called “The Shot that Almost killed Me.” Seventeen photojournalists tell the tales about their most harrowing experiences. If you ever wanted to know what’s […]

Emerging Work: The Coolness of the Urban Farmer

July 18, 2011

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Andy Kropa is a talented freelance photographer who lives in the world capital of hipsterism: Brooklyn, New York. Kropa happens to be from Iowa, a place that is generally not considered hip. While Brooklyn has a rich culture of artisanal baking, brewing, pickling, and whatever, Iowa has rich black earth that produces prodigious amounts of […]

Icons: When American Fell In Love With Speed

July 13, 2011

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Their names are now just footnotes in the history of American motorsports: Jim Davis. Gene Walker. Fred Ludlow. Albert “Shrimp” Burns. Ralph Hepburn. Ray Weishaar—young men from farms and small towns who earned fleeting fame in the early decades of the 20th century by riding motorcycles around banked wooden tracks. They thrilled the large crowds […]

How I Got the Picture: Matthew Rolston’s Bloody Fun

July 13, 2011

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Let’s do some role-playing: You’re the photo editor of a big entertainment magazine that comes out a couple times a month, and your biggest job is to make sure that each of those issues has a spectacular cover.  You line up the right celebrities, the right photographers, and the right ideas, and you hope pray […]

Behind the Camera: Alec Soth’s “Broken Manual”

July 13, 2011

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When I spoke with photographer Alec Soth in May,  I forgot to ask him if he’d ever read Robinson Crusoe. At the very least I wanted to suggest that he take a look at Jonathan Franzen’s recent New Yorker magazine essay about the novel, which Franzen calls “the great early document of radical individualism.” I […]

Portfolio: William Albert Allard

July 11, 2011

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One of photography’s great storytellers. William Albert Allard,Allard has been a mainstay of National Geographic for more than 40 years, producing some 40 magazine articles and a number of books, the latest of which, a retrospective, is called William Albert Allard: Five Decades. It’s a heartfelt look back at an astonishing number of career high […]

Behind the Camera: Jim Reed

July 11, 2011

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Photographer Jim Reed’s business is severe weather, and this year business has been good. I spoke by phone with Reed, one of the country’s premier “storm chaser” photographers, the day before yesterday, as he was watching a dangerous weather system forming over Wichita, Kansas, where he lives. “We might get disconnected,” he warned me. I’ve […]