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An Itinerant Photographer’s Diverse Portraits of the Turn-of-the-Century American South

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Cross-posted from Hyperallergic.  [by Allison Meier]  Hugh Magnum was a traveling photographer during the early 20th Century whose photos were forgotten and buried in a barn and chicken coop for almost a century.  The images are remarkably contemporary.  From the article: ““Through Mangum’s eyes, we see a diverse citizenry, and we see them depicted with democratic equanimity on the same glass plate negative in side-by-side portraits, which suggests that they waited their turn together, in…

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How self-taught photographer Gordon Parks became a master storyteller

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Cross-posted from the PBS NewsHour.  ASMP Legend Gordon Parks was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century.  A groundbreaking image-maker, he was also the first black photographer to work for Life Magazine, the first black director of major studio movies, and he wrote novels, books, and music.  The PBS NewsHour has produced a video about Parks, and about an exhibit of his work currently at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC….

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8 Reasons to Check Out The National Gallery of Art’s Gordon Parks Exhibit

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Editor’s Note: Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history – and the achievements of pioneering photographer and ASMP member Gordon Parks are awe-inspiring and continue to influence photographers and impact the public discourse in 2019. See his work on display at the National Gallery of Art through February 18, 2019. Cross-posted from washington.org Gordon Parks is a…

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10 Most Important War Photographers You Should Know

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Editor’s Note: War photographers Margaret Bourke-White and Robert Capa were both ASMP Life Members. Cross-posted from Expert Photography [by Craig Hull] Many male and female photographers place their lives on the line each day around the globe. These war photographers go out to report conflicts, battles and skirmishes. And to bring news to the public. Without these brave photographers, many issues may never have come to light. Here are 10 of the best war photographers…

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A Spanish Photographer’s 42-Year-Long Mission to Save His Village’s Memories

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Cross-Posted from the New York Times Lens Blog.  [By Evelyn Nieves] Juan Manuel Castro Prieto is a journalist, based in Spain, who has spent the last 42 years documenting the rural area in Spain where his family has lived for generations.  His idea was to preserve a lifestyle, and, most importantly, his memories of the people themselves.  Over time, working with large format cameras all the way to digital images, his sensibility remains the same,…

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On View: The Extraordinary Lives and Work of Martine Franck and Inge Morath

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Cross-Posted from ProPhotoDaily.  [by David Schonauer]  Martine Franck and Inge Morath were two of the great photographers of the last 100 years, and contemporaries.  Many of their pictures have become part of the culture. Their lives were colorful, but the work is the reason they remain essential.  By David Schonauer in ProPhotoDaily. On View: The Extraordinary Lives and Work of Martine Franck and Inge Morath  

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Meet Sarah Meister, a curator in MoMA’s department of photography

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Cross-Posted from Slate.  [by Jordan Weissmann]  Sarah Meister is a curator in the New York Museum of Modern Art Photography Department.  In an audio interview, Meister pulls back the curtain on what curators actually do, the culture of museums, and the relations they have with collectors, photographers, and other institutions.  How Does a Museum Curator Do Her Job?  Meet Sarah Meister, a curator in MoMA’s department of photography.  

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‘I Like Your Photographs Because They Are Beautiful’

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In the Tophane quarter, 1986.CreditAra Guler/Magnum Photos Photographer Ara Guler, who recently passed away at age 90, was the foremost chronicler of his city, Istanbul, and one of the great photographers of the last century into this one.  His friend, Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk, recently wrote a beautiful appreciation in the New York Times.  Guler’s evocative photographs were used extensively in a memoir by Pamuk, Illustrated Istanbul, and many of those images are on…

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How Carrie Mae Weems Rewrote the Rules of Image-Making

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Cross-posted from the nytimes.com [By Megan O’Grady] ON CARRIE MAE WEEMS’S deck in Syracuse, N.Y., locusts are buzzing about the space like doomsday portents, emerging from the ground after 17 years only to drown boozily in our cups of rosé. It’s a warm day in late June, and a summer languor — or maybe it’s a news-cycle-induced torpor — is in the air, but Weems, perhaps our greatest living photographer, is juggling so many projects…

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#DiversifyTheLens: The Importance of Hiring Women Photographers

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Cross-posted from PetaPixel [by Amy Cooper] The current boom of female-first initiatives is transforming the creative industry, providing opportunities for women to find mentorship, addressing discrepancies in pay, and helping women rally together to drive new policies and practices. Actions such as the 3 Percent Movement, 50/50 Initiative, and #TimesUpAdvertising have thrust these issues into the spotlight and gained significant attention and traction. But we can do more. Read more

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