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Monsoon | Photojournalism: Steve McCurry

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"I was eleven years old when I saw a photo essay on the monsoon in India in Life Magazine by Brian Brake, the New Zealand-born Magnum photographer.

His work established his reputation as a master color photoessayist. Twenty years later, I proposed a story to National Geographic to photograph the monsoon. The next year I joined Magnum Photos.

People have often asked me what it was like spending almost a year photographing the monsoon. I spent several months following the monsoon which affects half the people on the planet.

Weather is often my best ally as I try to capture the perfect mood for my pictures, but photographing the monsoon was an experience that taught me a lot about patience and humility.

 

Photographing in heavy rain is difficult because you have to constantly wipe the rain drops from the camera lens. That takes about a third of the time. Monsoon rain is accompanied by winds that try to wrestle away the umbrella that is wedged between my head and shoulders.

I spent four days, in a flooded city in Gujarat, India, wading around the streets in waist-deep water that was filled with bloated animal carcasses and other waste material. The fetid water enveloped me leaving a greasy film over my clothes and body. Every night when I returned to my flooded hotel, empty except for a nightwatchman, I bathed my shriveled feet in disinfectant.

 

Once I was almost sucked down into one of the holes in the street in Bombay into which water was rushing. It took every bit of my strength to keep from losing my balance. After that close call, I shuffled along, inch by inch, yard by yard, until I had to abandon my cautious instincts.

I had to see the monsoon as a predictable yearly event, and not the disaster it seemed to my western eyes. The farmers experience the monsoon as an almost religious experience as they watch their fields come back to life after being parched for half the year.

 

When I was in Porbundar, the historic birthplace of Gandhi, I came upon a dog. There he was, locked out of the house, standing on a tiny piece of concrete as the flood waters rose. His expression betrayed his emotions. You can tell by the picture that he realizes his predicament and hope his owner opens the door soon.

Actually, a moment after I took the picture, the door opened and he ran inside."- Steve Mccurry


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An Interview With Pete Souza: Behind the Images

An Interview With Pete Souza: Behind the Images | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
American renowned former White House photographer and photojournalist, Pete Souza, for his first ever audio interview hosted by Ohio University, speaks of his time documenting the professional and personal life of former President Barack Obama.
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Purple Reign: Photographer Brian Ach shares his experiences of working with Prince

Purple Reign: Photographer Brian Ach shares his experiences of working with Prince | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
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Winners of the Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest

Winners of the Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
Smithsonian magazine has just announced the winning entries in their 13th annual photo contest.
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Pro Tips: How the Challenges of Photojournalism Can Make You a Better Photographer

Pro Tips: How the Challenges of Photojournalism Can Make You a Better Photographer | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

Some years ago Steve Simon took a leave from his job as a newspaper photographer in his native Canada and headed south across the border on a self-assigned project. “I’d loved photography since I was a kid in Montreal, roaming the streets, inspired by Cartier-Bresson,” Simon says, “but I’d been working 10 years at the newspaper, doing the same things again and again. I was looking for a way to get the inspiration back, to explore the power of what photography can be.”

 

 

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In the Temples of Indiana High School Basketball

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Basketball is nearly sacred in Indiana, where two photographers set out to document scores of gyms during events like basketball games and graduations.
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Looking Beyond the Scripts of the Campaign Trail

Looking Beyond the Scripts of the Campaign Trail | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

Six New York Times photographers have blanketed the early presidential campaign states during the last three weeks, challenged by carefully constructed stagecraft.

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Fourth Annual New York Portfolio Review

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Applications are now open for the Fourth Annual New York Portfolio Review, where editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers will conduct two days of private photo critiques.

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Can Photojournalism No Longer Be Trusted? | Fstoppers

Can Photojournalism No Longer Be Trusted? | Fstoppers | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

Recently the New York Times revealed a staggering truth about modern photojournalism that has the field's ethics under scrutiny.

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'People of the South' Intimately Captures Life in the Dixie - DIY Photography

'People of the South' Intimately Captures Life in the Dixie - DIY Photography | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

German photographer Robert Götzfried recently took a trip from Washington D.C. to Nashville, Tennessee. Along the way, he used his camera to capture the People of the South in a photo series that gives a compelling look into what the American South has to offer.

Götzfried’s trip lasted 2 weeks and spanned over 2200 miles – roughly the same distance you’d have to drive to get From Los Angeles, California to Orlando, Florida.

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Where Are Chernobyl’s Children? A Photojournalist’s Honest Project in the Age of Disaster Tourism — Pixel Magazine

Where Are Chernobyl's Children? A Photojournalist's Honest Project in the Age of Disaster Tourism - Pixel Magazine - Medium

National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig has spent almost three decades trying to honor the victims of Chernobyl — a…

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California wildfires - The Boston Globe

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Drought and extreme weather have fueled numerous wildfires in California, destroying property and forcing evacuations. More than 8,000 firefighters are battling the Rocky Fire in northern California that has already scorched over 60,000 acres.
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Photographing the Patrulleros – the violent vigilantes of Guatemala

Photographing the Patrulleros – the violent vigilantes of Guatemala | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

“Photojournalism allows me to get close to events on the ground, so that I may better understand them as they unfold,” says award-winning photojournalist Daniele Volpe, who left his birthplace of Priverno, a small town in Latina, south of Rome, and...

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Mary Ellen Mark, Photographer Who Documented Difficult Subjects, Dies at 75

Mary Ellen Mark, Photographer Who Documented Difficult Subjects, Dies at 75 | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

Ms. Mark was known for her unflinching yet compassionate depictions of her subjects, who included prostitutes in Mumbai and homeless teenagers in Seattle.

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In Shinjuku, 'Blade Runner' in Real Life

In Shinjuku, 'Blade Runner' in Real Life | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
Daido Moriyama’s images of Shinjuku are like being in “Blade Runner,” a futuristic place of phantoms, electric energy and tension.
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Still Cleaning Up: 30 Years After the Chernobyl Disaster

Still Cleaning Up: 30 Years After the Chernobyl Disaster | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
Recent images of the ongoing cleanup work and the ghost towns being reclaimed by nature within the 1,000-square-mile (2,600-square-kilometers) exclusion zone in Ukraine.
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International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016 - The Boston Globe

International Women’s Day, March 8, 2016 - The Boston Globe | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

International Women’s Day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the struggles and achievements of women globally and to advocate for women’s rights.

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Photographing Hip-Hop's Golden Era

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The Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired Bill Adler’s extensive archive of hip-hop photos.

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From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem

From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
In these previously unseen photographs, the former New York Times photographer Don Hogan Charles Jr. reveals Harlem’s residents as fully rounded people — counter to the fearful perception that was reported in the 1960s.
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Kamoinge's Half-Century of African-American Photography

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A new book takes a look at the collective’s groundbreaking work in “speaking of our lives as only we can.”

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Reuters will no longer accept edited Raw files from freelance photographers

Reuters will no longer accept edited Raw files from freelance photographers | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
In an email to freelance photojournalists this week, Reuters has confirmed a change in its photo submission policy requesting that photographers submit JPEGs rather than edited Raw files to the news agency.
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David Burnett: Marathon Man

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BY JIM COLTON “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ― Aldous Huxley Earlier this summer, at the University Photographer’s Association of America Symposium 2015 in Michigan, I had the great...
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Afghanistan | Photojournalist: Altaf Qadri

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Altaf Qadri is a Kashmiri-Indian photojournalist with Associated Press.He has received several awards for is photographic work. The New York Times described his work as having a "sophisticated eye and highly effective technique."


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Jesus in Philadelphia

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For nearly every day the last eight months, Michael Grant has dressed as Jesus Christ, and walked the streets of Philadelphia to share the Christian gospel by example.

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Pulitzer Winning Photographer David Turnley's Advice to a Class of Photojournalism Students

Pulitzer Winning Photographer David Turnley's Advice to a Class of Photojournalism Students | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it

I had a wonderful opportunity today in that I got to enjoy the company of Pulitzer Prize-winner photojournalist David Turnley in the setting of my very own

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