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Occupy Wall Street

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In New York City's Financial District, hundreds of activists have been converging on Lower Manhattan over the past two weeks, protesting as part of an "Occupy Wall Street" movement. The protests are largely rallies against the influence of corporate money in politics, but participants' grievances also include frustrations with corporate greed, anger at financial and social inequality, and several other issues. Nearly 80 people were arrested last weekend in a series of incidents with the New York police as the protesters attempted to march uptown. Most are now camped out in nearby Zucotti Park. Demonstrations also took place yesterday in San Francisco, and an "Occupy Boston" protest is planned for tonight, September 30. Collected here are a handful of images of the protesters occupying Wall Street from the past two weeks.
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Rediscovering the Urban Palette

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From the earliest hand-tinted postcards to kinetic, digital images, the sidewalks of New York have been muse and model to countless color photographers.
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Wartime in the Great American Pastime

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How many players will pile on? How big a fine will this bring down, how long a suspension? And just how far will a manager go? From The Lively Morgue, a series of photos chronicling some of baseball's more memorable umpire battles.
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The Visual Languages of an Emmy Award Winner

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James Estrin spoke with Damon Winter and Marcus Yam about their work on "A Year at War," the New York Times multimedia production that won an Emmy Award Monday night in New York.
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A Flood of Red Sludge, One Year Later

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"On October 4, 2010, the retaining wall of a caustic waste reservoir at the Ajka alumina plant near Kolontar, Hungary, collapsed, releasing more than one million cubic meters (38 million cubic feet) of highly alkaline red sludge. The thick wave of waste material flooded several nearby villages, killing 10 people, injuring more than 120, and leaving many with chemical burns on their skin. The sludge eventually found its way into local rivers, killing many animals. One year later, damaged buildings have been razed, much of the land has been cleaned up, and MAL Hungarian Aluminum has been fined $647 million (472 million euros) for environmental damages. Today, monitoring shows lower toxicity than many had feared, but the levels are still dangerous. Gathered here are older and recent images from the disaster, including five before-and-after photo pairs (starting with photo number 15) that you can click to see the difference a year can make."

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Too much of a basic human need

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"Water is essential to life but in such places as India, Pakistan, China, and Thailand deluges have once again caused misery. Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines earlier this week on its way to south China. In Pakistan, more than 5 million people have been affected by recent flooding, according to the aid agency Oxfam. Pakistan is still struggling to recover from the devastating monsoon rains in 2010."

-- Lloyd Young(36 photos total)

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Pictures of the Day: Pakistan and Elsewhere

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Photographs from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines and China.
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Saturday Nights on St. Mary Street

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As Maciej Dakowicz sees it, his photographs of nightlife on one Cardiff street are simply amusing scenes of a night on the town. Some viewers beg to differ.
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Tattoos

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Humans have been marking their skin permanently for thousands of years. A tattoo can be a remembrance, a constant prayer, a warning, or simply an amazing work of art.
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New York on the Sound Stage

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In sound stages from the Chelsea Piers to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, designers rebuild the landscape to fit plot lines, making New York seem brighter and sadder, wealthier and grittier, older and newer.
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Hindu Festivals

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Hindus around the world -- from South Asia to Britain and beyond -- observe many colorful holidays throughout the year. Recent festivals include the Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrating the birth of the elephant-headed deity, and Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of the god Krishna. The range of experiences at these celebrations runs from joyfully loud and spectacular to solemn and contemplative. Each devotee celebrates in a distinct, personal way even while joining the larger community. Hinduism is the world's third-largest religion; the majority of its one billion adherents are concentrated in India, but sizable communities exist all over the globe. I hope you enjoy these vivid, intriguing glimpses of Hindu festivals photographed over the past few months.
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Afghanistan, September 2011

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Tribal elders say the Taliban are far from defeated. The Taliban continue to wage a brutal war, taking a toll on Afghan citizens and American forces. The Department of Defense has identified 1,761 American service members who have died in the Afghan war and related operations as of Sept. 21, about 10 years since the start of the war. In visiting Afghanistan monthly in The Big Picture, we try to reflect our troops presence in the country as well as their interaction with the Afghan people. -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)

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Global protests

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"There are many forms of protest, many ways to express an objection to particular events, situations, policies, and even people. Protests can also take many forms - from individual statements to mass demonstrations - both peaceful and violent. In the last 30 days, there have been numerous protests across the globe in many countries. The following post is a collection of only some of those protests, but the images convey a gamut of emotions as citizens stand up for their political, economic, religious and lifestyle rights. -- Paula Nelson (51 photos total)"

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Pictures of the Day: Afghanistan and Elsewhere

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Photographs from Afghanistan, the Philippines, Libya and Yemen.
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Josef Koudelka’s Gypsies, Revisited

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I know of few photographers knowledgeable of the work of Josef Koudelka who do not look upon his life as an artist with a certain level of romanticism.
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Young Man With The Big Beat: 1956, Elvis Presley’s Pivotal Year

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Without preamble, the three-piece band cuts loose. In the spotlight, the lanky singer flails furious rhythms on his guitar, every now and then breaking a string.
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Fields of Vision: The Early Work of Gordon Parks

Fields of Vision: The Early Work of Gordon Parks | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
“I had bought what was to become my weapon against poverty and racism,” Gordon Parks famously recalled of purchasing his first camera at a Seattle pawnshop for $7.50.
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Libyan Rebels Attack Final Qaddafi Strongholds

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"Some seven months after the start of Libya's revolution and one month after the taking of Tripoli, anti-Qaddafi fighters continue to face resistance in two remaining Qaddafi strongholds, the towns of Sirte and Bani Walid. Just today, ant-Qaddafi forces reportedly seized control of the port in the eastern part of Sirte as another group of fighters pressed in from the west. Over the course of this evolving conflict, reporters have repeatedly changed the terminology they use to describe these fighters -- from "protesters" (in February) to "anti-government fighters" to "rebels" to "revolutionaries." Now that the leadership they support controls most of Libya's state affairs, they are being called "National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters", and even "government fighters." Meanwhile, progress has been made toward rebuilding and reopening businesses in Tripoli, as residents look forward to the next phase in Libyan history with a wary eye toward Qaddafi's still-dangerous supporters."

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Tent City

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Photographs from one of the many "Tent Cities" in Fresno, CA; a selection of which was published in Time Magazine. These people mostly lived in and area locally known as "Taco Flats", which was closed after a dispute with the land owner, Union Pacific Railroad.


Via Hélène Brevet, António Vieira
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China: Daily Life Sept. 2011

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"This Big Picture post gives us a glimpse of daily life in parts of China, documented by wire photographers from the Associated Press, Reuters and Getty. The post begins with a short essay by Reuters photographer Jason Lee. Lee photographed six-year-old Wang Gengxiang, known as the "Masked Boy." Gengxiang was severely burned in an accident involving a burning pile of straw last winter. Most of the skin on the little boy's head was burned off, requiring him to wear a full surgical mask. The mask is said to prevent his scars from becoming infected. According to the local media in the village where Gengxiang was photographed, the doctors cannot continue his skin-graft surgery until his damaged trachea (or windpipe) is strong enough. The Lee essay is following by a black slide, and then more "slice of life" photography from a still somewhat mysterious China."

-- Paula Nelson

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Exploring a New, But Cautious, Tripoli

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Moises Saman was introduced to Tripoli as a member of a press pool covering the forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Lately, he has seen an entirely different town - one cautiously coming back to life.
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World War II: The Pacific Islands

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"From late 1942 until early 1945, Allied forces in the Pacific Theater took the war to the Japanese across vast ocean battlefields and on tiny island beaches. By the end of 1942, the Japanese Empire had expanded to its farthest extent, with soldiers occupying or attacking positions from India to Alaska and on islands across the South Pacific. The U.S. Navy, under Admiral Chester Nimitz, adopted a strategy of "island-hopping", rather than attacking Japan's Imperial Navy in force. The goal was to capture and control strategic islands along a path toward the Japanese home islands, bringing U.S. bombers within range, and preparing for a possible invasion. Japanese soldiers fought the island landings fiercely, killing many allied soldiers, sometimes attacking suicidally in desperate last-ditch attacks. At sea, Japanese submarine, bomber and kamikaze attacks took a heavy toll on the U.S. fleet, but they were unable to halt the island-by-island advance. By early 1945, leapfrogging U.S. forces had advanced as far as Iwo Jima and Okinawa, within 340 miles of mainland Japan, at a great cost to both sides. On Okinawa alone, during 82 days of fighting, approximately 100,000 Japanese troops and 12,510 Americans were killed, and somewhere between 42,000 and 150,000 Okinawan civilians died as well. At this point, U.S. forces were nearing their position for the next stage of their offensive against the Empire of Japan. (This entry is Part 15 of a weekly 20-part retrospective of World War II)"

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Pictures of the Day: West Bank and Elsewhere

Pictures of the Day: West Bank and Elsewhere | Best of Photojournalism | Scoop.it
Photographs from West Bank, New York, Libya and Afghanistan.
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