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Peter Van Agtmael Disco Night: Sept 11

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Disco Night Sept 11 is a magnificent hybrid work. Part war story and part family album, it shares with the latter the fabric cover, relatively small photographs, unfolding pages, captions, and it even achieves the same cathartic effect, for soldiers, their families, the United States and the author Peter Van Agtmael himself. A list of scenes that were witnessed but not photographed concludes his undeniably personal essay and study that includes a photograph of a misty Swedish forest which Van Agtmael visited, somber and confused, after his first trip to Iraq.

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Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus Killed in Afghanistan

Photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus Killed in Afghanistan | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed today, shot to death by an Afghan policeman while covering the upcoming national election. She covered conflicts from Bosnia to Afghanistan for more than 20 years, earning a Pulitzer Prize in 2005, as part of a team of AP photographers covering the Iraq War. Last November I was very happy to be able to feature her amazing work in a photo essay titled "Afghanistan: Seen Through the Lens of Anja Niedringhaus." What I wrote then remains true: Documenting a decades-long story like the Afghanistan War is a challenge for any photojournalist, from simple logistical issues, to serious safety concerns, to the difficulty of keeping the narrative fresh and compelling.

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Peter van Agtmael

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Quote: "My photographs are primarily about contradictions; the simultaneous and infinite coexistence of beauty mingling with destruction, of love with hatred. The endless capacity for contradiction has defined humanity's existence, and is forced into stark relief in war." 
Peter van Agtmael joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2008.

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Cinema in Kabul: Q&A with Jonathan Saruk

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After years of covering conflict in Afghanistan, Jonathan Saruk came across the smoke-filled movie theaters of Kabul, where the harsh realities of daily life can be forgotten for a few hours. Seduced by the beauty of the rundown buildings, many of which had been damaged during the civil war, the photographer started documenting what goes on in the darkness of Afghan theaters. Three years later, he’s raising funds to publish his first book, “The Forbidden Reel: A Journey Through the Cinemas of Kabul.”

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Afghanistan in the 1950s and 60s

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Fractured by internal conflict and foreign intervention for centuries, Afghanistan made several tentative steps toward modernization in the mid-20th century. In the 1950s and 1960s, some of the biggest strides were made toward a more liberal and westernized lifestyle, while trying to maintain a respect for more conservative factions.

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Phototheca Afghanica

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During the past ten years, at the Afghanistan Institute in Switzerland, in close co-operation with Afghan and international experts, some 5.000 old photographs were secured and identified.
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How A Female Photographer Sees Her Afghanistan

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Born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1984, photographer Farzana Wahidy was only a teenager when the Taliban took over the country in 1996. At age 13 she was beaten in the street for not wearing a burqa, she recalls, and she describes those years as a "very closed, very dark time." To carry a camera would have been unthinkable.

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#NotABugSplat

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A giant art installation project that targets predator drone operators sitting thousands of miles away who refer to kills as BugSplats. Now they’ll see a child’s face instead.

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How Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall Got One of Military's Highest Honors

How Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall Got One of Military's Highest Honors | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Between the ages of 21 and 27, military photographer Stacy Pearsall captured over 500,000 images across 41 different countries. She is the first woman ever to win the Military Photographer of the Year twice, “giving the boys a run for their money.”

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New Afghan Law Disastrous for Women, Says National Geographic Photographer

New Afghan Law Disastrous for Women, Says National Geographic Photographer | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

National Geographic photographer Lynsey Addario says that a new Afghan law, passed by parliament and awaiting signature by President Hamid Karzai, would effectively silence victims of domestic violence.

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Afghanistan Style In The '20s Through '70s: Photographs Show A Lost , Fashionable Time

Afghanistan Style In The '20s Through '70s: Photographs Show A Lost , Fashionable Time | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Instead of shelled out homes and veiled women, the pictures show women wearing pencil skirts and beehive hairdos; students sporting stylish scarves around their necks and frilly blouses; men in blazers and striped shirts and models lounging on couches decked out in cable-knit sweaters and goat-skin coats, which were the country's greatest fashion export in the '60s.

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Remembering 1960s Afghanistan, the photographs of Bill Podlich (36 pictures)

Remembering 1960s Afghanistan, the photographs of Bill Podlich (36 pictures) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

“My dad was a professor of Elementary Education, specializing in teaching Social Studies, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona from 1949 until he retired in 1981. He had always said that since he had served in WWII… he wanted to serve in the cause of peace. In 1967, he was hired by UNESCO as an Expert on Principles of Education, for a two-year stint in Kabul, Afghanistan at the Higher Teachers College… Throughout his adult life, because he was interested in social studies, whenever he traveled around (in Arizona, to Mexico and other places), he continued to take pictures. In Afghanistan he took half-frame color slides (on Kodachrome), and I believe he used a small Olympus camera.” – Peg Podlich.

 
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See the pictures from prize-winning Air Force photographer Jeremy T. Lock

See the pictures from prize-winning Air Force photographer Jeremy T. Lock | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

From scaling craggy Tora Bora looking for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan to pulling injured civilians from rubble in quake-wracked Haiti, Jeremy T. Lock has been all over the world and captured it on film. And now the Air Force master sergeant recently captured the Military Photographer of the Year award for the seventh time — an unprecedented feat that makes him the best at what he does. But he will tell you otherwise.

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America's Long Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev

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TIME America's Long Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Photographs by Yuri Kozyrev TIME Last month, I traveled to eastern Afghanistan with TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev to document how the American military will bring all of that stuff home...
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