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This Massive Chart Shows The War In Afghanistan As A Numbing Litany Of Death And Destruction

This Massive Chart Shows The War In Afghanistan As A Numbing Litany Of Death And Destruction | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Follow each attack, explosion, and death in this massive visualization that captures the unprecedented scale of the leaked data.

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Images of War, War of Images by Michel Puech

Images of War, War of Images by Michel Puech | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The 26th edition of the photojournalism festival Visa pour l’Image began this weekend in Perpignan, two weeks after terrorists from the “Islamic State” executed the American photographer James Foley. Once again, the dissemination of images of violence raises questions.

“If Visa pour l’Image 2014 is violent, it’s because the world is violent,” said festival director Jean-François Leroy this week in an interview with the Catalan press.

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Peter Van Agtmael Disco Night: Sept 11

Peter Van Agtmael  Disco Night: Sept 11 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

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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Richard Moss wins the Deutsche Börse Prize

Richard Moss wins the Deutsche Börse Prize | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Irish photographer’s Congo images, The Enclave, picked up the annual photography award last night.

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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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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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Kiev (Ukraine) by Mustang Wanted

Kiev (Ukraine) by Mustang Wanted | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

'Mustang Wanted' (the Ukrainian who climbs anything) went for a walk and came back after 20 hours.

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Peter van Agtmael

Peter van Agtmael | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

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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Dead at 17, the boy photographer who braved Syria's merciless civil war to take these haunting pictures from the frontline

Dead at 17, the boy photographer who braved Syria's merciless civil war to take these haunting pictures from the frontline | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Molhem Barakat died on Friday as he took photographs of rebel fighters and Government forces battling over the Kindi Hospital in Aleppo, which had allegedly been turned into a regime barracks. 

The 17-year-old, who worked for news agency Reuters on a freelance basis, took dozens of photographs capturing the city's unrelenting violence. His portfolio is equally weighted with images depicting civilian life in the divided city. The teenager had been sending images to Reuters since May, with many of his photographs being published around the world. 

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Syria: Graphic designers, the Army of Islam wants you

Syria: Graphic designers, the Army of Islam wants you | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A major Islamist armed group fighting the Syrian government has posted a job ad online for graphic designers, photographers and other media specialists.

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20 years covering conflict: Goran Tomasevic

20 years covering conflict: Goran Tomasevic | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Born in Belgrade in 1969, Goran Tomasevic started working for Reuters as a freelance photographer in 1996 during the anti-Milosevic demonstrations. He was based in Baghdad during the Iraq conflict, in Jerusalem during tense times between the Israelis and Palestinians and was senior photographer in Egypt during the uprising. Goran is currently covering the conflict in Syria. In 2003 and 2005 Goran won the Reuters photographer of the year award.

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Our Collective War Story In 185 Photographs

Our Collective War Story In 185 Photographs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. And also the last place I wanted to find myself on a sunny midweek morning.

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War's effect on peace is examined in new Tate show

War's effect on peace is examined in new Tate show | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Tate Modern curator Shoair Mavlian talks us through the new exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography.

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Arles 2014 : Nos coups de Coeur - Léon Gimpel

Arles 2014 : Nos coups de Coeur - Léon Gimpel | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Paris, August 1915: men are at war and women  are working. Far from their parents, the children of the rue Greneta play at battle. Equipped with only his camera and the inspiration of a few Poulbot drawings, Léon Gimpel faced this army of kids. From this encounter in the heart of the Sentier neighbourhood was born a series of staged photographic tableaux, alternating between colour (autochrome) and black and white. As the days went by, Léon Gimpel and his army of kids developed a kind of typology in miniature of images of the Great War. Almost all the archetypal scenes are represented .It is not death that Gimpel and the army of the rue Greneta playact, but heroism, courage, and the victory of the children of France.

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D-Day: Then and Now, 70 Years Later

D-Day: Then and Now, 70 Years Later | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In this composite image of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France, a view of the sea at Nan Red Beach is pictured on May 6, 2014. In the archival photo, The British 2nd Army, Royal Marine Commandos of Headquarters, 4th Special Service Brigade, are seen making their way onto Nan Red Beach at approximately 9 a.m. on June 6, 1944. Getty Images photographer Peter Macdiarmid went through approximately 700 images, looking for reference points in the archive images that would possibly still exist today.

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10 Photos of Life in the Trenches

10 Photos of Life in the Trenches | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The image of a soldier in a muddy trench is what many people visualise when they think of the First World War.
However, most soldiers would only spend an average of four days at a time in a front line trench.  Their daily routine when in the front line varied according to where they were.

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A Flag in Berlin: Yevgeny Khaldei's Wartime Photographs

A Flag in Berlin: Yevgeny Khaldei's Wartime Photographs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Soviet photographer Yevgeny Khaldei worked for the Tass news agency between 1935 and 1948, and for Pravda from 1959 to 1976. As Michael Specter wrote in Photo Booth last year, Khaldei “photographed every Soviet leader from Stalin to Yeltsin, and he documented the plight of Shostakovich as he struggled through the Siege of Leningrad. Khaldei, a Jew, (purged twice) photographed other Jews as they were liberated from the ghetto of Budapest. Then he ripped the yellow Stars of David from their chests. His picture of Hermann Göring gives form to the idea of evil.”

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Crimea: Where War Photography Was Born

Crimea: Where War Photography Was Born | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Crimean War of the 1850s, after all, was arguably where the genre was born, with British photographers like Roger Fenton (1819 – 1869) and James Robertson (1813 – 1888) and the Italian-British Felice Beato (1832 – 1909) making what most historians consider the very first photographs of a major military conflict. Their pictures might lack the often-brutal drama of modern war photography, but they nevertheless serve as compelling documentation of the look and, in a sense, the logistics of mid-19th century warfare. Within a few years, Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and others would document the American Civil War more thoroughly and graphically than Fenton, Robertson, Beato or any others managed in Crimea — a clear indication of how rapidly photography took hold as a critical method of reportage.

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Briley Angle's curator insight, April 17, 2014 10:11 AM

This article is mainly about how war began in Crimea and it's still there and to show how much brutal and cruel things went on there , now there is still these things going on today because of Russia. 

Ignacio Sánchez Durán's curator insight, October 25, 2014 6:10 PM

Roger Fenton es, indudablemente, uno de los padres del fotoperiodismo de guerra, aunque jamás representó el dolor y la muerte en los campos de batalla. Casi todas sus fotografías son de altos mandos militares y soldados posando en los campamentos. Si bien había limitaciones técnicas para mostrar la acción durante el conflicto, no existían limitaciones para mostrar sus consecuencias. Los largos tiempos de exposición de las cámaras nunca fueron un obstáculo para mostrar los cadáveres en el campo de batalla. Sin embargo, las imágenes de  Roger Fenton no tienen solo un muerto. ¿Por qué? Quizás la razón sea que fue enviado por la corona británica para contrarrestar las crónicas nefastas del Times que incidían en el malhumor de la opinión pública hacia una guerra impopular.      

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'Healing Bobby': One War Veteran's Inspiring Source for Comedy (VIDEO)

'Healing Bobby': One War Veteran's Inspiring Source for Comedy (VIDEO) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Directed by Peter van Agtmael, the latest Red Border Film tells the story of Bobby Henline an Iraq War veteran turned comic who has made his injuries a part of his comedy.

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Powerful Present-Day Photographs Of World War 2 Veterans

Powerful Present-Day Photographs Of World War 2 Veterans | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Acclaimed British photographer Konstantin Suslov is making sure his fellow countrymen don’t forget the individuals whom they owe their current freedom and prosperity to – the war veterans themselves.

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Pearl Harbor images: Incredible images combine black and white photographs

Pearl Harbor images: Incredible images combine black and white photographs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A fascinating video has merged photographs taken during the attack on Pearl Harbor with pictures of the same locations today, to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the bombing.

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Médecin, soldat et photographe - Making-of

Médecin, soldat et photographe - Making-of | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Durant toute la première guerre mondiale, Frantz Adam, psychiatre affecté au 23ème régiment d’infanterie, photographie la vie quotidienne dans les tranchées. Mobilisé à 28 ans, il se retrouve sur tous les grands théâtres d’opérations: Vosges et Hartmannswillerkopf en 1915, Somme et Verdun en 1916, Chemin des Dames en 1917, libération de la Belgique, entrée en Alsace et occupation de la Rhénanie en 1918.

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Some 500 photos taken by a French doctor during the World War I were found in 2005. A book has been published.

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McCullin: A Documentary Film About the Iconic War Photographer

McCullin: A Documentary Film About the Iconic War Photographer | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Don McCullin is known the world over for his incredible work as a photojournalist. His powerful and moving photography of devastation and suffering in Cyprus, The Congo, Vietnam and many others have won him worldwide acclaim as one of the greatest ever.

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A Photographer's Unfiltered Account of the Iraq War

A Photographer's Unfiltered Account of the Iraq War | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

“Photojournalists on War,” an oral history of the Iraq war by those who documented it from the front lines, was published this month by the University of Texas Press. The book consists of interviews conducted by Michael Kamber, who covered the war for eight years for The New York Times and is a co-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center.

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