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Forgiveness And Mercy In Rwanda - Faded + Blurred

Forgiveness And Mercy In Rwanda - Faded + Blurred | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
In 1994, more than 800,000 people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide, a period of massive violence between the Hutus and the Tutsis that lasted 100 days. Recently, photographer Pieter Hugo visited southern Rwanda to capture an incredible series of photographs – portraits of the oppressed and their oppressors 20 years after the brutal conflict that left some two million Hutu refugees without a home as they fled their country for what was then called Zaire. The photographs are poignant reminders that humanity’s capacity for violence is often trumped by our capacity for compassion. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” - Mahatma Gandhi According to a recent article in the New York Times, the people Hugo photographed are “part of a continuing national effort toward reconciliation.” The government worked with the nonprofit AMI (Association Modeste et Innocent) over months in order to facilitate counseling between the Hutus and the Tutsis. “If forgiveness is granted by the survivor,” writes Susan Dominus, “the perpetrator and his family and friends typically bring a basket of offerings, usually food and sorghum or banana beer. The accord is sealed with song and dance.” While the photographs are not what one would call warm or congenial, given ...
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Photography / Photojournalism work as a media to tell the story of forgiveness in Rwandan.  I like this function of photography rather than always landscape, etc.

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Morgan Levy Interview: Perceiving the Lonely Pauses Before Movement and Capturing Its Form at PhotoWhoa Blog | Discover how you can be a better photographer

Morgan Levy Interview: Perceiving the Lonely Pauses Before Movement and Capturing Its Form at PhotoWhoa Blog | Discover how you can be a better photographer | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
It’ll be clear when looking at the forthcoming images that there is a lot going on in conceptual street/landscape/portrait photographer Morgan Levy’s work. Many of her images will seem caught in an impenetrable stillness.
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"Though I often work in picturesque places, the intent isn’t to depict beautiful landscapes. It’s to find and create an image (or the raw material from which to composite an image) that represents or evokes a specific idea or thought. Using landscape to successfully convey ideas is challenging. And I don’t always succeed."  This is exactly what I want to learn!

 

"I’m attracted to ambiguous undertones. If a subject smiles in a photograph, the viewer thinks he or she understands something about this person or this moment. Expressions I’m drawn to are ones where the answer isn’t obvious, where the viewer is left wondering. This is what I mean by a “pregnant pause”: a moment embedded with meaning and significance that is somewhat withheld."

 

So insightful to me.  A really great interveiw!!!

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Saint-Petersburg : Yury Gudkov, Keep an Eye on What You See - The Eye of Photography

Saint-Petersburg : Yury Gudkov, Keep an Eye on What You See - The Eye of Photography | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
The continuous process of taking pictures of everyday life engenders the documentation of ambiguous ritual. As a result, its original duration and meaning could hardly be restored. In a sequence of images, the captured scene becomes autonomous and looped so it can’t be recognized as part of personal experience of seeing. The strange units that were put together form unexpected interactions with various forms, objects, phenomena. This allows thinking about totality of Seeable, about inability to ignore perception as such.
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Change the perspective and then loop all together.  An extraordinary approach and project.

 

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10 commandments of street photography

Three top photographers share their expert tips and insights on how to get the best street photography shots.
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After reading advice from the three street photographers, it's action time. 

 

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Sawdust and Sand: The Art of Douglas Miller

Fine Cut. Temp color correct. Temp sound mix.
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This is an excellent documentary of Douglas Miller.  Another type of street photographer.   His photos are about ordinary people in Laguna.  Most importantly, the photos also show the changes of this community in which he has been living for 44 years. 

The documentary didn't mention Doug's skills, but from the speed of taking photos and the results, he really got the skills.   If I could take photos of people as fast as he does, I would be benefit a lots!   

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The 20 photographs of the year

The 20 photographs of the year | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Europe’s refugee crisis, the Paris attacks, pollution in China, the continuing violence in Israel and Syria - the world’s leading photojournalists describe how they captured 20 defining images in 2015
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Every year end, there're lots of top # of the year.

However, I feel this year is quite different from most in the past.  There were many tragedies this year.  Touched our hearts.  Probably won't forget till the end.

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Art Wolfe Technique Series on Vimeo

Art Wolfe Technique Series on Vimeo | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
A series of videos where I share some of the techniques I use to capture images of landscapes, wildlife and native cultures around the world.
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So glad to find such amazing tech tips!

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A list of free Street Photography eBooks - Thomas.Leuthard.Photography

A list of free Street Photography eBooks - Thomas.Leuthard.Photography | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
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Not sure if I have scooped this in the past.  Sorry.  :P

Anyhow, this is a list of FREE Street Photo Ebooks by different photographers. 

Enjoy.

12 days to Xmas.  :D

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In photos: The world stands with Paris | Toronto Star

In photos: The world stands with Paris | Toronto Star | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
In ceremonies held around the world, people pay homage to the victims of the deadly attacks in Paris.
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Sorrow and Support. 

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Photographer Lois Greenfield and Her Old-Fashioned Approach to 'Moving Stills'

Photographer Lois Greenfield and Her Old-Fashioned Approach to 'Moving Stills' | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Photographer Lois Greenfield has spent the past 35 years of her photographic career exploring the idea of movement and its expressive potential in photos.
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Amazing.  Not only the result, but also how the photographer did it.  No trick, no PS.  Completely relies on skills. 

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Photographer Joey L. Turns His Lens on the Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan

Photographer Joey L. Turns His Lens on the Guerrilla Fighters of Kurdistan | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Back in March 2015, NYC-based photographer Joey L. traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria to start another one of his amazing personal projects
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I watched the video and then the photos.  Wow.  Speechless. 

 

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The 50 Greatest Street Photographers Right Now - 15. Ming Thein

The 50 Greatest Street Photographers Right Now - 15. Ming Thein | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
These are the artists who prove that the 120-year-old genre is still evolving.
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I like street photo.  Need to take time to look into each of these 50 street photographers.

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Seeing Through Photographs - The Museum of Modern Art | Coursera

Seeing Through Photographs - The Museum of Modern Art | Coursera | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Seeing Through Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art. Although taking, sharing, and viewing photographs has become second nature for many of us, our regular engagement with images does not necessarily make us visually literate. This course aims to address the gap between seeing and truly understanding photographs by introducing a diversity of ideas, approaches, and technologies that inform their making. In this course you will look closely at photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art and hear a variety of perspectives on what a photograph is and the ways that photography has been used throughout its nearly 180 year history: as a means of artistic expression, as a tool for science and exploration; as an instrument of documentation; to tell stories and record histories; and as a mode of communication and critique in our ever increasingly visual culture. Take free online classes from 120+ top universities and educational organizations. We partner with schools like Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and others to offer courses in dozens of topics, from computer science to teaching and beyond. Whether you are pursuing a passion or looking to advance your career, Coursera provides open, free education for everyone.
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Not sure if you have heard about MOOCs (Massive Open Online courses) or not. These are FREE courses offered by reknown universities around the globe.  Here's a new course in photography by MoMA.  I'm going to take it. 

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blupace | Blupace: Improving your Street Technique

blupace | Blupace: Improving your Street Technique | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Technique: We try to help you to understand your own personal barriers, when shooting street photography, by changing how we think of it.
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Apart from "fear", the article touches on "flow" & "headspace" (I will interpret it as mind preparation).

 

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Dickey Chapelle: The Life and Work of the Legendary Female War Photographer

Dickey Chapelle: The Life and Work of the Legendary Female War Photographer | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
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First time to know this outstanding female war photographer, Dickey Chapelle.   

There are 2 videos in the site.  The second one is far more thorough than the first one.  From childhood to the death of Dickey.

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Pictures We Love: Something to Believe In

Pictures We Love: Something to Believe In | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
As the year began to come to a close, we asked National Geographic staff who work closely with photography—through the magazine, Your Shot, News, Travel, and Proof—to choose a photo from 2015 that …
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These are photos I aspire.  Caught the moment with story in it.  Classic.  As in the NG said, "timeless." 

 

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Rainy Night in Tokyo: Brilliant Photography by Masashi Wakui » Ciel Bleu Media

Rainy Night in Tokyo: Brilliant Photography by Masashi Wakui » Ciel Bleu Media | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
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Evening, rain/drizzling, the color, etc. all created a special style.  Might be another theme/project for you as well?

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Art Wolfe Discusses Inspiration And "Finding The Photo" | Fstoppers

American Photographer Art Wolfe has been making photographs for over 30 years, including work for National Geographic and authoring many books. In this video, Art talks about his beginnings as an amateur, but then explains his approach for finding emotive and meaningful photography.
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Really good advice offered in the video. 

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These Color Photos of Paris Were Shot 100 Years Ago

These Color Photos of Paris Were Shot 100 Years Ago | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Back in 1909, a super-rich French banker named Albert Kahn decided to create a photographic record of the world using the new color photography process tha
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Amazing rare color photos a century ago. 

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Ansel Adams' Pictures of an American Concentration Camp During WWII

Ansel Adams' Pictures of an American Concentration Camp During WWII | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Ansel Adams is best known for his breathtaking landscape photos, but he photographed much more than nature during his decades-long career. In 1943, already
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Although this series are about Japanese relocation camp in WWII, I can see the trace of landscape e.g. Mt in the photos as backgrd.  Also see the Master's skills beyond landscape.  Might be Ansel would be a good street photographer as well if he took that path. We can see his skills on that through this series.    

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The Story of Losing a Homeland Through the Eyes of Those Living It

The Story of Losing a Homeland Through the Eyes of Those Living It | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
The war took practically everything from me, but it gave me the opportunity to find myself. —Olena Bilous
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Heart broken stories. 

"The war took practically everything from me, but it gave me the opportunity to find myself. —Olena Bilous"

"There is tension in the air, and people who used to be my best friends have distanced themselves so fast they hardly say hello when we meet in the street. —Mariya Zmysla"

Same kind of comments during the war in Sarajevo.  But history or mankind like to repeat the tragedy.

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FHL

FHL | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting and creative project.  BUT, only once in your life ideally.

 

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Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees

Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece• Warning: this article contains images that readers may find distressing
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TED 2011 TALK - ENGLISH SUBTITLES

On March 2nd 2011, at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, JR called for the creation of a global art project inspired by his large‐format street pastings…
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Amazing!!!  From street photos -> art forms -> social meaning -> social action. 

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Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States

Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States | The Art of Photography | Scoop.it
One for every state from Alabama to Wisconsin, Florida to Alaska, Maine to California
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I don't think "instagram photographers" is a proper label to these photographers.  Instagram is just a media to tell the story & to create the art.  If we look at the photos, we can see the solid skills of composition and lighting,etc from these photographers.  They probably can create the same quality of work regardless of the media.

 

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