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When photographers were always part of the story at Fairfax

Photojournalists were once considered a part of the story. The decision to slash the ranks of snappers at Fairfax ends an era, writes former Age photographer Chris Beck.

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The Daily Beast | JOURNALISM|

Libyan war claims lives of two photojournalists

Two American photojournalists, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, were killed in Libya yesterday during clashes with Gaddafi forces. Daily Beast offers a retrospective of their haunting work.

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The Big Caption | LINKS|

Hacking The Big Picture

The Big Caption takes images from the Boston Globe’s much-loved Big Picture blog and adds great in-photo captions, from the snarky to the silly to the serious.

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A Developing Story | JOURNALISM|

Burying ethics for the sake of photojournalism

Photographer Marco Vernaschi created a stunning and shocking series of images on child sacrifice in Uganda. But to get the shots, he persuaded a grieving mother to exhume her mutilated daughter’s body so that he could photograph it, raising some serious ethical and legal questions.

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Finding the Afghan Girl

National Geographic journalists explain how they tracked down one of the magazine’s most iconic cover stars — the “Afghan Girl” — 15 years after she first drew the world’s attention to the plight of Afghani refugees.

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A Developing Story | JOURNALISM|

Looking at Africa through a new lens

Photography and politics expert David Campbell looks at how the world’s view of Africa has been shaped by media images of devastation and despair. Is it time for photographers to stop offering up the same “old” visions of Africa?

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New York Times | PRINT|

How many news photographers are too many?

News photographers naturally descend on disaster areas and conflict zones like moths to a flame. But do we really need hundreds of images of the same tragedy? Some of the world’s top photojournalists weigh in.

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New York Times | PRINT|

Behind the lens in Haiti

NYT photojournalist Damon Winter is on assignment in Haiti. He tells of the endless dead bodies, brutal conditions, and the difficulty of taking a good snap in such circumstances. Plus a gallery of his stunning and shocking images.

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Mediaite | PRINT|

Newsweek go rogue with Palin cover

Newsweek has caused a big stir this week by running a cover photo of Sarah Palin — clad in rather tight running gear — taken from a Runner’s World photoshoot. Palin herself has labelled the move “sexist”. Is it fair to use editorial photos out of context?

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Crikey Blogs | THE REST|

Life as a soldier in Afghanistan

A remarkable photo essay by AP photojournalist David Guttenfelder on the lives of American troops in Afghanistan gives a small insight into the fear and horror of the work, says W H Chong.

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A photographer faces off with a deadly predator

An incredible story and images from National Geographic shutterbug Paul Nicklen about a photographic expedition to shoot deadly leopard seals that took an unexpected turn.

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Boston Globe | SPORT|

PHOTO GALLERY: Sporting triumphs and tragedies — as seen by the players

See eye-to-eye, toe-to-toe, fist-to-fist, and wheel-to-wheel with the world’s sportspeople as they experience the highs and lows of sporting glory.

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Photo galleries of drunk people at the Melbourne Cup

Apparently people get drunk on the public lawns at the Melbourne Cup. Who knew? There is no news in this, just a ritualised annual tabloid photo-gallery parade of shame, vulnerability and intrusion. But try telling that to the Hun.

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The Walkley Magazine | JOURNALISM|

Photojournalism in Australia: the best of times, the worst of times

Aussie photojournalists discuss the trials and triumphs of their craft in the current media climate. More photographers have been forced to go freelance, but technological advances have opened up amazing new possibilities for the solo shutterbug.

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Google Books | ONLINE|

25 years of LIFE magazine, now free online

Every edition of LIFE photographic magazine from 1935 to 1970 has been released free and in full by Google Books. An amazing historical archive of images and articles chronicling the 20th century.

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New York Times | JOURNALISM|

The cut-and-paste ethics of photojournalism

Photographer David Hume Kennerly recently had a photo he took of Dick Cheney published in Newsweek, but the image was heavily cropped and totally out of context — a move, he says, discredited both him and his profession.

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New York Times | JOURNALISM|

Was the AP right to publish a soldier’s dying hours?

The AP has come under some heavy fire for publishing a photo of a deceased US soldier shortly after he was fatally wounded by a grenade in Afghanistan. The NYT’s Lens blog looks at the ethics and precedent of going public with such a private moment.

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Gizmodo | ART & DESIGN|

How to take photos in a war zone

War photographer Teru Kuwayama — who has snapped hot-shots in hot-spots like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir — explains the perils and practicalities of shooting in a warzone, without getting shot yourself.

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Self | PRINT|

In defence of photoshopping

Do we retouch our cover images? You bet! says Self magazine editor Lucy Danziger, who says magazine images aren’t news journalism and admits to retouching images of herself run in the mag.

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Mother Jones | FEDERAL|

Chilling photos from a war on terror

Peter van Agtmael worked as an embedded photojournalist in Iraq and Afghanistan. His book, 2nd Tour, Hope I Don’t Die, tells of a complex war.

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Newspaper Death Watch | JOURNALISM|

Photojournalism set for a shake-up

The launch of “citizen photo agencies”, where news outlets can buy cheap and sometimes exclusive snaps from amateur shutterbugs, could pose a serious threat to the future of professional photojournalism.

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LA Times | PRINT|

Does this LA Times photo look fake to you?

Readers of the LA Times are constantly questioning the authenticity of seemingly impossible photos published in their newspaper. But the actual culprit is far simpler: a long lens.

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Editor & Publisher | JOURNALISM|

Robert Capa’s iconic Spanish War photo a fake?

Spanish newspaper El Periodico claims to have proven the Magnum founder and war photographer Robert Capa’s famous Spanish Civil War ‘falling soldier’ picture was set up.

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LIFE | ART & DESIGN|

Lifting the hood of the KKK

LIFE features a confronting collection of photos documenting life inside the modern Klu Klux Klan.

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