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Faces of the Voted: The Rockaways, Queens
“People are voting in the dark. There are no lights, there is no heat.”
It was how NPR’s Robert Smith described the situation at the polls early this morning, in the Rockaways, Queens, which is in one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Of the 38 polling stations that had to be relocated in the borough, 23 are here — in tents, outdoors, running on generators, and some without heat at all.
On the Jersey Shore, Cries of ‘Where is the Government?’
The Jersey Shore has fared its share of bad weather. As the Los Angeles Times points out this morning (in a piece well worth the read), there was the winter storm of 1846 that wrecked nine ships (still known as the Day of Terror). There was the 1962 nor’easter, which washed a Navy destroyer ashore. And, of course, there was Irene, the first time on record a hurricane had hit the region.
But Sandy, with its innocent name and violent force, remains unlike anything residents here have seen. It sent a roller coaster into the ocean in Seaside Heights. It wrecked part of the famed boardwalk in Atlantic City. And in the Barrier Islands, some residents now face a forced evacuation that could last eight months. Gas and sewer lines remain unrepaired.
Reposted from the @newyorkermag’s Instagram feed, which is using iPhone photographers like @ruddyroye and @BenLowy to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on the ground. As an editor, from an almost-defunct print publication (Newsweek) now at a new media company (Tumblr), it’s encouraging to see legacy brands like the New Yorker — and TIME, which is running one of Lowy’s iphone images of Sandy on its cover this week — embracing new journalistic models.
UPDATE: Lowy will be documenting the recovery efforts for Tumblr over the coming week. Tune into Storyboard for more.
Tampa Day One (Sort of): Protesters Take the Streets.
Clockwise from top: A RNC protester signals his displeasure with the Florida National Guard; demonstrators march in downtown Tampa; uniformed riot police stand ready in the pouring rain.
—Photos by Benjamin Lowy for Tumblr
Leptis Manga, Libya | July 18, 2012
Self identified Islamist and competitive handballer Fatah Rajeb, who lived and studied in Italy for five years before returning to Libya, works out in the Roman ruins of Leptis Manga. Libyans hope that with the birth of a new democratic nation and with the right balance of their conservative Islamic values, the tourism industry in Libya will again flourish. (Benjamin Lowy/Getty Reportage)
For the next week, conflict photographer Ben Lowy will be shooting from Libya on the first-ever photojournalism inspired Hipstamatic lens — and posting exclusively to Tumblr. Check out Lowy’s Tumblr and Storyboard for more.
Also see the Poynter story on the project.
Bir Dufan, Libya | July 15, 2012
Members of the Libyan Shield military unit from Zlitan patrol the volatile desert region bordering the pro-Gaddafi enclave of Bani Walid and revolutionary Misrata.
For the next week, conflict photographer Ben Lowy, on a grant from the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, will be shooting from Libya on the first-ever photojournalism inspired Hipstamatic lens — and posting exclusively to Tumblr. Check out Lowy’s Tumblr and Storyboard for more. Also see our interview with the photographer.
(All photos by Benjamin Lowy/Getty Reportage)
TUMBLR: It seems iPhone photos have become so ubiquitous that you’d have to be an absolute dinosaur not to embrace them. Is there still any real debate about their journalistic validity?
Ben Lowy: There are still purists who hold onto that idea that the iPhone is not still a real camera, or doesn’t make a real image, and quite frankly, I think those arguments are bullshit. There’s nothing real about black and white film photography that is any more or less real than me taking a picture on my iPhone.
Benjamin Lowy will be filing dispatches from Libya throughout the week, exclusively on Tumblr. (via storyboard)