Photographing the Humans of New York
If there’s such a thing as a typical path to becoming an artist, Brandon Stanton didn’t take it. No art school. No photography classes. No dropping out of college. Instead, the 28-year-old Georgia native landed a job as a bond trader in Chicago after betting $3,000 in student loans that Barack Obama would win the 2008 Democratic nomination. When he was later fired from the trading gig during the recession, he took another gamble: street photography. “I enjoy taking risks, whether it be trading bonds or moving to New York and stopping strangers on the street,” says the creator of Humans of New York.
Lovely profile by former Newsweeker (Newsweek in the Tumblr house!) Jon Groat.
Menacing. #nyc #eastvillage (Taken with Instagram)
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)
An army of mannequins stacked up in a warehouse in Long Island, 1970. From the @nytimes photo morgue. #photography #archives #nyc #mannequins (Taken with Instagram)
Reading & Riding New York’s Underground
Every day, approximately seven million people journey through the underworld of New York City’s subway system. Along their daily commutes, some passengers stare into space, rock out on headphones, or sleep. But a special group of riders simultaneously embark on a different kind of journey — through the books they read. Ourit Ben-Haim, New Yorker and self-proclaimed street photographer, has been documenting these “Reading-Riders” since December 2011 on The Underground New York Public Library.
What inspired you to begin the UNYPL?
The first time I photographed a subway reader, I did it just out of photographic instincts. After that I felt compelled to do it again, and the photographs I collected inspired me to build a visual library. Concentrating on the Reading-Riders led me to discover layers of meaning in their presence and activity. In time I resolved to create an extensive series, in revelation, preservation, and celebration of them.
Love this. If you haven’t seen the Underground NY Public Library… you should.
Gas masks are distributed to young Lithuanians defending the Supreme Council against a possible attack, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1991.
[Credit : Abbas]
by Shea McJagger
Those mannequins are best friends.
Here’s what Foster Huntington, the creator of the Burning House tumblr, says he’d take from his.
This is an unfortunate headline, but this story makes me melt.
We went to Moby’s house. He lives in a castle.
PICTURE DEPT is a new venue for photography presented by the award-winning Newsweek & The Daily Beast photo teams. As photo sharing has exploded online with services like Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and others, there has never been more content available for viewing. But as more great, new photography venues are created, it is increasingly hard to keep up with the seemingly endless stream—and to find the very best of what’s out there. PICTURE DEPT is designed to both filter and condense this information into a single resource. The site includes curated photo features and recommendations of the best of what is happening in photography—not just from Newsweek & The Daily Beast but also from Tumblr, around the Web, and the world beyond the computer screen.
About the name:
When we decided to create a photo Tumblr, we turned to the amazing Newsweek archives for inspiration, and there we discovered a battered metal box that contained hundreds of faded yellow 4 x 6 note cards. On each card was the date of an issue of the magazine and the complete listing of its photo spreads. And they were all titled “PICTURE DEPT”, the original moniker of the photo department. The cards ranged in date from the 1930’s - 1970’s and reminded us of the amazing legacy of the magazine. So we decided to resurrect Picture Dept for the 21st century.
Awesome. This is going to be great, in the spirit of the Lively Morgue, but with even more community engagement. Congrats guys!