Co-Editor of Lens Blog & Senior Staff Photographer
@ The New York Times
based in New York City
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James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. He is also a founder of Lens, the Times's photography blog and co-edits it with David Gonzalez. Mr. Estrin...
Aida Muluneh spent a peripatetic childhood in Yemen, England, Cyprus, Canada and the United States before settling in the States to study and become a photojournalist. She returned to Ethiopia, the land of her birth, about a decade ago, where her work addresses issues of women, African identity and the connection between heritage and homeland. Her photos feature decorative body paintings that reflect Ethiopian culture or traditional fabrics and baskets and reflect her own life’s journey.
By Evelyn Nieves: Once she got sober, Rocio De Alba began noticing women trying to stop drinking or using drugs everywhere she looked. She saw them on the news, interviewed in decrepit halfway houses. She saw them in documentaries, caught in alleys and corners dying for a fix — and dying to stop. She studied their close-ups in photo essays, their faces creased and spotted, roadmaps of their worst days.
None of them looked like the women Ms. De Alba met in her recovery meetings. Nor did they look like her — a fine art photographer and busy wife and mother, raising four children in Queens.
Ms. De Alba wanted to show the public what women in long-term recovery look like in the real world. Five years after she confronted her alcoholism, a scourge since her teens, she began to approach the women she knew from her meetings.
A dramatic image of the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was named thePhoto of the Year in the 2017 World Press Photocontest. The photo was taken in December during a routine assignment at a photo exhibition that Burhan Ozbilici, an Associated Press photographer, decided to attend at the last moment simply because it was on his way home. He arrived duringAmbassador Andrey G. Karlov’s speech, and within moments a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, opened fire. Although Mr. Ozbilici was no more than 15 feet from the gunman, he did not run.
For some people, the idea of “serious” photography conjures up dramatic scenes of suffering, violence and poverty. This can be especially so in parts of Latin America and Africa, where careers have been made by foreign journalists who go in looking for drama. While no doubt there are pressing issues in these regions, there are also scenes of daily life, or less dramatic situations, that go unnoticed, slanting how a global audience sees people and places. Read complete article, here.
Applications are now open for the Fifth Annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by The New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. We are again gathering 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 29 and 30. A list of reviewers is below the application form.
Today, women make up the majority of students in undergraduate and graduate photojournalism programs. The top photo editors of National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times and many other American publications are female, as are many if not most of their subordinates. There are, by most accounts, a large number of outstanding young female photographers doing excellent work, leading the way to new directions in storytelling and engagement.
Despite these gains, there are still very few women working on assignment for the major international wire services.