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Category Archives: Documentary Photography

If you’ve never watched Rear Window, you should. But this has nothing to do with that. Monica Almeida has a post up on the New York Times’ Lens blog about shooting from her car.

Another reason why you should have your camera with you all the time – you never know what you’ll see.

Advertisements has posted an audio slideshow of more color photos from the depression, complete with a simple narration that tells some of the back story.

I know it’s silly, but it’s so darn cool …

Okay, several days … but this time lapse piece of what events at the White House looks like is pretty cool. Reuters photojournalist Jason Reed spend a few weeks working on the idea and has strung together a set of images that paint an interesting picture of life on the White House beat.

A nice collection from looking at how President Franklin Roosevelt used news photography to his advantage. Of course, Time has an (obviously) retouched image in there that they’re not saying anything about … guess I need to write them another letter.

Jon Vibe spotted this … has a selection of photos from Anthony Karen’s upcoming book, “The Invisible Empire: Ku Klux Klan.” The editors refer to the photos as “unnerving,” so you know. There is a good discussion in the captions about gaining access and trust.

The new York Times‘ Lens blog is kind of rocking my world … today they have up a set of David Burnett’s images from the 1969 Apollo 11 launch. Burnett, being the genius that he is, didn’t shoot the launch – he was a young Time magazine shooter and wasn’t going to get that gig. So he pitched the idea of shooting the people who were watching, and off he went to Florida.

(And for you space junkies, you have to look at this site – They’re going to cover the launch of Apollo 11 and the landing on the moon as if it were live, 40 years later, via the web and Twitter.) (And, yes, I have the desktop widget ticking away to the launch.) has a brief story up about the ability of images to become icons, citing famous images such as Eddie Adams’ Viet Cong execution image and John Filo’s Kent State shooting photo. The news hook is the video of an Iranian woman from the recent protests.

(Thanks to Stephanie Jackson for the link.)

Also first seen on the New York Times‘ Lens blog … a marvelously simple and effective documentary piece on the conversion of the abandoned High Line railway into a park. The framing of the two interviews is bordering on exquisite and there are some artsy camera movements that work amazingly well to help the viewer get s sense of place and scale.

For those who think about online compression, around 2:30 into the piece is a massive pan – and the compression is just about killing it, wiping out most of the detail. The smaller movements work, but that big one – while it would look fine at full resolution – really suffers here.

Ed Kashi has produced a new book, “Three,” of triptychs that span his career. The three-image panels don’t always relate, story-wise, but do flow very nicely. The New York Times‘ Lens blog has a selection of them, along with Kashi narrating the ideas behind the packaging.

My good friend Seth Siditsky at the Newark Star-Ledger sent along a link to his staff’s latest project – a look at a chain of kidney donors and recipients. It’s an amazing story, and one that works amazingly well in video. Spend the time watching it.