‘Snapshots of our world’

“Have you ever attempted the strange and enriching journey of transposing yourself into the mind, body and life of another person? I often put myself in the place of those whose existence has been turned upside down by an accident of fate. Photography is also about the encounter with the person in front of your lens, respecting them, and trying to understand them.Sharing these histories, or offering training in the language of images is my attempt to create a visual dialogue which transcends our own sense of identity. As a result, this month of June, youth from disadvantaged suburbs in France and members of the Booster Project, the men and women of Ramallah, the students of Birzeit University, or the “explorers” of the National Geographic Society… have all contributed through photography to gathering and encouraging snapshots of our world.”

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SDN: An Interview with Ed Kashi (SDN) has just published an interview with Ed Kashi (VII) discussing “his work in Nicaragua, his first crowd-funding, and how he sees photojournalism changing, from Instagram to other opportunities — and challenges — lying ahead.”

Kashi reflects on the changes in photography over the course of his career, “the digital revolution changed everything. We all knew it, but we could never have anticipated how rapidly things would change. At the same time though, there are so many opportunities now, coming from all sorts of different places: audio, video, shooting with your phone’s camera – you just need to be flexible and adapt and be able to reinvent yourself.”
Read the full interview on SDN here. You can also view an online gallery featuring more of Ed’s Nicaragua images here.

“ is a website for photographers,

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Men’s Journal: Oman Notebook Spread – July 2014

Stoked to see the sailing and climbing trip to Oman I did with Alex Honnold, Mark Synnott, Renan Ozturk, Hazel Findlay and Mikey Schaefer getting some more love from Men’s Journal. Alex gives a fun description of some of his adventures on our expedition in the spread. Read the original story in National Geographic.

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National Geographic PROOF Blog

This summer follow Tim’s adventures with his family in Borneo documenting orangutans for an assignment with National Geographic on their PROOF blog.  View his first post: Postcards From Borneo: A Family Adventure Begins Anew.

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One Jersey Guy to Another….

K-Man and I go back aways. I’ve worked for him as he has organized a number of annual reports and portrait assignments over time. We got to know each well over the course of some occasionally arduous travel. I’m even acquainted with Flo, his non-stop roadie mate. He runs a blog, Jersey Style Photography, and has a passion for old style Hollywood noir. Hence it was a natural to include him, his fedora, and his formidable mohaska back when I was putting together the Hot Shoe Diaries.

He shoots good stuff, and we have always traded pics and chatted about shooting. He commented on Monday’s post when I discussed grain, Tri-x and the amazing advances in digital photography.
“I certainly haven’t done it nearly as long as you (you’ve forgotten more about photography than I’ll probably ever learn) but …

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Eye Witness

 Eyes speak a universal language, and no
interpreter is needed.

Where words are restrained,
the eyes often talk a great deal.

- Samuel Richardson
Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
- Lord Alfred Tennyson

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE
The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.

- St. Jerome
United States
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having 
new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
There is a road …

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We’ve Come a Long Way!

I’ve been friends with Mike Corrado, the originator, orchestrator, and pied piper of the merry band of disparate, dysfunctional (hey, we’re photographers) talented oddballs who make up the Nikon Ambassador crew…, for more than 25 years. He is a blood brother, a good shooter, and a fierce advocate for photogs and their worth. He is also blessedly inappropriate.
Together, we have lost a prototype Nikon camera in Miami Bay, smashed another one perched on the end of a hang glider into a telephone pole, and had a 70-200mm lens run over by a truck. We at one point tried to run a photo set on a beach spitting distance from another crew who were running a full blown porno shoot complete with scuba tanks, fins, masks, but no swim suits. Needless to say, Mike’s attention on that occasion

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PhotoPhilanthropy in India

There are only two spots remaining in the January 2015 PhotoPhilanthropy workshop with Ed Kashi (VII) in Kolkata, India! A small, intimate group of participants will spend a week shooting street photography in one of the world’s most visually rich cities from January 22-29, 2015. Join the adventure!

Partnering with Landesa, a global non-profit working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people, the group of photographers will create important visual stories of rural village life. The trip will provide a meaningful photography learning experience, while creating images that become vital visual advocacy tools for Landesa.

“Make a difference to a local community with your photographs while exploring the breathtaking beauty of India.” Reserve your spot today, as space for this opportunity is limited. More info »

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Ista-Ode to Landscapes and Seascapes

I love action, adventure, lifestyle and portrait photography, but sometimes the landscape and the elements tell all the story you need to know. So this week I dove into the archive of my Instagram landscape pics and put together this little collection to check out.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment someone contemplates it, bearing within them the image of a cathedral. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery El Capitan and the Cathedral Group. Yosemite, California. @thephotosociety @natgeo

This is my reason to #ActOnClimate. Glaciers world wide are receding at an ever alarming rate. The ramifications are far beyond the loss of their beauty. @whitehouse announced some exciting news today about taking action on climate change. Stay tuned. @protectourwinters

Arabian Sea. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. #waterstudy @thephotosociety

Sunset over the Gulf of Oman. Shot on …

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“The Graying of AIDS”

Please support The Graying of AIDS: Stories from an Aging Pandemic on IndieGogo! This important documentary project addresses the issues surrounding the aging population affected by HIV and AIDS.

Your support will help to:

  • increase community- and media-awareness about HIV and aging;
  • inspire honest conversations about quality sexual health and HIV/AIDS services for older adults in communities around the world; and
  • advocate for policy and funding priorities that include those aging with HIV today, and in the years to come.

  • “By 2015 over half of all people living with HIV in the United States will be over age 50…a number many adults living with HIV/AIDS never expected to see.”
    The Graying of AIDS: Stories from an Aging Pandemic “raises the profile of this pioneering generation – the first wave of long-term survivors – and illustrates why it is so critical

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