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World Press Freedom Day – 3 May

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Iran, Kurdistan, 1980

Imagine for a moment that you are on assignment somewhere and you hear the deafening sound of a fleet of fighter planes; they are coming in to attack that place in order to destroy everybody there. This threat looms day and night, without respite. Your stomach is tense with fear, but you walk on, preferably at night so that no one can see you. You try to reassure yourself — you are neither an attacker nor a member of the armed resistance. Your weapon, your reason for being in this place, is your desire to provide witness to what others cannot see. You are a messenger.

Hanging on to this idea, drawing bravery from it, you continue to walk on. I was in Iranian Kurdistan. The Kurds actively took part in the resistance against the shah’s dictatorship in 1979, and also participated in the Iranian revolution, pursuing their dream of achieving an autonomous Kurdistan after the victory. But after Ayatollah Khomeini seized power, the Kurds were called “sons of Satan.”The government ordered the relentless bombing of Kurdish cities and rural communities. A resistance movement started to grow; even women, farmers, and intellectuals had to take up arms …

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Imperfectly Invisible

For those contemplating the life of a photojournalist, beware the personal challenges and questions that await you. I have spent a lifetime trying to become invisible. As a documentarian my goal is to disappear, to observe without disturbing the world I’m trying to capture. It is obviously impossible to actually achieve this, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. Disappearing into the background is an effective strategy to bear witness to moments that would otherwise be inaccessible. Candid intimacy is the term I’ve used to describe my work, and my vanishing into nothingness is the imperative.

People congregate at the Gare St. Charles, the main train station in Marseille, France on Sept.24, 2010.

People congregate at the Gare St. Charles – the main train station in Marseille, France on Sept. 24, 2010. Photo ©Ed Kashi/VII

But what happens when you become so expert at this that you begin to disappear in your own life? After more than 30 years of perfecting this routine in my work I am now confronting the residual impact on my personal life. It’s as though I am nothing without my work. Over the last three decades my energy has been channelled into forging my identity as a documentarian, in the process becoming very good at slipping into the mentality that has led …

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Mission Critical: Orangutan On The Edge Premiers on Earth Day

This Friday at 9 pm, the Nat Geo Wild Channel will premier Tim’s show on Orangutans.  As you can see below, if you check out their website now you can view clips from the show along with a slideshow of Tim’s images.  Learn about Orangutans and Tim’s mission to save them at Nat Geo Wild’s website.

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Nicaragua Unbound

My first time visiting Managua, Nicaragua in 1983 was only my second trip to a country in the developing world. I traveled with a group of American doctors from San Francisco who were going down to provide medical support to the newly victorious Sandinista government, which had overthrown the dictator, Anastasio Somoza, in 1979.  When I arrived, I was greeted by an energy that I had never felt before or since. There was a palpable joy in the air, a feeling that the people had actually freed their country and regained control of their destiny. Tragically, that was a short lived dream, mainly due to the cold war proxy fight that the Reagan administration prosecuted through the illegal Iran/Contra affair. Basically the Reagan administration covertly sold arms to Iran, and the money the CIA received was used as a slush fund to support the Contra rebels, who were fighting the Sandanistas. What transpired was a protracted conflict throughout much of the 1980’s. Whether the Sandinistas would have ever made good on their promises, it’s impossible to know given the drain on their energy, treasury, and good will, in having to fight a tough war against US-backed rebels. Here is an …

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Sidewalk Vignettes

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 “You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own
front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go… well, anywhere at all.”
– Stephen King

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BURMA-10711Burma

The first sidewalks made their appearance around 2000 BCE in what is now Turkey, 
and there is evidence that both the ancient Greeks and Romans incorporated
roadside pedestrian footpaths in their cities.
– Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

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INDIA-10727NF2Mumbai, India

FRANCE-10213NF2Paris, France

The sidewalk as an integral feature of urban life
can be attributed largely to the career of Georges-Eugene Haussmann,
the man behind the massive rebuilding of Paris in the 1850’s and 1860’s.
– Divya Subramanian

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ITALY-10738NF2Umbria, Italy

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COLOMBIA-10001La Esperanza, Colombia

IRELAND-10001NF2Dublin, Ireland

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“A sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously …
Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on,
by watching street activity.”  
–  Jane Jacobs

_DSC2474New York City, New York, USA

  “The screech and mechanical uproar of the
big city turns the citified head,  
fills citified ears –
as the song of birds, wind in the trees, animal cries,
or as the voices and songs of his loved ones once filled his

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Back to fieldwork

After completing the Gran Paradiso project, Stefano is back in the field to work on a new long-term project in the Apennine. More coming soon…

 

A lone wolf (© 2016 Stefano Unterthiner)

 

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Nikon Ambassador

Joel was recently welcomed into the prestigious Nikon Ambassador Program. The Program consists of 24 of the most talented and influential photographers of Nikon’s choosing. The program takes on photographers who will continue the Nikon Ambassador Program’s philosophy: “to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.”

“Nearly three years after the foundation of the program, Nikon Ambassadors have worked to educate and empower photographers while continuing to celebrate their passion and love for photography through the power of visual storytelling,” said Mike Corrado, NPS Manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “These new additions all define what it takes to be considered one of Nikon’s most elite photographers, with unparalleled commitment to both their craft and the imaging industry.”

Joel Sartore holds a rhinoceros auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

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International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

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International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Rwandan women speak.

Two years after the slaughter of Tutsis and the exile of a million of Hutu refugees, Rwanda is slowly awaking from this nightmare. From now on, the watchword is “rebuilding”. From the government policy to the farmers, the whole country is looking for a rebirth.

Though they were victims of the conflict, the Rwandan women, the Tutsis, are making up for the disintegration of the Rwandan family fabric by helping each other.

She is twelve years old. Nyirahabimana Josephin is the only survivor of the slaughter: she has lost all her family. Still, her profile tells what she has been through. Some say that it is a miracle she is still alive. She now lives with Mukankara Anastasy and her young daughter. Mukankara Anastasy is 32 years old. She still bears the scars left by the enemies’ machete. She and her daughter were left for dead among dozens of lifeless bodies. The three of them are now trying to get a semblance of a normal family life, a way to relieve the feeling of absence and loneliness.

Text written by Rachel Deghati.

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Love

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Love on Escambrón Beach, San Juan. #puertorico #sanjuan #beachlife #beachgames #love #fujixpro2

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