July 15, 2016

Friday Round Up - 15 July, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up the winners of the inaugural Magnum Photography Awards and some interesting weekend reading; 'Surviving Suicide in Wyoming' with photos by Daniella Zalcman, stories about that Baton Rouge photo and 'Horses and the Palestinians who raise them' with beautiful images by Daniel Berehulak for the New York Times.

Magnum Photography Awards

Magnum Photos and LensCulture have announced the 44 photographers who have been chosen by an international jury for the inaugural Magnum Photography Awards. You can see all the winners and finalists on LensCulture, but here are my favs. Such diversity. Just wonderful.

Dougie Wallace (UK) - Harrodsburg
Category: Series - Street

Mauricio Lima (Brazil) - Refugees
Category: Series - Documentary


Jens Juul (Denmark) - Six Degrees of Copenhagen
Category: Series - Portrait

Sandra Hoyn (Germany) - The Longing of the Others
Category: Series - Photojournalism

Kajol with a customer. She thinks she is 17 years but does not know her exact age. She was married for 9 years. Her aunt sold her to the Kandapara brothel. She has a 6-month old son, Mehedi. Two weeks after the birth, she was forced to have sex again with customers. Because of the baby, her business has not been so good. © Sandra Hoyn. Photojournalism Series Winner, Magnum Photography Awards 2016.

Used condoms outside the brothel in Tangail. © Sandra Hoyn

Pakhi,15 years old, with a customer in her room in the brothel. She has lived for one year in the brothel. She was married when 12, but then ran away from home. A man picked her up from the streets and sold her into the brothel. © Sandra Hoyn.

Weekend Reading:
Surviving Suicide In Wyoming

Kenny drives back to his ranch from Bighorn National Forest. A box of 9mm cartridges in his truck.

I came across this story on Fivethirtyeight about the prevalence of suicides in middle-aged men living in the USA. Written by Anna Maria Barry-Jester with pictures by Daniella Zalcman, it uncovers how you can spiral into the darkness of depression, and how you can make it back to the light. It's a great read that addresses important issues around self-esteem, but also how societal 'norms' impact individuals. Daniella's images capture the isolation found in the landscape, and also the lifestyle, both of which can become insurmountable burdens.

"As a middle-age white man living in the mountains of the Western United States, Kenny (Michelena) is among the demographic of Americans most at risk for suicide in the country. With a suicide rate of 44 per 100,000, men in this age and geographical group have more than three times the risk of dying by suicide than the national average. In Wyoming, approximately 80 percent of suicides are men; a quarter are men ages 45-64." Read the full story on Fivethirtyeight

Can a photograph become instantly iconic? 
According to various publications, yes and below are a couple of articles about this photo. While I don't dispute its power, I'm not convinced that the word 'iconic' is being used in the right context. We, as in the media, tend to rush to label images and push a particular message. Again, I'm not arguing the validity of the protest, I'm questioning the need to claim an iconic status.

BBC - Baton Rouge killing: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as 'legendary'
Petapixel - Photo Editors Weigh In on Jonathan Bachman’s Iconic Protest Photo

Horses and the Palestinians who raise them  
New York Times with photos by Daniel Berehulak

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