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PEACE AMIDST TURMOIL: A REGION IN AFGHANISTAN UNTOUCHED BY THE TALIBAN http://bit.ly/1vqPv85
Photo: Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

featureshoot:

PEACE AMIDST TURMOIL: A REGION IN AFGHANISTAN UNTOUCHED BY THE TALIBAN http://bit.ly/1vqPv85

Photo: Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset


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"Many books are just too superficial in my opinion. They do not feel “necessary” other than seemingly to fill a void in some person’s ego or desire to be noticed. A lot of photographers – and this is not limited by any means to the younger ones — seem to have a few interesting photos under their belt and then think they’ll make a book, so they just repeat themselves 47 more times and there you have it."

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I can understand this point to an extent. The problem is that it appears to assume that photo books operate in a singular way. Not every photo book is, attempts to be, or even wants to be a collection of great photographs, nor should it. Maybe that was the idea in 1960 but there are so many other methods of publishing available today that the format itself can and is manipulated to suit other ways of thinking. A book is not always a grand gesture.

As someone who is self-publishing their first book project very soon I will unapologetically say that not every photograph in that book is a great photograph, and it never was supposed to be. I hope the book as a whole is interesting and if not I accept that as my failure, but to be judged on a singular photograph taken out of context? No. That’s not the point. Not every sentence in a great novel will necessarily stand alone. To ignore that a photograph in a book depends on the context of the the other content in the book is a shortsighted point of view. I have books that are full of great photographs that I seldom look at, because I think that they don’t function well as books. 

For myself, the book itself is the thing, not just the pictures in the book. It’s no more egotistical to put out a book than it is to make a print and put it on a wall, or to make a post to tumblr attached with your name. It’s just another way of saying "I’m here and this is what I want to say"

Sure, the act of showing your art, in any way, is arguably intertwined with the ego, but that’s not special to the book. Maybe I’m not old enough to be cynical about the form yet, but fuck this viewpoint. Make the shit you want to make. Yes, do us a favor and don’t litter the world with ill-considered, off-the-cuff, shallow work - but if it’s a project you put a lot of time and effort and deliberation into? Don’t let anyone stop you. And if it sucks, learn from the experience and make it better next time.

B: Q & A with Jeffrey Ladd (via photographsonthebrain)


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johnnysimon:

msnbcphoto:

Clean water is at the core of human well-being. With water there can be good nutrition, sanitation and health. Without it, there is poverty and disease.

Throughout the world, roughly two million children under the age of five die because of diarrhea and pneumonia – two diseases easily prevented by safe drinking water, sanitation and proper hygiene.

Global progress in increasing access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation has been mixed, and progress in sub-Saharan Africa lags behind much of the world. 

Click here for the full photo essay

(Photos by Thomas Prior for MSNBC)

MSNBC just launched a snazzy new Tumblr.  Follow us and then check out these amazing photos Thomas Prior took in Rwanda.

A signed and editioned 24x30 inch print of this image from By The Olive Trees is up for auction to support A Photo A Day. Only one day left, so take a look at it here and the other amazing images being sold to support a great community. 

A signed and editioned 24x30 inch print of this image from By The Olive Trees is up for auction to support A Photo A Day. Only one day left, so take a look at it here and the other amazing images being sold to support a great community. 

Enterprise was out of normal cars so I had to rent a Ford F-150. Like a man. Now who wants to watch football, go hunting, fight immigration reform or hunt for Obama’s REAL birth certificate with me!?!

Photo by @jaustinwright  (at I-15 Utah)

Enterprise was out of normal cars so I had to rent a Ford F-150. Like a man. Now who wants to watch football, go hunting, fight immigration reform or hunt for Obama’s REAL birth certificate with me!?!

Photo by @jaustinwright (at I-15 Utah)

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Some of the This Represents gang got together last night to play some ping pong, catch up, and pose awkwardly for the camera. @day19 @laurejoliet @benjaminras @ambervisionaire @nicholasmaggio @aaronfarley @claireweiss left before things got weird. With us in spirit were @nomadda @winniewow @leonfamilytimes @misterhouser #thisrepresents

So great hanging with my This Represents family!

this-represents:

Some of the This Represents gang got together last night to play some ping pong, catch up, and pose awkwardly for the camera. @day19 @laurejoliet @benjaminras @ambervisionaire @nicholasmaggio @aaronfarley @claireweiss left before things got weird. With us in spirit were @nomadda @winniewow @leonfamilytimes @misterhouser #thisrepresents

So great hanging with my This Represents family!
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lovebryan:

Our pal Philip Montgomery shot a story in Ferguson last week for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Philip creating some really powerful work.

lovebryan:

Our pal Philip Montgomery shot a story in Ferguson last week for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Philip creating some really powerful work.


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Michael Rubenstein for Minoux Jewelry
Michael Rubenstein just launched a beautiful new website with some great work I have never seen before. Definitely check it out!
http://www.mrubenstein.com

Michael Rubenstein for Minoux Jewelry


Michael Rubenstein just launched a beautiful new website with some great work I have never seen before. Definitely check it out!

http://www.mrubenstein.com

Marcus Quattlebaum, 22 from Atlanta, GA
"We came to support the cause and make sure that everybody has a T-shirt. Visuals are the best way to learn something and I think that these say a lot. ‘Hands up! Don’t Shoot.’ $10, all sizes."
Ferguson, MO (2014)
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Marcus Quattlebaum, 22 from Atlanta, GA

"We came to support the cause and make sure that everybody has a T-shirt. Visuals are the best way to learn something and I think that these say a lot. ‘Hands up! Don’t Shoot.’ $10, all sizes."

Ferguson, MO (2014)

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mossfull:

Benjamin Rasmussen went to Ferguson.

More of my images from Ferguson. Thanks to the Mossless crew for the support!