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Photography Link Roundup

Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo

•  Photographer Jim Lo Scalzo features the Salton Sea in his latest multimedia piece about abandoned places. [Lens]

•  The New Yorker’s Journeys issue brings you images of wanderlust. [Photo Booth]

•  The New Orleans Times Picayune is disappointed that it took a court case for its photographer, Alex Brandon, to come clean about all the police abuses he witnessed during Hurricane Katrina. [LA Times]

•  The Flip camera is officially dead. The culprit? Smartphones. [NPR]

•  The Emerging Photographer Fund is calling for entries for its $15,000 grant. Deadline is May 1. [Burn]

Eddie Adams – Iconic War Photographer

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Photo by Eddie Adams/Associated Press

I’m not a great believer in the power of the moving image. A still image has greater lasting power. A still photographer has to show the whole fucking movie in one picture. On the screen, it’s over and back in the can in seconds. A still picture is going to be there forever. — Eddie Adams

If you haven’t been haunted by Eddie Adams’ photography, maybe you just didn’t know it was his. His most iconic image, of a South Vietnamese police chief  executing a Vietcong suspect in 1968, won him a Pulitzer Prize and international acclaim. Adams hated being defined by that photo — and the responsibility that came with it. He got into celebrity portraiture when he returned from Vietnam.

In the new book “Eddie Adams: Vietnam,” Adams’ war photography is showcased, including 200 never-before-seen photos that his first wife found in her garage. (And a documentary on Adams, “An Unlikely Weapon,” will be released in April.)

In this week’s New Yorker, there’s a small piece on the gallery show in Brooklyn that coincides with the book’s release. In it, Chris Hondros, a photographer for Getty who’s logged many years in Iraq, comments on war photography then and now:

“That picture is almost a template of what a photographer tries to do in Iraq. At least so far, a truly iconic picture like that has not emerged.” He took one photograph, he said, that reminds people of Adams. “It’s a picture of a little girl. It was after a checkpoint shooting with U.S. soldiers. They shot up a car coming toward them, and it turned out it was just an Iraqi family. They killed the parents, who were in the front seat, and the children in the back survived.” Hondros’s picture shows the girl, one of the survivors, crouching at the feet of an American soldier and holding out her hands, which are covered with blood. “It ran all over the world,” he said. “I got a lot of e-mails—‘This picture is going to stop the war, just like Eddie Adams’s picture.’ This was in January, 2005. And that didn’t happen.” 

Article via The New Yorker

The Photo That Moved Colin Powell Leftward

Photo by Platon/The New Yorker

If you’re like me, you’re wondering how you can make it so you never hear another word about Joe the Plumber again. Well unfortunately, that’s near impossible as this seemingly endless presidential campaign reaches its zenith in the next few weeks. So, in that case, I will mention this election-related bit of photo news. As you probably know, Gen. Colin Powell gave a very thoughtful endorsement of Barack Obama on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” (notwithstanding that he’s the guy who sold the Iraq war to the UN, but I digress…).

Part of what turned the tide for Powell and made him jump ship from the R’s to the D’s was a photo by Platon in The New Yorker. It showed a mother draped over the tombstone of her son, a 20-year-old Muslim-American soldier named Cpl. Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. Powell said he was disheartened by the tone of the current Republican party and its anti-Islamic rhetoric directed at Obama.

Now, that’s a powerful photo.



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