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Australian Photojournalist Daniel Berehulak wins Second Pulitzer April 14, 2017

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Heavy rain pours on the body of Romeo Torres Fontanilla, 37, who was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles. Oct. 11, 2016, in Manila, the Philippines. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Australian freelance Photojournalist Daniel Berehulak was awarded the Pulitzer Prize – his second – for breaking news photography for his coverage in the New York Times of the brutal antidrug campaign by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune received the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for a story that chronicled the recovery of a 10-year old boy who was the victim of a shooting.

Police investigators gather evidence in the killing of Frederick Mafe, 48, and Arjay Lumbago, 23, as their bodies lay sprawled in the middle of a street. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Over a span of 35 days, Mr. Berehulak photographed 57 homicides at 41 crime scenes where drug users and dealers had been murdered by vigilantes emboldened by President Duterte’s mandate: “kill them all.” He worked closely with Rica Concepcion, a veteran local journalist and fixer, to interview bystanders and the relatives of victims, go to jails and rehabilitation centers and to accompany police officers in different neighborhoods. The resulting interactive piece, “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,” featured both his images and the vivid text accompanying it.


Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Metaphor Images Posting on Instagram October 19, 2015

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Metaphor images is now posting regularly to Instagram, providing a window to the world we live in.

DOHA Photo Pascal Meunier

Cheetah Photo Marcy Mendolsohn

MH17 Ukraine Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Ethiopia Photo Georgina Goodwin

Coptic Christians Photo Jordi Cami

Bangladesh Global Warming Photo Monirul Alam

Nepal Earthquake Photo Robert McPherson

Darren Clayton Arab Spring in Egypt

Metaphor Images on Instagram October 15, 2015

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Ukraine’s National Day of Independence 24 August 2015 August 24, 2015

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Twenty three years ago the fledgling nation of Ukraine celebrated its first anniversary  of independence. I took a photo then that still means a lot to me personally. It was a day of optimism and celebration and the photo of the National Guard singing national songs on the streets of Kyiv and people celebrating remains etched into my memory. There is a sadness over the country now as the invasion that started with Crimea and spread to the East of the country continues to take the lives of innocent civilians and defending Ukrainian soldiers and the soldiers still march in the pessimism that envelops their country.



CLERA August 13, 2015

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Photographer Anton Orlov has created what he believes is the world’s first camera that’s both completely transparent and fully functional. It’s called CLERA, short for Clear Camera, and is a camera that you can also look into while a projected photo is being exposed.

Orlov first got the idea for this camera while working in a dark box with wet plate collodion photography. He noticed that the sunlight streaming in through the red windows didn’t cause any light fogging in the resulting tintype photo.

“That’s when it struck me,” he writes on his blog. “Why not make a camera out of red material that would filter out UV and blue light!?”

Orlov then set out to turn his camera idea into reality. What he ended up creating was a simple daguerreotype box camera with a 19th-century Petzval lens purchased on eBay, red sheets of a nearly indestructible polycarbonate, and a spare 4×5 camera back.

After days of experimentation and “debugging,” Orlov figured out how to make the camera work flawlessly in any condition. Here are some test shots created along the way (some show some fogging):

So what’s the science behind this? “It’s rather simple really,” Orlov tells PetaPixel. “Quite a few photo materials are not sensitive to red light (think a red safelight in any darkroom — paper there doesn’t fog) and so red light being all around those materials is no problem.”

“These materials include the first photo technique the daguerreotype, tintype, photo paper both positive and negative, lithographic and orthochromatic films, and others that I likely missing right now,” he says. “If it was panchromatic material like regular black and white films we mostly see today they would surely fog to oblivion with that much light around.”

Orlov is now selling custom CLERA cameras to photographers who are interested. The camera can be designed around a particular lens of your choice — just drop him an emailto get the process started. Pricing is $350 for 4×5 (and smaller), $500 for 5×7, and $700 for 8×0.

A CLERA 2.0 is also on the way: Orlov says he’s working on a sliding box design that allows for various lenses and shorter focusing distances (the current camera has a min distance of 6 feet).

(via The Photo Palace via Phogotraphy)


Russia vetoes MH17 resolution at the United Nations Security Council July 30, 2015

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Pavel Gubarov Separatist leader at the crash site of MH17 Friday 18th of July 2014. Was this man responsible for the order to shoot the ‘bird’ from the sky? Or was it Colonel Igor Strelkov, the ‘shooter’ of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, who first celebrated the downing of the plane with a 5:07 pm announcement on the 17th of July on his social web site.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Was it on Vladimir Putin’s direct or indirect order?
There is only one interpretation: One is that he controls Russia single handedly. If so, he must be held personally responsible for what his agents did.

Not surprisingly Russia has used its veto at the UN to block a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 air disaster in July 2014.
The veto of the UN resolution does not put Mr. Putin in a favorable light. In fact it suggests that he accepts some culpability for the crime and is using the veto as a personal defence mechanism.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called the Russian veto  ”an affront to the memory of the 298 victims of MH17 and their families and friends”.

She said Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Belgium would seek an alternative prosecution mechanism, without giving further details.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said: “There can be no reason to oppose this [draft resolution] unless you are a perpetrator yourself.”

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Aboriginal Protests: The Threat to Close Remote Communities: Perth 19 March 2015 March 20, 2015

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West Australian Premier Colin Barnett was pushed after he spoke to a rally of more than 500 people protesting against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities and deaths in custody.

Amid fiery scenes at West Australia’s Parliament House, Mr Barnett was shouted down and booed during a speech in which he asked Aboriginal people and their supporters to “put yourselves in my shoes”.

The protest march was a response to a poorly conceived comment by Tony Abbott from Kalgoorlie-Boulder  where the Prime Minister argued the Commonwealth’s responsibility rested on providing opportunity for both indigenous adults and children.

Mr Abbott said the Government had a responsibility to provide quality services if people made “reasonable choices”.

“If you choose to live a million miles from anywhere, it is going to be very difficult for the kids to go to school, it is going to be very difficult for the adults to go to work,” he said.

“If we want Aboriginal people to fully participate in our society, sure there’s no reason why you can’t spend part of the year in remote areas, just as white Australians choose to spend part of the year in a place where they don’t work.

“But it is not the responsibility of taxpayers to fund lifestyle choices.”

This poor understanding of what is involved and how to deal with the issue is symptomatic of the current government. It is a paternalistic approach which is old-fashioned and assumes that the aboriginal people cannot make intelligent decisions in the modern world. That approach can only lead to further consolidation of the status quo, where the isolation of the aboriginal community can only cement further conflict and desperation. A far more intelligent approach would be to involve the aboriginal community in creative  solutions of the various problems involved.

Premier Colin Barnett initially raised the possibility of shutting up to 150 of WA’s 274 remote communities after the Federal Government announced last year that it would no longer fund essential services. In his speech to  the protestor’s he appeared to signal alternative solutions in an attempt to appease the protestors.

The Prime Minister’s comments provoked outrage from Aboriginal leaders in the Goldfields, who say community closures threaten strongly held ties to traditional country and have reignited long standing issues about the future of aboriginal communities.

What the comment has done is to galvanise  concern and activism in the wider community about funding issues for Aboriginal communities and their marginalization in the wider Australian community. It is a debate that needs urgent attention.

Robert McPherson/Metaphor Images Dukha Nomads story published in Vi Menn Magazine December 15, 2014

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Metaphor Images’ Robert McPherson’s expedition in Mongolia has been published in Vi Menn magazine . A five page spread in the magazine about his journey covering the Dukha people (reindeer nomads) in Mongolia. Issue week 51.

Copyright text and pictures by Robert McPherson

Ukrainian President arrives in Australia to discuss MH17 and Security Issues with the Australian Government December 11, 2014

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reaffirm Australia’s support for Ukraine in its continuing battle against pro-Russian separatists in Canberra later today. Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko arrived in Australia late last night.

The prime minister will use the state visit of Petro Poroshenko, which began on Wednesday night, to discuss their commitment to bringing the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster to justice.

The passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July by pro-Russian rebels who are waging an internationally illegal war against Ukrainian government forces.

Among the 298 killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed by a surface-to-air missile were 38 Australian residents.

Metaphor Images photographer Bohdan Warchomij covered the story for News Limited in Australia and internationally and arrived in the village of Hrabovo from Mariupol on the 18th of July 2014, 20 hours after the shooting down of MH17. Images from the disaster site can be seen on the Metaphor Images site www.metaphorimages.com.

Australia’s relationship with Ukraine has deepened significantly after the disaster, with both nations calling for a thorough investigation into who was responsible.

Mr Abbott has pointed the finger at Russia, accusing it of providing Buh missile and military support to the rebels, and threatening Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

In September the prime minister announced non-lethal assistance to Ukraine’s armed forces and the establishment of an interim Australian embassy in Ukraine.

Australia has also contributed nearly $100 million to a global fund to help Ukraine spearhead economic reforms and $1 million in humanitarian aid.

Photo Collectives Rising July 3, 2014

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Interesting Information on Photo Collectives

From A PhotoEditor


Photo Collectives On The Rise


I like this trend where photographers form groups and publish their work on a website or print something for sale. It certainly gives those looking to hire another resource to check out and like some agencies there’s often a thread between all the work so if you’re looking for a specific style you can spend some time exploring. Seems like a good way to build a fan base too.
The Collectors Guide To Emerging Photography- is an invite only, unique 180–page source book distributed to collectors, art dealers, gallery directors, photo editors, museum professionals, and independent curators. Published biennially, The Collector’s Guide aims to further Humble’s mission by bridging the gap between ambitious early-career photographers and often-unapproachable photography professionals and art institutions.Lay Flat– a new print publication devoted to promoting the best in contemporary fine art photography and writing on the medium. Each issue is assembled by Shane Lavalette in close collaboration with a co-curator

Expiration Notice– will serve as an online gallery for those who’ve already lived a life, continue to do so, and have the quality goods long denied the glory of the the glossy magazines or gleaming white gallery walls.

Fjord– is a project that showcases the photography of young, up-and-coming photographers. The drastic shift in the way work is being presented today has become especially noticeable in the more technologically adept generation. Fjord’s goal is to bring together a collection of notable photographers from the internet and showcase their work in book form.

The Exposure Project– is a collection of emerging photographers taking an active approach in exposing and promoting new talent through exhibition, publication and online exposure. Formed in the fall of 2005, the goal of the project is to provide support, inspiration and community-based collaboration to emerging talent. Since its inception, The Exposure Project has hosted numerous exhibitions, has had online showcases, and has self-published 3 photo books.

Luceo Images– is a collection of photographers creating a space for fresh visual narratives. Luceo offers documentary, portraiture, and commercial photography as well as new media production on an assignment basis.

Aveum — Life, Time, Age.

The Society of Photographers — serves as a forum where members share photography as an art form. Select members are invited to submit work for review by all members of the Society on a monthly basis.

Piece of Cake — European network for contemporary images.

Image Works –Founded in 1998 by a group of large format photographers in the greater Phoenix area with a common interest in making the highest quality fine art photographic images, Imageworks is an organization committed to excellence in this art form.

Iris Photo Collective — Documenting people of color and their relationship to the world.

MJR — represents the next wave of great image makers. We are staking our claim in the future and will do our best to make this a cornerstone for everyone who finds themselves waiting to take the next big step towards becoming the next big thing.

Camera 80 — online photography gallery showcasing the work of young Romanian photographers

Photo Drifting — is a New York City based collective of creative professionals who document and share their lives via photographs. These photographs don’t relate nor do they have any concurrent theme or style. Instead, Photo Drifting represents different views of life in NYC.

This Is A Photoblog — We are a group of photographers who take turns giving each other creative assignments and have fun doing it.

Slate Grey Media — It is our mission to incubate, generate and deliver creative imagery for a global array of discerning clients in a friendly, fair and professional manner. We encourage and support each other’s creativity, inventively market ourselves and share resources in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

GAIA Photos — Your global team of local photojournalists. Follow the flow of new documentary photo features from a selected group of the world’s leading freelance photojournalists.

tendancefloue.net –

Alphabet Project — It involves 26 photographers from around the world. Each photographer has a first name that begins with an unique letter of the alphabet. Every two weeks the person whose letter of the alphabet it is sets a photographic task for both themselves and the other 25 photographers. The task that the photographer sets can be an adjective, a noun, a specific instruction, a verb etc but it must start with the same letter as the first letter in their name.

Burn Magazine — is an evolving journal for emerging photographers.

International League of Conservation Photographers — Our mission is to translate conservation science into compelling visual messages targeted to specific audiences

Unseen Photography — is a collective of contemporary photographers based in the UK

Remain In Light — This small group of select Bay Area photographers was originally formed to provide an agency which presents simple, reliable and artistic documentary images.

Shado Collective — is a group of photographers based in Tokyo.

The Range — is a New York based Non-Profit Organization of artists united by a common goal: We aim to pair the accomplished artist with their current subversive counterpart in the hopes of establishing a diverse networking outlet.

Statement Images — is a collective of photographers with a curiosity for the world which they wish to explore through imagery, whether still or moving. The collective started in late 2008 as members became disillusioned at the quality, style, impact and the direction photography in the mainstream press was heading.

I know there are many more, so add any you know about in the comments and I’ll get them listed.