Egypt – a Nation in turmoil

The Battle for Tahrir Square - Yuri Kozyrev / Noor Images for TIME

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Egypt Protests – BBC: News in pictures
Egypt Death Throes of a Dictatorship
– Robert Fisk – The Independent
Cairo Photographer sees hope in turmoil
– Scott Nelson –
Egypt’s security and armed forces: The deciding factor
– Frank Gardner – BBC News
Anger in Egypt
– Al Jazeera
Live updates from Egypt
– Human Rights Watch
Journalists are targets of violence in Cairo
– The New York Times
Turmoil in Egypt
– Dominic Nahr / Magnum Photos for TIME
The Madness in Tahrir Square
– Chris Hondros – BagNews

Agent Orange 2010

Ben Tre Provence ©David Dare Parker

It was moving to watch the affection between Pham Minh Trieu and his daughter, Pham Thi Ngoc Minh. This quietly spoken man had been in the Army from 1950 – 1975 and was a medic during the War. He remembers hiding in underground tunnels during US Air Force bombing raids. He was based in Bà Rịa, Vũng Tàu Province, when dioxin was dropped on the area, and has strong memories of leaves falling off plants, trees dying and eating fruit from dioxin-affected regrowth. Returning to Ben Tre Provence he married and had a daughter. He blames her defects on dioxin poisoning, a direct result of his exposure during the War.

Photographers on Afghanistan

I draw inspiration from my colleagues, and when they do something powerful, I think it is important to spread the word.

Adam Ferguson – The Sydney Morning Herald
A.K. Kimoto – The New York Times

David Guttenfelder – National Geographic

Louie Palu – The Virginia Quarterly Review

Lynsey Addario – National Geographic

Stephen Dupont – Generation AK teaser

Balazs Gardi – The Valley

Danfung Dennis – To Hell and Back

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“Even before a magazine journalist brought down Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the institutionalized practice of journalists moving and living with military units was one of the most controversial legacies of America’s 21st-century wars” – Stephen Farrell /

Kodachrome: The End of an Era – 1935 to 2010

Steve McCurry blogs about the last frames shot, on the last roll made, of what I also considered to be the World’s best colour film, Kodachrome:

‘Today is the day that Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas, the last lab on the planet to process Kodachrome, stops developing the iconic film forever. When Kodak stopped producing the film last year, they gave me the last roll. When I finished shooting the final frames, I hand-delivered it to Parsons. Here are a few of those last 36 frames’- Steve McCurry

The End of an Era – 1935 to 2010

Final Frame - Cemetery in Parsons, Kansas ©Steve McCurry

Other Goodbyes:

Adios Amigo – We’re Just Sayin’ – David Burnette
Kodachrome’s Color-Drenched Life Magnum Photos – Newsweek to offer insurance for photojournalists

Insurance can seem cost prohibitive to the freelance photojournalist, but covering conflict without it is foolhardy. I just read the following on the blog: to offer insurance for photojournalists: DUBLIN, Jan. 12, 2011 ( –– Fifty-seven journalists were killed in 2010, according to the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. That’s a 25% drop from 2009 but still a staggering number and a reminder that journalism can be a very dangerous business. For this reason has reached an agreement with Reporters Without Borders and Escapade Insurances in Canada to offer dedicated insurance plans to all participating photojournalists’.

We have a saying in Australia, ‘having a go’, and the more I read about, the more I like what they are trying to do. The fact that they are teaming up with Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans Frontières) adds weight, especially in matters relating to the risks of front-line reporting.

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

Stunning colour photographs taken during America’s Depression by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.

Mike Evans, a welder, at the rip tracks at Proviso yard of the Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Chicago, Illinois, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Divisio

Mike Evans, a welder, at the rip tracks at Proviso yard of the Chicago and Northwest Railway Company. Chicago, Illinois, April 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943: Plog Photos – The Denver Post
The Color of Memory: by Paul Hendrickson
Prints and photographs reading room: The Library of Congress


“I’m just a veteran combat photographer and foreign correspondent who cares intensely about my country and the role we are playing – and assigning to ourselves – in the world of today. And I want to shout a loud and clear protest at what has happened at Khe Sanh, and in all of Vietnam.” I PROTEST! KHE SANH, VIETNAM David Douglas Duncan’s impassioned plea for sanity in a disastrous war.

I had the honour of meeting David Douglas Duncan some years back, just long enough to shake his hand and explain to him how much his work had influenced me. Revisiting ‘I Protest!’, this small book with the powerful message, I was struck by how little our world has changed. Different wars, same insanity. My mind started to wander, reflecting on the kind of world my five year old son Luc might inherit. I have only recently started introducing him to the work that I do – shown him some photographs. I can tell when he’s moved, the look in his eyes — the questions he asks. I’m proud that he cares. I want to keep on contributing, in some small way, to help guarantee my boy’s world is better informed. The only just war is the war on ignorance.