Karsh_Glenn_John_1968.jpgToday marks 50 years since John Glenn's orbit around the earth, circling it three times in five hours.

I hope to live long enough and have enough money to take a trip myself, Virgin Galactic or otherwise.






I find it almost impossible to imagine this great nation so forward-looking as I watch the desperate attempts by the right to roll back progress.

John Glenn, 1968 © Yousuf Karsh

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Wave Trails, Black Sand, Iceland, 2002 © Bill Schwab

Bill Schwab and I first crossed paths many years ago when he joined my agency for syndication. I recall some photos of Dee Dee Ramone. The wonderful world of social media brought our paths together again recently and I learned about the other Bill Schwab, who, with a Kodak Brownie and a home darkroom kit received as a gift from his father, taught himself to process film and contact print at age twelve: a widely exhibited and collected fine art photographer, wet plate practitioner and teacher, and producer of stunning landscapes. Bill has made several trips to Iceland and takes workshops out there (one of which 'Iceland: The South Coast' is later this year); his work also often centers around his home base of the Detroit area.

Bill's book 'Gathering Calm' is available in its second edition, and his next book, featuring his work from Belle Isle, Detroit, will be released this year.

View the full screen magazine photo feature.

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Dee Dee Ramone, Detroit, 1991 © Bill Schwab

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Christopher Auger-Domínguez makes photographs of kids that I actually enjoy looking at. At a recent portfolio review it was a real pleasure to see Christopher again; his demeanour is reflected in his photos.

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Auger-Dominguez_02.jpg All images © Christopher Auger-Domínguez

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John Logan Pierson with Lucky the one-armed squirrel monkey © Kevin Steele

Kevin "Just-back-from-Ecuador" Steele found a local assistant during his three-week shoot. Nice work if you can get it. Check out the wonderful Compassionate Adventure story at Kevin's blog.

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© J. Stephen Young

I am just as thrilled as can be to see the results from the show I curated for the New Orleans Photo Alliance, which opened this past weekend. I felt a great responsibility to do justice to both the contributors and to the Alliance and I hope that all the attendees find it an engaging exhibition.

'Light' runs at the Alliance, 1111 St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130,  February 11th to March 25th 2012.

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In stores soon is this new infinitely-readable little book, 'Photographs Not Taken,' brought to you by the bright and brilliant team at Daylight. Author Will Steacy's short essays by photographers is a collection of personal stories about missed opportunities, mistakes, missteps and many other varied vignettes; some of them are glad that they hold the memory instead of a physical manifestation. "Diane Arbus would have done it" states Sylvia Plachy, in hindsight. Other short tales from Mary Ellen Mark, Roger Ballen, Amy Elkins, Mark Power, Jamel Shabazz, Tim Hetherington and dozens more.

Pre-order one now. Great value, great reading, relatable and moving.

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© Les Stone

Les Stone, working on a documentary on coal mining in McDowell County, West Virginia, has found his story morphing into a broader look at health care.

"McDowell County is one of the poorest and most remote counties in the United States. In fact Welch, the county seat, had at one time the highest concentration of millionaires in the United States. Thousands of immigrants came from all over the world to work in the coalfields. Now, Welch is scarcely a shadow of its former self. Still, today more coal is taken out of this area than at any time in its history, however, mechanization and non-union mining left the county destitute. In addition, many of the coal companies have treated the people there with disdain and have taken advantage of the miners and their families. .

Black lung, heart disease, diabetes and drug abuse just a few of the problems that have come with poverty in McDowell County. Black lung disease is on the rise among all the miners after several years of decline. Many of the formerly rich towns in the area are now little more than ghost towns and still the only jobs that pay more than minimum wage are the most dangerous jobs in the world - coal mining. Very few people here have health care insurance or access to medical clinics.

In the context of the national economy where many of us are currently suffering, this project is a reminder that some of our fellow countrymen have had it much worse for a long time and they should not be forgotten. In fact, they need to be celebrated as heroes. They are the reason the lights are still on in our homes. However that is not to celebrate coal - we need to find alternatives and quickly - but as in all decisions involving policy, you cannot forget that people's lives are deeply affected." - Les Stone.

Many thanks to Les for the text.

Read an interview with Les, "How A Photojournalist Used To Work," on Stella Kramer's blog.

View the full screen magazine feature.


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Phil Penman is a New York-based photographer with some grand, breath-taking images on his website, and a happy and colourful blog. Phil submitted images from his series on celebrity shooters right as I was receiving unwelcome news from my past life, which I spent licensing images from celebrity and music photographers, including the red carpet hoppers. As the desire grew to catch celebs increasingly unaware (unless they'd already had their publicists advise where and when their star would unexpectedly be...) we still resisted the creepier photographers snatching pics of celebs in sweatpants eating tacos (I think we actually got that specific request once).

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Penman_Phil_04.jpg"The life of a celebrity photographer may sound all glamour, red carpets, hanging with the stars, the Hollywood lifestyle. But fundamentally it is shivering your days away in the middle of the winter waiting for today's name in lights to come out of a building, whilst constantly responding to the ever-present question from passersby "Who Are You Waiting For?"" - Phil Penman.








All images © Phil Penman

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If you're going to have a rep, you'd be lucky to have one like Mollie Jannasch, of Agency MJ. She's charming, enthusiastic, unpretentious and tenacious. We met at NYCFotoworks where she showed me portfolios from the photographers in her stable and these two series from Claudio Napolitano stood out. Generally speaking, I steer clear of photos of kids, but I love Claudio's emotive fantasies.

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Plus, people still smoke! A few of Claudio's dark portraits.

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All images © Claudio Napolitano



I met Mr. Toledano at a shi-shi event a couple of years ago. We wore similar outfits and shared an accent. I remember being embarrassed that I didn't know his work at the time, which I discovered to be bloody clever.

Since then, he put out the moving and beautiful "Days With My Father", an incredibly personal project to which we can all relate. Then came the quite brilliant 'Kim Jong Phil' "It occurred to me that being an artist is a great deal like being a dictator." and 'A New Kind of Beauty' "Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?" and now he's further along his glittery path to world domination. Toledano is a gift that keeps on giving, for want of an appropriately terrible cliché.

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