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Jo Ann Santangelo's feature has been really popular and prompted a lot of positive feedback. Matt Freeman sent over details of his 'Dog Tag Project'.

"The idea for the project came to (me) shortly after my husband and I attended the Equality March in Washington, D.C. in October, 2009. The most moving moment of the entire weekend was a cadence run we participated in, led by Lt. Dan Choi. As I ran through the mall (alongside Dan, other active servicemembers, those discharged under the policy as well as other civilians) past all the war memorials, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial, I was struck by the irony that here were a group of people - patriots all - who were fighting for our freedoms, but the very institutions they are fighting for refuse to protect theirs.

If you're interested in participating, donate $25 and receive your own set of Dog Tags with "REPEAL DADT" on one, and information about a military servicemember discharged under DADT or presently fighting discharge on the other.  The dog tags also come with a short bio about the servicemember."

rob_hann_seta1.jpgRob Hann's been working on a lovely project for the last year or so and has just published a Blurb book entitled 'The Child Gone'. The story is of "16 year old Seta and her friends in and around the town of Montclair, New Jersey. Seta added her own artwork and poetry to the project. The result is an extended portrait of Seta - part portrait, part self-portrait." - Rob Hann

I truly admire Seta for being able to express herself like this and being a pretty cool artist already, and Rob of course for engaging with these teenagers and giving us a glimpse of what losing one's childhood looks like these days.

All photos © Rob Hann

Artwork © Seta Morton


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Introducing NPR Photography - Video Produced by John Poole from Redux Pictures on Vimeo.

Great news from our world-conquering pals at Redux.

"Redux Pictures is excited to announce an exclusive syndication agreement between the agency and NPR.

NPR's award-winning multimedia team has created a visual reporting style as distinctive as NPR's sound. Two highly accomplished staff photojournalists, David Gilkey and John Poole, travel the world with NPR correspondents and reporters. Their innovative and inspiring coverage is featured on NPR.org and constantly redefines the 'look' of NPR."

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Monday, November 1, 2010
The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers

Bids may be placed online for all auction lots starting Monday, October 18, 12:00 noon EST, and ending Monday, November 1, 12:00 noon EST. Absentee bids may be placed via fax at (212) 979-7759, or using the absentee bid form available online until Monday, November 1, 12:00 noon EST. Bids will be entered on behalf of absentee bidders at the event, up to the maximum amount specified on their forms. The highest bids at the close of the live and silent auctions are the winning bids. All proceeds benefit Aperture Foundation.

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Hank Willis Thomas

Aperture_200.jpgCelebrating the 200th edition of Aperture Magazine this month, with two covers available, Cindy Sherman or Clare Strand. It's a brilliant issue featuring Strand's 'The Spot Marks the X', Martin Parr's 'Oscar and his Taxi and 'Five Years After Katrina' with photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. Buy it, or better yet, go ahead and subscribe now and get a free book.

© Clare Strand from the series 'The Betterment Room - Devices for Measuring Achievement, 2004-5' courtesy of Aperture

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Thanks to Amber Terranova for choosing aCurator as Photo District News' Online Magazine Pick of the Month, August 2010. Jason Florio has the gorgeous cover feature.

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Rezac_OrientVenusBoarding8JUL10_4.jpgJiri Rezac proposed his tar sands story to me shortly after the magazine launched, from London where he's based, and it was obvious the story would make a fascinating full screen photo feature. We met for coffee in New York during a brief pause in his schedule and nattered for as long as we could. He was shooting a green technology project in Mumbai, Shanghai and Hong Kong and about to nip off to Brooklyn for a portrait. Since we met, I've realized how little I know, and how little I do. Jiri has barely been at home and I was wide-eyed learning that he was off on the Rainbow Warrior for two weeks with Greenpeace. He's a workhorse, and a really sweet and humble man.


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Greenpeace 1 - Israel 0

"In the spirit of the current world cup fever, my good friends at Greenpeace scored the first goal this morning by stopping a coal shipment into Israel. Boarding the 290 metre long Orient Venus at the crack of dawn, the operation went smooth as clockwork: three activists were on board within minutes, and pictures travelled to the world's media without a hitch in time for the breakfast news in Europe. Life could hardly be better here on board the Rainbow Warrior right now..." Jiri Rezac, July 8, 2010

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All images © Jiri Rezac

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From The Guardian: Two journalists in London have received a payout from the Metropolitan Police after the Met admitted failing to respect the freedom of the press during a protest at the Greek embassy in London in 2008. In this disturbing video one cop taunts the photographer like a school kid as he's yanking the guy's camera off his neck, and later they mutter "scum" under their breath.

In letters sent to the journalists, the force said "The [Met] confirms its recognition that freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and that journalists have a right to report freely. [We] recognise that on 8 December 2008 they failed to respect press freedom in respect of Mr Vallée and Mr Parkinson." Both men received £3500 in compensation.

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