Photographer Alexander Gardner set out to do at the Antietam battlefield in 1862 what no other photographer before him had attempted. He wanted to to document a battlefield before the dead had been cleared away. These were taken before newspapers could print photos. But not long after, the photos were publicly exhibited and for a culture that had never seen the morbidity of war, it must have been shocking.
Now available on Netflix, "Shooting Robert King" goes behind the scenes of what it was like to be a documentary war photographer. You always hear and see images from the war but NEVER about what it's like to be thrown into it as a documentary photographer. At just 24, American photojournalist Robert King began his 15 year journey to follow his passion. Originally he set out to win a Pulitzer prize, but in the end found himself with a life changing experience.
Ryan Allen, the founder of SBC Skateboard Magazine, has worked tirelessly for over 15 years to create timeless images of skateboarders risking life and limb. Check out this incredibly down to earth behind the scenes video, which gives some insight into what it took to create a jaw-dropping image of a skateboarder ollieing (jumping, in non-skateboard slang) between two towers of shipping crates. The sweaty palms are included at no extra cost!
A reporter and photographer for GlobalPost.com, Tracey Shelton, earlier this week caught some unbelievable footage of some men of the Noor Den al-Zenke batallion from Aleppo, Syria being hit by a tank's shell. She released a quick series of screenshots from the footage as photographs today. The photos are an incredible and quite horrific example of war.
Adam Magyar is a conceptual photographer who is best known for his breathtaking series Urban Flow. In his newest project, Stainless, Adam has stitched together multiple high speed photographs of passing subway trains capturing awesome detail of urban commuters. The above video is a brilliant and clever marketing piece for the Stainless series (which can be seen here). I'm not sure what camera he used to turn 12 seconds into 8 minutes of HD footage but the results are memorizing.
Geoffrey Ingersoll, war-veteran and now freelance journalist and photographer, shared these photos documenting the raid on Lewar Jel Jay. Seeing the first hand account along with the stories that accompany the photos brings into the light the danger our military service men and women face every day.
Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), Lewis Hine (1874-1940) portrayed working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908 and 1924. The Library of Congress' National Child Labor Committee Collection includes more than 5,100 photographs that came with the records of the organization. Many of the pictures are familiar, but others are relatively unexplored.
We've been featuring a lot of space-based photo news lately, and for good reason. Since the Curiosity's landing on Mars, there has been a renewed interest in life beyond Earth. That, and NASA has been rockin' it with some seriously cool stuff. Like this, a photo captured by the Hubble Space Telescope of a supernova exploding 80 million lightyears away.
FS Reader Clifford Pate brought these images to our attention, asking if the DSLR Russuian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka was using on the International Space Station was a Nikon or a Canon. That legendary DSLR battle aside, it's cool to see how the cosmonauts work with a DSLR, and the kind of equipment that goes into the process (beyond just the camera).
Sure, it's just a mountain range. But it's a martian mountain range. If it were anywhere else, it likely wouldn't be as interesting, unfortunately. But it's photos like this that remind us of simple beauty. Add to that the fact that it was taken millions of miles away on a planet no human has ever walked on, and it becomes even more astonishingly beautiful. So let yourself get caught up in the moment!
With the recent and unfortunate passing of Neil Armstrong, we're reminded of his legacy. We think back to the days of the Space Shuttle program and what it meant. If you've ever been fortunate to see a launch, you know how amazing it can be. Even as a photographic opportunity, you typically see photos of launches from a distance. Photographer, Dan Winters, captures these brilliant up close photos and other details of the Space Shuttle program.
Talented Magnum Photographer, Christopher Anderson, experienced something that completely changed his life. In June 2000, while traveling in Haiti, he met writer Michael Finkel and together they documented a group of 44 Haitians on their journey to the United States. A few days after they set sail, they realized the handmade boat was sinking. Anderson’s first reaction was to continue taking pictures – even though he knew there was a chance they may never be seen.
On March 2011 a tsunami in Japan killed over 20,000 people and left thousands more homeless and destitute. Many people from all over the world came together to help the country of Japan during this catastrophic event. All Hands Volunteers was one of the many groups in that helped during the recovery and cleanup efforts.
The grand-prize winner of National Geographic's 2012 Traveler Photo Contest was announced yesterday. Cédric Houin of Brooklyn, N.Y won a 10-day Galápagos Photography Expedition for two with National Geographic Expeditions. View a gallery of the three winning photographs along with seven merit winners and the Viewers Choice winners here.