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World War II: The Holocaust

World War II: The Holocaust

More of Alan Taylor’s excellent collection of World War II in Photos.

Many of us have seen numerous collections of photographic documentation of Nazi Germany’s “final solution” of concentration death camps and have little interest in seeing more. Alan Taylor is an excellent photo editor and has put together a well-captioned collection that should send chills down anyone’s spine, Jew and non-Jew.

Human beings are capable of terrible things and it’s important to look carefully at images like these to burn that idea into our brains so that we don’t find ourselves in the same place, yet again.

Given our short cultural memory, coupled with the number of people who have no clue that this ever happened, I’m not confident we won’t repeat it in one form or another.

Photojournalist Daniel Beltra

Daniel Beltra

I just finished reading Raffi Khatchadourian’s disturbing piece The Gulf War in The New Yorker and the front illustration is a spectacular aerial shot of a ship floating on the large BP Gulf oil spill taken by photojournalist Daniel Beltra.

Beltra’s site doesn’t allow me to link to that particular photograph but you can find it in his Gulf Oil Spill gallery (0100506_oil_spill_1024.tif).

He has galleries on Patagonia, Indonesia, the Amazon and more. Spectacular work.

Yahoo, flickr, the future…

What happens after Yahoo acquires you

But in 2008, co-founders Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield both left the company. In 2009, many engineers from the service were laid off or left on their own.

Meanwhile, Facebook kept taking a growing share of photo traffic. Yahoo’s top executives barely mentioned Flickr publicly (and few of them actually have a public Flickr account). Decision-making at Flickr slowed because of bureaucracy.

Fascinating article and comment thread. I highly recommend reading it, whether or not you’re involved with flickr.

I can think of at least twenty of my contacts on flickr who are high end photographers who have left flickr for Facebook. I wouldn’t go that way if I left flickr but the fact that they did is meaningful.

At Flickr, Fending Off Rumors and Facebook

At Flickr, Fending Off Rumors and Facebook

Although Flickr is well known and still widely used, its traffic is shrinking. Unique visitors to Flickr in the United States fell 16 percent, to 21.3 million, in December compared with a year earlier, according to comScore. Meanwhile, for that same time frame, use of Facebook’s photo features grew 92 percent, to 123.9 million users.

I can only speak for myself: flickr is a well designed, easy to use system and the reason my use has dropped off has nothing to do with Facebook or any other photo sharing site (I don’t use Facebook), it’s because I haven’t been taking as many pictures lately and I burnt out on heavy use of flickr.

I think that’s true for many. Yes, many people use Facebook but they’re not choosing Facebook because it’s a superior photo sharing site, they’re using it because they already chose it for social networking.

Flickr’s tools are easy to use, stable, and have been for years. Facebook is a mess by comparison. However, since Yahoo acquired flickr development has slowed and this says worlds about how Yahoo has never recognized the value of flickr. They’d better wake up.

Small Worlds

Small Worlds

The Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition recently announced its list of winners for 2010. The competition began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Peering into the small worlds of animal, plants and minerals using many techniques and different instruments, this year’s entries brought us images of crystalline formations, fluorescent body parts, cellular structures and more, valuable for both their beauty and insight.

Alan Taylor at The Big Picture is one of the best image editors in the business. This collection is first rate as are almost all of his collections at the site.

Yvon’s Paris

Reflections of Paris

The photographer Pierre Yves-Petit, who called himself “Yvon,” wandered the streets of Paris between the world wars looking for the moment when the shifting light and clouds would perfectly reveal the city’s ephemeral, iconic beauty. The dramatic images of the city and its people that he made during those years would become the most popular postcards in France.

These images are fabulous, they make me want to get to Paris immediately with small camera in hand and the great part is, they’re some of the earliest images that were turned into postcards that brought Paris to people in other parts of the world. Yvon channelled Paris beautifully.

Robert Stevens’ book of Yvon’s work can be bought on Amazon: Yvon’s Paris.

Jump with Philippe Halsman

Jump with Philippe Halsman

Fantastic collection of images by the the late photographer Phillipe Halsman.

There is a show of Halsman’s Jump series on right now at the Laurence MIller Gallery in New York. including the most famous image in the collection of Salvador Dali, cats, a chair, and water all in mid-air.

Laurence MIller Gallery
20 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 10-5:30, Sat 11 – 5:30

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