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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.