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Photos in the News: China in Agony
Of all the photographs to come out of China after the major earthquake that hit the country on May 12, the one above has stuck with me more than any other. The man on the motorcycle has his dead wife strapped to him; he is taking her from the town of Hanwang to his village, where he will bury her. I saw the photo first in Germany’s Stern magazine, where it was credited to photographer Colin Galloway, a photographer based in Hong Kong. American Photo's intrepid intern Mary Goodwin also found the
Weird Scenes from Wild Times
While Central Europe took a seeming break from wartime in the 1920s and '30s, photography took a big leap forward in the region. Just as graphic design became very boldly experimental between the two World Wars in countries like Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria, so did photography take on a new modernist energy -- reflecting Europe's seismic social and political upheaval as the currents of war simmered and then boiled over.
Discovering Bradford Washburn’s Powerful Mountain Photography
We noted in January that famed mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer Bradford Washburn had died at age 96. If you want to read a passionate recounting of his life, pick up the April 2007 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The article about Washburn is by David Roberts, a writer and mountaineer who knew Washburn well. (Roberts wrote about Washburn in 1983 for American Photographer magazine.) Washburn’s images are superbly reproduced in the issue.
Software Workshop: Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2
Good b/w can be surprisingly hard to do with Photoshop. A plug-in can help