Country Doctor

The life of an American country doctor was heroic, necessary, and utterly exhausting

Rian Dundon, photo editor at Timeline has put together a reprise of the W. Eugene Smith LIFE series on Dr. Earnest Ceriani, a doctor in rural Colorado.

W. Eugene Smith was an American photojournalist who worked for various publications including LIFE magazine from the 1930’s to the late 1950’s. He joined Magnum in 1955.

He was known for being temperamental and a perfectionist but his photo essays, like Country Doctor channeled humanity in ways most people hadn’t experienced in photographs before.

He had numerous photographs in the now infamous Family of Man exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955. You can still buy the softcover version of the book on Amazon and it’s well worth having for any photographer or really, anyone interested in one of the first major photography shows ever at a major museum: The Family of Man.

The Tunnels of NYC’s East Side Access Project

The Tunnels of NYC’s East Side Access Project

A huge public works project is currently under construction in New York City, connecting Long Island to Manhattan’s East Side. Deep underground, rail tunnels are extending from Sunnyside, Queens, to a new Long Island Rail Road terminal being excavated beneath Grand Central Terminal. Construction began in 2007, with an estimated cost of $6.3 billion and completion date of 2013. Since then, the cost estimate has been raised to $8.4 billion, and the completion date moved back to 2019. When finished, the line will accommodate 24 trains per hour at peak traffic, cutting down on commute times from Long Island, and opening up access to John F. Kennedy International Airport from Manhattan’s East Side. Collected here are images of the progress to date, deep beneath Queens and Manhattan.

Absolutely incredible.

Conflict Transforms Syrian English Teacher Into War Photographer

Conflict Transforms Syrian English Teacher Into War Photographer

Kelly McEvers and her NPR team have done a great job producing this story on Noor Kelze, a Syrian English teacher who has transformed herself into a photojournalist covering the Syrian conflict from the inside. This story is worth listening to, you don’t get the war sound backdrop in just reading the transcript.

Last fall, a well-known war photographer with the Reuters agency, Goran Tomasovic, spotted Noor shooting pictures with her cellphone. He trained her for a week on how to use a professional camera, then gave her a few of his cameras to keep. She’s been sending pictures to the agency ever since.

Way to go Goran. I follow Reuters and will be looking for Noor Kelze’s credit under images of the Syrian conflict.

[via PetaPixel]

Gary Monroe

The NPR web site has a nice post on the photographer Gary Monroe: An Unsung Photographer’s Ode To Other Unsung Artists. It’s worth reading his story as well as enjoying his images. The Highwaymen slide show is stunning.

His personal site has a nice collection of his black and white film work that’s easier to browse through: Gary Monroe.

From Gary’s about page:

Gary Monroe, a native of Miami Beach, received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977. Upon returning home, he photographed the old world Jewish community that characterized South Beach. Since 1984 he has photographed throughout Haiti, and later looked at tourism across Florida, especially the “rite of passage” of vacationers at Disney World. He also “wanders aimlessly” to photograph in other countries – Brazil, Israel, Cuba, India, Trinidad, Poland and Egypt to name a few. Recently he has been looking at the landscape, especially the transformation of place due to corporate-driven planning.

“Wanders aimlessly?” I’d say his aim is pretty good although I do love that phrase and understand why he’d use it. Keep on shooting, even when you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for.

Setting up a Canon G10 for street photography

This is a great (old) video of professional photographer Gary Knight sets up his Canon G10 (now G12) as a street photography camera.

He adds a hotshot 35mm viewfinder

He presets the zoom lens to 35mm and locks it there

He sets ISO to 200 or 400 (film speeds he’s used to)

He saves all of those settings so he can return to them easily.

I love the G series ergonomics and I’ve not considered adding an external viewfinder to make up for Canon’s useless built in viewfinder. I do make various settings on my S100 (and have on all of my Canon cameras) that I return to easily because they’re saved.

It’s great to see a professional photojournalist using this type of camera instead of a Leica or a big DSLR kit.

Giles Duley

Giles Duley – a second shot at life

Photographer Giles Duley, who lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan, talks about his recovery and shares his latest series of photographs capturing the technicians and prosthetists working at the London 2012 Paralympics.

A lot of great creativity comes from restrictions.
– Giles Duley

Brilliant. An amazing story.