Photographs of Agony – John Berger

The possible contradictions of the war photograph now become apparent. It is generally assumed that its purpose is to awaken concern. The most extreme examples – as in McCullin’s work – show moments of agony in order to extort maximum concern. Such moments, whether photographed or not, are discontinuous with all other moments. They exist by themselves. But the reader who has been arrested by the photograph may tend to feel this discontinuity as his own personal moral inadequacy…

The US Marine Counteroffensive, Day Nine. Don McCullin

Read the rest of Berger’s “Photographs of Agony” here, along with a few other chapters from About Looking which you should buy if you don’t already own.

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Photo Series: Andrew Fuller – Beach Volleyball

Here it is! The first post from my call for photo submissions.

Andrew Fuller is a California-based beach volleyball player. Andrew is also currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

According to his bio, Andrew is left-handed and great at pan frying vegetables and meats. Sadly, he’s no good at being small (hiding) or staying up past 11pm.

Andrew’s bio fails to mention that he makes some pretty damn good photographs too.

I’ve never cared about beach volleyball. Everything I know about beach volleyball comes from California Dreaming, Top Gun and Side Out.

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Andrew’s photographs make me care. They show me beach volleyball in a way I had never considered it before: a sweat-stained hat, feet mangled from years in the sun and sand, a tangled net. The normal representation of beach volleyball as all bubble gum and smiles is replaced by a melancholic depiction of the oft-painful and monotonous commitment needed to compete professionally. Andrew is clearly a part of the beach volleyball world and he does a great job of sharing that world with the rest of us.

I hope you enjoy Andrew’s work as much as I do.

Head over to Andrew Fuller’s Website to see more photographs

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Resource Television Brooklyn Rooftop Summer Film Fest. Thursday, August 11th 2011

This Thursday, August 11th, Resource Magazine is hosting a Summer inspired film series. With support from Vimeo and Adorama Rental Company, the event sounds like quite the Summer Shindig!

The festival is Bring Your Own Food, Drink and Blankets.

Even though it’s on a school night, the festival sounds like a great chance to meet, greet, eat and watch some short films.



Thursday August 11th
Factory Studios
79 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY
G Train to Flushing Avenue
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Resource Magazine Rooftop Filmfest
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Submissions for Aphotostudent are Always Welcome

If you’re a photographer with a new body of work to show or if you’re a photography fan who has a new photo crush, you’re always welcome to submit it for posting on Aphotostudent. The majority of the posts on here for the past two years have showcased the work of world-renowned photographers. I’d like to devote more time to showcasing new work from emerging artists, but I need your help to do it.

Photo For The Week: Yamaguchi-san Peeling Chestnuts, 2008. James Luckett

Ways to reach me:

1: Feel free to email me at but please write “aphotostudent submission” or something similar in the subject line so I don’t confuse it with the many requests for help I receive from Nigerian Royalty with millions of dollars stuck in limbo.

Please include a little bit about yourself and the body of work in the email. A bit of context always helps.


2: Head over to my Facebook page and post a comment on the most recent call for work.

Pretty simple!

Thank you in advance for any submissions you send. And, my apologies if I don’t reply to your submission right away. Sometimes emails stack up. It’s nothing personal.

I look forward to seeing lots of amazing work! – James Pomerantz

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War Images Not Included in World War II: The American Home Front in Color (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic has a great selection of color photos of the United States during World War II. The photos were shot by Alfred Palmer and Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information – an agency created by Franklin Roosevelt. The Office of War Information which existed from June 1942 to September 1945 “coordinated the release of war news for domestic use, and, using posters and radio broadcasts, worked to promote patriotism, warned about foreign spies and attempted to recruit women into war work. The office also established an overseas branch which launched a large scale information and propaganda campaign abroad.”(Office of War Information at Wikipedia)

Here are some photos I enjoyed  from The Library of Congress Collection not in The Atlantic edit:

J.D. Estes at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. August 1942. Howard Hollem/OWI/LOC
Electric phosphate smelting furnace used to make elemental phosphorus in a TVA chemical plant in the vicinity of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. June 1942. Alfred Palmer/OWI/LOC
Manufacture of self-sealing gas tanks, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio. December 1941. Alfred Palmer/OWI/LOC
M-3 tank and crew using small arms, Ft. Knox, Ky. June 1942. Alfred Palmer/OWI/LOC
Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, C. & N.W. R.R., Clinton, Iowa. April 1943. Jack Delano/OWI/LOC
A carpenter at the TVA's new Douglas dam on the French Broad River, Tenn. This dam will be 161 feet high and 1,682 feet ong, with a 31,600-acre reservoir area extending 43 miles upstream. With a useful storage capacity of approximately 1,330,000 acre-feet, this reservoir will make possible the addition of nearly 100,000 kw. of continuous power to the TVA system in dry years and almost 170,000 kw. in the average year. June 1942. Alfred T. Palmer/OWI/LOC
Students at Washington High School at class, training for specific contributions to the war effort, Los Angeles, Calif. September 1942. Alfred T. Palmer/OWI/LOC
Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee. February 1943. Alfred T Palmer/OWI/LOC
Lucile Mazurek, age 29, ex-housewife, husband going into the service. Working on black-out lamps to be used on the gasoline trailers in the Air Force, Heil and Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. February 1943. Howard Hollem/OWI/LOC
Camouflage class in New York University, where men and women are preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry, New York, N.Y. They make models from aerial photographs, re-photograph them, then work out a camouflage scheme and make a final photograph. March 1943. Marjory Collins/OWI/LOC
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Getty Images Photographer John Moore Talks About his Famous Arlington Cemetery Photograph

From Newsweek and The Daily Beast is this video of Getty Images photographer John Moore talking about an image he made on Memorial Day ( May 27th, 2007 ) in Arlington National Cemetery of Mary McHugh at her fiancé James J. Regan’s grave. Regan, a Sergeant in the United States Army Rangers, was killed by an IED while serving in Iraq.

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Jehad Nga talks to Pete Brook about Professional Insecurities and Libyan Detention

Pete Brook of Prison Photography and Raw File has a great interview with Jehad Nga that covers everything from the insecurities that come with being a working photographer to Jehad’s detention while covering the civil war in Libya.

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From the series "Something In The Way" - Jehad Nga

If you look at my website, you’d think, “Here’s a photographer whose confident and secure in his work.” On a good day it’s a complete mess, but I am very happy with the mess. Dilemmas are hard and can break the spirit but they bring on just decisions about your work.

Jehad Nga

Head over to Raw File to read the interview. Go!


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