Steve McCurry has been a one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.
Born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and another of film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera…
Murad Osmann, a Russian photographer, being lead around the world by his girl – full image gallery after the break…
Since 1991, Christian Stoll has been working as a freelance photographer, now shuttling between the two worlds of New York city and Düsseldorf, Germany. In past years Stoll’s photography has been a major influence on the corporate image of global companies like General Electrics, IBM and Microsoft. Without being compelled to show greatness, he nonetheless succeeds in making greatness visible with his architectural settings and interior shots. In his still life photographs even the most banal objects undergo a metamorphosis, which may be the result of intensive digital processing, which transforms them into objects of desire.
On September 23, 2008, Dorothy, a female chimpanzee in her late 40s, died of congestive heart failure. A maternal and beloved figure, Dorothy spent eight years at Cameroon’s Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, which houses and rehabilitates chimps victimized by habitat loss and the illegal African bushmeat trade.
After a hunter killed her mother, Dorothy was sold as a “mascot” to an amusement park in Cameroon. For the next 25 years, she was tethered to the ground by a chain around her neck, taunted, teased, and taught to drink beer and smoke cigarettes for sport. In May 2000, Dorothy—obese from poor diet and lack of exercise—was rescued and relocated along with ten other primates. As her health improved, her deep kindness surfaced. She mothered an orphaned chimp named Bouboule and became a close friend to many others, including Jacky, the group’s alpha male, and Nama, another amusement-park refugee.
Szczupider, who had been a volunteer at the center, told me: “Her presence, and loss, was palpable, and resonated throughout the group. The management at Sanaga-Yong opted to let Dorothy’s chimpanzee family witness her burial, so that perhaps they would understand, in their own capacity, that Dorothy would not return. Some chimps displayed aggression while others barked in frustration, but perhaps the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence. If one knows chimpanzees, then one knows that [they] are not [usually] silent creatures.”
Source: Huffington Post
The Atlantic has a great piece on legendary photographer Timothy O’Sullivan and some amazing pictures from America’s “Wild West.” The Pictures were taken about 150 years ago by O’Sullivan but their emotion and abrasiveness still stun to this day. This was America’s last great frontier….that was explored (for good and for bad). We’re still exploring the seas of this blue planet and we’re still somewhat (half-heartedly) poking at the heavens but the drive we once had, has all but faded away.
There are good photographs, there are great photographs and then there is this. Pictures like that of astronaut Charles M. Duke, help remind us of what we’re capable of and what we must always strive for – greatness.
…With legs raised like a lustful woman,
Burning and sweating poisons,
It spread open, nonchalant and scornful,
Its belly, ripe with exhalations…
Source: Talia Herman