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How to Fold a Newspaper Sheet Hat

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Newspapers may be dying, but we might as well have some fun with our funeral attire. Because one must know: How to fold a newspaper sheet pressman’s hat.

via Coudal

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The Power of Photojournalism

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What Kenyan tribes have to do with Ohio’s ghettos and the global water crisis.

These are turbulent times for photojournalism. At once declared dead, extolled as a creative business model and explored in new forms of media education, photojournalism has reached a cultural tipping point at a time of more international wars, civic unrest and natural disasters than in any other concentrated period of modern history. The Power of Photojournalism is a two-part documentary by the Annenberg Space for Photography investigating just what the title promises through the work of the 66th annual Picture of the Year International winners.

Photography is one of the most important parts of journalism because it reaches people so powerfully. It’s quicker, it’s more visceral than text. Photography is immediate.” ~ Geneva Overholser, Director, School of Journalism, USC Annenberg School for Communication

The bottom line is heart. And the one thing photojournalists have always had is heart.” ~ Rick Shaw, Director, Pictures of the Year International

You can see a full online gallery of the winners at the Annenberg Space for Photography. For a closer look at the role of photojournalism in framing culture and making sense of the world, we highly recommend Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers — a fascinating and visually gripping survey of the genre through interviews of and and images by 22 of the world’s most prominent photojournalists.

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Auto Focus: A Brief History of Contemporary Self-Portraiture

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Art, some may argue, is a product of the ego. Nowhere is this meta-awareness more palpable than in the art of the self-portrait.

A fantastic new book by Susan Bright, Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography, explores just that through a brilliantly curated survey of self-portraits by 75 of the world’s most remarkable contemporary photographers.

Tracey Rose

Ciao Bella, Ms Cast, Venus Baartman, 2001

Anas Al-shaikh

Memory Of Memories 1, 2001

Intimate and introspective, the book begins with a beautifully written and illustrated essay that contextualizes the photographic self-portrait and its history, from the 1840s to today.

Zhang Huan

Homeland, 2001

Hew Locke

Tyger, Tyger, 2007

The anthology is organized in five thematic chapters: diaristic and autobiographical photos; images of the body; masks and masquerade; classic studio portraiture; and performance, both public and private. Together, they paint a faceted and thoughtful portrait of photography’s relationship with the artist self, making Auto Focus equal parts visual treat and insightful handbook to the intimate psychology of the artist ego.

Images via The Guardian

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