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Iconic Portrait of Winston Churchill by Yousef Karsh

Iconic Portrait of Winston Churchill by Yousef Karsh

It was one of the most famous portraits ever made. Some say it is the most reproduced image in history. It was on the cover of LIFE magazine when WWII ended. The photo was taken by one of the most famous portrait photographers, Yousef Karsh–known as Karsh of Ottawa–on 30 December, 1941, after Churchill gave a speech to Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa. [On the 60th anniversary of that famous speech, Canada honored Karsh and Churchill with a commemorative stamp featuring above photo.]

Karsh was hired by the Canadian government to do this portrait and knew he would have very little time to make the picture. He began by researching Churchill, taking notes on all of the prime minister’s habits, quirks, attitudes and tendencies. When he finally got Churchill seated in the chair, with lights blazing, Churchill snapped “You have two minutes. And that’s it, two minutes.” The truth was that Churchill was angry that he had not been told he was to be photographed; he lit a fresh cigar and puffed mischievously.

Karsh asked Churchill to remove the cigar in his mouth, but Churchill refused. Karsh walked up to Churchill supposedly to get a light level and casually pulled the signature cigar from the lips of Churchill and walked back toward his camera. As he walked he clicked his camera remote, capturing the ‘determined’ look on Churchill’s face, which was in fact a reflection of his indignantcy. Karsh recounted: “I stepped toward him and without premeditation, but ever so respectfully, I said, ‘Forgive me, Sir’ and plucked the cigar out of his mouth. By the time I got back to my camera, he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me. It was at that instant I took the photograph. The silence was deafening. Then Mr Churchill, smiling benignly, said, ‘You may take another one.’ He walked toward me, shook my hand and said, ‘You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.’”

Source : Iconic Image Blog

Iconic Photo: Vulture Stalking a Child

Iconic Photo: Vulture Stalking a Child

In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod. Carter said he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. (The parents of the girl were busy taking food from the same UN plane Carter took to Ayod).

The photograph was sold to The New York Times where it appeared for the first time on March 26, 1993 as ‘metaphor for Africa’s despair’. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask whether the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run an unusual special editor’s note saying the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture, but that her ultimate fate was unknown. Journalists in the Sudan were told not to touch the famine victims, because of the risk of transmitting disease, but Carter came under criticism for not helping the girl. ”The man adjusting his lens to take just the right frame of her suffering might just as well be a predator, another vulture on the scene,” read one editorial.

Carter eventually won the Pulitzer Prize for this photo, but he couldn’t enjoy it. “I’m really, really sorry I didn’t pick the child up,” he confided in a friend. Consumed with the violence he’d witnessed, and haunted by the questions as to the little girl’s fate, he committed suicide three months later.

Source : Iconic Photo Blog

Beauty of Bangladeshi Haor

TTL just came back from it’s monsoon “Haor” visit from Shunamgonj, Sylhet. TTL visits every year to this place to refresh themselves in pure rain water in the middle of huge water land. This year i could not be part of this and was going through the pictures taken by TTLers and I was really wondering by the beauty of Bangladesh…. sometimes i thought i was dreaming… is this the same country where i live in?

I love you Bangladesh and never seen such beauty…..

I just picked some random shots from my friends below:

Means of living
(c) Kamrul Hasan

Untitled
(c) Riasat Rakin

Breaking Silence
(c) Kamrul Hasan

DSC_8339
(c) Audity Ashraf

Haor of Sunamganj
(c) Shudipto Das

Little Cowboy II
(c) Shudipto Das

Before the Storm
(c) Shudipto Das

Soul Dance
(c) Kamrul Hasan

Song of Silence
(c) Kamrul Hasan

Falling Musketeers !!!
(C) Pushan Shaan

Exploring Tanguar Haor
(c) Kamrul Hasan

The Canon Female Photojournalist Award 2013

This year (2013) the Association des Femmes Journalistes (The Association of Women Journalists), an organisation promoting women in the media, and Canon France, the photographic equipment manufacturer, distributor and importer, in association with Images-Evidence, wish to give a female photojournalist, an award of 8000 Euros, endowed by Canon France. The Award is supported by Le Figaro Magazine.

The Canon Female Photojournalist Award granted by the AFJ is presented to a female photojournalist in activity who wishes to cover a social, economic, political or cultural subject in a journalistic manner, on presentation of a dossier.The Award will be given to an individual photojournalist and not to a group, without any consideration of her nationality. The Award is given in order to allow the winner to carry out the photo-reportage which has been presented for the Award.

The applicant agrees that, should she obtain the Award, she will be in Perpignan on the 7th of September 2014 to attend the evening projection of the 25th International Festival of Photojournalism, where she will be presented with the Award by representatives of the AFJ and Canon.

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W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013

A CALL FOR ENTRIES

***** W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013 ****

* $30,000 Grant
* Discretionary Fellowship: $5,000
* Application Deadline: May 31, 2013
* To Apply:
http://smithfund2013.ipnservices.com/?EugeneSmith

***** Howard Chapnick Grant 2013 *****
* $5,000 Grant
* Application Deadline: May 31, 2013
* To Apply:
http://smithfund.org/howard-chapnick-grant

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W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography 2013
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Established in 1979 in honor of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), the legendary American photo essayist, the Smith grant is given to a photographer who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s humanistic photography. Administered by the W. Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, an independent non-profit organization, the $30,000 annual grant provides photographers with the financial freedom to continue or complete a major photographic project. The grant has often been referred to as the most prestigious honor in the field of documentary photography.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from:
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP); Open Society Foundations; Harbers Family Foundation; The International Center of Photography; School of Visual Arts BFA Photography; MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments; and Canon USA, with the support of MediaStorm; Photo District News; and Synergy Communications, Inc.

Prior Recipients of the Grant for Humanistic Photography (Representing 14 Countries):
Marc Asnin, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Letizia Battaglia, Ernesto Bazan, Ellen Binder, Pep Bonet, Chien-Chi Chang, Stephen Dupont, Carl DeKeyzer, Donna Ferrato, Maya Goded, Paul Graham, Stanley Greene, Lu Guang, Graciela Iturbide, Krisanne Johnson, Alain Keler, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Gideon Mendel, Dario Mitidieri, James Nachtwey, Darcy Padilla, Trent Parke, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, Eugene Richards, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Milton Rogovin, Sebastião Salgado, Mikhael Subotzky, Vladimir Syomin, Peter van Agtmael, John Vink, and Kai Wiedenhöfer.

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