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110 posts categorized "Photojournalism"

January 19, 2009

Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Cuddy from "House")


Actor Lisa Edelstein, best known for her role as Dr. Cutty on the medical drama House, lends some star power to the Planned Parenthood brunch, held in honor of Barack Obama's upcoming inauguration.

January 13, 2009

Checkup for fasting protester


A woman fasting to protest human right abuses at Guantanamo gets a checkup from doctor from Physicians for Human Rights. In this picture, he's taking her pulse. Organizers told me that they are keeping track of the weights of the fasting protesters with the scale, seen on the bottom right of the photo.

This woman and at about 15 other protesters from the group Witness Against Torture gathered in Dupont Circle Park on Tuesday in orange jumpsuits and black hoods. Not all the protesters are fasting.

January 05, 2009

Souza named photographer-in-chief

The White House has chosen photojournalist Pete Souza to be its top photographer. Souza held the same post under Ronald Reagan.

Image galleries from Souza's official website: The Rise of Barack Obama, The Road to Kabul, and Portrait of a President.

Normally, I'm skeptical of Reagan retreads, but Souza's work speaks for itself. I admire the simplicity of his compositions. He's very good at abstracting away visual clutter in order to let the basic outlines of the subjects create the composition. He makes the shapes tell the story. Souza's work reminds me of good printmaking or graphic design.

Souza's website doesn't allow me to link to individual images, but if you browse the Rise of Obama gallery, you'll see what I'm talking about. The photo captioned "Aboard a military plane headed to inspect former nuclear missile sites" is a good example of this kind of graphical storytelling. The shot puts the viewer inside the circle of military men gathered around Obama.

Souza skillfully manipulates depth of field and exposure to eliminate extraneous details.

He often blows out highlights and takes shadows to black in order to isolate what's really important in a picture. In this shot of Obama inside a campaign bus, the windshield is completely white, which eliminates what might otherwise have been a distracting view through the window. Large areas of pure black (mostly interior panelling on the bus) contrast with the white windows, breaking up the image and reinforcing the sense of the interior bus as a small, intimate space--an inner sanctum.

I'm eager to see what Souza will do as photographer in chief.

December 16, 2008

Producer Sherisse Rogers


Here's the distinguished producer of Infernal Machines, Sherisse Rogers--who is also a bandleader, composer, arranger, and bass player.

Sherisse has traveled the world from the Brazil to the Netherlands immersing herself in diverse musical traditions and incorporating fresh ideas into her own expanding repertoire.

She's seen here unloading some gear at Bennett Studios on day one of the recording of the album Infernal Machines by Secret Society.


James Hirschfeld and Rob Wilkerson playing some video games in between takes during the recording of Infernal Machines with Secret Society

Sam Sadigursky

Sam Sadigursky, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


Sam playing pool with Nadje.

November 24, 2008

Homeland: My interview with documentary photographer Nina Berman

AlterNet published my interview with documentary photographer Nina Berman about her new book Homeland, a visual chronicle of the national security state in America from 2001-2007.

November 21, 2008

Ted Stevens knows karate

Ted Stevens is to the martial arts what Thomas Kinkade is to the arts.

November 13, 2008

Rick Perlstein at NYU

Rick Persltein at NYU, originally uploaded by Lindsay Beyerstein.


Historian and author Rick Perlstein speaking on a panel at NYU Law School on the American presidency on Tuesday.

October 28, 2008

"The transcendent mosh pit of the Sufis"

Aaron Huey is a brilliant photojournalist. You may have read about his stunning photos of the drug war in Afghanistan on Boing Boing today.

He's also a blogger at Argonaut Photo.

Here's a post Aaron wrote about the making of his series of photographs of Sufi Muslims:

I knew I was in pretty good with the Sufis when they started putting their snakes on my head. They don’t just give their snakes to anyone you know. It was Imam Hussein’s birthday, I was in Cairo, Egypt at the place his head is supposed to be buried, and I was 10 hours into my second night of dancing. I had meant to be there making photographs for a global look at Sufism, but 10 minutes into the first night I was dancing. For one thing it was the only way I was going to get to stay, but it was also a steady stream of some of the raddest beats I had ever heard. I'd even go so far as to call it one of the top ten dance floors on the planet. With a heavy metal violin, a distortion pedal for the echoing microphone, tambourines, and reed flutes raging on for 12-hour sets, the musicians created a religious Mosh pit the likes of which I could never have imagined. [...]

Read the original, and watch the laying on of snakes video on Aaron's blog.