NoLita jewelry store prays for peace in the Middle East. From sign, and from being inside yesterday, guess it’s run by Israelis. If so, imagine such overt political message driven as much by heart as by Israel’s increasingly tarnished reputation. #Israel #Gaza #politics #economics #newyork #streetphotography #photography #middleeast

NoLita jewelry store prays for peace in the Middle East. From sign, and from being inside yesterday, guess it’s run by Israelis. If so, imagine such overt political message driven as much by heart as by Israel’s increasingly tarnished reputation. #Israel #Gaza #politics #economics #newyork #streetphotography #photography #middleeast

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Yes, Charlie’s Angels.
(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)
via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)
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Yes, Charlie’s Angels.

(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)

via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)

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Tags #Iraq    #Iraq war    #media    #photography    #photojournalism    #Baghdad    #Iraq army    #news   

Bag’s Take-Away:
As Headlines Mash, War & Sports Mixed Metaphor of the Day
via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
(photo: Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images caption: An Iraqi man who volunteered to join the battle against jihadist-led Sunni militants takes part in a training organized by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), an Iraqi Shiite political party, on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces.)
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As Headlines Mash, War & Sports Mixed Metaphor of the Day

via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(photo: Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images caption: An Iraqi man who volunteered to join the battle against jihadist-led Sunni militants takes part in a training organized by the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), an Iraqi Shiite political party, on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra. Saudi Arabia warned of the risks of a civil war in Iraq with unpredictable consequences for the region, after Sunni militants seized large areas from Shiite-led government forces.)

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Juxtaposition of the Week: Pakistan Infant Criminals, Not Bug Splats

not a bug splat.jpegpakistan- infant arrested

Okay, the last two weeks.

Activist media saving Pakistani children from the West meets Western media framing threat to Pakistani children from Pakistan’s touchy government/legal system. (Thoughts welcome, on activist vs. traditional media, the Western lens or what strikes you.)

Credits, etc.:

(photo 1: HO—AFP/Getty Images. caption: In this undated handout photograph, a poster bearing the image of a Pakistani girl whose parents, lawyers say, were killed in a drone strike, lies in a field at an undisclosed location in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.)

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photo 2: STR/AFP/Getty Images. caption: This photograph taken on April 3, 2014 shows a Pakistani lawyer taking the thumb impression from nine-month-old toddler Mohammad Musa on a bail bond in Lahore. While many children of his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family’s lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP.

More: 9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan : The Two-Way : NPR

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Bag's Take-Away:
Instagram mining: From newyorkermag and theneverydayafrica. Published 2 mins apart. #MyInnerPhilBicker

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Instagram mining: From newyorkermag and theneverydayafrica. Published 2 mins apart. #MyInnerPhilBicker

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Jim Mortram’s SMALL TOWN INTERTIA, tells the stories of people who would otherwise fall into society’s cracks. His vision is one of pure empathy. 

For me,” says Mortram, who only takes photographs within a three-mile radius of his home, “the most important part of making pictures is listening.”

via: The Guardian

(photo: Jim Mortram)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
When photography is all about light, how do you photograph the dark? Like this.
The image is from Gianluca Panella’s series, Gaza Blackout. Awarded 3rd place in the World Press Photo General News/Stories category.
photo via: World Press Photo
(photo: Gianluca Panella caption: Al Shejaeya, Al Mansura Street, Gaza City. 10 December 2013.)
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When photography is all about light, how do you photograph the dark? Like this.

The image is from Gianluca Panella’s series, Gaza Blackout. Awarded 3rd place in the World Press Photo General News/Stories category.

photo via: World Press Photo

(photo: Gianluca Panella caption: Al Shejaeya, Al Mansura Street, Gaza City. 10 December 2013.)

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SWAT meets SWAK. Sexual assault?! Time to relaunch #Occupy.
via The Independent:
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
An Italian student protester has been charged with sexual assault after she was pictured kissing a riot police officer’s helmet during a demonstration last month. http://tinyurl.com/lqd28a4
(photo: Getty Images caption: The 20-year-old student was photographed kissing officer Salvatore Piccione during a protest against a planned rail link in Northern Italy)
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SWAT meets SWAK. Sexual assault?! Time to relaunch #Occupy.

via The Independent:

Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer

An Italian student protester has been charged with sexual assault after she was pictured kissing a riot police officer’s helmet during a demonstration last month. http://tinyurl.com/lqd28a4

(photo: Getty Images caption: The 20-year-old student was photographed kissing officer Salvatore Piccione during a protest against a planned rail link in Northern Italy)

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White House photo of Obama marking Mandela passing a little distant/lonely no? …Likely random but the fist is interesting.
via: White House Photo of the Day
(photo: Pete Souza/White House 
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White House photo of Obama marking Mandela passing a little distant/lonely no? …Likely random but the fist is interesting.

via: White House Photo of the Day

(photo: Pete Souza/White House

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Among so many photographs in the Mandela tribute, one of the most eloquent about reverence and most visceral about color.
via: MSNBC Slideshow — Nelson Mandela: A revolutionary’s life
(photo: Luciano Mellace / Reuters caption: Mandela and Pope John Paul II listen to national anthems after meeting at Johannesburg International Airport on Sept. 16, 1995, at the start of the pope’s first official visit to South Africa. )
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Among so many photographs in the Mandela tribute, one of the most eloquent about reverence and most visceral about color.

via: MSNBC Slideshow — Nelson Mandela: A revolutionary’s life

(photo: Luciano Mellace / Reuters caption: Mandela and Pope John Paul II listen to national anthems after meeting at Johannesburg International Airport on Sept. 16, 1995, at the start of the pope’s first official visit to South Africa. )

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