Bag’s Take-Away:
After two days of passing this photo by in a few galleries, I decided to give in, post it, and think about why it makes me uncomfortable. It could be because the majority of the photo is a weighty airplane hatch that reduces the action to a fourth of the photo, or the look on the one visible soldier’s face. Maybe the word “foot” on the coffin: I know it’s there to designate the end of the coffin, not its content, but you can’t help making the association and remembering how many people have been maimed in Afghanistan. 
But really, I think it’s because no one is paying attention to this war or to the lives lost; that their deaths and injuries occupy much less than one-fourth of our consciousness.
via The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Steve Ruark/AP Photo caption: An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs Monday, May 7, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Childs, of Warren, Ark., died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

After two days of passing this photo by in a few galleries, I decided to give in, post it, and think about why it makes me uncomfortable. It could be because the majority of the photo is a weighty airplane hatch that reduces the action to a fourth of the photo, or the look on the one visible soldier’s face. Maybe the word “foot” on the coffin: I know it’s there to designate the end of the coffin, not its content, but you can’t help making the association and remembering how many people have been maimed in Afghanistan.

But really, I think it’s because no one is paying attention to this war or to the lives lost; that their deaths and injuries occupy much less than one-fourth of our consciousness.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Steve Ruark/AP Photo caption: An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs Monday, May 7, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Childs, of Warren, Ark., died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.)

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I love these detached photographs of bombings: no headless bodies, dead children, destroyed buildings, just the stunning and gorgeous effects of what happens to the physical landscape when it gets its butt kicked by F-22 fighter jets on maneuvers. 
 No grains of sand were harmed in this test. 
via Los Angeles Times Framework
(photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images caption: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Smoke, dust and sand rise as missiles fired from fighter jets roil the desert during joint maneuvers with the French army.)
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I love these detached photographs of bombings: no headless bodies, dead children, destroyed buildings, just the stunning and gorgeous effects of what happens to the physical landscape when it gets its butt kicked by F-22 fighter jets on maneuvers.

No grains of sand were harmed in this test.

via Los Angeles Times Framework

(photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images caption: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Smoke, dust and sand rise as missiles fired from fighter jets roil the desert during joint maneuvers with the French army.)

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André Liohn of Prospekt won the  2011 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for a set of twelve photos taken during the Libyan Civil War. 
We’ve seen endless and excellent photographs from that conflict — after all, some of the world’s best photographers were there. But these shots really stand out as Liohn catches people and government in their death throes.
One thing that particularly caught my eye: in most of the twelve photos hands play a prominent role, whether it’s a rebel’s hand in latex gloves (as in this photo), hands raised in dying, a severed finger (is that what it is? Resolution isn’t good enough), hands shushing others before an ambush, hands praying in farewell, or hands flashing the V for victory sign over a pro-Ghadafi soldier’s corpse. Can’t be a coincidence, can’t truly be planned, it stands out as a glimpse into the photographer as well as his subjects. 
As for this photo, the hands do the talking….mouths in the photo are shut, pro-government hands bandaged. In the midst of the gore and fear, it’s a disembodied hand doing the talking. People seem to be listening. 
See the full gallery of winnersat the Overseas Press Club
via  Time Magazine Lightbox
(credit:  André Liohn/Prospekt  caption: April 24, 2011. Wounded pro-Gaddafi soldiers being arrested in Misrata, Libya.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

André Liohn of Prospekt won the 2011 Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for a set of twelve photos taken during the Libyan Civil War.

We’ve seen endless and excellent photographs from that conflict — after all, some of the world’s best photographers were there. But these shots really stand out as Liohn catches people and government in their death throes.

One thing that particularly caught my eye: in most of the twelve photos hands play a prominent role, whether it’s a rebel’s hand in latex gloves (as in this photo), hands raised in dying, a severed finger (is that what it is? Resolution isn’t good enough), hands shushing others before an ambush, hands praying in farewell, or hands flashing the V for victory sign over a pro-Ghadafi soldier’s corpse. Can’t be a coincidence, can’t truly be planned, it stands out as a glimpse into the photographer as well as his subjects.

As for this photo, the hands do the talking….mouths in the photo are shut, pro-government hands bandaged. In the midst of the gore and fear, it’s a disembodied hand doing the talking. People seem to be listening.

See the full gallery of winnersat the Overseas Press Club

via Time Magazine Lightbox

(credit: André Liohn/Prospekt caption: April 24, 2011. Wounded pro-Gaddafi soldiers being arrested in Misrata, Libya.)

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 Plight of women in Afghanistan. All that and back where we started.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(photo credit:  Mohammad Ismail/REUTERS  caption:  A view of graffiti on a wall in Kabul March 5, 2012. Encased in a head-to-toe burqa, the image depicts a distraught woman slumped on a cement stairwell, the work of Afghanistan’s first street artists who use graffiti to chronicle violence and oppression. The sombre depictions of Afghan women on Kabul’s rutted streets offer rare public insight into their lives, still marred by violence and injustice despite progress in women’s rights since the Taliban was toppled over a decade ago.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Plight of women in Afghanistan. All that and back where we started.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(photo credit: Mohammad Ismail/REUTERS caption: A view of graffiti on a wall in Kabul March 5, 2012. Encased in a head-to-toe burqa, the image depicts a distraught woman slumped on a cement stairwell, the work of Afghanistan’s first street artists who use graffiti to chronicle violence and oppression. The sombre depictions of Afghan women on Kabul’s rutted streets offer rare public insight into their lives, still marred by violence and injustice despite progress in women’s rights since the Taliban was toppled over a decade ago.)

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