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Goran Tomasevic almost always produces striking conflict photos and these two are no exception. They are photos of South Sudanese running from Sudanese bombs targeted at South Sudan even after the country withdrew from disputed oil fields.

Tomasevic manages to capture the vulnerability of this small, new country by avoiding a scene of mass destruction and death. It’s merely two people running and ducking bombs in open areas. You can’t really better express the power differential as the larger, richer country resorts to bombing individuals in open fields.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters Top photo caption: A woman runs along a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu April 23, 2012. Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan on Monday, killing three people near the southern oil town of Bentiu, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field. Bottom photo caption: A SPLA soldier looks at warplanes as he lies on the ground to take cover beside a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu April 23, 2012.)

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CNN has a lovely feature on the photography of children by friend, former contributor, and brilliant Getty photographer, Chris Hondros. It’s close to a year since he died (April 20, 2011).
via  CNN Photoblog
(credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images caption: Part of every war– often a hidden aspect - are the unwilling victims of conflict, especially children, Ciric said. Hondros’ lens gravitated toward them. Piaia said that while he didn’t have any children of his own, Hondros talked about the children in his images often. “For children in Afghanistan, war is the only life they know,” she said. “He thought a lot about that - about what it will be for the rest of their lives.” And while many people might assume children maintain their innocence, Hondros saw the amount of awareness these children had, Piaia said. In the heart of a conflict is a child being greatly affected.)
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CNN has a lovely feature on the photography of children by friend, former contributor, and brilliant Getty photographer, Chris Hondros. It’s close to a year since he died (April 20, 2011).

via CNN Photoblog

(credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images caption: Part of every war– often a hidden aspect - are the unwilling victims of conflict, especially children, Ciric said. Hondros’ lens gravitated toward them. Piaia said that while he didn’t have any children of his own, Hondros talked about the children in his images often. “For children in Afghanistan, war is the only life they know,” she said. “He thought a lot about that - about what it will be for the rest of their lives.” And while many people might assume children maintain their innocence, Hondros saw the amount of awareness these children had, Piaia said. In the heart of a conflict is a child being greatly affected.)

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How rare to see pic of someone setting an IED, especially sympathetic to the West.

via: Sac Bee Syria slideshow

(photo:  Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels plant a makeshift explosive device to destroy a Syrian Army tank during a day of heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

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How rare to see pic of someone setting an IED, especially sympathetic to the West.

via: Sac Bee Syria slideshow

(photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels plant a makeshift explosive device to destroy a Syrian Army tank during a day of heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

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Striking just because it shows (I assume) what it looks like when someone blows themselves up in a room.  Ghastly.


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(photo: Umar Qayyum/Xinhua/Zuma Press caption:  A police station in Peshawar, Pakistan, was attacked Friday morning by three militants who blew themselves up after nearly two hours of gun battle with the police. Four policemen were killed and five others injured in the shootout.)

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Striking just because it shows (I assume) what it looks like when someone blows themselves up in a room. Ghastly.

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(photo: Umar Qayyum/Xinhua/Zuma Press caption: A police station in Peshawar, Pakistan, was attacked Friday morning by three militants who blew themselves up after nearly two hours of gun battle with the police. Four policemen were killed and five others injured in the shootout.)

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The Revolution is not only televised, it has a soundtrack. Maybe a laugh track, too.

But seriously… I bring you this picture because so many news photo galleries are so infested with play-acting rebels — playing guitar, flashing victory signs, generally yukking it up — you get the feeling sometimes they’re only there for the kill (Gadaffi) or to justify their airfare.


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The Revolution is not only televised, it has a soundtrack. Maybe a laugh track, too.

But seriously… I bring you this picture because so many news photo galleries are so infested with play-acting rebels — playing guitar, flashing victory signs, generally yukking it up — you get the feeling sometimes they’re only there for the kill (Gadaffi) or to justify their airfare.

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Tags #media    #war photography    #war porn    #photojournalism    #news    #Libya    #Arab Spring   

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What the hell? When did US soldiers start dressing like this? As part of the Afghan wind down, the Army introduces “Casual Shelling Day.”

(photo: Erik De Castro/Reuters caption:: U.S. soldiers from Task Force “No Fear” Alpha Co 2-27 Infantry “The Wolfhounds” fire a 120mm mortar at the Taliban position from Combat Outpost (COP) Pirtle King in Ghaziabad district in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan September 27, 2011.)
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What the hell? When did US soldiers start dressing like this? As part of the Afghan wind down, the Army introduces “Casual Shelling Day.”

(photo: Erik De Castro/Reuters caption:: U.S. soldiers from Task Force “No Fear” Alpha Co 2-27 Infantry “The Wolfhounds” fire a 120mm mortar at the Taliban position from Combat Outpost (COP) Pirtle King in Ghaziabad district in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan September 27, 2011.)

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Upcoming NYT Magazine catalyzing media love affair with the Libyan rebels. This photo from the VII Network, in particular, drives home the symbolism of the “citizen-warrior.”
(Media - especially visual media - does like to keep it simple: heros-and-villains, black-and-white.)
(photo: Eric Bouvet/VII Network, for The New York Times caption: The anti-Qaddafi forces were composed of both civilians and some ex-soldiers no longer loyal to the regime. slideshow here.:
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Upcoming NYT Magazine catalyzing media love affair with the Libyan rebels. This photo from the VII Network, in particular, drives home the symbolism of the “citizen-warrior.”

(Media - especially visual media - does like to keep it simple: heros-and-villains, black-and-white.)

(photo: Eric Bouvet/VII Network, for The New York Times caption: The anti-Qaddafi forces were composed of both civilians and some ex-soldiers no longer loyal to the regime. slideshow here.:

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Tags #Libya    #Libya rebels    #Media    #News    #Visual media    #War photography    #Gaddafi    #New York Magazine    #VII