Nomads of Mongolia

Brandon Li, writing on Vimeo:

Life in Western Mongolia is an adventure. Training eagles to hunt, herding yaks, and racing camels are just a few of the daily activities of the nomadic Kazakh people. I spent a few weeks living with them and experiencing one of the most unique cultures in the world. Saddle up and enjoy the ride.

I made the mistake of watching this amazing short documentary right after ordering a $175 external solid state drive because I’m running out of space on my laptop with how much room my podcast producing software takes up—and I almost immediately began to regret about 90% of my choices in life. But—don’t let that stop you. Incredible work here.

/via Devour

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Behind the Lens: 2015 Year in Photographs

Pete Souza, writing on Medium:

One of the best and most challenging aspects of my job is whittling down a year’s worth of photographs to the final selections for my annual Year in Photographs. Every year, I attempt to keep it less than 100 photos — and every year I fail in that goal. But I am excited once again to present this gallery for the seventh consecutive year.

Some truly amazing images here. What a job.

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Faces of Cuba: A Photo Essay About Life on the Island

Johnny Harris, writing (and photographing) for Vox:

Earlier this summer, I pitched my editors on an idea: a week-long trip to Cuba with a camera. I wanted to go there to see how people live and communicate in a country so disconnected from the world. The trip resulted in multiple videos about the state of the Cuban internet and the outcomes of a distorted economy. My reporting helped me better understand what it’s like to live in isolation and under economic oppression — a story best told through some of Cuba’s 11 million residents. Through hundreds of stories, I glimpsed the power of human creativity, on display everywhere as Cubans are forced to invent ways to survive in a controlled and lifeless economy.

I spent my days in Cuba wandering the cobbled streets on foot and in the backs of 1950s Chevys turned public taxis, listening to Cubans of all walks of life generously share their opinions and stories, their frustrations and passions. The nurse who makes $40 per month and the taxi driver who makes $40 per day. The retired man who illegally sells cigars to survive. The military man who loves the Castros' oppressive regime and would die to defend it. These are stories that helped me understand life in isolation and oppression, and turned Cuba from just another topic in international news into a profound example of human struggle and creativity.

Wonderful images; important stories.

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In Focus: The Voyage of New Horizons: Jupiter, Pluto, and Beyond

Alan Taylor, writing for In Focus:

A white arrow marks Pluto in this New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) picture taken on September 21, 2006. Seen at a distance of about 4.2 billion kilometers (2.6 billion miles) from the spacecraft, Pluto is little more than a faint point of light among a dense field of stars. Mission scientists knew they had Pluto in their sights when LORRI detected an unresolved “point” in Pluto's predicted position, moving at the planet's expected motion across the constellation of Sagittarius near the plane of the Milky Way galaxy.

As usual, In Focus is the place to go for anything picture-centric. And New Horizons—incredible. Think of what was accomplished here. Quite a day for the human race.

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How Photography Bridged the Autism Gap Between Father and Son

Taylor Glascock, Vantage:

It started in 2007, when Archibald began to notice that there was something different about his son. At the time, Eli had not been diagnosed with autism. There were tantrums and odd fascinations with household objects, strange behaviors and failures to communicate. Raising a child is difficult, but this was something else. A commercial photographer, Archibald adapted by doing what he did best. He took photos.

Incredible images. And I respect/appreciate that this is a story that’s being told that doesn’t have a sweet, clean, happy ending.

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The NYC Subway, Through the Eyes of Stanley Kubrick in 1946

Chris Wild, Mashable:

In 1946, Stanley Kubrick, then aged only 18, took these photographs of the New York Subway and had them published by LOOK magazine.  He photographed for the magazine from 1945 to 1950.

According to Helen O'Brian, head of LOOK's photographic department, Kubrick generated the highest number of published articles of any photographer she had worked with. At the time, Kubrick was the youngest photographer LOOK had had on its books. 

What’s most amazing about these images—besides the novelty factor of who they’re by and from when—is that in a few, you can clearly see Kubrick’s composition style already taking shape. It’s most obvious in the image above and in the final image of the woman standing alone on the platform.

/via ManMade and Alex Zic

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A 14-Year Photo Project to Document the World’s Oldest Trees

Jeanne Kim, Quartz:

Some of the world’s oldest trees are tucked away on untouched mountainsides, isolated lands, and private islands. And for 14 years, photographer Beth Moon traversed these farflung places to capture photographs of ancient trees before they died or got cut down by man.

Incredible images. Makes you want to the Monkey Wrench Gang.

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A World Transfixed by Screens

Alan Taylor, In Focus:

The continued massive growth of connected mobile devices is shaping not only how we communicate with each other, but how we look, behave, and experience the world around us. Smartphones and other handheld devices have become indispensable tools, appendages held at arm's length to record a scene or to snap a selfie. Recent news photos show refugees fleeing war-torn regions holding up their phones as prized possessions to be saved, and relatives of victims lost to a disaster holding up their smartphones to show images of their loved ones to the press. Celebrity selfies, people alone in a crowd with their phones, events obscured by the very devices used to record that event, the brightly lit faces of those bent over their small screens, these are some of the scenes depicted below.

This is my favorite.

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‘100’

EDW Lynch:

The Leica commercial “Leica 100” looks back at 100 years of Leica photography through cleverly staged recreations of famous photographs. The commercial includes recreations of photos by Diane Arbus, Dorothea Lange, and Neil Armstrong, among many others. “Leica 100” was created by ad agency F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi for Leica Gallery Sao Paolo.

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