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2In Guantanamo, Ensnared in the War on Terror

To Debi Cornwall, Guantánamo Bay Naval Base is a study in contradictions.
On the one hand, the United States military promotes an image of the base as a seaside paradise with bowling alleys and beaches that any service member would be lucky to have as a posting. But there’s also the Guantánamo the world knows as the site of the infamous detention camp where people suspected of being terrorists have been held indefinitely without trial and endured torture.
“There are two very different things happening at once in this place,” Ms. Cornwall said.

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3Bye-Bye Warschauer Strasse. A Photo Essay.

A Photo Essay by my colleague Martin Waltz on the Warschauer Straße.

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4Stanley Kubrick: Photos Taken As A Teenager

In 1945, the future director of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange”, among other great movies of his, started a business relationship with New York’s Look magazine, which lasted until 1950. The relationship was a five-year stint that served as an apprenticeship in crafting visual stories. The magazine photographs allowed Kubrick to experiment in composition, atmosphere, and timing to develop his narrative style.

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5On the road: The life of a travel photographer

From the Atlas mountains to the depths of an island jungle, Ben Roberts shares the realities of traversing the globe for a living.
Since the advent of the medium, travel photography has enticed viewers and photographers alike. For the former, the genre offers a glimpse into places unknown and, for the latter, an opportunity to explore and document the farthest reaches of the world.
The emergence of the smartphone has seen an already highly competitive and over-saturated industry become increasingly so, with lazy travel photography often playing on stereotypes and cliches. Whether working to a brief or on a self-directed body of work, Roberts stresses the importance of approaching the genre inventively, striving to develop unique perspectives and reveal lesser-known sides of places and communities.

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6Homer Sykes’ social commentary, from Lewisham riots to Burberry shows

The photographer explains his career-long search for moments which provide depth and understanding of British life
For 50 years, Homer Sykes has been documenting British society, beginning his career in the mid 1960s after finding his passion for social commentary while at college in London. Now his work is to be featured in a new Burberry show, Here We Are, a major exhibition featuring images by over 30 social and documentary photographers.
For Sykes, this is the culmination of the work that has inspired him for half a century – shooting ordinary people in their daily lives. “I am interested in life,” he explains, ahead of the show’s opening. “I try and produce content-led, graphic clarity that includes context, extracted from the everyday visual disarray.”

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7Equipment for street photography

The equipment you choose will depend on how you approach street photography. If, like Henri Cartier-Bresson, you prefer keeping a low profile, you will tend to choose smaller, less conspicuous equipment. On the other hand, if you’re a confident photographer who is happy to engage with subjects (like Diane Arbus), the visibility of your equipment will be irrelevant. The following tips will guide you to the best types of gear for street photography, whichever of the approaches you take…
Most kinds of portable cameras can be used for street photography. Early photographers favoured rangefinder cameras with ‘standard’ (50mm equivalent) or moderate wide-angle (35mm) lenses, although shorter telephoto lenses (90mm to 110mm) were used by some photographers because they delivered a slightly flatter perspective that suited two-dimensional prints. This type of camera is still in use today, although generally with a digital image sensor.

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