2Lynsey Addario Risked Her Life to Bring Us These Amazing Photographs
Photographer Lynsey Addario says she’s not a war junkie, but you would be forgiven for raising an eyebrow. Since 2001, the Pulitzer Prize winner has raced toward conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan. She’s been kidnapped twice and has cheated death more times than she can count. Yet for Addario, whose work and personal journey are chronicled in a striking new photo book, Of Love & War, the daredevil impulse isn’t driven by adrenaline so much as by the stories of people whose lives are upended.
“The ultimate goal,” she says, “is to inspire people to do something.” Addario has stepped away from the front lines to raise her son, but she says she remains dedicated to capturing stories, wherever they may take her. She’s drawn to Yemen, she told Mother Jones, to report on human rights injustices. “It’s a story-driven thing,” she says. “The amount of children who are starving to death, and the human rights injustices that are happening in Yemen…that is the reason why I want to go.”
3Dramatic Perspectives Capture Uniquely Juxtaposed Beachgoers in Street Photography by Moises Levy
Mexico City-based photographer and architect Moises Levy captures unique moments of human and animal interaction in his street photography, most often centered around activities at the beach. By shooting at a low angle, Levy captures slackline and tightrope walkers in the frame of someone’s legs, or a horse at just the right pace to make it seems as if a woman has walked directly underneath its snout. All of his images are backlit to create high contrast black and white images that present his figures more like silhouettes than subjects.
These images are the legacy of Neil Armstrong’s mother, Viola (Engel) Armstrong. In addition to being a gifted writer, Viola also had an eye for photography. In her wisdom, she is said to have researched the best camera and film combinations so that her photos would stand the test of time. She purchased her camera from a little shop in her hometown of Wapakoneta and the rest is history.
These one-of-a-kind images provide an remarkable window into the life of one of the world’s most famous people, Neil Armstrong.
It is our hope these images will both inspire the next generation of explorers and illustrate the fact that Neil was, as his sister June once said, “the man you saw.”
5How Street Photography Remains My Glimmer of Hope
2018 has been an emotionally charged year for me. In a short space of time, I quit a job that made me miserable, reconnected with my Dad after 10 years apart, walked away from an emotionally abusive partner, and visited 10 countries in between. Alongside that, I have started two new careers, lived in three different cities, and got a whole new camera system! And as we approach the final quarter of the year, it has all caught up with me. In result of this, I have found myself feeling anxious and mildly depressed. As I try to unwrap and make sense of it all, street photography has been the light carrying me through.
6Hondros and Hetherington: Photographing the Liberian Civil War
The American photographer Chris Hondros was running for cover on a day of heavy shelling during the height of Liberia’s civil war on July 21, 2003, when he came across the body of Lasana Harding, a schoolboy killed only moments earlier. The boy, dressed in blue trousers and a white shirt, lay face down in the dirt bleeding from a head wound, the handle of a torn plastic shopping bag still looped through his fingers.
Mortars killed 60 people that day, but Mr. Hondros paused in the midst of the bombardment to take a picture, one of his many images documenting the human cost of Liberia’s second civil war. He also found the boy’s photo ID from class 7B at St. Mary Catholic School, putting a name and a face to one of the thousand or so people killed during a two-month siege of the capital Monrovia, most of them civilians.