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What We Learned This Week: Steve Shapiro, Acclaimed Photojournalist, Dies at 87

Steve Shapiro found photography at summer camp, at age 9. He later found inspiration in the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and went on to study with W. Eugene Smith, who imparted to the young man the importance of having a world view and to instill that outlook in his pictures. Shapiro followed the good advice and became a photojournalist who created what Blind magazine recently called "some of the most significant photojournalism, portraiture, and documentary photography of our time," including his coverage of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Shapiro died on Jan. 15 in Chicago. He was 87.

Spotlight: Sunny Sunflowers, Carnivorous Plants, and a Singapore Timelapse

What kinds of plants do you prefer? Today's roundup of exceptional video projects features two kinds. Photographer Neil Bromhall creates astonishing timelapses of plants growing and blooming, and his latest work features a sunflower opening over the course of 10 days. Meanwhile, French artist Thomas Blanchard has made a macro film with butterflies and carnivorous plants in action. And if you've been missing travel, you might enjoy the hyperlapse made by photographer Kirill Neiezhmakov before the pandemic.

The DART Board: 01.19.2022

  Hugh Hayden’s Brier Patch is now on view in Madison Square Park. Presented across four separate lawns in the park, Brier Patch will feature a total of one-hundred wooden elementary school-style desks that erupt with tree branches, cohering into tangled assemblies with complex and layered meanings. The accumulations of desks summon the grid arrangement of classroom seating. Referencing folklore traditions around the world, the work calls on the notion of the...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say

"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.