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Spotlight: Saving Lives One Birth at a Time in "Con Madre"

In some places, a midwife is the difference between life and death. As photojournalist and filmmaker Janet Jarman underscored in her short 2015 film "Calling the Midwife, in Chiapas," midwives are often the only care available for women giving birth in the area. The film was featured by The New York Times on September 1, 2015, and on that same day Jarman was approached by a producer from the NGO Every Mother Counts. "She asked me if I would be interested in being the director of photography on a related story that they would be producing in Guatemala in mid 2016," says Jarman. "Of course I said yes." The result is the new film, "Con Madre," which we feature today.

David Hockney at The Met

David Hockney, without doubt one of the most beloved artists of our time, was attended by hundreds as he previewed the major retrospective of his work yesterday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the year of his 80th birthday, the artist is being celebrated for the wit and intelligence with which he has examined and captured the perceived world of movement, space, and time in two dimensions. On view are iconic works from key moments of his career, from his student days in the 1960s to the pre...

Spotlight: Jaime Permuth Explores Cuba's Historical Moment

"I grew up in Guatemala during that country's decades-long civil war and endured arduous years of repressive military dictatorships. Communism was a taboo subject. In particular, Cuba and Nicaragua were rarely discussed. And when they were, it was rarely without a heavy dose of ironic or sarcastic commentary," says photographer Jaime Permuth. "As a young adult," he adds, "I strived to fill in some of the cultural gaps and omissions left over from my teenage years. As such, I fell in love with the Cuba." The result of that interest is Permuth's series "Before the Eclipse," a Latin American Fotografia 5 competition winner.

Illustrator Profile - Federica Bordoni: "Challenges are opportunities"

Federica Bordoni is an illustrator who lives in Trento, in the northeast part of Italy. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous U.S. publications, including The New York Times, Nautilus, and O. Bordoni creates her illustrations digitally; the result is work that is stylish, elegant, and colorful, with a bright palette and smart conceptual ideas. She recently started branching out into animation; the results are quite striking. Of her personal work, Bordoni says, "I like to focus and investigate emotions and feelings and I try to represent them in a visual metaphor."

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.