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What We Learned This Week: This Print Sale Raises Funds for Afghanistan's Female Journalists

By David Schonauer   Friday September 24, 2021


This art will make a difference:

As we noted this week, the NWMI (Network of Women in Media, India) has launched a print sale, with all images donated by the Associated Press, to raise funds to help female journalists affected by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The money raised will aid with evacuations and resettlement and help the journalists to rebuild their lives and to tell their stories, noted The Guardian, which featured some of the work being offered. (At top: by Emilio Morenatti.)

“As the world watched with deep concern the rapid Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in early August, the potential adverse impact on hard-won freedoms, particularly for women’s rights, freedom of speech and press freedom, became alarmingly clear,” notes NWMI, which has organized the sale under the banner “Journalists for Afghanistan.” NWMI, a non-funded, non-partisan forum for women in the media, is partnering with the Media Safety & Solidarity Fund (MSSF) for this fundraiser.

“This collection brings together photographs by some of AP’s bravest and most talented visual journalists. The images are brief glimpses into daily life in Afghanistan over more than two decades,” notes NWMI. “At a time of unimaginable societal and political upheaval in Afghanistan, and even as its people face an uncertain and frightening future, these images challenge us to reflect on the power of resilience and courage in tumultuous times.”

Funds raised through the sale will go towards finding safe houses, evacuating journalists, and rebuilding small media start-ups or finding other ways to allow these professionals to continue telling their stories, noted PetaPixel.

Each 10x15-inch print costs $100, excluding shipping, The sale runs through Sept. 30. View the work being offered here and at Instagram.

Here are some of the other photo stories we spotlighted this week:
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1. See the AP Open 2021 Shortlist...and Vote For Your Favorites

A perfect dive. A dog in lavender. A Black madonna and child. A portrait of covid-19's agony. These, we noted, are the subjects of some of the images shortlisted in the American Photography Open 2021 competition. The judges have had their say, and now you can view all the shortlisted entries and vote for your favorites. It's easy to do: Just "Like" the images you admire. You can vote for as many as you'd like. And stay tuned, because we'll be back shortly to announce this year's 10 finalists.


2. Michelle V. Agins at Photoville

Michelle V. Agins, 68, is one of the longest-serving staff photographers at The New York Times, having started in 1989. She has spent much of her career documenting Black stories and offering readers a glimpse into Black American life in a way they had never been granted before. Her work is being honored this fall at the Photoville festival in New York. The retrospective, noted The Times, underscores the fact that she served as an emissary for the paper in a way that few Black journalists of previous generations could.


3. Gillian Laub Explores Family Political Dramas

Photographer Gillian Laub is best known for work whose framework is political: She has documented subjects living in areas affected by conflict, photographing Jews and Arabs in Israel and Palestine, and the Black and white inhabitants of a largely segregated community in Georgia. Her new book, Family Matters (published as a companion to a show at New York’s International Center of Photography) focuses on her own family. “I don’t think it’s a departure at all,” she told The New Yorker.


4. Haunting Photos Speak to Climate Change

Photographer Nick Brandt’s new book The Day May Break (Hatje Cantz, 2021) is timely, noted The Washington Post: It was published shortly after the United Nations issued a report on climate change, calling the findings “a code red for humanity.” In the book, Brandt tells stories of the people and animals most affected by the deteriorating conditions of our planet. The surreal portraits of people and animals made in Kenya and Zimbabwe suggest just how intertwined their struggle for survival is, added The Post.


5. College Football Photographers on Instagram

“From the moment the clock starts, to the end of the fourth quarter, football games are almost entirely unpredictable, and photographing them is no small task.” So noted BuzzFeed, which recently featured a number of college football photographers to follow on Instagram. Among them: Angela Wang  (University of Texas); Katie Chin (University of Southern California), above; Jack Mayo (Southern Methodist University); Shanna Lockwood  (Auburn); and Evan Luecke (Stephen F. Austin State University).

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