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PPD Spotlight: Photog David Butow's Ferguson Zine

KICKSTARTER   Tuesday December 23, 2014

Redux photographer (and AP30 winner) David Butow has spent the past year working on projects ranging from Buddhism to Las Vegas. But recently he made two trips to Ferguson, MO, to document a city torn apart after the shooting death of Michael Brown. “The work goes beyond the violence to offer an intimate and emotional portrait of the community's reaction, from conflict to prayer,” he notes. Instead of trying to get the black-and-white images published in magazines, Butow decided to create a zine, which he is now Kickstarting. The 64-page publication will feature 34 original photographs as well as excerpts of official witness interviews.   Read the full Story >>

Books: The Path to Jan. 6, 2021

The Washington Post   Tuesday December 21, 2021

Photographer David Butow’s new book Brink (Punctum, 2021), which looks at American politics during the Trump era, will go down as an essential photographic record of a time of upheaval, notes The Washington Post. Butow moved to Washington, D.C.  to document what would turn out to be the beginning of a sea change in politics. “As revisionists seek to trivialize or downplay these events, it’s critical to maintain a record of just how close the presidency of Donald Trump brought U.S. democracy to the brink of dysfunction,” he writes.   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Lara Jo Regan on Photographers of Democracy

By Lara Jo Regan   Wednesday October 7, 2020

"Few contemporary American photographers have covered the endless living, breathing spectacle of democracy with more dedication and distinction than Mark Peterson and David Butow," notes the noted photographer Lara Jo Regan in a recent essay timed to coincide with the campaign season. Both Peterson and Butow, she writes, "separate themselves from the pack by curving their lenses around the corners of the carefully controlled …   Read the full Story >>

Photo Profile - David Butow: "I wanted to look at something more positive"

By David Schonauer   Tuesday January 27, 2015

Like an investor's portfolio of financial holdings, a photographer's portfolio of images needs to be rebalanced over time. Investors do this to keep their stocks and bonds in proper alignment. For a photographer, the balancing act can be an artistic and emotional effort as well as a strategic one. Photographer David Butow understood this implicitly when, in December of 2013, he bought himself a …   Read the full Story >>

Agenda: "Projections" Looks at Guns in America

Eventbrite   Monday June 13, 2022

This week, “Projections” is featuring imagery from seven photographers who have covered gun violence in America for more than 25 years—among them, David Butow, Cheriss May, Kathy Schorr, Carlos Oritz, Jon Lowenstein, Barbara Davidson and Zed Nelson. The Zoomable presentations are running each evening starting at 7:00 pm.    Read the full Story >>

David Butow on Maui Fires

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday August 17, 2023

David Butow, a long-time subscriber as well as the author of the AP30 cover image, is currently covering the fires in Hawaii. In his  post to IG yesterday, he tells why information has been so slow to emerge from the disaster. David’s coverage for this week's TIME, which focused on the work of being a journalist on the ground, includes the cover …   Read the full Story >>

Agenda: American Photography 30 Annual, Now On Sale

AI-AP   Friday September 26, 2014

The much-anticipated American Photography 30 and the American Illustration 33 annuals are now available for pre-order at the AI-AP website. The AP 30 volume, designed by creative consultant Robert Newman, features a classic cloth hardcover. There is also a dust jacket featuring images taken in South Africa by one of the winners of this year’s American Photography competition, David Butow. The book will be formally unveiled at the AI-AP Big Talk seminar on November 5 in Manhattan.   Read the full Story >>

Mourning Nelson Mandela

By David Butow   Tuesday December 17, 2013

December 16, Mthatha, South Africa The dramatic clouds from the Eastern Cape rolled through the hills this evening, bringing rain to the sparsely-populated village of Qunu, the boyhood home of Nelson Mandela and the place where his body was buried yesterday. Just a day after the service, when thousands arrived in buses, fighter jets flew, and hundreds of journalists filed stories from satellite trucks …   Read the full Story >>

Agenda: American Photography 30 Annual, Now On Sale

AI-AP   Friday October 3, 2014

As we noted previously, the American Photography 30 and the American Illustration 33 annuals are now available for pre-order at the AI-AP website. The 30th-anniversary edition of American Photography pays homage to earlier books from the series with an elegant, straightforward design by creative consultant Robert Newman and a classic cloth hardcover. There is a double-sided dust jacket featuring photographs taken in South Africa during ceremonies following the death of Nelson Mandela by one of the winners of this year’s American Photography competition, David Butow. The book will be formally unveiled at the AI-AP Big Talk seminar on November 5 in Manhattan. We hope to see you there, by the way!   Read the full Story >>


By David Butow   Thursday January 8, 2015

Selma. Little Rock. Fruitvale Station. The crossroads of Florence & Normandie. These are well known as points on a map and as points of collision where events still carry both cultural and historic resonance.  And now Ferguson, Missouri, a tiny suburb of St. Louis, is such a place. It is a modern Rorschach test in America's social fabric. What happened there in 2014 depends on how you …   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: Finalists for Sony World Pro Competition

World Photography Organization   Thursday February 13, 2020

The World Photography Organization has announced the finalists in the Professional division of the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards competition. The shortlist includes work in the division’s seven categories, Architecture, Creative, Discovery, Documentary, Environment, Landscape, Natural World & Wildlife, Portraiture, Sport and Still Life. Among the finalists in the documentary category: David Butow’s series “Battleground Hong Kong” and Nicholas Moir’s series “The Burning,” which focuses on Australia’s bushfires.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: The American Photography 36 Book Is Here, After a Censorship Saga

By David Schonauer   Monday April 12, 2021

Here's some good news: If you have ordered copies of the eagerly anticipated American Photography 36 or American Illustration 39 annuals, the books will soon be on their way to you. After a printing process that turned into a saga of international intrigue (sort of), the books have arrived in New York and orders are being fulfilled, thanks to clever improvisation by Mark Heflin, …   Read the full Story >>

Letter from Beijing

By    Monday July 28, 2008

With less than two weeks to go before the start of the Olympic Games, there's definitely something in the air. You can see it, hear it and feel it. First there's the infamous Beijing smog. According to a page-one story in the state-run China Daily, it has been at unhealthy levels for four days running despite the recent reduction of construction and factory output. …   Read the full Story >>

American Photography 36 Preview

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday November 12, 2020

In any other year hundreds of photographers, artists, creative directors, art buyers, and editors would have gathered in New York City for what has become a popular industry event, casually known as The Party. This year, for obvious reasons, the Angel Orensantz Center will not be hosting this event; its walls will not be papered with nearly 200 spreads representing the 348 selected images …   Read the full Story >>

Doan Cong Tinh at Visa Pour L'Image

By David Butow   Monday September 8, 2014

Former North Vietnamese Army Lieutenant and photographer, Doan Cong Tinh, 72, grins widely as he describes using his boots as ad hoc developing tanks while processing film in tunnels dug by fellow troops during the war. Speaking through a translator in Vietnamese, he further explains that “the officer’s boots were called ‘Buffalo Boots’, were leather and Russian-made, and thus superior to the Chinese …   Read the full Story >>

David Butow: From Ukraine

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday March 31, 2022

Photographer David Butow, a longtime subscriber and contributor to DART, arrived in Ukraine the second week of March to cover the effects of war on ordinary people who were caught in the indiscriminate shelling of cities like Lviv and Chernevo. He covered the growing humanitarian crisis amid the escalating attacks, with people seeking shelter in makeshift camps in Poland, Moldova and Romania. David …   Read the full Story >>

Mountains of the Mind

By Peggy Roalf   Monday February 11, 2013

Thanks to everyone who sent in a Mountain story. Here's one from DART subscriber David Butow, of Oakland, CA. In the fall of 1986, I was 21 years-old with a semester to go before graduating from the University of Texas. My mentor, Ed Hille, invited me along for a six-week shooting trip through Asia, basing ourselves in Kathmandu for 10 days. It was the biggest, most exotic trip …   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: More 'FromTheForty'--American Photography Covers from 2005 to 2014

By David Schonauer   Tuesday January 30, 2024

The American Photography 40 competition is now accepting entries. And, as we've been noting for the part couple of weeks, the competition is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special feature called #FromTheForty--a look back at AP book covers from across the decades. We recently spotlighted the first collection of covers, from AP 1 in 1985 to AP 10 in 1994, and AP covers …   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Sony World Photo Awards Accused of Censoring Hong Kong Images

Hong Kong Free Press   Friday February 21, 2020

Images relating to the Hong Kong protests have been taken down from the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards website because of their “sensitive nature,” declares the Hong Kong Free Press. While the finalists are still in the running for a prize, the move has raised concerns over possible censorship. Among the work reportedly affected: Photographer Ko Chung Ming’s 10-image series “Wounds of Hong Kong,” which features people and the scars and wounds they earned at the protests.  Ko’s gallery now features only four images, notes DIY Photography. See also: DP Review. Ko tells HKFP that two other shortlisted series, David Butow's “Battleground Hong Kong” and Adam Ferguson’s “Hong Kong Protesters,” were also affected.    Read the full Story >>

Japan's Triple Disaster

By David Butow   Thursday April 7, 2011

As I sit down to write this in Tokyo, at this moment, 11:37 at night on April 7, there is the most significant aftershock of the dozens I've felt in the two weeks since I've been here. This one lasted close to a minute. The main national TV channel NHK immediately shows a tsunami warning with a map of Japan and a red area …   Read the full Story >>

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