New York City, NY | December 4, 2014
Angered over a Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict a NYC police officer, protesters, including the family of #ericgarner March across the Brooklyn Bride.
Thousands of NYers turned out to protest in Foley Park across from One Police Plaza before splitting into several groups.

#photojournalism #documentary #reportage #NYC #SonyA7s #protest

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New York City, NY | September 2011

Tonight after 17 years, Jon Stewart will record his final show on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
I shot this a few years ago while #onassignment for @rollingstone and subsequently had the great opportunity to not only be a guest on the show - but I also got to hang with the awesomely friendly crew this year working on a private project for the show.


#photojournalism #documentary #reportage #portrait #nyc #newyorkcity #makeportraits #thedailyshow #dailyshow (at The Daily Show With John Stewart)

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Pursuing Crazy Dreams with Bangladeshi Documentary Photographer @ismailferdous

For more Ismail’s documentary reportage, follow @ismailferdous on Instagram.

Ismail Ferdous (@ismailferdous) is a 26-year-old photojournalist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. His work has taken him around the world, capturing vignettes of life from South East Asia to Latin America to the conflicted border of Turkey and Syria. At home in Bangladesh, he continues to work on a long-term project called “The Cost of Fashion” that began on April 24th, 2013, when a clothing factory collapsed in Dhaka, killing over 1,000 garment workers inside.

“I believe when people really pursue their passions and pursue what they believe in and what they love, and then genuine results will come out of that,” says Ismail. “For me, being a photographer is not just a job but it’s a passion. When I started photography my parents and other people used to tell me I should focus on my business career or that photography is not worthwhile. They said being a photographer is some crazy dream I would never attain. People can be discouraging, and some people listen to them, and they end up not pursuing their passion. But I knew inside that I was going to pursue photography.”

Ismail describes the first steps of his long journey, saying, “when I decided to become a photographer, I knew I wanted to be a documentary photographer. But it took a while to feel confident inside myself that I could do this job. Before I could convince other people I had to convince myself. Eventually I made the decision of what I wanted to do with my life. I started witnessing people’s stories not in an educational point of view, not from afar, but really what happens to people in the course of history. To me, that’s the utmost meaningful experience one can have—and so that’s exactly why I became a photographer.”

Drawing of The Flatiron building, New York. Quite a challenge to work out the composition on this one. How to portray the buildings distinctive shape against a background of 2D buildings? I think it worked out quite well and captures a sense of the atmosphere around the place. Drawn in Pencil

Victime d'Ebola

(CNN) – Here’s some background information about Ebola, a virus with a high fatality rate that was first identified in Africa in 1976.


Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by one of five different Ebola viruses. Four of the strains can cause severe illness in humans and animals. The fifth, Reston virus, has caused illness in some animals, but not in humans.

The first human outbreaks occurred in 1976, one in northern Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) in Central Africa: and the other, in southern Sudan (now South Sudan). The virus is named after the Ebola River, where the virus was first recognized in 1976, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ebola is extremely infectious but not extremely contagious. It is infectious, because an infinitesimally small amount can cause illness. Laboratory experiments on nonhuman primates suggest that even a single virus may be enough to trigger a fatal infection.

Instead, Ebola could be considered moderately contagious, because the virus is not transmitted through the air. The most contagious diseases, such as measles or influenza, virus particles are airborne.

Humans can be infected by other humans if they come in contact with body fluids from an infected person or contaminated objects from infected persons. Humans can also be exposed to the virus, for example, by butchering infected animals.

While the exact reservoir of Ebola viruses is still unknown, researchers believe the most likely natural hosts are fruit bats.

Symptoms of Ebola typically include: weakness, fever, aches, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Additional experiences include rash, red eyes, chest pain, throat soreness, difficulty breathing or swallowing and bleeding (including internal).

Typically, symptoms appear 8-10 days after exposure to the virus, but the incubation period can span two to 21 days.

Unprotected health care workers are susceptible to infection because of their close contact with patients during treatment.

Ebola is not transmissible if someone is asymptomatic or once someone has recovered from it. However, the virus has been found in semen for up to three months.

Deadly human Ebola outbreaks have been confirmed in the following countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Republic of the Congo (ROC), Guinea and Liberia.

According to the World Health Organization, “there is no specific treatment or vaccine,” and the fatality rate can be up to 90%. Patients are given supportive care, which includes providing fluids and electrolytes and food.

There are five subspecies of the Ebola virus: Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV), Bundibugyo ebolavirus (BDBV), Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), Taï Forest ebolavirus (TAFV) and Reston ebolavirus (RESTV)

Click here for the CDC’s list of known cases and outbreaks.

In late November of 2013 I met Scott Sutton, a homeless man living in the streets of NYC and panhandling in Union Square. It turns out he was a former photographer and darkroom manager at Archive Photos, who had fallen on hard times following the death of his wife. 

Over the last few months Marvi Lacar and I have been building up a relationship with Scott and been in contact with his long-lost family and former friends and colleagues. It has been a long process to help Scott prepare for a life out of the streets. Its been his reality for too long. Recently his family have successfully set up a legal guardianship program for Scott in New York. 

After posting an image of Scott and his story last year, I was amazed at the outpouring and offers of support from the photography community. His family, Marvi, and I now feel that all the preparations have been made to assure that Scott’s transition out of the streets will go as smoothly as possible. 

We asking our community to help one of our own. Please help by donating through this site and/or helping us spread Scott’s story -