On Sept. 1, 2004, 1,200 students were taken hostage during a back-to-school event in Beslan, North Ossetia, a Russian republic. Two days later, about 330 hostages were dead, more than half of them children. Reportage photographer Diana Markosian visited Beslan in advance of the anniversary and her resulting photographs - of survivors, the school and the graves of the dead - were published in Time Lightbox over the weekend, accompanied by an essay by Katya Cengel.
“Beslan is considered one of the conflict’s greatest travesties against the innocent,” writes Cengel. “But a decade later the world has moved on. Residents of this little North Caucasus town have not, partly because important questions remain unanswered: How many terrorists escaped? What caused the explosion that lead to the storming of the school?”
From Ukraine to the US-Mexico border, Time Magazine and Instagram looked for images that tell stories of the year’s major events. We’re pleased to see they included images from Reportage photographers Daniel Berehulak and Charles Ommanney, and Getty Images News photographer Brendan Hoffman. See the full gallery on Time Lightbox.
Captions, from top:
Photo by Charles Ommanney (@charlesommanney) | McAllen, Texas. A group of women and two unaccompanied children are detained on a levee. Exhausted and hungry the group appeared relieved to be found. It turned out they had travelled from Guatemala and Honduras together.
Photo by Brendan Hoffman (@hoffmanbrendan) | One of a group of local coal miners searches a field of sunflowers near #Grabovo #ukraine for #mh17 airplane debris and human remains. #україни
The conditions inside the prison in Mzuzu, Malawi’s
third-largest city, are tough. Built in the 1960s to accommodate 50
prisoners, it now holds 450, including 60 teenagers. “It’s so
overcrowded that they have to sleep sitting up,” says Noor photographer
Kadir van Lohuizen.
For more than four decades, Camilo José Vergara has photographed the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America. Both a sociologist and a photographer, Vergara is probably best known for his photos of urban blight in 1970s New York. But for over twenty five years he has also pointed his lens at Detroit, to document not just the city’s decline but the quiet resilience of its people and its urban landscape.
Last September marked the 10th anniversary of the Beslan school siege, which was the subject of a photoessay by Reportage photographer Diana Markosian. Time Lightbox has highlighted this work in its look at trends in contemporary photojournalism.
“Whether through digital channels, print or on exhibit, the impact, influence and reach of the still image has never been greater,” writes Phil Bicker, a photo editor at Time. “But with so many images fighting for our attention, how do photographers make work that most effectively stands out and connects with an audience?”
In this project, Diana tried to answer that question with a poignant mix of reportage, portrait, still life archival images and drawings by victims of the massacre. The result is a multifaceted examination of the legacy of the attack and the trauma inflicted on both the individual students and the community at large.
Visit Time Lightbox to see more examples of inventive photoessays from 2014.
TIME’s Top 10 Photos of 2015. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Each photograph, carefully culled from thousands and presented here unranked, reflects a unique and powerful point of view that represents the best of photojournalism this year.
2015 gave us the ever picture of Pluto, made by @NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. The high-resolution color image was taken more than nine years after the two cameras that shot it left Earth in the fastest spacecraft ever launched into space. “This is really the completion of a 50-year quest to explore all of the planets in our solar system,” says photographer Alan Stern (@alanstern). “NASA began under President Kennedy and finished under President Obama. I believe that 100 years from now, this image will be an icon from the year 2015.”
Read more from each #photographer at time.lightbox.com. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#topten #bestof2015 #pluto #space http://ift.tt/1O7fKGW
Time LightBox showcases moving photos, by Reportage photographer Brent Stirton, of blind sisters having their sight restored:
Anita and Sonia Singh were born into darkness. Like millions of people around the world, the two girls came into the world with congenital cataracts, robbing them of all but the faintest awareness of light and dark. In a congenital cataract, the lens of the eye is clouded from the moment of birth, leaving the pupil a milky white or gray. A person with the condition—if left untreated—will be blind for life.
Brent is a senior staff photographer for Reportage by Getty Images, based in Los Angeles, Calif. Brent’s work has been published by National Geographic Magazine, TIME, GEO and many other respected international titles, and he has been a long-time photographer for Human Rights Watch and The World Wide Fund for Nature. He has been honored several times by World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, among other major photography awards. He remains committed to issues relating to global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.
the photographer ends her/his description of the events with the following statement:
“As a human being I would never have wished to see what I saw. But as a journalist I have a camera and a responsibility. I have a responsibility to share what I saw that day. That’s why I am making this statement and that’s why I took the photographs.”
to bear witness.
or. as beautifully described by André Liohn on Facebook this evening:
“The moments when the tradition of war photography proves to be the only possible link between this world and the real hell of human darkness we so much fear, but must not ignore.”
*it’s unclear weather this is the same photographer as the above image from Paris Match.
Jan. 20, 2013. People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez—Getty Images)