Beslan School Siege, 10 Years Later

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?”

See the feature on Time Lightbox.

(Photos by Diana Markosian)


Time Magazine Picks Instagrams that Defined 2014

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

Photo by Daniel Berehulak (@danielberehulak) | Boarding the bus, sent to greet us, on the tarmac at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia

Photo: Camilo José Vergara

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. 

See the story here

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.


For TIME Magazine’s latest issue which explores Pot smokers and the science of Pot, I travelled to DENVER, CO to photograph young-adult pot smokers. It was quite an experience, check out more images and some of my thoughts from the whole thing at http://time.com/3813790/marijuana-pot-colorado/


(show the unbearable)

i’ve been haunted by this image for the last few days. 

yesterday TIME Lightbox posted one photojournalist’s thoughts* on witnessing/ documenting/ a similar recent execution in Syria. 

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. 

to capture. 

to report. 

to remind…

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.

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Kharim Ahmad, 22, suffered shrapnel wounds on his face and the loss of a leg from fighting in Sangin. He was being treated at the emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan on March 25, 2015. 

More than 11,000 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded last year, according to a recent U.N. report. Reportage photographer Paula Bronstein, supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center, visited some of these victims at the country’s hospitals.

“I’m constantly amazed by their response to decades of war,” Paula tells TIME. “There’s a strength and resilience in these people beyond what I think we could imagine. It can’t get any easier, but they deal with it because it’s all they have known.”

See more of Paula’s work on TIME Lightbox.

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear,” a book compiling 15 years of Paula’s photography in the country, is available from UT Press in August.