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Deu no NY Times…

American Woman Gang-Raped and Beaten on Brazilian Transit Van
RIO DE JANEIRO — An American woman was raped by three men aboard a public van in a six-hour abduction over the weekend that began in the seaside district of Copacabana, the police said.
The attackers pummeled the woman’s face and tied up her male companion, a French citizen, then beat him with a metal bar as he witnessed the harrowing assault. The couple were forced to use bank cards to withdraw money from their accounts before the assailants finally freed them at a bus station on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

La policía de Brasil arresta a los responsables de una violación a una turista extranjera en un microbús de Río de Janeiro
La policía brasileña arrestó este lunes al tercer acusado de participar en la violación y otras agresiones a una turista extranjera y a su novio el pasado sábado en un microbús en Río de Janeiro, informaron fuentes oficiales.
El vigilante Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos, de 21 años, conocido como ‘Baby’, fue detenido en una vivienda de Itaboraí, municipio de la región metropolitana de Río de Janeiro, y camino a la comisaría confesó los delitos contra la pareja, según las autoridades.
En la madrugada del domingo habían sido detenidos en la vecina ciudad de Sao Gonzalo Jonathan Foudakis de Souza, de 20 años, y Wallace Aparecido Souza Silva, de 22, también implicados en las agresiones.

Ataque a turistas em van mancha imagem do país
O estupro de uma turista americana dentro de uma van, no Rio de Janeiro, durante o feriado da Páscoa, não  chocou apenas os moradores da cidade. A repercussão mundial do crime deixou a imagem do Rio manchada, principalmente com a proximidade de grandes eventos internacionais. A análise é de membros da sociedade civil e da própria indústria hoteleira da cidade, ainda muito assustados com o crime.


O outro “Blue Hole”

© Claudio Versiani


Oh, senhora liberdade…

© Claudio Versiani


Um pássaro daqui, oh…

© Claudio Versiani


Pássaros aqui e acolá

Fotos © Claudio Versiani


Voar é com os pássaros…

© Claudio Versiani


Feriadão em Dangriga

© Claudio Versiani


Sexta feira santa em Belmopan

© Claudio Versiani


Para ver o mundo mundial antes que acabe

Los lugares más espectaculares del mundo
Territorios inhóspitos, paisajes cargados de cultura, lugares sagrados, proezas de hace milenios. En definitiva, paraísos. Aquí os presentamos treinta destinos con una cualidad en común, la de apasionarnos. Porque con sus mil y una interpretaciones de la belleza nos muestran la inmensa variedad de un planeta cada vez más pequeño y el ambivalente poder de una humanidad que se esfuerza, desde siempre, por modelarlo.
Son lugares que van desde las creaciones realizas por el hombre en Oriente, el Mediterráneo o la América precolombina pero también son lugares naturales con una belleza espectacular tales como bahías, grandes picos o increíbles formaciones marinas.

En la Amazonia es más fácil ver el bosque que los árboles. Sus cifras son superlativas: un área selvática que supera con mucho la superficie de toda la Unión Europea, un río que vierte al Atlántico un caudal de agua que dobla el de los primeros ocho ríos del mundo juntos y una biodiversidad que alcanza un tercio de las especies conocidas en el planeta, a falta de miles por catalogar. Ostenta también uno de los más infaustos récords mundiales en cuanto a degradación medioambiental: desde 1970 se ha deforestado una superficie equivalente a la de Australia, sólo en la Amazonia brasileña. Sin embargo, Brasil, con el 60 por ciento del territorio amazónico, ha sido también un país pionero en su protección y en la explotación turística sostenible. Lugares como la Reserva Mamirauá, la mayor zona de selva inundable del país, son referentes del ecoturismo en la región. Otros, como la Floresta Nacional de Tapajós, famosa por sus árboles gigantescos, apuestan por la participación comunitaria en los beneficios del turismo. Los nativos son los que más han sufrido la presión destructora del desarrollo. Algunos grupos han decidido continuar su aislamiento en los confines de la selva (Brasil tiene el mayor número de pueblos no contactados, casi 70 tribus de las que se tiene constancia).

En 1912 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle escribió su “Mundo Perdido” en el que decía “del lado de la meseta en que nos encontrábamos, las laderas de bosque con claros ocasionales se prolongaban por cinco o seis millas hacia un lago central. A mis pies podía ver el claro de los iguanodontes, y más allá estaba… el pantano de los pterodáctilos… Podía ver varios agujeros negros… deduje que eran las bocas de las cuevas”. Fue en la Montaña Roraima en la que se inspiró el escritor inglés para escribir esto. Y es que esta montaña de 2.810 metros de altura en el Parque Nacional Canaima (Venezuela), es uno de los reductos del pasado más activos del mundo. En su cima de 31 kilómetros cuadrados se encuentran algunas especies de flora y fauna endémicas más propias del período Jurásico que de la actualidad tales como la mariposa negra del Roraima o una especie de rana cuyo color es negro y no salta sino que camina. Esto se debe a su aislamiento, a su altura y sus particulares condiciones geológicas. Llegar hasta la cima es una tarea apta para los más aventureros amantes del trekking.

© Robert Harding/World Imagery/Corbis


El escalofriante cambio climático por James Balog

El cambio climático en un escalofriante vídeo

El prestigioso fotógrafo norteamericano James Balog creía que el cambio climático era una patraña inventada por los ecologistas.
En el año 2006, la revista National Geographic le encargó fotografiar algunos glaciares alrededor del mundo. Preparando ese reportaje, Balog quedó impresionado por la velocidad a la que los glaciares estaban desapareciendo:
“Estructuras que habían tardado siglos en formarse, se desvanecían frente a mis ojos en pocos días”.

Extreme Ice Survey:2005 to present

Since 2007, James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) has worked to tell the story of a planet in flux. With innovative methodology combining time-lapse imagery and cutting-edge science, EIS is recording and sharing the world’s most extensive ground-based photographic glacier study. Nearly a million photographs reveal the extraordinary ongoing retreat of glaciers and ice sheets, helping people to understand the reality of climate change and providing visual evidence vital to scientists studying glacier dynamics. EIS has installed 27 time-lapse cameras at remote sites in Greenland, Iceland, Nepal, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains and conducts episodic repeat photography in Iceland, Canada, the French and Swiss Alps, and Bolivia; and has been the subject of a PBS documentary, a feature-length documentary, a National Geographic book, and numerous magazine and newspaper features.

Fotos © James Balog

www.chasingice.com


Vida e morte dos percebeiros da Galícia

Via Julio Appel

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Así viven (y mueren) los percebeiros gallegos
La parroquia de Viladesuso, una aldea del sur pontevedrés, se llenó el viernes durante el funeral de Mercedes Veiga, la percebeira que se ahogó el miércoles mientras faenaba. Decenas de paraguas ennegrecían la fachada de la iglesia: gente que no había podido entrar. También había bastantes periodistas. Los periódicos gallegos siempre prestan una atención ritual a las muertes en el mar. La muerte en el mar no es un accidente laboral más. Eso lo saben todos los pueblos pescadores. El océano, para ellos, es un modo de vida y, al mismo tiempo, un inmenso panteón.

La zona en la que se ahogó Mercedes Veiga, de 58 años, es conocida como As Orelludas (Las Orejudas) por el relieve que hacen las rocas en el mapa. Ese día no había mar brava. Las olas alcanzaban un máximo de dos metros. En los días malos, como ayer, pueden superar los siete metros. “Hoy el mar aquí está increíble. Tenías que verlo”, le dice al periodista por teléfono el percebeiro Xabi Garrido, amigo de Veiga.

Mercedes tenía 58 años. Quizá una edad excesiva para realizar un trabajo que requiere enorme fuerza física y agilidad. Los percebeiros pescan en la roca, sometidos a los constantes golpes de las olas. “Es una locura que nos hagan trabajar hasta los 65 años”, denuncia Xabi. “A los de marina mercante los jubilan a los 55. Aquí hay compañeras que siguen en el mar con 63 años. No es justo eso”.


Por onde anda Obama

Sin Retoques

El público toma fotografías con sus móviles del presidente de EEUU, Barak Obama, durante una recepción en la Casa Blanca con motivo del Mes de la Historia de la Mujer.


Um pouco mais de fotojornalismo e ética

www.samuelaranda.net

© Samuel Aranda

The blindness of photojournalism made crystal clear
What is f*ed up about photojournalism? What is rotten in photojournalism?
Yesterday, I saw Crystal Castles’ t-shirt / album sleeve campaign and I reckon it pretty much sums the rot up:

I’m flabbergasted by this. I apologise in advance if I am not wonderfully coherent.
Can you imagine if you saw a picture of yourself cradling your child whilst he/she is in pain on a band’s t-shirt; on an album sleeve?


Samuel Arunda’s Response:
First of all, I don´t understand that you publish an article about me, without contacting me in advance to ask for my answer. Is not really ethical in journalism, in case that you are a journalist. The language that you used is pure sensationalism. The answer to this “polemic” that you are trying to create is easy, I still in contact with the woman and her son, and they were agree on this. Also it was a personal interest from the music group to put the focus on this persons that during the last two years are fighting for their rights. So, I don´t see the problem anywhere, everybody was agree, and this photo published in the front of the album will arrive to many youth that will know about Yemen and the suffering of the civilians in this country.

In Defence of This Year’s World Press Photo: An Image that is Complex and Conflicting.
Already the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 is causing controversy. Critics are upset with the use of the Pietà. Not only are they saying, “Not again”, they are also noting that Christian imagery is being forced upon Arabic & Isalmic content. And so they should.
But I think there’s more to it than that. Of course, the Pietà is there, of course it causes problems, but what about the other narratives and styles the photograph contains? There is something more unusual about the image. It has a different sensibility to the Renaissance style that people are claiming it to have.


Of course I am not talking here of the politics of Photography Competitions, or what qualifies an images as ‘better’ than all the other images. I would merely like to say that this image has relevance and power, and that although on the first level it could be said to fall into stereotypes and willed Western prejudices, I think there are more subtle levels upon which to view this image. To see the other side of the argument, you can read this excellent piece . It’s worth considering all sides, and I am still intrigued to learn and think more.

Uses of the Pietà ~ Criticisms of World Press Photo Award

Fotojornalismo e ética


Fotografia, jornalismo e ética

Via Jorge Diehl

Prêmio do World Press Photo sob suspeita
O World Press Photo está diante de uma situação embaraçosa. A edição 2013 desse respeitável concurso fotojornalístico, cujo resultado foi divulgado há algumas semanas, premiou um trabalho que, tudo indica, apresenta elementos de farsa. E de plágio. A situação é ainda mais delicada porque o autor é ninguém menos que Paolo Pellegrin, fotógrafo italiano da Magnum.
Pellegrin ficou em segundo lugar no WPP com o ensaio The Crescent, Rochester 2012. O mesmo trabalho conquistou o segundo lugar em outro importante certame, o Pictures of the Year, que conferiu a ele ainda o prêmio de Freelancer Photographer of the Year.
The Crescent é um local barra-pesada da cidade de Rochester, que foi sede da outrora poderosa Kodak. O fotojornalista retratou alguns personagens desse submundo. Um deles está no centro da controvérsia.
O homem que aparece armado na foto desta matéria foi apresentado no ensaio como sendo um ex-atirador de elite do exército norte-americano que vive hoje naquela região. Soube-se depois que o homem, cujo nome é Shane Keller, esteve mesmo no exército, mas não como atirador de elite. E que a foto foi tirada em sua casa, numa região bem distante – e infinitamente mais segura – do foco da reportagem.

© Paolo Pellegrin

When Reality Isn’t Dramatic Enough: Misrepresentation in a World Press and Picture of the Year Winning Photo
What happens when a World Press Photo and Picture of the Year International award-winning photograph doesn’t show what it purports to show? Not through a mistake of interpretation or subjective opinion, but when the facts show the photo wasn’t taken where it was claimed to be taken and when the subject of the photo isn’t who the photographer says he is. What happens when a city is represented through photographs bearing photographer-written descriptions almost wholly plagiarized from a 10 year old New York Times article?  Does it make it worse when the photos and the series in question, “The Crescent, Rochester USA 2012”, have won multiple awards and the photographer is Magnum’s Paolo Pellegrin?
First, a bit of background. Last April, eleven Magnum agency photographers set up camp in Rochester to archive an American city. It was the outgrowth of a project by a smaller group the previous year that documented a road trip in the western United States.

is it lying?


Take a moment and really look at that picture. The caption is exactly as it is presented with the photo on the website.
Form your own interpretation before reading on.

The man pictured is Brett Carlsen, the RIT student who was assisting Mr. Pellegrin on the story and the person who put Mr. Pellegrin in touch with Shane. The way this image came about was mentioned by Mr. Keller in the original BagNews story about the issue at hand. Not only does the caption misspell Brett’s name but it identifies the gun as his when it is actually Mr. Keller’s pistol and Mr. Pellegrin had asked Mr. Carlsen to pose for the photo.
Does this change your interpretation of the image? Does it significantly change it?


The question I want you to ask yourself during and after this situation is this:
Is purposefully omitting information in order to guide the viewer into coming to a more dramatic conclusion the same as lying?

POYi Conclusion

Statement from Paolo Pellegrin
I’m sorry that Michael Shaw, Loret Steinberg and Shane Keller don’t like my pictures from Rochester. It’s not uncommon for people living in a community to disagree with an outsider’s take. We all know that. They find my work “heavy handed.” I found many of the things I witnessed in Rochester shocking. Part of a documentary photographer’s job is sometimes revealing things that local elites would rather not have discussed quite so openly. In my experience, it was particularly true in Rochester that certain portions of the population were disinclined to have an open conversation about race, poverty and crime.

Statement from Michael Shaw
While we welcome any ongoing discussion of blogging vs. journalism ethics in general, in the context of the ethical issues regarding Paolo Pellegrin’s photos, we can’t help but feel – and I say this with all due respect – that the focus on contacting the photographer prior to publication is missing the larger point. And, as Mr. Pellegrin has responded in interviews with the NPAA, The New York Times, and PDN, this line of inquiry seems less relevant.

2013 – the year we lost sight of what photography can achieve

This year’s announcement of the winners of two major competitions for photojournalists, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International, created more than the usual fire storm. Raking through the ashes, Graham Harrison looks for a way forward, and reveals how one major grants programme for photojournalists had no restrictions on image manipulation at all.

Late on the night of 14 February the Swedish photojournalist Paul Hansen received a phone call from the offices of World Press Photo in Amsterdam to be told that his photograph of a funeral of two boys and their father, killed in an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City, had won World Press Photo of the Year. After giving a whoop of joy Hansen summed up the predicament of the award-winning photojournalist with the words, “It was a horrible day, it seems so strange to be happy.”
News of Hansen’s success, in what is widely considered the most prestigious award in photojournalism, triggered comments across the internet on the amount of post production used in an image that was quickly labeled ‘cinematic.’
Defending the selection, World Press Photo jury member Véronique de Viguerie said the winning photograph met WPP criteria. “There’s no question that a raw image file has to be altered in order to produce a publishable image,” said de Viguerie. “The question is, to what extent.”


O perigo de nascer na Tunísia

Seios nus na internet — e a jovem da Tunísia é condenada à morte por clérigo muçulmano. A família resolveu interná-la num hospício
Ela se chama Amina, tem 19 anos de idade, nasceu e vive na Tunísia, país que, teoricamente, tornou-se uma democracia após a chamada “Primavera Árabe” que derrubou a ditadura do eterno presidente Zine el-Abidine Ben AliAmina, em janeiro de 2011.
Mas Amina cometeu um pecado mortal em uma sociedade islâmica — e por essa razão foi condenada à morte por um sacerdote islâmico, enquanto a família tomou suas providências: rapidamente internou-a em uma instituição psiquiátrica em Túnis, capital do país.

A reação na Tunísia veio pela boca espumando de ódio do pregador muçulmano salafista Almi Adel, segundo o qual a jovem deveria ser “apedrejada até a morte”, uma vez que sua ação poderia causar “epidemias e desastres” e “poderia ser contagiosa e sugerir ideias a outras mulheres”. Ocorre que Almi Adel acumula as funções de clérigo islâmico com a direção de uma Comissão para a Promoção da Virtude e a Prevenção do Vício na Tunísia — órgão oficial com título semelhante aos existentes nos regimes totalitários do Irã e da Arábia Saudida.

Topless Tunisian Femen Protester ‘Amina’ Threatened With Death By Stoning
Campaigners including Richard Dawkins have called for a day of action to support a young Tunisian woman who appeared to post pictures of herself topless as part of a feminist movement in the country, and was subsequently threatened with death by stoning.
The 19-year-old activist, identified only as Amina, posted on the Femen-Tunisian Facebook page a topless picture of herself with the words “F**k your morals” written across her chest.

No Irã, o mundo não é das desnudas

Aliaa Magda Almahdy e uma eleição no Egito


O que pode e o que não pode na Arábia Saudita

Una foto de una chica de Arabia Saudí sin velo y con el pelo corto causa una gran polémica
Dana Bakdounis, una joven de 21 años de Arabia Saudí, colgó recientemente una foto en Facebook donde aparecía sin el velo y con el pelo corto. Este gesto desató una gran polémica en el mundo árabe, donde la gran mayoría de mujeres llevan la cabeza cubierta.

“EL ALZAMIENTO DE LAS MUJERES EN EL MUNDO ÁRABE”

Bakdounis decidió el pasado mes de agosto que ya no quería llevar más el velo, así que se lo quitó y lo hizo público en la red social. La joven árabe es seguidora de un grupo en Facebook, “The uprising of women in the Arab world”, donde se debate sobre los derechos de las mujeres en los países musulmanes y allí fue donde colgó la imagen. La página cuenta con más de 80.000 seguidores, los cuales hicieron posible el éxito de la foto de Dana.


Deu no Huffington Post

John Brennan Confirmation Battle Stirs Drone Strike Controversy

The Huffington Post’s Brutal Front Page Rips The Obama Administration’s Drone Policy


Iraq In Focus

Iraq War’s 10th Anniversary: After the War
In the eight years between invasion and withdrawal, more than 110,000 people suffered violent deaths as direct result of the Iraq conflict. Some estimates put that number at over a million. Hundreds of thousands of civilians and former combatants also suffered injury during the war, both physical and psychological. When the coalition finally withdrew in 2011, no significant weapons of mass destruction had been located, but Saddam Hussein’s regime had been replaced by elected representatives. A mostly Sunni-led insurgency flared up, challenging the new government and security forces. Trillions of dollars were spent and millions of lives were affected, but the Iraqis are still struggling to find their post-war footing as near-constant violence hampers any efforts to move beyond poverty and pain. Ten years later, we look back in a three-part series. Today’s entry focuses on the period from 2011 to present-day.
This post is part 3 of 3, be sure to see part 1, and part 2.

Part 1

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq, on March 29, 2003. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi family after local soldiers appeared to force civilians towards positions held by U.S. Marines.
© Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Part 2

A woman grieves as she takes her dead six-year-old son into her arms. The boy, Dhiya Thamer, was killed when their family car came under fire by unknown gunmen in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, on September 16, 2007. The boy’s ten-year old brother, Qusay, was injured in the attack as the family returned from enrolling the children in school, where Dhiya was to begin his first year.
© Adem Hadei/AP

Part 3

A woman and her child react as Iraqi soldiers raid her house in Arab Jabour, south of Baghdad, on July 20, 2012. Iraqi security forces raided some villages in Arab Jabour and detained 54 men suspected members of al-Qaida.
© Alaa al-Marjani/AP

A trágica morte de Joseph Dwyer


Que história conta uma fotografia

5 fotografías de la guerra en Irak y sus 5 historias

Ayer se cumplieron 10 años del comienzo de la invasión de Irak. No podemos olvidar el sufrimiento humano creado por quienes decían actuar en nuestro nombre.

1) Samar Hassan rodeada por los soldados que acaban de asesinar a sus padres y su hermano (Fotografía de Chris Hondros para Getty Images)

Es el 18 de enero de 2005. Samar Hassan, una niña de 5 años, llora cubierta en la sangre de sus padres y su hermano. El coche en el que viajaba junto a su familia acaba de ser tiroteado por soldados estadounidenses en un checkpoint cercano a Tal Afar, en el norte de Irak.
Seis años después de esta imagen, The New York Times consiguió localizar a Samar en Mosul. Vive en casa de sus tíos y se pasa los días sola en su habitación escuchando música. Abandonó el colegio por el severo trauma emocional que todavía sufre.

Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later


Time Magazine. A guerra do Iraque em 55 imagens

A Decade of War in Iraq: The Images That Moved Them Most
In the five years Baghdad was my home, I got to work (or just hang out) with some of the finest news photographers in the world: Yuri Kozyrev, Franco Pagetti, Kate Brooks, James Nachtwey, Robert Nicklesberg, Lynsey Addario, the late Chris Hondros… the list is as long as it is distinguished. Their immense talent and incredible bravery combined to make the Iraq war arguably the most exhaustively photographed conflict in human history. This selection doesn’t begin to capture the immensity of their collective achievement, but it is evocative of the horrors — and just occasionally, hope — they were able to chronicle.

© Jean-Marc Bouju/AP

© Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

© Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times

© Ashley Gilbertson/VII

© Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Da série…Quando a imagem choca ou desagrada

Luis Sinco e o Marlboro Marine, a face da guerra

Ashley Gilbertson

Very Big Pictures….

E Leia na Time

The following is an excerpt written by Chris Hondros about his photograph. The writing was pulled from his laptop recovered after he was killed on assignment in Libya.

At six in Tal Afar, it isn’t yet quite dark. A gloom hung over the roads and alleys with just a little dark blue light from the sky. No one was out. As we made our way up a broad boulevard, in the distance I could see a car making its way toward us. With all the relentless car bombings in Iraq, groups of soldiers are understandably nervous about any cars that approach them, and they do not allow private cars to breech the perimeter of their foot patrols, particularly at night. 

”We have a car coming,” someone called out, as we entered an intersection. We could see the car about a 100 meters down but I doubt if it could see us—it would be hard to see this group of darkly camouflaged men in the gloom. That already gave me a bad feeling about what might conspire, so I moved over to the side of the road, out of anyone’s line of fire. The car continued coming; I couldn’t see it anymore from my perch but could hear its engine now, a high whine that sounded more like acceleration than slowing down. It was maybe 50 yards away now.
“Stop that car!” someone shouted out, seemingly simultaneously with someone firing what sounded like warning shots—a staccato measured burst. The car continued coming. And then perhaps less than a second later a cacophony of fire, shots rattling off in a chaotic overlapping din. The car entered the intersection on its momentum and still shots were penetrating it and slicing it. Finally the shooting stopped, the car drifted listlessly, clearly no longer being steered, and came to a rest on a curb. I stared at it in shocked silence. Soldiers began to approach it warily. The sound of children crying came from the car, and my worst fears were instantly realized. I walked up to the car and a teenaged girl with her head covered emerged from the back, wailing and gesturing wildly. After her came a boy, tumbling onto the ground from the seat, already leaving a pool of blood.


O mercado de Belmopan

© Claudio Versiani


Good Morning, Belmopan

Fotos © Claudio Versiani


Celebrando “Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon”

Fãs do Pink Floyd escurecem a lua nos 40 anos de ‘Dark Side of the Moon’
O seminal e viajante álbum “The dark side of the moon”, do Pink Floyd, completa 40 anos no domingo e a banda desenvolveu em seu site uma ferramenta interativa para que os fãs escureçam uma lua criada especialmente para o evento.
A partir da 0h01 de domingo (hora britânica; 21h01 em Brasília), os fãs estão convidados a ouvir o álbum clássico no site PinkFloyd.com e, então, tuitar suas lembranças, fotos e outros pensamentos e comentários usando #DarkSide40. Coletivamente, esses tuítes vão escurecer um lado da lua no site.

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Turn The Moon Dark on 24th March
Pink Floyd would like to invite you to take part in a global playback event, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal album, The Dark Side Of The Moon.

The Dark Side of the Moon
The suite was developed during live performances and was premiered several months before studio recording began. The new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loopsAnalogue synthesisers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band’s road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was directly responsible for some of the most notable sonic aspects of the album as well as the recruitment of non-lexical performerClare Torry. The album’s iconic sleeve features a prism that represents the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrical themes, and keyboardistRichard Wright‘s request for a “simple and bold” design.

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Será o Benedito?

Artista cria imagem de Bento XVI usando 17 mil camisinhas

Ao contrário do seu antecessor, Bento XVI não era exatamente um Papa pop.
Mas bastou renunciar para que ele recebesse uma “homenagem” em forma de pop art.

Eggs Benedict

To begin this I should start with a confession:
I believe in sex.  It is an integral part of being human.  Healthy sex makes for strong communities and happy people.  Love in all of its colors, partners and kinky curiosities is to be enjoyed by those who are in it.  Understanding the self and expressing personal identity are interwoven in our sexual experiences.  As it is our bodies that create each successive generation, healthy sexual choices are at the root of creating a healthy nation.


Wait, did the Pope just say that prophylactics will increase the AIDS epidemic in Africa and offer self-denial as the remedy?
Why yes, he did.
A few days later the Lancet called upon the Pope to retract his comments, saying that anything less would be an immense disservice to the public and health advocates fighting to contain the disease.  No retraction was given.
In 2010 the Pope engaged the condom debate again, this time stating that encouraging condom use amongst prostitutes, with the intention of reducing the risk of HIV infection, may be an indication that the prostitute is intending to reduce the evil connected with his or her immoral activity.


Bernie Dechant

www.berniedechant.com

© Bernie Dechant


New York New York by Samuel Orr

El espectáculo de un día en Nueva York capturado en 4 minutos
Nueva York, retratada en 100.000 fotografías. Fue el número exacto de disparos que ejecutó el fotógrafo Samuel Orr para captar la belleza de una de las ciudades más espectaculares del mundo.  Orr ha empleado la técnica del Time-Lapse para condensar en cuatro minutos un día en la capital del mundo. Las miles de fotografías realizadas muestran los cambios de luz que experimenta Manhattan, cómo amanece y cómo anochece, los secretos que aguardan en cada rincón, los movimientos frenéticos del tráfico de los vehículos, el vertiginoso movimiento de sus peatones, el brillo de sus edificios, etc. Un espectáculo de colores convertido en obra de arte.


New York New York by James Nares

A Galloping City Captured in Slow Motion
THERE are moments in history when everything interesting seems to take place indoors: clandestine meetings, documents being signed, objects and discoveries being made in private studios and ateliers. The past year, however, saw a different moment, in which plazas were occupied and protests and revolutions unfolded in the streets. Public space was activated — which might partially explain whyJames Nares’s “STREET,” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, feels particularly relevant at this moment.Mr. Nares’s 61-minute video sits in a curious place, somewhere between still and moving images. It has the uncanny look of a 3-D slide show or some hybrid of photography and film; it also calls to mind the stereographic viewers that were popular in the 19th century. Shown in slow motion, the people Mr. Nares filmed on the streets of Manhattan look like cutouts placed into deep pockets of space.

Walking the Walk, in a Rhapsodic New York Ballet
The 61-minute video consists entirely of long, slow-motion pans of people going about their business on the sidewalks and streets of New York City. Mr. Nares used a type of high-speed camera typically trained on subjects like hummingbirds and bullets. Shooting from a moving S.U.V., he recorded scenes in segments of six seconds, the longest stretch for which the camera can record while maintaining high resolution. He edited down 16 hours of recordings to around three minutes — that is, the running time if the video were to be shown at normal speed. Extended to over an hour, the video is a hypnotic, continuous flow of imagery.


Gabriele Galimberti

Zompi

© Gabriele Galimberti

Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

Chiwa – Mchinji, Malawi
© Gabriele Galimberti


No War

La ola de protestas en imágenes

Sydney, 2/03/2003. Más de 300 mujeres desnudas formaron con sus cuerpos las palabras “No a la guerra”, en relación a la posible guerra en Irak.

© AP


Iraque, 10 anos da guerra de Bush

Wage Peace
This is a short video about the human cost of the Iraq war produced in 2005 as an online companion to AFSC’s Eyes Wide Open exhibit. It was viewed more than 750,000 times during the next four years.

Iraq, una década después

Texto y fotos de Gervasio Sánchez

Mawj al Obaidi fue herida en el 2003 en un bombardeo de los estadounidenses cuando invadían Iraq. Diez años después, y tras varias operaciones para salvar la movilidad del brazo, intenta vivir la vida de una joven moderna. Su historia puede verse como el reflejo de la de su país: un Iraq que pugna por construir un futuro pero que no ha cerrado las heridas de la invasión y de su guerra sectaria

Lo que más impresiona de Mawj al Obaidi no es lo que se ve en ella sino lo que piensa. Porque lo que se ve forma parte de la plenitud de la juventud. A sus 18 años estudia primero de hebreo en la universidad y forma parte de una familia completa, sin muertos, un ideal en Iraq después de una invasión extranjera, de la que se cumple este miércoles diez años, y una guerra sectaria que ha provocado un horrible baño de sangre.
Lo que piensa Mawj al Obaidi, en cambio, profundiza en el dolor, la violencia extrema, la desesperación y lo suele transmitir sin tapujos en duros poemas que lee en público: “Soy el cementerio que está lleno de cadáveres; soy el hombre al que violaron a su mujer y sigue gritando en la oración; soy la sonrisa que yace muerta en los labios; soy una víctima de los estadounidenses”.
Aunque nació en un país bloqueado por las sanciones económicas en enero de 1995, la joven no supo lo que era el dolor hasta la madrugada del 7 de abril del 2003, justo dos días antes de que cayese derribado el régimen sanguinario de Sadam Husein. Aviones A10 Thunderbolt bombardearon con misiles Mawerick y Sidewinder y ametrallaron con proyectiles perforantes de 30 milímetros a los habitantes de la aldea Yilata, situada en los alrededores de Bagdad, en una zona desmilitarizada colindante con el río Tigris, y provocaron la muerte de 16 civiles, incluido un bebé de siete meses, y heridas a otras 40 personas.

© Gervasio Sánchez

Las cifras de muertos civiles en aquellos años son escalofriantes. Entre el 2006 y el 2007 murieron 48.000 civiles, el 42% de los más de 111.000 civiles muertos desde que el 1 de mayo del 2003 el presidente de Estados Unidos George W. Bush decretó el fin de la guerra hasta el día de hoy.

El dinero fácil corre con fluidez y la clase dirigente comienza a disfrutar de unos niveles de vida olvidados en Iraq. El boom de la construcción y las tiendas de coches de lujo crea una ilusión de riqueza que sólo disfrutan unos cuantos.
Los hoteles de lujo han pulido las paredes y han restaurado las habitaciones. Ya no es visible la pared salpicada de metralla de la habitación 1403 del hotel Palestina donde murió el cámara José Couso el 8 de abril del 2003 por disparos estadounidenses. Rehabilitar es importante aunque a veces sirva para sepultar la memoria.
Desde su muerte, otros 230 periodistas y trabajadores de los medios de comunicación han fallecido o han sido asesinados mientras cubrían una de las guerras más horribles de las últimas décadas. Un 90% de ellos eran iraquíes. Aunque no todo ha sido muerte y desolación. El nacimiento de dos centenares de radios, diarios y canales de televisión permite que el país esté más informado que nunca.


Decía Chesterton que el optimista es el que mira a los ojos y el pesimista a los pies. En plena guerra sectaria, los iraquíes miraban a los pies cuando se les preguntaba por el futuro. Hoy, en cambio, miran a los ojos y se puede escuchar la palabra optimista más veces en un solo día que durante los años anteriores. Como si el iraquí medio hubiera asumido aquella reflexión de Winston Churchill: “Soy optimista. No parece muy útil ser otra cosa”.

Protestos contra a guerra de Bush aqui