“Legacy of War” Photo Project Conclusion Being Funded on Kickstarter

If you’ve been curious about the Legacy of War project of documentary photographer Giles Duley following his exhibit, you might also be interested in showing your support for the final leg of his work.

We’ve first heard about Giles Duley from an Ilford Inspires episode, which featured a selection of photos from his long-term photography project, Legacy of War. Now, the documentary photographer and writer has decided finally cap the project in the next twelve months. To do this, he’ll need our support on Kickstarter to fund the rest of the activities, collaborations, and stories that he has planned for the last leg of the project.

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Ahmed Deeb: The Photographer as “The Son of War”

Ahmed Deeb brings us to the front lines of conflicts in Syria to show us his life and work as a photojournalist dubbed the “Son of War.”

We all know that photojournalists put themselves into some serious dangers just to open our eyes to the most pressing issues happening across the globe. But some go even beyond to show exactly how life-threatening their assignments can get. In a 2016 video feature by AJ+, freelance photojournalist Ahmed Deeb lets viewers tag along as he perilously documents the conflicts in Gaza and Syria.

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Lessons from Abbas: “Get a good pair of walking shoes…and fall in love.”

Magnum photographer Abbas passed away on April 25th 2018 at 74. He left behind a meaningful body of work and inspiring lessons for the next generation of photographers.

When asked for advice for young and aspiring photographers, Iranian-born Magnum photographer Abbas Attar would always say, “Get a good pair of walking shoes…and fall in love.” Such words of wisdom may be strange for a photographer who covered wars, revolutions, and social unrest to jump-start his career. But if you think about it, hate, destruction, and pain aren’t the only stories that can arise out of conflicts. Sometimes, even in the face of strife, the most compelling visual stories surface out of love.

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Giles Duley Talks About Documenting the World’s Problems on Ilford Film

Image by Giles Duley for ILFORD Inspires

Photographer Giles Duley is a documentary photographer who specifically states he photographs what he doesn’t like. It’s a powerful statement.

Through a series of global events called ILFORD Inspires, HARMAN Technology and ILFORD Photo seek to encourage people to try traditional black and white film. The latest photographer to be featured in their upcoming event is Mr. Duley, with images from his stunning “I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See” exhibit. Set to take place during the PhotoBlock at the Old Truman Brewery in London on October 14th, the second ILFORD Inspires event will give visitors a private viewing of Giles’ impressive black and white photographs documenting conflict, and a talk from the esteemed photographer himself about the art of storytelling he has mastered.

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Why We Need to Know About the Monsters

Alex Wroblewski.

The third night of FotoIstanbul, Stanley Greene was introduced as a legend. A conflict photographer for 25 years and one of the cofounders of the photo agency NOOR, Greene has worked all over Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and he was in town to give a talk about his work, most notably Open Wound, Black Passport, and more recent work from Syria. After he took the stage, he walked us through his work, giving crucial backstory to both his career as a photographer and the images on screen.

In making the case for why he photographs what he does, he said, “We have to remind you that there are monsters at the door.”

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ISO 400 – Jake Simkin Talks About Conflict Photography

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All photographs are copyrighted Jake Simkin and are being used with permission.

How do you find moments of humanity in sheer chaos? What do you do when you’re confronted with a situation where it’s better to help than take the photograph? These are some of the things Jake Simkin has to consider in any given situation he finds himself. A photographer and filmmaker, Simkin has worked in some of the heaviest conflicts in recent memory, from the war in Afghanistan to the ongoing war in Syria. He’s seen more than most people can handle, and yet he goes out to tell the stories that need to be told. It was the tsunami in 2004 that pulled him to Banda Aceh away from the commercial work he’d been doing up until that point. Since then he’s sought to tell stories of survival.

A selection of his photographs and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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ISO 400: Thomas Hurst Talks About Being an Inventor

A grandfather and his granddaughter share smiles inside a high-school gym turned refugee center on the Albania boarder with Kosovo. ©Thomas James Hurst - 1999

A grandfather and his granddaughter share smiles inside a high-school gym turned refugee center on the Albania boarder with Kosovo. ©Thomas James Hurst – 1999 (World Press Photo – 2ooo)

All images are copyrighted Thomas James Hurst, and are being used with permission.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Thomas Hurst a 20-year photojournalist turned inventor. Spurred by an interest to see what war was like, he grabbed a camera, invented press credentials and flew to Bosnia in 1992. From there, he went on to work in some of the biggest conflict zones of the 1990s and 2000s. After nearly 20 years, he left photojournalism to become a pastor, which he eventually left to focus on COVR Photo, an iPhone case with a built-in prism that he invented.

In this episode, he talks about the early years of his photojournalism, what it’s like to learn the craft on the job, becoming an inventor, and more. A selection of his work, as well as the episode is after the break. If you’d like to see more of Hurst’s work, check out his website. If you’re curious about the COVR photo, check out our review, and he currently has a Kickstarter for the iPhone 6 version.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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This Video on the Work of Reuters War Photographer Goran Tomasevic Will Give You the Creeps

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

If photojournalism is the prime discipline of photography, then war photography is most definitely the prime discipline of photojournalism. And certainly the most dangerous, life-threatening and psychologically challenging. There’s nothing beautiful about war. And while pictures from seemingly victorious troops are often used propagandistically to both rectify and glorify a war, the fact of the matters is that war is probably the ugliest thing there is in this world. Nevertheless, there are those that are drawn to conflict zones, who put themselves in harms way time and again, in order to show the world what is really going on.

One of these brave souls is Goran Tomasevic, who has been documenting war zones for Reuters for twenty years now. The video below showcases some of his work, and features Tomasevic explaining why he does what he does. But be aware: it contains some strong imagery, and may not be suited for the faint-hearted.

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Review: The Mexican Suitcase Documentary


In the history of photography, there are few people who have had as lasting an impact as Robert Capa. A Hungarian-born photographer, he helped to redefine conflict photography. His observation that “if your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” has been repeated like a mantra by photojournalists for decades.

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