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  • 14-Sep-2013 | by Max Whittaker

    California’s Rim Fire

    I spent five days covering the Rim Fire for both Reuters and The New York Times as it became California’s sixth largest wildfire, burning (as of publication time) 255,858 acres. The fire spread into part of iconic Yosemite National Park, inspiring alarmist headlines along the lines of, “YOSEMITE IS BURNING!!!”

  • 12-Sep-2013 | by Pete Muller

    9/11: Impact and Influence

    Before September 11, 2001, I lamented what seemed to be the vapid nature of my generation. I grew up with parents who were defined by Vietnam, the civil rights movement, women’s liberation and the profound unrest that surrounded those issues. When I graduated from high school in 2000—at the end of one of the most prosperous decades in modern American history—I envied the drama of their era.

    How quickly that all changed.

  • 23-Jun-2013 | by Lance Rosenfield

    Men Grapple With Infertility for The Washington Post Magazine

    While the difficult subject of infertility is often discussed, it is usually from the woman’s perspective. I recently worked with The Washington Post Magazine writer Ellen McCarthy and photo editor Bronwen Latimer on the story, “For Men, Infertility Often Becomes a Private Heartache”, which ran in the June 9, 2013 issue. For the feature I followed two couples and focused on the men, Jeremy and Kia Roop from Westminster, Maryland, and Stephen and Jenn Yunis from Germantown, Maryland. Jeremy found strength in his strong Christian faith, while Stephen kept his spirits high with an enduring… read more.

Features

Reverberations: Egypt in Crisis by Pete Muller

While Egypt’s awe-inspiring, popular revolution technically concluded in 2011, its reverberations continued in 2012. The social cohesion that once bound Egypt’s myriad political factions has deteriorated and the country has slipped into a series of rancorous political battles. In May and June, Egyptians headed to the polls to elect a new President–a highly divisive process that saw the rise of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The country’s liberal and secular communities were devastated by Morsi’s win and, as he set about implementing a series of controversial policies, they took to the streets enmasse. Attitudes in the… read more.

Unincorporated: California’s Forgotten Communities by Max Whittaker

Across California there are hundreds of unincorporated communities. While a few are some of the state’s richest areas; most lack sewer systems, clean drinking water, sidewalks, street lights, and storm drains. Populated by poor, working class Latinos, they’re neglected by local government and lack the resources to install the most basic infrastructure that city residents rely on. “We have Third World conditions, not only in this area, but in other areas of rural California. Some of it has to do with political will – perhaps in the past, they never had politicians willing to ensure… read more.

U.S./Mexico Border by Brendan Hoffman

The border between the United States and Mexico has recently become one of the most dangerous places in the world. Despite that, it is a land of remarkable natural beauty and wide open spaces. Those who are not claimed by the drug violence on the Mexican side of the border too often meet their end attempting to flee into the relative peace and prosperity of the United States. There is a magnetism in the intersection of these two uncompromising cultures. This series of images was taken along the border between El Paso/Juarez and San Diego/Tijuana.

Giants: Oaxaca Wind Energy Controversy by Dominic Bracco II

Giants is a work in progress. Text by Erik Vance In 2011, for the first time, the developing world created more wind turbines than the developed. That same year, the first local landowner was killed during a dispute over wind farm land in Mexico. As wind farms continue to grow to offset our ballooning carbon budget, the biggest question for the next decade will be: Where will we find the land? In Oaxaca, Mexico, this question is already coming to a head as local indigenous people clash with international Spanish wind companies over North America’s… read more.

Urban Tribes of Mexico City by Charlie Mahoney

The plaza Glorieta de los Insurgentes, in the heart of Mexico City, was built to honor the insurgent uprising and independence from Spain. Today, the plaza is ground zero to adolescent youths who come from all corners of the 30 million plus populace of el Distrito Federal. Here a second uprising is taking place as youth subculture thrives. Punketos, darketos, break-dancers and emos (emotionals) rebel against conservative societal norms, while they borrow styles from the urban tribes of the U.K. and the U.S. of the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. In March 2008 hundreds of adolescents… read more.

‘Thirst for Grit’ – Box of Prints and Artifacts by Lance Rosenfield

This collectors prototype box of pigment prints on fiber paper and artifacts is available for purchase.  Contact Lance Rosenfield for inquiries. We live in the age of digital media which often leaves works as forgotten zeros and ones, and I believe some projects deserve better than that.  With this box of prints and artifacts I aim to pay homage to my project ‘Thirst for Grit’ with a lasting tactile and visual experience. C O L O P H O N This prototype box of pigment prints on fiber paper and artifacts accompanies the solo show… read more.

The Monster Under the Water by Melanie Burford

In the first weeks after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded last April 20, Jason Melerine, like most Louisiana fishermen, feared the worst: that the cocktail of oil and dispersant would immediately kill the state’s already fragile fishing industry. His worry consumed him. He pulled patches of hair from his chin and his leg. He landed in the hospital with migraines. He contemplated suicide.
“For us, it’s a life, it’s what we love to do,” said Melerine, whose four children eat crab so often they complain about it. “It’s what we know to do. Water is my life.”

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