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from "City Silhouettes," by Jasper James, 2010 :: via Feature Shoot and Petapixel
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from "fictional landscape with the small and minute," by Kyle Kirkpatrick, photo by Leo Reynolds, 2009 :: via Colossal
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repost They also ran
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a lens culture photography weblog post, 12 December 2008 :: first posted here 6 March 2009

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In 2nd: The Face of Defeat, Canadian photographer Sandy Nicholson documents the competitors who are forgotten about and under-celebrated — the second-place finishers.

Nicholson visited a range of fierce competitions, including the Air Guitar Finals, the Dance Sport Championships, rodeos, a spelling bee, a hamburger-eating contest and The Pillow Fight League. Just after the competitions end, he photographs the near-winners. The results are at times heartbreaking and hilarious. . .

See more photos, and read the book review in Lens Culture.

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photo from wikipedia :: via Next Nature
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"Matisse’s Still Life with Blue Tablecloth, State Hermitage Museum," by Andrew Freeberg, The Morning News, 4 January 2010
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"David Mufamadi, Charles St., Brooklyn, Pretoria," by Nic Grobler, Bicycle Portraits - everyday South Africans and their bicycles, 2010 :: via Wired.com Gadget Lab
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from "Perspectives of Poverty," by Duncan McNicholl, Water Wellness, 28 April 2010 :: via Aid Watch


Bauleni Banda, sustenance maize farmer, Chikandwe, Malawi

The truth is that the development sector, just like any other business, needs revenue to survive. Too frequently, this quest for funding uses these kind of dehumanizing images to draw pity, charity, and eventually donations from a largely unsuspecting public. I found it outrageous that such an incomplete and often inaccurate story was being so widely perpetuated by the organizations on the ground – the very ones with the ability and the responsibility to communicate the realities of rural Africa accurately.

This is not to say that people do not struggle, far from it, but the photos I was seeing only told part of the story. I thought that these images were robbing people of their dignity, and I felt that the rest of the story should be told as well. Out of this came the idea for a photography project, which I am tentatively calling “Perspectives of Poverty”. I am taking two photos of the same person; one photo with the typical symbols of poverty (dejected look, ripped clothes, etc.), and another of this person looking their very finest, to show how an image can be carefully constructed to present the same person in very different ways. I want to bring to light some of the different assumptions we make about a person, especially when we see an image of “poverty” from rural Africa.

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"Migrant family from Arkansas playing hill-billy songs," Farm Security Administration emergency migrant camp, Calipatria, California, photo by Dorothea Lange, February 1939 :: via the Oxford American,
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"Soho," by Matt Stuart, 2010 :: via More Intelligent Life
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"Jamie Rae Walker and Annmaria Mazzini," photo by Jordan Matter, from the series Dancers Among Us, 2009–ongoing :: via kottke.org
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"Mariel Diptych," from Persona, by Jason Travis, 2009–2010 :: via The Morning News
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Clockwise from upper-left: "Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher"; "Owner of Defunct Amusement Park"; "Bar Tender"; "Graphic Designer/Print Shop Owner", from the series "You Are What You Eat," photos by Mark Menjivar, featured in GOOD, 13 May 2009 :: via edible geography
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from Life:Size Book # 001, by Roland Tiangco, 2009 :: via Book Cover Archive
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Carved agate jujube-form snuff bottle, China, 19th century, from the exhibition "Private Passions: Collecting Miniature Works of Asian Art," at the Portland Art Museum, 2010
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"Motel, Jeffrey Road, Wyoming," photo by Mat Slaby, The New Breed of Documentary Photographers, 5 December 2009
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photo by Mary Amor, from her "lifestyle" portfolio :: via BOOOOOOOM!
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photo None alike
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from "The Unbelievable World of Snowflakes," TreeHugger.com (presentation based on photos from "SnowCrystals.com") :: via Daring Fireball
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from "500 Fotos," by Adam Tyson
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from "type the sky," photographs by Lisa Rienermann, 2007 :: via ReubenMiller
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