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    'If you go to ask somebody about the war, you don’t ask them about the war. You ask them about where they came from, who their parents are. The war becomes part of the texture of their life, and then people will tell you about the war.

    Since its launch in 2004, the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography have celebrated and supported independent photojournalism, as evidenced by the many dynamic and compelling projects completed over the years.

    In this video, two-time Editorial Grant winner Eugene Richardstakes us on an intensely emotional and powerful journey as he shares his experience working on his grant project “War is Personal.”

    The Getty Images Grants are now accepting applications.

    Photo by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images Photo by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images

    Natalie Naccache Joins Reportage

    The Lebanese-British photographer Natalie Naccache, based in Beirut, has joined our roster of featured contributors. She was previously part of Reportage Emerging Talent program and her photographs have been published in places such as The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The Independent, Marie Claire and more. She also recently participated in this year’s Noor Masterclass.

    One of Natalie’s longstanding interests has been Lebanese high society. Her recent photoessay, titled “Paris of the East,” examines debutante balls and other extravagant events that serve as escapes from the harsher realities of life in Lebanon. But Natalie’s photos pose the question: Is the party over soon? See more of this work on the Reportage Web site.

    (Photos by Natalie Naccache/Reportage by Getty Images)

    Robert Nickelsberg at UC Berkeley on April 15

    As a photographer for Time Magazine and the New York Times, Robert Nickelsberg gained a close-up look at the last 25 years of Afghan history, as it emerged from war with the Soviet Union to civil war to Taliban rule and, finally, to America’s war after 2001. His collected work appears in his new book “Afghanistan: A Distant War.” On April 15, he will be speaking about his work in the country with UC Berkley journalism chair Lydia Chavez and Tim McGirk of the school’s Investigative Reporting Project.

    Read more and RSVP here.

    Reportage Photographers Honored in NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism

    The National Press Photographers Association announced the winners of their annual awards this week, which included several photographers from the Reportage roster:

    Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

    1st Place - Contemporary Issues Single

    1st Place - Best Published Picture Story (Larger Markets): “Maggie”

    Ed Ou

    1st Place - Environmental Picture Story: “The Polar Bear Hunters”

    2nd Place - Environmental Single

    Paula Bronstein

    2nd Place - International News Single

    2nd Place - International News Picture Story: “Typhoon Haiyan

    Brent Stirton, Tom Stoddart, Andrew Hida and Bryan Christy

    3rd Place - Team Multimedia: “God’s Ivory”

    Other members of the Getty Images family also received awards. Global Assignment photographer Charlie Shoemaker won 3rd Place in the pictorial category and an Honorable Mention for International News Picture Story on his coverage of Nelson Mandela’s funeral; Getty Images freelancer Suhaimi Abdullah won an honorable mention in Sports Action; and Tony Bo received 2nd Place in Contemporary Issues Picture Story. Congrats again to these photographers and this year’s other winners.

    Caption: An emotional goodbye as the reality of leaving home hits him, a Filipino man cries while on board a US military C-130 aircraft as he is about to be evacuated along with thousands of victims of typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, November 13, 2013. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

    NBC News previews “Testament,” new book of words and images by Chris Hondros, the Getty Images photographer who was killed in Libya in 2011.

    [Hondros cared] deeply about the suffering he witnesses, arguing passionately for intervention in Liberia in 2003, but every now and then takes a step back and wonders at the absurdity of his situation. “Why am I here?… Why am I hanging on the side of an Afghan mountain. I’m not in the Army; I didn’t sign up for this. I should be back home, watching TV or canoodling in bed or having an espresso.” Chris died tragically in his prime, but there’s no sign that he in any way regretted his life’s trajectory up until that point: “The satisfaction of photographing our era’s most important issues far outweighs any discomfort, or even fear.” 

    See more on NBCNews.com and purchase the book on Amazon.

    Caption: Joseph Duo, a Liberian militia commander loyal to the government, exults after firing a rocket-propelled grenade at rebel forces at a key strategic bridge July 20, 2003 in Monrovia, Liberia. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

    Thanks for all the great photos submitted for this week’s #ReportageSpotlight. This week’s selected images by (left to right):  @ravimishraindia @kiwinky @n_dizzy @hosseinheidarpour @mpmagers @mickeyreds @ericgomesfoto @mohamadalinajib @azadamin

    Remember, tag your Instagram photos with #reportagespotlight and our editors will select their favorites each week. Next selection will be March 28.

    What is a photograph if it is never seen?…Looking at the way Maier seems to use the camera as an excuse to approach people on the street, it’s not difficult to imagine that photography was at least partly important because it offered a way to establish momentary connections with other people, at the same time keeping them at a safe distance. Perhaps for Maier the physical photographs were not as important as we like to think, or perhaps they lost importance over time…One has to ask the obvious; did fame escape Maier, or did Maier escape fame?

    Vivian Maier and the Photograph in the Age of Narcissism, via Disphotic

    When we look back to the Holocaust and WWII people would say, ‘We didn’t do anything because we didn’t know.’ I’ve now documented three genocides: Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur. The excuse the world community has to say we didn’t know no longer exists.

    Ron Haviv, in an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry for her series “Depth of Field.” Ron Haviv, a co-founder of VII photo agency, has documented everything from wars to natural disasters over the last three decades. An exhibition of his work, “Testimony,” is on display at Anastasia Photo in New York City until February 15.

    The documentary photographers of the early 20th century, and especially the early war photographers, believed that the revelation of violence and oppression would lead to saving action. Some even dreamed of a world without war and exploitation. I don’t think they ever imagined that the camera would become a tool with which to proclaim and affirm, rather than fight against, the most hideous aspects of war and the most fearsome authoritarian regimes.

    Susie Linfield, author of “The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence,” in a New York Times op-ed about a cache of images allegedly taken in the jails of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

    PowerHouse Books will be publishing “Testament,” a collection of photographs and writing by the late photojournalist Chris Hondros, in April of this year. Hondros, an employee of Getty Images, was killed while working in Misurata, Libya, in April 2011. The book covers his work from most of the world’s conflicts since the late 1990s, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Liberia, Egypt and Libya.

    From the PowerHouse press release:

    Hondros was not just a front-line war photographer, but also a committed observer and witness, and his work humanizes complex world events and brings to light shared human experiences. Evident in his writings, interspersed throughout, Hondros was determined to broaden our understanding of war and its consequences.

    Read more on PowerHouse’s Web site, and you can pre-order the book on Amazon.

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