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    The photographs that have emerged during several days of unrest in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer have drawn mournful comparisons to pictures of the Deep South in the 1960s or of more recent racial unrest, like the 1992 Los Angeles riots. But they have also prompted a flood of commentary about the differences half a century has made in the visual economy…. Today, the imagery one sees depends on the filters one uses. One person’s Twitter feed may be full of footage of police firing tear gas or of peaceful protesters with their hands up. But David J. Garrow, a historian at the University of Pittsburgh’s law school and the author of several books on the civil rights movement, noted that when he searched for images of Ferguson on Google, roughly half showed what appeared to be looting. Such images look “more like Watts in 1965 or Newark in 1967, not Birmingham in 1963 or Selma in 1965,” Dr. Garrow said. And historically, he said, such photos were “deadly when it came to white public opinion.”

    Randy Kennedy and Jennifer Schuessler in The New York Times: Ferguson Images Evoke Civil Rights Era and Changing Visual Perceptions

    ‘You get mixed emotions, that they would travel so far to look for work. Hundreds of miles through perils. The fence doesn’t really stop them. As long as they think there’s employment in the United States, they will continue to do that, just like anyone trying to better themselves for a better job.’

    The United States’ border with Mexico is nearly 2000 miles long and is blocked by numerous natural and man-made barriers. Reportage Featured Contributor Charles Ommanney journeyed along the border and met the residents, border patrol agents, and immigrants who pass back and forth across it. See his film: The Fence, Part 1 on MSNBC Photos.

    Image: After walking for days a Honduran man appears overwhelmed after being caught in a drainage ditch by Border Patrol. McAllen, TX. Photo by Charles Ommanney

    “It was important for me, in light of what has been going on in America with all of the mass shootings and ongoing gun debate, as a foreigner, to understand their love and why this was so important to them and why guns are so important to so many people in this country”

    Photographer Charles Ommanney criss crossed the country, meeting gun owners and learning why they choose to bear arms. See more from American Gun Stories on Reportage, and now online at msnbc.

    Immigration, a perpetual hot topic in American politics, is moving to center stage in the Senate this week. The issues at hand are manifold, and Getty Images photographer John Moore has explored many of them, from border security and undocumented labor to deportations and citizenship proceedings.  

    See more.

    On the New York Times Lens blog, Getty photographer John Moore writes about a recent portraits of children receiving their citizenship certificates at the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan.

    With immigration, much of my work has focused — and will continue to in the near future — on the tough parts of the story: federal agents chasing thirsty immigrants through the desert, detention centers full of immigrants held on their way to deportation, often penniless, to their home countries. But still, as we often hear, America is a country of immigrants. It would appear that with immigration overhaul by the government at last a possibility, this story will be in front of us for some time. Once in a while we find the joyous part of any tough story, and this shoot of young and new Americans was just that.

    Photos by John Moore/Getty Images

    Union Square Bushwick Park Avenue Borough Hall Williamsburg

    adrianfussell:

    On the street in New York City. 

    As the gun control debate heats up in the US, we’ve been looking back at this great work by Zed Nelson.

    timelightbox:

    Mike, father and gun owner. “It’s my constitutional right to own a gun and protect my family.”  

    TIME originally published photographer Zed Nelson’s photo essay about American gun culture in 1998. In light of the recent incidents of mass gun violence in Colorado and Wisconsin, Nelson revisits the work he started in the ‘90’s.

    See more photos here.

    benlowy:

    Newtown, CT | December 16, 2012 Barbara Wells clutches her daughter Olivia, 3, as the lay flowers at a memorial dedicated to the 26 lives lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, victims of the second worst school shooting in American history. #photography #photojournalism #documentary #bw #blackandwhite #memorial #mourning #mobilephotography #ct #connecticut #news #newtown #sandyhook (at Sandy Hook, CT)

    lisawiltse:

    Twenty seven angel figures are seen placed in a wooded are near the Sandy Hook Elementary School for the victims of a school shooting in Newtown, Ct. December 16, 2012 (at Sandy Hook, CT)

    Staten Island, NY: The shores and neighborhoods of Staten Island were devastated by Sandy, and many residents believe the borough has been overlooked by authorities. Staten Island, NY:  Ronnie, a delivery man for the New York Daily News (and long-time Staten Island resident) helps clean out his sister's home. Everything is gone. Staten Island, NY:  Newlywed Ayisha Fahad cleans the apartment she shared with we husband in Staten Island. The couple lost everything.

    storyboard:

    ‘Life’s a Beach’: Scenes of Destruction, and Recovery, from Sandy

    >Over the next week, photographer Ben Lowy will be documenting the destruction — and recovery efforts — in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in and around New York City, using nothing but an iPhone camera. Lowy spent yesterday at Midland Beach on Staten Island — New York City’s “forgotten” borough— where hundreds of residents remain homeless. Today he’s headed to New Jersey.

    Stay tuned for more from Lowy from Tumblr Storyboard, or follow our instagram feed, where he’ll be guest posting throughout the week.

    (Photos, clockwise from top: a home on the South Beach boardwalk; Ronnie, a delivery man for the New York Daily News, helps clean out his sister’s home; Newlywed Ayisha Fahad cleans the apartment she shared with we husband.)

    (via benlowy)

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