on what caught my eye lately. photography and longform articles. Published irregularly.
- PHOTO: Andrew Testa, an English photographer, a member of Panos Pictures, is on top of my list this week - especially his series War in Macedonia and Kosovo. I'm biased in these matters since my own experience with the Balkan Wars of the 90s and an ever-increasing love for my birthplace skews my objectivity, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt. However, there is an undeniable intimacy in these photographs - the kind that requires access and a lot of empathy. The photographs have a strong language - and are visually captivating.
- LONGFORM + PHOTO: I keep on returning to James Traub's piece on the decline Egypt's Alexandria called The Lighthouse Dims. Published on Foreign Policy, not only is the article in and of itself captivating, the accompanying photography by Mosa'ab Elshamy, an Egyptian photographer known for his outstanding coverage of the Arab Spring, evokes deep sadness and nostalgia for a time long past. Visiting the cosmopolitan Alexandria was one of the highlights of my short life in Egypt - and seeing it turn into an ever fiercer stronghold of salafism, is heartbreaking on so many levels. If you were looking for a well-written article on life in post-revolutionary Egypt, the whole thing captures it brilliantly.
- PHOTO: The best for last, Mike Brodie. Returning to the topic of intimacy, one rarely gets closer than this. Brodie's Polaroid series, when I saw it for the first time, went deep under my skin and the images keep on resurfacing in my mind even after years. Documenting the life of, often-times homeless teens and young adults living the life of train hoppers, his 4 years on the road produced a work of art belonging to the best in the genre of social exclusion and American travel photography. I'm sad to hear that, even though his agency is publishing a book with his works called A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, Brodie abandoned photography and spends his time with another passion of his - mending diesel engines (interview with and photography of Mike Brodie - LATimes' reFramed).