Friday, April 29, 2011

The Week In Photos: Hondros in Libya, Royal Wedding, and Obama’s Birth Certificate

 For my full weekly photo review, go to Le Lettre de la Photographie. Herewith, the sample:

1. This Is War Photography

On April 20, photojournalist Chris Hondros photographed a rebel fighter pursuing government troops through a burning building in Misurata, Libya. Later that day, Hondros and photojournalist Tim Hetherington were killed covering the battle between the rebels and the forces of Muammar el-Qaddafi.

2.  Zone of Exclusion

Chilling graffiti on a wall in the ghost city of Pripyat, Ukraine. Visible in the background is the former Chernobyl Nuclear power plant, which exploded and burned on April 26, 1986, sending a radioactive cloud over Europe. Photographer Sergei Supinsky (AFP/Getty Images) shot this picture on April 4, 2011, nearly 25 years later.

3. England Swings

With the nation preparing for today's royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (now HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), photographer Dan Kitwood aimed his camera at the front window of a London bus, inviting us to reflect on he notions of tradition and national identity.

4. The Secret Starer

Great photographic moments come and go quickly; Lee Jin-man (Reuters) made the most of his window of opportunity, shooting Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gallard, as she exchanged glances with a North Korean soldier on April 24 at a United Nations meeting room in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.

5. Certification of Authenticity

This isn't  much of a photograph, but what it lacks in style it makes up for in news content. On Wednesday, the White House released this image of President Obama’s birth certificate, putting an end to the question of whether the President was born in the United States, as the Constitution requires. At the very least the image may scuttle the presidential dreams of Donald Trump, who has turned the “birther” issue into both a political platform and a form of self-aggrandizement. If so, this is a great, great photograph.




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