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On Veterans Day, November 11, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will open a large-scale exhibition on war photography titled “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” featuring images by 280 photographers from 28 countries covering conflict on six continents over 165 years.
I’m proud to be included in this exhibition alongside the great legends of war photography and heroes of mine. Some I can count as close friends. Some died while trying to document history’s most brutal moments.
The exhibition will also be traveling through 2014 and here’s the schedule:
• The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | November 11, 2012–February 3, 2013
• The Annenberg Space for Photography | March 23–June 2, 2013
• The Corcoran Gallery of Art | June 29–September 29, 2013
• The Brooklyn Museum | November 8, 2013–February 2, 2014
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture photo blog has collected some of the latest North Korea photos by me and fellow AP staffer Vincent Yu.
The results of the 2011-12 SEJ Awards for reporting on the environment
“Japan’s Nuclear Refugees”
From the judges: The judges were impressed with David Guttenfelder’s ability to capture and compose compelling snippets of the desolation near the  Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. It is no accident that one gets the sense that Guttenfelder was the only photojournalist — or even person — in the vicinity as he courageously evaded security barriers and sneaked into areas that were declared off limits. National Geographic’s supporting letter asserts that no other photographer “took the risk to document in such depth this tragedy of exile and abandonment.” Guttenfelder admirably demonstrates the reward of taking such risks.
- Photo 1: After the March 11 disasters in Japan: tens of thousands were ordered from their homes, their footprints now frozen in the mud.
- Photo 2: Dogs scrap on Okuma’s empty streets. Defying blockades, volunteers rounded up and decontaminated pets, returning them to owners.
- Photo 3: In a gym in Hirono, residents in protective suits are briefed before being escorted to their abandoned homes for a June 8 visit.
- Photo 4: In Koriyama, Nobuko Sanpei, 74, eats dinner in her cardboard box home. “I was sweltering so I cut out a hole,” she said.
- Photo 5: People weren’t the only refugees. In Japan’s exclusion zone, an abandoned cat makes its home inside a laundromat dryer.
The results of the NPPA’s annual Best of Photojournalism awards are out. Here’s my work that was recognized :
Photojournalist of the Year, 2nd for a 2011 portfolio.
Enterprise Picture Story, 2nd for daily life photos from North Korea.
Natural Disaster Picture Story, 1st for coverage of the Tohoku tsunami.
Natural Disaster Picture Story, HM for the essay Japan’s Nuclear Refugees for National Geographic Magazine..
On May 15, Christie’s in NYC auctioned photojournalism prints raising US$135,089.00 for the family of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer who was killed in Libya on April 5th of last year.
As a freelance photographer, Hammerl didn’t have the financial support of a magazine or agency or a life insurance policy. He leaves behind a wife and three young children.
72 photographers and agencies donated prints for the cause including Bruce Davidson, Joao Silva, Alec Soth, Susan Meiselas, Sebastiao Salgado, and David Alan Harvey. The ICP added Robert Capa’s iconic D-Day landing image. The event was hosted by Christiane Amanpour. AP offered a signed print of my Pink Boxer Shorts picture from Afghanistan’s firebase Restrepo.
Please visit the Friends of Anton site if you want to offer further support to Anton’s family.
This photo of me running around Baghdad, taken by Khalid Mohammed, is part of the new branding strategy by the Associated Press. It’s the first time they’ve changed their look in 30 years.
Meanwhile, I’ve spent my entire career at the The Associated Press and that recognizable “AP” logo has been printed next to my name for half my life.
But the biggest thrill at tonight’s black tie dinner will be watching Joao Silva stand and light the ceremonial candle to remember fallen friends.
Thank you to National Geographic senior editor Susan Welchman who shares this Olivier Rebbot award. Also NGM’s Kurt Mutchler and Ken Geiger who pushed for this difficult story assignment and trusted me. A huge thank you to Noriko Hayashi who assisted me on this story, and the “dog catchers” Leo and Hiroshi Hoshi.
Thank you to The Associated Press. Our CEO Tom Curley believes in the power of photojournalism and had the vision to push for an AP bureau in the otherwise isolated country. Thanks also to Kathleen Carroll, John Daniszewski, Santiago Lyon, Greg Baker, and Brian Carovillano for helping to guide and push it through. A huge thanks to the AP colleagues who work day to day on the ground in the DPRK. Jean H. Lee, Raf Wober, Ng Han Guan, Vincent Yu, and Tim Sullivan.
Here’s a TIME magazine Lightbox post showing my work and the work of fellow winners Pete Muller and Andre Liohn.
Bravo to friends Yuri Kozyrev, Stephanie Sinclair, Todd Heisler, and Sebastian Liste for award citations.
TIME Magazine’s Phil Bicker profiles me on LightBox. A flattering run-down of my photo career so far and a broad edit of my North Korea photography. Thanks Phil and Kira.
“Finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography were: David Guttenfelder, Ng Han Guan and Rafael Wober of the Associated Press for their extraordinary portrayal of daily life inside the reclusive nation of North Korea, including scenes after the death of Kim Jong Il.”
The sum of the parts. From 2008 to 2012, a curious view of North Korea.
Collected by the Denver Post’s “Plog” photo blog
Window on North Korea : Photographs from the DPRK, a joint photo exhibition by photographers from The Associated Press and the Korean Central News Agency will be up from March 15 to April 13 in Manhattan’s The 8th Floor Gallery at 17 W. 17th st.
Here’s a gallery and interesting write up by James Estrin on the NYT’s Lens blog quoting AP’s DOP Santiago Lyon who went to Pyongyang to curate the show along side KCNAs photo director.
AP photographers included are Vincent Yu, Ng Han Guan, Ahn Young-Joon, Elizabeth Dalziel, Wally Santana, and me.
On March 11, the one year anniversary of Japan’s tsunami, please check out Dispatch From Tohoku: Documenting the Aftermath.
Organized by Jake Price, and curated by Elissa Curtis, Dana Kien, & Jamie Wellford, the projection will include work from Price, James Whitlow Delano, Kyoko Hamada, Dominic Nahr, Kosuke Okahara, Q. Sakamaki, Takahashi Munemasa, Midori Curtis, and me.
Doors open at the Bubble Lounge at 6pm and projections begin at 7:30 and 9:30.
Proceeds will help support Art in a Box which brings supplies to children impacted by the disaster.
Here’s a write-up in the New Yorker’s Photo Booth blog- Postcards from Tohoku: Japan, One Year Later
See the whole set here: Before and After - Japan’s tsunami one year later
This year’s POY awards are out now. I landed a few mentions:
Japan’s Nuclear Refugees was named a finalist for POY’s Global Vision award.
Susan Welchman, who edited the Japan’s Nuclear Refugees story for National Geographic, won 1st prize in News Story Editing for Magazines.
Afghanistan’s Opium Wars story editor Sarah Leen received an Award of Excellence in the Issue Reporting Story Editing for Magazines category.
I also got a 3rd place in POY’s Impact 2011 category.