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Photo: Joachim Ladefoged—VII

A Place I Knew So Well: Joachim Ladefoged Looks Back at His Childhood Homes

Shortly after 9/11 and the birth of his first child, award-winning photographer Joachim Ladefoged stepped away from conflict reportage and spent a decade revisiting the homes he knew as a child in Denmark.

Shaul Schwarz’s new feature-length documentary Narco Cultura captures the discomforting co-existence in Mexican and Mexican-American life of the horrifying violence of the drug wars and its celebration in pop and movies.

Read more about Narco Cultura on LightBox.

Still from Kennedy’s Assassination: How LIFE Brought the Zapruder Film to Light

Former LIFE editor Richard Stolley shares the incredible story in this video interview of how he purchased the Zapruder film of JFK’s murder — “the most famous home movie in American history” — for LIFE magazine fifty years ago.

Film by Ross McDonnell with Music by Aaron Martin

For the 17th edition of Paris Photo, opening in the city’s Grand Palais on Nov. 14, 2013, Ross McDonnell produced a unique Ambrotype wet plate edition of his original Auto Defensa portraits on Mexico’s drug war vigilantes, along with an accompanying film, above. In a slide show on LightBox, we’ve updated our original offering of McDonnell’s work from earlier this year with his newest wet plate portraits from the series.

For more information about Paris Photo, click here.

"Healing Bobby" tells the remarkable, sometimes-funny but always inspiring story of Bobby Henline, a veteran who sustained burns on more than a third of his body while serving in Iraq. Watch the full video, directed by Peter Van Agtmael, live here.

Photograph by Munem Wasif—Agence VU

Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif writes for LightBox about the intersection of Bengali culture and Islam in his home country.

Photograph by Ruddy Roye—Courtesy of Daylight

One year ago, more than 800,000 photos were uploaded and tagged as Superstorm Sandy made landfall. On the anniversary of the devastating storm, Fred Ritchin writes for LightBox on the power of the photograph as self-documentary in 2013, alongside a gallery of images curated from the Museum of the City of New York’s open call exhibition Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy and Daylight’s upcoming release #SANDY: Seen Through The iPhones of Acclaimed Photographers.

TIME is proud to welcome PhotojournalismLinks to LightBox!

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Mikko Takkunen, who recently joined TIME.com as an associate photo editor based in London, has run PhotoJournalismlinks.com, a curated source of the best photojournalism around the web, since 2007. Starting today, Takkunen will be rolling his efforts into a new PhotojournalismLinks feature published bi-weekly on LightBox, TIME’s photography blog. LightBox producer Vaughn Wallace spoke with Takkunen about his site and his plans for the future.

What led you to create PhotojournalismLinks? When was that?

I was doing a BA Photojournalism course in Swansea Metropolitan University in Wales and I found out that while the university library — where I spent enormous amounts of time (I even had part-time job there) — had a lot of great documentary photography and photojournalism books on its shelves. Classics by likes of Fusco’s RFK Funeral Train (still one of my favorite photography books) and Salgado’s Workers, as well as more contemporary books by photographers such as Pellegrin and Bleasdale — the most contemporary photojournalism work was most accessible on the web. I was visiting the websites of all the great agencies such as Magnum (I especially loved their Magnum in Motion features) and VII pretty much on daily basis, on top of which I was digging into any other sites that had great photojournalism on offer, Foto8, MediaStorm and the kind. I was constantly emailing with my fellow photojournalism students about the latest links we had found and pretty soon I had this massive bookmarks folder on my browser and I realized that instead of just sharing the links with some of my classmates, I might as well put them online, so that others could benefit from them as well. So I started a WordPress blog to be able to do that and that turned into Photojournalism Links. It all happened late 2007. For the first couple of years I was doing the site almost daily, then weekly, and for the last year or so, I’ve been doing monthly updates.

Who are your readers?

Based on the emails I’ve received, the readership consists of wide array of  photography enthusiasts and professionals, from photography students to educators; professional photographers and agency representatives;  and photo editors.  I often felt I was spending far too much time working on the site, but knowing there were loads of people visiting the site really kept me going.


You’ve recently joined the staff of TIME as an associate photo editor based in London. What are you looking forward to most?

Well, first of all, I’m very much looking forward to joining the rest of the photo department in New York later this year! I’m having a great time at the London bureau, but to really grow as a photo editor, I would love to be in daily face-to-face contact with my colleagues.

I’m extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to join TIME. It’s a title I’ve read for  years now, and I always had a great admiration towards the photography on the magazine’s pages and now on LightBox. I feel extremely lucky to be part of the team where everyone is so driven and talented. I just hope I can keep up!

My main role is to edit news photos and photo galleries for TIME.com, especially on international topics. For the most part, this involves getting pulling photos from the wires, and I’m most looking forward to the challenge of trying to make sure that we have the best photography available to accompany TIME.com articles, as well as making the highest quality photo galleries possible, with the aim of providing even better content for our readers.  I’m quite the news junkie myself, so being able to immerse myself in the news and news photography daily makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. My favorite thing in the job so far has definitely been the realization of how much I like making photo galleries: the thought process that goes into choosing not only the visually but journalistically strongest photos of a given event, and considering how well will they go together and putting them into a sequence that makes sense. Sense to me anyway! Hope our readers will agree.

How do you see PhotojournalismLinks evolving and growing as part of TIME?

Anyone who has been following Photojournalism Links for a while should know that LightBox, since its inception, been one of my favorite places on the web. Once, I think I even wrote that I didn’t mean to always highlight LightBox content the most, but I couldn’t help it, since I just often found it the strongest. So in the light of that, it’s pretty amazing that I can actually bring Photojournalism Links to LightBox.

The ‘Links’ will obviously have a lot more eyes on it from now on, so that’s great. The site will also look better than the old one, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. The main core of PJL will remain the same I’m sure — sharing links to great photo essays, articles, interviews, et cetera. But I’m also looking forward to doing some extra content like photographer’s interviews. It’s all still a little up in the air, but I have no doubt that Photojournalism Links can only get stronger by having its home on LightBox and me being able to bounce off ideas with my TIME photo colleagues. I’m very excited about the future.

Three years ago, Dana Doron, then a doctor interning in Northern Israel, came across an elderly patient in the emergency room complaining of chest pains. As she was trained to do, Doron asked the woman to describe her symptoms. But instead of telling her what was wrong, the woman simply pointed to her forearm and asked her: “Do you know what this is?”

Doron instantly knew what it was: a tattooed number from the Auschwitz concentration camp. For over an hour, the patient spoke to Doron about her life, recounting her story to the doctor.

This patient’s story resonated with Doron, causing her to wonder what it felt like to go through life with a permanent, constant reminder of a horrific past. As the last people tattooed with these numbers begin to vanish from our world, Doron felt a strong responbility to communicate their stories and ensure that their legacies are carried on. For this, Doron approached her friend Uriel Sinai, an Israeli photojournalist, to work on a documentary project with her photographing the numbered survivors of Auschwitz.

The resulting portraits they made were striking and powerful – but it wasn’t until Sinai purchased a camera with video capabilities that the project evolved into something larger: Numbered, a moving film that tells stories from Auschwitz survivors and their family members. (the trailer for the film is available below and here)

In today’s world, the incredible stories of these last Holocaust survivors are often lost on younger generations. Sinai recounts a key moment for him during the creation of the film: “There was an 84-year-old man who went to a coffee shop in Turkey. The cashier noticed his number on his arm and asked if that was his phone number. He went on to say, ‘No, it’s from Auschwitz.’ Her response was, ‘Is that a night club?’” Says Sinai, “One thing I took from this project is that these people are truly vanishing.”

Numbered, by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai, will be showcased Sunday January 20 at the 2013 New York Jewish Film Festival. For more information about the film and upcoming screenings visit their Facebook page or the Jewish Film Festival’s site here.

NUMBERED - Trailer from uriel sinai on Vimeo.

Policemen hold back the crowd in the rue des Clercs during the popular Ducasse de Mons, or Doudou, festival in Mons, located in French Belgium. (photo: Cédric Gerbehaye)

Belgian photographer Cédric Gerbehaye has spent his career documenting intra-country tensions around the world. In his most recent work he turns the camera back on his home country to delve into the very issues he has explored abroad for years.

See more photos here.

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