This n' That: A Weekly Roundup of Photographic News
Person of The Year Announced
Time Magazine have recently announced their “Person of The Year” cover and have chosen to represent “The Guardians” a group of journalists who have risked their lives in pursuit of the truth. Among the “Guardians” are Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post contributor who was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in October. The first deceased person to ever be featured on the cover.
The others included Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists who were jailed and sill remain behind bars for their coverage on the conflicts of Rohyinga Muslims in Mynamar. Their wives were photographed for the coverage.
Time says the covers are meant to highlight the “war on truth.
Whitney Controversy Continues
Days after a protest was held outside of The Whitney Museum by Decolonize This Place regarding vice-chairman Warren Kanders involvement with the tear gassing of asylum seekers at the US border, artists snuck into the museum, quietly installing their works of art. The artist Rafael Shimunov along with the group Art V War installed their own exhibition. Two of the images were recreations of the infamous photo of the mother and her child at the border crying because of the tear gas.
Kanders has recently released a statement expressing no regret of his involvement with the crisis. You can read more about it here.
Smithsonian Opening Their First Latinx Gallery
Last Thursday the Smithsonian announced that it will open its first every gallery dedicated to latinx experiences in the United States. A first for the Smithsonian, the gallery is set to open in 2021 at the National Museum of American History.
The gallery will feature 4,500 square feet for an ambitious string of rotating exhibitions that will include first-person narratives, participatory experiences, and viewer-generated content.
“Latino history is American history, and we have a responsibility to reflect the stories and experiences of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. today.” said the Smithsonian’s Latino Center’s director.
The New York Times published an article recently on the work of Ragnar Axelsson, also known as RAX. Axlesson, for years now, has been flying over Iceland and documenting the melting of the glaciers. His work is concerned with what’s happening in the region and being a pivotal voice for the consequences of climate change.
You can read the article in full, here.
National Geographic Photo of The Year
The grand-prize winner of this year's National Geographic Photo Contest is Jassen Todorov. He took a breathtaking, aerial image of thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars recalled after the emissions scandal and now sitting idle in the middle of the Californian desert. The winning photograph, selected from almost 10,000 entries, is just one of several incredible images awarded in this strong annual competition.
The other categories that were awarded are: People, Places and Wildlife. You can see more of the winners here.