Best of the Web - November 2010

Updated on Sunday, November 28 2010

For November's end frame, we bring you some interesting photoessays and interesting tidbits from the interwebs:

There couldn't be a better place to start than the awesome Magnum photographer, Bruce Gilden (if you havent seen his fantastic street photography walkabout video, you're missing out: link) who has published a series of images documenting small time gangsters who are trapped in an endless cycle of violence, vodka and crime in 'a Godforsaken place' in Russia. See it here.

In a related article, you may be interested in this series of post-Soviet prisoner tattoos here. (Some images are NSFW)


Next up is a fascinating collection of images by Montreal based artist, Jon Rafman who spends days on end poring over Google Maps streetview images to unearth an amazing collection of real-life street images, quite literally, which he posts regularly on his blog, Nine Eyes. It is an incredible collection and just proves that without even trying, there is a wealth of imagery right in front of us. 

More images here.
Nine Eyes blog.


Next, we would like to highlight SOWAR, a Lebanon based magazine that is a journalistic and documentary photography magazine which focuses on the Middle East and North Africa. The objective of the magazine is to present great photographs along with informative commentary. It portrays “pictures that tell a story;” themed shots of people, places, and nature with minimal accompanying descriptive text. 

They have put their entire December issue online for all to see for free so definitely check it out with features ranging from the Iraq war to Mouneh (preserving the Lebanese pantry), to the veil.

To see the magazine online, go to their website and click on  the image on the left.  


Finally, we end the End Frame with the story of the NY Times front page adorning Afghanistan images that were taken by an iPhone and processed with the popular app, Hipstamatic which has generated a lot of discussion on forums and blogs. Is this a one-off or more of what's to come in the future.

See the whole series of iPhone images here and a narrative by the NYT on their Lens blog here.