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While in Kandahar in 2001, photographer Thomas Dworzak wandered into a photo studio near his hotel and left with a box of pictures of Taliban fighters that he later compiled into what has become the cult book Taliban. Dworzak says he still gets frequent requests to take “Taliban-style” portraits: “People think I’m the one who dressed up the Taliban and took pictures in the photo studio. I will be remembered for the Taliban, [but] I was just the guy who got the box,” he maintains.
Your Shot member Bernardo Cesare: “I am an anomalous photographer. I take primarily photomicrographs (photos at the microscope) because my job as a scientist requires it: As a geologist I need to document the ‘life’ and evolution of a rock through its microstructures, and to do it with good images. Parallel to the scientific side, for two decades I have also worked on the aesthetic side of photomicrography, developing my own niche in capturing the beauty in tiny slices of rocks.”
In preparation for her return to the U.S. in 2013, Carolyn Drake sorted through the possessions she had acquired on her numerous journeys, getting rid of as much as possible to streamline the move. Pictured here are some of the things she decided to keep. "Most of them were acquired or created while working on two personal projects in Central Asia: one that’s a journey along the two rivers leading to the Aral Sea, and the other about Uyghurs living in the far west of China," she says. "Also pictured are items from commissions I completed in Iraq and Mongolia.”
Coral reefs are full of flamboyantly colored creatures. But a new study finds that even the more subtly hued camouflaged species hiding in nooks and crannies have their gaudy side. You just have to know how to look at them.
Paul Nicklen says that he found photography through frustration. A marine biologist by training, he grew tired of watching the gap grow between the science he loved and the public’s knowledge of environmental issues.
A specialist in polar regions, Nicklen says the Arctic is a place of comfort for him. He grew up in the Arctic climate of northern Canada and learned early on how to survive in the harsh environment.
Of the photo above, Nicklen says: “I expected this 12-foot-long female to flee with her catch, a live penguin chick, but instead she dropped it on my camera. Then she opened her mouth and engulfed the camera—and most of my head. After 45 minutes of more threats, she finally relaxed and ate. The next day, as if wanting an audience, she came looking for me.”