Stories about Photography from July, 2010
Japan: Art on an island
Nazra Zahri blogged – with gorgeous photos and a video – about her trip to Teshima, one of the seven islands that's celebrating Setouchi International Art Festival.
Morocco: Agharass's New Photography Blog
Moroccan blogger Agharass is known for having an eclectic blog with posts (in French) on a variety of subjects from Palestine to pop culture, often peppered with the blogger's own photographs. Agharass now has a photo blog, entitled Portfolio de Agharass!
Iran: Campaign to Free Jailed Photo-Blogger Hamed Saber
More than 70 Iranian university graduates and academics are calling for the release of Hamed Saber, an Iranian photo-blogger and computer scientist who was arrested for unknown reasons on 21 June 2010 in Tehran.
Venezuela: Foundation for Urban Culture Shut Down
The Foundation for Urban Culture - a fund that promoted culture through books, photography, music and ideas - was recently shut down, allegedly due to financing from the brokerage firm Econoinvest which was raided by the government in May. Bloggers who support the Foundation, accuse the closing of being illegal and unrelated to the company.
Iran: A village in the middle of rocks
Kandovan is a ‘strange’ Iranian village in Eastern Azarbaijan province where houses are in the middle of rocks. Watch the photos.
Trinidad and Tobago: sexy fashion
Artzpub. posts photos from an “over-sexy” street fashion show in Trinidad — part of the 2010 Erotic Art Week programme in Port of Spain — which was interrupted by the arrival of the police.
Serbia: Artistic zebra crossings
A Yankee in Belgrade posts a sequel to a previous story on street art in Belgrade, where zebra crossings have been turned into works of art.
Japan: A short documentary-post on Tuvalu
Photographer Ken Umemoto dedicates a post [ja] to Tuvalu [en] and the disastrous effects of human intervention and climate change on the island. The post also includes fascinating “auteur photos”,
Ecuador: The National Day of the Condor
A resolution taken by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1991 declared July 7 as the National Day of the Condor in Ecuador. Unfortunately, the day goes by unnoticed by many Ecuadorians.
Japan: Artistic manhole covers
Jamaipanese reviews [en] Drainspotting, a book dedicated to the artistic manhole covers located all over Japan.
Kyrgyzstan: Inauguration of Roza Otunbayeva
Kyrgyz blogger posts a unique photo report from the historical event: the inauguration of Kyrgyzstan's Roza Otunbaeva, first female president in Central Asia, that took place July 3, 2010.
Guinea Bissau: “Kilimanjaro” of Waste
Aly Silva sarcastically announces the Kilimanjaro from Bissau, referring to what he believes to be the biggest pile of garbage in Africa, where even crocodiles can be found. The so-called mountain has been growing along a road in the capital of the Guinea Bissau – a country that doesn't have...
Taiwan: Climbing the highest mountain
Yushan (玉山) or Jade Mountain is the highest mountain in Taiwan at 3,952 metres. Neil Wade and Stu Dawson have great photos and description of climbing to the peak.
Africa: Children Playing with Makeshift Football
Ariniaina shares photos of children playing with a makeshift soccer ball in Antananarivo. The scene is reminiscent of the remarkable photo essay by Julius Mwelu at the road-to-2010 blog about “the ingenuity of children to keep the joy of soccer alive”. [Additional photos at africamediaonline]
Taiwan: Photos of Formosan Macaques
The Daily Bubble Tea has some photos of Formosan Rock Macaques in Changhua County. The macaques are endemic to Taiwan and can often be seen in forest areas.
Japan: Party leaders campaign for upper house election
Buddhika Weerasinghe uploaded pictures of Japan’s main party leaders [en] addressing speeches ahead of an upper house election, that will be held on July 11.
East Timor: Collection of Pictures including Military Aircraft Carrier
Alex Castro posts a selection of photos from daily life in East Timor, including some featuring the American aircraft carrier, USS Peleliu, docked off coast in front of the Government Palace, due to the International Crocodile Military Exercise [pt].
Africa: Great African photos on the Internet
Glenna links to great African photos on the Internet: “The first set of beautiful photos I’d like to point out are by Jessica Hilltout of football in Africa.”
Kyrgyzstan: Referendum, Notes of a Voter
Murzaki posts a photo-report from the constitutional referendum in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan.