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Why you are the future of photography

Jon Rafman's Google Street View, Via Valassa, Rho, Lombardy, Italy. Photograph: Jon Rafman Their manifesto begins: "Now, we're a series of editors. We all recycle, clip and cut, remix and upload. Ilustríssima - Por que morrem tantos fotógrafos de guerra? - 12/02. Sergio Larrain obituary. Although he was photographically active for scarcely more than a decade and was the author of just four books (all of them now collectors' items), the stature and reputation of the Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain, who has died aged 80, continued to grow after he withdrew from the vibrant European world of street photography to live in a meditational retreat.

Sergio Larrain obituary

Born into a professional family in Santiago (his father was an architect), he began by studying music. At the age of 18, he went to the US and studied forestry at the University of California, Berkeley, before transferring to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1954. He also travelled through Europe and the Middle East, taking a camera. "Pietà islamique" : sous le voile, la révolte. The meaning of 9/11's most controversial photo. In the photograph Thomas Hoepker took on 11 September 2001, a group of New Yorkers sit chatting in the sun in a park in Brooklyn.

The meaning of 9/11's most controversial photo

Behind them, across brilliant blue water, in an azure sky, a terrible cloud of smoke and dust rises above lower Manhattan from the place where two towers were struck by hijacked airliners this same morning and have collapsed, killing, by fire, smoke, falling or jumping or crushing and tearing and fragmentation in the buildings' final fall, nearly 3,000 people. Ten years on, this is becoming one of the iconic photographs of 9/11, yet its history is strange and tortuous. Hoepker, a senior figure in the renowned Magnum photographers' co-operative, chose not to publish it in 2001 and to exclude it from a book of Magnum pictures of that horribly unequalled day. Only in 2006, on the fifth anniversary of the attacks, did it appear in a book, and then it caused instant controversy. The critic and columnist Frank Rich wrote about it in the New York Times. Gisèle Freund et ses "victimes"

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The shot that nearly killed me: War photographers – a special report. Adam Ferguson, Afghanistan, 2009 I was one of the first on the scene.

The shot that nearly killed me: War photographers – a special report

The Afghan security forces normally shut down a suicide bombing like this pretty quickly. I was able to get to the epicentre of the explosion. It was carnage, there were bodies, flames were coming out of the buildings. I remember feeling very scared because there was still popping and hissing and small explosions, and the building was collapsing. This woman was escorted out of the building and round this devastated street corner. As a photographer, you feel helpless. When I won a World Press award for this photograph, I felt sad. Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, Congo, November 2008 The situation was very tense – people were drunk and aggressive. When I got to the hotel, I showed the other photographers.

I really hate this shot. Lynsey Addario, Libya, March 2011 I had been in Libya for just over two weeks, shooting the insurgency. The first three days were very violent – I was punched in the face several times, groped nonstop. "Photographs 1961-1967", de Dennis Hopper : les années 1960 vues par Dennis Hopper. Susan Sontag. Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism (1977) "Susan Sontag has written a book of great importance and originality. . . . All future discussion or analysis of the role of photography in the affluent mass-media societies is now bound to begin with her book. " —John Berger "After Susan Sontag, photography must be written about not only as a force in the arts, but as one that is increasingly powerful in the nature and destiny of our global society.

" "Not many photographs are worth a thousand of (Susan Sontag's) words. " —Robert Hughes, "On Photography is to my mind the most original and illuminating study of the subject. " —Calvin Trillin, "Every page of On Photography raises important and exciting questions about its subject and raises them in the best way. "