Even photojournalists

I saw really earnest documentary photographers who, had you put 35mm cameras in their hands, would’ve suddenly been about level horizons and juxtaposing foregrounds and backgrounds. None of that; this process was completely unselfconscious, fun and experiential. It had nothing to do with the photography that they usually make, to the point that they didn’t realize they were making pictures! Since then we’ve seen them apply the cellphone in serious photojournalism contexts – Ron Haviv in Libya for example.

The casual nature of making the image is transformative for the photographer and the photographed. Ron talks about when, in Libya, he chose not to take his cameras with him, he became invisible. All the fighters had cellphones too and were taking photos. Ron was just another person snapping away. [Wired]

When the meaning and process of photography changed

“The way we relate to imagery is changing,” says Mayes, who thinks the pace of change is astonishing. Fortune magazine reported in September 2012 that “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” That same month, Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram, just shy of two years in existence, surpassed 100 million users. Instagram users, who are signing up a rate of one per second, have taken over one billion images with the app. Such frenzied activity will account for some but not all of of the 250 million images uploaded to Facebook every day.  [Wired]

It's funny, even people who hate ebooks love taking cell phone photos. You rarely see them insisting on taking a photograph on film, and having it developed.


When it comes to assessing the chances of some complicated combination of events, gut feelings are pretty much useless. Pundits are no better at forecasting election outcomes than they would be at predicting the final path of a hurricane. [NYT]

Healthy eating is about more than simply making food available in poor neighborhoods


Tens of millions of Americans can't follow the government's guidelines for healthful eating because they can't afford or access enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it's because they live in what's known as a "food desert," places devoid of markets with a good variety of quality fresh foods. And even as cities from Philadelphia to Chicago to Detroit mobilize to hydrate the food deserts, it's becoming clear that even if you make fresh produce affordable, people may not buy it.

 "An effective program would have to heavily subsidize the price to attain a large increase in the consumption of fruit but may not be effective with vegetables," researchers at Michigan State University write. But they note many other factors prevent people in food deserts from buying fruits and vegetables.


The pair reportedly broke up some point after Petraeus become CIA Director, but he continued sending thousands of emails to her over the past few months. [link]

These were sent via gmail, btw.