A Day Without a Woman

For anyone who thinks there is no need for an International Women’s Day, here’s one reminder from a death squad in Central America that I cannot forget. At dawn on February 20th 1982, I head off to ship film at the international airport, but I first encounter the victim of a right-wing death squad, later confirmed …

Measuring Influence

Earlier this month, TIME magazine devised a list of “the 100 most influential photographs” from across all of history. http://100photos.time.com/ Such an enterprise makes perfect sense coming from the publishing company that hopes to rival the Nobel’s leading figures around the world with their own Man or Woman or Group or Machine of the Year. …

A Book by Its Cover

I’ve noticed that more and more photographers have thrown up their hands in surrender, unable to choose the one picture out of a project to symbolize the whole, to draw browsers in, and seduce them through the book’s cover. Instead, photographers try to wriggle away, determined that no one will ever judge their book (or …

Turning a Blind Eye

by J. Ross Baughman      During 45 years as an investigative journalist, conflict photographer and editor of visual communications, my greatest frustration came from society’s willingness to talk (and presumably think) about many of the most important issues of the day, but not to look at them.      Even while valuing eye-witness accounts …