Photography with a conscience

Mike Johnston & co. at the consistently excellent Online Photographer blog have been posting a great series, Top Ten Greatest Photographs Ever Made. In the latest entry, Mike examines the interplay of gritty real life (a migrant mother, a deformed child) with classical imagery (the Madonna, the pietà), and he discusses the ways that photographers like Eugene Smith compose images that transcend the story at hand. It’s an unusually literate blog & well worth a read.
Representing the ongoing efforts of conscientious photographers, The Press Photographer’s Year showcases some of the most arresting photojournalism from the last 12 months. The slideshow interface makes it tough to navigate/link to specific image, but stick with it; there’s much that demands to be seen. [Via]