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Raw Images of War in Syria by Pulitzer-Winning Photographer Manu Brabo

Spaniard Manu Brabo studied photography in The School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo and then journalism in Carlos III University in Madrid. His first big break came in 2011, coming on board with the Associated Press to cover the crisis in Libya.
Right away, Brabo started to submit photos with his signature style: Raw. He is the bona fide war zone photographer, he’s there shooting when the soldiers are shooting and he’s there afterwards photographing the wounded, the dead, and the living grieving over their dead. Sometimes, his images are so point-blank graphic, that they are painful to look at. And it is true that some pictures, though definitely impactful, I just couldn’t make myself to include in the gallery.
Perhaps it was this gutsy approach that caused Brabo to fall into Libyan captivity in 2011. Fortunately, he was later released.
Still in 2011, he moved to Egypt and in 2012 to Syria. Along with fellow AP photographers, Rodrigo Abd, Khalil Hamra, and Muhammed Muheisen, Brabo was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.
His photos of the conflict in Syria are truly staggering. Not only does he capture the grief and suffering of the war, but also moments of joy and ordinary life. The war in Syria claimed estimated 30,000 lives and its repercussions are felt far beyond its borders, if only through the influx of Syrian refugees. It is people like Manu Brabo who remind us of its realities and sometimes also shake us up, hopefully to wake up our compassion.

Check Out Smart and Imaginative White House Photography of Charles Dharapak

Calling Charles Dharapak a White House photographer wouldn’t really do him justice. Over his 20 years with the Associated Press he worked in Southeast Asia and later he covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2002. But the truth is that since 2003 he’s been settled in Washington covering the busy political hive.
Photographing politics can be dreary. The presser starts, the official is 20–200 minutes late, they arrive, stand behind a podium and some microphones, talk, and leave. Rinse and repeat.
It is all the more impressive then that Charles Dharapak managed to spice up his career with so many interesting shots that transformed occasions that might otherwise be commonplace into eye-catching images, even playful at times.
Dharapak was born in New York and studied print journalism and economics at New York University. In 2012 he was designated Still Photographer of the year by the White House News Photographer’s Association. He also won 1st place in the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism General News Single Category.
Here we bring you a selection of photos mostly portraying President Barack Obama, his administration, and other scenes from Washington’s abundant political life, yet from a perspective that often eludes newspaper pages. Mixed in are some scenes of daily life in Nation’s capital, with the notion of the government presence sometimes subtly suggested in the background.
Of course, photographing the president may bring some little perks like accompanying him on a trip or two to some exotic destinations like Malaysia, or just around Europe, or perhaps Hawaii. But that’s just a part of the job–and there’s not enough time for sightseeing anyway.

Rio Realities With World Press Photo-Winning Photographer Felipe Dana

Felipe Dana is not only an excellent photojournalist, but also a master of perspective. I mean, he gets the great shots in a great way. Sometimes novel, sometimes artistic, and sometimes imbuing the image with an additional meaning.
He was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1985 and set out on his journey as a photographer 15 years later as an assistant to other photographers.
In 2009 he moved on to professional photojournalism. He’s been covering sporting events, carnivals, celebrations—all the glamour one associates with Brazil. But again and again his focus was drawn to the murky side of the metropolis—the slums.
Before the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian government funneled thousands of military police and soldiers to slums to break drug gangs’ grip over the areas. Before the 2016 Olympics lot of the slums were supposed to be rebuilt. None of this is coming easy and Dana has been around to show us as an Associated Press staff photographer.
In 2013, his picture of a crying 15 years old crack-addicted girl in one of the slums earned him World Press Photo award.
Yet Dana also found many examples of joy inside the slums, sprawling life despite all adversities. And that is Rio as well.
From another point of view, it seems unusual for a professional photographer to stay so laser-focused on one locale. Looking at his photos taken over the years, Dana has the ability to carve out a complete picture of Rio in our minds. So let him!
As always. I’d be glad for your comments. Would you like to see more of Felipe Dana’s work? Or do you have another photographer in mind whose work the world should see?

Must-See World Through the Lens of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Robert Bukaty

Robert F. Bukaty was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and studied photographic illustration at Rochester Institute of Technology. Bukaty has a reputation for making compelling images of ordinary every day life. Be it frozen curves of Mount Washington in New Hampshire or a barge plowing through arctic sea-smoke on its way out of Portland Harbor, Bukaty captured the moments in a visually breathtaking way.
In this selection, we see Bukaty focusing on the Northeast, tracing people interacting with nature in its rugged beauty. In his picture of Russell Norris, age 15, diving into the Swift River at Coos Canyon in Maine, you can almost feel the invigorating chills of the brisk water. And the simple photograph of a sign listing six different varieties of potatoes for sale outside a farm near Houlton may tell us more about Maine than a page of statistics.
On the other hand, his photo of a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., or of Jack Fleming, one of the top men behind organizing the Boston Marathon, as he pauses at the finish line just a week after the terrorist attack, showcase photojournalism of the most serious kind.
Bukaty has worked for the Associated Press since 1993 and was part of the AP team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for coverage of the President Clinton impeachment story. His major assignments included the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, Hurricane Katrina, the Boston Marathon bombing, and several presidential campaigns. In 2008 he had a special six-month assignment in Beijing, culminating with the summer Olympics, one of six Olympic Games that he has covered.
Associated Press contributed to this story.