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TEDActive, in Instagrams

TEDActive, in Instagrams

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Take the TED Conference and add a generous helping of play, a sprinkling of colorful creativity, a lot of red beanbags, an endless supply of coffee, and a plethora of riveting conversations around fire pits with a tribe of smart, quirky people from all over the world and — voila! — you have the recipe []

Why I document the often violent and traumatic daily lives of others: Fellows Friday with photographer Jon Lowenstein

Why I document the often violent and traumatic daily lives of others: Fellows Friday with photographer Jon Lowenstein

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Social violence in Guatemala, Mexican and Central American migrant communities in the United States, the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, children with cerebral malaria in Uganda — for the past decade, photographer Jon Lowenstein has been documenting the often violent and traumatic daily lives of individuals and communities living at the edges of society, both []

Sebastião Salgado: A gallery of spectacular photographs

Sebastião Salgado: A gallery of spectacular photographs

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Ask photojournalists to name a peer they admire, and Sebastião Salgado’s name is sure to crop up. The Brazilian is renowned for the long-term projects he undertakes, devoting years at a time to documenting the story of a particular people or the evolution of a certain place. As he describes in the talk he gave []

Young gun: Fellows Friday with Ed Ou

Young gun: Fellows Friday with Ed Ou

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Award-winning Canadian photographer Ed Ou fell into photojournalism as a teenager, while studying political science in Jerusalem. Since then, he has blazed a trail of cinematic images covering the Egyptian revolution, the Somali Civil War, victims of radiation poisoning in the Soviet Union, and beyond, capturing moments of beauty and humanity in the midst of []

Playlist: 9 talks that give a new view of nature

Playlist: 9 talks that give a new view of nature

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Most people rarely feel compelled to stare at grains of sand. But when those same grains are magnified hundreds of times and rendered in three dimensions, they appear like individual pieces of colored glass crafted by a skilled artist — no two pieces the same. In today’s TEDTalk, photographer turned microbiologist turned inventor Gary Greenberg []

A TED Prize wish — 100,000 posters later

A TED Prize wish — 100,000 posters later

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JR’s art isn’t meant to be hung in an ornate frame in a museum or gallery. For more than a decade, the street artist has printed poster-sized photographs and pasted them on city walls to dramatic effect, always with a social point in mind. JR has pasted images of the teens living in housing projects []

Duncan Davidson: "It takes a team to photograph a TED"

Duncan Davidson: "It takes a team to photograph a TED"

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One of the two photographers who worked this year’s TEDGlobal, Duncan Davidson, shares his notes on TED photography. If you’re curious about some of the “people not seen” at TEDGlobal, the backroom elves who make things appear on the web by magic, read on: Let me tell you, I’ve seen my fair share of workflows []

8 tips for speakers from a TED photographer

8 tips for speakers from a TED photographer

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Via boingboing: James Duncan Davidson was one of our shooters at TED2009 (along with Asa Mathat — an amazing team). As a photographer and conferencegoer, Duncan has watched a lifetime’s worth of speakers, the good and the bad, the pro and the amateur, the calm and the completely freaked out. His takeaway: “There are things []

How I caught the mosquito

How I caught the mosquito

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We had two great editorial photographers at TED2009 in Long Beach — the brilliant Asa Mathat and James Duncan Davidson. As luck would have it, Duncan was the shooter who happened to be in the right place to catch Bill Gates’ now-famous mosquito release. Read how Duncan got the shot. In the enlargement above, it’s []