One Hundred Years of Darkness

Just a quick note on Marcus Bleasdale's well-designed site, which I took notice of after seeing his registration in this fledgling effort. Also worth taking a look at his travels along the Congo and among the Congolese, whose lives he says remain "as desperate and dire as it was in the time of Kurtz." Many of the photographs also appear in his 2003 book, One Hundred Years of Darkness.

Rwanda

Another story note, possibly worth a pitch to a photo editor. I noticed that Paul Rusesabagina (of Hotel Rwanda fame) has a foundation now working to deal with the results of the genocide there, particularly the approximately 500,000 orphans it created. The organization notes that this is believed to be the highest number of orphans in one country anywhere in the world. So you have a country where much of daily life, family life, is in the hands of half-a-million orphans living on the edge of society, just ten years after about 800,000 of its citizens were killed. Anyway may be worth a look.

WarShooter is up and running.

WarShooter is now up and running for the most part. Registered users can post to all sections -- blog, events, image pages, etc. Anonymous users who would like to get information out can send it to  warshooter@mac.com. Photojournalists shooting video (who cover war, conflict, crisis, and the like) are also welcome to join this portal.

Baghdad Bombing

Link to ABC video of the Baghdad Hotel Bombing.... http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=1244857

Poll

Which Photo Agency Is Hardest To Deal With? (Please use the comment section to address some of the issues you see.)
Getty
29%
Corbis
7%
Sipa
5%
Blackstar
4%
WireImage
6%
Panos
1%
Agency VU
2%
Lookat Photos
4%
VII
6%
Magnum
11%
Aurora
1%
Gamma
5%
WPN
5%
Zuma Press
8%
Polaris
5%
Total votes: 690
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