What I am reading this week

– For the 3rd year in a row, the Shanghai Flickr Meetup team conducted Help Portrat Shanghai as part of a global movement which began as a way for photographers to give back to communities in need. We worked together with HandsOn Shanghai, a local NGO to help make portraits for migrant families. A total of 69 families walked away with lovely portraits. You can view more behind-the-scenes here.

– The 2011 “Best Ofs” round ups begin. But this one stands out by TIME’s Lightbox. The most surprising photos of 2011 range from the bizarre, adorable to the gruesome. You’ve been warned.

– I’ve always wondered what it would be like to grow up as a teenager in the age of the Internet. Blogs, teen angst on Facebook, digicams, WRITING IN EMOTIVE CAPS … and Glee, the TV show where high school teenagersbreak into song and dance every few minutes. One of the actresses, Dianna Agron, a great writer and amateur photographer, started YouMeandCharlie. The layout is fun and whimsical though peppered with a lot of info on one page perfect for the young reader with ADD.

– Having lived in Los Angeles for 3.5 years during my university days, this collection of historical photos in celebration of Los Angeles Times’ 130th anniversary is special. From old Hollywood stars, earthquakes, race riots to LA’s urban development, time travel through the city’s history.

–  Lam Yik Fei’s “The Rootless Generation” delves into the lives of Burma’s numerous refugees, young and old, who are still trying to recover from the country’s long civil war. Drives you to the core. Highly recommended.

– Here’s something from my trusty blogroll you may enjoy. “Illustrations of China & Its People” by John Thomson is a wonderful source for a rich historical visual history of China. Thompson was one of the first Western photographer to travel widely in China and MIT hosts his extensively collection of work.

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1 Comment

  • Reply December 21, 2011


    Some great pictures you may enjoy, to keep you warm in the cold cold Shanghai winter.

    Namibia is home to one of the most beautiful desert on earth. Sebastiao Salgado also included several shots taken in the Namib fringes, in his book “Africa”.

    And as a bonus, insightful advice on taking pictures. I’m still wondering if his two 5DII covered in mud ever survived.

    He started his photo journey at about 43, just to tell us that aging isn’t a curse.

    Youth, is a state of mind. Everything else is background noise.

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