A smile is one of our most basic and simple reactions. Yet in photojournalism, it’s almost a taboo to show. When documenting natural disasters, conflict and poverty, we photographers often search for a distinct moment which captures the grave circumstances, often avoiding the joy and triumph of the human spirit which appears even in the most challenging circumstances. This photo of members of the Young Communist League in China is part of a new exhibition focusing on smiles. Featuring 85 photographs by the @VIIPhoto collective, the exhibition can be seen through May 1, 2014 at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, New York, NY. What makes you smile? Submit your own smile photo using the hashtag #ShareMySmile. @ArtsBrookfield
Disaster Drawing #9: Watch your step. #Colorado
Blue Sky Days #drone photos will be projected at the @nymediacenter through April 25th: http://tomasvh.com/?p=2335 #Surveillance01 #InDronesWeTrust #exhibition #Surveillance #BlueSkyDays
The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that over 200 children were killed in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia between 2004 and 2013. In 2006, a strike on a religious school in the Pakistani village of Chenegai reportedly killed 69 children. In May 2013 speech, President Obama responded to mounting criticism of the drone program, saying “it is a hard fact that U.S. strikes have resulted in civilian casualties, a risk that exists in every war.” However, the President insisted that the program’s benefits outweigh the drawbacks. “Simply put,” he said, “these strikes have saved lives.”
I’ll be speaking at two events in April to engage in the ongoing debate about drones. Please join me if you will be in New York City or Boulder, Colorado in the coming weeks. Full event details at http://tomasvh.com/?p=2386 #BlueSkyDays #InDronesWeTrust #Drones
How does constant #surveillance change the way we live? How is the rapid expansion of #drones changing the nature of the sky, warfare and our #privacy? To engage these questions, I attached my camera to a small drone and travelled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes—weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, industrial feedlots, and stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. You can see the resulting photos in the April issue of Harper’s Magazine and as part of the “Surveillance.01-USA” exhibition, April 3-25 at the Made in New York Media Center, 30 John Street, Brooklyn, NY. More info: http://tomasvh.com/shows-and-events/surveillance-usa-expo/ #BlueSkyDays #InDronesWeTrust
A child-sized #robot hand. Shot on assignment in Germany for @smithsonianmagazine #nonfiction @viiphoto
A playbook example of how to kill a High-Value Target (HVT).
1) Use Pattern of Life Analysis to identify HVT’s colleagues.
2) Kill mid-ranking colleague by drone strike.
3) Use the funeral as bait.
4) Strike the funeral, killing up to 83 mourners, unfortunately missing HTV.
5) Continue surveillance two more months.
6) Strike HVT while with his wife at his father-in-laws home.
7) Mission accomplished.
#Drone images by @TomasVH. More in the April 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine. http://harpers.org/archive/2014/04/blue-sky-days/ #BlueSkyDays #InDronesWeTrust