One Sun, One Shadow – Shane Lavalette

Having grown up in Northeastern United States, it was primarily through traditional music – old-time blues, gospel, etc. – that I had formed a relationship with the South. With that in mind, the region’s rich musical history became the natural entry point for my work.
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A Look Back – Stacy Kranitz – 2016

An ongoing series of (unedited) videos from NPAC’s annual Photojournalism Conference.

In April 2016, documentary photographer Stacy Kranitz spoke about the (unintentional) harm photojournalists can do when they descend upon a region in crisis.

Kranitz was born in Kentucky, USA, and received a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. Her work has been featured in publications such as Adbusters, Elle, Granta, Mother Jones, New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Rolling Stone, Vice and Wired. In 2015, Time magazine named her Instagram Photographer of the Year. She is represented by Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles.

(Video – Ryan Jackson)


Fort McMurray Wildfires

On May 1, 2016, a local state of emergency was declared in northern Alberta as wildfires began to spread south-west of Fort McMurray, the fourth largest city in Alberta. Two days later, the approximately 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate as the fire entered the city. With almost no advance warning, many fled with only the clothes on their back.
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2015 National Pictures of the Year Winners


Photograph of the Year
Native demonstrator Pierre George is engulfed in flames during a protest march at the entrance to the former Camp Ipperwash near Kettle Point, Ontario, September 20, 2015. At the end of the peaceful march, intended to bring elders of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nations to their former home, some residents of the camp set a small fire to stop others from entering the area and to signify the return of the land from the government. George’s brother, Dudley George, was shot and killed by an Ontario Provincial Police sniper during an occupation of Camp Ipperwash in 1995. (Craig Glover / The London Free Press)

VANCOUVER, April 23, 2016 – Photographers use their cameras as tools of exploration, documentation and, ultimately, as instruments of change.

Over 2,000 images were submitted to Canada’s premier photojournalist competition, the National Pictures of the Year (NPOY) awards. This is a testament to the ideal that photography matters now more than ever.
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