Immigrants Of New York: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Brighton Beach Waiter

Waiter at Café Volna Source: Tyler Bird

A neon hammer and sickle sign flickers in angry, vindictive red as soon as I exit the Brighton Beach subway stop in Brooklyn, New York. Except it’s not there to promote communism; it’s a flashy attempt to sell mid-grade booze. At first this strikes me as a bit odd, but then what is communism if not–like capitalism–one of the most enduring, elaborate and nastiest marketing campaigns this world has ever seen? Besides, I figure, it’s probably best not to try to make too much sense of everything I see today. After all, I am in Little Russia.

Brighton Beach Women

Source: Tyler Bird

Brighton Beach is Coney Island’s eccentric, slightly bedraggled aunt who thinks it’s funny to spike your 14-year-old cousin’s drink at the dinner table but then looks at you spitefully when you ask why he’s passed out at the table. Wizened 70-somethings sport gilded “Odessa” sailors’ hats while eating smoked herring at the boardwalk bar; babushkas in floral muumuus dot the well-worn street corners with a grimace chillier than the Cold War; battered and bruised men crowd around chess boards and toss half-empty beer cans to the ground not necessarily to dispose of them but perhaps to say—and loudly—“I am here”.

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How Photojournalism Killed Kevin Carter

Warning: some photos in this article are graphic and disturbing.

Kevin Carter Vulture Photo

Kevin Carter’s most famous photo Source: The Unsolicited Opinion

When this photograph capturing the suffering of the Sudanese famine was published in the New York Times on March 26, 1993, the reader reaction was intense and not all positive. Some people said that Kevin Carter, the photojournalist who took this photo, was inhumane, that he should have dropped his camera to run to the little girl’s aid. The controversy only grew when, a few months later, he won the Pulitzer Prize for the photo. By the end of July, 1994, he was dead.

Kevin Carter Trash Can Lid

Photojournalist Guy Adams took this shot of Carter during township violence; behind him, a man uses a trash can lid as a shield Source: Miko Photo

Emotional detachment allowed Carter and other photojournalists to witness countless tragedies and continue the job. The world’s intense reactions to the vulture photo appeared to be punishment for this necessary trait. Later, it became painfully clear that he hadn’t been detached at all. He had been deeply, fatally affected by the horrors he had witnessed.

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Foley And Sotloff: The Men Lost In The ISIS Murders

James Foley and Steven Sotloff ISIS Murders

Source: People

Despite various reports of the evil, disastrous actions of the militant group known as ISIS (also known as ISIL), the recent beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are hard to truly comprehend. Yet instead of focusing on ISIS and its actions, we wanted to pay our attention to the the brave men whose lives were lost to the tragic ISIS murders.

James Foley Covers Civil War

Source: ABC News

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