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Contact Press Images Contact Press Images was formed to give its journalists - who were photographers - a greater voice i Contact Press Images is one of the most significant agencies and archives of late-20th-century in existence.

Representing the work of two-dozen preeminent photographers, including:

Founding Members: David Burnett, Frank Fournier, Kenneth Jarecke, Annie Leibovitz, Dilip Mehta, Alon Reininger;
Senior Members: Kristen Ashburn, Alexandra Avakian, Stephen Dupont and Lori Grinker;
Contributors: Juliana Beasley, Sean Hemmerle, James Hill, Edward Keating
Special Contributors: Jane Evelyn Atwood, Martine Barra

Representing the work of two-dozen preeminent photographers, including:

Founding Members: David Burnett, Frank Fournier, Kenneth Jarecke, Annie Leibovitz, Dilip Mehta, Alon Reininger;
Senior Members: Kristen Ashburn, Alexandra Avakian, Stephen Dupont and Lori Grinker;
Contributors: Juliana Beasley, Sean Hemmerle, James Hill, Edward Keating
Special Contributors: Jane Evelyn Atwood, Martine Barra

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The first Earth Day was celebrated in NYCs Union Square Park on April 22, 1970. Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic betwe...
04/21/2022

The first Earth Day was celebrated in NYCs Union Square Park on April 22, 1970.

Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic between Central Park and Union Square as some 100,000 people gathered to participate in an ecological carnival designed to raise awareness about environmental issues.

Air and water pollution, largely from non-leaded gas and industrial contaminants, were the main concerns about the deteriorating environment in the US.

Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Gaylord Nelson [D Wis] wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests to organize campus teach-ins during the week prior to final exams at thousands of universities and colleges. He recruited Republican senator Pete Hayes as co-chair, and student activist Dennis Hayes as liaison.

By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act. Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act. A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act and soon after the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction.

Earth Day went global in 1990, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

By the photographers and contributing photographers of Contact.

#earthday #darkskypark
#baxterstatepark #pingyao #spain #srilanka #mammothmountain #duststorm #bondibeach #montana #neowisecomet #maine #michaelgseamans #lorigrinker #charlesommanney #davidburnett #yunghikim #toddbigelowphotography #stephendupont

April 1972 - 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British secur...
04/20/2022

April 1972 - 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim.

ALL photographs (c) Don McCullin/Contact Press Images

Picture captions -

1. Youths taunting British soldiers firing CS gas, the Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland 1971
2. Arrest of a Catholic boy in The Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971
3. British casualty by IRA in Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971
4. A British sergeant hit by a brick, the Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971
5. Catholic youth escaping British soldiers, the Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971
6. British soldier takes up covering position while civilians go home from work, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971
7,8,9. Catholic youth taunting British soldiers in the Bogside, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971 (3)
10. English soldiers charge rock throwing youth Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 1971

#thetroubles #northernireland #provisional #ira #catholic #britishmilitary #rockrhrowing #arrests #londonderry #bogside #photojournalism #blackandwhitephotography #streetphotography #donmccullin #contactpressimages

4/20A contact sheet from David Burnett’s shoot with Bob Marley, Tough Gong, Kingston, Jamaica, 1976.#bobmarley #420 #tou...
04/20/2022

4/20
A contact sheet from David Burnett’s shoot with Bob Marley, Tough Gong, Kingston, Jamaica, 1976.

#bobmarley #420 #toughgong #davidburnett #photojournalism #contactpressimages

Today is 27th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Charlie Hanger was the Oklahoma State Trooper who stopped Timoth...
04/19/2022

Today is 27th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Charlie Hanger was the Oklahoma State Trooper who stopped Timothy McVeigh less than two hours after the bombing of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995
Hanger says it was “divine intervention” that he stopped McVeigh after the bombing.
They weren’t looking for McVeigh yet, but the state trooper providentially pulled him over hours after the bombing on a traffic offense.
McVeigh stepped out of his car with nothing in his hands. Seeing this, Hanger met him between the cars. Hanger questioned him. McVeigh failed to produce a bill of sale for the car nor proof of insurance. So Hanger asked for his license. When McVeigh reached for the license that’s when Hanger noticed the bulge of the Glock. After asking him to unzip the jacket, McVeigh said "I have a gun.” Hanger drew his gun, told McVeigh to get his hands up, turned him around and told him to walk to the trunk of the 1977 Mercury Marquis.
It was two days later that Feds named McVeigh as a suspect and McVeigh was already in jail

Through a bit of enterprise journalism, Contact contributor Todd Bigelow subsequently photographed Charlie Hanger on the back of one assignment near his home town. Subsequently over the course of two other jobs, Todd photographed the OK City memorial and ultimately the execution of Timothy McVeigh.

#oklahomacity #oklahomacitybombing #alfredmurrahfederalbuilding #timmcveigh #charliehanger #oklahomastatetrooper #memorial #toddbigelowphotography #photojournalism #contactpressimages

Seven time Grammy Country Western winner, singer Randy Travis, backstage, April 1989, Kitchener, Ont., Canada by Dilip M...
04/18/2022

Seven time Grammy Country Western winner, singer Randy Travis, backstage, April 1989, Kitchener, Ont., Canada by Dilip Mehta for The New York Times Magazine, 33 years ago!

#randytravis #countrymusic #imgonnaloveyouforever #cma #poststroke #nashville #dilipmehta #contactpressimages

Cities Try to Turn the Tide on Police Traffic StopsChiefs, prosecutors and lawmakers are rethinking the value, and the h...
04/15/2022

Cities Try to Turn the Tide on Police Traffic Stops
Chiefs, prosecutors and lawmakers are rethinking the value, and the harm, of minor traffic stops like the one that ended in a man’s death in Grand Rapids.
In this image, LAPD prepares for a vehicle check.
Photograph by Ken Light/Contact

#police #vehiclestop #gunsdrawn #crimeprevention #stopandfrisk #bwphotography #photojournalism #kenlight #contactpressimages

Time is running out to make the Matzah, though it is a year-round item with the first night of Pesach Friday and seder a...
04/14/2022

Time is running out to make the Matzah, though it is a year-round item with the first night of Pesach Friday and seder after dark (imitative of when the Israelite left Egypt) it is an especially busy time of year at Streit’s factory -or was, when these pictures were taken while they were on the Lower East Side.
All photos by the late Ed Keating/Contact

#streits #streitsmatzo #matzah #pesach #passover #eggmatzah #seder #judaism #edwardkeating #contactpressimages

Through David Burnett’s photography,  Lincoln endures in our lives on this day in history, April 14, 1865, when he was s...
04/14/2022

Through David Burnett’s photography, Lincoln endures in our lives on this day in history, April 14, 1865, when he was shot and killed.

President Abraham Lincoln is shot in the head at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C. The assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is avenged,” as he jumped onto the stage and fled on horseback. Lincoln died the next morning.

From the Gardiner negative, to William French Smith’s sculptural rendering of Lincoln at the tourist-centric memorial, the oddity of Lincoln presenters at their annual get-together, to the detail of a Lincoln $5-bill at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Lincoln lives on.
All photographs by David Burnett/Contact

#lincoln #abelincoln #honestabe #lincolnmemorial #fivedollars #lincolnpresenters #alexandergardner #libraryofcongress #bureauofprintingandengraving #davidburnett #contactpressimages

At 9:00 p.m. EST on April 13, Apollo 13 was just over 200,000 miles from Earth. The crew had just completed a television...
04/13/2022

At 9:00 p.m. EST on April 13, Apollo 13 was just over 200,000 miles from Earth. The crew had just completed a television broadcast and was inspecting Aquarius, the Landing Module (LM). The next day, Apollo 13 was to enter the moon’s orbit, and soon after, Lovell and Haise would become the fifth and sixth men to walk on the moon. At 9:08 p.m., these plans were shattered when an explosion rocked the spacecraft. Oxygen tank No. 2 had blown up, disabling the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water. Lovell reported to mission control: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” and the crew scrambled to find out what had happened. Several minutes later, Lovell looked out of the left-hand window and saw that the spacecraft was venting a gas, which turned out to be the Command Module’s (CM) oxygen. The landing mission was aborted.

David Burnett was in Paris working and reacted to the news capturing a Parisian cafe scene with glam woman holding a newspaper emblazoned with the ‘Houston we’ve got a problem’ headline.

Who was to the know at the time that 39 years later, working on a story for TIME on Apollo astronauts David would photograph Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell and astronaut Fred Haise.
All photographs David Burnett/Contact

#apollo #apollo13 #houstonwehaveaproblem #jimlovell #fredhaise #pariscafe #photojournalism #davidburnett #contactpressimages

With Eastern this Sunday and undoubtedly more sadness upon sadness like this to come, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevch...
04/11/2022

With Eastern this Sunday and undoubtedly more sadness upon sadness like this to come, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, leads a prayer for the deceased at the mass grave in front of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints in Bucha
(c) Matthias Bruggmann/Contact

#ukraine #ukrainewar #massgrave #torturekillings #torture #murder #terror #bucha #prayerforthedead #warcrimes #bodies #matthiasbruggmann #photojournalism #contactpressimages

Bucha — an elderly woman unable to get back in her home quickly enough. Executed at the transom of her home.(c) Matt Bru...
04/11/2022

Bucha — an elderly woman unable to get back in her home quickly enough. Executed at the transom of her home.
(c) Matt Bruggmann/Contact

#ukraine #ukrainewar #bucha #i#ukrainetoday #warcrimes #terror #terrorism #matthiasbruggmann #photojournalism #contactpressimages

Bucha -- it’s just this basic and this grotesque: an older woman, perhaps a widower or a woman who never married. Defens...
04/10/2022

Bucha -- it’s just this basic and this grotesque: an older woman, perhaps a widower or a woman who never married. Defenseless and mercilessly executed in her kitchen.
Part of the systematic documentation of the war crimes Matt photographs at every step.

#ukraine #ukrainewar #ukrainetoday #warcrimes #murder #terror #terrorism #matthiasbruggmann #bucha #photojournalism #contactpressimages

The horrific and tense scene Thursday eve on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square where a Palestinian terrorist killed three and ...
04/08/2022

The horrific and tense scene Thursday eve on Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square where a Palestinian terrorist killed three and wounded 12 others. The area swarmed with police and elite anti-terrorism units. Later members of the ultra orthodox Zaka unit came in to clean up the crime scene with attention to religious ritual.
The last image is the scene in Tel Aviv at one of the memorials set up to mourn not only the victims of last night’s attack but others over the last three weeks that have now claimed the lives of 14.
All photographs by Contact contributor(c) Kobi Wolf.

#terrorism #terrorisminisrael #terrorismshooter #palestianterror #sayaretmaktal #gss #israelipolice #photojournalism #kobiwolf #contactpressimages #palestinianisraeliconflict

We lost George Butler in October but his work, not only as the director of “Pumping Iron” but as a gifted observer and p...
04/08/2022

We lost George Butler in October but his work, not only as the director of “Pumping Iron” but as a gifted observer and photographer lives on. And not just in the incredible archive of work on Arnold S and the world of competitive body building on its nascent years but a behind the scenes look at the 70s and early 80s. And then there’s his masterful work from Detroit in the 60s, unpublished for the moment. But also as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he documented the veterans movement of that time.
As George was fond of ending our conversations: “More to come!”

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-pictures-that-introduced-the-world-to-arnold-schwarzenegger

#georgebutler #georgebutlerphotography #arnoldschwarzenegger #arnold #bodybuilding #mrolympia #mruniverse #photojournalism #contactpressimages #whitemountainfilms #shakleton

April 7, 1994 - On April 7, 1994, violence fuels the launch of what would become the worst episode of genocide since Wor...
04/08/2022

April 7, 1994 - On April 7, 1994, violence fuels the launch of what would become the worst episode of genocide since World War II: the massacre of an estimated 500,000 to 1 million innocent civilian Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Following the first wave of massacres, Rwandan forces manage to discourage international intervention with the murder of 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers. The Tutsis, a minority group that made up about 10 percent of Rwanda’s population, received no assistance from the international community, although the United Nations later conceded that a mere 5,000 soldiers deployed at the outset would have stopped the wholesale slaughter.
(c) Frank Fournier/Contact Press Images photographed on assignment for TIME.

#rwanda #rwandagenocide #genocide #massacre #tutsis #hutu #nyarubuye #nyarubuyememorialsite #frankfournier #photojournalism #time #contactpressimages

Ukrainian mothers are writing their family contacts on the bodies of their children in case they get killed and the chil...
04/07/2022

Ukrainian mothers are writing their family contacts on the bodies of their children in case they get killed and the child survives. And Europe is still debating Russian gas consumption.

Jane Evelyn Atwood’s show “Soul” at the Nexus Hall in the Chanel building in Tokyo’s Gonzalo, Japan thru May 8.A stunnin...
04/06/2022

Jane Evelyn Atwood’s show “Soul” at the Nexus Hall in the Chanel building in Tokyo’s Gonzalo, Japan thru May 8.
A stunning show, with sumptuous catalogue. They exhibited the pictures all mixed up, (with the exception of 36 tiny Pigalle photos all together in the center in a small space) the designer, Osamu, organized the entire show via Zoom meetings. It can be done!

See it if you can get a visa to Japan…not so simple!

#janeevelynatwood #chanelhouse #tokyo #photoexhibition #ginza #nexushall #documentaryphotography #contactpressimages

Guess what arrived at Contact just now - Five years in the making, “Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojourna...
04/06/2022

Guess what arrived at Contact just now -

Five years in the making, “Close-Up on War: The Story of Pioneering Photojournalist Catherine Leroy in Vietnam” (Abrams, 2022) tells the incredible story of Catherine Leroy, one of the few woman photographers during the Vietnam War, told by an award-winning journalist and children's author Mary Cronk Farrell. This is an Abrams Young Adult style book - the first of its kind on Catherine Leroy - the inspiring and fascinating story of the woman who gave a human face to the Vietnam War. “Close-Up on War” tells the story of French-born Catherine Leroy, one of the war's few woman photographers, who documented some of the fiercest fighting in the 20-year conflict. Although she had no formal photographic training and had never traveled more than a few hundred miles from Paris before, Leroy left home at age 21 to travel to Vietnam and document the faces of war. Despite being told that women didn't belong in a "man's world," she was cool under fire, gravitated toward the thickest battles, went along on the soldiers' slogs through the heat and mud of the jungle, crawled through rice paddies, and became the only official photojournalist to parachute into combat with American soldiers. Leroy took striking photos that gave America no choice but to look at the realities of war--showing what it did to people on both sides--from wounded soldiers to civilian casualties.
Later, Leroy was gravely wounded from shrapnel, but that didn't keep her down more than a month. When captured by the North Vietnamese in 1968, she talked herself free after photographing her captors, scoring a cover story in Life magazine. A recipient of the George Polk Award, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism, Leroy was one of the most well-known photographers in the world during her time, and her legacy of bravery and compassion endures today. Farrell interviewed people who knew Leroy, as well as military personnel and other journalists who covered the war. In addition to a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnot.

#catherineleroy #dotationcatherineleroy #marycronkfarrell #abrams #photojournalism #vietnamwar

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