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    National Geographic photographer, speaker, teacher, author of photo books such as "minus 2/3", "Sleeping Cars" and "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl"

    Tourists are questionably playful as they pose for a photograph near the historic Bernauer Strasse site at the Berlin Wall Memorial. When the Berlin Wall was erected, this area became famous for window escapes from apartment blocks lining the streets. Several people died here when the Wall was first enforced. 
The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial site of German division, located in the middle of the capital. The memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. The events that took place here, together with the preserved historical remnants and traces of border obstacles on display help to make the history of Germany's division comprehensible to visitors, although some tourists may not fully grasp the tragedy that took place.
Today, November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the barrier that separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The wall completely encircled West Berlin, and a “death strip” was added on the East German side in the years following initial construction. Officially, 138 people died trying to escape from East to West. 
@thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #BerlinWall #BerlinerStrasse #Germany
    Tourists are questionably playful as they pose for a photograph near the historic Bernauer Strasse site at the Berlin Wall Memorial. When the Berlin Wall was erected, this area became famous for window escapes from apartment blocks lining the streets. Several people died here when the Wall was first enforced. The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial site of German division, located in the middle of the capital. The memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. The events that took place here, together with the preserved historical remnants and traces of border obstacles on display help to make the history of Germany's division comprehensible to visitors, although some tourists may not fully grasp the tragedy that took place. Today, November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the barrier that separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The wall completely encircled West Berlin, and a “death strip” was added on the East German side in the years following initial construction. Officially, 138 people died trying to escape from East to West. @thephotosociety @natgeoimagecollection #BerlinWall #BerlinerStrasse #Germany
    Photo by @williamalbertallard // IL Buckaroo Ricky Morris Wrangling Horses - Nevada, 1979. 
As part of his bi-annual flash sale, my dear friend and @natgeo colleague, @williamalbertallard (Bill Allard) is offering this signed print for $100 for a three week period beginning November 4th and ending on November 25th at 11:59 pm (EST). This flash sale print is a 6” x 9” image on a 9” x 11” paper. It is an archival ink jet print on archival watercolor paper.  It is signed IDed in graphite pencil on the front border. Link in Bill’s bio to purchase. 
Here is what Bill writes about the image: 
Every morning and late afternoon, each buckaroo on the IL cow crew picked one of the five or six horses in their group to ride.  Ricky Morris was one of the buckaroos at the IL Ranch, in Nevada.  The working cowboy has never made much money but he has had a certain independence.  The skills, like wrangling, don’t come with the hat. They have to be acquired and learned. 
I took this shot in early morning light.  The dust acts as kind of a scrim over the picture. But the key to the image is the rope. The line of that rope cutting the diagonal at the back of Ricky’s hand, then the sharp vertical descending to the coil of ropes, which is just off-center of the picture ….that’s the handle for the photograph. Right there. 
@thephotosociety #BillAllard
    Photo by @williamalbertallard // IL Buckaroo Ricky Morris Wrangling Horses - Nevada, 1979. As part of his bi-annual flash sale, my dear friend and @natgeo colleague, @williamalbertallard (Bill Allard) is offering this signed print for $100 for a three week period beginning November 4th and ending on November 25th at 11:59 pm (EST). This flash sale print is a 6” x 9” image on a 9” x 11” paper. It is an archival ink jet print on archival watercolor paper. It is signed IDed in graphite pencil on the front border. Link in Bill’s bio to purchase. Here is what Bill writes about the image: Every morning and late afternoon, each buckaroo on the IL cow crew picked one of the five or six horses in their group to ride. Ricky Morris was one of the buckaroos at the IL Ranch, in Nevada. The working cowboy has never made much money but he has had a certain independence. The skills, like wrangling, don’t come with the hat. They have to be acquired and learned. I took this shot in early morning light. The dust acts as kind of a scrim over the picture. But the key to the image is the rope. The line of that rope cutting the diagonal at the back of Ricky’s hand, then the sharp vertical descending to the coil of ropes, which is just off-center of the picture ….that’s the handle for the photograph. Right there. @thephotosociety #BillAllard
    While going through my archives, I came across this image from the early 1990s, showing a Ukrainian coal miner scrubbing down after a day in the pits. Though they were relatively well paid, miners faced equipment breakdowns and gas explosions as they extracted Ukraine’s high-grade coal. According to estimates at that time, every million tons of coal cost the life of one miner. After spending a day with the miners in such a harsh and challenging environment, I brought my camera along and continued photographing, even as we cleaned ourselves up. 
@thephotosociety @natgeo #coal #Ukraine #Donbass
    While going through my archives, I came across this image from the early 1990s, showing a Ukrainian coal miner scrubbing down after a day in the pits. Though they were relatively well paid, miners faced equipment breakdowns and gas explosions as they extracted Ukraine’s high-grade coal. According to estimates at that time, every million tons of coal cost the life of one miner. After spending a day with the miners in such a harsh and challenging environment, I brought my camera along and continued photographing, even as we cleaned ourselves up. @thephotosociety @natgeo #coal #Ukraine #Donbass
    This is a plea for mercy from Jane Goodall. Eight Iranian conservationists are in prison for their work with endangered wildlife. We share Jane's appeal to the leaders of Iran, to have compassion as they decide their fate. Without the efforts of passionate conservationists, Iran’s most unique natural symbol, the Asiatic cheetah, may face extinction. Please help spread word about this tragic injustice. Follow @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more posts about this issue. 
For our friends in Iran, here is Jane’s plea translated into Farsi. 
این پیام حاوی تقاضایی‌ست برای رافت و دلسوزی دولتمردان ایران.

هشت تن از حافظان محیط زیست که عمرشان را وقف حفاظت از میراث طبیعی ایران کرده‌اند نزدیک به دو سال است که در بازداشت‌اند. اتهام آنها جاسوسی است. 
هم‌اکنون آنها در انتظار دریافت احکامشان هستند. 
این پیشامد ناگواریست، این زنان و مردان برای حفاظت از آینده گونه‌های در خطر انقراض مانند یوز آسیایی - که تنها در ایران باقی مانده است - تلاش کرده‌اند. آنها کوشیده‌اند که ایران به عنوان کشوری پایبند به حفاظت از میراث ارزشمند طبیعی‌اش سربلند باشد. 
به قول مولانا جلال‌الدین رومی، شاعر مشهور ایرانی، «در این خاک در این مزرعه پاک، به جز مهر به جز عشق دگر تخم نکاریم». من از شما تقاضای شفقت دارم، درخواست مهربانی دارم، وقتی که برای سرنوشتشان تصمیم می‌گیرید.

@JaneGoodallInst @official_leonardodicapriofdn @hope4nature @hrouhani @jzarif_ir @hediyehtehrany @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org #NiloufarBayani #SamRadjabi #MoradTahbaz #HoumanJowkar #SepidehKashani #AmirHosseinKhaleghi #AbdolrezaKouhpayeh #TaherGhadirian #anyhopefornature #FreeIranianConservationists

#نیلوفر_بیانی 
#سام_رجبی 
#مراد_طاهباز 
#هومن_جوکار 
#سپیده_کاشانی 
#امیرحسین_خالقی 
#عبدالرضا_کوهپایه 
#طاهر_قدیریان 
#امید_برای_طبیعت
    This is a plea for mercy from Jane Goodall. Eight Iranian conservationists are in prison for their work with endangered wildlife. We share Jane's appeal to the leaders of Iran, to have compassion as they decide their fate. Without the efforts of passionate conservationists, Iran’s most unique natural symbol, the Asiatic cheetah, may face extinction. Please help spread word about this tragic injustice. Follow @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more posts about this issue. For our friends in Iran, here is Jane’s plea translated into Farsi. این پیام حاوی تقاضایی‌ست برای رافت و دلسوزی دولتمردان ایران. هشت تن از حافظان محیط زیست که عمرشان را وقف حفاظت از میراث طبیعی ایران کرده‌اند نزدیک به دو سال است که در بازداشت‌اند. اتهام آنها جاسوسی است. هم‌اکنون آنها در انتظار دریافت احکامشان هستند. این پیشامد ناگواریست، این زنان و مردان برای حفاظت از آینده گونه‌های در خطر انقراض مانند یوز آسیایی - که تنها در ایران باقی مانده است - تلاش کرده‌اند. آنها کوشیده‌اند که ایران به عنوان کشوری پایبند به حفاظت از میراث ارزشمند طبیعی‌اش سربلند باشد. به قول مولانا جلال‌الدین رومی، شاعر مشهور ایرانی، «در این خاک در این مزرعه پاک، به جز مهر به جز عشق دگر تخم نکاریم». من از شما تقاضای شفقت دارم، درخواست مهربانی دارم، وقتی که برای سرنوشتشان تصمیم می‌گیرید. @JaneGoodallInst @official_leonardodicapriofdn @hope4nature @hrouhani @jzarif_ir @hediyehtehrany @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org #NiloufarBayani #SamRadjabi #MoradTahbaz #HoumanJowkar #SepidehKashani #AmirHosseinKhaleghi #AbdolrezaKouhpayeh #TaherGhadirian #anyhopefornature #FreeIranianConservationists #نیلوفر_بیانی #سام_رجبی #مراد_طاهباز #هومن_جوکار #سپیده_کاشانی #امیرحسین_خالقی #عبدالرضا_کوهپایه #طاهر_قدیریان #امید_برای_طبیعت
    It’s Oktoberfest season across the globe. Several years back, dressed appropriately in Bavarian garb, a couple celebrates by making out and loading up on beer during a festival in Bremen, Germany. Cheers—or Prost, as they say in Germany! 
@thephotosociety #Oktoberfest #Germany #bremen
    It’s Oktoberfest season across the globe. Several years back, dressed appropriately in Bavarian garb, a couple celebrates by making out and loading up on beer during a festival in Bremen, Germany. Cheers—or Prost, as they say in Germany! @thephotosociety #Oktoberfest #Germany #bremen
    The nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 26, 1986, contaminated thousands of square miles, forcing 150 thousand inhabitants to hastily abandon their homes. Posters of disgraced Politburo members, most likely preparations for upcoming May Day celebrations, litter the floor of an abandoned storage facility in Pripyat, once the largest town in the area with 49 thousand inhabitants. Decades later, the Politburo posters remain a haunting reminder of a tragedy worsened by the initial denial of the Soviet political class. 
My exhibit, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl,” at the ROSPHOTO State Photo Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, will be closing September 22. 
The amazing HBO miniseries, “Chernobyl” has been widely viewed in Russia. Due to its success, some in the Russian media announced they would follow up with their own version of the story, in which the CIA is portrayed as one of the culprits of the disaster. Even Russians, however, were making fun of this take. The trailer, which had already premiered on YouTube, has now disappeared. 
@natgeo @thephotosociety @rosphoto.museum #Chernobyl #ukraine
    The nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 26, 1986, contaminated thousands of square miles, forcing 150 thousand inhabitants to hastily abandon their homes. Posters of disgraced Politburo members, most likely preparations for upcoming May Day celebrations, litter the floor of an abandoned storage facility in Pripyat, once the largest town in the area with 49 thousand inhabitants. Decades later, the Politburo posters remain a haunting reminder of a tragedy worsened by the initial denial of the Soviet political class. My exhibit, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl,” at the ROSPHOTO State Photo Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, will be closing September 22. The amazing HBO miniseries, “Chernobyl” has been widely viewed in Russia. Due to its success, some in the Russian media announced they would follow up with their own version of the story, in which the CIA is portrayed as one of the culprits of the disaster. Even Russians, however, were making fun of this take. The trailer, which had already premiered on YouTube, has now disappeared. @natgeo @thephotosociety @rosphoto.museum #Chernobyl #ukraine
    Scientists monitor the radiation along the remnants of the Red Forest, one of the most contaminated areas after the explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor No.4. The forest’s name comes from the ginger color of the trees after they died, having absorbed high levels of radiation after the accident. Much of the Red Forest burnt and was buried in “waste graveyards.” The photograph, which was taken in 1993, is part of my current exhibit “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” at the ROSPHOTO State Photo Museum in St. Petersburg, where 100 of my images chronicling the aftermath of the disaster are on display until September 27. I just returned from the opening and was overwhelmed by the magnitude of coverage it received from the Russian media—from online articles to many television, radio and newspaper interviews. 
@thephotosociety @rosphoto.museum @natgeo #Chernobyl #RedForest #Ukraine
    Scientists monitor the radiation along the remnants of the Red Forest, one of the most contaminated areas after the explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor No.4. The forest’s name comes from the ginger color of the trees after they died, having absorbed high levels of radiation after the accident. Much of the Red Forest burnt and was buried in “waste graveyards.” The photograph, which was taken in 1993, is part of my current exhibit “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” at the ROSPHOTO State Photo Museum in St. Petersburg, where 100 of my images chronicling the aftermath of the disaster are on display until September 27. I just returned from the opening and was overwhelmed by the magnitude of coverage it received from the Russian media—from online articles to many television, radio and newspaper interviews. @thephotosociety @rosphoto.museum @natgeo #Chernobyl #RedForest #Ukraine
    Inside the belly of the beast. In my time documenting the aftermath of Chernobyl, I have gone further into the destroyed Reactor No. 4 than any other Western still photographer, each time for only 15-30 minutes. This spot, however, was so contaminated that, despite wearing protective gear, I only had about one minute to shoot. 
This weekend, I am heading off to the opening of my exhibit, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” at the ROSPHOTO state photo museum in Saint Petersburg, which will show over 100 of my photographs from the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. The opening coincides with much renewed interest in the accident after the Chernobyl miniseries on HBO, which was noticed in Russia as well. 
The opening of the exhibit will be on Tuesday, August 6 at 6pm at the ROSPHOTO state photo museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. 
@thephotosociety @natgeo #Chernobyl #ReactorNumber4 #nuclear #Ukraine #thelongshadowofchernobyl
    Inside the belly of the beast. In my time documenting the aftermath of Chernobyl, I have gone further into the destroyed Reactor No. 4 than any other Western still photographer, each time for only 15-30 minutes. This spot, however, was so contaminated that, despite wearing protective gear, I only had about one minute to shoot. This weekend, I am heading off to the opening of my exhibit, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” at the ROSPHOTO state photo museum in Saint Petersburg, which will show over 100 of my photographs from the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. The opening coincides with much renewed interest in the accident after the Chernobyl miniseries on HBO, which was noticed in Russia as well. The opening of the exhibit will be on Tuesday, August 6 at 6pm at the ROSPHOTO state photo museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. @thephotosociety @natgeo #Chernobyl #ReactorNumber4 #nuclear #Ukraine #thelongshadowofchernobyl
    In the 15th and 16th centuries, the silver mines of Schwaz in Tirol, Austria were considered to be the largest in the world. Today, visitors to the mines can watch how strenuous the process used to be.  The miner in the foreground of the image is real and pictured next to a statue of a miner in the background. 
This image, shot a few years ago, was part of a story on the Fuggers—the German equivalent of the Medici in Italy, a prosperous merchant family situated in Augsburg, a town in Southern Germany and a commercial center of its time. The silver mines were one of the main sources of the Fugger’s wealth. Their name stands not only for wealth and clever business management, but also for a far-reaching influence on the political events of that time which shaped the fates of both Germany and Europe. 
@thephotosociety #silvermines #Fuggers #Austria #Tirol
    In the 15th and 16th centuries, the silver mines of Schwaz in Tirol, Austria were considered to be the largest in the world. Today, visitors to the mines can watch how strenuous the process used to be. The miner in the foreground of the image is real and pictured next to a statue of a miner in the background. This image, shot a few years ago, was part of a story on the Fuggers—the German equivalent of the Medici in Italy, a prosperous merchant family situated in Augsburg, a town in Southern Germany and a commercial center of its time. The silver mines were one of the main sources of the Fugger’s wealth. Their name stands not only for wealth and clever business management, but also for a far-reaching influence on the political events of that time which shaped the fates of both Germany and Europe. @thephotosociety #silvermines #Fuggers #Austria #Tirol
    Happy Independence Day! July 4 marks the 243rd anniversary of the United States’ independence from Britain. I captured this image years ago, but I believe the feeling of it still resonates today—hope, questioning, longing—especially in the current political climate. 
@thephotosociety #IndependenceDay #July4th #USA
    Happy Independence Day! July 4 marks the 243rd anniversary of the United States’ independence from Britain. I captured this image years ago, but I believe the feeling of it still resonates today—hope, questioning, longing—especially in the current political climate. @thephotosociety #IndependenceDay #July4th #USA
    A view of the control room of Reactor No. 3 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1993. 
This control room was identical to that of ill-fated Reactor No. 4, separated by a concrete wall only a few feet thick. In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 exploded when engineers botched a safety test, causing the largest nuclear disaster in history. Though universally condemned as unsafe, 15 such reactors still operated in Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania after the accident, including this Chernobyl Reactor No. 3, which remained online until December 2000—more than 14 years after the accident. 
With renewed interest in Chernobyl caused by the recent HBO miniseries and Adam Higginbotham’s book, Midnight in Chernobyl, I have revisited this image, which reminds me of one of HBO’s scenes. In a memorable scene in the “Chernobyl” miniseries, an engineer in the control room goes into the hallway to smoke a cigarette. As you can see in this image, however, one of the engineers is smoking a cigarette inside the control room, which many did while I photographed. 
@thephotosociety #Chernobyl #HBOChernobyl #nuclear #MidnightInChernobyl
    A view of the control room of Reactor No. 3 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1993. This control room was identical to that of ill-fated Reactor No. 4, separated by a concrete wall only a few feet thick. In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 exploded when engineers botched a safety test, causing the largest nuclear disaster in history. Though universally condemned as unsafe, 15 such reactors still operated in Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania after the accident, including this Chernobyl Reactor No. 3, which remained online until December 2000—more than 14 years after the accident. With renewed interest in Chernobyl caused by the recent HBO miniseries and Adam Higginbotham’s book, Midnight in Chernobyl, I have revisited this image, which reminds me of one of HBO’s scenes. In a memorable scene in the “Chernobyl” miniseries, an engineer in the control room goes into the hallway to smoke a cigarette. As you can see in this image, however, one of the engineers is smoking a cigarette inside the control room, which many did while I photographed. @thephotosociety #Chernobyl #HBOChernobyl #nuclear #MidnightInChernobyl
    Technicians inspect fuel channels above the core of Reactor No. 3 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which is separated from the radioactive wreckage of its twin by 200 feet and a concrete wall. Seconds before the 1986 explosion, an engineer noticed the lids of No. 4’s fuel channels dancing up and down. Moments later, the reactor exploded, causing multiple tons of nuclear fuel to escape into the atmosphere over the course of the disaster. 
Knowing what happened only years prior and mere yards away, the feeling of walking over these fuel rods and seeing the pale blue glow emitting between the gaps when I shot this was incredibly eerie. Despite the horrific accident of 1986, this reactor was only taken offline in December of 2000. 
Impressed with what Craig Mazin and the crew have created, I watched the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” repeatedly, but I’m not sure what to think about the resulting increase in tourism to the Exclusion Zone. 
@thephotosociety #Chernobyl #nuclear #Ukraine #fuelrods
    Technicians inspect fuel channels above the core of Reactor No. 3 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which is separated from the radioactive wreckage of its twin by 200 feet and a concrete wall. Seconds before the 1986 explosion, an engineer noticed the lids of No. 4’s fuel channels dancing up and down. Moments later, the reactor exploded, causing multiple tons of nuclear fuel to escape into the atmosphere over the course of the disaster. Knowing what happened only years prior and mere yards away, the feeling of walking over these fuel rods and seeing the pale blue glow emitting between the gaps when I shot this was incredibly eerie. Despite the horrific accident of 1986, this reactor was only taken offline in December of 2000. Impressed with what Craig Mazin and the crew have created, I watched the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” repeatedly, but I’m not sure what to think about the resulting increase in tourism to the Exclusion Zone. @thephotosociety #Chernobyl #nuclear #Ukraine #fuelrods
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