By Peter Tobia for NewsWorks
South African photographer captures emotional toll of Philly gun violence
Nidaa Husain’s photographs of Philadelphia show pain, fear and grieving. They also capture moments of community and empathy. In one photo the 24-year-old took of two mothers, both women had lost children, one recently. Husain’s photo captured a moment when they were inches apart, a look of pain in one woman’s eyes as she pressed her hand to the other mother’s face.
"Oftentimes in mothers who’ve lost children, there’s this moment of recognition and this moment of, ‘I get you,’" Husain said.
My son Louden turned three this weekend. Time, how it flies.
As the big day approached, I got to thinking about a column I’d written for the Philadelphia Inquirer a few months before he was born.
In it, I put feet firmly atop a soapbox and predicted that I would never, ever be one of those parents who flood others with images of their kids.
And in the time since, I’ve turned into one of those parents who always, always flood others with images of my kid. (What can I say, I’m proud of him. Not to mention the fact that he’s just about the cutest kid alive. And, besides, people egg me on at every turn).
So today, I’ll show you how wrong I was about all that stuff.
"If you’re not out there, you’re only going to hear about it," has been a mantra for Philadelphia photojournalist Peter Tobia.
For 25 years, Tobia has documented the human condition in everyday moments. As a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1993 to 2008, Tobia traveled to Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, among other countries to cover international conflicts. MORE
The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever?
I believe many of these photos are not real. And some of them are real but obviously staged — which doesn’t make them any less interesting, I guess.
I’ve seen this seagull thing happen before. Jones Beach, Long Island, summer of 2005. My friend had a hot dog stolen right out of his hand by a brave and enterprising seagull. To be more accurate, the bird stole the hot dog. My friend was left holding an empty bun.
4-Billion-Pixel Panorama From Curiosity Rover Brings Mars to Your Computer Screen
Mars and Earth are currently on the opposite sides of the sun, so Curiosity is ceasing operations for a while.
For those of you who miss the little bugger, here’s one of the last things we were able to see. Behold.
Peter Tobia photographed the Iraq War from April 2003 to July 2003 for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He shares 25 photos with us — a very small glimpse of that time.
This series from photographer Thierry Cohen shows what some cities might look like at night without any lights on.
Kinda reminds me that we on planet Earth are a part of this huge thing called outer space.