Photos of the day - September 20, 2014

A security man guards during the Miss Egypt competition pre-final at the Saladin Citadel in Cairo, potatoes display images of U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin created by cartoon artists at a food fair in Krasnoyarsk and Marussia driver Max Chilton steers his car during the third practice session of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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Sierra Leone on Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.In a desperate effort to bring the outbreak under control, thousands of health care workers began going house to house in crowded urban neighborhoods and remote villages, hoping to find and isolate infected people. (AP)

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Ferry awaits final voyage

A John F. Kennedy-class ferryboat that connected the borough of Staten Island to Manhattan sits in a scrap metal yard on the western shore of Staten Island. Retired several years ago, this boat has been stripped down to its metal frame. Cold and eerie, the boat’s decks are badly deteriorated from neglect and by the elements.

Each Kennedy-class ferry carried up to 3,500 passengers and up to 40 vehicles, is 297 feet long, 69 feet 10 inches wide and has a tonnage of 2,109 gross tons. Two ferries, the American Legion II and Governor Herbert H. Lehman, were retired after 40 years of service, with the acquisition of the new Molinari class ferries.

Photographer Gordon Donovan ventured on this boat in its final stages to capture some haunting images of this ghostly vessel before its final voyage. (Yahoo News)

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"THE FENCE" is up at Photoville 2014 in Brooklyn, NY

Now in its third year, THE FENCE is a 1,000 foot-long outdoor photographic installation put together in conjunction with PHOTOVILLE that draws 1.5 million visitors annually while on view at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

This year — in partnership with Photo District News (PDN), Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Flash Forward Festival, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) – THE FENCE will showcase the work of more than 40 talented photographers from around world across 3 cities from May through October 2014.

THE FENCE is already on view in Boston along the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway and this past July newly expanded to Atlanta along the Atlanta BeltLine. (United Photo Industries)

(Photos by Gregg Segal, Thomas Jackson, Alejandro Chaskielberg, Jan Fields)

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Photoville 2014 opens in Brooklyn, NY

PHOTOVILLE, New York City’s FREE premier photo destination produced by United Photo Industries – is a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers.

Combining photo exhibitions, outdoor photo installations, talks, workshops, and night-time multimedia projections, PHOTOVILLE welcomed 58,000 visitors during its sophomore year in 2013 and is projected to reach over 80,000 visitors in 2014. PHOTOVILLE will also coincide and partner with the DUMBO Arts Festival, The Brooklyn Book Festival and the Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn!

By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, Photoville provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse, yet uniquely targeted audience – a veritable cross-section of the world photographic community.

Immersion and interactivity are at the heart of what makes Photoville such a successful and popular event – allowing it to become the largest annual photographic event in New York City, and among the most-attended photographic events nationwide in its second year. (

PHOTOVILLE in Brooklyn Bridge Park runs from September 18 - 28, 2014
 (Photos by Josh Haner/The New York Times, Teun Voeten, Stanley Greene/NOOR, Nema Etebar)

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Photos of the day - September 19, 2014

People wait to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, outside an Apple store in Hong Kong, Alibaba founder Jack Ma poses for photographers outside the New York Stock Exchange and artists perform during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea are some of the photos of the day. (AP/Reuters)

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Close up of Icelandic volcano

A fearless cameraman ventured within 15m of molten lava to capture these apocalyptic scenes from the recent Icelandic eruptions aftermath.

Despite the fast-flowing lava trickling down from the crater, Valdimar Leifsson, 61, risked his life to get the stunning close-ups. A giant burning mass of molten remains can be smouldering in the foreground as the lava continues to spurt from the crater behind. (Caters News)

Photography by Valdimar Leifsson

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Photos of the day - September 18, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police salute as they line the streets outside St. Peters’ Cathedral in Scranton, a firefighter of the Nepalese army cools off from by licking water from a leaking hose during a fire in central Kathmandu and Ryan Randall plays the bagpipes outside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)

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Mayon volcano forces rushed evacuation in the Philippines

Lava cascaded down the Philippines’ most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

Mostly women, children and the elderly carrying bags of clothes were hauled out of farming villages near Mayon volcano’s slopes on board army trucks and minibuses.

Soldiers went from house to house asking residents to evacuate, after authorities on Monday raised the third highest alert in a five-step scale, meaning a full-scale eruption is possible “within weeks”.

Before dawn Wednesday, Mayon’s crater glowed red as molten rocks flowed as far as halfway down its slopes.

The volcano’s world-renowned perfect cone appeared to have been deformed, swollen with lava that had risen from the Earth’s core.

At least 8,000 of the target 50,000 people had been moved to temporary shelters, with the operation expected to run for three days, regional civil defense director Bernardo Alejandro told AFP. (AFP)

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'Saul Leiter: Early Black and White' photo exhibit opens in New York City

Saul Leiter will be presented by Howard Greenberg Gallery from September 18 – October 25, 2014. The exhibition represents the first solo show of the artist’s early black and white photography from the 1940s and 50s, and will focus on more than 40 images including many unique prints that have never before been exhibited.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Saul Leiter: Early Black and White, a two-volume monograph published by Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library, a new imprint at Steidl. With text by Max Kozolff and an additional essay by Jane Livingston, the volumes show the impressive range of Leiter’s early photography. In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter, a documentary film directed by Tomas Leach, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Leiter made an enormous and unique contribution to photography with a highly prolific period in New York City in the 1940s and 50s. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his New York School contemporaries. Well-known for his color work, Leiter’s earliest black and white photographs also show an extraordinary affinity for the medium. His distinctive imagery stems from his profound and touching response to the dynamic street life of New York City.

“He has a rapturous way with color, which stems from his love of the masters of modern art,” writes Max Kozloff in the introduction to Saul Leiter: Early Black and White. “But his black and white production is just as indebted to lessons he learned from those same masters.”

From the shoes of the shoeshine man to the detail of a young girl’s hair in a ponytail, Saul Leiter at Howard Greenberg Gallery will include the artist’s iconic street photography and intimate portraits of friends and family. (Howard Greenberg Gallery)

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