War Photographer Benjamin Lowy Sits Down With Jon Stewart

on Tuesday, Dec. 6th

War photographer Benjamin Lowy, who was previously profiled by Turnstyle, sat down with “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart to talk about his new photography book, “Iraq Perspectives. Lowy compiled the photographs from his visits to Iraq between 2003 and 2008, which he jokingly says was “way too many” times to visit. The book captures his assignments in Iraq through photographs taken while in the confines of Humvees, the military vehicles primarily used in ground combat operations. Lowy captures storefronts, Iraqi’s at open air markets, and everyday life in a war-torn nation.

Stewart joked about Lowy’s attraction to “dangerous” places, to which Lowy replied, “I’ve also done some ‘Sports Illustrated’ shoots.” Watch the full clip above.

Visit Turnstyle News’ article on Benjamin Lowy’s photographs from Libya.

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Video: War Veteran Scott Olsen Injured At Occupy Oakland Protest

on Wednesday, Oct. 26th

Note: video above shows graphic scenes (NSFW).

An Occupy Oakland protester said to be an Iraq War veteran named Scott Olsen apparently suffered critical injuries to his skull as violence erupted during a confrontation between Oakland police, and neighboring law enforcement agencies, at Oscar Grant Plaza last night.

Reports are slowly trickling in regarding what precisely happened to the man believed to be Olsen, but a new YouTube video uploaded by user “in4mant1” depicts the scene before as police began firing rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters who had been congregating in front of barricades. The unknown videographer pans across the landscape, then moves his shot toward an injured man who is carried off by other protesters as they desperately shout for a medic.

The Huffington Post apparently reached Scott Olsen’s mother in Wisconsin who said, “”He has a head injury,” she said. “They are still trying to figure it out with him. I don’t want to tie up the phone line. He’s not in the best shape.”

Read the rest of their report here.

The Guardian reports that they’ve confirmed with Highland Hospital, where Olsen is currently being treated, that he is in critical condition.

(h/t to HP for video)

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Tear Gas And Riot Police Greet Occupy Oakland Protesters

on Tuesday, Oct. 25th

Occupy Oakland protesters and supporters gathered early Tuesday evening with plans to reclaim Oscar Grant Plaza (City Hall), but they were met by riot police armed with tear gas and flash bang canisters that they used to disperse the crowds.

The video above, provided by SF Gate, shows a thick, smoke-filled air intended to disperse a crowd of 500-1000 protesters that had made their way back to the Oscar Grant Plaza barricades. From SF Gate’s report:

The protesters were trying to make good on a vow to retake an encampment that Occupy Oakland activists had occupied for 15 days, until police evicted them early Tuesday.

The evening protest started around 5 p.m., when about 400 people began marching from a public library at 14th and Madison streets toward the plaza, which police had barricaded and city officials had declared would be closed for at least several days.

“We’re going to march and reclaim what was already ours, what we call Oscar Grant Plaza and what they call City Hall,” said protester Krystof Lopaur, referring to the unarmed man shot to death by a BART police officer in January 2009.

Early on, the scene outside City Hall was largely peaceful, but it was a different story a few blocks west on Washington Street. Officers in riot gear hemmed in protesters around 6 p.m. and attempted to arrest one person, as about 50 more surrounded them shouting, “Let him go, let him go.”

Protesters threw turquoise and red paint at the riot police officers’ faces and helmets. Some led the crowd in chanting, “This is why we call you pigs.”

Others pleaded with the agitators to be peaceful and return to the march, yet some protesters tried to fight with police and were clubbed and kicked in return.

Occupy Oakland’s official Twitter stream updated live accounts of multiple rounds of tear gas shots, including an unconfirmed report that a bystander was critically injured. (UPDATE: A photo of a wounded protester was posted shortly after this post was published.}

Stay tuned as the story is rapidly developing. Check out today’s coverage on Turnstyle News’ “Occupy” archive.

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[Photo Gallery] Police Raid Occupy Oakland Camp

on Tuesday, Oct. 25th

Read Turnstyle News’ Full Occupy Wall Street Coverage

In the early hours of October 25, 2011, hundreds of police officers, armed with riot gear, moved in on Occupy Oakland protesters with the purpose of disbanding the two-week encampment in front of Oakland’s City Hall. Freelance photographer Jean-Philippe Dobrin was there to witness the action, including capturing smoke-filled air, protesters under arrest, and an aftermath that included a disheveled Occupy Oakland camp.

As of this report, 85 arrests had been confirmed by SF Gate.

Below, a series of photos captured by the photographer.

All photos courtesy of JP Dobrin.

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Occupy Wall Street Round Up: October 18, 2011.

on Tuesday, Oct. 18th

The New York Times: If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that there is a surplus of anger and frustration resonating from the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Slate: Hundreds of people have been arrested while “occupying” cities across the country, but Slate provides a set of guidelines for would-be protesters who want to occupy without arrest.

Seattle PI: City Hall looks to sway occupiers away from their tents, but reminds them that a diplomatic relationship can still exist…as long as the tents are gone.

Politicker NY: Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street movement during a “tele-townhall” meet up.

Mediaite: This isn’t the first occupation of Wall St. Mediaite points to a 1979 rally to “celebrate” the 50th anniversary of the 1929 Wall Street crash.

The Atlantic: After a few weeks of reruns, The Daily Show returned to the air and host Jon Stewart provided some advice to the protesters.

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VIDEO: Looking For The Best Shot At Occupy Wall Street

on Tuesday, Oct. 18th

Read Turnstyle News’ Full Occupy Wall Street Coverage

Cameras: they are everywhere at Occupy Wall Street. From digital SLRs and camcorders, to Super 8s and film cameras. Turnstyle News contributor Miguel Macias ventured out on October 15 to ask citizen journalists one question: Do you think you can capture something original when everyone else around you is documenting as well?

Click above to get some answers.

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Sgt. Shamar Thomas Speaks Out Against NYPD At Occupy Wall Street

on Monday, Oct. 17th

A video (above) began circulating yesterday of a Marine veteran named Shamar Thomas, a sergeant who served 14 months fighting in Iraq, yelling at New York Police Department officers and asking them why they feel compelled to carry arms against unarmed civilians. An impassioned Thomas appears to be walking around Midtown Manhattan after October 15th protests and gives an impromptu speech to police officers, declaring, “You are here to protect us. Why are you hurting U.S. citizens?”

From Shamar Thomas’ YouTube channel:

I took an Oath that I live by.I am NOT anti-NYPD. I am anti- Police Brutality. I am no longer under contract with the USMC so I do NOT have to follow military uniform regulations. I DON’T affiliate myself with ANY GROUPS or POLITICAL ORG. I affiliate myself with the AMERICAN PEOPLE that’s it. I REFUSE to affiliate with anything that SEPERATES. There is an obvious problem in the country and PEACEFUL PEOPLE should be allowed to PROTEST without Brutality. I was involved in a RIOT in Rutbah, Iraq 2004 and we did NOT treat the Iraqi citizens like they are treating the unarmed civilians in our OWN Country. No one was brutalized because our mission was to “WIN the hearts and minds”, why should I expect anything less in my OWN Country.

The video has already reached over 100,000 views and Sgt. Shamar Thomas has already given an interview to Current TV host Keith Olbermann, as well as created a new Twitter account.

Video via YouTube

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‘30 Americans:’ Creating a Show of Heralded Contemporary Black Art

Elahe Izadi For WAMU on Saturday, Oct. 8th

The ongoing “30 Americans” exhibit that recently opened at the Corcoran Gallery of Art showcases work by some of most important African American artists of the past 30 years.

The 76 pieces of art are owned by Donald and Mera Rubell, who hold one of the world’s largest, private art collections. Mera Rubell tells WAMU’s Metro Connection that they noticed a trend in their collection about five years ago:

Read the rest at WAMU’s DCentric.

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Occupy Wall Street’s 16-Year-Old Protester

on Wednesday, Oct. 5th

Read Turnstyle News’ Full Occupy Wall Street Coverage

Jelani Gibson had never slept on the street before visiting the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan’s Liberty Plaza. But when his grandmother mentioned wanting to travel from Pontiac, Michigan, to New York City to see the growing protests firsthand, he decided he couldn’t miss it.

“I’m always hearing how banks are being bailed out, how companies are getting tax cuts, and how resources are being robbed from other countries…but I don’t ever hear of people protesting about it in a large group. So when I heard about [the Occupy Wall Street protests], I’m like ‘Oh wow. Grandma’s going so maybe I can just ask her to take me with her and she did.'”

Jelani, a 4.0 student, says the best thing about the Occupy Wall Street protests is the compassion. To hear more, check out the video above by Turnstyle News contributor Adele Pham.

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Dogfish Head & Cinemagraphs

on Monday, Jul. 11th

Last week we brought you a collaboration between Dogfish Head Brewery and Cinemagraph creators Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg, and the duo has provided the Turnstyle team with an outtake gif for your viewing pleasure. We never thought a photo of a production line with careening beer boxes could look so cool.

Come back for another exclusive cinemagraph next week!

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Tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival, squeezed in between movies and red carpet events, a symposium on Cyber Security is being held at the Grammy Museum.

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