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Required skimming: photojournalism

Because a picture is worth a thousand words
August 27, 2013

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments.

LIFE magazine: The online archive for one of the finest photojournalism magazines ever published. Looking for iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe, the Vietnam war, or the Apollo 11 mission? Start here.

The New York Times Lens Blog: Photos, videos, and visual journalism, stylishly assembled by the Grey Lady. I especially like the division between the “art” and “craft” of photojournalism: The former focuses on the photos themselves; the latter offers a behind-the-scenes look at how they were taken.

The 37th Frame: Photojournalist Pete Marovich culls the best photo essays and stories from around the Web, and puts them all in one place. Nice, neat, and spare.

Burn Magazine: A journal curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey, Burn showcases work by up-and-coming photographers. Expect essays from as far afield as Azerbaijan, Brazil, and Iran.

The Picture Show: If you don’t associate NPR with great photography, you should. The site offers a slice of American life through photo stories on everything from female Civil War reenactors to the art of drinking.

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Edirin Oputu is a former assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter @EdirinOputu