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Best of the Web

Best of the Web

A roundup of outstanding multimedia from across the Web.

Black Tide

Washes of gray and black envelop the screen.  Darkness creeps into the marshes and wetlands.  The footprint of man has left a deep mark upon the gulf.  Ribbons of shimmering oil permeate the water.  The water laps against twisted booms strung along the shores holding off the dark tides.

Slow, melodic movements of the undulating waters play against faces beyond shock and loss.

Christopher Morris, acclaimed war photographer and founding member of VII photo agency, takes us on a slow and almost painful emotional journey through the wake of Deepwater Horizon’s oil spill.


“Scrapertown” starts much like a Master P song would, 24-inch wheels rolling to a fat bass line, blinged out, tricked out and ready to roll.  The Original Scraper Bikes group’s riding is a vibrant show of self-expression, bike culture and “mobbing” the streets 40, 50 deep.  Riding past the flashing lights of patrol cars, dodging the hazards of the neighborhood, Oakland is no joke.

“Scrapertown” was produced, directed and shot by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari as part of their documentary series called “California is a place.”  Cooper,  an established commercial photographer and documentary filmmaker, and Canepari, a documentary photographer, moved back to California in the summer of 2009, turning the lens to what they love most, California.

Portraits of the Women of Afghanistan

Photographer Jodi Bieber’s powerful  portraits of Afghan women go beyond the burkas and themes of victimization to capture something more than just the tragedy and hardship that  Afghans face.  The images reveal the individual beauty and essence of each woman.

A Year at War

The New York Times chronicles the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division and its yearlong deployment to the Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division’s mission plays a key part in President Obama’s strategy to end the war: training the Afghan police.

“A Year at War” is an impressive multi-faceted multimedia feature, produced by Nancy Donaldson of the New York Times,  that’s approached from all fronts.

Following the day to day happenings of the battalion  reporter James Dao and photographers  Damon Winter and Rob Harris, the project will regularly feature compelling words, sights and sounds ranging from the emotional departure from Ft. Drum, N.Y., to life in the northern plains of Afghanistan.

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