Inherit the dust

creates portraits of African animals, one of those photographers whose career is a testament to profound patience. His latest series puts a twist on his usual work, placing large canvases of his photos in blighted landscapes and photographing them again. Here’s one of them, and it is well worth taking a few minutes of your Friday to go and .

Even better, see if you can get to an , as these are photographs you want to see at full size.

Why the world needs fairer electronics

Earlier this year I wrote about Fairphone, an experiment in producing a fairly traded phone handset. The project includes fair prices paid to those assembling the phone, but also those mining the resources. That latter category is easily overlooked. When the electronics companies are in trouble over their ethics, it is almost always over worker conditions.

A photo series in the National Geographic highlights why we need to pay more attention to the materials behind out electronics too. The Congo has some of the world’s biggest reserves of metals like cobalt and tantalum. Mines are often small scale, unregulated, and sometimes under the control of warlords. Health and safety is non existent, and children work alongside adults.

The, and is well worth checking out.

The Prix Pictet 2009

returns for its second year, offering a prize for photography on the subject of sustainability. Last year featured a stunning shortlist, and this one’s just as good. The theme this year is ‘earth’, following last year’s ‘water’.

My own favourite is juxtapositions of historic photographs over the decaying industrial landscapes of his native Congo.