photo editor/tumblr editor at WIRED | photojournalist | former gallery director | baker of pies
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Outtake from Meet ‘Project Zero,’ Google’s Secret Team of Bug-Hunting Hackers. 

I was interviewed about my work for this week’s Mossless In America column on VICE

MOSSLESS: If you could change anything about the way photography is taught, what would it be?
Sean Stewart: I would stop cheating young artists out of a future. I think there are a few overlooked paths to forging a professional life out of photography. The raising cost of higher education and the fact that so few jobs are available just doesn’t add up for most people. If you really want to do something great, invest in your equipment, travel, and make work you really care about. There are technical concerns and philosophical hurdles to overcome that can’t be done alone in a room, so surrounding yourself with artists and sharing work is extremely important. The internet is probably the most important tool to learn. 
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Here is Marine Corporal Jose Armenta in his tent on the night before getting blown up in Afghanistan. He jokes with Mulrooney and Berry and the medic the guys have nicknamed “Christ.” He feeds and waters his dog, Zenit, a sable-coat German shepherd.
He lets Buyes, who will be dead in three months, ruffle Zenit’s fur, for the radioman is crazy about the dog. Then he takes Zenit outside in the waning light of this dusty, desert otherworld to train.
They’re happiest like this. Jose has Zenit sit, which the dog does obediently, and then Jose jogs 50 yards down and hides a rubber toy, a Kong, up against a mud wall, covering it with dirt.
On Jose’s command, Zenit bursts forward, zigging in search of it, tail wagging. It’s an intricate dance. Voice commands met by precise canine action, always with the same end goal in mind—to find the toy. Tomorrow, on patrol, the objective will be finding not a toy but an improvised explosive device, or IED, one of the Taliban’s most brutally effective weapons against American troops here in what many consider the most dangerous province in one of the world’s most dangerous countries. And no dog can find every bomb every time.
The Dogs of War
What I come back with when I go location-scouting for a portrait. 
(c) Ariel Zambelich
"Margaret Atwood asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women. “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” She asked a group of women the same of men. “We’re afraid of being killed.”"
The mass killing at UCSB is awful and disturbing (via jessbennett)
This breakdown by the Nieman Lab of the leaked NYT innovation report is a review of quite possibly the most necessary inward-looking exercise for any publication. It’s not surprising that the Times was so extensive; what is surprising is that so many established publications these days are still so confused and conflicted about the integration of web and print in the news cycle. Yes, social and engagement with the audience are important and tricky; but what is more important is recognizing that the scope and voice that a brand can and should have on the web is a huge asset that most leave on the table. A “web presence” has to be more than a repurposing of print items online; it has to be more than a handful of large, beautiful feature projects amidst an ocean of recycled news. And while it’s heartening (somewhat) to know that even the biggest players are starting to admit they don’t have it all together, it’s heartbreaking to realize that this far into the game, no one has really figured it out, even in a small way.

Don’t get me wrong: I love print. I love the feel of the paper, and the weight it lends a story. But there is a lot of room to do incredible, immersive, and thoughtful journalism online. Hopefully more publications will realize that.