Photo Exhibit | Imagining the Muslim World by Derek Brown

Opening this Thursday, October 14, 2010

Travel photographer Derek Brown (formerly of NYC and now DC-based) and USAID EFM will have a photography exhibit opening up this Thursday at Busboys and Poets.

Photo by Derek Brown

Derek Brown completed a project titled “Journey to the Muslim World,” in 2009. He took around 40,000 photographs in 30 countries with large Muslim populations throughout his project.  His journey started in April 2008 in India, and took him to countries such as Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegal, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Mali, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Bangladesh and others.

The exhibit photos are drawn from his 14 months of travel throughout the Muslim world, wrapping up in 2009.  The photographer says it’s his part of the effort to draw attention to how extremely diverse the Muslim world is.  The exhibit was inspired by all of this noise and nonsense coming out of lower Manhattan (where he lived for about 14 years before very recently moving to DC).  Derek says that “it might be politically expedient to place all Muslims in a very small package marked “DANGER, EXPLOSIVE” but it could not be less honest or accurate.”

If you are in the DC area, stop by and visit his exhibit this Thursday at Busboys and Poets. You can also visit his website here and Facebook page here.  Some of his fascinating and impressive photo collections are here.




Open, transparent and above-board in a closed, secretive and pre-determined sort of way

The alpha channel of Image:PNG transparency de...Image via WikipediaWhat a wonderful turn of phrase to describe the bidding process!

Larry of Beau Geste Mon Ami has written an interesting post about the bidding process in the State Department:

What happened was that, in short order, I received notification from four of the more interesting Posts on my list to “direct your energies towards other positions because, due to the volume of interest we’ve received for our Management Officer vacancy, we will, unfortunately, not be able to further consider your bid.” I even failed to make the short list for a Post that only had five bidders! The whole process seemed to be open, transparent and above-board in a closed, secretive and pre-determined sort of way.

There is an online bid list that we can access to see how many total bids there are for each job to date. The problem here is that our bids don’t have to be submitted until October 12th and many people spend a lot of time lobbying prior to actually submitting their list. So, you may be looking at a job that only seems to have five people interested in it and feel you have a pretty good shot at it, but twenty other folks might be calling and writing to the Post expressing their interest prior to putting in their bids. Posts and Bureaus begin to cull their lists of candidates long before the bid lists are officially submitted. Although no jobs can be offered or accepted prior to the date stated in the bidding instructions (in this case it will be November 8th), in reality many decisions are made long before the bids close on Oct. 12th.

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