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Militarism Focus Photo January 31, 2014

The Face of the Future in Kiev’s Battle for Middle Earth

I’ve argued before that conflict photography is accumulating evidence of a of disturbing change in the political and cultural dimensions of modern violence: that it is becoming less modern.

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International Focus Photo January 30, 2014

Putin & Sochi: Let the FU's Begin

We can break down the lines of attack into three categories: Olympic ring modification; the mocking of Putin's macho preoccupation with his own bod, the typology also setting homo-erotic bells ringing; and finally, Putin's outright gay-ification.

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Advertising Watch Photo January 29, 2014

About Those "Pro-Gay" German Olympic Uniforms

If people are debating whether the new rainbow uniforms are based on the gay flag or not, that's not really the question.

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Obama's State of the Union Goes PowerPoint

Ready as I was to do the usual -- to riff on my own screenshots from the television broadcast, along with published news photos -- something curiously different happened watching the SOTU last night.

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Media Focus Photo January 27, 2014

White House Photo Access (Ongoing): Carney Plays Souza, Shoots Press. Plus: the Invisible Lunch.

Call it insult to injury as the White House press secretary takes over the official Instagram site the day before the State of the Union address.

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Faith Focus Photo January 26, 2014

Aerial Attack at the Vatican

What makes the attack so compelling is how thoroughly ripe it is for symbolization.

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Media Focus Photo

Twitter is for Twits. Justin Bieber, Justin Bieber.

Rather then the media universe feasting on this fluff as fluff (or fluff as social media demise), what does it mean that the police force, too, enabled that smiley face?

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Photography/Photojournalism Photo January 25, 2014

What Can You Really See From Space?

The problem I want to raise is that once you’ve been given a literal description of the image, your imagination may shut down too soon.

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Campaign '16 Photo January 24, 2014

Weird Science: NY Times Mag's "Planet Hillary"

Certainly a lot more interesting than the Justin Bieber mug shot.

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International Focus Photo January 22, 2014

AP Photographer Alters Syria Photo to Remove … a Camera! — Worth Considering a Little Deeper

It's ironic because the viewer, particularly in war photography, isn't supposed to be aware that there is a camera.

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As if the Photographic Evidence of Syrian Atrocities Could Have Gotten Any Worse

Do you know what's so stunning about this file image editors chose to illustrate Syria's latest butchery?

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Photography/Photojournalism Photo January 21, 2014

The Debate Over White House Photo Access: The BagNews Salon (with Video Highlights)

Watch video highlights of the salon as an esteemed panel, mostly current or former White House photojournalists, discuss the ins-and-outs of presidential photo coverage.

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Culture Focus Photo January 20, 2014

Where Celebrity Used to Leave Off and Everything Else Would Begin

Somedays, I wonder if celebrity and fame has become the plasma driving public culture.

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Media Focus Photo

Martin Luther King: The Happy Negro

On this MLK day, I'm thinking about how much America likes to airbrush its historic figures.

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Culture Focus Photo January 18, 2014

Fashion Week in the Big House

Shouldn’t there be some recognition of the difference between one of the more dangerous environments on earth and one of the most privileged?

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Campaign '16 Photo January 17, 2014

Attack of the 50 Ft Ginger Rogers: Sexism and the TIME "Unstoppable Hillary" 2016 Cover

The real question that journalists and pundits should be asking in advance of 2016 is not, “can anyone stop Hillary?” It is, “can anyone stop sexism?”

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Fashion Focus Photo January 16, 2014

That Pussy Riot – Yuri Kozyrev Shoot: Fashion as Defiance

The Kremlin must regret letting go of those prison jackets.

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President Obama Photo January 15, 2014

Latest Pushback to The White House Photo Op: President "That Guy" Meets the Millennials

Sure, we can debate the genuineness or artifice of Obama the "everyman." But how does that even matter anymore when a White House PR gesture suddenly morphs into this?

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