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Race Focus Photo April 30, 2015

There's the Pennant Race, and Then There's Just Race: On the Pics from the Empty Orioles Game

Is it significant, then, in a city that is 63% black, that the photos of fans just beyond the gates aren't all that racially balanced?

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Christa Olson Photo April 28, 2015

Volcanic Exceptionalism: Why America Treats Every Disturbance Abroad Like it’s Looking in a Mirror

People from the United States have been looking at South American volcanoes and seeing them as metaphors for what’s happening at home for at least one hundred and fifty years.

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The Looting Selfie and Portraits of Media Bias in Baltimore

What was particular to the photo coverage of protest violence this week was the portraiture. I don't recall citizens so willing to share their venom with news photographers in an actual pose.

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Middle East Watch Photo April 27, 2015

More Absurdity in Baltimore

Maybe the reporter knows something we don't because his reaction to this potentially explosive situation is primarily one of bemusement.

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International Focus Photo April 25, 2015

Armenian Association

Rituals of public memory have always been about forming the community through public display—using cultural materials to fashion and shape how "we" want to remember ourselves.

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Disaster Focus Photo April 24, 2015

Congrats to the Calbuco Volcano, Crashing the Weekly Menu of Disaster Entertainment

We don’t love the photos of the Calbuco Volcano because the eruption reminds us of a Yellowstone geyser, a giant 4-H winning cauliflower or the perfect backdrop for the monotonous subdivision.

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Culture Focus Photo April 23, 2015

An Immigrant Walking: On the Stunning NYT Magazine / JR Cover

How can you call an image subtle when it’s 150 feet long, takes up an entire square in NYC and graces the cover of the NYT Magazine?

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Eco Watch Photo April 22, 2015

On That “Angry" Penguin

Of all the nature and eco images I’ve seen lately, this hit me like a bucket of ice water.

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Eco Watch Photo April 21, 2015

Mediterranean Crisis: Ecology is About People, Too

Isn't it curious how people tend to think about "ecology" as it relates to plants and air and water and less in terms of humanity and how much we look out for each other.

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Immigration/Migration Photo April 20, 2015

On Media Visuals of the Migrant Tragedy in the Mediterranean

These are some images and thoughts that struck me about the visual media coverage of the catastrophe as photos filled galleries and illustrated news stories this morning.

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International Focus Photo April 19, 2015

From Johannesburg: A Photo That Makes Us Stop

Typically, news pictures prompt us to visualize the continuous action in our own mind.

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Eco Watch Photo April 18, 2015

Spring Time in the Dust Bowl

This photograph doesn’t tell us anything important that we don’t know, but it does provide the means to think about what we would rather ignore.

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Campaign '16 Photo April 16, 2015

Santorum's Sweater and the Endless Campaign

Talking irony, it's notable to lose Tunbjörk just at the start of this next presidential marathon. Who knows how the photographer would have approached the selling of the candidates this cycle.

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BagNewsSalon Slideshow Interviews Photo April 15, 2015

Kickoff Week: Profiling Hillary (and the Parodists)

The amount of posturing, aggressiveness and and even presumption in the Clinton's political DNA notwithstanding, I found the Hillary '16 kickoff parodies way off-key.

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Race Focus Photo

Visual Politics of Profile Photos: Walter Scott and Michael Slager Side-by-Side

The examples are interesting in illustrating how, through distributed or pick-up photography, the visual media will visually represent and often stereotype by role, circumstance and manner as well as ethnicity and race.

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International Focus Photo April 14, 2015

Maternal Instinct

This photo was submitted by one of our readers, Don Fitzsimons, responding to a comment about the picture in the Jakarta Post.

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Watch This Digital Life

When it comes to organizing daily patterns of mobility and interaction, our machines steer us around just as much as we do.

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Campaign '16 Photo April 12, 2015

On the Hillary Announcement and Logo

With the abundant comparisons to FedEx, what's telling right off the bat is that categorically, it's more corporate than populist or even political -- by miles.

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