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International Focus Photo May 31, 2015

When Those Endearing Photos of Kids and Riot Cops Really Aren't

It cautions us not to take pictures at face value or to assume that what's in a frame is necessarily that consistent with what's happening just outside of it.

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Campaign '16 Photo May 28, 2015

Clinton / Sanders Pix of the Week

Trolling the visual flotsam and jetsam better known as the nascent Democratic 2016 presidential campaign, two different photos floated to the surface.

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The Palestinians and the Indians: One Pic from Israel’s Burning Man

The parallel of the American West and the eradication of the “Native Americans” with the Israeli desert and the trials of the Palestinians is mind bending.

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Faith Focus Photo May 26, 2015

Behind the Niqab: The (Male) Photographer’s Perspective of Life Through the Veil – Part 1

Men would do well to consider women’s perspectives more often—not just when there is a physical reminder that your literal view on the world is affected by your gender.

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Militarism Focus Photo May 25, 2015

We Commemorate these Losses but Where are they Leading us?

With Iraq teetering again and threatening to unspool, and with the Taliban in Afghanistan reasserting itself in our wake, what’s there to make of these treks?

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Culture Focus Photo May 24, 2015

Make Love, Not War

If we agree that war is pathological, this image from an International Gay Rodeo Association event in Little Rock this week could be seen to radically challenge the disease.

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International Focus Photo May 21, 2015

Migrant Other: The Rohingya Crisis and the Tendency of News Photos to Confuse Compassion with Patronization

I worry that newswire photographs during humanitarian crises have a way of exposing their subjects to a not-so-subtle mode of international brow-beating.

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Eco Watch Photo May 20, 2015

Like Oil and Water

When it comes to the key issues of our time, how much does photography inform and how much does it entertain?

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Editorial Skunk Weed: TIME's Pot Smoking Portraits Misfire

After you've clicked through this fifteen photo slideshow introducing us to Denver pot smokers, can you tell me if you notice anything off about it?

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Culture Focus Photo May 19, 2015

How Photos Beget Photos: Frida’s Flower Children

If perfectly nice in their display of youth, layer and pattern, what’s more illustrative is the way fresh blooms channel the allure of more exquisite flowers.

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How New Photos Echo Classic Photos: Frida’s Flower Children

If perfectly nice in their display of youth, layer and pattern, what’s more illustrative is the way fresh blooms channel the allure of more exquisite flowers.

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Ferguson MO Photo

Seeing the End of America's Homeland Paramilitary Highlight Reel?

On April 21st of last year, the media offered us at least three police assault missions, two in Ferguson and the other in Denver. And not one required calling out the army.

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International Focus Photo May 15, 2015

Human Jetpacks Over Dubai’s Artificial Islands

It's as if this photograph catches humanity admiring its own awesome powers of creation.

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Burundi in Crisis, Love the Headdress

I was struck by these portraits by photographers for Reuters, AP and AFP/Getty. Along with their existing captions is a second one I've volunteered to think about how these photos are actually consumed.

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Militarism Focus Photo May 14, 2015

Eye on Police Violence: NYPD Officer Shoots Crazy Man with Hammer

After all the highly-publicized incidents of police brutality and racial profiling in New York and around the country, what's as much under the microscope here are these militarized police departments.

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International Focus Photo May 13, 2015

Boy in the Suitcase: The First Photo of the New Century

The photo captures the bare life of the human subject in migration; the emblematic equipment of global transportation and a powerful but harsh global economy that permeates everyday life.

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Faith Focus Photo May 12, 2015

Muhammad Art Contest: Pamela Geller Rallies the Troops

This show of muscle is reminiscent of the American invasion of Iraq -- as supplemented by the Blackwater group.

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