April 17, 2016

The Cinematic: Our Twitter / Instagram Favs of the Week

If Instagram pulls for more artful and cinematic news photos, we tried this week to put words to the attraction. That’s where we were going with the Palmyra and the “stake out” pictures. On the other hand, Koci’s photo is not editorial at all but we’re also interested in how more impressionistic Instagram pictures play with political themes. In contrast, the Megyn Kelly and the Trump photos come straight from online news sites. You’d have to say, though, that style still plays a prominent role.

(Note: our take on the Instagram photos consists of the text before the repost tag.)






Don’t text while staking out #terrorists? According to the caption, these #French special forces are tracking a man after an explosion in #Paris. This building was hit in the November terror attack. If the description doesn’t mention the #cellphone, the power of the photo surely comes from our widespread addiction to the devices. Reading the pictures of the week. Via The Atlantic via AFP/Getty. Caption: French special forces sit in a #car near Rue Bichat in the 10th district of #Paris on April 7, 2016, after a “detonation” was heard in the area where a man was holed up in an apartment, according to police sources. The man who was holed up in an apartment on Rue Bichat, which was hit during the November 13 attacks, was arrested without incident, according to police sources. Dominique Faget / AFP / Getty #stakeout #politics #terrorism #news #newswire

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New York Post; caption: Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, April 9, 2016.


All’s fair with war as love? @Koci is not mixing metaphors as much as modern life is. Democratic culture, including social media, not only woos us but brilliantly buffers us from a world full of war and strife. (It’s all part of the show.) In a curious way, this photo from Hanoi is reminiscent of Thomas Hoepker’s famous picture of youngs on the Brooklyn waterfront watching The World Trade Center smolder. (The photo made them appear completely casual.) I don’t know about the wire here, but if there is something reassuring between society and the languorous militarism, it’s the haze. #Repost @koci ・・・ #fromthearchives #hanoi thanks to @adorama for featuring a video of me making images on the streets of SF. link in my bio. #war #park #romance #relax #water #military #randr #soldiers #hats #silhouette

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Trump photo: New York Post; caption: Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, April 9, 2016.

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