Robert Hariman Archives
104 Posts
Photography/Photojournalism Photo February 18, 2018

Depicting Poverty: Matt Black Pushes Documentary Photography to its Fullest Range

Creating images that double as fine art, Matt Black is mapping how poverty is a major problem today, now, this minute and every minute.

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International Focus Photo April 13, 2017

Seeing War For What It Is: Ridiculous

War is not fashion and suffering is not funny. But the photo of this missile is both familiar and odd enough to seem uncanny.

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Culture Focus Photo March 9, 2017

Through a Glass, Darkly: Visibility in Trump’s America

It seems to me that the news photo too often is showing us only the aftermath. Too much of the damage is being done off-stage.

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Eco Watch Photo February 23, 2017

Getting Above the Chaos: Science, Photography, and Beauty

The world can seem lost to white noise and alternative facts, lurid emotions and garish displays of moral ugliness. Which may be why I find these images from the Observatory in Chile to be so comforting.

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International Focus Photo December 19, 2016

Why Photographs Don’t Stop the War

Photographs may have long wave influence, but they don’t end wars or famines or otherwise stop history in its tracks.

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International Focus Photo December 7, 2016

Aleppo as the 21st Century Hiroshima?

Considering how much conventional warfare is excused because it is assumed to be less destructive than nuclear weapons.

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Robert Hariman Photo July 15, 2016

Into the Twilight Zone in Nice

The world seems to be pitching into another reality, one that is more unreal than real, both present and still to come, and defined primarily by separation and violence, and by madness and helplessness.

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Photography/Photojournalism Photo June 30, 2016

When Gag News Photos Are No Joke

Growing inequity leads to more demonstrations and other protests, and to violence. And to more gag photos.

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Disaster Focus Photo April 6, 2016

No One Thinking About Nuclear Summit? Listen to the Ruins.

The nuclear summit was important–unless, that is, you don’t mind having Your Town looking like this.

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Business Focus Photo March 3, 2016

The Ruins of the Space Program

If you liked the space program, it will be a mixed blessing. If you like ruins, however, you will feel right at home.

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International Focus Photo February 22, 2016

Progress and Catastrophe at the World Press Photo Awards

The winners bring us closer not only to the world as it is, but also to the world as it is unfolding from past to present to future.

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Fashion Focus Photo February 8, 2016

Fashion Week: Visions of the 1%

One of the fashion themes this year is that wealth is here to stay.

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Robert Hariman Photo December 22, 2015

Star Wars Optics and Socialist Dreams

Incredible, isn’t it?  So perfectly designed and yet so strange.  Ultramodern and yet medieval, like a space ship on a surveillance mission and a castle readied for battle, set off by itself in forbidding isolation and yet connected somehow to distant galaxies.  The tableau is so unique and so...

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International Focus Photo November 27, 2015

The Latest Terror Attack and a 19th Century Painting

I doubt that the photographer was thinking of Caillebotte’s work when snapping the photo in Brussels, but the connection is there in several ways.

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illustration Photo November 16, 2015

Eiffel Tower Peace Sign: Branding or Love Call (if for Impending Security State)?

The effort to stop a ruthless tyranny can lead to a state where the Paris of today is only a memory.

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Disaster Focus Photo November 3, 2015

Photographing the Refugee Crisis: The Significance of Less Context

Let me suggest that the more interchangeable the images, they more they point toward the full significance of this historical moment.

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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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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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