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January 8, 2020

Mitch Epstein’s Pipeline Activist

Mitch Epstein’s Pipeline Activist
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By Michael Shaw Epstein's photo of Pennsylvania's Ashton Clatterbuck captures the urgency of the climate crisis, and it's appropriately fitting.

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January 2, 2020

The Symbolism of the Pope Slapping a Woman on New Year’s Eve

The Symbolism of the Pope Slapping a Woman on New Year’s Eve
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By Michael Shaw The public split on whose fault it was. But the Pope’s slap doesn't help the church’s abuse profile or a spreading backlash against power and authority.

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December 23, 2019

Christmas Back With a Vengeance: Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Cages

Christmas Back With a Vengeance: Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Cages
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By Philip Perdue — The nativity protest photo hit a nerve: Imagining what might happen if the most well-known refugee family in the world tried to seek asylum in today’s USA.

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December 4, 2019

“Beautiful” Violence in Climate Change Photography  

“Beautiful” Violence in Climate Change Photography  
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By Hanna Morris — Abstract geometries and pleasing color palettes make it hard to understand the experience of harm.

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December 1, 2019

Our Visual Appeal: Help Support Reading the Pictures

Our Visual Appeal: Help Support Reading the Pictures
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By Michael Shaw This holiday season, Reading the Pictures is asking for your support. In these divided times, bringing clarity to media imagery is as important as ever.

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