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October 29, 2019

Climate Crisis: Are the Animals Mad at Us?

Climate Crisis: Are the Animals Mad at Us?
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By Michael Shaw Between the heat and the photography, it’s hard not to process this as a portrait of six scorched and very pissed off water buffalo.

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October 28, 2019

The Visual Politics of AOC’s Green New Deal Posters

The Visual Politics of AOC’s Green New Deal Posters
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By Daniel DeVinney Mindful of the political environment, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal posters are fortified as much to counter anxiety as to elicit optimism.

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October 27, 2019

The Trump Vs. Obama Situation Room Photos

The Trump Vs. Obama Situation Room Photos
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By Michael Shaw As soon as the White House announced the death of Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Trump and Obama Situation Room photos became historical twins.

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October 19, 2019

Creature from the Fossil Fuel Lagoon

Creature from the Fossil Fuel Lagoon
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By Michael Shaw Chavez's photo draws on fantasy and imagination and then combines those qualities with "human industry," in both senses of the term.

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October 8, 2019

The Larger Reason China Wants to Strip Hong Kong Protesters of their Masks

The Larger Reason China Wants to Strip Hong Kong Protesters of their Masks
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By Michael Shaw By banning Hong Kong protesters from wearing face masks, China is also hoping to undermine the visual and the moral power of these disguises.

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