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Culture Focus Photo February 16, 2020

Camouflage is a Common Marvel

Camouflage is a common marvel in the biological world. Whether the dress here is purposeful or not is a different question.

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Militarism Photo February 10, 2020

Under MAGA, the Convergence of Militia and State

Those armed men prowling the Kentucky statehouse made one thing clear. Second amendment activism has fused with the militia movement and white supremacy.

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Coronavirus Video February 8, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Pelosi Shreds Trump's SOTU; Coronavirus on the Move; Impeachment Going Away

This week, we look at Pelosi tearing up Trump’s State of the Union speech, the spread of the coronavirus, and the shot summing up Trump’s impeachment trial.

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Coronavirus Photo February 3, 2020

Wedding Humor in the Age of Apocalypse

I noticed this picture from South Korea has been making the rounds again. It was taken as a (not-such-a-) joke photo at a wedding in Seoul in June 2015. At the time, the catalyst for the photo was the outbreak of the deadly MERS virus. Today, it strikes a...

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Karrin Anderson Photo January 29, 2020

Athletic Upskirting at the Australian Open

In addition to being a (sometimes) illegal pastime of amateur photographers on subway trains and public staircases the world over, upskirting has long been a mainstay of fashion, advertising, and stock photography. It’s no surprise, then, that it pops up occasionally in the realm of sports photography in athletic...

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Video January 24, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Impeachment Procession; Virginia Gun Rally; Philippine Volcano

This week, we discuss a Trump impeachment photo, a picture from the pro-gun rally in Richmond, and a painterly photograph of the Philippine Taal volcano.

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illustration Photo January 23, 2020

Impeachment Trial Media Blackout

Not only is the media resorting to illustrators to capture the proceedings of the presidential impeachment trial, the view of the audience is also limiting.

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Eco Watch Photo January 22, 2020

The Trump - Greta Thunberg Photo Crossings

Once again, young Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump find their way into the same international meeting photo. As the climate degenerates, we can expect more.

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Video January 13, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Australia on Fire; Suleimani Assassination; Church Full of Guns

This week, we look at key photos from the Australian fires, America's assassination of Iran's military chief, and a photo-illustration of guns in church.

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Photo January 8, 2020

Mitch Epstein’s Pipeline Activist

Epstein's photo of Pennsylvania's Ashton Clatterbuck captures the urgency of the climate crisis, and it's appropriately fitting.

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Photo January 6, 2020

The Symbolism of the Pope Slapping a Woman on New Years

Who would have imagined the biggest New Years social media drama would involve the pope slapping a well-wisher in St. Peter’s Square?

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Philip Perdue Photo December 23, 2019

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

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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Video December 17, 2019

Chatting the Pictures: Favorite 2019 News Photographs By Women

Welcome to a special edition of “Chatting the Pictures” focusing on three outstanding news images taken this year by women.

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Video December 8, 2019

Chatting the Pictures Year End: Kamala Harris; Firestorm Tree; Greta Thunberg at Standing Rock

Welcome to a special, year end edition of “Chatting the Pictures” focusing on pictures of the year and the theme of exposure.

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Eco Watch Photo December 4, 2019

"Beautiful" Violence in Climate Change Photography  

Abstract geometries and pleasing color palettes make it hard to understand the experience of harm.

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Photo December 1, 2019

Our Visual Appeal: Help Support Reading the Pictures

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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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo November 25, 2019

Trump's Thanksgiving Wingman: Pence in Iraq

Pence can be counted on to deliver a steady diet of visual comfort food, indulging those who hunger for a return to the political style of Ronald and Nancy.

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International Focus Photo November 23, 2019

Turkey's Syria Invasion and Visual Media Bias

Media bias usually has to do with what's in the frame--not whether there is one. Turkey's Syria invasion is an example of bias for only showing one side.

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Video November 14, 2019

Chatting the Pictures: Impeachment Special

This week, we discuss four great impeachment photos. They cover Trump and Zelensky, the Democrats and the media spectacle, the witnesses, and the evidence.

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Leslie A. Hahner Photo November 6, 2019

Memes Against Impeachment: Trump’s Shitposted Truth

With impeachment coming, far-right meme-makers and propagandists are helping to prop Trump up. We analyze PowerTie’s POTUS-retweeted line drawing animation.

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