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Chatting the Pictures Video June 24, 2019

Chatting the Pictures: Hong Kong Democracy Protests

This week, our webcast looks at key photos from the massive democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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Notes Photo March 25, 2018

Gun Protests: Watching Our Very Young Have a Political Awakening

It feels like what we are witnessing in these photos is the surest emergence of social and political awareness. You sense the children are the most awake. 

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Notes Photo February 6, 2018

Is the Face of Contemporary Feminism Still Too Pink and White?

For many, pink stands for a shared commitment to gender equality. However, the connection to white privilege is not readily shaken off.

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Notes Photo September 25, 2017

The Visual Politics of Colin Kaepernick

After Donald Trump's ugly outburst about athletes who "take the knee," it seemed time to look at the man our president was alluding to.

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Notes Photo June 13, 2017

Protest Ballet

Conflict photos should not just elevate physical display.

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Notes Photo December 5, 2016

On the Mirrors at Standing Rock

The symbolism of a mirror capturing law enforcement at the top of a ridge seems pretty straightforward, right?

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Notes Photo October 3, 2016

News Photos of Police Protests: More Profiling of Black Males

What we're seeing in these photo galleries is a replay of the stereotype associating young black men with criminal and savages.

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Notes Photo June 3, 2016

On That Stunning Forehand from the Paris Labor Uprising

This classic "tennis photo" captures media spectacle in full swing.

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Notes Photo February 18, 2015

World Press, Spot News: Tangled Up in Blue

Sure, the cops got their girl. But for goodness' sake, is a riot police scrum supposed to look so glamorous?

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Notes Photo December 12, 2014

Protesters vs. Props for Freedom: College Athletes Can’t Breathe Either

The solidarity of the players expresses a desire not to wear “freedom” as a slogan but to seize it as a fragile part of their daily lives.

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Notes Photo May 15, 2014

Missing the Big Picture: How Cecily McMillan, Convicted of Assault, Was Violently Assaulted by NYPD at M17 Occupy Protest

 What is curious about Cecily McMillan's ordeal is that, in spite of the mountain of critical fragments that were captured and published, the visuals have failed to focus the public mind around a smoking gun.

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Notes Photo February 18, 2013

Protest Headwear: From Pussy Riot to Palestine

As one of our main themes here is the evolution of protest -- and the news galleries are also filled with Fashion Week here and Fashion Week there -- I was wondering about your take on these photos of Pussy Riot and Palestinian protesters.

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Notes Photo January 28, 2013

On the Wrong Side of History: Further Thoughts on an Iconic Civil Rights Photograph

If Gadsden is kicking his knee into the police dog’s throat, it’s very likely a defensive reaction

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Salon Photo April 11, 2011

BagNewsSalon: Assignment Egypt

On Sunday, March 20th, BagNewsSalon is hosting an online panel looking at the media's visual framing of the Egypt uprising. We encourage you to listen in, recommend the discussion to colleagues and also recommend students to view this lively deconstruction of key media images.

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