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Notes Photo May 2, 2024

Crucial Elements of the Pro-Palestinian Campus Protests Overlooked by the Mainstream

Education, negotiation, militarism, human rights. Free Palestine campus protests have stood for much more than they have been credited for.

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Chatting the Pictures Video March 23, 2024

Chatting the Pictures: Bringing Later Stage Abortions into the Light

The images of a later-stage abortion not only bring the procedure into sharper focus but also challenge the restrictive narratives imposed by new laws.

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Notes Photo September 25, 2023

Nolan Trowe’s Wheelchair Perspective Highlights Disability Activism

Wendy Kozol looks at how Nolan Trowe's images from a wheelchair provide a unique vantage of disabled activists in the halls of Congress.

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Chatting the Pictures Video December 20, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: The Most Historic Photo from the January 6th Uprising

This photo from the January 6 Capitol uprising was likely the year's most historic. We delve into its meaning and perceptual effect.

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Chatting the Pictures Video April 16, 2021

Chatting the Pictures: Lightning in George Floyd Square

Lightning strikes near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in Minneapolis, also known as George Floyd Square.

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Notes Photo February 25, 2021

What’s Distinguishing and What’s Familiar in the Post-Coup Protest Pictures from Myanmar

A former aid worker and a visual scholar help explain key media and Facebook photos after Myanmar’s military coup.

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Notes Photo October 8, 2020

Social Justice in the “Unified” NFL

If the NFL really wants to promote anti-racism, it seems hard to imagine a less emphatic visual statement.

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Notes Photo June 29, 2020

Telling Image of Race at DC Emancipation Statue

It's an especially symbolic photo as America reckons with the legacy of Black slavery. Studying Evelyn Hockstein's photo, the question is where to begin?

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Notes Photo June 25, 2020

Refacing the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond

As it awaits its fate, the Robert E. Lee monument has become nothing short of an artistic magnet—literally a canvas to change.

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Notes Photo June 3, 2020

Documenting a Protest Has Never Been More Challenging

This week has been unusually difficult for photographers who are trying to cover the George Floyd protests. Essay and images by photographer Alan Chin.

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Notes Photo April 26, 2020

Hospital Workers Cannot Begin to Express Their Anger

Since the virus crisis started, I have seen countless photos of medical workers in ICU’s. I have also seen photos of them outside their hospitals advocating for vitally necessary equipment and protective gear. Sometimes they carry signs. Other times they stand as witnesses holding up pictures of colleagues who...

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Notes Photo April 21, 2020

Why Medical Workers Challenging Anti-Stay at Home Protesters Won the Internet

Why were these photos of Denver healthcare workers standing up to anti-stay-at-home protesters so popular? There's a "super" answer.

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Notes Photo April 19, 2020

The Viral Coronavirus Protest Photo from Ohio

It's the first COVID-19 news photograph described as viral without a hint of irony. But that doesn't mean it's not deadly.

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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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