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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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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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