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Notes Photo July 28, 2020

With All Our Troubles, Comet NEOWISE Offers Timely Perspective

Could the comet be a sign? Only coming around every 6,800 years, perhaps NEOWISE has some lessons to offer about history, humility, and introspection.

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Chatting the Pictures Video July 12, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Trump Mt. Rushmore; Gun Waving St. Louis Couple; Racial Protest Self Portrait

This webcast looks at the Trump Mt. Rushmore rally, the St. Louis couple that pointed weapons at demonstrators, and a racial justice self-portrait.

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Chatting the Pictures Video March 23, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Coronavirus Culture, From Vatican, to Apartment Block, to Corner Bar

This webcast looks at the Pope addressing an empty St. Peters Square, the social power of the Italian balcony, and young revelers before the lock-down.

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Notes 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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Notes Photo April 13, 2019

The Black Hole Picture: Ultimately, the Viral Image is More a Reflection of Ourselves

If we really can’t see a black hole, the next best thing is a picture we find familiar.

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Notes Photo January 7, 2018

Carson Jones’s Classic Side Eye

Why did the look from Carson Jones, during his father's Senate swearing-in ceremony, capture so many hearts?

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Notes Photo July 31, 2017

Healthcare Meets the Breadline

As healthcare frays and political abuse further breaks down the system, these scenes become a lot more recognizable.

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Notes Photo June 8, 2017

On that Viral Tornado Photo–a Sign of the Times

Public imagination takes hold of a photo for its own reasons, the force of interest also reflecting something of the times.

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Notes Photo March 9, 2017

Through a Glass, Darkly: Visibility in Trump’s America

It seems to me that the news photo too often is showing us only the aftermath. Too much of the damage is being done off-stage.

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Notes Photo March 6, 2017

Tiny Trumps Don’t Shrink the Sexual Power Trip

This Tiny Trump is funny, in essence, because he is smaller than a woman. The joke, ultimately, is at her expense.

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Notes Photo February 27, 2017

Oscars Screw Up: The New Not Normal

The big question, after this impressive fail, is whether topsy-turvy is running away with us.

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Notes Photo February 15, 2017

Overshadowed by his Photo: The Afterlives of Omran Daqneesh

Omran's suffering essentially disappeared at the very moment the image of it became visible.

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Notes Photo January 22, 2017

Cranky Transfer of Power: Our Trump Inauguration Round Up

Perhaps the best thing way to sum up the inauguration is that the deed has been done and the Trump era has officially begun.

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Notes Photo January 16, 2017

MLK Day Meets the Trump Inauguration

We felt a special obligation this year to find just the right photo to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.

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Notes Photo January 11, 2017

Take It Down (LEAVE IT UP): On Congress Tiff over Ferguson Painting

Is this art dispute a weird throwback to the culture wars or a sign of things to come?

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Notes Photo January 9, 2017

Hello Orwell: On the Congressman’s Kid Who Dabbed Paul Ryan

In the new atmosphere, the dab can be seen in the same register as the Kaepernick knee down.

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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 September 26, 2016

Girl Power, Sexism and that Viral Hillary Millennial Selfie Swarm

Where is the passion for Hillary, you ask? It’s there in the photo, plain as day.

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