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Notes Photo September 2, 2016

Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Our Twitter/Instagram Favs of the Week

The elements are all there in our social media roundup, from the Mediterranean to King's River to Vegas. And of course, Election '16 continues to generate plenty of heat.

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Notes Photo September 1, 2016

Making Faith Visible: Picturing the Spiritual through the Ultimate Anguish

It's hard to visually convey faith or spirituality, especially through the ultimate anguish. That's what's so moving, and accomplished, about Lisa Krantz's images.

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Notes Photo August 31, 2016

On that Crazy Pete Souza Obama VR Shot

If, a few years ago, someone told us this picture celebrated the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service…. mind blown!

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Notes Photo August 3, 2016

The Visual Politics of Empty Shelves

Photographs of bare stores and starving families fit too neatly into us and them, imagining whole political systems as economically and morally bankrupt.

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Notes Photo July 13, 2016

Baton Rouge: Channeling the Fire with Amazing Grace

Mindful of the smoldering racial and political atmosphere in the country right now, the photo's symbolism reaches far beyond a single instance of goodwill.

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Notes Photo June 30, 2016

Ruddy Roye’s Remarkably Unremarkable Pride Photo

If I had seen this same image a few years back, I might have read it in terms of invisibility — or theatricality. Not so today.

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Notes Photo June 14, 2016

The Larger Fabric: Ruddy Roye’s Frame on the Orlando Massacre

As a photo about the Orlando massacre, Ruddy has done something extraordinarily bold here.

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Notes Photo May 23, 2016

Jae C. Hong’s Instagram Photo and the LGBT Bathroom Battle

Jae Chong's photo on Instagram didn't come with a caption, so I wrote one ... about the current LGBT firestorm.

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Notes Photo May 12, 2016

On the Raised-Fist Photo by Black Women Cadets at West Point

The fact is, this photo channels the culture of uprising and black activism just as much as it does unity, pride and sisterhood.

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Notes Photo April 22, 2016

Leibovitz and the Queen on her 90th: Monarchy & Marketing

The stunning photos of Queen Elizabeth you're seeing this week are hardly agenda-free.

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Notes Photo March 30, 2016

On the Selfie with the EgyptAir Hijacker: We are Hostages to the Sphere

If the hive made this picture mostly about the passenger, the real headliner is the hijacker ... and the vanity of social media.

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Notes Photo March 24, 2016

Two Getty Photographers Use Instagram to Respond to the Insanity

The photos by Platt and Olson step us back, way back, from the hostility of the day and replaces it with eloquence.

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Notes Photo March 21, 2016

Let the Supreme Court Battle Begin. (With Apologies to Ringling Bros.)

It’s an odd photo choice. Unless the intent was to suggest the outlandish nature of the right wing's SCOTUS battle.

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Notes Photo March 7, 2016

A Remembrance of (Nancy) Reagan

One of the more interesting photos marking the passing Nancy Reagan, it naturally says as much about him as about her.

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Notes Photo February 29, 2016

Race Optics and the 2016 Academy Awards

Looking more closely at the images, the way the Academy Awards program navigated the race issue wasn't nearly as slick as it seemed.

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Notes Photo February 15, 2016

The Death of Scalia: Skipping the Mourning Process

Is it possible, with the vitality of Scalia's death stems and the sad parting gaze of the otherwise jovial firebrand, that something else is growing wild here?

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Notes Photo January 24, 2016

Having Committed to Peace with Iran…

Having built a bridge with Iran, funny how this shows up in the news galleries.

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Notes Photo January 22, 2016

It’s Gucci Meets Starbucks, by God

Our stealth photo of the week. Truly, no one sees this church in the mirror?

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