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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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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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