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Notes Photo September 16, 2020

Global Heating and Fire: California Jumps the Gap

It's not just a bad fire season. These photos both symbolize and demonstrate how California has crossed a critical climate threshold.

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Chatting the Pictures Video April 3, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: More Pandemic—New York Harbor; Las Vegas Homeless; NYC ICU

This webcast on the pandemic looks at a symbolic scene in New York Harbor, a troubling Las Vegas shelter image, and an emotional Brooklyn hospital photo.

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Notes Photo March 31, 2020

The Elbow Move

There will be plenty of memories from the coronavirus crisis. But our bodies, if pray we stay well, will best remember the basic contortions.

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Notes Photo March 30, 2020

About Feeling Crazy Right Now

The photo isn't about eccentricity, it's about mental health. And it's about the symptoms we are all experiencing from the virus these days.

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Notes Photo March 26, 2020

What Should and Shouldn’t We Be Seeing?

This virus photo from a Belgium hospital has a "sensitive material" warning. But perhaps it's necessary to see--and not just for the obvious reason.

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Notes Photo March 25, 2020

Virus Meets Cat Gramming

As the coronavirus grips Washington and the nation, this cat photo by Alex Wroblewski is not just sweet. It offers a dose of emotional immunity.

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Notes Photo March 15, 2020

As the Coronavirus Shutters Broadway

Photographers are using their symbolic gifts to process the loss of normality from the coronavirus. Here, the focus is on Broadway.

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Notes Photo March 10, 2020

Drawing on Contagion

This drawing by a young girl in Italy is a poignant illustration of the threat of coronavirus, and also the health of the planet. ⠀

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Notes Photo February 25, 2020

Tokyo 2020, Or Not

In terms of what photographs do, this split view of tourists above and the stadium below projects us five months into the Olympic future.

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Notes Photo March 20, 2019

The Grieving Woman at the Ethiopian Airlines Crash Site, and the Western Gaze

The expression of grief is so intense, I cannot forget it. At the same, however, I feel challenged looking at the photo as a westerner.

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Notes Photo December 29, 2018

Slow Violence, Slow Photography: Chris Gregory’s Portrait of Puerto Rico after Maria

How do you photograph systemic failure? Chris Gregory's Puerto Rico portrait does it through juxtaposition, capturing natural calamity and colonial neglect, both fast and slow.

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Notes Photo October 22, 2018

What We’re Looking At: Hurricanes Michael and Khashoggi

Visual news has been dominated by two hurricanes lately. Here are selected photos with commentary.

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Notes Photo October 16, 2017

Has Climate Change Killed the California Dream?

California is used to the edge. With the multi-year drought and now these firestorms, however, I'm wondering if climate change has tipped the scale.

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Notes Photo October 7, 2017

Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Catalonia: Our Roundup of the Week

Hurricanes, earthquakes, the threat of nuclear war. Just when you thought another cataclysm couldn't possibly happen, the Las Vegas massacre happened.

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Notes Photo September 21, 2017

News Photos: Taking 2 Quakes to Feel for Mexico

It took a second devastating earthquake for visual media to focus more intimately on Mexico's suffering. Should it have?

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Notes Photo September 12, 2017

Monster Hurricanes and Eco Disaster Photos: The Indecisive Moment

These eco disaster photos allow us to take account of the slow consequences of Harvey and Irma. The fact they defy closure is the whole point.

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Notes Photo September 2, 2017

The Most Powerful, Least Seen Harvey Photos: Our Roundup

From the beginning, we sensed Harvey would be physically and socially devastating. These powerful, but lesser seen photos stood out.

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Notes Photo August 31, 2017

Harvey Unprecedented? What About 2 Weeks Ago in Sierra Leone?

Although Harvey's impact seems to be mercifully smaller in ways than recent monster storms overseas, these events call for larger ways to scale them.

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