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Notes Photo November 4, 2013

The Last Photograph

You would probably agree that the category this photo aligns with is "environment." That doesn't mean, however, that we can't start slipping around and go somewhere else with it.

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Notes Photo June 19, 2013

Protest, Suicide, Guns & Terrorism: All The Fashion

The corporate state, by way of its Mad Men and women, has the perfect answer for populist discontent or unprofitable social ills that start bucking for attention: appropriate and glamorize.

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Notes Photo February 25, 2013

Michelle Obama: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Well, talk about the Obama's going to the furthest lengths to leverage pop-culture.

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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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Notes Photo January 20, 2013

Haute-Couture Heroes (or: Sandy’s in Vogue!)

Now that the Congressional tussle over the Hurricane Sandy relief fund has subsided, the nation can return to the important work of capitalizing on the disaster.

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Notes Photo January 8, 2013

Fashion of the Times

When isn't splintering and destruction and facelessness in fashion?

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Notes Photo June 29, 2012

What Does Madonna's Daughter in Cone Bra Have to do with CNN, FOX Bad SCOTUS Call?

The Supreme Court Obamacare announcement mess illustrate the shortcomings of traditional media and the growing power and critical effect of social media.

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Notes Photo March 15, 2012

Asma Assad is Pumped

A daily stream of photos showing Assad's atrocities against his own people is one thing. More heinous perhaps, are images of domestic indulgence, items of vanity that reveal the bubble the Assad's have been swimming around in as the blood flows in the streets.

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Notes Photo January 18, 2012

Salacious Sexiness in the Name of the "Larger" Feminist Ideal

What’s problematic about the PLUS Model layout is the way in which it turns the watchful eye of the male gaze on its ostensibly liberated subjects.

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Fashion Watch: All Hail the Aristocrats

Even today, bourgeois morality remains alive and well.

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Notes Photo December 29, 2011

Ahmadinejad's Ready-to-Wear: Government Approved to Make Women Look Islamic and Beautiful

Regarding "approved" clothing for Iranian women, Ahmadinejad’s “compromise” is not a step in the right direction. It’s a step in the same direction.

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Notes Photo December 14, 2011

Some Thoughts on the MVRDV "9/11 Exploding World Trade Center" Building

I'm a lot less concerned about MVRDV's design than I am about the hysteria it's generating. If there's really something to worry about here, it's the destruction of the opportunity for a more nuanced discussion given all the cultural, political, perceptual and aesthetic alarms going off.

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Notes Photo November 18, 2011

Occupy is not a Frickin' Maybelline Ad

You know what's messed up? It's when a cosmetics company turns a populist and embattled movement for economic justice into giggly, jiggly mind-numbing hamburger for the sake of peddling lip balm.

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Notes Photo September 10, 2011

Our 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Portrait … Going the Other Way

Thankfully, friend and brilliant photographer, Mario Tama, sent me this a couple days ago, a photo unique out of the 9/11-remembrance constellation, if for one thing, by simply managing not to take itself too seriously.

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