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Notes Photo January 10, 2018

The Delicate Balance of Style Photos from War-Torn South Sudan

We are encouraged to see the South Sudanese people as something other than the face of a crisis. The risk, though, is to miss the crisis completely.

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Notes Photo December 11, 2017

Watch Nancy Burson’s Latest GIF Morphing Trump with “Rocket Man”

The GIF and the picture are about Trump's identification with nemeses, and about scaling the Mt. Olympus for autocrats.

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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 July 21, 2017

Portrait Week: Our Social Media Roundup

From DC to Antarctica, Russia-gate to Iraq, it was a week for political portraits.

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Notes Photo July 7, 2017

Timely Paintings: World Leaders as Refugees

I'm fully on board with the focus on power -- especially star power.

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Notes Photo June 9, 2017

Comey as Metaphor: Our Social Media Roundup of the Week

Looking at the most striking pictures from the last five days, greater light and clarity seems to be the theme.

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Notes Photo June 5, 2017

London and a Fake Suicide Vest

The biggest threat of this attack was the potential to create outsized effects on the cheap. A fake vest or a real one is part of sorting the difference.

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Notes Photo May 29, 2017

Love to Damocles: Our Trump First Foreign Trip Grand Tour

If Trump's first foreign trip was successful in any way, it was only in its Groucho notes and the respite from the Russian tornado back home.

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Notes Photo May 26, 2017

Beyond Manchester: A Typical Terror-Filled Monday

Perhaps the most insidious impact of the attack on Manchester is the narrowing of western attention.

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Notes Photo May 5, 2017

At Trump’s Invitation: Revisiting Pulitzer-Winning Philippine Drug War Photos

When Daniel Berehulak's Philippine drug war photos won a Pulitzer last month, what was also on my mind was how they related to the homefront.

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Notes Photo April 30, 2017

Zombie Trumps at the Border: Risk Goes Both Ways

Analyzing the power in Verónica Cárdenas’s photos of immigrants wearing Trump masks.

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Notes Photo April 13, 2017

Seeing War For What It Is: Ridiculous

War is not fashion and suffering is not funny. But the photo of this missile is both familiar and odd enough to seem uncanny.

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Notes Photo March 28, 2017

Protest in Russia, Protest in America

The question is about how familiar Americans are with Russia. And it's about the burden placed on news photos.

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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 February 13, 2017

Crisis Follies: Trump’s N. Korea Missile Dinner

The photo demonstrates Trump's conflict between country club owner and Commander-in-Chief. The dreamy look during a potential world crisis is quite damning.

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Notes Photo January 31, 2017

Only Alt-Right Economics Could Create Such a Powerful Muslim Ban Protest Photo

Of course, the photo is making a moral argument. But then the picture "gets down to business."

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Notes Photo December 21, 2016

On That Eerie Aleppo Photo Doubling Man and Child

Once one man leaves the frame, another will follow, and once there are no men left to exit, there will be more Aleppos.

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Notes Photo December 19, 2016

Why Photographs Don’t Stop the War

Photographs may have long wave influence, but they don’t end wars or famines or otherwise stop history in its tracks.

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