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Notes Photo January 29, 2020

Athletic Upskirting at the Australian Open

In addition to being a (sometimes) illegal pastime of amateur photographers on subway trains and public staircases the world over, upskirting has long been a mainstay of fashion, advertising, and stock photography. It’s no surprise, then, that it pops up occasionally in the realm of sports photography in athletic...

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Notes Photo November 9, 2015

Weaponized Entitlement: Book Cover Frames a Gun-Toting Clinton as Deviant, Dangerous

Clinton’s frontrunner status should be a major advantage, but a gendered narrative suggests she is bullying her way to the nomination.

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Notes Photo September 17, 2015

Nate Silver Closes the Curtain on Hillary

Since the aim is to challenge the news narrative framing Clinton, the choice to lead with this photo is both puzzling and problematic.

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Notes Photo June 3, 2015

Behind the Niqab: The (Male) Photographer's Perspective of Life Through the Veil – Part 2

The ability to frame a shot and have that image published in and discussed by major outlets is a privilege. Unfortunately, that privilege is too often reserved for men.

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Notes Photo February 16, 2015

Human Trafficking Awareness and Photographic Ensnarement: A World Press Winning Portrait

Despite the photo’s potential utility, however, it also raises important questions about the ways in which well-meaning outsiders and journalists depict the problem of human trafficking.

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Notes Photo October 15, 2014

The Battle for Fangirls '16. Or: "Look Dad, it’s Hillary Fuckang Clintaaaaaaaan!!!!"

On Hillary Clinton and the early contest for the hipster millennial female swing voter.

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Notes Photo September 10, 2014

The Focus on Janay Rice: The Pictures are Powerful, but Why are They Necessary?

Visuals that train the focus on Janay Rice rather than her husband play into the narrative that Ray Rice and the Ravens worked hard to construct—this is a marital problem rather than a criminal offense.

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Notes Photo June 26, 2014

Pictures Beyond the Veil: The Hijab and Free Choice

Although compulsary veiling is certainly a violation of women’s civil rights, the act of unveiling can similarly obscure women’s identities.

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Notes Photo May 9, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls: The Complex Optics of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

The controversy over the politics of representation in #BringBackOurGirls must be used to bolster the broader campaign for women’s safety, autonomy, and right to consent.

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Notes Photo November 20, 2013

On the Move: 18 Visual Scholars Reflect on Previously Unseen JFK Assassination Photographs – #2

We at BagNews were interested in bringing a deeper visual analysis to the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. Accordingly, we invited a broad group of distinguished visual scholars to provide us with brief responses to unknown photographs from November 1963. This is the second of a three post...

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Notes Photo November 15, 2013

Augmented Mannequins Figuring Prominently: The Globalization of Barbie

As the Times tells it, the mannequins are the brain child of factory owner Eliezer Alvarez, who “created the kind of woman he thought the public wanted—one with a bulging bosom and cantilevered buttocks.” The strategy worked.

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Notes Photo September 25, 2013

Hillary: Like Any Good Rorschach

Of course, in the contemporary media landscape, being old is a far greater crime for women than is being inauthentic.

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Notes Photo January 23, 2013

Hillary Clinton Eyes Members of Congress (and a Presidential Future?) During Benghazi Hearings

Although Clinton takes politics, public policy, and diplomacy very seriously, these pictures suggest that when it comes to facing her critics, Hillary Clinton may, indeed, get the last laugh.

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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 9, 2013

Boys' Club Back? White House Gender Do-Over

Did criticism of Obama’s “boys’ club”—I mean, cabinet appointees—prompt the administration to choose this bland shot of a routine sit-down with advisors as yesterday’s White House “Photo of the Day”? It’s surely no coincidence that this image was highlighted the day after the New York Times published a similar...

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Notes Photo September 16, 2012

Brzezinski’s Vanity Fair Kick a "Pol Dance" for Scarborough

So, why did she do it? “Erotic capital” for women in broadcast journalism?

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Notes Photo August 9, 2012

Woman Seduces Asparagus: Newsweek, Food Porn and the Foodie Patriarchy

The Newsweek cover positions women as neither purveyors nor consumers of culinary high culture. Instead, like the accompanying asparagus, they are objects of desire.

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Notes Photo July 30, 2012

Yahoo CEO Ushers in Rise of the SuperNewMom

We’ve all heard of a pregnant pause, but for some women, childbearing no longer means pausing one’s professional life. Enter, the “supernewmom.”

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