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Notes Photo March 20, 2020

The Coronoavirus and the World Atilt

Suddenly, the media is filled with images that situate the coronavirus into the most well-known backgrounds. This example from Pisa is striking.⠀

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Notes Photo March 5, 2020

“Bernie’s Warren Problem” Really Media’s Gender Problem

The photo of Warren on the Edmund Pettus Bridge helps explain why, on the eve of Super Tuesday, everyone was talking about the old white guys.

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Notes Photo September 30, 2019

Toxic Nationalism: The Tomb of the Unborn Soldier

The point was to rally the base. But by wrapping the American flag around an “unborn soldier,” the photo infuriated the right and the left.

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Notes Photo May 27, 2019

Make America Meme: Why Melania Trump Birthday Photo was a Coup for the White House

More than pointed critiques, these memes tend to offer the Trump administration greater drama and even unwitting sympathy.

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Notes Photo May 18, 2018

Between Jerusalem, Gaza and the Media: The Tear Gas Spectacular

What stokes the media as effectively as it fuels insurgency and state power--especially in the Trump era? Simply put, it's the fireworks.

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Notes Photo December 17, 2017

Cruel Looking: From Puerto Rico, and Beyond

Showing the bodies of others—be they Puerto Rican children or British Muslims—and stripping them of dignity in full view: this is cruel looking. Knowing it is wrong is part of the plan.

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Notes Photo November 12, 2017

Pop Goes Newsweek: Sexual Harassment Cover Gone Wrong

The Newsweek cover perfectly illustrates the juvenile, adolescent male snickerings that have floated around locker rooms, golf courses and topless bars for years.

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Notes Photo November 1, 2017

Compounding the Weinstein Outrage: How to Visually Cover Sexual Assault

Lurid details and graphic accounts in the Weinstein case do not compensate for the simple fact: there is no adequate imagery to testify to sexual assault.

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Notes Photo September 25, 2017

The Visual Politics of Colin Kaepernick

After Donald Trump's ugly outburst about athletes who "take the knee," it seemed time to look at the man our president was alluding to.

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Notes Photo April 27, 2017

So, Who WAS Kellyanne Taking That Couch Gate Photo For??

Even as Trump's first 100 days have been analyzed into oblivion, this Couch Gate question is still floating around out there.

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Notes Photo November 5, 2015

Posing the Dead with their Vices: Media Fascination a Matter of Race?

These photographs quickly turn from mementos into scenes in which national audiences view the short, sordid lives of others.

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Notes Photo July 31, 2015

Beyond Matt Black’s Poverty Percentages

If you simply relate to Black’s poverty or class imagery in the broad brush, it’s a prolific view. But, in most every frame, the deeper power and reward is that further question or allegation.

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Notes Photo June 5, 2015

A Demanding Photo from Lynn Johnson’s National Geographic Cannabis Feature

What's powerful about the photo is how it functions as testimony.

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Notes Photo December 21, 2014

Ode to Light: Making Street Photography in a Cynical Age — by Amy Touchette

I know that if I’m to continue making photographs of the general public, I need to be aware of the context in which we live. I’m ready to explain to people that they are beautiful, that they are unique, and that they are worthy of being recognized, even if...

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Notes Photo March 28, 2014

Lynsey Addario and that Audi Commercial: Reframing the War Photographer — (Postscript Added)

My first and second thoughts on a set of commercials featuring a famous war photographer.

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Photo August 6, 2013

Stacy Kranitz: The Spectacle of Violence (GRAPHIC)

I awoke late that afternoon to find everyone begging to see pictures of Scott’s bloody hand. I could not fault them for their obsession. This is what my photographs are about, fetishizing violence.

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Salon Photo January 10, 2013

BagNewsSalon: "Unnecessary Roughness: Football as a Reflection of American Culture"

This BagNews Salon features a distinguished panel of sports scholars and photojournalists analyzing a select edit of media photos dealing with football and American culture.

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Notes Photo June 15, 2012

"Victim of Beauty": Glamour of Violence (Once Again)

Given the dismal commonness of images like these, the only thing “cutting edge” about them is the cuts that are left on the edges of the models’ skin.

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