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Notes Photo April 12, 2020

The Infected Primary

When the democratic process poses a clear and present danger, we should all be able to admit that political malfunction is staring us in the face.

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Notes Photo December 23, 2019

Christmas Back With a Vengeance: Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Cages

The nativity protest photo hit a nerve: Imagining what might happen if the most well-known refugee family in the world tried to seek asylum in today’s USA.

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Notes Photo November 25, 2019

Trump’s Thanksgiving Wingman: Pence in Iraq

Pence can be counted on to deliver a steady diet of visual comfort food, indulging those who hunger for a return to the political style of Ronald and Nancy.

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Notes Photo March 13, 2019

S/He Wore A Pearl Necklace

The necklace stunt reminds us that guns, masculinity, and domination hang together as part of a hard right political style.

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Notes Photo February 18, 2019

Just Don’t Call it Socialism

Williamson's photo of Americans outside a free health clinic brings the discussion of "socialism," and/or a more humane social policy into greater focus.

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Notes Photo January 29, 2018

Midterms Mania and one Candidate’s Wife’s Purple Hair

"I like the idea of Congress being exposed, as much as possible, to women who rock the purple hair and to the men who admire them." An eye on Indiana's 9th.

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Notes Photo November 16, 2017

From Da Vinci to Mnuchins, Obscene Wealth as Gospel

The era of billionaire populism is going to be remembered with pictures like this.

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Notes Photo August 9, 2016

Far Right Pounces on 6 Month Old Hillary (Porch) Stumble

Hillary haters love to pounce on every visible sign that Mrs. Clinton has an actual human body.

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Notes Photo May 5, 2016

Kim Jong Trump: A Good Fit?

The photograph shows how mythical imagery and catchy slogans work similarly on the imagination, even if we're not entirely comfortable parading them around publicly.

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Notes Photo December 8, 2015

Trump as Führer. It Doesn’t Happen on its Own.

Yes, stylistic echoes of the Führer are inescapable. But it's more complicated than that.

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Notes Photo September 28, 2015

On that Photo of the Pope and a Prisoner Holding Hands in Philadelphia

Condensing his visit to one powerful scene, the photo captures Pope Francis's challenge to America and its uncompromising political class to reach out.

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Notes Photo September 8, 2015

Colbert: Fit to Be Untied

What we're seeing in this photograph is the look of a person who's reached a tipping point.

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Notes Photo August 2, 2015

On Light, God, Photography … and That Moment Just Before the Bad Thing Happens

The point isn't that photography is God, or that God is a photograph. But we are in fact dealing with a mode of communication that freezes time and space, obeys its own laws, is both visual and grammatical, and does more to generate meaning—and generates more meaning—than we can...

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Notes Photo July 20, 2015

Good Cop, Bad KKKOP

"White racists aren't racist because they hate blacks; they're racist because they don't know who they are without blacks."

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Notes Photo June 18, 2015

Charleston: For My Soul Is Full of Troubles

Time and time again, the psalmist asks God a simple but difficult question: Why?

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Notes Photo June 10, 2015

Scott Walker and the GOP's Biker Pose

The Mad Max aesthetic lets the GOP project tribal and libertarian instincts at the same time.

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Notes Photo May 21, 2015

Migrant Other: The Rohingya Crisis and the Tendency of News Photos to Confuse Compassion with Patronization

I worry that newswire photographs during humanitarian crises have a way of exposing their subjects to a not-so-subtle mode of international brow-beating.

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Notes Photo April 14, 2015

Watch This Digital Life

When it comes to organizing daily patterns of mobility and interaction, our machines steer us around just as much as we do.

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