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Notes Photo February 18, 2018

Depicting Poverty: Matt Black Pushes Documentary Photography to its Fullest Range

Creating images that double as fine art, Matt Black is mapping how poverty is a major problem today, now, this minute and every minute.

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Notes Photo February 15, 2018

Gender and the World Press Photo 2018 Award Finalists

In this current cultural moment, in the atmosphere of #MeToo, how do we reconcile this group of World Press Photo contest nominees?

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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 September 11, 2016

Memory, Poetry and Politics: Thoughtful Views from Instagram on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Far from the ash and the fireballs, we've collected a group of Instagram photos that evoke 9/11 in a more poetic, historical and/or political way.

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Notes Photo August 29, 2016

It’s Not Just a Photo, it’s a Story — The Italian Earthquake, and What News Photos Can Do Today

Because we’re all story makers and explanation seekers, we can help but “fill in the picture” and experience how it all blew apart.

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Notes Photo August 14, 2016

The Art and Technology of this Year’s Olympic Photographs

Looking at this year's Olympic photos, it's impossible not to take awe at the creativity and imagination of the news photography.

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Notes Photo July 26, 2016

All in the Family: Democratic Convention Day One

There was plenty of family angst between Bernie's insurgents, Hillary's followers and party regulars. Until the evening's lightening strike.

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Notes Photo June 30, 2016

When Gag News Photos Are No Joke

Growing inequity leads to more demonstrations and other protests, and to violence. And to more gag photos.

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Notes Photo June 5, 2016

Trump/Putin Kiss: Favs from our Twitter and Instagram

In our round up this week, we mostly circle back to show you campaign images that either drew attention or that most people missed.

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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 April 27, 2016

How A Confederate Flag Can Be Meaningless

How is it that the Confederate flag symbol could leave people ... feeling nothing?

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Notes Photo April 25, 2016

Photography as Language. Or, What’s Wet, Purple & Falls from the Sky?

In these examples, we’re looking at news images as an interesting shorthand for words.

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Notes Photo February 18, 2016

On Warren Richardson’s 2016 World Press Photo of the Year

The achievement of Richardson's World Press winning picture is the equally high level of artistry and story. Simply, it represents what we're seeing more consistently these days: a higher caliber press photograph.

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Notes Photo November 12, 2015

We Can Now Safely Say it’s the Weirdest Presidential Campaign Ever

Politicians aren’t born, they’re collaged. Thoughts on Jeff Jacobson's odd Rubio photo from New Hampshire.

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Notes Photo October 23, 2015

Illustrating vs Storytelling: Jacquelyn Martin’s Photo of Biden in the Rose Garden

Here, the intensity, and even more so, the complexity of Biden's expression requires no reading in.

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Notes Photo September 30, 2015

Hippie Bashing: New Photos at TIME Keep New Age on the Fringe

Perhaps a threat to consumer culture, these new photos at TIME ridicule yoga, mediation and spiritual practices, framing them as still somehow “far out."

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Notes Photo September 24, 2015

From D.C., and The Atlantic / Echosight Project: Mashing the American Dream

In this complex photograph, we see threads of American exceptionalism as well as reaching on the Washington Mall.

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Notes Photo September 15, 2015

Geekfest, and the Blurry Lines Between Commercial, Documentary and News Photography

I have to say that, up until the past year or so, I wasn’t seeing a whole lot of news photos that were this lush.

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