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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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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 June 23, 2015

I Wanted to Like that NYT Photo Essay About Growing up with Gay Parents

As a parent viewing the photo essay, I felt a rush of defensiveness and worry. As a visual scholar, I wanted to understand why.

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Notes Photo June 14, 2015

A Photo's Reach: Barbara Davidson Revisits the Navajo, Eddie Adams and Capa, Too

With the understanding that photojournalism is timeless, Barbara Davidson's photo both offers an update and invites great comparison.

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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 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 May 19, 2015

How New Photos Echo Classic Photos: Frida’s Flower Children

If perfectly nice in their display of youth, layer and pattern, what’s more illustrative is the way fresh blooms channel the allure of more exquisite flowers.

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How Photos Beget Photos: Frida’s Flower Children

If perfectly nice in their display of youth, layer and pattern, what’s more illustrative is the way fresh blooms channel the allure of more exquisite flowers.

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Notes Photo May 8, 2015

Militarism and Race as Martin Parr Does the Derby

Beyond the jesting and the field day with hats, these two Parr photos from the Kentucky Derby feel a bit more political than usual.

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Notes Photo April 10, 2015

Selfie of the Week — Crossing the Starting Line First

To the extent the selfie is equated with self-absorption, this one goes the extra mile.

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Notes Photo April 7, 2015

On Damon Winter's "Divided" Photos of California's Water Crisis

The question is: how much is the photo more static and dread-laden, and how much is it more "fluid"?

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Notes Photo April 6, 2015

Iran Portraits in the NY Times; "Kissing Kerry" on the Telly in Social Media

What continues to fascinate, looking at major news stories, is the relationship between professional photojournalism and its barefoot cousin, the public Twitter, Instagram or Facebook picture.

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Notes Photo April 5, 2015

Why all the Photos of People Taking Photos, Especially When Heavy Things Are Going Down?

The utter ubiquity of camera phones, portable screens as well as digital circulation has given citizen spectators a whole new way of registering their voice—or is it their gaze?

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Notes Photo March 11, 2015

Light Over Time: Picturing Appalachia — by Roger May

Light’s early Appalachia work is important in that it was intended to shed light on labor corruption and poor working conditions of miners in the region. My work in general is not about reacting to political unrest, but rather waiting, looking, listening to quieter moments while not shying away...

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Notes Photo March 3, 2015

A First Place Photo in Light of the Damning Justice Report on Ferguson

If Philip Montgomery's First Place "Picture of the Year, International" Feature photo was good before, it's even better today in light of the newly released DOJ report.

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Belgian Distress Over World Press Winning Pictures: Considering News Photos in a Larger Atmosphere

The fact that city representatives or the public-at-large would take issue with such depictions has been primarily characterized by the publishing world and the photo establishment as misplaced, as a misunderstanding of press photography rather than some misunderstanding or insensitivity on the part of the industry toward the public.

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