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Notes Photo March 3, 2015

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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Notes Photo March 1, 2015

An "Eye Flying" Photo: News Pics Playing With Perception

If most people who saw this in various "photo of the week" galleries simply thought, "that’s cool," I think there’s more to it than that.

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Notes Photo February 21, 2015

War Photography Family Portrait of the Year

What I find so powerful is how much Alexey Furman's photo from Ukraine manages to capture and express war as an act of domestic violence.

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Notes Photo February 19, 2015

On Those Migrants Up a Pole (POYi Spot News Award)

What is it about this photo of Sub-Saharan migrants high up a pole in Spain’s border town of Melilla that earned a POY award?

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Notes Photo February 18, 2015

World Press, Spot News: Tangled Up in Blue

Sure, the cops got their girl. But for goodness' sake, is a riot police scrum supposed to look so glamorous?

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Notes Photo February 16, 2015

World Press Photo: As Much About News as About the Human Condition?

The picture of “Jon and Alex” seems to also be part of an emerging trend among the winning photographs of recent years: a cinematic aesthetics that combines artistic compositions with invitation to storytelling.

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Notes Photo February 14, 2015

Picture of the Year (Sports Feature): What is it About Men and their Balls?

It could have landed on his shoe. It could have bounced and landed on that other guy's straw hat. But, it didn't.

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Notes Photo February 13, 2015

LGBT Love and Anxiety: The Ambiguity and Politics of the World Press Photo of the Year

Perhaps the noirish quality serves as a buffer but this photo is at least as tense as it is tender.

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Notes Photo February 10, 2015

POYi Winning Photos: Is the Freeway the New Protest Battle Ground?

Stopping these throughways provide a way for the movement to demonstrate that business-as-usual has got to stop, and that citizens -- especially those that simply watch on TV -- need feel it, too.

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Notes Photo February 9, 2015

Priests and Protests: Looking Back on the Photography from Kiev Square

Protestors armed themselves against government forces with whatever was available to them, creating a visual mash of color and symbolism, the clergy ministering throughout.

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Notes Photo February 7, 2015

Too Much Art in a News Photo? West Bank Rhythm and Flow

The infusion of creativity into the news photo is not just an art itself, but is often a slippery slope.

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Notes Photo February 5, 2015

A Preliminary Thought As We Enter Photojournalism Award Season

I appreciate that a news photo deserves to be judged and valued as a professional artifact. It's not nearly so straight forward, however.

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Notes Photo January 29, 2015

Pro Vs Amateur, and the Instagram Gallery On The New York Times Front Page

I don't see how this front page impacts the pro versus amateur argument in that big a way. Not as much, at least, as the blizzard of (free) publicity bestowed on Instagram and Facebook.

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Notes Photo January 9, 2015

You Know What's Strange About The Viral Photo of the Blacked-Out Eiffel Tower?

It makes you wonder (or makes me wonder, anyway) about rhythms in the universe.

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Notes Photo December 27, 2014

Why We No Longer Have to See the Thing We’re Looking At

What’s brilliant about the photo that it’s as audacious and unique as it is inevitable.

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Notes Photo December 25, 2014

Looking Back on '14 With Compassion and Depth

I've been continually moved this year by imagery that took difficult situations and found a deeper human element.

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Notes Photo December 10, 2014

The Beauty of LA Burning

LA burning isn’t beautiful because LA deserves to burn. LA burning is beautiful because we can see it that way.

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Notes Photo December 5, 2014

Mindful of Rice, Garner and Brown: Gordon Parks's Two Black Boys and One White Boy

I wish I could tell you how I would have read the picture before. Instead, I made acquaintance with it while immersed in the photos from Ferguson.

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