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Chatting the Pictures Video September 15, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Militia Fist Bump With Riot Cop at Stone Mountain

This video looks at the presence of armed Trump supporters, and rising concern over the relationship between police and white militia groups.

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Chatting the Pictures Video September 1, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Rare Images From Inmates as Prisons Ravaged by Covid-19

Pictures from inmates in federal prison are rarely seen by the general public. However, the deathly impact of Covid-19 is changing that.

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Chatting the Pictures Video July 30, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Black Lives Activist Replaces Slave Trader on English Monument

In this highlight video, we analyze the likeness of a Black Lives Matter activist atop a 125-year-old English monument. It's an especially powerful gender statement.

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Notes Photo July 25, 2020

Portland Protests: Mary Poppins Has Had Enough

Until a few weeks ago, the demand for racial justice and an end to police violence was pretty straightforward. Clearly, things have gotten more complicated.

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Chatting the Pictures: Parents Fight Masks in Utah

In this highlight video, we find as much confusion and ambivalence as anger in Utah parents protesting a requirement students wear masks to fight COVID-19.

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Chatting the Pictures Video July 24, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Protest, Racial Justice, and Portland’s ”Wall of Moms”

This webcast looks at the militarized response to racial justice protest in Portland and the role of a largely white mothers group demonstrating there.

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Chatting the Pictures Video July 12, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Trump Mt. Rushmore; Gun Waving St. Louis Couple; Racial Protest Self Portrait

This webcast looks at the Trump Mt. Rushmore rally, the St. Louis couple that pointed weapons at demonstrators, and a racial justice self-portrait.

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Notes Photo June 25, 2020

Refacing the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond

As it awaits its fate, the Robert E. Lee monument has become nothing short of an artistic magnet—literally a canvas to change.

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Chatting the Pictures Video June 20, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: 3 Signature Images of the George Floyd Protests

In this week's Chatting the Pictures, educator John Mason joins us to discuss key portraits from the protests following the killing of George Floyd.

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Notes Photo June 17, 2020

Tabloids Get Black Man’s “Heroic” Rescue of White Hooligan Exactly Backwards

Take away the celebration and what we have is a visual testament to the way black people have historically been weighed down and burdened by the white man. 

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Notes Photo June 3, 2020

Documenting a Protest Has Never Been More Challenging

This week has been unusually difficult for photographers who are trying to cover the George Floyd protests. Essay and images by photographer Alan Chin.

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Notes Photo May 29, 2020

The Intersection of Racial Violence and the Coronavirus

What the photo speaks to is two different viruses that attack the lungs and kill African Americans.

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Notes Photo May 2, 2020

In Lansing COVID Protest, Hate in the Smaller Details

I’ve seen this action in many news photos when police, especially riot cops, become violent with citizens, but never the other way around.

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Notes Photo October 8, 2019

The Larger Reason China Wants to Strip Hong Kong Protesters of their Masks

By banning Hong Kong protesters from wearing face masks, China is also hoping to undermine the visual and the moral power of these disguises.

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Notes Photo April 5, 2018

The Meaning of Emma in the Visual War on Parkland’s Survivor Activists

Emma has become the visual trademark of political dissent and generational change, a contemporary Rosie the Riveter.

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Notes Photo January 8, 2018

Our Favorite Cutaways from Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech

Oprah's speech turned out to be the emotional equivalent of a #MeToo keynote and call-to-arms.

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Notes Photo November 2, 2017

There’s #TakeAKnee, and There’s Take a Knee

Of course, we were owed a better caption. At the same time, though, it makes for an interesting experiment to see how much we assume.

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Notes Photo September 26, 2017

Stirring NFL Protest Optics: Unity to What End?

As encouraging as the explosion of protest in the NFL may be, let us not lose focus on the purpose of such protest in the first place.

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