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Notes Photo August 14, 2019

The Disappearing Island: Censorship at Guantánamo Bay

How much censorship colors a NY Times Guantánamo Bay photo essay on censorship.

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Notes Photo April 11, 2019

Photography Challenge: Straddling Female Stereotypes as Women Become Marines

How well does Lynsey Addario’s New York Times boot camp story stand up in the age of #MeToo?

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Chatting the Pictures Video December 20, 2018

Chatting the Pictures: Yemen Starvation Photos, Gaza Slingshot, Black Lives Matter Kid in a Tree

This week, Chatting the Pictures, our 20-minute webcast analyzing news photos, looks at key pictures of the year from Yemen, Gaza, and Washington D.C.

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Notes Photo May 18, 2018

Between Jerusalem, Gaza and the Media: The Tear Gas Spectacular

What stokes the media as effectively as it fuels insurgency and state power--especially in the Trump era? Simply put, it's the fireworks.

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Notes Photo May 17, 2017

Beyond Compassion: On Photos of Syrian Photographer Rescuing Child

Visual evidence of Aleppo's horrors has not produced compassion fatigue but doubt in the ability to intervene. That is what the rescue photos demonstrate.

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Notes Photo March 30, 2017

Trump, the Mosul Atrocity, and a GIF That Says it All

How do we come to terms with the Mosul bombing, and a suddenly poisonous and reviled United States of America?

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Notes Photo December 20, 2016

On the Photos of the Russian Ambassador’s Assassination in Ankara: Our Tweet Thread

The overlap between online and social media, and war and terror is so complex, it's hard to make sense of what we're looking at.

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Notes Photo August 22, 2016

Omran and Alan: The Limits of the Photo of the Wounded Aleppo Boy

Ultimately, and in contrast to the Alan Kurdi wake-up call, the photograph of Omran, the wounded Syrian boy in the ambulance, is a rescue fantasy.

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Notes Photo March 23, 2016

The Brussels Attack: Between Two Cell Phone Photos of the Same Scene

What stood out from the terror attack in Brussels is how two slightly different cell phone photos became defining images of the event.

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Notes Photo February 25, 2016

World Press Photo Winners: Mary F. Calvert and Military Sexual Assault

I wanted to focus on the more political side of Mary F. Calvert’s award-winning photo project on women raped or sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. military.

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Notes Photo November 12, 2015

War/No War. Reading Spencer Platt’s NY Veterans Day Parade Photos

These photos surface uncomfortable realities about an America (still) at war.

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Notes Photo September 20, 2015

News Photos as Military Promo: Prepping for the Next Good War?

This New York Times photo feature is less about military propaganda than it is about selling the next "good war."

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Notes Photo July 7, 2015

More Drama, Less Reality: The Case for Fake War Photography

The staying power of US war culture depends on a citizenry that keeps its distance from actual warfare.

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Notes Photo March 20, 2015

Meta of the Military Photography Awards: You’re Either Flying High or Laid Low

While these two photographs aren't the only ones recognized as award winners, their place at the top does offer some insight into a limited range of human experience.

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Notes Photo July 29, 2014

David Frum Accuses NYT and Reuters of Staging Gaza Hospital Photos (GRAPHIC)

Certainly, these organizations have better uses of their time right now -- including, keeping their photographers alive while adhering to ethical standards -- without having to contend with libelous charges being leveled on impulse.

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Notes Photo March 27, 2014

The Dysfunctional Guitar: More on the Reuters Syria Photo Controversy

In this atmosphere of doubt, it's worthwhile to consider these images involving the presence of this musical instrument in multiple images. What really convinced me to share them publicly, though, was the confusing and misdirected explanation I received from Reuters after having contacted them.

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Notes Photo March 25, 2014

Were the Reuters "Boy in a Syrian Bomb Factory" Photos Staged?

We hope that this post might contribute to a thoughtful, open and persistent examination about the truth behind this story as well as the issues surrounding how photos in conflict zones can be procured today.

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Notes Photo March 11, 2014

7 Reasons Why Donald Weber’s Kiev Molotov Cocktail Portraits are That Effective

At once dirty and pretty, an achievement here (in comparison to so much other war photography) is that these don't glamorize.

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