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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Eleanor Macnair’s Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh are serious fun. Whether on Tumblr, where her re-imagined photographs first appeared, or in her recently published book of the same name, their cartoonish colors and shapes dazzle the eye.

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Post image for Looking at Asia Through the Traveler’s Eye

Charles Lang Freer and Ernst Herzfeld and are two names most people wouldn’t recognize, yet both men were extremely instrumental in shaping the West’s perception of Asia.

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Post image for Museum of the City of NY Wants Your Photographs of Hurricane Sandy

The Museum of the City of New York is planning an exhibition of photographs from Hurricane Sandy for the one-year anniversary of the storm. And importantly, the organizers aren’t just interested in professional pictures; they want submissions from anyone and everyone with images to share.

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Post image for The Mesmerizing Duality of Mugshots vs. Facebook Profile Pics

We live in a world shaped by the proliferation not just of social media, but also of surveillance. Sometimes it seems as if we’re constantly presenting and re-presenting ourselves, selfies upon selfies, in an effort to counteract the official narratives imposed by others. It’s telling that the nonstop images flooding our eyes everyday generally fall into two categories: sponsored, advertised, sanctioned by some larger corporate or government (or both, since the two are ever more inseparable) body; and self-made/amateur.

This tension is at the heart of a tumblelog that’s fascinated me ever since I saw it mentioned on the Slog a few weeks ago: In Duplo.

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Post image for When Outsiders Feel More Familiar than the Mainstream

America is a country of immigrants, and the perspective of foreigners, newcomers and outsiders has always played a large a role in the history of contemporary American photography. Immigrants often have a way of showing us that which we cannot see for ourselves. In keeping with the tradition of outsiders looking in on our culture, a small exhibition on the first floor of the International Center of Photography, titled Perspectives 2012, showcases the work of three non-American photographers — Chien-Chi Chang, Anna Shteynshleyger and Greg Girard — who all focus their cameras on different facets of American life.

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