photography

Post image for The Short-lived 1940s NYC Tabloid That “Dared to Tell the Truth”

The New York PM Daily only lasted from 1940 to 1948, but in its short run it served as a vital progressive voice in New York City, and promoted groundbreaking photography to accompany its stories.

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Post image for The Rose-Washed Past: Ron Haviv’s ‘Lost Rolls’

I’ve long been fascinated by the various filters for Instagram and other digital camera apps whose names are simply years: 1969, 1972, 1977.

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Louis Draper,

In November 1955, four days after Robert Frank was arrested, questioned, and released in Arkansas under the suspicion of being a Communist spy, he took a photograph, ‘‘Trolley — New Orleans’’ (1955), that was included with eighty-two others in his justly famous book, The Americans, which – we should remember — was first published in France in 1958.

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Post image for A Photographer Who Tracked Displacement, from Soviet Gulags to Ethiopia’s Civil War

Ruth Gruber was the youngest PhD graduate in the world, earning her degree at the age of 20 with a doctoral thesis on Virginia Woolf (the first academic work on the author), when she trudged out into the Arctic and became the first journalist to interview prisoners at a Soviet Gulag in 1935.

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Post image for Bangladeshi Photographers Capture the Fallout from Their Country’s Globalization

Transitions: New Photography from Bangladesh, a collaboration between the Bangladeshi American Creative Collective and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, offers a dark view of the forces of industrial production and globalization at work in contemporary Bangladesh.

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Post image for The First Flash Photographs of the Natural World At Night

With a magnesium flash triggered by a tripwire, George Shiras shot some of the world’s first nocturnal wildlife photographs.

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Post image for Catching the Uncanniness of Medical School Simulations

Learning diagnostic medicine is not just about recognizing symptoms of illness, but also involves interacting with the emotionally complex creature that is the human being.

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Post image for A Portrait of a Chinese Ghost Town on the Verge of New Life

The district of Kangbashi in Inner Mongolia, China, is famous for its emptiness.

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Post image for Renowned Artist Leila Alaoui, Injured in Burkina Faso Terrorist Attacks, Dies at 33

Leila Alaoui, the French-Moroccan photographer and video artist known for her poetic and unsentimental images of daily life in the Mediterranean and Middle East, died last night from injuries sustained during last week’s terrorist attack in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso.

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Post image for Jim French, Male Beauty, and Languages of Desire

I recently became aware of the hashtag “#masculinitysofragile.” The words together felt poetic. Fragility is supposed to be the antithesis of masculinity, right?

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