photography

Museums

Acts of Cruelty Captured by Citizens

by Seph Rodney on August 22, 2016

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New Documents at the Bronx Documentary Center is not necessarily the most conceptually elaborate exhibition, or the most aesthetically alluring, but it is the one show I’ve seen this year that makes crucial sense of our contemporary compulsion to document sociopolitical upheavals and state-sponsored violence.

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Danny Lyon’s Prescient Visions

by Anna Tome on August 6, 2016

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“We are frail flowers in the field,” wrote Danny Lyon, the politically active, compassionate photojournalist, after leaving New York for Bernalillo, New Mexico, in 1969.

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Post image for Traces of the Past in Images of Today’s Busy African Metropolises

PHILADELPHIA — In Akinbode Akinbiyi’s photograph, the pyramids of Giza, built over 4,500 years ago, are captured through a mess of fencing, with the tight rows of rigid iron rods obscuring the ancient wonders.

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Books

The Uncanny Nature of Fake Flowers

by Allison Meier on August 1, 2016

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The 73 photographic plates in Robert Voit’s The Alphabet of New Plants each frame a different floral detail, from bursting blooms to twisting branches.

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Post image for Using a Retro View-Master to See Modernist Architecture in 3D

Since 1997, the Knoxville, Tennessee–based View Productions has created a series of reels highlighting 20th-century design and architecture, particularly forms that are difficult to capture in two dimensions.

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Post image for The Stark Beauty of Japan’s Soaring Cormorant Population

Japan has a problem with cormorant overpopulation.

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Post image for Creating a Skeletal Symmetry from a 19th-Century Collection of Imperfect Skulls

Robbers, prostitutes, and fallen tightrope walkers: the craniums in the Hyrtl Skull Collection in the Mütter Museum at College of Physicians of Philadelphia are fractured remains of imperfect lives.

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Post image for Photographing the Forgotten Vietnamese Widows of Japanese WWII Soldiers

When we talk about Japan and Vietnam in the 1940s, we discuss World War II, invasions, colonialism, and other monumental events that unfolded in this part of the world, but sent ripples across the globe.

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Post image for Aerial Views of Where America’s Grid Bends to the Curvature of the Earth

As any traveler who’s gazed out the window of an airplane while flying over the United States knows, the grid reigns.

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Post image for Police, Protest, and the Matter of Black Lives: A Conversation on the Power of Photographs

The death of the photograph has been announced more than once.

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