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Young Afghan Girls Share Their World Through Photography

A female photojournalist whose photo of a farmer became famous in 2004 provides workshops for teenage girls in the hopes that they, too, will find success.

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Walt Whitman’s America Through Edward Weston’s Eyes

Weston may not have studied Whitman’s poetry before embarking on a photographic road trip for a special edition of “Leaves of Grass.” Yet while having the time of his life, he also got the spirit right.

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Powerful Exhibits on Both Coasts Explore Borders and the Plight of Refugees

Artists at galleries in Los Angeles and New York zoom in on some of the world’s 60,000 displaced people—and one “solution” for dealing with them.

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Survivors in Ukraine

Stephen Shore’s book is a potent photo-documentation of Holocaust survivors in their twilight years and a testament to how one lives within a community that shares collective traumatic memories.

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Emblems of the Passing World

Poet Adam Kirsch, inspired by the photographs of August Sander, has created an important book about one of the 20th century’s most devastating eras. He especially illuminates a Germany that would soon be filled with the cancer of Nazism.

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Dickey Chapelle Under Fire

Dickey Chapelle, the first female American war correspondent to be killed in action, is featured in a new pictorial memoir that collects her photos and notebooks from World War II to Vietnam.

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There Was Such a Thing as Jujutsuffragettes, and They Kicked Serious Butt

The women’s rights movement in Great Britain had a martial arts-trained group that few knew about; a writer ponders how to get people to read about climate change when it’s so depressing; and a look into how abolitionist Frederick Douglass became the most photographed man in America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Dreams of America: Work in Progress

Can the American imaginary be depicted?

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Chris Hedges Introduces ‘The Occupy Portraits’ (Video)

When photos of violence against Occupy Wall Street protesters began to appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles photographer Annie Appel set out to capture the faces and record the hopes of participants in 12 American cities. The result is a 572-page ready-to-print book, with a foreword from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges.

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The Big Book

Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith brought worldwide attention to social injustice with his provocative photographs. In 1959 he began assembling a retrospective on what was then his life’s work, which has never been published, until now.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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One App’s Art Is Apple’s ‘Pornography’

Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs once told an irritated blogger that the iPhone offered “freedom from porn,” but what about freedom from artsy photography?

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Portraits of His People: A Tribute to Willie Middlebrook

Willie Middlebrook’s untimely death at the age of 54 on May 4 brought an end to the work of one of the finest and most socially conscious artists of our times.

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Obama Faked It for the Cameras

There was just one camera in the room with President Obama when he announced the death of Osama bin Laden—the one beaming his address to television. Afterward, a group of still photographers was let in and the president went through the motions, walking to the podium and pretending to speechify for 30 seconds. (more)

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Japan: Before and After

These images aren’t about disaster porn—they are taken from too far a remove, first of all—but rather, they show the scope of the devastation from last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan in stunning before-and-after contrast.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



One-State Solution?

Today on the list: Why academics are still flipping out about television, how Israeli conservatives may be pushing for a one-state solution, and the human brain’s “Life of Brian” mechanism.

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Marilyn Monroe and Two Kennedys, Captured in a Snap

Given the scuttlebutt about Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy brothers (well, two of them, anyway), not to mention the murder and conspiracy theories still circulating about her untimely death, it makes some sense that there’d be few, if any, candid images of the screen siren ... (continued)

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The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See

The state and the press work hard to keep the reality of war hidden. We rarely see images that capture the evil of war, what it does to young minds and bodies.

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Annie Leibovitz Under Siege

Annie Leibovitz may be the most famous portrait photographer in the world. According to one angry Italian, she’s also a thief. Paolo Pizzetti is suing Leibovitz for allegedly using his photos in a calendar without permission. She’s also on the hook for a $24-million loan and could lose the rights to her work.

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Behold: The 1,474-Megapixel Picture of Obama’s Inauguration

Using special equipment, photographer David Bergman was able to capture a massive image of the inauguration. With resolution like that, you can see what generation iPhone Yo-Yo Ma is sporting, and a whole lot more.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



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Worth a Thousand Words

The Boston Globe has assembled a stunning array of photos from Inauguration Day. Images from Washington, D.C., and from viewing parties around the world capture the excitement and wonder of that historic day. The subjects include Kenyans in Obama’s father’s home town, former Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos embracing, and crowds at the capital’s Mall as photographed from a satellite.

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