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40 Years of Making People Visible Through Portraiture

Ryan White Vice
Photographer Dawoud Bey has been taking portraits of a wide range of African American subjects for decades. His powerful, but apparently unassuming style imprints on our minds the beauty of everyday people.

Friday Nite Videos | June 28, 2019

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The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts. Prophets Of Rage | Made With Hate. The Amazing Brains and Morphing Skin of Octopuses. AOC, Tiffany Cabán and the Struggle for a People's DA in Queens. These Photos Ended Child Labor in the US.

Tidbits - May 16, 2019 - Reader Comments: Constitutional Crisis; School Shootings; War with Iran; Remembering Larry Hanley and Dan Clawson; Bernie Sanders; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Chelsea Manning; Eric Hobsbawm; Uber; lots more...

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Reader Comments: Constitutional Crisis; School Shootings - Again; War with Iran; Remembering Larry Hanley and Dan Clawson; Bernie Sanders; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Chelsea Manning - Again; Eric Hobsbawm; Uber; Social Movement Photography; Huge Book Sale

David McReynolds, Socialist Activist Who Ran for President, Dies at 88

Jacey Fortin; Ed Hedemann; Anthony Giacchino New York Times
David McReynolds, lifelong pacifist and socialist, died last Friday. Twice a presidential candidate, lifetime member of the War Resisters League, well-known photographer, was the first out gay man to run for President.

food

The 19th Century’s Greatest Vegetable Photographer

Allison Meier Hyperallergenic Newsletter
The vegetable photographs of Charles Jones are remarkable, being ahead of their time in still life photography, and presenting a very modern view with the careful framing and studio portraits.

film

He was a sexual outlaw - My love affair with Robert Mapplethorpe

Jack Fritscher The Guardian
The new Mapplethorpe film begins with the voice of Senator Jesse Helms exhorting everyone to, "Look at the pictures!" He was protesting an exhibit of Mapplethorpe's work that he viewed as pornographic, and we see the conservative politician waving what he viewed as smut, seeking to inflame the culture wars, despite the fact that Mapplethorpe had died just a few months prior at the age of 42 of AIDS. That protest turned out to solidify the artist's legend.

Poitras Exhibit at Whitney Turns U.S. Government Threat to Liberty into Political Art

Lucy Komisar The Komisar Scoop
Art as politics in the powerful new exhibit at the Whitney Museum in New York by Laura Poitras. Museum director Adam Weinberg sets the show "in the tradition of socially and politically engaged artists - progressive artists such as Ben Shahn and Alice Neal." He said, "The aim of the projections is to provoke moral and ethical responses." Indeed, they do. Or they should.

Tidbits - January 21, 2016 - Sanders' Health for All Plan; Flint's Water; Richard Levins - Presente!; A Park for Pete Seeger; Action for Puerto Rico, for Saudi Arabia; Ursula Le Guin; and more...

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Reader Comments: Sanders' Health for All Plan; Deportations; Flint's Water; Richard Levins - Presente!; Add Your Name - End All U.S. Support for the Government of Saudi Arabia; Your Action Needed - A Park for Pete Seeger; Action for Puerto Rico; Ursula K. Le Guin Rips Bundy Militia in 194 words; Making All of the World's Art Accessible to Anyone Online - Ansel Adams photography; and more...
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