Tag: Photography

photos of precariously placed balloons will have you on the edge of your seat

you know that feeling when you’re blowing up a balloon and you feel like its about to burst? the anticipation of what is about to happen and the anxious suspense. photographer daniel forero has captured that feeling, although this time no-one is actually blowing the balloons up. instead, they are precariously placed among other objects clearly […]

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Lens: Desmond Boylan: A Life in News Wire Photography

When tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Spain to protest new education laws in 1987, riot police officers violently dispersed the demonstrators, firing tear gas and rubber bullets. As a 20-year-old freelancer in Madrid, I was photographing these events for Reuters alongside other accredited photojournalists who wore green armbands to identify […]

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#10YearChallenge: Harmless Trend or Boon to Facial Recognition Technology?

The #10YearChallenge was all fun and memes until last week after a tweet moved thousands of people to worry: Are we unknowingly helping giant corporations to improve their algorithms for biometric identification and age progression? The #10YearChallenge gained widespread traction on social media this month. It calls for posting two photos of yourself side by […]

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Give the Wombats Some Space, Australia Tells Selfie-Loving Tourists

LONDON — Don’t pester the wombats. That is the plea from Australian tourism officials dealing with hordes of visitors to an island and nature preserve who cannot resist the urge to follow the marsupials around, approach them for selfies or even cuddle them. Wombats roam free on Maria Island, where there are no natural predators […]

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Vibrant Photos That Show What the Middle East Is Really Like

This article originally appeared on VICE Arabia. “If you asked me to describe the Middle East, I would say it’s a place full of warmth, culture, and love,” says photographer Ali Al-Shehabi. “Unfortunately, the western media chooses to portray the region using established stereotypes. For example, the image of Dubai is often of super cars, […]

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Nonfiction: The Civil Rights Movement Photographer Who Was Also an F.B.I. Informant

BLUFF CITY The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers By Preston LauterbachIllustrated. 339 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $27.95. When Ernest Withers was a press photographer in Memphis in the mid-1950s, he put a slogan on his business cards: PICTURES TELL THE STORY. Indeed they did. He was no effete aesthete; he was a working […]

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Humanizing Portraits of Mentally Ill Inmates at Cook County Jail

Occupying 96 acres in Chicago, Illinois, the Cook County Jail is one of the largest pre-detention facilities in the nation. Most of the 8,000-or-so inmates housed there each day are awaiting trial. And according to the jail’s Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, about a third of the prisoners are mentally ill. Between the […]

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Critic’s Pick: Ansel Adams in a New Light

BOSTON — Ah, wilderness! It’s our answer to Europe’s cathedrals, our proof of a unique national identity. Most citizens were first introduced to the wilderness by images. In the early 19th century, Thomas Cole placed the eastern wilderness — his beloved Catskill Mountains — on walls. Later in the century, Carleton Watkins’s 1861 photographs of […]

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On Washington: No Photographic Memory in the Senate

WASHINGTON — It was a picture-perfect moment. As the Senate convened for the start of the 116th Congress, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, fellow progressives and potential rivals for the presidency, shared a brief hug on the Senate floor just minutes after they were both sworn in for their new terms. Then there was Mitt […]

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Gucci Sued Dapper Dan Out of Business. Now the Brand Is Paying to Tell His Story

In New York City in the 1980s and 90s, when hip-hop was taking off with a certain flash and flare, there was no better way to show you’d made it than to cop a luxury jacket in Harlem made by Dapper Dan, the fashion designer born Daniel Day. Reinventing high fashion for people of color, […]

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Photos That Celebrate Being South Asian and Queer

Growing up in working class London and being Bengali, Muslim, and queer, Sabira Haque felt the weight of the prejudices pinned against her. At different stages in her life, she faced racism, sexism, classism, Islamophobia, and homophobia, causing her to feel a deep sense of fear. “For a long time, I felt that my confidence […]

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Unearthing Photography’s Time Capsule

In March of 1985, the photographer Robert Frank arrived with a paper sack at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to use Polaroid’s 20-by-24-inch camera. It was a hulking beast of an apparatus, worlds away from the diminutive 35-millimeter Leica that had freed him to roam the country while shooting “The […]

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This Photographer Captured What Canada’s Military Looks Like at the Arctic Front

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. Arctic Front is the first chapter in a long-term project examining Canada’s post-Afghanistan military, presenting the viewer with a glimpse of contemporary military culture—whether that is in training, peacekeeping, capacity-building, or all-out war. It’s a project that is the meeting of my two lives, as I spent more […]

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Lens: The Strange, the Surreal and the Downright Scary

Photographers have pretty much always creeped out people. Initially, they simply couldn’t help it. The world’s introduction to photography, the daguerreotype process, produced a shimmering, ghostly image that seemed at once so lifelike and so utterly unlifelike that it could have been made possible only through a kind of sorcery. For many, looking at a […]

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