Tag: Photography

These Sweet Photos Prove Masculinity Doesn’t Have to Be Toxic

They way we think and talk about masculinity is changing slowly, but centuries of patriarchy aren’t easy to undo overnight. The advent of #MeToo and #TimesUp signaled that women were fed up with toxic misogyny, but the movement also prompted those accused of sexist rhetoric and behavior, like the president, to claim it’s “a very […]

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These Photos Disrupt the Male Gaze

Women are overlooked far too often in photography. How can we continue to combat this erasure? My answer is this column, “Woman Seeing Woman.” While it’s just the start of solving this problem, I, a female writer and photographer, hope to celebrate the astoundingly powerful female voices we have in photography by offering a glimpse […]

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Critic’s Pick: Arbus, Untitled and Unearthly

Beginning in 1969 and continuing through the last two years of her life, Diane Arbus traveled regularly by bus to New Jersey to photograph people at residences for the developmentally and intellectually disabled. Her first destination, the coeducational Woodbridge State School, was just across the Hudson from her Manhattan apartment. Quite soon, though, she determined […]

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Album: Brooklyn’s Visual Reboot

ImageBlizzard, 2016CreditJulienne Schaer It’s a little bit like the nation, Brooklyn. You have your grottoes of educated professionals, saturated in self-mythologizing media, and your more traditional “old” Brooklyn turf, often sentimentalized or ignored, where neighbors know each other’s families and share a vision of a less turbulent time. In both climes people are struggling more […]

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Lens: Louisville and Muhammad Ali: A Rare Look at a Hometown Champ

Muhammad Ali sat snoozing in a chair in his Los Angeles home after having fallen asleep watching television with a gaggle of children on the floor beside him. The image on the screen: Howard Cosell. Was Ali posing to punk his longtime foil? Another playful mug for the camera in a career full of them? […]

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critic’s pick: She Needed No Camera to Make the First Book of Photographs

The plants are white as ghosts, and they float in fields as sharply blue as the waters off Dover. Each one is a little miracle, their neuron-like roots winding across the page, their leaves revealing every branching vein. These are photographs, produced only with the light of the sun and an amateur’s chemistry set. There […]

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the complex process of pencil production is overwhelmingly satisfying

since 1889, the general pencil company has been converting wax, paint, cedar planks and graphite into useful implements for writing and drawing. over a century later, it is one of one of the last remaining pencil factories in the united states. now after thirty visits to the company’s production floor, american photographer christopher payne has documented every phase […]

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State of the Art: How Google Photos Became a Perfect Jukebox for Our Memories

The first time Google Photos made me cry, it was with a sucker punch. I had looked at my phone one morning in April, expecting more news of global woe. Instead there was an alert from Photos, letting me know that Google’s image-processing robots had created some kind of montage from my videos. I had […]

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Lens: How Photography Has Shaped Perceptions of African Women

Uncovering the beauty of African women and their worlds within fractured and layered colonial histories demands a special attention to detail. As the documentary photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and the author Catherine E. McKinley know, many of the earliest images weren’t meant to be seen as art. Yet they had a disturbing, global reach, fueled […]

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Online Photo Printing for the Holidays (and Any Time)

Smartphones have made it easy to share photos with family and friends, but the images are often ephemeral — soon buried in text strings or inboxes. Digital printing services offer evergreen options, from cards to individual prints to curated albums. The best of those services produce images of truly excellent quality. They use fine papers […]

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Gérald Bloncourt, Haitian Photographer and Activist, Dies at 91

Gérald Bloncourt, who after being expelled from Haiti for his role in antigovernment protests in 1946 went to Paris and turned his zeal for social justice into photography that captured the humanity of immigrants and factory workers, died on Oct. 29 in Paris. He was 91. His wife, Isabelle Bloncourt-Repiton, said the cause was complications […]

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A ‘Time Capsule’ for Scientists, Courtesy of Peter the Great

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Standing alone, a few minutes before the doors were to open at the Zoological Museum of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexei Tikhonov gazed at Masha, a 30,000-year-old baby mammoth that he brought here from a Siberian riverbank thirty years ago. Masha, one of the museum’s star […]

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This Young Photographer Shares Vibrant Stories From Her Community

Athena Ortmann Athena Delene’s photography verifies the adage that a picture speaks a thousand words. But the words aren’t formed at random or clumped in a word cloud. No. They are carefully organized into tall tales and legends about the residents of Eugene, Oregon. Every single image she posts on her Instagram or adds to […]

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Remembering the End of World War I, in Photos

Thousands of people around the world commemorated on Sunday the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I, the so-called Great War that left millions dead and reshaped European borders, international warfare and society. In Paris, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of […]

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California Hasn’t Seen Fires Like This: Pictures of a State in Flames

ImageCreditDavid Mcnew/Getty Images California is burning — along the palm-fringed shoreline near Los Angeles and the evergreen forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills. An entire town in the Sierra was nearly erased this week by the most destructive fire in California history. At least nine people were killed there, and more than 6,400 homes were […]

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Past Tense: In Photos Unpublished for 100 Years, the Joy of War’s End on Armistice Day

The Great War was over. One hundred years ago — just before 3 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 — The New York Times received the first bulletin of the Armistice, which had been signed aboard a rail car in a small village in Northern France. A searchlight on the tower of the Times building, previously […]

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Reimagining Norman Rockwell’s America

In 2012, Hank Willis Thomas saw a poster of Norman Rockwell’s painting of a family seated around a holiday table, the matriarch presenting a turkey to her guests. For Mr. Thomas, a 42-year-old black artist raised in Manhattan, the pale complexions in Mr. Rockwell’s 1943 masterpiece did little to represent his experience of a diverse […]

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Lens: Random Moments, Petty Lies and Quiet Pleasures

Photography seems like a truthful medium. Photographs are used for scientific and forensic evidence for their supposed truthfulness. Even Edgar Allan Poe thought daguerreotypes disclosed “a more absolute truth, a more perfect identity of aspect with the thing represented.” So why did Charles Traub call his new book of photographs “Taradiddle”? “A taradiddle is by […]

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