Tag: Photography

Is Rihanna’s ‘Visual Autobiography’ a Triumph or a Tease?

Rihanna has a new release. But it’s not a single, or a new Fenty collection, or another Amazon Prime underwear show. It’s a “visual autobiography,” out on Oct. 24. Just over a foot wide and about one and a third feet tall, 15 pounds and full of glossy pictures, with a few gatefolds and special […]

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Garbage Fires for Freedom: When Puerto Rican Activists Took Over New York’s Streets

Hiram Maristany laughs when I call to ask him about the famous Garbage Offensive. “Like so many things with the Young Lords, you got to go backward to go forward,” he says as the sounds of East Harlem rise around him: kids yelling, the cackling bochinche of old ladies, the heavy sighs and squealing brakes […]

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One Thing You Can Do: Talk to Your Children About Climate Change

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. ImageCreditTyler Varsell By Jillian Mock Last month, young people around the world skipped school to join global climate strikes. Children of all […]

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Jill Freedman, Photographer Who Lingered in the Margins, Dies at 79

Jill Freedman, a hard-working, hard-living photographer who immersed herself for months at a time in the lives of street cops, firefighters, circus performers and other tribes she felt were misunderstood, died on Wednesday at a care facility near her home in Manhattan. She was 79. Nancy Schiffman-Sklar, a cousin, said the cause was complications of […]

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Hassan Hajjaj Turns Moroccan Clichés Into London Cool

LONDON — Hassan Hajjaj was in his element. On a recent afternoon, friends and strangers wandered into the Moroccan-born British photographer’s shop in the Shoreditch district here, clustering amid the joyous mess. There were stacks of multicolored T-shirts, racks of sweatshirts and djellabas, and piles of slippers with mock sports-brand insignia. Grocery-store cans and boxes […]

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‘I Have to Get That’: How Henry Chalfant Became a Graffiti Ambassador

When Henry Chalfant arrived in New York City from suburban Pittsburgh in 1973, as an aspiring sculptor, he found a place teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. This was “Ford to City: Drop Dead” New York. But amid the turmoil a new form of art making was taking shape — one that took up space […]

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How Strikes Changed the Auto Industry

Walkouts and sit-ins by the United Automobile Workers over the decades helped secure contracts that lifted members into the middle class. ImageThe sit-down strike of 1936-37 forced General Motors to recognize the United Automobile Workers union. These workers occupied G.M.’s Fisher Body plant in Flint, Mich.CreditUnited Press International By André Beganski Sept. 26, 2019 After […]

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Building Is Booming 24/7. So Is the Noise.

Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-70s and a light wind. Tomorrow and Sunday look to be pleasant, too. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Rosh Hashana). ImageCreditAndrew Renneisen for The New York Times Construction is booming in New York. So, too, are noise complaints. “If you are trying to read, you can’t. […]

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He Captured a Clandestine Gay Culture Amid the Derelict Piers

New York City is a gateway for fresh art talent but it’s also an archive of art careers past. Some are visible, in the “active” file. Most are buried deep. A few surface only after artists have departed, as is the case with the American photographer Alvin Baltrop, who was unknown to the mainstream art […]

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‘Nerd,’ ‘Nonsmoker,’ ‘Wrongdoer’: How Might A.I. Label You?

When Tabong Kima checked his Twitter feed early Wednesday morning, the hashtag of the moment was #ImageNetRoulette. Everyone, it seemed, was uploading selfies to a website where some sort of artificial intelligence analyzed each face and described what it saw. The site, ImageNet Roulette, pegged one man as an “orphan.” Another was a “nonsmoker.” A […]

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Where Theory Meets Chalk, Dust Flies

This is what thought looks like. Ideas, and ideas about ideas. Suppositions and suspicions about relationships among abstract notions — shape, number, geometry, space — emerging through a fog of chalk dust, preferably of the silky Hagoromo chalk, originally from Japan, now made in South Korea. In these diagrams, mysteries are being born and solved. […]

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The Everest Climber Whose Traffic Jam Photo Went Viral

The photograph of a traffic jam of climbers leading to the summit of Mount Everest in May went viral, evidence of the mountain’s surging appeal among thrill-seekers and the overcrowding that has caused deaths and pollution. The photographer — Nirmal Purja, known as Nims — is a Nepali mountaineer who has been on a journey […]

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Renewing an Affair With the Empire State Building

How do you take the measure of a New York City more physically transformed than at any time since the 1920s? The new glass “downtowns” that have exploded in the last decade and a half in Long Island City and over in Jersey City. Hudson Yards’ crystalline shafts to the far west. Residential towers marching […]

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