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Category Archives: The World

White Noise

“This is the interrogation log of Mohammed al-Qahtani. It is being published in real time: each entry will appear exactly seven years after it was first recorded. The interrogation took place at Guantanamo Bay.
All times are GMT-5.”
So begins an extraordinarily harrowing project at by Alan Trotter, who runs the design-oriented blog The [...]


Probably at no other time in media history has there been so much tumult mixed with desperation and zeal anticipating the era to come. As has been amply pointed out, Apple’s iTablet (or whatever it will be called) is seen as the platform that will meld media on a well-designed all-purpose platform and usher in [...]

“The Camera is Not a Machine Gun”

I have a review of South African photographer David Goldblatt’s exhibition, Intersections Intersected, up on the Web site Change Observer. I highly recommend that people in the area view this two-floor show at New York’s New Museum from his nearly fifty years of work. It is highly political, thoughtful, intensely passionate, extraordinarily nuanced, and uses [...]

Towards a New Journalism

Following up on an earlier post arguing that photojournalism can now be considered to have belonged to the twentieth century (see also the succeeding posts below on the end of the Gamma photo agency and the New York Times article on photojournalism’s demise), there have been a number of inquiries as to what a new [...]

Of Cells and Cell Phones

Sometimes all this technology really does seem to make sense. The BBC has reported on a new add-on that is attached to a cell phone–a microscope–that can aid in the diagnosis of diseases such as tuberculosis and sickle-cell anemia in regions without ready access to clinics or doctors.
The flourescent or white-light microscope can be connected [...]

Journalism 1.5

Now that conventional media is congratulating itself on its openness to the cellphone imagery and twitter reports from Iran in a variety of articles, are these same media outlets going to be open to such amateur reporting from other regions of the world–for example, the current coup in Honduras, the Chinese crackdown on the followers [...]

1968, 2009

In the 1968 Olympics black gloves raised on the victory stand in Mexico City by Tommie Smith and John Carlos were part of a protest representing minority rights that resonated throughout much of the world (Peter Norman of Australia wore a human rights badge in support); now, forty-one years later, it is the wearing of [...]

The Future of Photography 2.0, and for Professionals

It has been widely commented that much of the important photojournalism of the last several years has been done by amateurs — London Underground bombing, Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse, coffins of American soldiers coming from Iraq, young woman being flogged in Afghanistan, etc. And now, of course, there are the many images from Iran by [...]


Of all the photos showing masses of people protesting the elections in Iran, it is rare to see an individual. As with the imagery of so many mass movements, the individual is often lost in the attempt to show the movement’s scale and, in the case of Iran, its anger.
This photograph is of a woman [...]

Iran, Thirty Years Ago


This is what I had written a long time ago about Gilles Peress’s landmark photographic reportage, TELEX IRAN, which he produced thirty years ago as Iran was going through a revolution bringing Ayatollah Khomeini to power:
“Peress’s photographs are the [...]