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Monthly Archives: March 2009

American Law: The “Right” to View a Fetus

This week’s Associated Press brings a little noticed new law, signed by Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius:

March 28, 2009 Topeka, Kan. — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill Friday to ensure that women and girls seeking abortions in Kansas are allowed to see ultrasound images or hear their fetus’ heartbeat before the procedure. The bill, which [...]

Photography & Human Rights Summer Courses

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in collaboration with the Magnum Foundation have just announced a new summer program of study in Photography & Human Rights. Housed in the Department of Photography & Imaging (where I teach) the program will start on May 18 and last four weeks. It is geared for intermediate [...]

A Real Proposal for the Survival of Newspapers

There is an extraordinary article that just appeared in The Nation by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney on “The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers” that argues not only the newspaper’s overwhelming importance to an informed democracy but raises concrete proposals on how to ensure its survival: “What to do about newspapers? Let’s [...]

Women of the Photo League

Kim Bourus at New York’s Higher Pictures gallery has just opened a fascinating exhibition on  twenty-six women who were members of the Photo League. Featuring Berenice Abbott, Ruth Orkin and Helen Levitt, as well as many extraordinary if lesser-known photographers such as Marion Palfi, Sonia (Handelman) Meyer and Ida Wyman, this is a gem of [...]

Extreme Ice

Jim Balog is one of the truly innovative photographers trying to tell us what is going on in our world. His earlier work Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife, was a series of studio portraits of animals, many of them nearly extinct, presented as individuals in front of seamless paper. It was a way [...]

Might this be Journalism’s Future?

The end of the Rocky Mountain News, described in the post below, has led to the birth of
As of this writing thirty editors and reporters of the now defunct newspaper are planning to start an online-only publication — if they can get 50,000 paying subscribers by April 23, which would have been the Rocky’s [...]

The Saddest Good-bye

For all those who are wondering if society will be able to function after the death of newspapers, see the extraordinarily moving video Final Edition on the closing of Denver’s Rocky Mountain News after nearly 150 years of existence. (Thanks to Donna DeCesare for pointing it out.) The termination of the newspaper, given community needs [...]

The “Sixth Sense” —- A Must See!

The Sixth Sense from MIT’s Media Lab is perhaps the most innovative project that I have seen in the last five years or so in terms of entwining the physical and virtual worlds. It is scary — think Minority Report — and also strangely holistic, a kind of augmented reality rather than an obvious split [...]

Photoshopped Babies

Last week New York’s Daily News headlined on its front page a local clinic that was said to be planning, in the next months, a service that would allow parents to choose the eye and hair color of their future babies (for a fee). Since parents can already select the baby’s gender, why not a [...]