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Image Wars

In these transitional moments when the idea of photos being faked becomes commonplace, it is interesting to watch the trajectory in contemporary Iran. The birthplace of citizen photojournalism as a mass, political movement, Iran now is the setting for various battles over image fakery, indicating the residual power of photographs and video to sting its [...]

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 [...]

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It may be too obvious to remark, but warning us about “graphic or objectionable content” may be a good idea not only for a single image but for the majority of the visuals we see daily in the media, from insipid television programs to idiotic advertisements to sexist magazines. In this case the alert is [...]

A Major Turning Point

What we in photojournalism are heading towards, and what we desperately need, is a hybrid of amateur and professional photography, with much overlap between the two groups (there are amateur/professionals as well as professional/amateurs). It is up to us now to figure out how this hybrid can work most effectively while attempting both to regain [...]


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 [...]

Of ballots and batons