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Reads tagged with “photography”

Ways of Seeing: John Berger’s Classic 1972 BBC Critique of Consumer Culture
Ways of Seeing: John Berger’s Classic 1972 BBC Critique of Consumer Culture

Gender roles, the elusive promises of advertising, and what oil painting has to do with the publicity machine.

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Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life
Charles Bukowski, Arthur C. Clarke, Annie Dillard, John Cage, and Others on the Meaning of Life

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

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How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World
How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World

A revealing lens on a system-phenomenon both global in reach and strikingly local in degree of diversity.

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Green Card Stories: A Visual Catalog of Immigrants’ Triumphs and Tribulations
Green Card Stories: A Visual Catalog of Immigrants’ Triumphs and Tribulations

Poignant portrait of a system caught between hope and despair.

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A Girl and Her Room: Portraits of Teenage Girls’ Inner Worlds Through Their Bedroom Interiors
A Girl and Her Room: Portraits of Teenage Girls’ Inner Worlds Through Their Bedroom Interiors

“I was discovering a person on the cusp on becoming an adult, but desperately holding on to the child she barely outgrew, a person on the edge between two worlds.”

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Timeless Lessons in Ingenuity and Entrepreneurship from the Story of Polaroid
Timeless Lessons in Ingenuity and Entrepreneurship from the Story of Polaroid

The Apple of yore’s eye, or what modern entrepreneurs can learn from Edwin Land.

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August 22, 1969: The Beatles’ Final Photo Shoot
August 22, 1969: The Beatles’ Final Photo Shoot

The Fab Four with Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney at Tittenhurst Park.

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The Burning House: What People Would Take if the House Was on Fire
The Burning House: What People Would Take if the House Was on Fire

A pictorial meditation on how we construct our identity through objects and material possessions.

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Emily Roebling and How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built
Emily Roebling and How the Brooklyn Bridge Was Built

What wire-walkers and medical mysteries have to do with the world’s deepest pit and the secret female engineer behind an architectural icon.

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Women Are Heroes: A Global Portrait of Strength in Hardship by French Guerrilla Artist-Activist JR
Women Are Heroes: A Global Portrait of Strength in Hardship by French Guerrilla Artist-Activist JR

Poignant and powerful portraits of physical and emotional survival amidst atrocity.

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