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Photography news and analysis from The Nation
June 8, 2021
The Anti-Nostalgia of Walker Evans
A recent biography reveals the many contradictions of the photographer who fastidiously documented postwar American life.
April 9, 2021
Why Do We Believe in Photographs?
David Levi Strauss’s new book looks at the ancient roots of photography to understand how the medium became so distorted in the present.
February 15, 2021
The Unknown Radicals of Black Photography
A recent exhibition on the Kamoinge Workshop tells the story of a group of photographers who explored the artistic and political potential of the medium to its fullest.
December 10, 2020
The Vanishing Queer Underground of Los Angeles
Reynaldo Rivera’s photos of the city's nightlife document a time of cheap rent and possibility.
July 16, 2019
On Not Looking Away
All perpetrators ask is that we remain bystanders. But to combat complicity, we must confront tragedy.
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June 28, 2019
Branding Fake Justice for Generation Z
Meet Brud, the secretive tech start-up here to outfit corporations with fashionable social causes—through elaborate CGI fiction.
June 14, 2019
Photographing the Otherworldly and the Abject
Barbara Ess’s lo-fi photos, which pluck scenes from our culture’s surveillance regime, make the banal seem terrifying and mystical.
February 25, 2019
PHOTOS: How to Destroy an American Landmark
The slow death of Detroit’s famous Packard Automotive Plant.
Camilo José Vergara
October 18, 2018
RaMell Ross’s Beautifully Unsentimental Meditation on Southern Life
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
is a probing and intimate documentary about life in today’s rural Alabama.
August 24, 2018
Free Shahidul Alam, the Photographer of the ‘Majority World’
The acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, activist, and mentor remains in jail after speaking out against the government.