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Photography news and analysis from The Nation
May 4, 2018
No Barbed Wire, No Guard Towers
The photographic legacy of the WWII-era detainment of Japanese Americans is itself a product of historical forces.
March 6, 2018
What Would It Take To Actually See What Life Is Like in Prison?
An issue and exhibit from the photography foundation Aperture breaks down old tropes of prison life.
December 5, 2017
Susan Meiselas’s Redemptive Time
In her new photo-memoir, the photographer returns to the origin of her career to reflect on all she’s remembered, and why it’s worth remembering.
November 6, 2017
Pieces of Vivian Maier
The mysterious photographer left behind so much and, at the same time, so little.
September 18, 2017
Speaking of the ‘Female Gaze’
In today’s confused, commercial, and not-quite-intellectual environment, the phrase “female gaze” functions in varied ways, according to its users’ needs.
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July 27, 2017
The Borderlands’ Human Stain
Photographs that capture the traces of violence that have plagued the US-Mexico border for generations.
March 13, 2017
Stop the Trump Administration From Defunding the Arts and Humanities
This is not about fiscal responsibility.
December 20, 2016
Ellen Cantor’s Perpetual Revisions
The artist’s final film tested her belief that love could be stronger than the will to power.
December 12, 2016
These Photos Show the People Who Turn a Cotton Plant Into Your Jeans
Following the path of cotton from Burkina Faso to Bangladesh to your local mall.
September 12, 2016
John Berger: The Human, the Artist
The Seasons in Quincy
, we learn little about the former and attempts to celebrate the latter collapse into the elegiac.