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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

“Rebellious Silence” by Shirin Neshat

In the image the woman gazes with dignity past the barrel of the gun that she is holding, proud to be wearing her veil...

Portraits and Self-portraits: Annie Leibovitz and Chuck Close

Celebrity portraits, such as those by Annie Leibovitz (b.1949), who was named the most influential living photographer by American Photo magazine in 2005, rely...

Larry Clark’s “Billy Mann”

This image is taken from Larry Clark's seminal photobook Tulsa (1971), which centres life and habits of a number of speed freaks. He took...
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Picturing the “Other”: Irving Penn, Robert Frank and Colin Jones

In 1922 US journalist Walter Lippmann first used the word "stereotype" in a metaphorical sense, defining it as 'the projection upon the world of...

Straight Photography: “Magnolia Blossom” by Imogen Cunningham

In the first decades of the 20th century, a small group of US photographers rebelled against the Pictorialist images that were popular in camera...

The Modern Self: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

When World War I ripped apart the social fabric of Europe and Russia, the repercussions were felt throughout the globe. The years before World...

War, Protest and Revolution Photography

Society experienced enormous cultural, social and political change in the early 20th century. As Marxism spread, social unrest followed in its wake: the working...

The Modern Age of Photography

The early 20th century brought exciting advances in technology, transport and exploration. It was the period of the pioneer aviators, the start of I...

“The Reading Establishment” c. 1845 by William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot’s longtime valet, the Dutch-born Nicolaas Henneman, had worked beside his master in photographic experiments from the start. With many photographic successes...

“Samurai of the Satsuma Clan” by Felice Beato

This photograph shows a group of samurai from the Satsuma clan. The men's traditional chonmage haircuts and top knots are prominent in the image....
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