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What We Learned This Week: A Symbol of Aleppo's Suffering

Another photo has reminded the world of war's ravages. This week we looked at the reaction to the viral images of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old boy injured during a military strike on a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. The still, and a video showing the stunned Daqneesh being evacuated in an ambulance, has become a symbol of the carnage happening in the city. As we noted on Monday, the impact of powerful such pictures can be fleeting - a case in point being the viral photo of a three-year-old boy who died when the rubber dinghy that was to carry him and his Syrian family to safety in Greece capsized.

See It Now: Emerging Filmmakers Direct Maggie Gyllenhaal Shorts

The Jameson First Shot competition has given emerging filmmakers the chance to create branded content with big-name actors like Kevin Spacey, Willem Defoe and Uma Thurman. The fifth annual edition of the competition brings in actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in three separate short films by directors Cameron Thrower, Kat Wood and Jason Perini. See them all at Short of the Week. Each of the films was produced by Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions company, using mostly the same crew. As a result, notes It’s Nice That, the distinctive voices of the writer/directors are put front and center.

Courtroom Doo-Doo

“Today's verdict is the long overdue vindication of what I have said from the beginning four years ago: a young talented artist named Pete Edward Doige painted this work, I did not,” said Scottish-born painter Doig in a statement read in the Federal District Court for Northern Illinois, July 23, 2016. “That the plaintiffs in this case have shamelessly tried to deny another artist his legacy for money is despicable. The deceased artist’s famil...

Latin American Fotografia: Paulo Mittelman

Paulo Mittelman is a clinical psychologist. But he is also a Rio de Janeiro-based photographer. "These two activities are inextricably linked in me," he says. "The human being in all its diversities and internal dialogues, beyond the projections of unconscious elements in the perception of the world around us, is what I try to express in my photographic work." Mittelman was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 4 competition for his picture of "an anonymous girl fantasied for Carnival."