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Passings: William Christenberry, Color Pioneer, Dies at 80

PDN   Wednesday November 30, 2016

William Christenberry, who depicted rural Alabama through photographs, paintings and sculpture, died on Monday in Washington, D.C., at age 80, reports PDN. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Christenberry was one of the pioneers of color fine-art photography in the 1970s, working first with a Kodak Brownie camera and, later, 8×10 and 35mm cameras. He produced his work largely through annual trips to Hale County, Alabama, which he thought of as home. “I don’t want my work thought about in terms of nostalgia,” Christenberry said in an interview in 2005. “It is about place and sense of place.    Read the full Story >>

The Discussion: Normalizing Trump in Photos

Reading the Pictures   Wednesday November 30, 2016

Before the election, Donald Trump was often portrayed as a political outlier. Now, notes Michael Shaw at his Reading the Pictures blog, the press is busy normalizing Trump’s victory. Shaw analyzes images made during the president-elect’s first visit to the Capitol, noting “the generic media framing” of photos showing Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan on a balcony overlooking Washington, D.C. He compares the images to a Reuters video of the scene, which is revealing in its own way.   Read the full Story >>

Books: When Car Ruled New York City Nights

The New Yorker   Wednesday November 30, 2016

American cars used to be different. “In most countries of the world, cars were modest things, little bean-shaped units designed to take two or three people from here to there. In America, cars were real estate,” writes Luc Sante in the new book Langdon Clay: Cars: New York City, 1974-1976, excerpted in the New Yorker. Clay photographed the cars he encountered while wandering the streets of New York City and Hoboken, New Jersey, at night, capturing them on Kodachrome film in the glow of then-new sodium vapor street lights.   Read the full Story >>

The Wires: Water Canons Vs. Pipeline Protesters

The Atlantic   Wednesday November 30, 2016

Over the past month, police have ramped up their response to protests in North Dakota against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Reuters photographer Stephanie Keith recently photographed the scenes as protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, hundreds of other Native Americans and their supporters tried to force their way through barricades near the Backwater Bridge; they were met with water cannons, pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets, notes the Atlantic.   Read the full Story >>

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