Posts Tagged: photographs

The Lens Magnifies, the Mirror Reflects: What Photos from the Race War Show Us about Ourselves

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[Still photos] grab what otherwise might feel too foreign to understand. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Khadijah Queen

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Khadijah Queen about her new collection I'm So Fine, the importance of including sexual assault as a part of everyday life, and how the poems in the collection found their form. ...more

Colorama

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How does one scene impress itself on us, so that we remember it better than we should if we were in it? Or rest, just below the surface, present, but unnoticed? ...more

Instagramming Motherhood

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Vela Magazine’s always-funny Sarah Menkedick discusses her newfound relationship with Instagram as a mother, and posits photo-sharing as a powerful validation of domesticity:

It creates scenes, story. More importantly, it asks for recognition and imbues meaning. It ushers the domestic out as worthy of attention, praise, Lo-Fi filters and exaggerated lighting.

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Photographing Crime

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It’s a paradox that many of the show’s images are strangely striking even if the crimes they represent are horrifying. Joseph Stalin had at least 750,000 executed between 1937 and 1938. A photographer made a portrait before each execution, shooting the condemned from the front and the side—something the Khmer Rouge did, too.

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People Read Everywhere

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Photographer Lawrence Schwartzwald finds people reading just about everywhere. He’s been going around New York City, snapping pictures of people reading books in unlikely places. Slate caught up with Scwartzwald, who explains his fascination with people and their books:

You just get a visceral reaction, like writing a great story or reading one for that matter, there’s an emotional, psychological component to it that you sense and occasionally you’re able to capture it because sometimes you may have literally one frame to get it off and you either get it or you don’t.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, Grant Snider considers New Year’s resolutions in his inimitable way.

Then, Barbara Berman draws a connection between two recent poetry collections—famous German playwright Bertold Brecht’s posthumous Love Poems and The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems About Perfume, edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby.

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