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A selection of articles about photography and visual culture

Illustration: Snap Inc.

Illustration: Snap Inc.

How Snapchat Is Challenging Professional Photography

The drastic shift from desktop and laptop computers, with their traditional landscape-type screens, to mobile phones is sparking a renewed demand for vertical photography across media organizations.

Cover: Libération

Cover: Libération

The Story Behind a Newspaper's Cover Photo of 7 Dead Syrian Children

“Our job, as photographers, as photo editors, is to see what we don’t want to see,” says Lionel Charrier, Libération’s director of photography.

Photograph: Edouard Elias

Photograph: Edouard Elias

Meet the Iraqi Firefighters Battling ISIS' Oil Fires

For almost a year now, oil fields around Mosul have been on fire. As Iraqi forces launched an assault on Islamic State-held cities, retreating militants have left behind ruins and blazes.

Photograph: Alessio Mamo

Photograph: Alessio Mamo

THE Photographers Documenting the Destruction Left Behind by ISIS

For 12 days last November, the photographers roamed the streets of Qaraqosh, photographing every house, shop, school and church that was damaged or destroyed in the fighting. 

Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

Meet President Trump's Official White House Photographer

Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary confirmed Thursday that photojournalist Shealah Craighead will take over Pete Souza's mantle after he photographed all eight years of Barack Obama's presidency.

Photograph: The White House

Photograph: The White House

he Story Behind Melania Trump’s Official Portrait

Shot in the White House’s residence, Melania Trump's portrait is the result of a team effort between three Belgian photographers – Regine Mahaux, her brother, Benoit, and Wim Van De Genachte.

Photograph by Pierfrancesco Celada

Photograph by Pierfrancesco Celada

Sunset and Selfies: Welcome to Hong Kong's Instagram Pier

In Hong Kong’s Western district, one sea jetty has gained unexpected popularity among photographers and Instagram users, offering unique open views of Hong Kong’s skyline.

Photograph: Beyoncé.com 

Photograph: Beyoncé.com 

A Portrait Expert Analyzes Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Photos

For Phillip Prodger, head of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, the image is a direct reference to the Madonna. "It’s a wonderfully clever blend of references, showing Beyoncé as a Renaissance Madonna.

Photograph: Sébastien Van Malleghem

Photograph: Sébastien Van Malleghem

Nordic Noir: Fleeing the Darkness in Scandinavia

“My documentary projects often overlap, so I’m always shooting something,” he tells TIME. That something often has a dark undertone – and, a few years back, that darkness started taking a toll on the photographer. 

Photograph: Pete Souza—The White House

Photograph: Pete Souza—The White House

The Case for Trump's Official White House Photographer

Lyndon B. Johnson was the first U.S. president to employ a full-time, civilian White House photographer. And, in the decades since, it has become clear just how important an official White House photographer can be.

Photograph: Meridith Kohut—The New York Times

Photograph: Meridith Kohut—The New York Times

A Visual Record of Venezuela's Collapse

As Venezuela descended into economic and social chaos, Meridith Kohut, a Houston-born photographer based in Caracas, built one of the most complete photographic chronicles of the country’s collapse. 

Photograph: Jan Thijs

Photograph: Jan Thijs

Inside the Cinematography of the Oscar-Nominated Movie Arrival

“I think that journey from darkness to light is her journey,” says Bradford Young, Arrival’s cinematographer, whose mastery of available light helps convey the science-fiction film's intimate nature. 

Photograph: Jerome Sessini—Magnum Photos

Photograph: Jerome Sessini—Magnum Photos

These Haitian Refugees Are Stranded at the Border

"When there are no more jobs, they go somewhere else," says Magnum photographer Jerome Sessini, who spent eight days in January in Tijuana. "It’s always the same, the exploitation of labor. It knows no color, no nationalities."

Photograph: Jerome Delay—AP

Photograph: Jerome Delay—AP

A Photographer Revisits the Scene of the PARIS Attacks

The same white floating angel – a sticker on an adjacent door – continues to guard the scene where, on Nov. 13, 2015, the lifeless body of a victim of the Paris attacks rested under a sheet, undisturbed, almost as if forgotten.

Photograph: Fabio Bucciarelli—MeMo

Photograph: Fabio Bucciarelli—MeMo

Now and Then: Photographing the Battles for Sirte

“The war has changed, but history is cyclical and repeats itself,” says Italian photographer Fabio Bucciarelli. There’s a difference, though. “Today’s war is an even dirtier one,” he adds.

 

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