Vox Populi

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Jeff Turrentine: A Renewable Energy Revolution in Trump Country?

Americans know which way the energy winds are blowing—and in the heartland, they’re blowing mightily. Something truly noteworthy is taking place in a deep-red swath of the Midwest. According to a … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Masters of Photography — Diane Arbus

. Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of marginalized people—dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers —and others whose normality was perceived … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: The Camera Artist

In 1955, Swiss-born Robert Frank criss-crossed the United States. From 27,000 shots, 83 images:  The Americans. Factory workers in Detroit,  transvestites in New York City. Billowing American flags, gossamer-thin & torn. … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Mexican Handcraft Masters/Copper

. ABDÓN PUNZO and his crew make beautiful, functional artifacts from waste copper in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan. Directed by Mariano Rentería Garnica, Mexican Handcraft Masters is a documentary series about … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 3 Comments

Marco North: Moscow 2018 — The Migrant

I load the tiny Leica at the kitchen table, the CL that almost fits in my palm. There are piles of broken asphalt downstairs and the remnants of a flash … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Ordinary Tribe

. “Ordinary Tribe” tells the story of a voodoo spirit who enters a writer’s room to steal from him the necklace of Mawu, the God of Gods. With Nicolas Huchard … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Phoebe A. Cirio: 22 July — A film that helps us understand a mass killing

22 July, a film currently streaming on Netflix, depicts the events that occurred on that day in 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik began a killing rampage in Norway. Breivik turned … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Afterword (From the Ashes of a Love Story)

From the Ashes of a Love Story: Approaching the microphone in a small room, a young woman prepares to make the speech of her life. Desperate to find her voice in … Continue reading

November 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Central de Muros: In Mexico City, Artists Cover World’s Largest Market In Murals

The second phase of the Central de Muros begins with 50 artists from around the world racing to finish 39 murals. Mexico City’s Central de Abasto, the world’s largest market, … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Where are the African Gods?

. “Where are the African Gods to save us from this misery and shame?” Lyricist Abbey Lincoln and director Rodney Passé create a meditative portrait of black masculinity through images … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Karl Höecker: Laughing at Auschwitz (rare historical photos)

SS auxiliaries pose at a resort for Auschwitz personnel. Laughter lines the faces of camp staff as they prepare for a sing-song. The photos were taken between May and December … Continue reading

November 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Therese Frare: A father comforts his son on his deathbed. The photograph that changed the face of AIDS (1989)

A father comforts his son, David Kirby, on his deathbed in Ohio, 1989. . This picture is widely considered the photo that changed the face of AIDS. It showed AIDS … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Giving Artists With Disabilities a Space to Thrive

. Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, is the world’s first and largest nonprofit center dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine. Since … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Death Metal Grandma

. Death Metal Grandma follows the story of 96 year old Holocaust survivor, former WW2 spy and famous songwriter Inge Ginsberg as she decides to pursue a new career: Death … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

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