Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Vivian Maier: Portrait of an American City

When Chicago nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, she left behind 100,000 negatives that no one but she had ever seen. They are now considered some of the best photographs of American urban life ever made.

June 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Dances with Whales

French freediving champion Guillaume Néry, and his partner, the French freediver, underwater filmmaker and dancer Julie Gautier, explore underwater vistas that appear otherworldly.

June 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nina Kossman: While you wait for the music

While you wait for the music to open like a flower,
it is waiting for you to open yourself
to the air from which it is made

June 1, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Air

An ode to human connection, ‘Air’ evokes through image and music the emotional resonance between people when they almost, but not quite touch.

May 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: The Rifleman | Sierra Pettengill

Through meticulously assembled archival imagery, “The Rifleman” reveals the roots of the modern National Rifle Association, U.S. Border Patrol, and the gun lobby’s unyielding influence on national politics. (running time: 18 minutes)

May 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: My Brother’s Keeper

A former Guantánamo Bay prisoner and his guard reunite as equals 13 years later.

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: A Concerto Is a Conversation

Featuring intimate cinematography from the Canadian director Ben Proudfoot and a stirring score provided by Kris Bowers himself, the film tracks the musical rhythms of a conversation between loved ones, and across the generations, with grace and heart.

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: No Ball Games

Immerse yourself in the games kids play when the streets are their playground.

May 22, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: The Box

You’ve heard the phrase “Think outside the box”?

May 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nina Kossman: Upon seeing a portrait of Genrikh Yagoda* on a wall in a Moscow police station

so many feet that did not run away,
so many mouths that did not speak,
so many inheritors of what can’t be described

May 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Carlotta’s Face

Through art, Carlotta overcomes a rare brain condition that prevents her from recognizing faces.

April 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: The Last Honey Hunter

A sacred dream sends one man on the perilous trail of toxic honey in Nepal.

April 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: What Gordon Parks Saw

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’ – Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

April 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Susan Kelly-DeWitt: Angel Behind Bars

It was hard to tell if they were raising or lowering it
into or out of the Parisian light.

April 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

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