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When the Photo Op Goes Wrong

Unveiling of White House Christmas decorations, 2013, AP Images/Charles Dharapak. The photo opportunity, or the photo op as it is more commonly known, is usually a carefully choreographed affair in which PR advisors stage-manage the visual representation of a public figure stepping out in front of the media. Even the smallest detail in the photo…

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Of Time and the City

Film still from Of Time and the City, 2009 Terence Davies’ feature documentary Of Time and the City is a deeply personal cinematic homage to Liverpool, his city of birth. In a series of astute observations, the majority of the film consists of archival footage over which Davies passionately meditates on the grandeur and decline…

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Issei Suda’s Theater of the Everyday

Issei Suda, Hachimantai, Akita, 1972 I am very pleased to announce that TIME Magazine’s Lightbox Blog published my essay on Japanese photographer Issei Suda. Born in Tokyo in 1940, and best known for his work in the early 1970s, Suda has witnessed dramatic changes in Japanese society as illustrated by his photographs. The essay looks…