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The End of the Line

Giorgos Chatzifotiadis weeps outside a national bank branch in Thessaloniki on 3 July. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images The above photograph starkly signifies the despair and indignation experienced by the Greek people. It depicts a pensioner, who after his fourth failed attempt to withdraw 120 Euros on behalf of his wife, breaks down in tears. In…

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The Painted Veil

British bacteriologist Walter played by Edward Norton The Painted Veil, a 1925 novel by the British author W. Somerset Maugham, has been adapted into three movies: in 1934 featuring Greta Garbo, in 1957 under the title The Seventh Sin, and most recently in 2006 directed by John Curran. Although the book and previous adaptations are…

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Photography in a Period of Change

David Langham, from the series Illusions < Deceptions, 2015 This year’s exhibitions at the FORMAT Festival in Derby provided a deeply considered, eclectic and thought-provoking overview of the role of photography in contemporary cultural discourse. The first festival was in 2005 and now in its seventh installment, FORMAT has once again grown in size, scope…