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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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Gaza and the US Dollar Hegemony

An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Nir Elias The power of images coming out of Gaza, and their role in effecting global public opinion on the war should not be underestimated. Beyond the information reported by the mainstream media, it seems that the most profound reactions were actually…

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Considering Contemporary Iranian Photography

Kiana Hayeri, from the series ‘Beyond the Veil’, 2013 The exhibition Present Perfect? – Contemporary Photography from Iran was recently on display at the Quad Gallery in Derby. The premise of the exhibition, which is part of the annual Format Photography Festival, is to provide a fresh perspective on Iranian culture not from the outside…