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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…

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Top Ten Posts of 2014

A very happy new year to all my readers. As a recap of year, here is a list of the ten most visited blog posts of 2014. 1. Deconstructing the Selfie The most popular post of 2014 is, by quite a margin, my attempt to deconstruct the selfie in relation to the history of self-portraiture,…