30 May 2013
29 May 2013
Passings ~ Mulgrew Miller (1955-2013)
26 May 2013
"Let's Build Paradise Again" ~ Salgado TED Talk
Emily Good - Green Party Candidate for Monroe County Sheriff
25 May 2013
Visualizing Suburban Poverty in the US
This is an illegible version of this data graphic from the distinctly middle of the road Brookings Institution depicting the explosive growth of poverty in American suburbs. It reflects research done by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube, also published by Brookings (here). If you go to the first link above you can find a eyesight ready version of the graphic.
Politically, this is the sort of political economic shift that might sustain metropolitan reform in places like Monroe County where I live and where until pretty recently the city was disproportionately poor and minority and the suburbs likewise relatively well off and white. Hope springs eternal?
Passings ~ Wayne Miller (1918-2013)
Democracy & the Arts in Detroit
For many years I've pretty regularly made special trips to the Detroit Institute of the Arts from my teaching gig in Ann Arbor. Not only is it egregiously anti-democratic to have Detroit under the thumb of an appointed emergency manager, but this dispute over whether the City can sell the collection at the DIA to pay off debt suggests just why anyone in that position is bound to have a myopic view of what is "good" for the City. Selling off art is an inestimably bad idea.
21 May 2013
Yoko & John
14 May 2013
Daniel Hernández-Salazar (Once Again)
Mapping Racial Segregation in the US
P.S.: "Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Yellow is Other, and each dot is 25 residents." The designer here, by the way, is Eric Fischer.
10 May 2013
What's Truth Got To Do WIth It?
Just in time for the Image Ethics symposium at Northwestern comes this discussion at Spiegel Online on the ethics of post-production enhancement of images. I have said this here before: this is not a new issue. If you watch the documentary War Photographer, for instance, you see Nachtwey and his photo editors engaged in extended, detailed discussions about how to adjust the lighting in the image I've lifted above as they prepare it for publication. I think too much of this trades on the philosophically naive idea that photographs simply record; that should be replaced with a serious discussion of how photography is used to communicate and, then, about the institutional entities (agencies, foundations, media outlets, etc.) that structure such communication.
09 May 2013
08 May 2013
Independence & Gumption ...
This is August. Not my August, though. Somehow this clip appeared on my FB news feed and I find this little girl really funny and sweet. Independence and gumption to spare, I'd say.
07 May 2013
Image Ethics: Professional Photojournalism and Public Commentary in the New Media Environment
Public Commentary in the New Media Environment
Northwestern University - School of Communication
Alice Kaplan Seminar Room (Kresge 2-370), Saturday - 11 May, 9am to 4pm
This symposium will be devoted to analysis of the images and commentary in an online debate following the exposé at BagNewsNotes of a photograph from Paolo Pellegrin’s award-winning series, “The Crescent.”"
Presenters include Michael Shaw, the publisher of BagNewsNotes, as well as Meg Handler, James Johnson, Jens Kjeldsen, Peter Meyers, and Joseph Rodriquez.
To encourage robust discussions, attendees are encouraged to read the relevant online postings postings and accompanying comments in advance to the symposium (links below).
Money, Race and Jazz - Okeh?
06 May 2013
Rubinstein on Game Theory
Uses of Image Technology
Consider this example of an interesting and admirable use of a hardly unambiguously attractive technology. This campaign against child abuse by the ANAR Foundation is useful (but not flawless). But can you imagine all sorts of less well-meaning outfits who'd like to surreptitiously communicate with kids?