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Freedom to Do and Undo: Cuba in Photo Books

The larger picture of Cuba that could be gleaned from our collection of photo books is limited by circumstances: the long-term sanctions against trade with Cuba by the United States and the cultural politics generated during the Cold War; and since the “end of history” as per Francis Fukuyama in 1989, referring to the collapse of the Soviet Union, we have to contend with the hybrid mappings of Cuba by the First World as an exotic theme park of old cars, great music, and an oppressed but sensual populace, stuck in a now impossible past.
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In the Window: Mary Ellen Marks Revisited

Mary Ellen Mark had a long, beautiful, and illustrious career. From Europe, to India, to Ethiopia, to Seattle, she always brought her honest photographer’s eye. She captured what was important to her, and tried to show it through the least … Continue reading

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Bijan Roghanchi’s Thoughts on The Photobook Tehran

Whenever and wherever I attend an event featuring Iranian art I go in skeptical. My lens in skewed by an awkward mix of nationalism and emotion, patriotism and ideology. I am American and I am Iranian. As galvanized as I … Continue reading

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Library Reader Resources for Fashion Books!

While fashion itself is always consumed by what is current, cool, and trending at one particular moment, fashion photography is fairly eternal. An image from the seventies of a stylish woman is somehow still cool in the twenty first century. … Continue reading

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Library Reader Resources Series #4: Photojournalism/Documentary Photography (Additions)

Photojournalism is all about the story, and how to give it the most justice through the use of photography as a medium. There is both a simplicity and a complexity with how photojournalism accurately and emotionally tells a story to … Continue reading

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Library Reader Resources Series #8 (Additions) WAR

In the past fifteen years, there have been a few major changes to how Western photography is contextualized. A new era of war photography in the twenty first century has begun, and it is a large departure from its roots. … Continue reading

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Mary Ellen Mark

For as long as I have been interested in photography, I have always been fascinated by photojournalism. The pictures that are seen all over the world on the cover of newspapers are the ones specifically made to elicit deliberate reactions … Continue reading

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