Michael Wright

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Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But it doesn’t work. Far from curing them of the conviction that they are threatened and beleaguered, greater control breeds greater paranoia.<p>On Friday, the chancellor of the exchequer, …

Par Docks - Associate Distinction Award - Royal Photographic Society

Project info<p>This panel of photographs was the culmination of a project that resulted in an Associate Distinction being awarded by the Royal Photographic Society. I spent time photographing at the docks and abandonded clay pits in Central Cornwall.<p>For many years, china clay from the hills above St …

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The UK’s big supermarkets sowed the seeds of their own decline

If Britain’s big supermarkets fondly imagined that they’d come roaring back to health once the recession ended, then they’ve been sorely disappointed. Instead, as the new Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, put it: “The reality is that the market has changed more rapidly in the last three to …

These brutal new Tories are happy playing Ukip’s game

Let’s get this straight. The Conservative party or its leadership are not being reluctantly dragged rightwards. They are boldly going into the blue yonder, because that’s where their yearnings take them. Out of Europe is not just a policy, it’s a proxy for all they hate, from human rights to …

The cradle of democracy? Westminster is seen by many as an occupying power

No one can say they don’t have it coming. The Westminster elite, who may be just as hated as the wretched bankers, are being pounded.<p>Both Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage, for example, have roundly abused this clique to great effect. Salmond’s biggest surge in the referendum campaign followed his …

Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us

An economic system that rewards psychopathic personality traits has changed our ethics and our personalities<p>We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is …

There's poverty in the UK, but we are better off calling it inequality

If you think the world is too divided into those who have the cream and those who don't, you ain't seen nothing yet<p>We all think we know what we're talking about when we discuss poverty. We have a clear mental image for the poverty of the developing nations. One of the targets for the millennium …

And so the Great British Railway Rake-Off rolls on

Congratulations, dear reader! As of this morning, you have racked up an extra £539 in debt. No, you haven’t just bought a new wardrobe. You haven’t made a deposit on a winter break. And it’s not because of that heavy eBay session where you overbid for a signed Bulgarian copy of Wet Wet Wet’s first …

10 Essential African-American Photographers

Thomas Allen Harris’ documentary <i>Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People</i> will be playing at New York’s Film Forum …

Gorgeous Vintage Soviet Art and Propaganda Posters

The convergence of vintage design and propaganda is a thing of beauty and power, be it in science or in politics. Ben Perry’s massive collection of 20th-century Soviet and Russian propaganda, advertising, and art posters, created between 1917 and 1991, offers a beautiful perspective on mid-century …

A wonderful interview with legendary street artist and anti-censorship activist Shepard Fairey: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/06/11/shepard-fairey-capitalism-selling-out/

Sport picture of the day: Legia Warsaw's fans protest against Uefa

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Nick Cave's career – in pictures

WEST BERLIN, AUGUST 1985<p>‘Nick spent much of the mid-1980s writing his first novel, <i>And the Ass Saw the Angel</i>,’ says photographer Bleddyn Butcher. ‘He would retreat to Berlin and immerse himself in the world of its protagonist, the deaf-mute Euchrid Eucrow. Like Eucrow, he decorated the walls of his …

Breathtaking Photographs Inspired by the Nightmares of Children

For his 1960s project on children’s dreams, legendary photographer Arthur Tress visualizes the subconscious fears of the innocent mind. While working …

Searching for the real Francesca Woodman

Betty Woodman remembers with perfect clarity the day her daughter Francesca took the photograph. It was in La Specola, Florence’s museum of natural history. “Francesca was fascinated by La Specola,” she says. “She wanted to work there, but it wasn’t going to be straightforward. So she made friends …

It's socialism for the rich and capitalism for the rest of us in Britain

Who are the real scroungers? Free-marketeers decry 'big government' yet the City and big business benefit hugely from the state – from bailouts to the billions made from privatisation. Socialism does exist in Britain – but only for the rich<p>Socialism lives in Britain, but only for the rich: the …

How to Sharpen Photos using Adobe Lightroom

We all want tack-sharp images. Our cameras and lenses can only do so much for us, and once a photograph is <i>out</i> of the camera, the process of …

How to recover highlight details using luminosity masks

Slide back and forth to compare<p>Luminosity masking is a technique by which you can create layer masks from a photo based on the brightness …

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Why politicians must lie – and how selling ice-creams is like an election campaign

Few expect politicians to tell the truth and few are particularly surprised or affected when lies are exposed. Why is this the universal experience of politics in most developed democracies? It turns out the answer is related to ice-cream.<p>Imagine you’re looking to set up an ice-cream stall on a …

Top of British society is a racket for the privileged

Much of the upper crust of British society is a racket for the privileged in defiance of the democratic wishes of the majority. That really is the core of Elitist Britain, that while 95% of Britons believe "in a fair society every person should have an equal opportunity to get ahead", the figures …

Closed shop at the top in deeply elitist Britain, says study

Elitism so embedded in Britain that it could be called social engineering, social mobility commission concludes<p>Britain is "deeply elitist" because people educated at public school and Oxbridge have in effect created a "closed shop at the top", according to a government report published on …

Creative Compositing with Photoshop’s Layer Blending Modes

Photoshop’s layer blending modes can be perfect for creative compositing. Many interesting effects can be realized when blending two or more photos …

The establishment uncovered: how power works in Britain

Definitions of "the establishment" share one thing in common: they are always pejorative. Rightwingers tend to see it as the national purveyor of a rampant, morally corrupting social liberalism; for the left, it is more likely to mean a network of public-school and Oxbridge boys dominating the key …

How to Best Utilize the Various Metering Modes in Your Camera

A camera determines exposure by using metering modes. While Matrix metering is typically used and recommended for many settings, Spot and …

5 Blend Modes in Photoshop Every Photographer Should Know

Photographic compositing has been with us since the dawn of photography. The merging of two or more separate images into one is seen as a way of …

10 Critical Assumptions That Can Devastate Your Artistic Goals

Every single one of us holds assumptions. They are part of being human. We assume there won’t be too much traffic on the way home from work, or that …

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Another Family - Photographs and text byIrina Popova | LensCulture

I first saw Lilya outside a famous underground club near Saint Petersburg. She was squatting down to pee.<p>“Can I photograph you?”<p>A punk who was looking after the baby-carriage told me “Fuck off”, but Lilya started to pose for me with great enthusiasm. She was proud of her beauty, of her extreme …

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Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, Revelation - Interview with exhibition curator Anne Morin | LensCulture

Since the discovery and exposure of Vivian Maier’s work in 2009, this reclusive, mysterious figure—street photographer, nanny, visual genius—has been the subject of widespread acclaim and attention. From monographs to worldwide gallery exhibitions and the widespread release of a feature film (the …

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Shooting skinheads: Derek Ridgers captures a cult – in pictures

Derek Ridgers – who has taken pictures of everyone from James Brown to Clint Eastwood – spent five years photographing skinheads in Britain between 1979 and 1984, documenting the controversial youth cult of the early Thatcher years. Here are some of the striking images from his new book Skinheads, …