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The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?

The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.<p>Image above: Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin<p>At 6 o’clock in the morning, shortly …

Disease

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing review – a visionary whose camera never lied

Anyone who thinks art has no uses might consider the case of the great American photographer Dorothea Lange, who was driving through California in 1936 when she came upon a destitute pea-pickers camp. The crops had failed and the migrant workers were close to starvation. Lange fixed upon a woman of …

The First Urban Case of Ebola in the Congo Is a ‘Game Changer’

The stakes are higher now that the virus has reached a city of 1.2 million people.<p><i>Updated on May 17 at 3:54 p.m. ET</i><p>The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has thus far been confined to remote rural areas, but one case has now been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 …

Disease

“The Newsroom Feels Embarrassed”: Backfires and Explosions at The New York Times as a Possible Future Chief Re-Invents the Paper’s Opinion Pages

A yoga-pants refusenik, a climate-science skeptic, and a tech writer with a neo-Nazi pal, among other offenders, have put James Bennet in the crosshairs.<p>“I’ve lost the capacity to gauge the opprobrium—what’s irrational versus what’s a reasonable amount of Internet outrage these days,” said <b>James</b> …

2 Methods for Achieving a Perfectly White Photo Background

How do you create a perfectly white wall in your photos? Easy, just pull a few sliders in Photoshop. Now, here’s the challenge. How do you create a …

Shutter Speed

After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed<p>One hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat …

Mosul

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop. And what about the women? The list immediately becomes much more …

How to Combat Mirror Shock Using a Camera’s Mirror Delay

SLRs all suffer from the same problem: that mirror flapping up and down causes the camera to move at the time of exposure. “Mirror shock’ is what’s …

How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

The Great War is often depicted as an unexpected catastrophe. But for millions who had been living under imperialist rule, terror and degradation were nothing new. By Pankaj Mishra<p>‘Today on the Western Front,” the German sociologist Max Weber wrote in September 1917, there “stands a dross of …

World History

This HD Video of New York City from 1993 is Hard to Fathom

You may not realize it, but you probably unconsciously date video footage based on the resolution. The higher the definition, the newer you assume …

6 Tips for Photographers Who Want to Try Shooting Video

Photographers, especially wedding photographers, might be tempted to start playing around with video or even offering some video services alongside …

What is the ‘Orange & Teal Look’ and Why is it So Popular?

Many a blockbuster movie and several popular travel photo/video creators out there use something called the ‘Orange and Teal look’ when they color …

Flipboard’s Quest To Save Online Publishing—And Itself

With Flipboard 4.0, Mike and Marci McCue grapple with an alt-fact, ad-saturated internet using a mix of mobile tech, AI, and print-era publishing aesthetics.<p>The iPad was a futuristic gadget when it debuted in April 2010, but the apps it presented offered a rather nostalgic revival of traditional …

A Social Media Cheat Sheet for 2017

Want to win at social media in 2017? The folks over at On Blast Blog did some research on tips, tricks, and best practices, and they’ve created a …

Parallels in Daly City slayings more than 2 years apart

There hadn’t been a homicide in Daly City in more than two years, but the circumstances of the slaying that occurred near the close of 2016 mirrored the previous one in many ways.<p>Two weeks before the start of the new year, San Francisco State University student Ariana Hatami was beaten to death in …

Domestic Violence

Heartland

I was very moved by the work of William Gedney as explored by Roger May recently on his blog Walk Your Camera. Roger’s comments and personal insight, …

Paris Review - Luc Sante, The Art of Nonfiction No. 9

Interviewed by Alex Abramovich<p>Issue 216, Spring 2016<p>Taken in Hubert’s Museum on Forty-Second Street, New York, 1976.<p>Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium, in 1954, and emigrated with his parents to the United States as a child. The family settled in northern New Jersey, where his father, Lucien, …

Paris Review - Peter Taylor, The Art of Fiction No. 99

Interviewed by Barbara Thompson Davis<p>Issue 104, Fall 1987<p>Peter Taylor at Kenyon College, 1941. Photograph by Robie Macauley.<p>Peter Taylor is a storyteller of fixed abode. His ancestral ghosts inhabit an irregular triangle formed by Memphis, Nashville, and the farm at Trenton in Gibson County where …

The American Fugitives of Havana

When a cold war winds down, what happens to its spies and traitors? The British double agents Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean were able to see out their days in Moscow while it was still ruled by Communists, without fears that their hosts might betray them and send them back to an …

Cuba

Is it original? An editor's guide to identifying plagiarism

If you’re reading this, it happened again. Right now, an editor may be about to issue an apology or a stern rebuttal. Someone’s reputation and body …

How to Use a Prism to Capture Creative Wedding Photos

I was delighted this week to see that one of my photographs from a recent wedding was selected as an ‘award winner’ in the ‘All About the Light’ …

Paris Review - Joan Didion, The Art of Fiction No. 71

Interviewed by Linda Kuehl<p>Issue 74, Fall-Winter 1978<p>Joan Didion, ca. 1977. Courtesy of the Associated Press<p>It is usual for the interviewer to write this paragraph about the circumstances in which the interview was conducted, but the interviewer in this case, Linda Kuehl, died not long after the …

Photoshop Updated with Face-Aware Liquify, Content-Aware Crop, and More

After teasing us with the magic that is Content-Aware Crop a few weeks ago, Adobe is finally ready to release that feature and a few more into the …

The myth of the great Indian middle class

<i>Amrit Dhillon is a New Delhi-based journalist.</i><p>--------------------------------------------<p>Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook visited India last month in the hope the country will be its next China. He made the visit to push Apple's proposals to open its own stores and sell second-hand phones. A …

Paris Review - Anthony Hecht, The Art of Poetry No. 40

Interviewed by J. D. McClatchy<p>Issue 108, Fall 1988<p>Anthony Hecht and Gwendolyn Brooks, 1987. Photograph by William Stafford<p>Anthony Hecht is an aristocrat among poets. It’s not that his work stands apart from others’, but that his poems hold themselves to a high standard, and in their purposes and …

Photomyne Lets You Digitize Multiple Prints at Once with Your Smartphone

Photographers are always telling each other to print their photos, but at the same time, services keep springing up that let you do the exact …

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Janine di Giovanni: The Art of War Reporting

By Susannah Hunnewell May 2, 2016<p>Photo: Rannjan Joawn<p><i>I met the war reporter Janine di Giovanni more than a decade ago, when I was a new expatriate in Paris. Her bohemian apartment, half a block from the Tuilerie Gardens, was filled with journalists, writers, newspaper editors, and members of NGOs</i> …

Quick Tip: How to Remove Reflections in Eyeglasses with Photoshop

When capturing a portrait, eyeglasses can be a really reflective pain. Fortunately, photographer and educator Scott Kelby put together a quick …