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Elle Pérez

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On the dance floor, Elle Pérez captures LGBT youth who refuse to be forgotten

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A Portrait of the Artist as Claude Cahun

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Ahead of her new exhibition in London, Gillian Wearing speaks about Claude Cahun, self-portraiture, and feminist icons.

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Separate Cars on the Open Road

Robert Frank, Indianapolis, 1956  © the artist, from The Americans, 1958
Robert Frank, Indianapolis, 1956  © the artist, from The Americans, 1958

Amid the fight for desegregation, a revelatory portrait by Robert Frank conveys the freedom of travel.

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In California, Trees as Witness and Living Memorial

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Huber_Gonzales-Day-WEB

Elizabeth Huber reflects on Ken Gonzales-Day and the history of lynching in California.

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Racial Innocence in Postwar America

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Maia Silber reflects on photographer Gordon Parks, the infamous “doll tests” of the 1940s, and segregation.

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The Cotton Bowl and the Super Bowl

Hank Willis Thomas
The Cotton Bowl, 2011 Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Hank Willis Thomas
The Cotton Bowl, 2011 Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Merging football with twentieth-century sharecropping, Hank Willis Thomas traces the commodification of black bodies.

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Envisioning the Right to Vote

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How do Bruce Davidson’s photographs of the Selma march in 1965 find their echo in the modern debate over voter ID laws?

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Justine Kurland’s Great American Road Trip

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Justine Kurland crossed the United States in a weathered van, pursuing a chronicle of American Drifters.

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Dispatches: Cairo

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On the rooftops of Egypt’s capital, photographers reclaim the urban landscape.