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America’s Destiny in Pictures

USA. Brownsville. Texas. 2016.  Max Pons, a biologist and manager of the Nature Conservancy in Brownsville, home to one of two Sabel Palm groves in the United States.  The land is bisected by a border fence, which has small holes cut in it, ostensibly to continue to allow normal migratory patterns of animals who traditionally crossed the land now blocked by the fence.
USA. Brownsville. Texas. 2016.  Max Pons, a biologist and manager of the Nature Conservancy in Brownsville, home to one of two Sabel Palm groves in the United States.  The land is bisected by a border fence, which has small holes cut in it, ostensibly to continue to allow normal migratory patterns of animals who traditionally crossed the land now blocked by the fence.

What is the role of the photographer in our new political order? Seven visionaries respond.

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Sex Wars Revisited

Del LaGrace Volcano, On the Way There, London, 1988  © the artist
Del LaGrace Volcano, On the Way There, London, 1988  © the artist

An early platform for lesbian photography, On Our Backs was instrumental in shaping a culture of desire.

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Robert Cumming Invents the Photograph

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Constructing sets that look functional but are intentionally useless, an artist parodies the seamless illusion of images.

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After the Avant-Garde

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Nan-Goldin,-Self-Portrait-in-Kimono-with-Brian,-NYC,-1983

How has feminist photography changed since the 1970s?

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Work, Politics, Survival

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4_HEATH_Spence-Cropped

Jo Spence rejected categorizing labels of her work and practice and preferred to wander.

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Command the Gaze

Amal Said, Purple, London, England, from the exhibition #girlgaze, 2016Courtesy the artist and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles
Amal Said, Purple, London, England, from the exhibition #girlgaze, 2016Courtesy the artist and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles

A girl-powered social media movement becomes an interactive exhibition.

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Surreal Sexuality

Jimmy DeSana, Marker Cones (Blonde, Legs Close Together), 1987  Courtesy the Estate of Jimmy DeSana and Salon 94, New York
Jimmy DeSana, Marker Cones (Blonde, Legs Close Together), 1987  Courtesy the Estate of Jimmy DeSana and Salon 94, New York

In his staged, gel-lit nudes, Jimmy DeSana explored the body as object.

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The Kids Aren’t All Right

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Sunita_-Sita-and-Nirmala

In a region where women are regarded as an economic burden, Gauri Gill photographs girls in acts of quiet daring.

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Dispatches: Athens

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225MAG675_Dispatch-Salameh-WEB

A collective of artists reimagines contemporary Greece.