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Black and White America

Leonard Freed, They are dancing at a jazz funeral in the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1965 Courtesy Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos
Leonard Freed, They are dancing at a jazz funeral in the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1965 Courtesy Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

The civil rights-era photographs of Louis Draper and Leonard Freed shed light on the complex lives of African Americans.

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Along the Route of Fidel’s Funeral

Noah Friedman-Rudovsky, The faces of a diverse nation lined up to watch Fidel's remains pass by, Cuba, 2016.Courtesy the artist
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky, The faces of a diverse nation lined up to watch Fidel's remains pass by, Cuba, 2016.Courtesy the artist

When Fidel Castro died in November, photographer Noah Friedman-Rudovsky followed the final journey of Cuba’s comandante.

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After the Avant-Garde

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

How has feminist photography changed since the 1970s?

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Beyond the Wall

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BC_0151

Is the U.S.-Mexico border a political calculation or a humanitarian crisis?

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Queer Photography: A Reflection

Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, 1981 © The Peter Hujar Archive LLC
Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, 1981 © The Peter Hujar Archive LLC

Vince Aletti recalls Tomorrow’s Man, Peter Hujar, James Dean, and the thrill of discovering queer pictures.

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Adventure on the Danube

Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation 1994
ROMANIA. Oyster farming near Danube delta. 1994.
Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation 1994
ROMANIA. Oyster farming near Danube delta. 1994.

In 1958, Inge Morath set out to document the cultures of Central and Eastern Europe. Spanning four decades, her monumental project was the quest of a lifetime.

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From the Outside In

Spread
Spread

In exploring the lives of others, what are the virtues of an outsider’s position?

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Of Refugees and the Photograph

Nina Berman, Installation view of Za'atari: Inside These Walls, March, 23, 2014. © the aritst/ NOOR
Nina Berman, Installation view of Za'atari: Inside These Walls, March, 23, 2014. © the aritst/ NOOR

In conjunction with the recent “Odyssey” issue of Aperture magazine, Fred Ritchin examines photography of the refugee crisis.

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In and Out of the Studio

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01_Group Portrait

The Met has mounted its first-ever exhibition of West African photographs. But is the museum late to the party?