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In Praise of the Absurd

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In Panama City, five photographic projects tackle the contradictions of urban life.

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At a British Photography Biennial, Glimmers of Optimism

Sadie Wechsler, from the series Part 1: Redo, 2015 © the artist
Sadie Wechsler, from the series Part 1: Redo, 2015 © the artist

The FORMAT Festival has put Derby on the U.K.’s cultural map. But can it survive Brexit?

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Erik Kessels Celebrates the Mistakes of Amateurs

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EK_IA_13_BC_121

With relentless optimism, the artist considers the value of mediocrity.

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Larry Sultan’s California Home Theater

Larry Sultan, Sunset, from the series Pictures from Home, 1989© Estate of Larry Sultan and courtesy Casemore Kirkeby
Larry Sultan, Sunset, from the series Pictures from Home, 1989© Estate of Larry Sultan and courtesy Casemore Kirkeby

In the Bay Area photographer’s retrospective, family, home life, and American suburbia take center stage.

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The Surreal Landscapes of California City

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From the air, photographer Chang Kim discovers a city that never was.

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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

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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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Beyond the Wall

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