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A Startling Discovery at San Quentin

Ear Hustle podcast creator Nigel Poor uncovers a trove of photographs at California’s most infamous prison.

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Bruce Jackson: On the Inside

When a folklorist set out to document life in American prisons, he found the enduring segregation of the Old South.

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No Country for Young Men

In a society with strict definitions of manhood, how are photographers portraying Iranian masculinity?

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Framing Justice

How do photographs tell the story of citizenship in the United States?

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Beauty in the Eye of the Storm

Inside the ACLU, two trans artists stage a secret photo shoot—and question the attitudes of liberal institutions.

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Gender Is a Playground

Zackary Drucker and Kate Bornstein discuss pioneers, politics, and the next frontier in gender expression.

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For Durimel, Black Humanity is Not a Fashion Trend

The young photography duo Jalan and Jibril Durimel are transforming the fashion world’s visions of beauty.

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Art and Activism in a Contested Democracy

Five reflections on the relationship between photography, citizenship, and the law.

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Is Fashion Modern?

MoMA’s first fashion exhibition in seventy years is all about icons, accessories, and objects of desire.