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Paolo Di Paolo’s Paradise Found

Paolo Di Paolo, Anna Magnani at her villa in San Felice Circeo, Rome, 1955. Beautiful woman lying in the sun with a dog next to her.
Paolo Di Paolo, Anna Magnani at her villa in San Felice Circeo, Rome, 1955. Beautiful woman lying in the sun with a dog next to her.

An Italian photographer of Hollywood stars, now in his 90s, finally makes his debut.

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Can this Young Photographer Dissolve the Drama of Gender?

With his queer, neoclassical portraits, Michael Bailey-Gates wants to start a revolution.

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Barbara Ess is Always Watching

An artist investigates the aesthetics of surveillance at home and on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

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The Enduring Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Isaac Julien’s latest film explores the life and work of a man who believed in the power of photographs to transform American society.

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The Woman Behind the First-Ever Photograph of DNA

Under-appreciated during her lifetime, physical chemist Rosalind E. Franklin’s mysterious and ground-breaking photograph helped transform the science of genetics.

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Let Us Now Praise David Lebe

A long-overdue exhibition expands the canon of gay photography.

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The Photographs that Defined the Iranian Revolution

Forty years after the Iran’s turbulent political transformation, a look back at the images that captivated the world.

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Does a Woman Have to Be Invincible?

In her latest exhibition, Phoebe Boswell takes self-portraits—and self-healing—to a new level.

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The Photographer Behind John Waters’s Cult Classic “Pecker”

How Chuck Shacochis made Edward Furlong into an art star.

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