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At FotoFocus, the Radical Notion That Women Are People

Are we living in a state of emergency feminism?

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A Different Kind of Protest

How did Michael Schmidt’s independent workshop change postwar German photography?

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You Can Never Be Too Rich

Americans were supposed to break free of the class system. But, in Lauren Greenfield’s chronicle of American wealth, the desire for status is insatiable.

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In Praise of the Absurd

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

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At a British Photography Biennial, Glimmers of Optimism

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

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

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Larry Sultan’s California Home Theater

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

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

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Black and White America

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