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Can a Photography Festival Thrive in Today’s China?

In the city of Lianzhou, visions of global power collide with official censorship.

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The Woman Who Made the World’s First Photobook

Why Anna Atkins deserves her place in the pantheon of great photographers.

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American Solitude

Dave Heath’s photographs reveal the pure emotions of midcentury American life.

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Carleton Watkins and the Image of Manifest Destiny

In his new book, Tyler Green considers a pioneering photographer of the American West.

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Speak Loud and Embrace the Protest

In Los Angeles, an exhibition revisits the images and struggles of the Chicano Movement.

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The Last Humanist

Sabine Weiss’s photographs brought style and serendipity to the streets of Paris and beyond.

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Photographs Do Not Stop Wars

The celebrated photojournalist James Nachtwey has covered global conflicts for four decades. But in his current retrospective, politics is an afterthought.

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Can You Hear Me?

Bouchra Khalili wants to make a platform for migrant and minority voices—but when do images become theater?

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The Photographer’s Hand in a Digital World

An exhibition at the Getty deconstructs an identity crisis in contemporary photography.