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Essays

A Different Kind of Protest

Uschi Blume, Untitled, 1980, from the series Worauf wartest du (What are you waiting for) 
© the artist and courtesy Museum Folkwang, Essen
Uschi Blume, Untitled, 1980, from the series Worauf wartest du (What are you waiting for) 
© the artist and courtesy Museum Folkwang, Essen

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

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You Can Never Be Too Rich

Lauren Greenfield, Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, 39, prepares to give Botox injections to Shannon Tweed, 43, a former Playboy Playmate and wife of Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons, Beverly Hills, 2000
© the artist and courtesy INSTITUTE
Lauren Greenfield, Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, 39, prepares to give Botox injections to Shannon Tweed, 43, a former Playboy Playmate and wife of Kiss lead singer Gene Simmons, Beverly Hills, 2000
© the artist and courtesy INSTITUTE

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

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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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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.