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We’ve seen plenty of body paint and human flags, but this takes “the wearing” of the Arab revolution to the whole next level.
(photo: Yasser Al-Zayyat—AFP / Getty Images caption: Feb. 24, 2012. A Kuwaiti woman wears a contact lens in the colors of her national flag in Kuwait City on the eve of the Gulf state’s 51st Independence Day, and ahead of the 21st anniversary of the end of the Gulf War with the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
Bag’s Take-Away:While Arab regimes fall and Syria’s struggles to hold on, notice in the pic how Iran — in this pro-government/pro-nuke propaganda demonstration — uses an energy twist and the bright headbands to co-opted the color green, the moral brand of the anti-government movement.
(photo: ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPA caption: The initiative to form the human chain on Nov. 15, 2011, came after the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) accusing Iran of using its nuclear technology to make weapons.)
Via TIME photogallery : Iranians Rally in Support of Nuclear Technology)
Bag’s Take-Away:The photo and caption fronting Saturday’s NYT was as strong a combination as I’ve seen in some time. Whereas so many war photos these days are either impressionistic, only loosely connected to a story, or illustrating a story that has more of a human interest angle, this pair — accompanying a report about the rebels advancing in Libya — is on the money. It’s not only documents rebel action in the main square as they take Zawiyah, the way these guys situate themselves in the pickup conveys the make-shift nature of the operation while the presence of the captured tank lends a temporal dimension to the photo giving you a sense of rebel momentum going back several weeks. Solid work.
Arab Spring meets Fashion Week? I’ve been seeing this pic all over the news galleries and it’s rubbing me the wrong way. Call it the latest attempt by Western media to resist the uniform-ity of the burka.
(photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP caption: Female anti-government protestors attend a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are pressing their demand for the country’s longtime ruler to step down. Wednesday’s crowds in the capital Sanaa and elsewhere are also denouncing a deadly munitions factory blast that killed at least 100 people in the country’s south.