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I think it’s relatively amazing that we are seeing this kind of photo coming from China. I don’t believe we would have a few years ago.
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press  caption: The artist Ai Weiwei, second from left, was stopped by a plainclothes police officer while he argued with another officer outside his home in Beijing. Earlier, the Chinese Authorities had barred Mr. Ai from the courtroom where his lawsuit against tax officials was being heard.)
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I think it’s relatively amazing that we are seeing this kind of photo coming from China. I don’t believe we would have a few years ago.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press caption: The artist Ai Weiwei, second from left, was stopped by a plainclothes police officer while he argued with another officer outside his home in Beijing. Earlier, the Chinese Authorities had barred Mr. Ai from the courtroom where his lawsuit against tax officials was being heard.)

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 Meanwhile, at NALEO, a baby thrust into Mitt Romney’s hands opts for self-deportation to mommy.
via DayLife
(credit:Charles Dharapak/Associated Press caption:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, holds a baby as he greets attendees at the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) conference in Orlando, Fla. , Thursday, June 21, 2012.)
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Meanwhile, at NALEO, a baby thrust into Mitt Romney’s hands opts for self-deportation to mommy.

via DayLife

(credit:Charles Dharapak/Associated Press caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, holds a baby as he greets attendees at the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) conference in Orlando, Fla. , Thursday, June 21, 2012.)

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After all those years of trying to make folks like her, Hillary Clinton finds that the path to people’s hearts lies through Notgivadamnistan. Who knew? Guess we did…

via Politico

(credit: AP Video caption: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wore some snazzy accessories at a swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. As a nod to her Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer – who loves the color purple – Clinton put on some purple and green cat-eye sunglasses, purple rings and a set of purple Mardi Gras beads before reading his oath.)

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1. The monument glut continues. 2. Barrack, as in Canberra (see caption.)
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(credit: AP Photo caption: This June 7, 2010 image from television supplied by Network 10 shows a commemorative coffee mug of the 2010 presidential visit by Barack Obama sitting on a stone pillar in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. A Parliament House official told senators on Monday, May 21, 2012 that 198 mugs were smashed and buried under wet concrete at a loading dock behind the building. One senator called it a “mafia-style execution” for the mugs, which had an extra “r” printed in Obama’s first name.)
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1. The monument glut continues. 2. Barrack, as in Canberra (see caption.)

via DayLife

(credit: AP Photo caption: This June 7, 2010 image from television supplied by Network 10 shows a commemorative coffee mug of the 2010 presidential visit by Barack Obama sitting on a stone pillar in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. A Parliament House official told senators on Monday, May 21, 2012 that 198 mugs were smashed and buried under wet concrete at a loading dock behind the building. One senator called it a “mafia-style execution” for the mugs, which had an extra “r” printed in Obama’s first name.)

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The last photos we saw of a Kennedy funeral was the touching goodbye to Senator Ted Kennedy shortly after Obama took office. This photo made many galleries because of the presence of RFK, Jr. and the fact that it’s an illustration of another Kennedy family tragedy. I picked it out today because it’s a sad photo of children saying goodbye to their mother long before they should be forced to do so.
via The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Michael Dwyer/AP Photo caption:  Robert F. Kennedy Jr., left, and his children turn away after paying their respects at the casket of Mary Richardson Kennedy, in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville, Mass., Saturday, May 19, 2012. Mary Richardson Kennedy was found dead of an apparent suicide last week at her home in Bedford, N.Y.)
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The last photos we saw of a Kennedy funeral was the touching goodbye to Senator Ted Kennedy shortly after Obama took office. This photo made many galleries because of the presence of RFK, Jr. and the fact that it’s an illustration of another Kennedy family tragedy. I picked it out today because it’s a sad photo of children saying goodbye to their mother long before they should be forced to do so.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Michael Dwyer/AP Photo caption: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., left, and his children turn away after paying their respects at the casket of Mary Richardson Kennedy, in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville, Mass., Saturday, May 19, 2012. Mary Richardson Kennedy was found dead of an apparent suicide last week at her home in Bedford, N.Y.)

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A minor but noticeable goof on the part of Obama’s advance team…. 
via BBC Day in Pictures
(credit:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP caption:  US President Barack Obama speaks on the economy following a tour of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s complex at the State University of New York.)
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A minor but noticeable goof on the part of Obama’s advance team….

via BBC Day in Pictures

(credit:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP caption: US President Barack Obama speaks on the economy following a tour of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s complex at the State University of New York.)

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A young man and his boyfriend absorb the blow as North Carolina votes overwhelmingly to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.

With a mother involved, too, there is a level of feeling and sensitivity here we don’t often see in news photos about marriage equality. If the photo is about loss, however, the t-shirt and the button speak to participation as well. Perhaps also here is a potential future: involvement and activism borne of loss. That’s a lot of weigh for a photo to carry, but those affected by the ban will not give up on this fight. And while the prejudice and religiosity that gave birth to the amendment is local and out of step with the most of the country, youth is universal and youth supports marriage equality.

It occurs to me that the wedding cake cut to celebrate passage of the amendment displays an over-simplified and Disney-fied image of marriage in high American Schmaltz style. But think about which photo is truly Rockwellian.

Top photo via The Charlotte Observer

Bottom photo via The Daily Start, Lebanon

(Top photo credit: Travis Long/The News & Observer/AP Photo caption: Seth Keel, center, is consoled by his boyfriend, Ian Chambers, left, and his mother Jill Hinton, during a concession speech at an Amendment One opposition party Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at The Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina voters approved the constitutional amendment Tuesday defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman, becoming the latest state to effectively slam the door shut on same-sex marriages. Bottom photo credit: Robert Willett/The News & Observer/AP Photo caption: Frances Newby prepares to slice a wedding cake to celebrate the passage of Amendment One during an election night party in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday May 8, 2012.)

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After two days of passing this photo by in a few galleries, I decided to give in, post it, and think about why it makes me uncomfortable. It could be because the majority of the photo is a weighty airplane hatch that reduces the action to a fourth of the photo, or the look on the one visible soldier’s face. Maybe the word “foot” on the coffin: I know it’s there to designate the end of the coffin, not its content, but you can’t help making the association and remembering how many people have been maimed in Afghanistan. 
But really, I think it’s because no one is paying attention to this war or to the lives lost; that their deaths and injuries occupy much less than one-fourth of our consciousness.
via The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Steve Ruark/AP Photo caption: An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs Monday, May 7, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Childs, of Warren, Ark., died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.)
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After two days of passing this photo by in a few galleries, I decided to give in, post it, and think about why it makes me uncomfortable. It could be because the majority of the photo is a weighty airplane hatch that reduces the action to a fourth of the photo, or the look on the one visible soldier’s face. Maybe the word “foot” on the coffin: I know it’s there to designate the end of the coffin, not its content, but you can’t help making the association and remembering how many people have been maimed in Afghanistan.

But really, I think it’s because no one is paying attention to this war or to the lives lost; that their deaths and injuries occupy much less than one-fourth of our consciousness.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Steve Ruark/AP Photo caption: An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs Monday, May 7, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Childs, of Warren, Ark., died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.)

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Very clever catch by this photographer. I call it “Thirsty Comrades.” 
via The Sacramento Bee
(photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe /AP Photo caption: An activist of Sri Lanka’s Marxist political party, People’s Liberation Front, drinks water from a bottle as a billboard of Communist leaders from left, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is displayed in the background during a street march to celebrate international Labor Day known as May Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers’ holiday to a day of international protest Tuesday, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures.)
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Very clever catch by this photographer. I call it “Thirsty Comrades.”

via The Sacramento Bee

(photo: Gemunu Amarasinghe /AP Photo caption: An activist of Sri Lanka’s Marxist political party, People’s Liberation Front, drinks water from a bottle as a billboard of Communist leaders from left, Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is displayed in the background during a street march to celebrate international Labor Day known as May Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers’ holiday to a day of international protest Tuesday, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures.)

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A photograph of the deceased is sadly incorporated into the grieving of his family. Since the start of the Arab Spring, funerals are depicted in every news gallery nearly every day. I can’t think of many photographs that bring a country’s culture of mourning so close to the viewer as this one does. The hand of the woman with the blue sleeve seems as if it is holding up the visor of the young man who passed. 
via The Sacramento Bee
(photo: Mohammed Asad/AP Photo caption: Egyptian women mourn over the death of victims of clashes outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. Suspected supporters of Egypt’s military rulers attacked predominantly Islamist anti-government protesters outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo Wednesday, setting off clashes that left more than ten people dead as political tensions rise three weeks before crucial presidential elections.)
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A photograph of the deceased is sadly incorporated into the grieving of his family. Since the start of the Arab Spring, funerals are depicted in every news gallery nearly every day. I can’t think of many photographs that bring a country’s culture of mourning so close to the viewer as this one does. The hand of the woman with the blue sleeve seems as if it is holding up the visor of the young man who passed.

via The Sacramento Bee

(photo: Mohammed Asad/AP Photo caption: Egyptian women mourn over the death of victims of clashes outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. Suspected supporters of Egypt’s military rulers attacked predominantly Islamist anti-government protesters outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo Wednesday, setting off clashes that left more than ten people dead as political tensions rise three weeks before crucial presidential elections.)

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Tags #Culture    #Egypt    #Egyptian Elections    #Islam    #Islamicists    #Middle East    #Mourning    #Muslim    #News    #Photography    #Photojournalism    #Protest    #AP Photo    #Associated Press