Nearby Café Home > Art & Photography > Photocritic International

Dog Day Afternoons: Bits & Pieces (11)

The Return of Naruto

Surrogates for Naruto, the Indonesian macaque monkey who has become world-famous as a result of using professional photographer David Slater’s camera to generate a set of selfies, have returned to court to press their claim that Naruto holds the copyright to his images. According to his champions (and unknown […]

Images of America Today

Unlike our unpresident, who adores and enables these “blood and soil” fascists because they adore and enable him, I don’t flinch from calling this by its rightful name: radical Christian terrorism. Avowedly and unequivocally, the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally constituted a white Christian show of force, and Christians of all stripes need to recognize, and acknowledge, and own it, and deal with it as such. […]

Net Neutrality Day

The FCC, under the leadership of Trump-appointee Ajit Pai, wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, by reversing Obama-era rules that govern Internet access, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them. Click here to join the protest. […]

Cabin Fever 2017: Bits & Pieces (1)

So far as I can tell, though several Instagram followers commented on Jared Kushner’s “booty grab,” Frank Bruni alone made official note of it — and that only obliquely. So you probably read it here first. […]

Ring In the New: 2017

Philip Rivkin’s subsequent scam demonstrated that photographs — some of them, anyhow — have become valuable enough that, like works of visual art in the other media, they can now prove useful for money-laundering purposes, worth smuggling internationally. This represents a step forward for the medium of photography in its relation to the market and the economy — a proud moment, in my opinion, certainly meriting some formal acknowledgment as such. […]