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Ceçi N’est Pas Un Obama

The experimenters do not define what they mean by a “human face” from a sheep’s-eye point of view. This may seem self-evident, but I think otherwise, because what comprises a “face” depends to a considerable extent on how we see one, both in an image and in the flesh. […]

The Origins of the Wall Accessory (1)

There was an official designation for the entire object (image plus mat plus backing board plus frame) which I held in my hands, and the appropriate nomenclature was right there in big letters on a white label pasted to the back. “WALL ACCESSORY,” it said, just like that, and in a flash I knew that I had found not just a bargain but a metaphor. […]

Autumn Leaves: Bits and Pieces

I rarely find myself returning to a news photograph for its nuances. But Saul Loeb’s image of Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner from a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 16, 2017, proves an exception. […]

Summer’s End Ends and Odds

I would not anticipate a slew of copyright cases filed on behalf of squirrels and others who trigger GoPro videos; furthermore, you have my assurance that, no matter how deeply you involve them in your picture-making activities, your cats and dogs and budgies plan nothing that will require you to lawyer up. […]

Diana’s Death, Revisited (3)

Photographers have rights, which must be identified and protected. They also enjoy privileges that can be withdrawn at any time by widespread public agreement and legislation. The subjects of photographs also have rights, which also must be identified and protected. And some of those rights of subjects absolutely supersede the rights of photographers. […]