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Major Series 2016

Major Series: 2016

Donald Trump, 2015, screenshot

Donald Trump, 2015, screenshot

Election 2016: Image World. As a citizen, I’ve followed presidential campaigns for over half a century. But I had never tracked one in my professional role as a photography critic and commentator on new media until the imagery emerging from the 2012 “race for the White House” evoked a lengthy series of posts on that theme. Taking on the same challenge for the 2016 election, I decided to start early, since the race began officially in March 2015 and the images quickly began to emerge.

Capa D-Day project logoRobert Capa on D-Day: This series of posts began in June 2014 when the distinguished photojournalist J. Ross Baughman, who had contributed an earlier Guest Post on painters using photographs as source material, emailed to ask if I would consider publishing his analyses of Robert Capa’s D-Day negatives and the legend of their subsequent fate. It turned into a three-year-long investigation that resulted in the thorough debunking of this myth.

Robert Dannin

Robert Dannin

The Dannin Papers. In June 2016, in the midst of a cotroversy over the work of Steve McCurry, I published a multi-installment Guest Post by Robert Dannin, who as Magnum Editorial Director from 1985-90 knew and worked with McCurry (and numerous others) at that agency. Dannin’s article contained so much compressed information, provocative insider insight, and tart critique concerning photojournalism and picture agencies that I invited him to become a regular contributor to this blog.

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