Atomic STEaM Photography Show

Full Spectrum Fibonacci by W Gary Rivera. The spiral of colored stained glass visually approximates a logarithmic spiral described in polar coordinates by r=a*e^(b*theta). The colors mimic those of the visual light spectrum from red to violet.

NEW MEXICO National Museum of Nuclear Science & History 601 Eubank Blvd. SE Albuquerque November 7, 2015–January 3, 2016 In previous years, this annual show has included a broad spectrum of photographs, ranging from documentary-style engineering feats (think Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza) to abstract interpretations of…
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Black Chronicles II

Eleanor Xiniwe, Member of The African Choir. London Stereoscopic Company, 1891. Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

MASSACHUSETTS Cooper Gallery 102 Mt Auburn St Cambridge Through December 11, 2015 From the Hulton Archive, purchased by Getty Images in 1996, this potent gathering of rare and mostly never-seen images explores the presence of black subjects in late 19th- and early 20th-century British photography. More than one hundred photographic portraits, many…
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Harry Gruyaert


— Reviewed for The Picture Professional. Harry Gruyaert has never wanted to be anything but a “color photographer.” With an appropriately brilliant red cover and the deep blacks and saturated tints only Cibachrome can deliver, his new self-titled book is a decades-long document of this steadfastness. As François Hébel reveals in his…
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Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques


— Reviewed for The Picture Professional by Josh Steichmann. Best suited for photographers who have grown up within the digital bubble, Experimental Photography is a well-designed handbook, combining simple instructions for thirty-two hands-on techniques with eighteen interviews of artists, exploring the potential of those techniques. With an emphasis on the practical craft…
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Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles


— Reviewed for The Picture Professional by John W. W. Zeiser. Los Angeles wants to be noticed. Few cities offer better people-watching. This need for notice is in part due to the fact that, despite its size and global import, it’s Johnny-come-lately as far as cities go. Its identity continues to shift,…
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Reporting Vietnam

Tim Page, under fire with Martin Stuart Fox at la Drang. Photographed by Steve Northup. Ia Drang Valley, in the central highlands of VN, on March 30, 1966. The scene was a terribly battle between members of A Company, 1/12, 1st Cav. They were very badly out maned, and we came close to losing everybody. Martin and I were a reporter/photographer team for United Press international. Tim was working for Time-Life. The battle took place near the Chu Pong massif, a well known bad neighborhood. 

Northrup found them behind the log and offered them a sip of his flask, Cordon Bleu. Photographers huddled together behind a log. Courtesy Steve Northup.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington DC Through September 12, 2016 Did the press lose the Vietnam war? Marking the 50th anniversary of America’s first televised war, this exhibit explores how journalists brought news to a divided nation and how it fueled the resulting culture clash. Included in the…
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America Is Hard to See

R. H. Quaytman (b. 1961).   Distracting Distance, Chapter 16, 2010. Screenprint and gesso on wood, 24 5/8 × 39 7/8 in. (62.5 × 101.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee. 
2010.54  © R. H. Quaytman

NEW YORK Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street New York Through September 27, 2015 America is Hard to See is the first exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new Renzo Piano–designed building is an unprecedented selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit fills the Whitney’s…
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Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change

Gaibandha District, Bangladesh, 2010. During the harvest of jute, villagers rest above the floodwaters of the surging Brahmaputra river. A simple adaption in flood-prone areas is building every house on a two-meter tall mud plinth. © Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos.

CALIFORNIA Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach Through September 15, 2015 Photographers around the world are examining the ways that people are responding to sea level rise—coastal flooding and increasingly powerful storm surges—with a variety of architectural and urban planning innovations. This exhibit documents some of those innovations and…
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