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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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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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Hendrik Kerstens: Model and Muse

Flange, 2009. © Hendrik Kerstens. Collection of MOPA; Gift of Gail and Ralph Bryan.

CALIFORNIA Museum of Photographic Arts 1649 El Prado San Diego February 7–May 31, 2015 Inspiration comes from many sources. For the artist Hendrik Kerstens, it is his daughter, Paula, who inspires his photographic explorations. For more than two decades, self-taught photographer Kerstens’ primary subject has been his daughter. From the beginning his…
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Inside Tracks: Behind the Lens on the Assignment of a Lifetime

Robyn had been hot, irritable and tired when she arrived at the Docker River Aboriginal settlement, but she was greeted as a hero by a group of excited children who lifted her spirits with their cacophony of laughter. © 2014 Rick Smolan/Against All Odds Productions

CALIFORNIA Annenberg Space for Photography 2000 Avenue of the Stars #1000 Los Angeles Extended to May 3, 2015 Inside Tracks: Behind the Lens on the Assignment of a Lifetime is about the extraordinary story of Rick Smolan, an American photographer assigned by National Geographic in 1977 to document Robyn Davidson, a 27-year-old…
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Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity

Photo © Rose Callahan, Barima Owusu-Nyantekyi at the King’s Head Club, London, 2013.

ILLINOIS Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College Chicago 600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago April 6–July 12, 2015 Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in…
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