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Links 1 through 10 of 10 by Latoya Peterson tagged photography

Just. No. Words.--AJP

"A photograph uploaded on Facebook of a white South African man posing like a hunter near an apparently lifeless body of a black child has created a furore as South African police try track him down.

"The man has a Facebook user profile with the name "Eugene Terrorblanche," an apparent play on the name of Eugene Terreblanche, an extremist Afrikaner leader murdered last year, and has 590 'friends' as of Saturday. Authorities are yet to confirm the authenticity of the undated picture and have not ruled out the possibility of photograph manipulation."

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"The creator of an iPhone app used to manipulate and add effects to photos is under fire for using a racial slur in the name of a special effect.

"The app, called 'Picture Effect Magic,' is available in a free and paid version in the Apple App Store. The latest version is 1.8 and has a post date of June 10, 2011.

"In the list of possible photo effects is one called, '54 N****r-brown.' In selecting this effect, it makes the image a brownish tint. In the list, it is near other similar effects that make the image purple, blue or warm."

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"A Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper removed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and another woman from the now-iconic photo of the Obama national security team watching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden from the White House Situation Room.
"Der Tzitung sent a statement to the press, apologizing for altering the photo—which the White House had forbidden news outlets from doing—and explaining why they had removed Clinton and Tomason.

'In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status,' the statement said in part. '... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.'"

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"Love it or hate it, when most people think of metal, they think of white dudes. Even if metal was born from the blues and there are growing scenes in places like Indonesia and Peru, metal’s founding fathers–Priest, Sabbath, Maiden–and most of those who’ve come after have been unmistakably Caucasian. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find out about a small but passionate collection of guys who dressed like doomsday cowboys and listened to Motorhead in the predominantly black, central African country of Botswana."

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"I had to press about the choice of her less-than-flattering wig and also why they chose to feature just her face instead of a full body shot. He said, 'Well Gabourey came with her own hair, I had nothing to do with the hair,' he explained, 'And with the crop of the photo, we thought it best reflected her bubbly personality. When she comes into a room, she’s not Precious. She’s talkative, bright, and a total movie star. I chose the green dress because I wanted her to look like a Hollywood Starlet. And we chose this shot because I felt she carries most of her spirit and personality in her face.'"Sounds like a solid explanation.
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"That photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, Ala.? He took it. The well-known image of black sanitation workers carrying “I Am a Man” signs in Memphis? His. He was the only photojournalist to document the entire trial in the murder of Emmett Till, and he was there in Room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel, Dr. King’s room, on the night he was assassinated.

"But now an unsettling asterisk must be added to the legacy of Ernest C. Withers, one of the most celebrated photographers of the civil rights era: He was a paid F.B.I. informer."

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"Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin (D), who 'is neutral in the race between King and Ali,' is not buying King’s explanation. Ervin left a comment on Maryland Politics Watch’s post, stating 'this is the second piece of mail that has left me wondering if Senator King has any idea how many people of color that she represents in her district.' Ali was equally bewildered by King’s denial, 'because clearly, to the plain eye, it’s obvious the photo has been altered. Without a doubt. So it’s one of those cases when someone says the sky is purple.'"

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"It wasn't until bondage magazines became popular in the 1970s that we began to often see women of color engaged in acts of BDSM. Previously detective magazines, which were published as early as the 1930's, had covertly provided a way of publishing bondage imagery but they rarely featured models of color. Although these images largely objectified and over-sexualized Black women, bondage pictorials did create a successful niche in the industry and for many people of color these magazines were their first exposure to BDSM."

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The resulting response to the choice of that particular image and that coverline was not anticipated by the person most closely involved with this week’s cover. That person was me, PW senior news editor, Calvin Reid.

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"If ever social change was propelled by photographs, it was during the civil rights movement."

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