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Here's a Gordon Parks photo for #WorldPhotographyDay.
A portrait of Ella Watson. But not *that* portrait of Ella Watson. Not the iconic one.
I'm writing about both. And several others. Stay tuned. A black & white photo, showing Ella Watson, a housekeeper in a government office building. She is seen standing in the middle of a large office after everyone else has gone home. Office equipment can be seen on the desks. Watson's mop and broom are at her side.
A Rufus Holsinger photo for #WorldPhotograhyDay.
Miss Conkey, with beet. Charlottesville, 1918. A black and white studio portrait of a teenaged girl, in a white dress with ruffles. She proudly holds a giant beet.
I mean, if you grew a giant beet, you'd want a picture of it, too.
A little myth-busting for #WorldPhotographyDay.
The photographers who worked for Roy Stryker at the FSA liked him. (Except for Walker Evans, who was a prima donna.)
Here's a cartoon that Ben Shahn drew of himself for Stryker. Shows him using a right-angle viewfinder. An ink on paper cartoon self-portrait by Ben Shahn.
The inscription reads: To Roy who made it possible for us to work -- uninterruptedly for five years -- a full lifetime!
Ben Shahn.

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Sep 14, 2018
These steps might look small, but it's possible that they're the beginning of a long-overdue process of repairing the relationship between @UVA & Charlottesville's African American community. Seems to me that President Ryan deserves both our support & our critical engagement.
Here's some background on the living wage issue from @RuthServen.…
For deep background on the relationship between @UVA & the black community, you might want to begin with the report of the @slaveryuva commission.…
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Sep 10, 2018
Well, poop. Amtrak is already preemptively cancelling trains along the east coast for later this week & the weekend. Hurricane #Florence.
That's not really a complaint. The last time a hurricane came ashore & stalled over Virginia, 153 people died in flooding & mudslides in Nelson County, just south of Charlottesville. 👉🏾…
And the forecast is no joke. 👇🏾
This rainfall-potential map from the @NWS is enough to scare anyone who remembers the 153 deaths in Nelson County from Hurricane Camille. Nelson is in the bullseye this time, too. So is Charlottesville. cc @cvillenewscom
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Aug 23, 2018
Lies, yes. No large scale killings, no land seizures. But worse. Literally the talking points of violent white supremacist organizations
What Fox News & Trump are doing is frightening. Casting white people as victims. As the Nazi cast non-Jewish Germans.
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Aug 21, 2018
Some of the best reporting I've seen in a long time. Text, voices, photo, & video work beautifully together. Very moving. Important story.
Adding to this thread on some stunningly good journalism.
I love this example of how a text, by Lisa Rab, & (simply gorgeous) portraits, by Travis Dove, can tell very different but complementary & reinforcing stories.…
And this. Just listened to the podcast. More extraordinary journalism. Heartbreaking. Infuriating, too.
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Aug 13, 2018
😂 My friend @ninaberman doing to Jason Kessler what ought to be done to Jason Kessler.
Immediately reminds me of Arnold Newman's portrait of the Nazi industrialist Alfred Krupp.…
Here's Newman talking about the portrait: "There's only twice I ever tried to deliberately show an individual as bad, and that was Alfred Krupp and Richard Nixon. Actually, I didn't do it on purpose to Nixon -- he did it to himself." 👌🏾
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Aug 12, 2018
Good brief account of what went down in Charlottesville tonight. Not all that much, frankly. But 700 cops -- many in riot gear -- armored police vehicles, & a helicopter overhead made things much more tense than they needed to be.
I'm thinking about the 700 out-of-town riot cops currently in Charlottesville.
And about the old saying...
To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
So, yes. This level of policing is far more likely to cause trouble than to prevent it. It's infuriating.
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