The Takeaway

Lost Arctic Photos Open Window Back in Time to Age of Exploration

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Historians have opened a window back in time by restoring a block of photographic negatives discovered frozen in ice for nearly a century.

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The Glaciers of Patagonia, Inside a Gallery

Saturday, March 15, 2014

German photographer Frank Thiel brings Patagonia's dramatic glaciers to New York City.


Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Great Minds and Stellar Talents Consider the State of Modern Photography

Monday, February 04, 2013


"What Is Modern Photography?" is the question posed at this symposium hosted by the Museum of Modern Art's Edward Steichen. An all-star panel of photographers, including Margaret Bourke-White, Walker Evans, Irving Penn, and Ben Shahn, give (or refuse to give) their individual, often contradictory, definitions of the controversial medium. The gathering provides a great snapshot of  the state of the art in 1950.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Petrochemical America

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Kate Orff, an assistant professor at Columbia University and founder of SCAPE, a landscape architecture studio in Manhattan, discusses the causes of sustained environmental abuse along the largest river system in North America. The book Petrochemical America combines Richard Misrach's photographs of Louisiana's "Chemical Corridor" with Orff's "Ecological Atlas"—a series of speculative drawings developed through intensive research and mapping of data from the region

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Best of 2012: The Year In (Your Cell Phone) Pictures

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

There are plenty of roundups of the year's best photographs, now the Brian Lehrer Show is compiling the best photographs -- that are sitting on your cell phone. Use the form below to upload your photograph, deadline is noon on Tuesday, December 25th.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Native Americans Captured on Film

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Timothy Egan tells the story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history—and the driven, brilliant man who made them, Edward Curtis. In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher is a portrait of the photographer and his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings, and is credited with making the first narrative documentary film, creating a definitive archive of the American Indian.

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On The Media

The Perils of Filming Police

Friday, June 15, 2012

It is not illegal to film police, but there have been several instances of citizens being arrested because the police didn't want to appear on camera. Bob talks to Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, who has been doing workshops with police around the country about the right to film police in the line of duty.


The Replacements - Kids Don't Follow

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell Document Prom

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark and her husband, the filmmaker Martin Bell, talk about traveling across the United States to document teenagers going to the prom. For the book Prom, Mark used a Polaroid 20x24 Land camera to produce photographs. Bell produced and directed a film, also titled Prom, which features interviews with the students about their lives, dreams, and hopes for the future. A DVD of the film is packaged with the book. 

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Manhattan Galleries Focus in on Edward Burtynsky

Friday, December 02, 2011

A sweeping overhead shot of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and abstract aerials of dryland farming in northeastern Spain. See a slideshow of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's large-scale chromogenic color prints here.

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On The Media

Arbitrary Restrictions on Photographers

Friday, September 09, 2011

At times during the last decade, authorities have arbitrarily stopped photographers from taking pictures in the name of national security. For example, University of Maryland student Reza Farhoodi was removed from his seat at a Washington Redskins game because he was using a 'professional camera' – even though there is no prohibition against using 'professional' cameras at football games. Brooke spoke with attorney Morgan Manning about being forbidden to photograph.

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Ai Weiwei Photo Exhibit Opens at the Asia Society

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An exhibition of 227 black-and-white documentary photos taken by the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in New York from 1983 to 1993 opened at the Asia Society on Wednesday. The show marks the first such exhibit presented outside China. Click here to see a slideshow.