1Photo Of the Week

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2How to Take Beautiful Pictures

After taking some time to think about it, you decide to take up photography. After all, you’ve taken plenty of pictures before and they turned out great. How hard can it be, right?
So you spend countless hours on Amazon, buy yourself a top of the range DSLR camera and all of the other equipment you need (or thought you need), and you finally set off into the wilderness in search of that perfect picture. That awe inspiring, beautiful picture you can hang over your mantelpiece and humble brag to friends and family about it being one of your original images.
But despite the seemingly low barrier to entry, photography is probably one of the most technically challenging hobbies (or professions) you can take up.

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3A New Museum for an Old Colony, Puerto Rico

The images from Puerto Rico show devastated landscapes, flooded streets and barefoot children. In some cases, they are accompanied by snide comments that tease or blame the subjects for their predicament. Are these from 2017, post-Hurricane Maria?
No, try 1899.
A year after the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War and the United States acquired Puerto Rico (along with Cuba and the Philippines), images from an illustrated census provide early insight to the nebulous, paternalistic and at times violent relationship between the United States and its island territory.

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4Walker Evans’s Cuba, via Ernest Hemingway

It seems fitting that during Walker Evans’s one-month stay in Havana in 1933 he would befriend Ernest Hemingway. The two shared an appreciation of a spare style that would influence countless others in photography and literature. In fact, Evans entrusted Hemingway with a trove of original prints to ensure they would not be confiscated by the authorities who were violently suppressing popular outrage against the dictator Gerardo Machado.
Now, 46 of those vintage prints are being sold by DeWolfe and Wood Rare Books of Alfred, Me., and Michael Brown Rare Books of Philadelphia, and are featured in a catalog whose comprehensive introductory essay was written by Mr. Brown. The collection is owned by Benjamin Bruce, known as Dink. His father, Telly Otto Bruce, known as Toby, was Hemingway’s friend and factotum and had safeguarded the images for decades in Key West, Fla., where Hemingway had lived.

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5News Photography That Steps Back From Grief and Crime Scenes

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon in Katy, Tex. Most folks were just getting back from church and returning to their new normal of assessing and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey devastated their neighborhoods. I had been there on assignment less than 24 hours, following up with some families for a long-term story on the recovery, when a friend in Houston sent me a text. “Todd, mass shooting near San Antonio. It’s 2.5 hours away.” Then news alerts started coming in, followed by a call from the National desk. The next hour was a scramble to find out more information while driving back to my hotel to pack and check out. Just days before, I had covered the truck attack in Lower Manhattan that had killed eight.


6A Photo Trip to Antarctica

Antarctica is approaching its peak summertime, when the people living and working at coastal stations will experience a few weeks of 24-hour daylight around Christmastime. Collected here are images from the past few years of the Antarctic landscape, wildlife, research facilities, and some of the scientific work taking place there.


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