Art & Photography

Like an emperor’s robe

Guest post by Abby Plener As a student, I often question how valuable it is to learn about history in an academic setting. We are taught to use our textbooks as lenses through which we can understand the world around

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Hari Menon’s miracles

Profiled in India’s Smart Photography magazine, Hari Menon is a self-taught and highly versatile freelance photographer from North Paravur in the south-western state of Kerala. Menon’s photographs are products of his eye for commercially-friendly and eminently viewable dramas of colour

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Basim Magdy’s wide, wide world

Born in Assiut, Egypt and educated in Cairo (and now living in Basel and Cairo), Basim Magdy is an artist comfortable with (or perhaps, more accurately, driven to produce in) a wide range of modes: painter, illustrator, videographer, installation artist,

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Where have the guardians gone?

Guest post by Sandra Janus Among other worthy endeavours, World Press Photo (in concert with Angola’s Banco Espirito Santo d’Angola) created a special photography exhibition for the United Nations Year of the Planet in 2008, an exhibition that has continued

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The social Noguchi

Before social media made staying in touch with acquaintances on a mass scale a trivially easy exercise, human beings had to do sordid-sounding things like “meeting for drinks” and “working together” in order to achieve the same end. For all

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Natural life as parade, x-ray, fossil

“A nature documentary filmed with an x-ray camera” might, as a description, conjure a fairly accurate mental image of Ladislao Kelity’s drawings. But while in many of his works the skeletons of animals can indeed be clearly seen through their

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Oh! how horribly she howled

Fairy tales — in their pre-Disney incarnations, that is — are stories not only of magic and wonder, but of life-threatening situations and fundamental fears. Recall Hansel and Gretel, the charming story of two children held captive for weeks by

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The life in concrete boxes

The apartment building is one of the most standardized and recognizable architectural forms in the world — in its most common form, a simple rectangular box of white-painted concrete, white steel balconies, and grey windows. It is ugly, conformist, efficient;

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Better living on things that float

At first glance his works appear to be related in some way to clouds, soap bubbles, or even a micro-slice of the human brain in all of its neuron-synapse complexity. To design the work shown at left, which was exhibited

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The invisible geometry of our urban lives

Christoph Gielen’s photographs are simple at first glance, merely aerial shots of built-up areas, the kind of view one gets 30 seconds after take-off in an airplane as it banks over a city. Yet looked at more carefully, they become

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Tiny perfect Post-it art

The man’s art is eerie, even a little horrifying, yet funny and warm and familial at the same time. His monsters often come in gangs, are frequently of Brobdingnagian size, and are typically found creeping up on unsuspecting children. His

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The faces behind the books

As people professionally caught up in the life of the mind, philosophers exist for many of us as disembodied names linked to embodied books — we can remember the colour, cover design, and size of many of the books we’ve

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