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Last night was the kind of evening when most people want to curl up under a blanket watch the latest episode of 106 & Park or 30 Rock. With temperatures in the lower teens, I wondered how many of the new Radio Rookies would make the 1.5 hour trek from their neighborhood down to Soho to visit WNYC Radio for the first time.
Those new Bronx Rookies showed me--all 7 made the trip! While at the station the Rookies listened to Rookie graduate Keith’s Valentine's Day story, had a chance to sit in Leonard Lopate’s studio and get the behind the microphone, and a Daily News reporter interviewed them for an article.
- 08/28/11--14:31: Photos: Hurricane Irene
- 01/29/15--12:39: Lost Arctic Photos Open Window Back in Time to Age of Exploration
- 08/19/15--10:00: How Ballot Selfies Can Threaten Democracy
- 07/11/12--11:19: PHOTO: Is This the Snowiest Road in America Right Now?
- 08/29/12--10:00: The Road To Grace is Paved in Awkward
- 10/30/12--07:19: PHOTOS: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
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- 12/26/12--08:26: The Best of Your 2012 Cell Phone Pictures
- 01/29/13--16:47: Cape May to Montauk Three Months After Sandy
- 04/16/13--12:06: Full Interview with Justin Helzer
- 06/12/13--12:51: Top Five Classical Online Image Galleries
- 06/13/13--08:00: You Can't Read a Dog By Its Guilty Face
- 06/24/13--09:00: Your Awesome High School Band Photos
- 01/06/14--14:11: Meet @ WNYC 2013 Singles Holiday Mixer
- 01/09/14--13:17: PHOTOS| MLK 2013 - Malcom, Martin & Medgar
- 02/27/14--06:25: New York Is Gross
- 06/10/14--12:00: Prescription for the Bronx Event
- 07/02/14--10:14: The Best Travel Photo That's Sitting on Your Cell Phone
- 12/02/14--09:12: We Shared A Moment in Time
- 01/26/15--13:21: Four Little New Yorkers Who Are Pretty Excited About The Snow
- 02/05/15--21:00: Thousands of Secret Torture Photos
- 06/08/15--11:00: Governors Ball: Three Days Of Music, Day Drinking And Summer Camp
- 07/31/15--07:32: 10 Photos of New Yorkers Soaking Up a Summer Concert in the Park
- 08/18/15--01:00: 35 Stock Photos of Real New Yorkers Doing Things
- 10/27/15--21:00: It's Time to Deal With Your Photo Clutter
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- Find Your Photos: A List of Places to Look
- You have a bunch of photos all over the place, but you're not as concerned about organizing the past as you are setting up a solid system for the future.
- You primarily take photos with your phone.
- Your goal is to go from disorganized to organized, not necessarily to group all of your photos in the same place.
- Pick a system for automatic back-up. Download the app if you don’t have it already. Turn on auto-upload.
- On Dropbox – Alan’s pick – this is called “camera upload.”
- On Google Drive, this is “back-up and sync."
- On iOS, this is "iCloud photos."
- For the most part, your photos are already digital – just in a billion different places.
- You may have a few old phones, some SD cards from a DSLR or other high-end digital camera, but you're not terribly concerned with really old physical photos.
- You probably have hundreds (or maybe a couple thousand but no more than that) of photos you care about, and want them to be organized, both past and present.
- Turn on auto upload for your back-up system of choice (i.e., Dropbox).
- Choose your photo management service, and transfer the photos you care about the most into it (i.e. Google Photos.).
- Start hunting down the rest of the digital photos you really care about and pull them into your photo management service. Be judicious: What's really worth migrating off of, say, that Flickr account you started and never went back to? Which Facebook Photos do you want to make sure you're saving in higher quality? Did you have a SmugMug account you need to check?
- Once you've uploaded the photos you care about most into this central service, look through the albums it has created for you. See where the system has sorted it correctly, and where it has gotten details wrong. Take over as the human here, and start adjusting into a system that will be meaningful to you.
- This can be as intense of a process as you choose, just be sure to label with names that will be memorable. (I.e., not “August 2015,” but “Trip to Paris With Family.”)
- This system should recognize dates and location at the very least. If they’re wonky – and older photos probably will be – pick and choose which ones you care about correcting.
- Starting to sort through your photos will also help you jog your memory about any meaningful pictures you may have forgotten. Track them down, rinse, repeat.
- You have thousands of photos — probably more than Dropbox or Google Photos' drag-and-drop interfaces can handle in one go.
- You use multiple devices, including cameras with SD cards and phones.
- You’re looking for all of your memories to be organized, both past and present. You might even want to organize all of the photos from the whole family’s set of gadgets, like phones or tablets everyone uses.
- Pick a back-up system. Turn on auto-upload for your current and future photos. Let the current batch upload. This could take a few minutes.
- Once you’re done uploading, drag and drop as many of your already-digital but easily-accessible photos from your back-up system to your photo management system. For now, draw the line at your primary devices—the laptops or computers you already use, the phone you already use, and the SD card currently in your favorite camera you’ve been meaning to back up. Aim to get the majority of your current and most recent photos centralized.
- Once the bulk of your current photos are on your two services, spend some time getting in touch with your memories again, building galleries and doing searches through your most recent upload. Look through the albums your photo management service has created for you, and see where the system has sorted it correctly, and where it has gotten details wrong.
- Start sorting into albums that will be meaningful to you. This can be as intense of a process as you choose, just be sure to label with names that will be memorable. You’re also teaching the system which details actually matter to you.
- From here, start hunting down old photos to add to the collection. Then, batch by batch, pull in old folders. Then, as you have the time, energy, or desire to centralize those old photos, you can power up that old laptop and upload them, or dump them to an external hard drive and upload them in batches (all of your old 2003 trip photos at once, for example.) This way you’re making continual progress without committing yourself to a week-long wrestling match with the tendrils of Google and Dropbox every time you want to back-up your memories.
- Your phone's built-in photos app
- Your old phone's built-in photos app
- Photo apps on your laptop/PC Drive/ Desktop
- Folders on your laptop/PC
- External harddrive
- Old cameras
- Text messages (these can take up a surprising amount of space!)
- Google Drive
- Google +
- Google Photo
- Microsoft OneDrive
- Image Shack
- 11/15/15--12:00: Candles lit across France on second day of national mourning
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We asked you to submit your photos of Hurricane Irene, which moved from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to New England over the weekend, weakening from a Type 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, killing at least 16 people and shutting down public transit in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Here are some of the submissions we've received. Do you have a photo from the storm? Submit it here, or call us at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE and tell us about your Hurricane Irene experience.
The cold of the Antarctic was the final frontier during the last era of exploration. From 1492 until the early 20th century, explorers ventured off to discover new lands and plant their national flags.
The South Pole was the most elusive of all. And now some historians have opened a window back in time by restoring a block of photographic negatives discovered in a frozen in ice for nearly a century.
The images, still intact, allow us to peer into what historians call the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.
Lizzie Meek, program manager for Artefacts at the Antarctic Heritage Trust, was one of the first people to see the restored images.
Click on the audio player above to hear this interview.
When New Hampshire passed a law banning ballot photos in an effort to curb voter coercion, the New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued the state on the grounds that the law violated protected political speech.
As The Takeaway previously reported, the ACLU won that suit, a decision which has been met with significant criticism.
In our second segment covering this surprisingly polarizing topic, Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at UC Irvine, explains why he believes selfies have no place at the polls.
Tomorrow we submit them all to the city for inspection and potential removal. We'll ask you to you check back and see how many of these rusted frames (or saran wrapped beach cruisers) are eventually removed. For now, have a gander below at our favorite busted bikes chosen for photographic merit, level of "abandonedness," fun factor, and just because we liked them.
THE "MOST ABANDONED" BIKES:
BEST PILE OF KIDS BIKES:
While the heat pounds the poor souls at sea level, this mountain road on Mt. Baker, Washington is still a canyon of snow.
WASDOT writes: "This photo was taken July 2nd as crews are still working to clear the road up to Artist Point."
This week? A bit of joy for your post-Olympics, late summer lull.
I don’t know if you’re like me but the images that endure after each Summer Olympics—long after the runners, bikers, and tennis players have squeaked away—are the ones of flight. A diver mid-flip. A gymnast soaring out toward the high bar. A vaulter whipping high into the air.
I think these little human boomerangs are the ones that stick in the memory simply because they are the most difficult to comprehend. While I may be deluded enough to think (with my feet up, popcorn bowl on lap) that if I just trained hard enough, if I just got up at 5AM enough, I might be able to run or bike alongside the Olympians on the screen before me (crunch, crunch, oh yeah, you totally could), even my most delusional self shuts up at the appearance of the gymnasts and divers. I know it could never be so.
Because these bodies spinning through the air are, for that instant, something Other. They seem untethered by gravity and fear, and for just that moment, allowed to become a thing of pure Grace. How do they get into that state? I have no idea. My best guess is that they draw upon some secret source (is it Fearlessness? is it Faith?) that enables this most brief but significant change of state. I don’t know what it is, but I know it is rare.
Enter Ezra Shaw. Sports Photographer.
Ezra has been a Staff Photographer with Getty Images for over a decade. With an event like diving, he knows the job is to capture the full dive. A wide shot. To provide some record of a body in this state of grace, before it—splash—becomes human again.
But one overcast day in July, standing on a pool deck in Shanghai, Ezra got an idea. He was snapping away at the preliminary rounds of men’s 3m diving (the springy diving board one) at the 2011 FINA World Championships... and he thought, what if instead of trying to capture the full wingspan of flight, he zoomed in?
He got out his hulking 800mm telephoto lens.
He took one shot. Nothing.
A second shot. Nothing.
And then he got something:
Jonathan Joernfalk of Sweden. Courtesy of Getty Images / Ezra Shaw.
This photo (which was not the first he got, but one of the best) is just the tip of the iceberg of what Ezra was able to capture that day. The images get so much better, each one more impossibly bizarre than the last. The sheer cartoonish range of human exertion he was able to document is, well... sidesplitting.
Here is a collection of the 18 most excruciating ones.
And here are a few more on Ezra's site.
This collection of photos was, to me, a revelation. Yes, they were hilarious. But as I scrolled through picture after picture, I felt something else dawning: They are human too. Look how weird and clumsy and unpretty they are! The way you fight gravity is not through achieving some temporary state of pure elegance, but is any goshdarn way you can. You can stave off gravity by stabbing at it with your tongue, by puffing your cheeks at it, furrowing your eyebrows, straining your neck. The road to Grace, as these photos so irrefutably prove, is paved in Awkward.
Ezra Shaw agrees. He thinks the success of these photos (they went viral last year), goes beyond seeing funny faces. “There’s something in seeing the such intense strain exposed, that is appealing to us.”
That seems to be precisely it. That their scrappiness is a kind of equalizer. Not only does it bring the divers down to our level -- weighted and ungainly on the pool deck -- but it also invites us to fly among them. In each pointed tongue and flapping lip is a high five. Man, this is all we got. Neck clench. Lip chew. The only way we weighted creatures have to achieve grace.
And maybe that’s why these photos elicit such a reaction. It’s the thrill of seeing that human bond -- which turns out to be a gristly and spittle-covered thing -- revealed in such high definition. Or. Well. Maybe it's just ha ha look at da smooshy cheek on da fancy man.
Either way, splash on, summer luller. And move forward in any goshdarn way that you can.
A few more links:
You can see through Ezra’s photos -- static hay bales in front of hundreds of rushing wheels of the Tour de France, Chinese drummers so synchronized they look like a quilt, a tennis player so airborne it appears she’s about to embrace her own shadow -- this is not the first time he’s frozen moments of extreme exertion into visual whimsy. His website is worth a careful browse-through. You know, if you like fun.
A particularly beautiful video of Mens 3m Diving, set to Emo and put in Slow-Mo, which displays that "it looks like they're sipping up some secret source" thing I was trying to describe. Look at the quiet. The faith. The concentration.
The Halloween Costume Contest tallies are in!
For their impeccable design and playful take on the recent buzz that there may be a second Mona Lisa, Theresa Santanglo and Matt are the winners with their depiction of a pair of lesser known works of Da Vinci.
We're not sure if Vitruvian Matt was able to grab his own beverages, or if Mona Theresa had to stay enigmatically half-grinning all night, but we would have loved to see them in person. I for one, would have asked the famous drawing to do jumping jacks.
Thanks to everyone for submitting. A scroll-through the rest of the submissions is worth it if you're ever in the mood for a wonderland of stunning creations from dreamy wild things, decked out drummer girls, big birds, women in binders, and some of the most cute-as-a-button kid costumes you've ever seen. If kidnapping via web-slideshow was possible 'firefly' would be all mine.
Creepy? Time to go. A listener suggested next year we do a PUMPKIN carving context, and we love the idea. So think on that for next year.
And in the meantime, we can't resist posting a few more of our favorite costumes here:
Our year-end photo project asked you to submit your best cell phone shots of the year. We got hundreds of submissions, and now New York Times senior staff photographer and Lens blog co-editor James Estrin picks his favorites. See Jim's favorites below, and be sure to check out all the submissions here.
On the three-month anniversary of Sandy, WNYC took a week-long road trip from Cape May, NJ to Montauk, NY to visit coastal communities and see how their recovery is coming along.
CAPE MAY, NJ
Despite the snow and wind, people in Cape May, NJ are looking toward the summer. With little or no Sandy damage, they expect a busy season.
Will Tirri runs crab traps in the Stubborn One out of Cumberland County near Cape May, NJ. In the winter he works at welding at Fisherman's Wharf. He hasn't felt the effects of Sandy.
We won't know what effect Sandy had on the scallop fisheries until the season starts again in March. The Cold Spring Fish Supply Co. is a major scallop supplier. coastcheck
Cape May, NJ, known as Exit Zero because the Garden State Pkwy. ends here, escaped damage from Sandy and is expecting a busy summer. Many of the top hotels in town are already booked solid. coastcheck
Even in late January, when night falls fast, Cape May, NJ is a busy place. The seaside resort was not damaged by Sandy and is looking forward to a busy summer season.
John Cooke and his dog Joy greeted us at Victorian Motel where they are starting to fill up for July and August. Sandy left Cape May mostly undamaged. coastcheck
LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ
Joe Wright owns Scojo's restaurant in Surf City, Long Beach Island. He says if he has to raise up his restaurant, as new federal and state rules could require, he's putting a for sale sign out front.
MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ
John Pulaski, the manager of the Leonardo Motel in Monmouth County, NJ says he has mostly weekly bookings now for families made homeless by Sandy.
SEA BRIGHT, NJ
Frank Bain of Bain Hardware in Sea Bright, NJ says as a 10-year open-heart-surgery survivor, he has to be optimistic. "You want to hear God laugh? Tell him your plans for tomorrow." coastcheck
"Bye Bye paradise, it was nice while it lasted" is scrawled on an abandoned mobile home at the Paradise Park trailer park in Highlands, NJ.
Chris Curtis uses a heater to thaw out some drywall compound as he works on a house on Locust St. in Highlands, NJ. His dad lives on the same block and worries how he will afford to lift his home.
Barry Heffernan and Al Homan of Tri Bar Demoliton take a look at a Sandy-devastated home in Highlands, NJ. Heffernan has been contracted to raise the house up.
CEADER GROVE, STATEN ISLAND
On Cedar Grove Ave. in Staten Island, an uninhabitable home wears bright, patriotic colors three months after Sandy.
Tim Chen is the volunteer coordinator at the relief hub in Cedar Grove, Staten Island. He is there 24/7, sleeping in a tent at night. They start serving at 9AM. Sundays, there is a bonfire.
Kayla Mitchell, 23, has been volunteering in Cedar Grove Staten Island since about 2 weeks after Sandy. Now, three months out, she's still there serving hot meals to residents and workmen.
BROAD CHANNEL, QUEENS
Andrew Lennon of Glen Oaks Electric “It’s been good for business, but the island’s not gonna be the same for years."
Home owner Martin Dobransky in Broad Channel just got electricity this week, but not before his pipes froze from the extreme cold earlier this week, adding to his difficulties.
Tools in the mailbox in Broad Channel, Queens where residents are still struggling back 3 months after Sandy.
LONG BEACH, LONG ISLAND
A sand-sifting operation is visible in the fog beneath the torn-down boardwalk at Edwards Blvd. in Long Beach, Long Island
Two Small Business Administration workers walk under the torn-down boardwalk into the fog on Long Beach in Long Island at Edwards Blvd.
FREEPORT, LONG ISLAND
Frank Bracco behind the counter at his fish market. He says the last three months feel more like a year as he struggles to repair damage after Sandy.
MONTAUK, LONG ISLAND
Asa Gosman's family owns Gosman's Dock in Montauk. He said they were lucky and the damage at Gosman's was nothing compared to what happened down the coast.
State employees Bob Mullens and Tom Rutkowski work to shore up the beach at Montauk Point State Park.
The lighthouse at Montauk Point used to have 300 ft. of beach in front of it. Now it has 100 ft. of beach.
The moon hangs over the beach just after sunrise on Montauk.
A sign reading "do not enter" marks a badly eroded public stair at the beach in Montauk.
These photos are beautiful. They're also sad, and hopeful, and quaint.
In the 1970s the EPA commissioned photographers to roam the country and document daily life in places like coal mines, riverbanks, cities, and even an early clean tech conference in a motel parking lot. The images were meant to be a baseline to measure change in the years to come, but there was no funding to go back to the original places.
The Documerica project photos are up on Flickr now (hat tip to FastCoExist for posting some of these gems). It's an overwhelming album of nostalgia for everyday life, but also, devastatingly depressing to see how dirty and toxic so many inhabited places could be in the 1970s ... and how little has changed in some places today.
What makes the project so powerful though, is how beautiful the photography is, even of the mundane moments, or tragic scenarios like kids playing in a river next to a power plant.
Strum through the albums yourself and share your favorites with us on our Facebook page and we'll add more pics to this post later on.
In the albums, there are also early editions of clean technology, like Frank Lodge's photos from the first First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems held at what seems to be a motel parking lot.
Justin Helzer died Sunday night, April 14th. He committed suicide inside his cell on San Quentin's Death Row (the cell in this photo). If you look closely you can see him sitting on his bunk, leaning against the door.
Watching music being made is as much a delight for the ears as one for the eyes. Here are our favorite collections of photographs featuring classical music performers, performances, and venues from across the web.
1. David Leventi
David Leventi, a New York-based photographer with an appreciation for opera’s past, captured the gilded grandeur of empty houses in his series Bjoerling’s Larnyx. The project is a tribute to Leventi’s grandfather, an operatic tenor whose dreams of singing on the world’s great stages ended when he was interned in one of the Soviet Union’s POW camps during WWII. Leventi writes in his artist’s statement: “Though at first glance these photographs appear to be scientific and categorical, it is the details included in these images that make them more than sterile architectural interiors— they become portraits of spaces with remarkable depth and history.”
2. Nikolaj Lund
Nikolaj Lund is breaking down the conventions of the musician’s portrait. Rather than a take a staid headshot, he photographs cellists flinging instruments across desert dunes, violinists playing upside down, and accordionists falling backwards on cobbled streets. These fanciful but arresting images capture the intensity, artistry, and often humor in Lund’s musician subjects. Lund, a cellist himself, doesn’t manipulate the photos, but uses less expensive instruments—rather than the performers’ valuable ones—as props for his shoots.
3. The New York Philharmonic
Among the approximately 1.3 million documents that the New York Philharmonic has digitized and made available online are more than 16,000 images of musicians. There are images of them performing, traveling, meeting dignitaries, and prepping for concerts. The database can be a little difficult to browse, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for (check out the Library of Congress if you’re searching for photographs of Leonard Bernstein). However, the Phil frequently digs up gems to feature on its Digital Archives blog.
4. London Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic music and Star Wars fans will get a kick out of the London Symphony Orchestra’s well-curated gallery of photographs from its archives. The collection of images of the ensemble’s distinguished leaders is particularly fascinating, capturing portraits of the first principal conductor, Hans Richter, Pierre Monteux, André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas and even the gold-plated android C-3PO on the podium.
5. Lebrecht Photo Library
With archival images of Enrico Caruso posing as Pagliacci to a disheveled Valery Gergiev conducting at the Proms, the Lebrecht Photo Library was founded as an archive for images of classical music. Since then it’s expanded its scope to include images from across the humanities, including a large collection of author portraits. Though the site charges to license the images, anyone can click through the thumbnails of opera productions and composers at work.
In our Animal Minds show, we talk to the author of a clever study that calls into question what's really going on in a dog's head when it looks "guilty." Hint: even totally innocent pets make dejected, hangdog faces -- meaning those expressions may not have anything to do with owning up to bad behavior.
Dog owners, we'd love to hear your reactions. (If you haven't listened to Animal Minds yet, do it now!)
We're especially curious if, after listening, you still think your dog looks remorseful when it does something wrong. Send us a photo!
Nothing says high school rock n’ roll better than torn jeans and a flannel shirt. Unless it’s a mohawk and a chain wallet. Or a red-white-and-blue tank top. Excellent.
As part of our celebration of high school bands, we want to see the photo that captures your glory days as a high school rock star, whether you favored grunge, emo, hip-hop, or something in between — the more self-consciously cool, the better.
We ended 2013 with a Singles Holiday Mixer in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR. We had food, drinks, a holiday sing-a-long and lots of cheer. Enjoy!
A new blog called New York Is Gross catalogues the gross landscapes of New York City that we usually do our best to ignore: dead rats and roaches, frozen rivers of trash water, splintered bones.
(Full disclosure: a friend from real life started this thing, but wants to remain anonymous)
What I like about this is that it fixes this problem that I'd forgotten I had with living in New York, or, really, any city. Every day, there's a certain amount of filth that you see and then expend a tiny bit of psychic energy ignoring. (Think about summer's hot garbage smell, the great dog poop thaw of Spring, or Winter's frozen, fused together trash landscape.)
You'd think that inspecting those things more closely would feel worse, but actually, actively looking for the grossest stuff has improved my experience of daily city life. When I see a pile of particularly gross detritus, I now get a thrill of a hunter who's just stumbled on game. It could be a submission.
I bounced this idea of New York Is Gross's owner:
"I agree so completely about seeing filth. Which is interesting because I'm also noticing it more than ever. But despite that -- it feels better. Or manageable or something. I think it's part of why I wanted to do it. I feel like it's a part of living here that people don't process. And I think this is just kind of a bearable way to do that -- and to see it and think about it. It's also a little way to push back against all the sunsets, babies and food photos -- which I'm guilty of too -- on Instagram."
There's a version of this blog that could scan as offensive, and maybe for some people New York Is Gross will. If you take pride in keeping your city and your neighborhood clean, it can be annoying to see the worst stuff get highlighted.
But for me, what makes this feel good, for lack of a more specific descriptor, is that the pictures have some beauty to them. Also, while the blog's on both Instagram and Tumblr, I think there's an argument to be made that it's better experienced as an Instagram feed. Instagram is filled with so many pictures of manicured beauty, it's nice to get the occasional pee bottle thrown in to mix things up.
On Wednesday's Brian Lehrer Show, we're hosting a two-hour "family meeting" about travel. We'll discuss all sorts of issues related to travel, vacations, and trips. And we want to build the best travel slideshow possible -- using photos that are sitting on your cell phone. You know you have them. Maybe you posted them to a social network, but now it's time to scroll back through your camera roll and choose the single best travel photo on your phone and send it our way.
Protesters gathered across New York City Wednesday evening after a grand jury in Staten Island declined to indict a white police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, on criminal charges in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man in July. The decision not to indict Pantaleo in the July 17 death of Eric Garner has sparked outrage and drawn comparisons to the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri -- and comes just nine days after a St. Louis grand jury voted not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown.
WNYC visited various demonstrations to capture the scene.
Mayor BdB joined by heads of Schools, Homeless service, Transpo, Sanit, Health, Fire, and OEM for blizzard update pic.twitter.com/gTPzc2dsSu— Brigid Bergin (@brigidbergin) January 26, 2015
This deliveryman is crossing Houston St. with survival items for Soho residents. May he be well tipped pic.twitter.com/YDBUAksM6E— Jennifer Hsu (@jennhsu) January 26, 2015
Bread alone. Morton Williams supermarket near NYU pic.twitter.com/ZiWNEJSdlr— Jennifer Hsu (@jennhsu) January 26, 2015
Cuomo promises 50,000 pounds of salt. Here's some of it. pic.twitter.com/mDG6TP5aAQ— Jessica Gould (@ByJessicaGould) January 26, 2015
Reporting from the frozen tundra of the West Village where nary a soul is in sight. pic.twitter.com/NRRmdhmT1Y— Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen) January 26, 2015
The horrific images from Abu Ghraib prison still linger in America's consciousness over a decade after their release. But there are thousands more photos of detainee abuse and torture that the government has long concealed from the public, for fear of violent repercussions. Bob talks with the ACLU's Jameel Jaffer, who says the prospect of violence is a faulty argument for government secrecy about its own misconduct.
Song: "Magic Arrow" by Timber Timbre
As far as destination music festivals go, Governors Ball is an odd duck. Where Coachella and Bonnaroo have become behemoths of camping and partying all night, Gov Ball feels smaller in scope -- in part, because music ends promptly at 11 p.m. and everyone leaves for the night; and in part because the layout make everything feel a little less sprawling. Don't get me wrong, that frequent hike to and from the Honda or the Big Apple stages to the main GovBallNYC Stage will wear you out, especially when navigating through obstacles (maybe with, for instance, a bunch of camera gear). But it's manageable.
On the other hand, Governors Ball may be at a popularity tipping point: During the weekend's biggest, and therefore most-crowded sets (Drake, Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala, The Black Keys, among them) that same relatively compact confines creates bottlenecks that made it incredibly difficult to navigate through the dense hordes of concert-goers, or just people standing around day-drinking, standing in long lines, or just chilling (passed out?) in the grass. Every festival has this, of course, but footpath flow could be rethought. Similarly, there was the inevitable sound bleed from stage-to-stage -- something Ryan Adams (half-jokingly?) addressed during his Saturday night set, which was scheduled opposite the thundering bass and beats of Deadmau5.
Governors Ball is clearly getting bigger every year, but it may need to find a better sweet spot to accommodate its fans.
All that said, Governors Ball provided more than enough of top music highlights to overcome logistics. Besides Drake's star-power on Friday night, Florence And The Machine and St. Vincent were the true favorites, each demonstrating exceptional nuance and grace amid their powerful songs -- especially as Annie Clark matched her gnarled, noisy melodies with subtle robotic choreography.
And My Morning Jacket, after a long hiatus, returned with a set that mixed newer songs and nostalgic classics -- including the soaring "Wordless Chorus" from 2005's Z.
Saturday seemed low key in comparison: While the early morning rain created a slurry of mud in the grassy fields, it thankfully never descended into full-Woodstock '94 madness. The day brought loud rock from White Lung and J. Roddy Walton & The Business, and also calmer moments from Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, and even Bjork -- who brought out a brand new ornate costume and entire chamber orchestra to deliver live arrangements of her otherworldly hits and melancholy songs from Vulnicura, all synced to inventive animations, music videos and even fireworks. While a giant festival may not be the most ideal place to hear music that delicate and open-hearted and quiet, it was stunning to see so many turn out at the big stage to catch a glimpse of an icon -- even if from afar.
Then, the party really got going, with EDM from SBTRKT, hip-hop from Flume and Atmosphere, and Future Islands doing its synth pop thing to a tent full of aspiring magnificently awkward dancers. And then, if you weren't into the grinding wub-wubs and deep drops of Deadmau5, Ryan Adams rolled through a career-spanning set -- from the alt-country rockers of Heartbreaker and last year's self-titled record to Cold Roses' winding Grateful Dead jams -- on a stage adorned with vintage arcade game consoles and an old Dr. Pepper vending machine.
Sunday picked up again, with Sturgill Simpson crooning country songs, Flying Lotus melting your mind with dark and jazz-inflected electronic tapestries, and Hot Chip getting the crowd moving with buoyant electronic pop jams. The other clear favorites were The War On Drugs' guitar anthems, and Tame Impala' tripped-out riffs for maybe its largest crowd yet.
Another big highlight was the venerable comedy legend "Weird Al" Yankovic, who delivered a phenomenal and smile-inducing performance of his parody songs -- both from last year's Billboard No. 1 album, Mandatory Fun, and jam-packed medleys of older hits like "White & Nerdy" and "Fat," for which he gamely adorned that hefty suit and makeup from his old video. Needless to say, me at ages 8, 13, 20, and, now 30-something me were kinda geeking out simultaneously.
And to close things out was The Black Keys, doing what The Black Keys do best; simply put: rock.
While there were a few decent surprises and discoveries along the way, Governors Ball is made for these sort of big tentpole moments. And for that, it completely succeeded. Festivals can be a pain at times, sure, but Governors Ball, like many other big fests, exudes this odd summer camp feeling: When it's over, you're totally ready to go home, but still a little bummed to return to reality. I guess there's always next year.
All summer, WQXR has been bringing you live broadcasts from the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park where we've also been asking you to share your photos using #WQXRsummer. Here are 10 snapshots from the bandshell that prove nothing beats a classical music concert in the park.
And tune in at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for our last Naumburg broadcast of the summer featuring the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.
Colin Jacobsen of The Knights says that despite thunderstorms and high humidity, the show must go on!
And when thunderstorms made the audience move under the Bethesda Terrace, members of The Knights went with them.
Really, nothing stops classical music fans.
That post-storm sky, though.
A packed park for Ensemble LPR and pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
This happy pooch knows what's up.
Best excuse for multitasking.
It doesn't get much more perfect than this.
Did we mention that nothing stops classical music fans?
A good night, indeed.
When you see an image of smiling people on an ad or a website, there's a pretty good chance it's a stock photo — a generic picture of some situation, like "Woman Laughing Alone with Salad." There are easily millions of stock photos online for download, usually for a price. But the WNYC Data News Team is adding a few more: photos illustrating quintessential NYC situations. They're free, licensed for non-commercial and editorial use and also available on Flickr.
A few months ago, we sent out a survey on a topic that appears to be the bane of many listeners' existence: digital clutter. Over one third of respondents told us that the thing that drives them MOST crazy – the biggest, worst, most frustrating clutter quagmire in their lives – is photos.
We promised you a podcast and a plan of attack, and our word was good (if a little bit, um, enthusiastic – listen above). With the help of organizational guru Alan Henry, Deputy Editor of Lifehacker, we've put together a customized step-by-step system to help you back up, sort, and organize your digital photo collection for the long haul. By then end of this process, you're going to be scrolling through your pictures and contemplating the role photos really play in our lives.
But first, the time has come to get your photos in shape. Seriously. Now. It'll be more fun than you think. Mostly.
The Note to Self System For Decluttering Your Photos and Coming to Terms With Your Mortality
III. Tell Us What You Found (Part Two!)
According to Alan, these are the terms, tools, and basic tricks you'll need to get started – though how far you go with them is up to you. See: Deciding How Deep to Go.
Back-up services: This is a centralized place on the cloud where you can get to the raw files of your photos if you need to. Alan recommends Dropbox, but iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive or the like could serve a similar function, so long as you’re willing to pay for extra storage. One work-around: sign up for an extra account just for photo storage purposes.
Auto-upload: You have two options with your back-up service. The first is turning on the auto-upload feature, which means you’ll be syncing the full-sized files to your computer. If you want to get these photos printed, use another service like Apple Photos or Picasa or Aperture, or plan to edit your photos with software such as Photoshop, this is a good idea. The other, more space-friendly option: leave that setting off, and instead be really judicious about how many of your photos you sync to your computer, or commit to going in and taking the ones you don’t want down. This is going to take some introspection, some cutting-of-your-losses, and also maybe some back-up hardware.
Back-up hardware: An external hard drive that can hold all of the files you don’t want taking up space on your devices. It’s the digital version of flossing your teeth. In this case, pick whatever works for you – if you’ve got less than 64 gigabytes of files you care about, a solid USB could work. If you’ve got a lot more than that (or if you just want to keep your options open), you should spring for an external hard drive.
Photo management services: This is the service you’ll use to help you categorize and sort through your pictures, whether that’s by date, location, or content. Alan’s favorite is Google Photos, which gives you unlimited space as long as your photos fall below a certain resolution (16 megapixels or 1080p HD video). You can set it so that Google will automatically reduce anything above that size to lower quality as well – for most people this should be just fine for organizing and digital-viewing purposes. From there, Google’s photo categorization technology will help you label and organize the photos into albums and galleries. You could also choose a social media platform like Facebook or Instagram, you just have to commit to making them more or less public.
Facial recognition: A type of deep learning used by such services as Google Photos to categorize and organize your photos. This comes with some very real caveats.
Scanner: The best way to collect all your old physical photos and store them with your digitla photos. Alan says you can go high tech and buy a picture scanner (he recommends the Doxie or the Doxie Go WiFi) to scan them at home, or send them out to get scanned. Or – if you’re OK with really low fidelity– you can just take a picture of the picture. Meta!
Privacy/sharing settings: Be sure to double check that you’re only sharing what you want to share, no matter which services you choose. That said, Alan Henry says his rule is to only upload the images he is OK with his friends and family seeing. The only way to absolutely ensure privacy (well, as much as we can possibly absolutely ensure privacy), is to avoid using the cloud altogether.
"As for what to snap and what not to snap - well, I’m not of the mindset that 'if you don’t want it public you shouldn’t take it or store it on the Internet' – that blames *people* for problems with *technology.* However, it’s important to be mindful when you snap, and maybe take it into your own hands to choose what to upload and what not to, then back up or encrypt anything you want to save but don’t want out of your reach to delete at any time. :)"
Alan thinks we all fit into one of three photo-taking categories: casual snapshooters, moderate snapshooters, and enthusiastic snapshooters. Figuring out which category you belong to will help you decide how far you really need to go in your personal photo-decluttering process.
That’s it! Save your password somewhere safe. Invest in an external hard drive if you’re feeling really responsible. Digital hygiene, everybody.
Be sure to tell us what you've found.
When you're as far as you're going to get for the moment... tell us what you've found!
If you're like most people, you've probably stored your photos in all kinds of different places over the years. Here's a not-at-allcomprehensive-but-hopefully-inspirational list of places to look:
Following several coordinated terror attacks in Paris Friday night, which left at least 129 people dead and more than 350 injured, signs of solidarity emerged from around the world.
In Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower shone Le Tricolor blue, white and red.
People lit candles and lay flowers at the sites of the attacks — and at French embassies from Toulouse to Tehran — as security was stepped up globally.
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People lit candles, posted placards and paid tribute across France on Sunday in remembrance of the victims killed in the terror attacks that hit Paris on Friday night.
Paris officials reported the death toll at 129, with more than 350 injured.
At the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in the city’s fourth Arrondissement, thousands of mourners paid tribute to the victims as the church held a special service.
Museums and other major attractions across the capital city remained closed for a second day.
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Around 2,000 people gathered in Paris Sunday to remember the victims of all of the terror attacks that occurred last year in France, killing nearly 150 people.
President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo were among those who paid tribute at a ceremony held in the French capital’s Place de la République.
Last week marked one year since Islamic extremists killed 16 people in the offices of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and in a Kosher market.
On Nov. 13, armed militants affiliated with the Islamic extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State killed 130 people in attacks on Paris cafes and a concert hall.
One suspect directly involved in the November attack remains at large.
Even as widespread fears of the Zika virus hang heavy over Brazil–the world’s worst affected country–the annual Carnival festival was in full swing over the weekend as revelers kept the spirited tradition alive.
The festival, which began on Friday and lasts through Wednesday, involves five days of parades and street parties, bringing together millions of partygoers.
“What’s interesting about Carnival is that at the very core the philosophy is, forget your troubles and party like there is no tomorrow,” NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien said from Recife, Brazil on Friday.“That’s how the Brazilians view it and that’s why in most cases the party has gone on.”
Officials say as many as 100,000 people may have been exposed to the virus in the city of Recife, which has become known as the epicenter of the Zika outbreak, although symptoms are often mild or undetectable.
“I talked to a lot of public health officials and doctors and scientists who have been involved in this hunt for some action and some way to control the Zika outbreak, and many of them express misgivings about it, frankly, but the show is going on,” O’Brien said.
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With fireworks crackling and incense burning, families celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year on Monday by eating, dancing and cleaning house.
One of the customs of the New Year is to sweep away misfortune and make way for good luck. Revelers also decorated their windows and doors with intricate paper cut-outs and gave money as gifts.
Luckily, there was no confusion this year as to the kind of animal celebrated.
Thousands of mourners paid their respects in Washington D.C. on Saturday to remember the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who died last week.
The Rev. Paul Scalia, the late Justice’s son, led the mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The late Justice’s four other sons were pallbearers for the casket.
“He loved the clarity and coherence of the church’s teachings,” Rev. Scalia said. “He treasured the church’s ceremonies, especially the beauty of her ancient worship; the power of her sacraments as the means of salvation.”
Scalia, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, served on the court for roughly 30 years as a powerful representative of the nation’s conservative wing. He was the court’s longest-serving justice.
His death means the judicial branch loses its conservative majority, creating a vacancy that has sparked intense debate among presidential candidates and political officials concerned with who will replace him.
Scalia died while on a hunting trip in Texas on Feb. 13.
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From church services to pastel eggs — Easter traditions of both a religious and secular nature were well on display across the globe on Sunday.
Although customs vary widely from country to country, for the world’s more than 2 billion Christians, Easter is primarily a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. The holiday is also called Resurrection Day.
Easter is one of the busiest days of the year for many churches where attendance of those donning their “Sunday best” typically doubles.
Here’s a look at what’s going on around the world on Easter Sunday.
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In his new memoir, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures, award-winning Scottish actor Alan Cumming, gives a vividly illustrated account of his life in show business. From his tales of backstage friendships, to his late-night haunts and hangouts, to heartfelt stories of his dog, Honey, Cumming provides a window on what it is like to be Alan Cumming.
James Rebanks runs a family-owned farm in the Lake District in Northern England and also serves as an expert advisor to UNESCO on sustainable tourism. He also runs the popular Herdwick Shepherd account on Twitter (@herdyshepherd1). He joins us to discuss his second book, The Shepherd’s View: Modern Photographs From an Ancient Landscape, a collection of photography that chronicles the timeless rhythm of farm life in the Lake District.
Event: On Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. James Rebanks will be appearing at House of Speakeasy's "Seriously Entertaining Razor's Edge" at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) alongside Phil Klay, Elizabeth Alexander and Madeline Thien.
Martha Karsh joins us to discuss The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night: A Private Archive, a new collection of previously unreleased publicity photos from The Beatles’ 1964 film, “A Hard Day’s Night.” In 2001, Martha Karsh and her husband, Bruce, bought the rights to behind-the-scenes images from the making of the film from the film’s producer. The book, edited by Martha, containing hundreds of the candid images, was planned as a surprise 60th birthday present to Bruce.
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WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Next: the rapid rise of one of the world’s biggest social media networks, Instagram.
It’s building up steam, with 700 million people now using it each month, and it just took four months to pick up its latest 100 million new accounts.
But along the way, the company has faced concerns over how it can be used, and even some criticism for the way it essentially copied ideas from its rival, Snapchat.
Judy Woodruff recently got an inside look during her trip to Silicon Valley.
JUDY WOODRUFF: One of the first things that greets you inside Instagram is, no surprise, a place to take pictures. The free photo-sharing mobile app was born in 2010 with its first post, a foot in a flip-flop alongside a stray dog.
Turns out it was taken in Mexico by co-founder Kevin Systrom.
KEVIN SYSTROM, CEO and Co-Founder, Instagram: It’s a mixture of teams. So, we have got design teams, we have got partnership teams, we have got a community team, and then a bunch of engineers. We don’t really have an organization.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Systrom showed us around Instagram’s new offices in Menlo Park, California, designed to accommodate an ever-expanding staff.
You moved here six months ago; is that right?
KEVIN SYSTROM: Yes, six months ago, we moved from the original campus. And we designed this entire experience inside here to be cleaner, and a little bit more Instagrammy. So we have got the hip wood walls, and the polished concrete floors. It’s very start-uppy, but it’s in an Instagram way.
JUDY WOODRUFF: A start-up no longer, Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for a cool billion dollars. Then, the company had 13 employees. Now it has more than 600 to keep up with a rapidly growing user base, 700 million monthly active users and counting, 80 percent of them outside the United States.
How do you explain the phenomenal, rapid growth of this?
KEVIN SYSTROM: On Instagram, very early on, you would post an image, and anyone anywhere in the world could see that image, and understand what you were trying to say without speaking your language.
So, we like to say that Instagram was one of the first truly international networks in the world. And I think that’s what’s allowed it to scale to the hundreds of millions of people that use it every day today.
JUDY WOODRUFF: It still is a pretty extraordinary growth rate, isn’t it?
KEVIN SYSTROM: Yes.
JUDY WOODRUFF: I mean, even with that rational explanation, it’s hard for people to understand how it happened.
KEVIN SYSTROM: Yes. You know, back in the day, if you started a company, you would have to rent a warehouse, you would have to hire a bunch of employees. But, you know, with very, very few people sitting here in this building today, we’re able to scale it to hundreds of millions of people around the world, because of the innovations that we are built up upon.
And that’s the cool thing about running a company today, is how many people you can touch how quickly.
JUDY WOODRUFF: For a company founded on images, the walls here are adorned with some of the best, culled from Instagram users around the world.
KEVIN SYSTROM: Well, not to invoke the common saying, but a picture is worth 1,000 words. And that’s kind of like the phrase that this company is built on. It’s just something that’s unlike traditional texts and traditional media. And I think it allows you to see a different side of people, maybe a more raw and human emotional side of people.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Celebrities have embraced the app. Singer Selena Gomez has the most followers, more than 118 million. And Beyonce has the distinction of having the most-liked image in the history of Instagram, 10.9 million and climbing, for this photo that announced she’s pregnant with twins.
For teens, the quest for more and more likes and followers, plus the pressure for perfection as portrayed by some mega-popular users, is raising concerns among parents. Not only body image, but also bullying have become issues for some younger users.
And Instagram is grappling with how to foster a safe community, free from abusive behavior.
So, when you started Instagram seven years ago in 2010, did you have any idea you were going to be spending time, a lot of time now, thinking about protecting the people who use it?
KEVIN SYSTROM: No, I would say, every day at Instagram is not only the most complicated day of my career, but also the most interesting.
JUDY WOODRUFF: How do you prepare yourself for this kind of responsibility? I mean, what are you, 32 years old?
KEVIN SYSTROM: Thirty-three.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Thirty-three.
KEVIN SYSTROM: Yes.
JUDY WOODRUFF: All of 33.
That’s a lot of responsibility, isn’t it?
KEVIN SYSTROM: Yes.
And there are a lot of parents here at Instagram who think deeply about a world in which their children are going to grow up online, and what kind of product they want to create, and what kind of legacy they want to leave.
I don’t yet have kids, but in a world where I do have kids, I want to make sure that the world they grow up in is one that is safe online, and that Instagram led the way to create that world.
JUDY WOODRUFF: But with 95 million uploads a day, monitoring is a tall order. New guidelines are aimed at blurring out questionable material before the user even sees it, with a screen labeled “sensitive content.”
There’s also a reporting function for content about self-harm or suicide. Systrom says the company’s work is far from over.
KEVIN SYSTROM: This is a constant process. This is about making sure that we continue to evolve the way we attack the problem. This isn’t about getting to an eventual future where it is absolutely gone.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that we can’t make real progress on it, and, more importantly, show the leadership that I think our company can and should, so that other tech companies do as well.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The pressure in Silicon Valley to lead, innovate and stay relevant is intense. And Instagram has come under criticism for its outright and successful copying of rival Snapchat’s video stories feature
Instagram Stories, you have openly said was copied, in effect, from Snapchat. Is that what happened?
KEVIN SYSTROM: The way things work in Silicon Valley is that companies will think up ideas, and, if they’re good, they will stick. And, often, they spread to other companies. And if we can learn from other companies that do it really well, we’re going to continue to do that.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Advertising on the app is also growing and reaping rewards. There are one million active advertisers, a 400 percent increase from last year.
How have you changed your advertising philosophy over time?
KEVIN SYSTROM: Yes, there were two major changes, I think, to our advertising philosophy over time. The first was just to have advertising at all.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Period.
KEVIN SYSTROM: That was a big one. But we always knew we were going to be a business, and that’s how we were going to be a business, was advertising.
The second shift was going from a world where we had a small number of advertisers doing very refined ads to now, where we have many, many millions of advertisers on Facebook able to buy Instagram ads.
JUDY WOODRUFF: We ended where we began, in front of Instagram’s wall of photo-ops, where Systrom shares credit for how far the company has come.
KEVIN SYSTROM: It was the right time, it was the right idea, and then it was the right team. You need a lot of things to go well to get to this point. So I feel very lucky.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The business practices and decisions made by Instagram and, much more broadly, by Facebook are increasingly under scrutiny. We will have a closer look at that issue later this week.
After last Monday's bombing in Manchester, the New York Times published leaked photos of crime scene photos from the attack -- much to the chagrin of British officials, who said the publication could impede their investigation. Brooke questions the paper's decision and considers how the rush to print leaks might lead to unintended consequences.
The Hammer of Los by John Zorn
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In our modern world, cameras are everywhere, but take a trip back to the not-so-distant past, and you'll see a reality that is very different.
Portland photographer Kati Dimoff loves old cameras, and like all good photographers, she has a patient eye for detail. She often finds old cameras at second hand stores and the Goodwill, and sometimes inside, like shells from some beach-head of time, they contain hidden treasures: Undeveloped film.
Once developed, this old film yields images, secrets, and moments. Just this year, she found a camera that contained undeveloped photos of the giant Mount St. Helens eruption, which took place 37 years ago.
Here, Dimoff discusses her work, and the photos she found (images below).
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From Army captains who are coming back from battle, to transgender people on the brink of transitioning, finding hope can be as simple as telling your story through photographs.
Drew Faithful, a transgender male and a sexual abuse survivor (pictured below), received a camera before he medically transitioned to help people understand his experience. He's a participant in the "Hope Is Project," in which each person receives a camera with one instruction: To photograph their vision of hope.
It's the vision of Sarah Takako Skinner, who came up with the project after reflecting on how hope has shaped her own life.
Together, they weigh in on this new project, and what they hope to achieve.
The White House has announced that it will not release photos of Osama bin Laden’s death. Quoting the transcript of President Obama’s upcoming interview with 60 Minutes, set to air this Sunday, White House Spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters that, “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to further violence or as a propaganda tool.” Some very graphic photos from the raid have already been published by The Guardian. Is the release of graphic photos a good idea?
To discuss the administration’s decision to withhold photos of Osama bin Laden’s body, we speak with Fred Ritchin, professor of Photography and Imaging at at New York University, and author of “After Photography.”
Fred Ritchin was the photo editor at The New York Times Magazine from 1978 – 1982.
TN readers: here's your summer assignment: while you're vacationing this summer, take a picture of what you think is a good representation of a transportation mode, wherever you happen to be.
We're interested in seeing what strikes you about transportation and transit in other places. Are the street signs clear? How's the boat traffic? Are the taxis wheelchair-friendly?
Can you easily get a stroller onto a bus? Are there two-way protected bike lanes? And yes, for those of you remaining chez vous this summer, submissions from your staycation are allowed.
Email your pictures to transponation@ gmail.com by midnight on Labor Day (Monday, September 5) with a brief description of your photo, including your name and where and when the picture was taken.
We'll be posting highlights from your submissions. The winning photo will be announced after Labor Day and the photographer will receive a WNYC Chico sling bag.
And have a happy TranspoVacation!
Noam Cohen on the rise of Silicon Valley as a political force. Sean Corcoran, Daniel Okrent and Betsy Evans-Hunt on Todd Webb’s NYC photographs from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Kelley Curran and Brad Heberlee on the Bedlam production of "Peter Pan." Please Explain is all about dogs and their sense of smell with Alexandra Horowitz.
Note: Jonathan Capehart guest-hosted this episode of "The Leonard Lopate Show."