• Tintypes of colleagues taken in Afghanistan by Ed Drew
    May 25, 2014  

    When Ed Drew was posted to Afghanistan he took his tintype camera. Using the 19th century techniques that created indelible images of the Civil War, Drew documented his colleagues in Afghanistan and now is chronicling a garden project for at-risk youth near his home town. Continue reading

  • Untitled (Woman and daughter with children) from Kitchen Table Series, 1990.  Photo by Carrie Mae Weems Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago
    May 9, 2014  

    Artist Carrie Mae Weems has used photography to explore national and personal history, using herself and her family as stand-ins to explore common narratives, and using the medium as a tool to challenge stereotypes. Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown talks to the renowned artist about her career as a visual storyteller. Continue reading

  • JE, Chicago, Illinois (2008). Photo by Myra Greene
    May 2, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Here at Art Beat, we don’t want to shy away from difficult conversations and sensitive topics when they are depicted in art. Such was the case when we posted the story “Photographer examines what being white looks like.” It elicited many reactions and raised lots of questions about depictions of race and definitions of diversity. Continue reading

  • AG, Rochester, New York (2007). Photo by Myra Greene
    May 1, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    In 2007, photographer Myra Green had just finished “Character Recognition,” a collection of images of her face printed through a historical photographic process called ambrotype on black glass. The project sparked a conversation with one of her friends about race. Continue reading

  • Photo of Elvis Presley by Marshutz Stanley. Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.
    March 21, 2014   BY Colleen Shalby 

    The question “what is cool?” remains a topic of debate, a generational point of contention. But for Frank Goodyear and Joel Dinerstein, it’s the question “who is cool?” that takes center stage in the “American Cool” exhibit they curated for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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    February 18, 2014  

    What does hunger look like in America? In Colorado, a diverse group of women who receive food assistance benefits are chronicling their personal experiences through photography. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks takes a closer look at their work, which has been exhibited at coffee shops, libraries and the state capitol. Continue reading

  • Photo by Andrea Fuller
    February 18, 2014   BY Mary Jo Brooks 

    “Hunger Through My Lens” gives digital cameras to food stamp recipients and asks them to chronicle what it’s like to be hungry in America. So far, 15 women –who come from all walks of life– have participated. Over the months, they’ve formed a “sisterhood” of sorts, supporting and encouraging one another. One woman is a former paralegal who suffers from autism. One is a family practice physician. A third woman is HIV-positive and has struggled with chronic homelessness. A fourth just got off government assistance and is now an executive director of a local non-profit organization. Continue reading

  • Meet the new ladies of stock photography. Getty's new Lean In collection shows women and their families in active, modern roles. Stock photos by Getty Images
    February 14, 2014   BY Sarah Sheffer 

    A business woman standing in her cluttered office, an infant child chewing on her phone cord. The working mom juggling an iron, a baby and a cell phone in the air. The frazzled pregnant mother, on the phone while children scurry at her feet. These are the cliché stock images of women you’d recognize from browsing through brochures, advertisements and periodicals. Now, these cringe-worthy photos are getting a makeover thanks to a new initiative between Getty Images and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation. Continue reading

  • December 9, 2013   BY newsdesk 

    Bringing home the bacon: A Cambodian couple ride a motorbike loaded with porks along a street in Phnom Penh — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) December 9, 2013

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    December 4, 2013  

    The National Geographic Society’s “Women of Vision” exhibition showcases the work of 11 female photographers and shares the stories behind the captivating images of war, poverty and culture they captured. Jeffrey Brown interviews some of the featured photojournalists about their work. Continue reading