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Yale University Releases 170,000 Incredible Photos Of The Great Depression

Yale University Releases 170,000 Incredible Photos Of The Great Depression | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In a database called Photogrammar, Yale has just released 170,000 searchable photos of the Great Depression. Previously stored away in the government archives, these are the unseen images taken by great photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein, all of whom were assigned by the Farm Security Administration to document the effects of the declining economy on the population.

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The lost boys of Bucharest

The lost boys of Bucharest | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Fashion photographer and filmmaker, Joost Vandebrug’s latest project sees him roaming the streets and tunnels of Bucharest. In a world devoid of parental guidance, the stereotypical tropes are there; drug abuse, run-ins with the law, gang-mentality, yet they are eclipsed and often subverted by the familial bond between these so-called ‘Lost Boys’ - Bucharest’s youth left behind after the fallout of Communism.

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How the Other Half Lives: Photographs of NYC's Underbelly in the 1890s

How the Other Half Lives: Photographs of NYC's Underbelly in the 1890s | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Jacob A. Riis arrived in New York in 1870. As the economy slowed, the Danish American photographer found himself among the many other immigrants in the area whose daily life consisted of joblessness, hunger, homelessness, and thoughts of suicide. So when he finally found work as a police reporter in 1877, he made it his mission to reveal the crime and poverty of New York City’s East Side slum district to the world.

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George de Vincent, prominent photographer behind 'The Shame of a Nation,’ dies at 94

George de Vincent, prominent photographer behind 'The Shame of a Nation,’ dies at 94 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

George de Vincent, a onetime felon, boxer and aspiring painter who went on to a career in photography, becoming a portraitist of the socially prominent, a chronicler of the impoverished and a leading documentarian of Washington area stage productions, died March 13 at his home in the District. He was 94.

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Photographer Helping 'Girl Power Project' Equip the Future Leaders of Uganda

Photographer Helping 'Girl Power Project' Equip the Future Leaders of Uganda | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The United Nations has said that educating women is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty around the globe. Having taken that statement to heart, The Girl Power Project — a collaboration between by The Collective Heart and Unstoppable Foundation — is committed to empowering the girls of Uganda and putting a stop to generations of poverty, disease, abuse and illiteracy.

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Makoko exhibition opens a window on a Nigerian world

Makoko exhibition opens a window on a Nigerian world | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Photographers love Lagos's floating slum for its colour, canoes and poverty.

The Silent Majority project works very differently. Started in 2010 by Adolphus Opara and Olusola Otori, the project gives children the opportunity to express themselves and develop their creative skills. The pair are both Lagosians. Otori trained as a painter and Opara is a documentary photographer.

For the exhibition, Otori and Opara ran workshops for teenagers in Makoko twice a week for six-months, teaching an awareness of formal aspects of image making and the basics of photography. From the initial 15 students, five made it to the end. Works by four of them – Anthony Monday, Afose Suleiman, Mary Awajinumi, and Peter Onge – are now on show in their own neighborhood.

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