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Web Roundup: Photography and Visual Tech by Lily Shapiro

This month’s Web Roundup is focused loosely around the theme of the visual. How do we use photography and other mediums to tell stories, and what stories do those technologies tell about us?

The New York Times Magazine did a feature on travel photography, called Voyages. The online version of the 6 highlighted pieces is both interesting and visually stunning. The introduction, by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, is also worth a read., referencing Claude Lévi-­Strauss’s “Tristes Tropiques.” “‘Travel and travellers are two things I loathe — and yet here I am, all set to tell the story of my expeditions.’”

Geoff Dyer in the NY Times writes about what makes a great documentary photograph and why these photos linger on. And NPR details the story of a particular iconic photograph. The Atlantic’s CityLab has a list of 7 documentaries about cities that are available to stream now. They also profile the company Mapbox, which uses open source mapping platforms to help cities visualize vast amount of open-source and complicated data in order to solve complex urban problems.

The contest for the Sony 2017 World Photography Awards is now open. Take a look at a few of the contenders. And, a new book explores how the California School of Fine Arts “turned photography into art.” And yet, our relationship to photography is changing rapidly—how does that impact us, our use of photographs, and our understanding of art? From The New Yorker: “In the Future, We Will Photograph Everything and Look at Nothing.” Meanwhile, the Guardian attempts to break down the financial impact and worth of the “selfie industry,” that is to say, is the selfie industry driving up sales of lipstick and the popularity of cosmetic surgery?

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