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What Makes a Photo Iconic?

July 14th, 2016
By starting #PhotosWeLove, we were hoping to create a conversation about photographs that went beyond hearts, likes and faves. Last weekend, I saw a photograph from a protest in Baton Rouge that I instantly loved, and wanted to share why, exactly.

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Some have called Jonathan Bachman's photograph of Ieshia Evans, an instant classic, others have called it iconic. In response to the #PhotosWeLove piece I wrote about Bachman's photo, I was invited to talk with Allen Murabayashi about "What Makes a Photo Iconic?" on the Photoshelter podcast. You can watch the livestream, listen on SoundCloud, or download directly.


#PhotosWeLove is a crowd-sourced initiative from ACP that thrives on your participation. Post your own piece on Medium and let us know!

- MDM

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“Can I interrogate this photograph? Can I hold it here in front of me, arrested?” on #PhotosWeLove

July 12th, 2016
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While awaiting your contribution to #PhotosWeLove, I wrote and annotated my own reaction to Jonathan Bachman's photo from Baton Rouge on Saturday. Rather than quoting it here, just click on through. - MDM

(#PhotosWeLove is a crowd-sourced ACP publication exploring how, why and what we love about photographs, one picture at a time.)

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Amy Miller on “Running White Deer” for #PhotosWeLove

July 11th, 2016
running_white_deer_900w© Paul Caponigro
"The edge of any forest is an electric place. A borderline, a permeable boundary that delineates the visible and the hidden — it pulses with the power of its own metaphor. The deer are blurred from motion. They are running, you see, along the edge of this dark forest. They have emerged and are exposed, out in the open. Skittish and ghostly on delicate pale legs. A fleeting moment perhaps in a dream." - Amy Miller for #PhotosWeLove
(Excerpted from #PhotosWeLove a crowd-sourced ACP publication exploring how, why and what we love about photographs, one picture at a time.)

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Billy Howard on Three Atlanta Photographers for #PhotosWeLove

May 24th, 2016
20160524_Louie_Favorite_PhotosWeLove© Louie Favorite
"A roll of 35mm film contains 36 chances to get a photograph. While shooting a departing ship, Favorite had expended his luck when he saw this couple, looking in opposite directions from separate portholes like wondering eyeballs tethered to different brains. He raised the camera and clicked." - Billy Howard for #PhotosWeLove
(Excerpted from #PhotosWeLove a crowd-sourced ACP publication exploring how, why and what we love about photographs, one picture at a time.)

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Jona Frank on Robert Frank’s “Elevator – Miami Beach” for #PhotosWeLove

May 17th, 2016
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"Some photographs stick to you, they follow you and become part of your day-to-day. You fall in love with them and see them without seeing them. She makes me think about how far I have come. She makes me think about a time when I was so stuck I just watched time drift past not knowing how or when I would join the accomplished and directed." - Jona Frank for #PhotosWeLove
(Excerpted from #PhotosWeLove a crowd-sourced ACP publication exploring how, why and what we love about photographs, one picture at a time.)

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Billy Howard on Boubat’s Lella, for #PhotosWeLove

May 16th, 2016
boutbat_900w© Édouard Boubat (detail)
"The first photograph that I remember stealing my breath away was Édouard Boubat's portrait of his lover, muse, and then wife, Lella. The translucent blouse, the mysterious woman behind her, a horizon suggesting movement, and her gaze—eyes looking forever forward to the same point, unseen by us but her expression leaving clues." - Billy Howard for #PhotosWeLove
(Excerpted from #PhotosWeLove a crowd-sourced ACP publication exploring how, why and what we love about photographs, one picture at a time.)
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