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Taking a global view at Salt

In the 1930s, the New Deal-era Farm Security Administration compiled arguably the most influential photo dossier in American history, enlisting nationally prominent photographers like Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans to capture scenes of rural poverty dur
The plight of the worker
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 09, 2011
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SPACE to screen video banned from Smithsonian

A video banned from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery last week in the wake of threats from conservative politicians will be on view in the front window of SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) this week and next, as part of a nationwide s
Fighting censorship
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 17, 2010
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Prince of darkness

Gordon Willis, the master cinematographer to whom the Harvard Film Archive pays tribute in a seven-film retrospective beginning this Friday,
Gordon Willis at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 20, 2009
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Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009
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Boston exposures

Photographer Nicholas Nixon of Brookline first burst onto the scene in the show "New Topographics."
Photography by Nicholas Nixon and Joe Johnson
By GREG COOK  |  April 24, 2009
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Exposures

In "Karsh 100: A Biography in Images," which is now up at the Museum of Fine Arts, his iconic shots of Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, and Ernest Hemingway are defining portraits of the men in all their crusty manliness.
Photos from Yousuf Karsh, William Christenberry, and the PRC
By GREG COOK  |  November 10, 2008


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Brief fling

Carole Lombard rose to stardom in 1934 and was dead by 1942, killed in a plane crash on her way back from selling war bonds; her last picture, Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be , was released posthumously.  
Carole Lombard’s nine years of stardom
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 08, 2008
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Road trips

In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008
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Darkness visible

Welcome to the dark territories again, the republic of bitterness and bile known as noir.
The HFA’s ‘Unseen Noir’ unveils America’s post-war gloom
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  May 19, 2008
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Ain’t that America

Photographer Henry Horenstein crossed paths with Jerry Lee Lewis at a Ramada Inn in Boston in 1975.
Henry Horenstein surveys country music in the 1970s
By GREG COOK  |  July 03, 2007
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Counting Sheep

Lyrical, contemplative, with a clear disdain for mainstream Hollywood, the African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett has cobbled out an unorthodox career.
Charles Burnett at the MFA
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 05, 2007