Exposure

The Falling Dutchman: You're Looking at the Future of Photography
April 02, 2014

This is—or should that be “These are”?—how the future of photography might look. The history of the medium, in common with most technologies, is largely about ever-increasing speed.

Photo: Serena Williams Playing Tennis in Outer Space
February 09, 2014

In a boxing match, the combatants are rarely more than a couple of feet apart. Even the punch that separates them absolutely—the moment marking the difference between victory and defeat—unites them in brutal intimacy.

Photo: The Berlin Wall as Fascinating Abstract Art
December 14, 2013

One’s first thought on seeing this—“Hmm, cool picture!”—turns almost immediately into a second: “Wish I could go to that place and see it for myself.” What the image suggests most powerfully is that (if I may be permitted simultaneously to invent and

Windows on a Parade
This incredible photo of a South Korean office building actually tells a story
November 04, 2013

In each issue of The New Republic, Geoff Dyer meditates on a news photograph and its meaning. 

Flags of the Resistance
What I see in this incredible photo from Syria
September 22, 2013

In a broken Syrian city, symbols of life’s resilience—and America’s predicament

The Plague Year
July 17, 1995

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston (Random House, 300 pp., $23) The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 750 pp., $25) In the spring of 1983, a flock of wild ducks carrying a strain of avian influenza virus settled on a pond in a chicken farm in eastern Pennsylvania. The virus was excreted in the ducks' feces, which meant that it got onto the ground and then onto the boots of a farmer, which is why in turn it soon found its way into the chicken barn.

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