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Soaring skiers and penguins feeding: Wednesday's best photos

20 Feb 2019 - 13:33 from

The Guardian's picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world

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Smuggling art into fashion: Erwin Blumenfeld's high style - in pictures

20 Feb 2019 - 07:00 from

Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his time. He mostly worked in black and white, but this selection focuses on his colour output and boldly experimental images made in New York in the 40s and 50s

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From foil-wrapped glaciers to the Alpine storm cyclist: the artists fighting climate change

20 Feb 2019 - 06:00 from

After too long a silence, art is finally tackling global warming. Here are the big players - including the artist who's lighting up Alaska

In 1975, photographer Michel Comte stood up before scientists, business leaders and politicians at the Club of Rome to deliver a speech about the climate disaster he believed was on the horizon. Back then, he was still a student, and a little nervous - but he could sense the future. Now, Comte's recent works incorporating black carbon fallout from the jet stream, shown in Rome, Milan and Hong Kong, prove just how right he was to speak out.

Comte's message was echoed last week in the UK, when thousands of schoolchildren - inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg - took to the streets to pressure the government into taking action on climate change. Like Comte, they have seen a bleak future ahead and are speaking out.

For decades arts institutions have effectively engaged in self-censorship, denying us a debate on fossil fuels

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Pubs, K-pop and Wilfred Owen: Baltic Artists' award 2019 review

19 Feb 2019 - 16:05 from

Baltic, Gateshead
The winners of the prize for up-and-coming artists - Ingrid Pollard, Kang Jungsuck and Aaron Hughes - take on war, racism and reality itself

As Iraq war veteran Aaron Hughes contemplates his new commission for the Baltic Artists' award, he tells the Guardian that "creativity can push back against the divisions that drive conflict". Deployed to Iraq on behalf of the US army in 2003-04, Hughes became disillusioned by the destruction of war, and chose to turn his hand to creativity.

Baltic Artists' award 2019 is at the Baltic, Gateshead until 16 June.

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Regal fashion and a crowned sifaka: Tuesday's best photos

19 Feb 2019 - 13:54 from

The Guardian's picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world

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Karl Lagerfeld: the Chanel years - in pictures

19 Feb 2019 - 13:49 from

The designer joined the fashion house in 1983, and remained for 36 years. Following his death, we revisit some of his most iconic shows and creations

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George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95

18 Feb 2019 - 21:48 from

Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed sailor kissing Greta Friedman in Times Square at the end of the second world war

George Mendonsa, the sailor pictured in the famous photograph kissing a woman in Times Square amid celebrations of the end of the second world war, has died. He was 95.

His daughter, Sharon Molleur, told the Providence Journal her father fell and had a seizure early on Sunday at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years. He died two days before his 96th birthday.

Related: Woman kissed by sailor in famous V-J Day photo dies aged 92

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A violinist on the beach and an elephant drinking: Monday's best photos

18 Feb 2019 - 13:33 from

The Guardian's picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world

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Final days of the 'Isis caliphate' - photo essay

18 Feb 2019 - 13:06 from

Photojournalist Achilleas Zavallis has been in Syria covering the collapse of Islamic State across the region and the resultant displacement of families

For the past week the Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to defeat the last remnants of Islamic State that fortified themselves in the small town located on the banks of the Euphrates River, near the Iraqi border.

Women and children, who fled heavy conflict between the SDF and Isis in Baghuz, sit in front of a tent inside a civilian screening point for suspected Isis families

Trucks on the move

These scenes of confusion and desperation carry on into the next day when I visit a forward position outside the town.

Civilians arrive at an SDF forward screening point

Suspected Isis families are seen inside a truck that will transport them to an camp for internally displaced people (IDP) after fleeing Baghuz

Children in the back of a truck hide their faces

Related: Without territory or new recruits, Islamic State is in its death throes | Jason Burke

An SDF soldier helps a man who fled heavy fighting in the city of Baghuz reach a civilian collection point for suspected Isis families

Members of the SDF seen on the rooftop of a building, located on the outskirts of Baghuz

A SDF advanced observation post overlooking the city of Baghuz

Two, three more days will finish them off, God willing

A member of the SDF observes Isis positions in Baghuz

An abandoned shelter

Women and children sit on blankets with their few belongings at a civilian screening point

A woman clutching her child is seen at a civilian screening point

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City of stairs: the interconnecting walkways of Hong Kong

18 Feb 2019 - 12:13 from

Hans Leo Maes captures the bridges and stairways that link up the hilly, population-dense city

Hong Kong is known for its flashing lights, neon signs and high-rise skylines. But the architect and photographer Hans Leo Maes documents an alternative side - the city's interconnecting staircases and bridges.

"The extreme population density in Hong Kong means [structures] are stacked and linked by stairs, often external and very visible," Maes says.

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The Barbican Centre - in pictures

18 Feb 2019 - 07:00 from

Harry Cory Wright's photographs of one of Britain's most radical postwar buildings capture its dramatic spaces, rich textures and carefully selected materials. From its flowing multi-levelled spaces and wood-panelled concert hall to the jungle of its tropical conservatory, the Barbican Centre offers a remarkable variety of experiences within a single building

Barbican Centre by Harry Cory Wright, with an introduction by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, is published by Thames & Hudson

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Colombia's homemade prosthetics - in pictures

18 Feb 2019 - 07:00 from

Since 1992, more than 11,500 Colombians have been killed or injured by landmines, a legacy of more than 50 years of internal conflict. Many impoverished amputees without access to the healthcare system have resorted to making homemade prosthetics from wood, leather, metal and plastic bottles

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Black Panthers in the 1960s: a rare intimate look - in pictures

18 Feb 2019 - 06:00 from

An exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute takes a new look at Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch's controversial 1968 photo essay, which sought to enhance public understanding of the Black Panthers

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Tyler Mitchell on working with Anna Wintour: 'We had a lot in common'

17 Feb 2019 - 15:00 from

The 23-year-old who became the first black photographer to shoot the cover of US Vogue talks Beyoncé, diversity - and photographing the most important woman in fashion

  • Read more from the spring/summer 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement

When Tyler Mitchell met the most important woman in fashion, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, to discuss logistics for this shoot, he "was scared she might have a too directive point of view," he laughs, speaking on the phone. "But the funny thing was how relaxed it all was. Turns out we had a lot in common, the use of colour for one." He pauses. "Here is a woman who changed American visual culture, yet she seemed pretty happy. There were no complaints."

Related: Tyler Mitchell: the photographer who made history with Beyoncé

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Horses in snow and a torchlit march: the best photos of the weekend

17 Feb 2019 - 13:46 from

The Guardian's picture editors bring you photo highlights from around the world

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Changing focus: people with Down's syndrome in a remarkable art project

17 Feb 2019 - 10:00 from

A project by fine art and fashion photographers and models with Down's syndrome is challenging concepts of beauty

Actor Sarah Gordy MBE stands on a pedestal, half-turned to face the camera. Her dress - red, sequinned, elaborate - spills and pools around her feet. Gordy's expression, captured by fashion photographer Zuzia Zawada, is serene. The image is taken from forthcoming photography book Radical Beauty Project. Shot by leading fashion and art photographers, it's a unique proposition: all of the models, Gordy included, have Down's syndrome. But this isn't some uplifting charity coffee-table tome: creative director Daniel Vais wants to make high art. Which means the images are provocative, unsettling and, at times, difficult. "I didn't necessarily want crowd-pleasing images," Vais explains. "Some people find that disturbing. They don't want to empower people with Down's syndrome. They don't see them as powerful people. So they resist it."

Vais, an Israeli-born choreographer, didn't mean for his collaborations with the Down's syndrome community to become his life's work: it just happened that way. In addition to Radical Beauty Project, Vais's company of Down's syndrome dancers, Culture Device, will be taking up a residency at the Royal Opera House next month, and Drag Syndrome, a spin-off featuring drag kings and queens, has plans for a world tour. The idea for Radical Beauty Project came to Vais as he was walking down the street one day. "I started to see images of people with Down's syndrome modelling extraordinary clothes with extraordinary photographers. I saw the title of the book, and I went home and wrote it down."

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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'time'

17 Feb 2019 - 09:00 from

Wherever you are in the world, this week we'd like to see your pictures on the theme 'time'

The next theme for our weekly photography assignment, published in print in the Observer New Review is 'time'.

Share your photos of what time means to you - and tell us about your image in the description box.

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Diane Arbus: In the Beginning; Don McCullin review - two lone souls out in the world

17 Feb 2019 - 08:00 from

Hayward Gallery; Tate Britain, London
The riveting street photography of Diane Arbus is an intense, two-way exchange, while Don McCullin's urgent lifetime's work amounts to a history of our times

It is 1957, and a girl clutching schoolbooks to her small body steps from the gutter to the sidewalk of an empty New York street. She is getting home on her own, native wit condensed in her determined face. Sun gilds the distant buildings, but she seems to live in a foreground of grimy shadows - young and yet prematurely old, the pompom on her hat a frivolous betrayal of her toughness. She shoots a dark glance at the photographer.

Diane Arbus (1923-71) saw the street as a land of secrets, each passing figure properly mysterious. Roaming about with her old 35mm camera, she shows New Yorkers exactly this way. A woman in costly furs stares back at her, startled, barely holding herself together. A young mother carrying her child appears as grave as the Madonna in a Pietŕ. And a transfixing image of a taxi waiting at the lights is a miniature travelling theatre. Inside, the almost illegible figure of a man turns away from his female companion, who is furiously biting her nails as she smokes. The driver, noticing Arbus, seems equally bemused by the photographer outside, crouching down with her lens, and the tension inside his vehicle.

Related: 'Once photography gets a grip, you're captive': Don McCullin and Giles Duley in conversation

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning is at the Hayward Gallery, London, until 6 May

Don McCullin is at Tate Britain, London, until 6 May

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The big picture: Santu Mofokeng's train church

17 Feb 2019 - 06:59 from

During the apartheid years, it was the everyday resilience of black South Africans that captured the imagination of the Soweto-born photographer

This picture was taken by Santu Mofokeng, a Soweto-born South African photographer, in 1986. It is part of a series of pictures that Mofokeng, then aged 30, took of a spontaneous ritual that had emerged among the workers who took the early morning and late-evening trains from the townships into Johannesburg. Mofokeng, who worked as a darkroom printer in the city, witnessed how his fellow commuters formed a "train church". In each carriage, community preachers led their packed-in congregation in a raucous Christian service, with sermons, prayers and gospel singing, accompanied by drumming on the train's sides and the ringing of bells.

Mofokeng's photos captured what he called the "two most significant features of South African life: the experience of migrancy and the pervasiveness of spirituality". The sudden religious ecstasy struck him as odd, in the first instance, and then as something profound. "These office cleaners, clerks, factory workers and general labourers enjoined in a cacophony of song and prayer; a catharsis of spirituality in a moving landscape."

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Lee Radziwill: a life in pictures

16 Feb 2019 - 18:02 from

Radziwill, the younger sister of Jackie Kennedy, has died at the age of 85. Married three times, she was a well-known socialite and a successful interior designer

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