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'Drunk on power and boredom': Israeli ex-soldiers depict life in the military

22 Nov 2019 - 14:12 from www.guardian.co.uk

In a controversial new photographic exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israeli former soldiers detail abuses they saw - and perpetrated

For many Israeli soldiers, it is the mundane, day-to-day memories of their time in the military that continue to jolt them in post-army life. Regular house searches, arrest and hours at checkpoints fill their minds when they look back and wince.

When several dozen ex-combatants were asked about a time that most affected them, former First Sergeant Omry Balely remembered weeks of boredom at a roadblock near the parched Palestinian city of Jericho.

EXPOSE[D] is at the Studio Orly Dvir, Tel Aviv, Israel, until 5 December.

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A planet in peril, and artists on the couch - the week in art

22 Nov 2019 - 13:41 from www.guardian.co.uk

Eco-visionaries declare a state of emergency, while surrealists are everywhere in a moment worthy of Freudian analysis - all in your weekly dispatch

Eco-Visionaries
Olafur Eliasson, our century's most sublime and engaged artist of the natural world, leads this cultural take on the climate crisis. Read our review
o Royal Academy, London, 23 November to 23 February.

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Welcome back José: football photographers such as me are delighted

22 Nov 2019 - 12:29 from www.guardian.co.uk

When Mourinho is in the dugout you have to keep one eye on the pitch and one on the touchline. He is pure box office

On Thursday I bumped into a couple of friends of mine, both dyed-in-the-wool Spurs fans. Before I even spoke to them, their shoulders slumped in unison and they let out a joint groan. It was as if they had just been summoned for collective root canal surgery.

"Its not going to end prettily," they grumbled. "Hang on," I said. "He hasn't even started."

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Buy a Guardian classic photograph: an Asian resident of Blackburn

22 Nov 2019 - 12:00 from www.guardian.co.uk

This week in our series of exclusive Guardian print sales we have an undated shot of Blackburn, Lancashire, by the Guardian photographer Don McPhee

This undated shot of urban Blackburn, by the Guardian photographer Don McPhee, has a caption scrawled at the bottom: "Searching out the Asian vote in Blackburn." In the 1970s, when McPhee joined the paper, community tensions increased and support grew for the far right after the arrival of a large number of Asian immigrants in northern England. McPhee, who was based in Manchester, became known for stories such as this, and his photographs frequently depicted contemporary social and political issues. The lone, slightly out of focus figure in the foreground has her head turned from McPhee's lens, focusing the shot on the town behind.

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El Salvador: a nation held hostage - a photo essay

22 Nov 2019 - 07:00 from www.guardian.co.uk

El Salvador is commonly considered the deadliest place in the world that is not a war zone, but it may as well be one. The defence ministry estimates that as many as 500,000 of the country's 6.5 million people are involved in gangs

El Salvador is commonly considered the deadliest place in the world that is not a war zone, but it may as well be one. The horrific gang culture that has evolved since the end of the 12-year-long civil war in the 1980s is unmatched for its brutality and scale of violence. The defence ministry estimates that in the small country's 6.5 million population, as many as 500,000 Salvadorans are involved in gangs, either through direct participation or through coercion and extortion by relatives, amounting to 8% of the population.

The burial and wake (right) for Jose Luis, an 11 year-old boy who was murdered by members of the La 18 gang. He would play with friends in the park on the border of a demarcation line between La 18 and rival gang MS-13. He was threatened by gang members but continued playing with friends who were later kidnapped by La 18. His two friends escaped, but Jose Luis was beaten, tortured, stabbed and beheaded. His body was left in a ditch and found a few days later.

Above: The body of Eduardo Castillo Calles, a farmer and former soldier who formed a vigilante group to kill members of MS-13, lies in the autopsy room of the Institute of Legal Medicine. He was shot 13 times. Right: A forensic policewoman stands over a body in San Salvador's Central Market, one of the busiest locations in the capital. The murder victim was handcuffed behind his back and shot seven times around 10.30 one morning.

MS13 gang members inside their cell at the Chalatenango penal centre. Right: Inmates provide haircuts at the Penal San Francisco Gótera. Far right: MS-13 gang members play a board game in their cell in the Bartolinas Policiales de Lourdes, Colon. Below: An inmate in solitary confinement looks out of his cell at the Penal San Francisco Gótera

About this project, Zaidi writes, It took me two years to make this work. I worked with a fully staffed admin team on the ground in El Salvador. On my behalf, they would write to government authorities, police delegations and public institutions across the country to grant me access to show me what was actually going on at ground level, and more importantly, how they were trying to drive out gangs and financially diminish their control over the territories. Those who visit El Salvador for a few days will see a seemingly normal place. When you start talking to people, you discover the darker side - a total breakdown of trust in society at large, and a people living out each day in absolute fear. The ubiquity of violence is devastating. This is what is so terrifying to other Salvadorans: the extent to which this violence is normalised.

Inmates stand at the doors to their cells at the Ilopango women's prison, El Salvador. Most of the inmates are members of MS-13 or La 18. Right, prisoners have their hair cut by other inmates.

San Salvador and the Metropolitan Cathedral, with the volcano of San Vicente in the background, seen from Mirador del Boquerón.

Clockwise from top left: Oscar, 27, Wilbur, 43, Juan, 31, and Jonathan, 28, photographed at the Chalatenango penal centre, which houses 1,637 inmates, all of whom are part of MS-13.

Elias, 35, a member of La 18, photographed at the Penal San Francisco Gótera.

Police raid a brothel and bar in Lourdes Colon in the department of La Libertad.

A senior police officer from Sopango jail is interviewed about his recent capture of gang members. He is guarded by masked colleagues.

The funeral of Hugo, a police officer, in Santa Ana. His body was found on the street in Chalchuapa. He is survived by his wife and two children, a boy and girl.

Marta, 52, a police officer in Chapeltique, wears a balaclava for fear of gang reprisals.

Residents of a low-income settlement (controlled by MS-13) pass by a police patrol in San Martín, San Salvador.

A funeral delegation carries the coffin of Douglas Rivera, a 22-year-old leader of MS-13, in Chapeltique municipal cemetery. He was one of four gang members killed by special operations police while hiding out in a jungle camp.

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Bolivia funeral procession turns violent - in pictures

22 Nov 2019 - 00:22 from www.guardian.co.uk

Marchers clash with police during the funerals of eight indigenous people killed by security forces in La Paz

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Eminent Victorians: 19th-century celebrity portraits - in pictures

21 Nov 2019 - 16:32 from www.guardian.co.uk

As a new picture of Billy the Kid goes on sale for $1m, these photographs showcase some of the most significant people of the 19th century to be captured on camera

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Dust storms and Pope Francis in Thailand: Thursday's top photos

21 Nov 2019 - 12:43 from www.guardian.co.uk

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

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Wider angle: highlights from the Portrait Salon 2019 - in pictures

21 Nov 2019 - 12:06 from www.guardian.co.uk

From an entrepreneur known as the Black Farmer to Ant and Dec raising their legs, this salon des refusés showcases the striking images turned down for the Taylor Wessing portrait award

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Tania Franco Klein's best photograph: lost in the California desert

21 Nov 2019 - 06:00 from www.guardian.co.uk

'I took this in a small town where people live in order not to be found'

A few years ago, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Joshua Tree national park in southern California. We stopped for a bathroom break at a gas station in a small town and bumped into a crazy guy. Talking to him opened our eyes: we realised there were so many of these places littered along the highway, sort of like nowhere lands. It seemed like they were worth exploring.

This shot was taken in 2017 in one of those small towns in the California desert. It's in the middle of nowhere, but something about it resonated with me. People live there in order not to be found. They don't really want to interact with outsiders.

Self-portraiture was a practical way of dealing with anxiety. Over time it became therapeutic - I found it really liberating

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Thailand welcomes Pope Francis - in pictures

20 Nov 2019 - 11:01 from www.guardian.co.uk

Pope Francis arrives in Bangkok to boost morale of Catholic minority and speak about human trafficking

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The final selfie frontier: app takes pictures from 36,000km up in space

20 Nov 2019 - 10:11 from www.guardian.co.uk

Cameras mounted on a satellite allow users to take 'selfies from space' - on a beach, at a festival or sports event and eventually from anywhere you fancy - if the skies are clear

A growing number of authorities around the world may be banning selfies - most recently the Japanese city of Kyoto put the kibosh on the taking of photos in its geisha neighbourhood - but one company is hoping to cash in on people's desire to capture memorable moments, by introducing "the world's longest selfie stick", in the form of an app that takes photos from space.

Spelfie.com allows users to take a selfie at the exact time that a satellite camera captures their location from space. Users of the app click on the event they are attending, then, once they are at the venue, the app provides coordinates so the user knows precisely where to position themselves and at what time. They then take a photo of themselves at the moment the satellite is taking its photo and later the same day the app sends back the satellite image juxtaposed with the selfie to be viewed in its gallery. Spelfie spokesman Anthony Burr said that in future the images will be available within a matter of minutes rather than hours.

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'From Abba to Zappa': Michael Putland's shots of rock royalty - in pictures

20 Nov 2019 - 07:00 from www.guardian.co.uk

Putland, who died this week aged 72, was said to have snapped every major musical star from A-Z. His new book The Music I Saw pairs images of the many stars he captured over his 50-year career - including the Rolling Stones, the Cure and Donna Summer - with his memories of this heady era of music history

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Dora Maar review - restless experimenter who fascinates and surprises

19 Nov 2019 - 17:55 from www.guardian.co.uk

Tate Modern, London
Surrealism, erotica, photojournalism and acid: in this beautifully curated show, Dora Maar's creativity far outweighs her relationship with Picasso


In 1933, the French art critic Jacques Guenne described Dora Maar as "a brunette huntress of images", his loaded language giving some idea of the stereotypical ways in which ambitious women photographers were viewed. Like her contemporaries, Lee Miller and Germaine Krull, Maar seems to have thrived on the challenges of being a gifted woman in a predominantly male medium, constantly shifting her approach as she absorbed, and utilised, the shifting currents of the art world in the 1930s.

Related: Dora Maar: how Picasso's weeping woman had the last laugh

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Robert Freeman obituary

19 Nov 2019 - 16:31 from www.guardian.co.uk
Photographer and film director best known for his covers of Beatles albums including Help! and A Hard Day's Night

The photographer and film director Robert Freeman, who has died of pneumonia aged 82, found enduring fame in the 1960s through his work with the Beatles, shooting the cover photographs for some of their most significant albums including A Hard Day's Night and Rubber Soul. He also photographed other towering names in music and showbusiness, including Charlton Heston, Andy Warhol, Sophia Loren, Muhammad Ali and Penélope Cruz, and took memorable portraits of jazz musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane.

Although the Beatles connection ensured his name became widely known, Freeman had a broad intellect through which he explored a variety of creative disciplines. A compulsive traveller, he had a panoramic knowledge of music, from Debussy and musique concrète to modern jazz and music from Cuba and South America (though ironically, he was never a diehard Beatles fan). He was fascinated by architecture, and devoured literature from Goethe to Cervantes to Rilke. He also pursued a successful career as a director of commercials, and directed the feature films The Touchables (1968) and Secret World (1969).

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Painting of Picasso's two lovers together on show at Tate Modern

19 Nov 2019 - 16:28 from www.guardian.co.uk

Dora Maar exhibition includes self-portrait The Conversation featuring Marie-Thérèse Walter

A painting of a chilly and awkward encounter between two women who were both lovers of Picasso has gone on display for the first time in the UK.

The large painting from 1937 is part of the first UK retrospective of the work of Dora Maar, which opens at Tate Modern in London on Wednesday. Titled The Conversation, it shows Maar with her back to the viewer, alongside a blank-faced Marie-Thérèse Walter.

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Perms, punks and BMX stunts: The People's Archive's snapshots of the UK

19 Nov 2019 - 09:36 from www.guardian.co.uk

Its evocative, crowdsourced everyday snaps capture working-class British life in a time before smartphones. Paul Wright tells us how he shone light on a hidden history

On a patch of grass on an estate, a kid attempts a dicey BMX stunt in front of his mates. In a barber's, a hairdresser puts the finishing touches to a spiky mohican. Outside a Jobcentre, teenagers kick a ball around. In front of pebble-dashed terraces, Ford Cortinas sit in a long line. Elsewhere, an old man sunbathes in nothing but pants, socks and shoes.

To visit the online People's Archive is to travel back in time, to a Britain before smartphones made snappers of us all. Here you'll be reminded of some the country's most dazzling subcultures - from female punks to floppy-haired Spike Islanders - and get the sort of insight into working-class life that only the best documentary photographers can provide. Yet none of these images were taken by people who consider themselves photographers. Often holiday snaps, they were shot by amateurs, one great picture among countless humdrum efforts. This month, however, they will go on display in London, alongside work by far more established names.

You might take 500 photos and end up with one photo that really captures the time

Images from the People's Archive are on display at the Social, London, until the end of 2019

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Cantona's comeback

19 Nov 2019 - 09:06 from www.guardian.co.uk

The eighth of a Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins - yours to own from just £55 including free delivery

"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea." Few aphorisms in football are as bizarre or memorable as the one uttered by Eric Cantona in March 1995 when he addressed the national media two months after his infamous "kung fu" attack on a Crystal Palace fan. "The King", as Manchester United fans called him, was unrepentant for his actions and won his appeal against a prison sentence. It would be just over six months before he would return to action, in a home match with arch-rivals Liverpool. After serving one of the longest bans in football history, Cantona's impact was instantaneous. He crafted the opening goal after just 67 seconds of the match, teeing up teammate Nicky Butt, before a Robbie Fowler double gave the visitors a 2-1 lead. Poetically, the fate of the match came to rest on Cantona's shoulders when Ryan Giggs won a 71st-minute penalty. Cantona, hands on hips, oozed confidence before casually stroking the spot-kick into one corner as the goalkeeper dived to the other. The subsequent celebration was distinctly odd: he pole-danced in front of the East Stand. Why such a celebration, you might ask? Because ... er, he's Eric Cantona.

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Confronting the colonial archive - in pictures

19 Nov 2019 - 07:00 from www.guardian.co.uk

British colonial anthropologist Northcote Thomas took thousands of photographs and sound recordings of men, women and children in west Africa between 1909 and 1915. Some of these works, which reflect the reprehensible colonial mindset, feature in short Faces|Voices - winner of this year's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Best Research Film of the Year Award - in which Londoners respond to the faces of these people. Here's a selection of the original images

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Glimpses of women through time: 130 years of National Geographic images

19 Nov 2019 - 06:00 from www.guardian.co.uk

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, National Geographic has published Women: A Century of Change, a book that draws upon the organization's expansive 130-year-old archive to showcase photographs of and by women. As Susan Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, notes in the introduction, the book is meant to "offer glimpses of women through time - how they were perceived, how they were treated, how much power they had or didn't have - up to the present day." The ultimate aim, she writes, is to "bring more women's lives into the light". Here are some of our favorite photographs from the book

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