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Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/12/through-our-eyes-pictures-young-migrants-samos-greece

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Zack Seckler’s best photograph: wild Iceland from the air

The pilot flew me around the volcanic coast in his tiny homemade plane with the door open and me hanging out taking pictures I shot this off the southern coast of Iceland, from a ultra-light aircraft, in the days before drones were ubiquitous. I love the stark nature of the Icelandic landscape and its contrasts. Deltas form from glacial meltwater running down towards the shoreline, picking up silt and different materials along the way to create these ribbon patterns. Theres all sorts of wildlife too birds, beautiful wild horses, seals.…

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‘There aren’t many fairytale endings’: behind the bleak immigration exhibition

The work of 75 artists from over 15 countries is being shown at a tough, timely exhibition looking at displacement and migration on a global scale Last Wednesday, the ongoing border dangers faced by migrants while attempting to find asylum in the US. Its a sad day to talk about this, there arent many fairytale endings, said Massimiliano Gioni, the artistic director of New Yorks New Museum, the same day. Together with associate curator Natalie Bell, hes assembled a timely new exhibition focusing on the history of migration in America.…

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Cindy Sherman: I enjoy doing the really difficult things that people cant buy

Ahead of a major London show, the artist talks about her childhood, therapy and her tricky relationship with success Perhaps the most intriguing exhibit in Cindy Shermans forthcoming retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery is the first, Cindy Book, a family photo album she began making when she was just six years old. It comprises 26 snapshots pasted on pages torn out of a school exercise book and placed inside stapled-together plain covers that are now stained and discoloured with age. For all sorts of reasons, it is a good…

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Guardian culture critics: ‘Art entangles itself with the raw reality of our world’

The Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones and its deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, discuss the life of reviewing in the digital age bad review of the Tower of London poppies that David Cameron ended up being asked about it at prime ministers questions, its a full and varied working life. And, obviously, a very fortunate one. How do you become a professional art critic? Having known a few, Id say we all stumbled into it. The bottom line, though, is that quality newspapers publish critics. And if they didnt, there…

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The big picture: the Rwandan Daughters project

Portraits of Rwandan rape victims and their children reveal the aftermath of the genocide 25 years ago Today marks 25 years since the onset of the Rwandan genocide. In just 100 days, between 7 April and 15 July 1994, seven in 10 Tutsis living in Rwanda were murdered by their Hutu neighbours. As many as 1 million people, including 10,000 Batwa pygmies, died. Whats less well known about those terrible months is that up to 250,000 women were raped. Many were infected with HIV and later died of Aids-related illness.…

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Protest and parade on the streets of San Francisco

The 80s were a decade of demonstration for California photographer Janet Delaney. As her photos are collected in a book and the city stirs again she talks about her work In 1981, at the start of the Reagan years, photographer Janet Delaney decamped from the South of Market or SoMa neighbourhood in her beloved San Francisco, where she had lived since her teens, to a new home in the Mission district. Aged just 29, she had spent the previous few years documenting social change and gentrification in SoMa. I was…

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Do you look like your dog? Canine-human lookalikes in pictures

Canine-human lookalikes photographed by Gerrard Gethings Gerrard Gethings says: Certain breeds would be essential because of their unique characteristics: Afghan hounds, poodles, pugs, bulldogs etc. I put out the word on social media and was inundated with dogs. I chose 10 of them and then set out to find their human counterpart. Fenella and Georgine, a Saluki Fenella and Georgine, a saluki The plan was to shoot the dogs, find the humans, style them, then have them behave or pose in a similar way. This process would be repeated until…

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Stairway to heaven: Jimmy Pages castle is his home

The founder of Led Zeppelin shows off Tower House, his beloved 13th-century Gothic castle in London Growing up in London, there was a house I was fascinated by. It looked like a mini castle with a tower; red-bricked and handsome, a portal to another time with its stained-glass windows. Back then, I had no idea who lived there. Later, I discovered it belonged to the guitarist and music producer Led Zeppelin. I knew I had no hope of ever stepping inside. But life can throw some crazy stuff at you…

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Artist Nan Goldin stages opioids protest in Metropolitan Museum Sackler Wing

New York Big Pharma demonstration sees activists dump specially made bottles in moat around Egyptian Temple of Dendur The artist Nan Goldin and around 100 fellow demonstrators threw pill bottles into the moat surrounding an ancient Egyptian temple at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on Saturday, to protest sponsorship by the family that owns one of the largest makers of opioids. The pill bottles had been labeled by the protesters to say prescribed to you by the Sackler Family. The Sackler family Temple of Dendur stands. Goldin, who recently…

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We were just a normal family: Che Guevaras daughter remembers her father

Aleida Guevara with her father Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, Havana, 1964 On the right is my father, cigar in hand, talking to his lifelong friend 50 years ago, on 9 October, 1967. Our mother formed our values and kept him alive in our memory long after he died. She never used him as a way to tell us off or threaten us. Papi was always the good guy. We never enjoyed any privileges: my father was opposed to that, and my mother maintained the line. When she became a…

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Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

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It was all yellow: did digitalis affect the way Van Gogh saw the world?

Extracted from foxgloves, digitalis was once used as a treatment for epilepsy. Could a side effect have triggered the artists yellow period? It was recently the 127th anniversary of the tragic death of may have been treated with digitalis for the epileptic fits he experienced. Digitalis, extracted from foxglove plants, is a powerful medicine still in use today as a treatment for certain heart conditions, but not epilepsy. In Van Goghs day, and for a long time before then, digitalis was known to be an effective treatment of may have…

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Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’

David Slater has been fighting for years over who has the copyright to photos taken by monkeys using his camera, and says hes struggling as a result A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a selfie while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a livestream of the proceedings from his home in the UK. David Slater could not afford the airfare to San Francisco to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Nor can he afford to replace his broken…

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Jean-Michel Basquiat skull painting sells for record $110.5m at auction

Sale in New York of painting that depicts a face in the shape of a skull sets a record price for an American artist at auction An artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold for a record $110.5m at auction in New York. Sothebys said the sale of Untitled on Thursday night in Manhattan was an auction record for the artist. It also set a record price for an American artist at auction. The 1982 painting depicts a face in the shape of a skull. The piece was purchased by noted…

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