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The Spanish Are Coming! by Adrian Tyler Cristina de Middel’s Afronauts was one of the most surprising book phenomenons of last year, however there are lot more new Spanish lens based artists and bookmakers to be discovered. The recent curatorial, critical and popular interest in the photobook and it’s place as the driving force in the history of modern photography is a welcome breath of fresh air which challenges traditional elitist museum based views. However, as far a Spain is concerned there is an almost complete void in this “history” which is especially notable from the 60’s to the present day. That is no to say that there were no good photographers working in Spain at this time – Juan Colom, Ramón Masats, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Carlos Pérez Siquier and Cristobal Hara to name a few – rather that the traditionally conservative nature of Spanish society meant that there was almost no photobook market and therefore no publishing houses.

Don't Dress Your Age: Six Inspiring Women Say No to Drab A new TV documentary on Britain’s BBC4 has been tickling people’s fancies across the pond and stateside. “Fabulous Fashionistas” features six women of advanced years who share a love for style and a “screw that” attitude to the standard dictates of age. Audiences in the U.K. have embraced the documentary’s message that when it comes to aging with attitude, style – whether it’s costly designer, handicraft or thrift shop find – is a crucial part of the package; you can’t be walking around in baggy beige, which is what one of the Fashionistas calls “the color of death.” Sorry! The documentary doesn’t just tell us about six seniors’ style choices. American writers are self-censoring, PEN survey finds PEN America, a nonprofit that works to advance freedom of expression and speech in literature, has released a disturbing survey that finds American writers are not just increasingly worried about government surveillance as a result of the NSA — but also engaging in self-censorship. Out of the 528 PEN members who responded to the survey, “Fully 85% are worried about government surveillance of Americans, and 73% of writers have never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today.” Writers are also “”self-censoring their work and their online activity due to their fears that commenting on, researching, or writing about certain issues will cause them harm,” the survey finds, on topics such as “military affairs, the Middle East North Africa region, mass incarceration, drug policies, pornography, the Occupy movement, the study of certain languages, and criticism of the U.S. government”:

Music vs The Web: Have We Reached Social Media's Tipping Point? It's been a bumper year for Facebook, on paper at least. Recently they announced that year-on-year revenues were up 60%, with advertising revenue up to $1.8bn. Their daily active user count rose 25% to 728 million people. At this point then, you’d think it would be high-fives all round, with Wall Street giving Zuckerberg and co a hearty pat on the back. And yet, shortly after this announcement, more than $18bn was wiped from Facebook’s stock value. The reason? beyonce CHIME FOR CHANGE and Global Citizen are proud to announce a long-term partnership to build a global campaign that will create change for girls and women around the world. Global Citizen’s community of people wants to learn about the critical issues facing women, and to take action in support of them. Gender equality is fundamental to Global Citizen’s long-term objective of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Women account for half of the world’s population, but three-fifths of those in extreme poverty.

Joel-Peter Witkin photography - Joel-Peter Witkin One of the most renowned American photographer Joel-Peter Witkin was cursed as a Satanist for his work, his exhibitions have repeatedly tried to close, and yet, for the fourth time he is awarded for his contribution to British fine art. In Witkin’s early childhood right in front of his house a little girl was decapitated in a car accident which he saw. This nightmare affected all his life. Witkin fell in love with death in all its manifestations. The heroes of his pictures – transsexuals, hermaphrodites, freaks of all ages, genders and nationalities, dead children, animals, old people, and just pieces of bodies, which Witkin shoots in morgues, making different compositions of them.

This Video Will Have You Completely Rethink How You Conduct Yourself Online And In Person (Video) World• Robert Gordon • We, as human beings, think that through social networks, we’ve somehow become more social creatures. The problem with this theory is, the more we “connect” online, the less actual human interactions we have, making us actually fairly unsocial. Oleg Kashin's Horrible Truth - By Julia Ioffe The paramedics reached 30-year-old journalist Oleg Kashin Saturday morning at 12:40 a.m. He was lying outside the door to his apartment building in central Moscow, his face bloodied, his legs mangled, the ground covered in blood. "He showed his hand to the doctor so he could see it was all broken," a neighbor told TV reporters. The toll, tallied by various news sources, was chilling: two broken jaws, one broken leg, a fractured skull at the temple and a heavy concussion, blood in the lungs, fingers partially torn off at the joints, one of them later amputated. By the time Moscow woke up to the news on Saturday, Kashin was already in an artificially induced coma.

Spotify reaches out to artists with new site, analytics and merch Thom Yorke may see Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”, but the streaming music service hopes its appeal to artists will be alive and kicking in 2014. Today, Spotify is launching a new website for musicians and managers – Spotify Artists – that goes into more public detail than ever before on how the company’s business model works, how it calculates its payouts for individual artists, and how much they can expect to be earning as the company grows. What’s more, Spotify has also partnered with Next Big Sound to open up its analytics to artists and managers for free: they’ll be able to log in and see the kind of streaming totals and (aggregated and anonymised) listener demographic data that have previously been restricted to labels. Finally, Spotify is confirming one e-commerce partnership we already knew about – its ‘On Tour’ section of artist profiles spotlighting artists’ upcoming gigs through Songkick – but announcing another that we haven’t. Spotify Artists

Introducing the newest member of our family, the YouTube Kids app Like most parents, I love helping my kids learn more about something they're interested in. For example, right now, I spend a lot of time on YouTube with my 3-year-old son, who loves watching videos of car washes, Super Simple Songs, and about the universe. We’re not the only ones: Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on YouTube. And lately, those of us at YouTube have been working on a new way for our kids—and yours—to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe.

Adrain Chesser Photographs Of The Reactions Of Loved Ones The Moment He Tells Them He Has Aids In his latest series, “I Have Something To Tell You”, Adrain Chesser uses his own illness, AIDS, in order to catalogue the pure, raw emotional reactions of his friends and family as they are told the terrible news . The Florida-born photographer, snapped portraits of his loved ones moments after he shared this life-changing information. “When I thought about having to disclose my illness to my friends I would panic, which didn’t make sense, because I have an amazing group of friends who are all very loving and supportive” Filled with a series of genuine reactions ranging from shock to panic to sadness, Chesser’s loved ones do not hold back. The beauty of this project relies on these subjects’ faces- most which reveal intense, unfiltered emotion.

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