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Fellows Friday

Of masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypesOf masks & magic: Uldus Bakhtiozina makes images that poke fun at stereotypes

Posted By Karen Eng

A 12-year-old boy in a Stormtrooper helmet – and a tutu. A hulking man wearing a pre-Raphaelite collar of Barbie dolls. A bride standing wistfully in a garden, her face obscured by a wrestling mask. Russian photo-based artist Uldus Bakhtiozina’s whimsical and surreal images — which feature models as well as herself — raise an eyebrow at identity, gender and cultural stereotypes […]

Art

Not a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operatorsNot a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operators

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

This portrait of a girl tells a story larger than the massive piece of vinyl it is printed on. Unfurled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, “#NotABugSplat” was created by a collection of artists and activists, using TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out campaign, to send a message to drone operators, who reportedly call their kills “bug splats” because they […]

Live from TED2014

Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014Celebrate the sacred cave: Frans Lanting at TED2014

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Photographer Frans Lanting returns to TED for a short reminder of what’s happening outside the walls of our beautiful glass box. “Humanity,” he says, “takes center stage at TED, but I’d like to add a voice for the animals.” Lanting retells a story he once heard from a tribal elder not far from Vancouver, about […]

Live from TED2014

Mysteries of the unseen world: Louie Schwartzberg at TED2014Mysteries of the unseen world: Louie Schwartzberg at TED2014

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Louie Schwartzberg is fascinated with exposing the world’s wonders through photography.  Three years ago, his talk, “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude,” demonstrated his uncanny ability to capture the captivating beauty of our natural world — the tiniest shake of a flower petal, the stirring complexity of a bee’s wing. At TED2014, he shows a portion of his […]

Gallery

Brothers in arms: TED Fellow Ed Ou shares photos of the unrest in UkraineBrothers in arms: TED Fellow Ed Ou shares photos of the unrest in Ukraine

Posted By Karen Eng

As TED Fellows arrive from all over the world to Ed Ou’s hometown of Vancouver for TED2014, Ou himself is far away in Ukraine, where he’s been since February, documenting the civil unrest and growing political tension as a freelance photographer represented by Getty. Today, he writes in to give us an inside view, sending […]

Technology

There’s more to the small Skybox satellite than meets the eye. Much, much moreThere’s more to the small Skybox satellite than meets the eye. Much, much more

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Jessie Scanlon In January 2011, Fred Villagomez, the head mechanical technician at a Mountain View-based satellite imaging startup, drove east, looping down and around the San Francisco Bay toward Fremont. His destination: an auto plant called NUMMI, a failed joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, whose assets were about to be auctioned off. […]

Gallery

Kids share their dreams in these photos from Dear WorldKids share their dreams in these photos from Dear World

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Robert Fogarty of Dear World When I was 14, my dad wrote me a note. He told me to figure out what I wanted and to go for it, but also that – if I failed and felt disappointed — that he wouldn’t be; that he’d still love me. I kept this note. Periodically, I read it to be reminded. […]

Since the Talk

Exclusive demo: Blaise Agüera y Arcas shows how the new Photosynth lets you swoop through 3D spaceExclusive demo: Blaise Agüera y Arcas shows how the new Photosynth lets you swoop through 3D space

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

About a decade ago, Blaise Agüera y Arcas and his team started on a not-so-small mission: “To reinvent the whole enterprise of photography for ordinary people.” He revealed the first step back at TED2007. In a viral talk dotted with ooohs and aaahs from the audience (his strategy? “I talked really fast”), Agüera y Arcas demoed […]

Gallery

The highlights of TEDWomen 2013, in picturesThe highlights of TEDWomen 2013, in pictures

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

TEDWomen 2013 brought so many moments of delight. In session 1, Jessica Matthews showed us how a jumprope could generate electricity. In session 2, Rupal Patel revealed an incredible system to give an authentic voice to those who are unable to speak. And in session 3, Esta Soler explained how the Polaroid camera was an […]

Photography

Why I document the often violent and traumatic daily lives of others: Fellows Friday with photographer Jon LowensteinWhy I document the often violent and traumatic daily lives of others: Fellows Friday with photographer Jon Lowenstein

Posted By Karen Eng

Social violence in Guatemala, Mexican and Central American migrant communities in the United States, the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, children with cerebral malaria in Uganda — for the past decade, photographer Jon Lowenstein has been documenting the often violent and traumatic daily lives of individuals and communities living at the edges of society, both […]

Gallery

Dhaka in pictures: a city of culture, opportunity and deprivationDhaka in pictures: a city of culture, opportunity and deprivation

Posted By Alex Gallafent

Nurur Rahman Khan was born and bred in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A practicing architect and university lecturer, Khan alternately marvels at the city’s convivial culture and bemoans its economic and structural deficiencies. He’ll brook no debate over the quality of Dhaka’s food, though: It’s miraculously good. Here’s a taste of Khan’s Dhaka, photographed by Mohammad Tauheed, a […]