The Best of the Web

In this week’s Best of the Web we look at what people see when they view art, how mobile journalism is helping Syrian refugees tell their stories, the death of French photojournalist Marc Riboud and a nostalgic time-hop to the summer of 1976 – when music was a reckoning force.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: What do you see in art? Nearly 50 people told us


An interesting insight into what people see when they view art. Alex Vadukul heads to New York’s ‘newest’ museum, the Met Breuer, to ask people what they think of unfinished pieces of art for the exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible. In an unscientific pursuit to gauge people’s reactions, The NY Times, asked museumgoers over a period of two months to describe what they felt. Those interviewed included students, romantics, and pensioners. When describing Cézanne’s ‘Bouquet of Peonies in a Green Jar’ August Scotch [pictured above] says: “Those empty spaces could be light. If you put more there, it’s almost too much information. Like this it is allowed to breathe.”

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JOURNALISM.CO.UK: Mobile video skills help Syrian refugees tell their own stories

Image by Pure Solution

The power of mobile journalism is growing rapidly. Imran Azam, a mobile video specialist, taught refugees in Amsterdam how to shoot and edit videos using their smartphones. Mobile journalism is helping refugees tell their stories firsthand amid the migrant crisis. Azam trained 15 Syrian refugees on how to use different apps and documentary techniques using iOS and Android technology. Azam says: “My objective is for them to realise that to be technically able to produce stories is the easy bit — the actual difficult part is to be able to see their stories in video form and to shoot accordingly.”

Read the full story HERE


THE NEW YORK TIMES: Marc Riboud, photojournalist who found grace in the turbulent, dies at 93

Bruno Barbey:Magnum Photos

The renowned French photojournalist, Marc Riboud, passed away on Tuesday. The NY Times pay tribute to his long and absorbing career. Best known for his photographs of a workman painting the Eiffel Tower and a young woman presenting a flower to members of the National Guard at an anti-Vietnam war protest, Riboud’s work took him to all corners of the earth. He was a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who nominated him to join Magnum, where Riboud stayed for 26 years. In 2000 Riboud wrote, “I have always been more sensitive to the beauty of the world than to violence and monsters.”

Read the full story HERE


PITCHFORK: Punk, disco, and silly love songs: revisiting the explosive summer of 1976


This feature-length piece, eloquently written by Jason Heller, traces the nostalgic year of 1976 when big time musicians were playing huge stages and soon-to-be big time musicians were in the crowds watching. Imagine Pink Floyd crafting complex soundscapes in the studio. A music explosion was occurring in the US and England, with punk roots growing. Disco music was also born with the release of ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’. A defining year in music history and history in general — where would we be without 1976?!

Read the full story HERE

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