Marvin E Newman's best photograph – coated sunbathers in 1950s Coney Island

By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

‘I wanted to show well-off people the underclass – where they lived, how they lived, what they did’

In 1952, I came back to New York after studying in Chicago, keen to break new ground. I decided to use colour to document what people were doing, even though colour was not what museums wanted. The other problem was that colour film was so slow. You needed fast lenses and enough sunlight. Still, I felt that I could not only succeed, but do better than what had gone before.

The first shots I took were at the Italian festival in downtown New York. The second were at Coney Island in winter. That’s when this was taken. In the summer, Coney Island was like Brighton in England. We didn’t have air-conditioning back then – you’d have thousands of people on the beach, because it was the only way to get out of the heat of the city. There were still remnants of the early 1900s: beer gardens, silent movies, carousels.

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International contest will transform Paris 'ghost' Métro stations

By Kim Willsher

Scheme will develop 34 sites, including Champ de Mars near Eiffel Tower, as cultural or economic spaces

They are known as the ghost stations: 16 stops on the Paris Métro system barred and padlocked nearly 70 years ago.

In the past seven decades, many ideas for their reinvention have been floated, including turning one into a swimming pool and others into bars and nightclubs. None have come to anything, but their allure remains.

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Gallery in JMW Turner's beloved Margate to host 2019 Turner prize

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Turner Contemporary, built on site of boarding house artist visited when painting there, announced as exhibition venue

The Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, the seaside town where JMW Turner would come to paint the east Kent skies, will host the Turner prize in 2019.

The prize, one of the most prestigious accolades in contemporary art and which comes with £40,000 in winnings, is presented at a venue outside London every other year.

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Turnbull doesn’t have a ‘selfie officer’: things we’ve learned in Senate estimates so far 

By Josh Taylor

Plans for Snowy Hydro 2.0 were rushed, Immigration got it wrong on Good Friday incident, and there is no selfie officer for the PM.

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Quadrant wants the ABC bombed … Sheridan gets stroppy … Peppa Pig brings home the bacon … 

By Emily Watkins

Today in Media Files, the ABC’s current affairs boss Bruce Belsham is retiring amid lagging ratings.

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Rundle: in eerie Britain in a state of stasis as Manchester bombing becomes everything 

By Guy Rundle

After the Manchester bombing, it’s impossible not to think: what if it happened here? Or here? Or right here?

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To understand the Manchester terror attack, look to Saudi Arabia

By Professor Damien Kingsbury

The West must understand that the type of unchallenged hegemony it enjoyed for a few brief years following the end of the Cold War was but a brief moment in history and has now ended.

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The political power play behind the whipping of gay men in Aceh 

By Professor Damien Kingsbury

News that gay men in Indonesia are being whipped by order of the sharia police has shocked the world, but we should look at politics, not religion.

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