John Morris obituary

By Amanda Hopkinson

Picture editor, writer and key figure in the world of photojournalism who believed that the way to oppose war was to show its full horror

John Morris, who has died aged 100, was a leading figure in the photojournalism of his native US and in his adopted homeland, France. His career included spells at Life magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times and National Geographic, and his close association with Magnum Photos dated almost to its foundation in Paris in 1947. In addition, Morris was a prolific reporter on his own life and times, producing more than a dozen books, including two autobiographies and what he described as “a personal history of photojournalism”, Get the Picture (1998).

A lifelong Quaker and pacifist, Morris believed that the way to oppose war was to change minds by showing its full horror. It was at Morris’s insistence that graphic images of the Vietnam war taken by two Associated Press photographers made the front page of the New York Times: in 1968, Morris challenged official policy and the supposed requirements of good taste with Eddie Adams‘s image of a Vietcong prisoner at the moment of his execution by a South Vietnamese police officer; and in 1972 he used a similarly arresting image by Huynh Cong (“Nick”) Ut, of a naked nine-year-old Vietnamese girl fleeing the US napalm attack that had burned off her clothes.

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Beazley design awards feature Brexit, refugees and political activism

By Oliver Wainwright

Nominations for 2017 highlight designers’ contributions to protest movements, gender campaigns and humanitarian issues

The knitted pink pussyhat, a pro-European Union poster campaign and a lending library of protest banners have been named some of the best designs of the year by the Design Museum in London, part of a 60-strong list that reflects a tumultuous time of global political unrest and creative popular resistance.

The nominations represent the most politically charged and socially engaged selection of projects on the tenth anniversary of the Beazley awards. The selections highlight designers’ role in activist movements and the power of images and objects in disseminating campaign messages.

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Rundle: Trump giving voice to America’s white nationalist past (and present)

By Guy Rundle

Donald Trump all but rescinded his initial condemnation of the Charlottesville horrors. Knowingly or otherwise, his actions are playing into a white, Christian nationalism that has a deep rooted history in America.

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Are you a journalist quoting a Fairfax or News Corp story? You may have just breached copyright

By Crikey

Fairfax and News Corp are two of quite a few media organisations to have signed up to a new “free and open licence” for content. But as freelance journalist Asher Wolf writes, the new arrangement is neither free nor open.

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