Swords, plowshares, photos & art

  • Armed America photographs some of those who own the nation’s ~200 million firearms, sharing bits of their perspectives.
  • Armed Appalachians appear in Shelby Lee Adams’s Napier Family series.
  • Slate features Gitmo in Black and White, a Magnum photographers’ slideshow documenting the prisoner detention center at Guantanamo Bay.  (If there’s a more surreal location for a Starbucks, I’ve yet to hear it.)
  • Juxtaposing wealth & war, this image from Lebanon was named "Photo of the Year 2006" by World Press Photo.  There’s more info in this NPR story (which for whatever reason won’t play on my Mac). [Via]
  • Unflinching war photographer James Nachtwey has been honored at the TED Conference.  They’ve created a video discussing his & others’ work, and Nachtwey is covered in the documentary War Photographer (3-minute excerpt). [Via]
  • Hoping for a more peaceful world, Retired Weapons depicts another future for military hardware.  (I hoped for a bit more from this one, but maybe it’s deeper than I’m seeing.) [Via]
  • Lastly, a reason to go bigger than Shuffle: this iPod saved a soldier’s life.

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