Aretha Franklin has died, at the age of 76. Her voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and American feeling, the collective experience of black Americans and her own life. Click the link in our bio to read David Remnick's remembrance of the Queen of Soul, or to read his 2016 Profile of the singer. Photograph by Richard Avedon / © the Richard Avedon Foundation.
“He may be bland, but he has ethics, he has integrity, he’s not going to go off on Twitter on you,” Chris Taylor, a Wisconsin State assemblyman, says of the state’s new Democratic candidate for governor. Tony Evers ran as a compassionate, temperate educator who wants to return the state to a less divisive political climate. Could he wrest Wisconsin from a decade of Republican control? Click the link in our bio for Dan Kaufman’s dispatch. Photograph @davidkasnic for TNY.
If you live in a big city, lunchtime is among the choicest hours for people-watching—for what the photographer Charles H. Traub refers to as “the passing parade of the street.” Between 1977 and 1980, he’d take his Rolleiflex SL66 camera out onto Chicago’s Loop and take pictures of strangers during the midday bustle. His resulting portraits—which also include subjects in Paris, Miami, and other cities—present lunchtime characters like species of butterfly in an entomologist’s shadow box. Click the link in our bio to see more. Photographs by Charles H. Traub.
For the L.A. artist Andrea Bowers, art is inseparable from activism. She worked with the immigrant-rights group Movimiento Cosecha to conceive the neon sign at Little West 12th St, which is part of the High Line’s plein-air group show “Agora.” It refers to the estimated number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. On the other side of the sign, the slogan lights up in Spanish. See it through March, 2019. Photograph by @tobiashutzlerstudios for TNY.
At the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which has been held annually in the United States since 1963, eager contenders gather to show off what they refer to as a chant: a rhythmic, rapid-fire narration that eventually results in the sale of a live, blinking farm animal. The photographer David Williams attended this year’s W.L.A.C., in Bloomington, Wisconsin. His vivid, fascinating photographs and videos show that there’s something old-fashioned and formal about the proceedings. Click the link in our bio for more. Video by @davidwilliamsphoto.
In the course of two decades, a Parisian medical secretary named Isabelle Mège persuaded scores of renowned photographers to take her picture. Not all could be called portraits, and they varied in their style, but they all depicted her body, even if it was a tiny or unrecognizable part of it. When she first contacted the artists, she often used some version of the phrase “J’aimerais m’apercevoir à travers votre regard,” or, “I would like to see myself from your point of view.” Click the link in our bio to read Anna Heyward’s 2016 story on this opposite of a muse. Photograph by Jean-François Bauret.