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The big picture: dancing on the beach in the Camargue, 1957
Lucien Clergue’s shot, taken in the French seaside town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, celebrates a Gypsy pilgrimage amid the stirrings of postwar hedonism

Tim Adams

26, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The girl power trio of Von King Park: Amy Touchette’s best photograph
‘I love the way these three Brooklyn girls are staring down the camera. They look like they’re going to turn into really strong women’

Interview by Graeme Green

22, Jun, 2022 @1:56 PM

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The Faber/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2022 – enter now!
The annual award for aspiring cartoonists offers the chance to be published in the Observer and win £1,000, with past winners going on to land film and book deals

Rachel Cooke

19, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The big picture: a comical coincidence at Crufts, 1974
Photographer Dragan Novaković’s fortuitous shot from the dog show perfectly captures the eccentricity of the event

Tim Adams

19, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘It changed lives and opened minds’: a visual record of the birth of acid house
Photographer Dave Swindells was there when rave hit London in 1988. His new book captures the first, frenzied nights of the ‘second summer of love’

Killian Fox

12, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Queer Spaces by Adam Nathaniel Furman and Joshua Mardell review – a fascinating LGBTQIA+ architecture history
This creative book is a hymn to the gay-friendly buildings treasured by film-makers, artists and activists

Rowan Moore

15, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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A new Scumb Manifesto: the woman who’s reworking the photography canon
Photographer Justine Kurland has sliced and collaged images from 150 renowned books by white male photographers from Brassaï to Stephen Shore. She explains why

Sean O’Hagan

23, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Stalin’s Architect by Deyan Sudjic review – a monumental life
His work helped define the grand style of Soviet buildings, but was Boris Iofan a stooge, a propagandist or a victim of circumstance?

Rowan Moore

18, Apr, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Modern Buildings in Britain review – a phenomenal work of gathering and observation
From a radar station in Fleetwood to the BBC’s Cardiff studios, Owen Hatherley’s generous survey of modernist architecture is insightful and surprising

Rowan Moore

03, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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A Life of Picasso Volume IV by John Richardson review – demon or deity?
This ingenious final volume of an epic biography illuminates the imagery in the artist’s work during Europe’s war years and his complicated love life

Peter Conrad

27, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Like something from a Kubrick film – the hunt for Britain’s best modern buildings
Author Owen Hatherley set out to find fabulous modern buildings all over Britain, from Aberdeen to Aberystwyth. What did he learn? That every town has one – even Reading

Oliver Wainwright

24, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

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A Life of Picasso: Volume IV by John Richardson review – stranger things
The final volume of biography by Richardson, who died before finishing it, is a thrilling survey of Picasso’s surrealist era

Kathryn Hughes

19, Mar, 2022 @11:00 AM

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