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Sunsets are overrated, anyway
Sunsets are overrated, anyway
Roger-Pol Droit

PARIS — This summer, like every year, we'll take more and more photos. We'll send selfies and snapshots, any and all kinds of pictures and videos. Like 64% of French people recently surveyed, we'll take photographs of the meals we're about to eat at restaurants. These tens of billions of shots will be added to the colossal amount of images amassed in just a few years.

There was a time, in the history of mankind, when there were a lot more humans than pictures on Earth. They were rare, precious, magical, possessing powers of good or evil. They've since proliferated, become emancipated, uncountable — and common. Maybe not common as such, considering the way they have quietly taken over culture. This transformation deserves to be explored.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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