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Watch: OneShot — Subway Strangers

The legendary American photographer Walker Evans spent three years secretly capturing images of passengers in the New York Subway. He produced the Many Are Called series (1938-1941) by hiding his camera in his coat, and making the shutter release button accessible up his sleeve. Best known for his work through the Great Depression, Evans was interested throughout his career by documenting people in their everyday lives.

Many Are Called — © Walker Evans/Metropolitan Museum of Art / OneShot

Jeff Rosenheim, chief curator of photography at The Metropolitan Museum, has written 10 books on Evans. He describes Evans' process of taking his secret subway photos, where the subjects are unaware that they are being photographed, often seeming to be lost in their own thoughts. When multiple passengers are brought together in a single Evans frame, they are forever bound together in the urban portrait.


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Now They're Diagnosing Burnout's Never-Quit Cousin: Burn-On

Feeling overworked but not yet burned out? Often the problem is “burn-on,” an under-researched phenomenon whose sufferers desperately struggle to keep up and meet their own expectations — with dangerous consequences for their health.

Now They're Diagnosing Burnout's Never-Quit Cousin: Burn-On

Burn-out is the result of sustained periods of stress at work

Beate Strobel

At first glance, Mr L seems to be a successful man with a well-rounded life: middle management, happily married, father of two. If you ask him how he is, he responds with a smile and a “Fine thanks”. But everything is not fine. When he was admitted to the psychosomatic clinic Kloster Diessen, Mr L described his emotional life as hollow and empty.

Although outwardly he is still putting on a good face, he has been privately struggling for some time. Everything that used to bring him joy and fun has become simply another chore. He can hardly remember what it feels like to enjoy his life.

For psychotherapist Professor Bert te Wildt, who heads the psychosomatic clinic in Ammersee in Bavaria, Germany, the symptoms of Patient L. make him a prime example of a new and so far under-researched syndrome, that he calls “burn-on”. Working with psychologist Timo Schiele, he has published his findings about the phenomenon in a book, Burn-On.

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