This week is a good time to take a step back and look at the world at large. It feels (slightly?) less cataclysmic that way. We examined Mary Ellen Mark's view of, well, everything, in a new book that serves as a retrospective of her work. Her deeply human approach to photography feels like a balm. The same care and nuance can be seen in Wong Maye-E's photos of Appalachia for the AP. Stephanie Keith takes us into the challenges of being a Navajo rancher for Reuters, while the New York Times beautifully explores the shuttering of a coal power station on Navajo land — both pieces are worth spending some time with. For disaster coverage, the Atlantic has a harrowing roundup of flooding photos in France. Finally, we have a delightful photo essay on the fashion statements of the elderly in Chinatown, which is sure to brighten your day.
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