My weekly review of photography in the media is up at La Lettre de la Photographie…herewith, highlights.
1. Darth StupidPhoto by Louise Macabitas
The award for the most stunningly bad behavior caught on camera this week goes to Lt. John Pike, a member of the campus police of the University of California, Davis, in northern California. During a peaceful “Occupy UC Davis” protest on November 18, Pike pepper-sprayed a number of students. The university’s chancellor, Linda Katehi, promised an investigation, even as students called for her resignation. Meanwhile, photos and videos of the incident went viral and Lt. Pike himself became a full-fledged Internet meme—the first true icon of the protest movement of 2011.
2. Faithful TrioPhoto by Rebecca Blackwell/AP
Catholic faithful prayed at a statue of the Virgin Mary at St. Michel Church in Cotonou, Benin, days before Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Africa for…