Friday, April 15, 2011

Week in Photos: Gbagbo, Gaga, and other Unexpected Sights

How often do you get to write the names "Gbagbo" and "Gaga" in the same sentence? For my full weekly photo review, go here.

 1. Unmasked

The fighting in Ivory Coast came to an end this week with the capture of former president Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to leave office after losing an election last year. In this picture from AFP/Getty Images, Gbagbo is seen with his wife after opposition forces reached him in his residence. His appearance confounds expectations. The picture reminded me of the moment in Star Wars when Darth Vader is unmasked, revealing the warlord to be nothing but old, vulnerable man.

2. Bosom Buddy

Lady Gaga's appearance in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar--in a fashion layout shot by Terry Richardson--also confounds expectations, but that's her game. She is what former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld would call a known unknown. In this picture she seems to be attending a tea party that would give the Mad Hatter second thoughts.

3. The Killing

In this photo by Robert Stolarik for the New York Times, we see police searching for human remains on Long Island, where the bodies of ten people, at least found believed to be prostitutes, have been found along a highway near a popular beach. The evocative image--misty and mysterious--is loaded with narrative power. This is not Stieg Larsson murder, though. It's the real thing.

4. Depth of Field

What appears at first to be a toy boat is the real thing, left amid a debris field by the tsunami that his northern Japan last month. Look closely at this photo by Damir Sagoli for Reuters and you can see a woman walking her bicycle through the debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.

5. Parking A Lot

Luckily for the driver of this SUV, a parking place has opened up in a roadside lot in New Delhi, India. Kevin Frayer captured the maneuver for AP.

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