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Beauty in unexpected places
Joanne Katz, associate chair of the Bloomberg School's
Department of International
Health, and colleagues have been working in Nepal since
1989, conducting a randomized trial of vitamin A
supplementation for pre-school children. Her submission to
the Public Health Photo Contest ("Big
Picture") was taken on her way out of a village where
women traditionally paint their houses with beautiful
patterns. "What caught my eye was the deep blue of her sari
and how it matched the blue of the paint in the flowers" on
the wall behind her, she says of the woman in the photo.
According to Katz, the women sell similar paintings on
paper and pottery. "I have several of these paintings in my
house here in Baltimore," she says.
Using humor to defend an icon
Bill Cigliano is an unabashed fan of Norman Rockwell. So
when he read Maria Blackburn's story about Johns Hopkins
professor Richard Halpern's theory that Rockwell explores
some darker aspects of sexuality in his paintings ("Neither Simple Nor Innocent"), he
was skeptical — but game. He wanted to use humor to
"take some of the edge off," so he had fun with the way
Rockwell depicted people's backsides (among other things).
"I think it was a tasteful interpretation and a
light-handed treatment," he says. The Chicago-based
illustrator's work has appeared on the cover of The New
York Times Book Review and in Boys' Life.
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