Look Again: The day’s most compelling images from around the globe

Sep 2, 2016 by

Fascinating world views from riots in Caracas to the Dorner Platz of Vienna VIDEO

Look Again is a daily series presenting the best photographs of the previous 24 hours, curated and written by Salon’s writers and editors.


Sao Paulo, Brazil   Nacho Doce/Reuters
A demonstrator attacks the Folha newspaper office during a protest against Brazil’s new President Michel Temer

The commodity boom funded the success of Latin America’s “pink tide.” Today, plummeting prices are causing big problems for cash-strapped leftist governments throughout the region. In Brazil, the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, widely condemned as a coup, has solidified interim-president Michel Temer’s hold on power. But Temer is extremely unpopular, and that unpopularity is a reminder that the left’s troubles in the region will not necessarily deliver the right anything like a popular mandate for its agenda.

–Daniel Denvir, staff reporter

VIDEOBrazilian Protesters Call for Ouster of President


Madrid, Spain   Paul White/AP
Zaid, 8, a Syrian refugee now living in Spain, poses with a sign reading in Spanish, “I survived, 423 other children did not”

Today marks the one year anniversary of Alan Kurdi’s death, the Syrian toddler immortalized in a chilling photograph on a Turkish beach — a symbol of the cost of the refugee crisis. His father said this week that he didn’t believe the international attention ultimately made any difference. This picture is the only hope I have to think he may be wrong.

Vienna, Austria   Leonhard Foeger/Reuters
Colouful umbrellas decorate Dorner Platz

“Can I get that in black?”

–Chauncey DeVega, politics writer


Caracas, Venezuela   Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
Protesters clash with police during a rally to remove Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro

This photograph’s power is born of deception. As viewers, it’s obvious that the figure caped in the Venezuelan flag is in the foreground, while the burning pyre is some distance away in the mid-ground. Despite that, there’s a kinetic quality to the scene — the inchoate violence of a protest, the roaring of a fire, the flapping of a flag — that suggests if that flag traverses the ostensibly minuscule distance between it and the fire, a conflagration will occur. Only that’s not a minuscule distance. It’s a illusory tension, created by deception and viewers’ desire to read static images as potentially active scenes.

–Scott Eric Kaufman, assistant editor

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