My photographs bear witness | James Nachtwey

As someone who has spent his entire career trying to be invisible standing in front of an audience is a cross between an out-of-body experience and a deer caught in the headlights, so please forgive me for violating one of the TED commandments by relying on words on paper, and I only hope I’m not Read more…

The story of life in photographs | Frans Lanting

Nature’s my muse and it’s been my passion. As a photographer for National Geographic, I’ve portrayed it for many. But five years ago, I went on a personal journey. I wanted to visualize the story of life. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever attempted, and there have been plenty of times when I felt like Read more…

Edward Burtynsky photographs the landscape of oil

I started my journey 30 years ago. And I worked in mines. And I realized that this was a world unseen. And I wanted, through color and large format cameras and very large prints, to make a body of work that somehow became symbols of our use of the landscape, how we use the land. Read more…

Telling stories through photographs: Herb Snitzer at TEDxTampaBay

Translator: Tanya Cushman Reviewer: Peter van de Ven Hello everyone. (Audience responds) I’m sorry. (Audience) Hello. You know, I was going to start by saying that when I walk into a classroom of kindergarten children, and I say, “Good morning, children,” they jump up and down, they say, “Good morning, Mr. Snitzer.” Oh, they’re all Read more…

How photography connects us – David Griffin

[Music] [Applause] let’s just start by looking at some great photographs this is an icon of National Geographic an Afghan refugee taken by Steve McCurry but the Harvard Lampoon is about to come out with a parody of National Geographic and I shudder to think what they are going to do to this photograph oh Read more…

Illuminating photography: From camera obscura to camera phone – Eva Timothy

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar Let me guess, you’ve got Facebook albums full of photos. You have photos on your computer desktop, on your mobile phone, on your bedroom wall. You see photos in magazines and newspapers, on the side of buses, and of course, in your family albums. We take photos for granted Read more…

Can you solve the prisoner hat riddle? – Alex Gendler

You and nine other individuals have been captured by super intelligent alien overlords. The aliens think humans look quite tasty, but their civilization forbids eating highly logical and cooperative beings. Unfortunately, they’re not sure whether you qualify, so they decide to give you all a test. Through its universal translator, the alien guarding you tells Read more…

Can you solve the pirate riddle? – Alex Gendler

It’s a good day to be a pirate. Amaro and his four mateys, Bart, Charlotte, Daniel, and Eliza have struck gold: a chest with 100 coins. But now, they must divvy up the booty according to the pirate code. As captain, Amaro gets to propose how to distribute the coins. Then, each pirate, including Amaro Read more…

How Folding Paper Can Get You to the Moon

How many times can you fold a piece of paper? Assume that one had a piece of paper that was very fine, like the kind they typically use to print the Bible. In reality, it seems like a piece of silk. To qualify these ideas, let’s say you have a paper that’s one-thousandth of a Read more…

History vs. Genghis Khan – Alex Gendler

He was one of the most fearsome warlords who ever lived, waging an unstoppable conquest across the Eurasian continent. But was Genghis Khan a vicious barbarian or a unifier who paved the way for the modern world? We’ll see in “History vs. Genghis Khan.” “Order, order. Now who’s the defendant today? Khan!” “I see Your Read more…