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Now showing at Nederlands Fotomuseum is the ongoing series Classroom Portraits, 2004-2012 from social recorder Julian Germain. In each oddly familiar environment, your perspective is that of the teacher but at “child height”; you have the class’ full (largely uninterested, expressionless) attention and it is a strange, almost disconcerting thing to be looked at in such a way.

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TEDxBradford - Tim O'Reilly - Creating More Value Than You Capture

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, largely considered to be the world's foremost computer book publisher. Tim has built an exceptional reputation as one of Silicon Valley's most farsighted individuals, famously defining his work as "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators" and to "amplify the faint signals of the alpha-geeks." Tim's has been are the forefront of almost every noteworthy development in computing for over 30 years; publishing ebooks, the first commercial websites, popularising the open source and web 2.0 movements and galvanising technologists into activism under the umbrella of Gov 2.0 and Code for America. Though, not a household name like Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos, Tim is widely understood to be "The Oracle of Silicon Valley". Tim has a special connection with Bradford, with fond memories of the city during visits to his maternal grandparents. So, it's a special pleasure to welcome Tim as our guest for TEDxBradford2012, joining us via Skype from Washington DC. He speaks about "Creating More Value Than You Capture". In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance <b>...</b>

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Since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in the fall of 2001, NATO and Afghan troops have relied on outposts, tiny bases erected in some of the least hospitable terrain to ever see combat. The outposts are places of refuge; the troops sleep, fight and sometimes live behind their makeshift walls. Many are no bigger than a tennis court and could only hold perhaps a dozen troops at a time. To protect them from the bullets and rockets of their enemies, NATO troops built walls from tightly-stacked sandbags or Hesco barriers, wire mesh baskets they fill with dirt and rocks that absorb the projectiles.

Donovan Wylie’s new book, Outposts: Kandahar Province and an accompanying exhibition at the U.K.’s National Media Museum show us some of the tiniest such bases in the remote areas of southern Afghanistan. Built by Canadian and American troops over a five year stretch from 2006 to 2011, the photographs in Wylie’s collection explain the practical requirements of the outposts–they are often built on high ground with open fields of fire to overwatch troops patrolling below–and show the crude architectural beauty that accompanies structures designed for practicality and the limits of the terrain. In one photograph, a tiny collection of barriers stands on an escarpment just below a towering peak. Because of their temporary construction, these outposts aren’t likely to survive, as Hadrian’s Wall and Masada, which beckon visitors as remnants of ancient war. That is why photographs are so important—to document how the first war of the 21st century was waged, with the most sophisticated weaponry, often utilized from fortifications that have changed little throughout the centuries.

Donovan Wylie is a photographer with Magnum Photos. See more of his work here. Outposts: Kandahar Province will soon be published by Steidl. The accompanying exhibition will be on view at the National Media Museum in Bradford, the U.K. through Feb. 19.

Nate Rawlings is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @naterawlings. Continue the discussion on TIME‘s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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SNAKE BOSS: Yang Hongchang, head of a snake rearing company, held a snake at a farm in Zisiqiao, China, Wednesday. Residents of Zisiqiao Village, also known as “snake town,” raise over 3 million snakes a year for food and medicinal purposes. (Aly Song/Reuters)

SMELLING FISHY: A buyer smelled a fish at Grimsby Fish Auction in Grimsby, England, Wednesday. Grimsby Fish Market is recognized as being one of the most important fish markets in Europe. (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

ATHENS CLASH: Protesters clashed with riot police during a demonstration against austerity measures near Parliament in Athens Wednesday. (Aris Messinis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING: Wool grader Stephen Kitson sorted wool in the British Wool Marketing Board’s depot in Bradford, U.K., Wednesday. Wool prices have surged 35% this year, joining rallies in other agricultural products such as grains. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

SIGNS UP: Members of the Communist Party of India held placards during a protest against corruption and price hikes in New Delhi Wednesday. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

PRAYER LINE: Women prayed on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/Associated Press)

WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: A Hubei University student walked on a bridge of chairs over a flooded path Tuesday in Hubei, China. Since June, flooding has left more than 170 people dead or missing. (Zuma Press)

OUT ON A LIMB: A worker fixed an air conditioning unit without a safety belt Tuesday in Shaanxi Province, China. (Zuma Press)

CAN YOU HEAR US NOW? Korea Exchange Bank employees shouted slogans during a protest to oppose the sale of a controlling stake in their bank to Hana Financial Group in front of KEB’s headquarters in Seoul Wednesday. (Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press)

BRICK BY BRICK: Syrian children walked over bricks stored for road repairs on the grounds of a refugee camp during an unplanned protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad Wednesday. The camp is located in Yayladagi ,Turkey near the Syrian border. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

WEB OF WIRES: Men worked on telephone cables hanging alongside electricity supply cables in a crowded market in New Delhi Wednesday. (Gurinder Osan/ Associated Press)

SEEKING SHELTER: An Afghan asylum seeker on a hunger strike sat in a private Brussels home Wednesday. Ninety Afghan refugees have been on a hunger strike for 16 days to protest against the Belgian government’s decision to reject their asylum requests. (Yves Herman/Reuters)

BOOKWORMS: Muslim girls learned how to read the Koran at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday. In a nation where Muslim extremists are slowly strengthening their grip on society, the number of all-female schools has boomed over the past decade. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

ALL HANDS ON DECK: South African Kings players, in white and green, faced off against Romanian players, in blue, during their IRB Nations Cup match in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday. (Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Association)

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