Friday Inspiration: Magazine Covers Featuring Greta Thunberg, Lizzo, Harry Styles and The USWNT

Friday Inspiration: Magazine Covers Featuring Greta Thunberg, Lizzo, Harry Styles and The USWNT

Landing a national magazine cover can mean big things for a photographer’s career. The week of TIME’s highly-anticipated Person of the Year announcement always has people paying extra attention to magazine covers and their associated photographers — and we’re no exception. This special edition of Friday Inspiration showcases six covers that stopped our scroll on Instagram this week.

Featuring a serious dose of girl power, we were impressed by covers starring Greta Thunberg, Lizzo, Lupita Nyong’o and the US Women’s National Soccer Team. Plus, Harry Styles continues to rock his sex symbol status in Weekend and Bloomberg Businessweek discusses the erosion of privacy due to the prevalence of in-home devices like Alexa and Google Home, reminding us of what it means to photograph a concept.

Let’s dive in.

Evgenia Arbugaeva for TIME Magazine

(Video by Maxim Arbugaev)

James Macari for Entertainment Weekly

Jack Davison for The New York Times Magazine

Cait Oppermann for TIME Magazine

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If you know me, you know what this means to me. I fell in love with this team in 1999, when they changed my view of what women’s sports could look like. That had a profound effect on me. Twenty years later, this team is still challenging the world both on and off the field to be better and to live with integrity. Being inspired by this team has led me to do some of the work I’m most proud of today (like Set Piece, my body of work on the NWSL where I met many of them for the first time) and started me on this path to being able to shoot them for the cover of TIME. When so much of the time it can feel shameful to be American, I remember this team. Thank you, @uswnt for continuing to fight for equality. Thank you to @time for this opportunity. I’m so grateful. @paulmoakley @katattack42 @sgregory31 Thank you to my team who worked so hard to make this happen. @a.genova @chelseaclarkephoto @yael_malka (thanks to Yael for allowing us to leave your cousin’s wedding at 3am to fly to Ohio, I love you.) Also I could only tag 20 people in this picture & I went from left to right so shoutout to one of the absolute greatest to ever do it, @lavellerose 💕 🇺🇸

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Samuel Bradley for Weekend

Scott Gelber for Bloomberg Businessweek

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● NEW COVER: How did the world’s biggest companies get millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings? Click the link in our bio to find out.⠀ ⠀ ● A quarter of Americans have bought “smart speaker” devices such as the Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. (A relative few have even bought Facebook’s Portal, an adjacent smart video screen.) Amazon is winning the sales battle so far, reporting that more than 100 million Alexa devices have been purchased. But now a war is playing out between the world’s biggest companies to weave Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Alphabet’s Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Facebook’s equivalent service much deeper into people’s lives. Mics are built into phones, smartwatches, TVs, fridges, SUVs, and everything in between. Consulting firm Juniper Research Ltd. estimates that by 2023 the global annual market for smart speakers will reach $11 billion, and there will be about 7.4 billion voice-controlled devices in the wild. That’s about one for every person on Earth.⠀ ⠀ ● The question is, then what? These machines are not creating audio files of your every decibel—tech companies say their smart speakers record audio only when users activate them—but they are introducing always-on mics to kitchens and bedrooms, which could inadvertently capture sounds users never intended to share. “Having microphones that listen all the time is concerning. We’ve found that users of these devices close their eyes and trust that companies are not going to do anything bad with their recorded data,” says Florian Schaub, a University of Michigan professor who studies human behavior around voice-command software. “There’s this creeping erosion of privacy that just keeps going and going. People don’t know how to protect themselves.”⠀ ⠀ ● So yes, Silicon Valley is listening to your most intimate moments. Click the link in our bio to read the full feature.⠀ ⠀ ● Cover: @scott_gelber

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