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Slate Magazine ADMIN March 30, 2009
Slate just posted the latest slide show of photos from this pool. You can check it out here. The submissions thus far have been outstanding -- please keep them coming! If you missed the first slide show, you can find it here.

Group Description

Grim economic times produce indelible images. The Great Depression calls to mind the harrowing portraits taken by Walker Evans. The downturn of the 1970s evokes images of yacht-size cars idling in line at the gas station. But what does the current economic crisis look like?

Slate is turning to our readers and to the Flickr community to find out—we want to know what the recession looks like to you. Please submit photos to this group that capture our perilous economic moment. Periodically, we will publish a selection of striking photos from the group in a slide show on Slate.

The success of this project will depend on your imagination. We welcome photos of closed stores and vacant homes; they’re clearly part of the story. But we would like to encourage participants to find surprising ways of recording this recession. Take a shot of the contents of the box you brought home with you when you were laid off. Take a shot of the handwritten sign at your local coffee shop apologizing for the price hike on scrambled eggs. Take a shot of the mechanic whose business is up because more folks are keeping their old cars.

Along with each photograph, please submit a one-sentence description of what’s in the shot and indicate what city and state it was taken in (or better yet, submit photos with geotags). And before submitting photos, read the terms and conditions of the project here.

Questions can be sent to We’re looking forward to seeing what you’re seeing.

Group Rules

Welcome to Slate’s “Shoot the Recession” group. By submitting photos, you are agreeing to the group’s terms and conditions, set forth below. Also, please remember to include with your photo a one-sentence description of what’s in the shot, as well as the name of the city and state where it was taken (or provide a geotag). Thanks for participating!

Terms and Conditions

By sharing your photo with Slate's "Shoot the Recession" group on Flickr, you agree to grant Slate, free of charge, permission to use your photo (including modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) on

In granting Slate permission to use your photo, you will not knowingly post content that violates the copyright, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property right of any third party, and you will remove the same should you discover that you have violated this provision (or inform us in order to remove this content if you are unable to). Likewise, you may not post content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, or abusive; that violates a third party's right to privacy; that otherwise violates any applicable local, state, national, or international law; or that is otherwise inappropriate or not related to the story, photo group, or other part of the site where you posted said content.

Slate reserves the right not to accept your photo for any reason at our discretion, including the ability to remove it from the "Shoot the Recession" group on Flickr if it breaches any of the terms above.

If you do not want to grant Slate the permissions set out above on these terms, please do not share your photo with the "Shoot the Recession" group on Flickr.

Finally, don't endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks, or break any laws when taking your photos. Please note that Slate is not responsible for the content of any external Web sites and/or any personal data you submit to external Web sites, including Flickr. Any use of Flickr will be subject to its terms of use. Please refer to Flickr's terms of use, privacy policy and community guidelines before submitting any content to the "Shoot the Recession" group on Flickr. To the extent that there is a conflict between these terms and Flickr's terms of use, the above terms will apply only to Slate's use of your photo for the purposes set out above.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Members can post 6 things to the pool each day.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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