The answer is below the images.
Cover #1: Time magazine.
Cover #2: Verso.
I can’t tell if you are commenting on the universal subject being female in the first and male in the second or that Time has somehow come into alignment with Verso.
Yeah. It’s not clear what you’re saying?
I’m not so much “saying” something in particular as noting how not-distinct they are; you would think that Verso’s image would be different than the image used by Time magazine, but they’re essentially not. Whatever happens inside the book’s or magazine’s cover, the cover itself tells exactly the same story of the Arab revolutions, which I think is interesting. re: visual comparisons like this one, though, I think it’s more interesting to leave them open to interpretation than to try to reduce them to a single point (e.g.: “what am I trying to say”); the fact that they’re both different and similar is a provocation to think about what images mean (which is powerfully hard to simplify or summarize, even more than novels or poems, I think; something radically indecipherable). Dunno!
Interesting. I have to say, what jumped out at me at first was their *differences.* Each seems a bit “sexed up” (for their presumptive audiences?) – the Time cover appears to be a young woman, quite possibly attractive, wearing a Western-style hat atop her scarf. It seems to loosely code “Middle East,” but I see now with some googling that she’s American (and indeed apparently young and attractive). Even more, the illustration was done by Shephard Fairey, who is of course best known for his iconic (and arguably stolen) image of Barack Obama.
By contrast, Verso uses a tough-guy male, black-clad, clearly meant to be in the heat of some kind of battle, with actual flames (!) behind him. To me, the affect is completely different.
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