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Dec 5, 2011

Simone Donati’s Valley of Angels portrays a family living off the grid in South Eastern Sicily.
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Nov 10, 2011

Photographs from the mess that is Afghanistan: François Fleury’s Afghanistan - Blast.
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Nov 7, 2011

Valeria Mitelman’s website is filled with images, this one’s from Circus, focusing on artists working in Belarus’ state circus.
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Nov 3, 2011

For The British Watershed Line, Jason Bascombe produced beautiful landscapes near the line that divides water flowing east (towards the North Sea) and west (towards the Atlantic Ocean).
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Nov 2, 2011

“This series of images is a reflection of the mentally ill who exist in the suburbs of Britain. Suburbia is ‘home’ for many people and yet behind closed doors a number of untold drama’s play out daily.” - Daniel Keys about his Silent Spring
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Nov 1, 2011

Denis Tarasov’s Zoo uses simple reflections very smartly to create an often unsettling view of animals held in captivity.
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Oct 26, 2011

Nigel Bennet is one of the winners of this year’s Conscientious Portfolio Competition. Find my conversation with him here.
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Oct 24, 2011

Psychonauts by Francesca E. Harris portrays “persons who explore their minds through the use of psychoactive drugs”.
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Oct 19, 2011

Family by AnaStasia Rudenko looks at domestic violence, using powerful imagery.
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Oct 6, 2011

Juan Margolles’ Tierra de Nadie looks at what used to be No Man’s Land between West and East Berlin.
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Sep 27, 2011

Last Best Hiding Place by Tim Richmond is part of his four-year project End of the Oil (via). Definitely also check out Facade.
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Sep 27, 2011

Andrey Ivanov’s Shipwrecked Souls is one of those projects based on a simple idea that just works. I wish there were more images, though.
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Sep 26, 2011

The images in Hannah Lucy Jones’ To Happiness, Endlessly were compiled during a trip across England, in the words of the photographer “a diary of what I saw, who I met, and where I went.”
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Sep 20, 2011

This is a portraits from Enda Bowe’s Teannalach, a beautiful body of work.
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Sep 12, 2011

“Do people in the latter days of state transition stay connected to a past of which they have no memories and of which the last traces slowly disappear? School nr. 7 is a documentary of the first generation after the Cold War in Bulgaria and depicts growing up in an adolescent society. The country is a place, where the old stereotypes have disappeared, but are not jet replaced by new ones.” - Vesselina Nikolaeva
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Sep 6, 2011

Maarten Boswijk’s Eventually portrays Bulgarian Black Sea resorts that aren’t quite making it (yet?).
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Aug 30, 2011

This is an image from Mette Frandsen’s Sin City, which pulls no punches.
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Aug 25, 2011

About 33 Horizons, Damien Sivier writes “soon after arriving in Switzerland, the idea of a country enclosed within Europe, without any direct access to the sea, was intriguing me. I wanted then to build a catalogue of landscapes evoking this feeling of isolation. […] However, it became soon evident that there was a discrepancy between what I actually photographed and what I initially foresaw.”
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Aug 22, 2011

Chloe Borkett’s East of the River portrays “teenagers growing up in the frozen conflict zone and unrecognised country of Prenostrovie Rupublica Moldova”. (via)
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Aug 18, 2011

This is an image from Richard Higginbottom’s Vivarium. I don’t want to give too much away about it, so look at the whole series on Richard’s website.
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Aug 16, 2011

Alnis Stakle’s Ilgas portrays a remote study basis of a Latvian university (via).
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Aug 15, 2011

More about the Swiss Alps: Vanessa Püntener’s Alp.
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Aug 8, 2011

Anoek Steketee’s Dreamcity portrays amusement/theme parks all over the world (incl. some unexpected locations).
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Aug 1, 2011

This is an image from Eva Vermandel’s lovely series Splinter.
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Jul 25, 2011

This is an image from Stefano Giogli’s The Only Thing That Would be Different Would Be You, probably best viewed via this Zone Zero page.
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Jul 20, 2011

Meet Las Luchadoras by Nick Ballon - Bolivian wrestling.
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Jul 13, 2011

“Gorelovka is small village in the middle of taiga in 800 km from Novosibirsk. This place is hard to find even in the Google Map. That’s why it is the best place to escape and hide. Many years ago Christian Old Believers came here to avoid church reform. Then ‘kulaks’ (wealthy peasant) chose this place to escape from Soviet rule. Now many ‘new world antagonists’ came here to live without passports, internet, personal numbers and government.” - Olya Ivanova
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Jul 7, 2011

Loch Ness by Jamie Stoker beautifully captures the atmosphere around the Loch (I remember a couple of visits to Scotland, ages ago).
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Jul 5, 2011

This is an image from Paul Osman’s Confessionals.
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Jun 20, 2011

Missing by Pauline Magnenat “focuses on places where people who disappeared without ever found dead or alive were seen for the last time.”
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Jun 15, 2011

A little while ago, Markus Schaden showed me a book dummy for Ricardo Cases’ Paloma Al Aire. The (real) story is about a group of men who mark pigeons with colour and then place bets on them. I hope there’ll be a publisher for the book somewhere… Update (16 June 2011): The book has been published. Buy it here. (thanks, David!)
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Jun 7, 2011

Julia Peirone’s Latest Works are the kinds of photos that most people would probably delete, because it’s just not what we want to see. Works beautifully, though.
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Jun 6, 2011

Kim Høltermand’s website is filled with work, and you’ll probably spend quite a bit of time looking through the different projects. The work occasionally is a bit on the decorative side, but it’s time well spent.
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Jun 2, 2011

“Something tells us that these beings are not fully human. There is a disenganged, robotic quality to them. Yet Eva Lauterlein’s subjects [in chimères] are real, and human - to a degree. Or rather to several degrees. Their faces and bodies are computer-aided reconstructions from photographs of real men and woman she knows, with as many as forty different photographs employed.” (quoted from From Face: The New Photographic Portrait by William A.Ewing with Nathalie Herschodorfer; via)
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May 25, 2011

It might be a bit hard to believe but Nicholas Mason’s Versificator was produced using Google Street View. The images are more than mere screen shots, though. This might be the artistically most ambitious Google Street View project I’ve seen so far.
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May 24, 2011

Scale plays a huge role in Adam Magyar’s work. Thankfully, his website contains a zoom so you can look at the many details in the photographs (see the image, a crop from one of the larger pieces, with the zoom superimposed).
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May 23, 2011

A work in progress, Martin McGagh most recent series (to be found under “New Photographs”) is in need of an edit maybe, but regardless there’s a great body of work about a region in Ireland in the making.
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May 18, 2011

Ali Taptik’s Nothing Surprising is the exact opposite, and that’s good. Very nice work!
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May 17, 2011

Maxime Brygo’s Newland portrays the contemporary Dutch landscape. (via)
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May 16, 2011

Baudouin’s Unknown but nice contains compelling environmental portraiture. (via)
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May 12, 2011

For those who love photographs of ruins, Thomas Jorion’s website has plenty to offer.
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May 10, 2011

“For the series Commonness I’ve portrayed the cities Bordeaux, Kosice, Mechelen, Plzen and Mons all European cities that aspire to the title of European Capital of Culture. The resulting pictures display a similarity between the different cities, a discovery both surprising and unsettling since the cities compete for the title with distinctive assets. And yet, here they are shown to be overwhelmingly homogenous.” - Dieuwertje Komen (via)
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May 4, 2011

Nikita Pirogov’s The other shore is an absolutely inspiring body of work, combining still and moving images with sound. The presentation is superb. (via)
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Apr 25, 2011

Sébastien Erome’s Light & Transient features a lot of good photography, taken all across the US.
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Apr 21, 2011

At first, it seems a bit strange that Nicole Hametner’s Le Sapin (pdf download) references woodcuts, but the more you look, the more it makes sense. (via)
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Apr 19, 2011

There are quite a few interesting projects in Antonia Zennaro’s portfolio, such as one about a hip-hop group in Medellin or Hamburg’s red-light district.
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Apr 14, 2011

I quite like the photographs on the first page of Tilby Vattard’s photography portfolio.
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Apr 13, 2011

This is an image from a new, untitled series by Ross Rawlings exploring “the boundaries within a relationship between two young lovers.” (see the blog post about the series)
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Apr 12, 2011

These are two photographs from one of Elise Boularan projects that just seem to work too well together to present them as singles. The projects are slightly hit or miss, but the gems make looking through this website worth your while. (via)
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Apr 11, 2011

“I love taking pictures of people between their childhood and their age of maturity.” - Margo Ovcharenko
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