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Jun 13, 2012

Greg Krauss’ The Dreamer is a portrait of the photographer’s father.
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Jun 12, 2012

Michael Friberg’s Domaine Binner presents life on a vineyard in France during the “off season”. (via)
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Jun 11, 2012

“‘My last name is Blessing. I am A. Blessing.’ He said with a wink and little bow. I had a feeling that Alfred had used this endearing introduction before, and it worked like a charm. I took him for ice cream and he told me about his first big failure in life… buying a gas station.” - from the introduction of Josephine Dvorken’s A. Blessing
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Jun 7, 2012

Separate Amenities “explores how the landscape has been constructed within social recreation in the form of so-called ‘separate amenities‚’ created during apartheid in South Africa. Recreational spaces functioned as separate facilities for different racial groups on every level of society, including separate beaches, parks, walkways and swimming pools.” - Vincent Bezuidenhout
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Jun 6, 2012

Along the Way by Christopher Bennett shows locations along the route of the Lewis & Clark expedition.
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Jun 4, 2012

“Tulsa is a recent a body of work that examines my hometown. Returning from Chicago, I felt just enough on the outside to gain a new perspective of life here. As I looked at Tulsa with a fresh gaze, my aunt began to lose her eyesight, and entered a damaging relationship with a man. I started the project by photographing them, but the tensions at the heart of their world were ones that I sensed elsewhere, and I was inspired to photograph other family members, friends, and strangers.” - Sarah McKemie
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May 15, 2012

This is an image from Rachel Cox’s The past 8 Years, an extended portrait of the photographer’s grandmother. (via)
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May 10, 2012

Jane Hilton’s Dead Eagle Trail portrays American cowboys, who might just be the most quintessential characters of the American West.
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May 9, 2012

As is obvious from the title, Jacob Mooty’s Way Out West focuses on the American West, its myths, and the ideas that can be projected onto it. (via)
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May 3, 2012

Imperial Pictures by Matt Gainer focuses on the American Southwest borderlands, tying together ideas of the American West with the topic of illegal immigration from Mexico.
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May 2, 2012

Kourtney Roy’s Auto-Portraits combine the self portrait with the idea of the staged narrative. I personally prefer the diptychs over the single shots - given the often added visual complexity.
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May 1, 2012

Newsha Tavakolian’s “Listen” portrays six female Iranian professional singers who are subjected to severe restrictions due to the country’s Islamic laws. There also is a video installation that goes along the body of work.
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Apr 26, 2012

This is an image from Max Marshall’s Natural Encounters. Those interested in more conceptual work might want to check out Fabulous Views or Disambiguation, a collaboration with Andrea P. Nguyen.
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Apr 19, 2012

“in late 2009, I started photographing in Norwegian prisons, mostly at a women’s prison that generally holds drug traffickers and drug offenders, who often are drug addicts, and a very famous men’s prison in Norway, which houses murderers, robbers and rapists but is noted as one of the most progressive prisons in the world.” - Britney Anne Majure about Fengsel
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Apr 16, 2012

Baudouin Mouanda is a Congolese photographer, part of the Generation Elili collective, which is based in Brazzaville. The above image is from a series on S.A.P.E. (“Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elégantes” - “Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People”). To see more work check out this page or look through the Generation Elili collective website (most of these pages are in French, click on “Travaux” and then look for the photographer’s name).
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Apr 5, 2012

Michael Vahrenwald’s Forest Floor contains images “taken throughout New York City from industrial to residential areas. They depict various weeds and plant life flourishing in the cracks of sidewalks, out of the sides of buildings and underneath infrastructure. The scenes are colored by the trash strewn about by passers by.” Which only proves that you just have to look to find all kinds of good things to photograph in New York City.
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Apr 4, 2012

Featuring landscapes and portraits, Thabiso Sekgala’s Homeland investigates the notion of home in an area in South Africa that was used by the apartheid government to confine, define and disempower people.
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Mar 27, 2012

“This series of portraits of girls all dressed up for their Matric Dance was photographed on the Cape Flats, a vast area outlying Cape Town. […] For most matriculants and their families, the matric dance is a seminal moment: for some, it is a celebration of being the first member of their family ever to finish school, previous generations having been disadvantaged by the apartheid era education system and economic conditions; for others it is a night that formally marks the leaving behind of childhood and transition into adulthood; for the majority […] it may primarily be a night of fantasy escapism” - Araminta de Clermont about Before Life
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Mar 26, 2012

This is a portrait from Kensington Blues by Jeffrey Stockbridge, a project focusing on a hot spot for drugs and prostitution in North Philadelphia. Make sure to listen to some of the audio!
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Mar 22, 2012

Sanctuary of Exile by Ilan Godfrey portrays refugees from Zimbabwe a church in South Africa is providing a safe haven for.
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Mar 20, 2012

I’m often surprised about how few photographers are willing to work on the presentation of their images online. Thankfully, over-designed Flash sites seem on their way out. But it seems their places are now being filled by template-derived ones. Make no mistake, if you’re not a programmer, it’s nice to be able to work with a template. But seeing the same simple template used on so many websites is offputting. Tom Kavanagh’s websites shows that it doesn’t take much to create a much more interesting experience with actually very simple means. The user has to scroll through the image sets her/himself, and I expect to see more websites like this one once tablet computers are more widely used.
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Mar 19, 2012

I had a hard time finding one representative image for Jordan Sullivan, so I eventually picked this one. Many of the photographs seemingly have imperfections, but I think they really work.
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Mar 15, 2012

According to this article at LPV Magazine where I found Daisuke Yokota’s photography, the process of getting these images involves “some strange and noteworthy things with flash, Photoshop and re-photography.” Whatever it is, the results are very intriguing (this images is from Backyard).
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Mar 12, 2012

Oscillating between wanting to know how Brice Bischoff’s Bronson Caves photographs were made and not wanting to know, I ended up looking it up - see this interview; and now the magic is very slightly gone. Which is, of course, entirely my own fault. Photography does that, though, doesn’t it: It teases us to look how it was made. Very strange.
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Mar 5, 2012

I think that you want to look at Laura Noel’s Smoke Break first and foremost as good portraiture and second as a body of work about smoking. It’s funny, smoking has always had all kinds of things attached to it - the idea of being cool, and now the social stigma (in a society where all kinds of almost equally unhealthy habits are widely accepted). (via)
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Feb 29, 2012

Eriko Koga’s Asakusa Zenzai follows an elderly couple living in Tokyo over the course of several years. The resulting book - see my presentation here - is breathtaking.
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Feb 28, 2012

Ben Marcin’s The Camps is a series of photographs documenting homeless camps in Baltimore.
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Feb 27, 2012

“Love and War is the lyrical synthesis of all the narrative fragments I collected while hanging around Caroline Annandale between the ages of 16 and 25.” - Simoneau Guillaume
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Feb 20, 2012

This is an image from Amanda Boe’s Midwest Meets West, documenting South Dakota.
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Feb 9, 2012

Laura Plageman’s Response involves working with the physicality of printed photographs - a simple, yet intriguing idea.
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Feb 8, 2012

Photograms usually leave me cold. The ones by Meghann Junell Riepenhoff (this one from Instar), however, are spectacular. (via Hippolyte Bayard)
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Feb 1, 2012

I’ll Die For You is a project by Laura El-Tantawy about the many thousands of Indian farmers who committed suicide over the past decade.
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Jan 26, 2012

I have a bit of a weakness for photographic depictions of messy places - such as those in Gustavo Sanabria’s Talat Noi.
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Jan 23, 2012

This is an image from Youngsuk Suh’s Wildfires - a series of landscapes with the fires only present in the form of a diffuse smoke.
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Jan 11, 2012

This is one of the great portraits from Graham Miller’s Waiting for the Miracle. Also don’t miss Suburban Splendour, which I like just as much.
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Jan 10, 2012

Kirk Crippens’ The Great Recession comes in three parts: Foreclosure, USA, Dealership Wreck, and Chopping Block. There’s a great photobook to be produced right there!
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Jan 9, 2012

“The evidence of man defines our modern landscape and is overwhelming and beautiful.” - Paul Yem in his statement for The Modern Land
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Jan 5, 2012

For Breathing Walls, Rhea Karam has photographed walls in Beirut, Lebanon, to find the traces of the city’s more than tumultuous past.
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Jan 3, 2012

Jamie Campbell’s Looking Askance “examines the skepticism based around photography as a medium of objective representation,” in part by using references to work such as “spirit photography.”
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Jan 2, 2012

Sur la trace du renard by Louis Perreault documents signs of occupation in an otherwise vacant lot.
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Dec 29, 2011

Outback, by Andrew Babington, “is a series of eight large-scale constructed photographs, depicting fictional narratives based in the Australian rural landscape and the fears of the outback that have been represented and exploited in film, literature, art and journalism since colonial times.”
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Dec 26, 2011

“In patriarchal Indian society, being a kothi (an Indian term for effeminate and transsexual man) is still a matter of shame. The social stigma is a serious barrier to joining mainstream occupations. To earn a living, some kothis become launda (drag) dancers. For poor families from the interiors of UP and Bihar looking for a grand wedding, boys in drag become a cheap substitute for dancing girls.” - Chhandak Pradhan about Lipstick Men
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Dec 22, 2011

Yero Adugna Eticha was born in Ethiopia and now resides in Berlin. Tulu Gedo portrays the little Ethiopian village where the photographer’s grandmother lives.
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Dec 21, 2011

“It was only recently that I decided on a name for this series: Off Route 80. Before that the work done in Grapevine Hollow, West Virginia, since 2006 was provisionally called New Landscapes. My reticence in giving the series a title stemmed from a desire to resist naming a specific place or region, in this case Appalachia with its negative connotations dating back from before the Civil War. To do so would be declaring the work a documentary record -which of course it is, albeit a highly subjective one, belonging to a tradition where the artist admits to being part of the situation portrayed.” - Susan Lipper. Make sure to look at the images individually, and don’t miss the videos!
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Dec 20, 2011

Unreal City by Hannah Darabi uses construction sites in different countries to approach new environments, focusing on what you could think of as the setting of the stage.
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Dec 19, 2011

This is an image from Erin Hernsberger’s Suture - a somewhat unusual series of still lives.
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Dec 8, 2011

Lisa Adamucci’s Eat A Peach portrays life on a peach farm.
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Dec 6, 2011

About As You Were Ryan Handt writes: “In this work, I study the relationship between the people in my history who have dealt with hardship and myself.”
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Nov 30, 2011

“Physical Realities of Death deals with the themes of the values of living, the masculinity role and death. These fundamental issues are intriguing but often not easy to bring into conversations. Through careful academic research and interviews with patients and healthcare workers, a collection of stories and information is being retold through the character - Toivo Laukkanen, played by Mr. Tapanai Muranen street-cast by the artist.” - Tristan Cai
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Nov 24, 2011

“Outsiders have long fictionalized the narrative surrounding Appalachia. As a resident of West Virginia I have always been aware of the views others hold of my home, and they have guided me to create my own version of life in the hills. My Appalachia is a granulated depiction based on the false impressions of others, my idealizations and personal experiences.” - Aaron Blum
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