Photography Archive

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    Will looking into artist’s studios ever get boring? I think not, and neither do Freunde von Freunden who make this activity their profession. The Berlin collective travel to the homes and workplaces of some of the world’s most quietly spectacular people who choose to adorn their little nests with beautiful objects, and take pride in things such as ancient rugs, houseplants and hanging crystals.

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    I like to imagine that if I were to hop on a spaceship and zoom a distance away from the earth I’d be able to watch all of the inhabitants of our busy planet scuttling hurriedly around its surface like tiny ants. This is extreme, of course, and completely ridiculous, but as it turns out, if you hover at a considerably lower altitude in a plane, and dangle out of the window, you really can make out the traces of activity that we leave behind us.

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    Magdalena Wosinska has something of a reputation for creating exciting images that all the big brands want to buy into. Her photographs convey a sense of unreserved excitement and fun, strewn with gangs of achingly trendy twenty somethings with effortlessly beautiful physiques. But her style isn’t some affectation born out of a desire to be cool, Magdalena grew up photographing her friends in the skate and metal scene just doing their thing, inadvertently creating a vernacular that people want to buy into.

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    Both tattoos and secret codes may be considered cool in isolation; bring them together and it’s fair to say our heads have been well and truly turned. The latest book from Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell – aka design studio and publishing imprint FUEL – builds on the huge success of their previous books focusing on Russian tattoos.

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    It might be argued that if you were to take a selection of women whose job it is to be startlingly beautiful, and then have extremely capable photographer Alessandro Furchino photograph them, you’d have a hard time making a book of the images that was anything less than lovely. That simply isn’t true, though, and Andy Massaccesi’s excellent work in designing Sublime for the model agency Monster Management is absolutely not to be sniffed at.

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    We first fell in love with Ramon Haindl’s work about a year-and-a-half ago when he was still finding his feet as a freelance photographer. We were immediately drawn to his sensitive treatment of subjects, his extraordinary use of light and his collaborations with the likes of Haw-Lin Services and Deutsche and Japaner. Arguably one of our stand-out photographs of 2012 was his shot of a model’s beautiful auburn hair resting on the neck of her knitted jumper – it’s a truly exceptional image.

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    Historians have long appreciated the cultural necessity of gathering oral testimonies about the past from those who experienced it while we still have the chance. Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman has spent 10 years applying this same principle to the natural world, and the fruits of her extraordinary labours have now been published in a stunning new book. The Oldest Living Things In The World is exactly what it sounds like; a photographic documentation of 30 of our planet’s most enduring natural phenomena; featuring lichens and shrubs, fungi, coral and Apsen trees all of which have been around for more than 2,000 years (and in the case of the Apsen trees, a mind boggling 80,000 years).

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    It’s no huge revelation that The Gentlewoman has an eye for stylish and interesting visuals, but even by the magazine’s own sky-high standards this shoot from Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes – styled by Sam Logan – is pretty ruddy special. The idea is simple enough – to celebrate the humble pocket and the beautiful detailing which separate the best garments from the rest, but in these super-talented hands it becomes something more than the sum of its parts, thanks to the use of shadow and confidently single-minded focus, which stimulate almost lurid fixation.

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    How cool is this? Fantastic photographer Dan Martenson got asked to photograph The Yeah Yeah Yeahs for Holiday magazine and decided to make it look like a set of passport photos taken in some old photobooth. Why does this work? Because The Yeah Yeah Yeahs remind us of being teenagers and our brains being constantly infused with love, excitement, getting drunk and the possibilities of life. What does a photo booth remind you of? Travel, friendship, memories and wild times. The combination of both great band and ubiquitous image-making tool is a match made in heaven, and testament to what a great photographer Dan is.

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    You know that feeling you get when you’re sat at your desk, the sun is shining, and for a second it comes through the window, warming your arm just long enough for you to know exactly what you’re missing? If that feeling makes you fidget in your seat then Adrian Morris’ photographs will probably have you leaping over buildings.

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    Mark Gerald is something of a rare creature in that he’s both a psychoanalyst and a photographer, and has succeeded in stitching these two very different passions together. He first started the project In the Shadow of Freud’s Couch back in 2003, when he started to photograph his fellow psychoanalysts in their offices, in reaction to the archetype of Sigmund Freud’s Victorian consulting room, with its “oriental rug-draped couch.”

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    Connie Zhou’s camera lens is like a magnet drawn inexplicably towards all things enormous and awe-inspiring. Since shooting these jaw-dropping photographs of Google HQ she has turned her gaze towards incredibly futuristic architecture that’s beginning to dominate the contemporary skyline, complete with reflective surfaces, skyscraper heights and spaceship-like structures. It’s not all bad though, as some of them are really very beautiful. See for yourself below!

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    When bad things happen in far away places the easiest thing to do is ignore them, but New York photographer Mike Mellia is doing all he can to make sure you don’t. Mike is famous for using his photographs to make analytical statements (remember these guys), and his collaboration with South Sudanese refugee-turned-supermodel Nykhor Paul has made sure his latest work Our side of the story: South Sudan is no exception.

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    As the age-old saying goes: a picture’s worth a thousand words, and in the case of Brighton-based photographer Matt Henry, those thousand words come together to tell a powerful story.

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    At just 19 years old, Los Angeles-based photographer Isadora Kosofsky has a remarkable ability to capture the emotionally complex experience of growing old. For her long-term documentary project The Three she joined in with the routines of Jeanie, 82, Will, 84 and Adina, 90 who meet every day near their senior-care facilities to spend their remaining days together in a three-way relationship.

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    Nigel Shafran’s approach to photography is utterly unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Taking often mundane aspects of every day life, Nigel captures them in a way that they’ve never been seen before, turning what we know about photography on its head and presenting something brilliantly enthralling.

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    The Grand Palais, one of Paris’ largest and most spectacular art galleries, is paying tribute to artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a huge exhibition of his work. Famous for his incredibly stylised black and white photographs, Robert rose to fame in the late 60s and early 70s for his images of New York’s underground bondage and sadomasochism scenes, introducing a form of image-making which embraced homoeroticism in a way that very few, if any, photographers had managed to do before him. The exhibition will show 200 of these controversial and ground-breaking images, making it the most complete show of his work to date.

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    Seen this going round the internet of late? Well us too, but if you think this is just another bogus list of “things dogs do when they’re scared” or “cats that are really happy to be alive today” then think again. Gabriele Galimberti’s Toy Stories is a well-researched, totally valid project that explores the plastic glory that children of all ages and from all different backgrounds hold dear. In Toy Stories, she travelled around photographing young kids after asking them to select their most treasured possessions, with rather interesting results.

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    The world of child actors can be a tricky one to navigate, from exploited teenyboppers to precocious drama school Jemimas. But photographer Helena Miscioscia’s latest series focusing on the youngsters who tread the boards at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is a compelling and atmospheric triumph. Helena, who has an MA in Performance Studies, took inspiration from the portraits of the original Shakespearean actors and styled her modern-day subjects in the same way.

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    Here’s something unexpected for a Thursday morning, remember Canadian Rock star Bryan Adams? Remember him being all sexy and nice in Sherwood Forest and remaining in the UK number one spot for 16 weeks with wedding anthem Everything I do, I do it for you? And then later blowing us away with potentially the best duet – and certainly best karaoke classic – Baby When You’re Gone with Mel C? Anyway, let’s get to the point.

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    Not to be confused with the magician of the same name, Benoit Fournier is a French photographer living and working in Brazil. Having taken up photography at the relatively ripe old age of 20, he’s been developing his skills in Mexico and Spain, before settling in Rio de Janeiro. While there he’s been at work compiling numerous series’ of photographs that document life on the city’s streets and beaches, particularly focussing on the population’s relationship with water.

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    Eric Ruby is based in Massachussetts, USA, which to my somewhat geographically-illiterate brain is about as far away from urban London as I can imagine. Indeed it must be, if the photographs from his series Do Not Go Gentle are anything to go by. Creating a new image of mortality from a juxtaposition of portraiture and landscape photography, Eric alludes to the very famous Dylan Thomas poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, using a desert-like setting which is all the more alluring for its strangeness. Bleak expanses of bleached white sand littered with gravelly stones sit next to images of the life-worn wrinkled faces of several old men, interspersed with ambiguously boney, feathery creatures. It’s a curiously arranged series, but it works a treat.

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    It’s all very well picking up a camera and messing around with it like everyone else, but not everyone takes it to the next level of “amateur photographer” and even fewer make it to “professional photographer.” Those that stand out from here on out are the professional photographers who do one thing incredibly well – whether it’s photographing food, naked women or simply landscapes – much like young Liverpudlian freelance photographer Sonny McCartney. Sonny’s got a knack for candid, lo-fi portraits of some of London’s freshest young talent. Does “young talent” sound a bit creepy? Maybe. That’s even funnier though, because even though a lot of his subjects are half-dressed, there’s absolutely nothing creepy about them in the slightest. The pictures of Mick Jagger with a microphone down his pants? A different story.

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    Polish-born photographer Josef Schulz has an extraordinary body of work to his name. The 48-year-old’s imagery deals predominantly with mundane man-made objects iconicised by his lens. But his images aren’t quite as simple as they first seem. Using digital manipulation Josef transforms his originals into familiar yet otherworldly scenes, removing the typography from commercial signage and transplanting urban architecture from its cluttered surroundings into bare backgrounds. His Übergang series saw him traipsing across Europe documenting abandoned military and national checkpoints, subtly blurring their backgrounds in post-production to remove them from their original context – which gives them the appearance of being captured in a different era entirely.

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    I don’t doubt that Alasdair McLellan has had his fill of being referred to in the context of his “Northernness,” but the photographer’s origin is a factor which continues to influence his work to such an extent that it would be foolish to ignore it. He captures an atmosphere which is arguably unmatched in fashion photography; both male and female models appear gritty and tough, but simultaneously romantic and sensual. It’s a uniquely Northern mood and a difficult juxtaposition to capture, but he continues to achieve it like no other in his field.

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    In the competitive, ever-changing world of the creative industries, it can be hard to get the right opportunities to make great work, which is why the time is ripe for innovative platforms like MOFILM.

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    Things allegedly so good they named it twice include couscous, the ylang ylang plant and most famously New York, and perhaps understandably it’s the latter that has inspired a gorgeous new series by photographer Veronika Marquez. Having scoured the city for picture postcard spots – think the Brooklyn Bridge, the High Line and Central Park – Veronika then creates tableaux using multiple images of herself striking different poses.

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    Street style photography has rapidly grown in importance at fashion weeks over the last couple of years, leaving actual catwalk reportage and photography cowering in its shadow. With this quick rise, however, comes the emergence of a new wave of fashion photographers; those who are less interested in capturing the detail of a pleat or the heel of a shoe and more concerned with the characteristics of show attendees while waiting to pile into venues.

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    Get the Kleenex ready, this is potentially going to make you blub all over your Pret sandwich. This is a simple, well-excecuted and very well-researched project from New York-born, Paris-based photographer Lauren Fleishman. This project sees her hunting down New York couples that have been together for 50 years or more and photographing them hanging out together in what is probably the most touching, life-affirming series of images you’ll see this year, or your life.

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    Normally we associate Dan Wilton with the music industry. His bread and butter work involves trailing some of the most exciting new musicians across the globe and documenting their antics for us mere mortals to enjoy. When he’s not doing that you can invariably find him making normal people look exciting, turning football fans and Repton boxers alike into iconic individuals with the swift click of his shutter.

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    People like Gilbert Blecken are some of the most important people in music. Gilbert has dedicated his life to making fanzines, buying records, waiting for bands to finish practice to he can interview them and, most importantly, take their photo. Despite having had his photos printed in the likes of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Kerrang!, Gilbert’s body of work is still relatively unknown. Perhaps it’s because he never really set out to be a photographer, he was just making fanzines. The reason why his photos are so clear is that he was worried they wouldn’t photocopy properly, and the reason he took the photos at all was because he had already interviewed the subjects and felt it would be weird not to.

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    Photographer Carl Kleiner is so consistently excellent that coming up with witty/pithy/unusual introductions every time we feature him on the site is pretty difficult (yeah I know, get the violins out, my life is soooooo hard etc etc etc). So let’s keep this nicely simple; Carl has styled and shot this beautiful series for Herman Miller’s new editorial platform WHY to showcase their new colour palette. His abstract creations do a brilliant job of putting the colours front and centre, celebrating the vibrancy of each and the eclecticism of the range without resorting to clumsy juxtaposition. Even by his own sky-high standards Carl’s on something of a hot streak recently and long may it continue!

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    If you’re a regular reader of the site you’re probably pretty familiar with the above image by now. It’s a cheeky little photo of an orange and a white hen’s egg engaged in a tender embrace. It was shot for us by Italian photographer Maurizio Di Iorio, a creative we’d not had the pleasure of working with before. We’ve known his work for a long time though and have always been enamoured with his still life imagery – although he’s equally adept at capturing the female form with similarly striking results – and decided he was the man we needed to take on the challenge of our first ever photographic front cover.

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    Just when you thought they’d gone quiet, Bompas and Parr have returned with what looks to be their most gloriously gruesome food-related project yet. On Friday 14 March, tattooed and talented celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine will be swallowing a SynMed pill-cam live, aided by Bompas and Parr themselves and a team of scientists. The pill will stream a film live from Gizzi’s gut in what hopes to be one of the most revealing, exciting food experiments the duo have performed so far, the results of which will be used to illustrate a volume of Memoirs of a Stomach – an obscure 1853 diet book told from the perspective of a stomach.

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    For those of you based outside of the UK the county of Essex might not carry much in the way of cultural associations, but to English people nationwide it’s a place-name that goes hand-in-hand with all things gaudy, brash and indulgent. Think tiny chihuahuas, Tango-orange fake tans and nightclubs covered from wall to ceiling in synthetic fur, and you’re getting close to the stereotype that society has so carefully constructed around Essex.

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    We’ve known about Will Sanders for a long old while now, but he’s one of those terrific talents that you can keep coming back to for his constant creative progression and canny knack for moving his practice into uncharted territories. In the past we’ve mostly been enamoured with his street photography and portraits of celebrities (and let’s not forget that shot of inflatables on a beach, that’s a solid candidate for the best photography of all time) but increasingly his fashion shoots are winning us over for their unashamed sense of fun and excitement. We’re not saying that the fashion world is too serious for its own good (we are a little) but it’s great to see someone like Will liven things up with a more playful perspective on an industry that should be really be fun ALL the time.

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    Sometimes we ease you into a Monday morning but not this week dear readers because Giles Duley’s new series is an urgent, heart-stopping reminder that struggling with the commute is pretty small fry. He went with Save The Children to visit the Syrian refugees in Zaatari, Jordan, and the resulting portraits are extraordinarily powerful.

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    There’s a natural compunction to measure creatives by the choices they make in the exact fields in which they work. Where do chefs eat? What do authors read? And now where do architects live, which is the subject of a show planned for this year’s Milan Salone.

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    You may know photographer Kate Friend for her high-end fashion editorial photography for the likes of NOWNESS, Dazed Digital or The Sunday Times, and for being the founder of contemporary fashion and culture magazine MOTHER. Stepping away from fashion editorial, Kate ventured out to Iceland where she delved below the largest glacier in the country to take photographs of it from beneath.

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    Do you look back on your high school days with a shudder or a grin? Everyone had to be pushed through that smelly, pubescent tube at some stage or another, and although our experiences were different in their small details, they were all relatively similar. Aaron Wojack dared to revisit high school by way of spending six months at a Lower Manhattan public school and documenting the students studying there. The fact that this particular school was used as a temporary morgue during 9/11 laces these photos of blossoming adults with a vibe I can’t quite my finger on. Maybe it’s because they’re the faces of the next generation in New York, maybe it’s because Aaron states that they all commute from all over the city every day to learn there. Maybe it’s just because the images are just so, so good. Check out the rest of Aaron’s equally fascinating photos over on his site.