Photography Archive

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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.

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    Self-taught photographer Hanna Putz has got a magic touch. What other photographer other than greats such as Juergen Teller has an actual style when it comes to photography? Hanna Puz’s work isn’t even 100 miles away from Teller’s in that it speaks a dark, mystic language and highlights small beauties like dust floating through a ray of sun or a jutting collarbone. From bearded men, to children, to impeccably-designed clothing and house plants, Hanna’s work really comes into its own when she focuses on women. The females she captures seem like an altogether different species, one that’s a slightly unnerving juxtaposition between ethereal and eternally powerful. Read more about his fascinating creative and what she gets up to when she’s not behind the camera over on her website.

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    The other day someone showed me a series of photos of people who put objects all over their cats and dogs, I was like “GET WITH THE PROGRAM!” That shit’s about three years old. This is the new big thing: getting a good camera, standing in a public area and having friends/colleagues throw non-spikey items at your head to create the best self portraits ever!

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    Mossless is an independent photography publication started by Romke Hoogwaerts in 2009. His intention was to interview a photographer every other day and eventually compile a book once he’d amassed enough interviews.

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    Maya Fuhr first popped up on our radar with her incredible series Garbage Girls, in which she photographed girls in their very very messy bedrooms, to brilliant effect. She’s back now with a new project Diary Girls, made in collaboration with art director Nicole Dagenais. They shot some of their favourite female artists for the series for BULLETT Magazine – Agathe Snow, Jeanette Hayes and Sara Cwynar among them – in front of huge blown-up pages from the artists’ personal diaries. The resulting photographs are oddly exposing; secret reflections, drawings, collages and self-portraits all feature on the extracted pages, which function more like a window into the soul than simply a piece of artwork.

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    Turning food photography into images of a sexual nature is hardly the most original thing in the world, but turning it into a festish certainly is. Does anyone else get shivers when they see those ragged hang-nails next to that juicy, plump raspberry in the photo below? I do. Bobby’s got a knack of taking fridge matter, and actually anything in the category of ubiquitous and turning it into a cosmic, textured reminder of how odd the world is. Take the pile of cheeses above, for example, when has brie ever made you want to get naked and roll around in it until now? Exactly. Check out the rest of Bobby’s huge portfolio of work and editorial commissions for the New York Magazine and Strategist over on his site.

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    I know it’s foolish of me to expect anything less from the photographer who won the Taylor Wessing Portrait prize only a few years back, but Jooney Woodward’s series of photographs of horse riders is truly a shock to the system. Her disarmingly honest portraits, entitled The Riders, are a product of the time she spent immersing herself in the culture of equestrianism, and her dedication to finding out about her subjects is evident in everything from the glimpse into the subtle, guarded relationships the riders share with their horses to the theatrical costumes the riders wear. Beauuuuuutiful work!

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    Yesterday this project came to us via an enormous, floppy, colourful publication with each page dedicated to a teenage girl from Leeds. This is the photography project of my dreams. Photographer Casey Orr has a Ph.D in photography and is a senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, she took time studying the type of girls you see around Leeds and was so fascinated by the day they expressed themselves through their fashion and hairstyles she decided to make a project out of it.

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    It’s not often you have the pleasure of settling down with a book and taking the time to properly read the introduction, but in this case I did, and was struck by what the publication’s curator Olivia Triggs and editor Antony Leyton had to say on Cat’s project. “Do not open this book expecting to find sample art, finished pieces, or examples of what each contributor is ‘most famous for.’ There are other books for that. Cat’s book is about the life, not the work.”

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    The trees are luscious and green, the skies bright blue, the houses palatial and… empty. Greek photographer Alexis Vasilikos took to photographing the newly-abandoned and somehow sad-looking houses of the Greek suburbs after the economic began to take its toll on the middle class, leaving these symbols of burgeoning wealth desolate and deserted. The resulting images are a fascinating portrait of the financial ruin facing many countries after the crisis hit, with drawn shutters destroyed walls communicating as much as a dismayed face can do in normal portraiture.

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    These new images from Brea Souders might seem like simple abstracts, but the concepts behind them have its roots in traditional photographic practice and a simple scientific phenomenon. They are a continuation in her quest to explore static electricity, something she began working on back in 2012. “the result of an imbalance of electrons on the surface of an object.” She says. “When it occurs, the object is no longer in a state of electrical neutrality; it carries an invisible attractive charge.” In this instance that invisible attractive charge is taking effect on abstract scraps of photographic material; old negatives, contact sheets and coloured acetate.

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    Calling all budding photographers! Or really, calling all budding people-with-brains-full-of-great-ideas. Samsung needs your contribution to their latest endeavour, a collaboration with movers and shakers such as Rankin Idris Elba, Paloma Faith and Gizzi Erskine to discover some of the youngest, most talented people in the country. “Gizzi, Idris, Paloma and Rankin will each choose one person to work with one-on-one, helping to bring their ideas to life and launch their project,” Samsung say. “This is your chance to show off your passion, your personality, and your project idea, to get the attention of our mentors.”

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    Promotional film posters are a dime a dozen in most major cities – plastered over walls and on electronic billboards as far as the eye can see – but few know how to nail them quite like Agatha A. Nitecka. The film photographer has shot posters and promotional materials for films from Wuthering Heights to For Those in Peril, and unusually for her profession, she works entirely on film.

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    We English-folk are told from an early age all about “England’s green and pleasant land”, but seldom do we actually sit back to enjoy the famed views we’re so lucky to have access to, not least because they’re so seldom visible through rainclouds and fog which dominate the landscape. Fortunately we’ve got Australian-born, London-based photographer Ross Jenkinson on hand to capture those momentary glimpses of beauty that our drizzly country has to offer. His dreamy shots take full advantage of the light, encompassing luscious green meadows and rocky mountains to create an atmosphere taken straight from the hymn Jerusalem. We starting to wonder if perhaps we should get out more.

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    As image-makers go, Parisian photographer François Coquerel pretty much does it all. The 34-year-old maintains an open approach to his practise that means portraits, still life, reportage and fashion all feature equally in his portfolio and demonstrate the same effortless prowess. Still, his portraits are truly something to behold, capturing the essence of their subjects whether they feature seasoned celebrities like Vivienne Westwood, or friends of the photographer with whom the viewer has no prior relationship. Impressive stuff.

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    The UK has taken a real battering from the sky of late, leaving towns all over the place drowning in seemingly endless floods. The news have become accustomed to using the term “Dunkirk” when alluding to the spirit of the townspeople in the most hard-hit areas, which is accurate to say the least. Photographer Charlie Clift decided to champion the members of the public who have been waist-deep in water (sometimes sewage) for the last few weeks and take their portraits for his new series Faces of the Flood. “I realised I needed to do something to record the floods and help those affected. After a small bout of research I realised that the efforts of volunteer groups and services were amazing. So I travelled to the Somerset Levels to join them.” Charlie told us.

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    Normally when we feature a photographer like Grégoire Grange, we extoll the virtues of taking the mundane aspects of everyday life and making them seem somehow more exciting, less grey or even transforming them into something otherworldly and surreal. Not so with this Bordeaux-based photographer who seems more than happy to simply let the mundane speak for itself. Whether he’s walking the streets of his hometown picking out parked cars and empty cafés, or taking his first trip to America to focus on the minutiae of a dropped McDonald’s cup, one never feels that Gregoire is trying to put his subjects on a pedestal. His images are just beautifully-composed snapshots of world’s we’re all familiar with, yet somehow they stand out in spite of that.

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    Pavel Tereshkovet’s photography projects more often than not involve him travelling to an unknown place and documenting it via his trusty camera. His portfolio is, as you would expect, full of snaps of statues, areas of outstanding natural beauty, and of the companions he’s met along his way. Tucked in a corner of this body of work, however, is this self-explanatory series entitled 234 Hours in Liverpool. The collection of black and white images offers us a rare chance to see a British town seen through the eyes of a foreigner passing through, and shows us a fair bit more than we had bargained for about the way we live, and the strange country that we inhabit.

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    I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to recommend you a song to listen to while you read this post, here you go. Now the dulcet sounds of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings can soothe you as you look at these photos of REAL cowboys taken in America by Peter Byrne.