Photography Archive

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    Hats and horns off to Charles Fréger who has blown everyone else’s LAME projects out the water with his showstopper of a photography series The Wilder Man. Charles travelled around a total of 18 different European countries in order to investigate the folkloric traditions and legends that surrounds each individual culture. In many festivals, events and traditions across Europe, there is usually a time when a man is dressed up as something wild and fearsome and paraded around a town to signify something or other that happened long ago. Charles decided to put these terrifying characters on a pedestal and shine a light on what they truly look like, away from the pushing crowds of the festivals and rituals. The National Geographic site describes Charles’ quest beautifully:

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    Yann Faucher’s website is full of polished, carefully constructed images for fashion editorials – crisp, clean and multi-layered, they ooze the kind of feeling he is known for and commissioned to create. And it’s very beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but over on his Tumblr the overriding aesthetic is one of rawness, and somehow that’s far more exciting.

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    My dentist likes to quote zen proverbs at me while he’s cleaning my teeth: there’s nothing quite as surreal as a haiku being cooed at you while you have a bright light aimed at your tonsils and your teeth shaken and scraped by metal tongs. These strange but oddly familiar photographs by Mark Lyon capture some of that weirdness associated with dentist related situations.

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    Discos can be oddly liminal spaces in even the most ordinary of venues, but when they’re held in buildings which used to serve as Houses of Culture during Soviet era Lithuania, they quickly become even stranger. Fortunately, Lithuanian-American photographer Andrew Miksys had the good sense to photograph them; he spent ten years travelling around the youth discos in small villages throughout Lithuania, brilliantly capturing the unsettling juxtaposition of a new generation who are transforming old spaces. Some of the rooms in the images are littered with old Soviet memorabilia, from portraits of Lenin to discarded gas masks, creating the sense of a new generation trying to build a life among the ruins. It’s a beautifully candid and incredibly poignant reminder of how some periods in history continue to resonate long after they’re over.

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    Seeing a photo of Earl Sweatshirt rolling a spliff in an open JFK shirt and a terrifying blade being held next to his face as he grins, pink-eyed to the camera is not your everyday kind of photojournalism. In the world of Michael Schmelling, whose instantly recognisable photography has won him editorial spots in magazines like WIRE and our personal in-house favourite, Die Zeit, this is pretty standard.

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    Rosa Verde is a documentary photographer based in the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, who recently gave up a career in news reportage to pursue stories she felt to be more meaningful. This led her to Basketball is Life, a poignant and touching series about the universality of the sport, and yet the diversity in reasons that people pursue it.

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    It’s usually only when watching The Sound of Music on a Sunday afternoon (happens more often than you’d think) that I muse on what my life would be like if I lived in a convent, but Giulio Ghirardi’s got me pondering it today. The reason being A Different Life, the photographic series he created inside the walls of the Monastery of San Giovanni in Parma, Italy. He photographs the quiet serenity of the buildings and the monks wandering inside it, and even the most unlikely of objects seem imbued with calm when seen through his lens; a bag of bread hanging on a wall, a statue of the Virgin Mary among some foliage. It’s a wonderfully tranquil project, shot through with saturated chunks of light and activity. Lovely stuff.

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    Some Friday mornings you need something super-bright, super-colourful and super-fun to kickstart your day and send you headlong to the glories of the weekend. With that in mind, may we present this great shoot by Michael Burk for a new collaboration between Sight Unseen and Print All Over Me which is about to go on show at New York Design Week.

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    American photographer James Friedman has been bouncing round the blogosphere the last couple of weeks with attention lavished on his Interior Design series, showcasing the colourful cross-sections of cut-open golf balls.

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    Personally I can think of nothing worse than spending months at sea in a giant frozen boat, risking my life night and day so that people lazier than I am can enjoy a fish supper once a week. Sounds hellish. And yet Corey Arnold spent seven years aboard various commercial fishing vessels on Alaska’s Bering Sea, battling gargantuan waves, sleepless nights and sub-zero temperatures rustling crab and fish from the arctic waters. Thankfully he took his camera along with him, meaning we get to experience this hazardous profession without having to set even one foot onto a boat. Easy!

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    We love these gorgeous snaps from Chantal Anderson, whose beautiful locations and tropical colour-schemes make us want to drop everything we’re doing and book a flight straight to California. Splitting her time between Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest, Anderson’s photographs have been featured in Time Out, and she’s also done work for Google. After gazing at these photographs, you’re bound to want to pull off your heavy-knit winter jumpers and plunge straight into a summery pool.

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    What can you say about a guy whose bio on his website is just one big question mark other than “Dear Josh, you have the best look book I have ever seen. Explain.” From what I can gather, Josh Reim is a young fashion designer whose clothes look like altered versions of your best thrift-store finds. Kitsch embroidery, cuddly toys and enormous batwing sleeves are met with menacing ropes woven around hems, and cute characters on the fronts of dungarees that look a tad more frightening than they probably should. Add to that mix a bunch of models that look like they haven’t seen sunlight or vegetables for a few years messing around in a dusty recording studio and you’ve got one of the most palpable and inspirational look books you’ll see this year. Just to add to the mystery, it’s almost impossible to find anywhere that sells his clothes. Best guy ever.

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    Don’t be shocked at the photos you see here. Clicking on a Henrik Purienne article and complaining about the nudity is like going to the Louvre and complaining that there are too many paintings. The bounty-hunting jet-setter has recently published a new book, morena, which has been lovingly designed by Barcelona design studio Córdova – Canillas. The concept of the book is simple: morena is a Spanish word for “a tanned or a non-blonde girl, or both at the same time” and the book is “a collection of monographs venturing in a timeless sensuality, in nudity as a state of true elegance, in sex…”

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    The taste of peaches and cream, the smell of fresh washing, and the feeling of a cool breeze on a warm summers day are all sensations evoked when flicking through Margaux Roy’s minimalist photography series, Wahed. Taken while on holiday in Tunisia, Roy focuses on fabrics, patterns and textures, and the things unseen or overlooked amongst everyday life.

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    Alongside Harry Griffin, Eva O’Leary is one half of photographic duo Two States, whose war enactment project Devils Den had us stunned and delighted back in December. As we’ve just discovered though, Eva has some brilliant work of her own, too. Her portfolio is full of images which, through her lens, seem ever so slightly more extraordinary. From a man in a dressing gown and wellies sipping nonchalantly from a red mug as though the deep, mysterious blue forest he’s standing in is perfectly normal, to a pair of outstretched arms hugging the wall space between two windows; everything looks just a little bit surreal. Her photographs have an intense depth to them that’s not often found in portraiture, and frankly, we can’t stop staring.

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    When a photographer goes to assist a more established practitioner, they have an amazing up-close opportunity to learn from the best. And they don’t come much better than Nadav Kander, whom Kate Peters spent four years working with before developing her own projects and commissions.

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    Adam got in touch last week and said that he had picked up a copy of Printed Pages in his local Greenpoint coffee shop and wanted to show us his work. We’re glad that particular coffee shop has such good taste (ahem) in the magazines they put around for the enjoyment of their customers, because otherwise we would never have seen Adam’s brilliant photographs.

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    Looking at the tranquil photographs taken by Vancouver based philosophy graduate Nich Hance McElroy makes one ask oneself the age-old and head-scratching question: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Like the famous philosophical dilemma, McElroy’s photo series seeks knowledge of the unobserved, and does this through documenting undisturbed moments and spaces; places where sounds seem to cease to exist, where not even the clicking of McElroy’s shutter is able to penetrate into the hushed serenity of his compositions.

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    For centuries we have been fascinated by the architecture of power; indeed many of the world’s most visited tourist sites are structures from where religious, political and social power was once exercised. But what about the places which provide the backdrops to the decision-makers of today? Swiss photographer Luca Zanier’s ongoing project Corridors of Power takes us inside the very rooms where the contemporary power-brokers play, many of which seem straight out of central casting.

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    When your photography skills are as good as Nico’s and you’ve just married what appears to be a very wonderful and beautiful woman, why not document your honeymoon appropriately? This series that he posted on Facebook documents him and his new wife’s travels around what I can only assume is South Africa as that’s where Nico’s from. It made me think about honeymoon photos in general, are they a thing? Are couples usually so done with photographs after the wedding that they don’t bother? It’s a very special time for couples, and I’d like to see more honeymoon albums. Not the naked kind.

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    Step aside all ye pretenders of yore; it’s time to show you my new favourite website. English Heritage – the body charged with protecting, maintaining and promoting the UK’s historic buildings – has launched a new Tumblr on which they treat us to images from their incredible photographic archives. With more than seven million to choose from, the Tumblr takes a thematic approach to curation, showcasing several examples of the same thing each day (today is gravestones, yesterday was railway signal boxes).

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    Swiss photographer Marie Rime is just about to graduate from her BA in photography at ECAL. In spite of her young age she’s managed to accrue an impressive body of fine art photography that experiments with unorthodox costumes crafted from everyday materials (in this case board game pieces). They concern themselves predominantly with the theme of power, exploring the role that armour and costumes play in the amplification of status in the perception of the viewer. As a result of this coherent and highly stylised portfolio, Marie has found herself shortlisted for this year’s Hyéres photography festival – which seems like an entirely deserved honour to us.

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    I can’t stop looking at these photos by Daniel Naudé, who has spent the past two years travelling through India, Uganda and Madagascar taking beautiful portraits of cattle in communities where they are still considered sacred. I rarely think of these animals beyond their association with farming, leather and children’s books, yet here they are transformed before my eyes into majestic, heroic creatures adorning the natural landscape.

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    There is precious little information about Vitaliy Kliushkin on his website. We know he’s an artist and a designer and that he’s based in Kiev in Ukraine. The only other fact in his “About” section is that he was “Born in the future.” But never mind the misdirection really because we’re more than happy to let Vitaliy’s work speak for itself. His graphic experiments are interesting but it’s his photos that got under my skin; weird narrative suggestions and captured happenstance that confuse, beguile and challenge the viewer in equal measure. And if that plait coming out of the woman’s mouth doesn’t haunt your dreams then you’re made of stronger stuff than me.

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    People look better under coloured lights – think nightclubs or Icelandic people smiling beneath auroras – and that’s especially true when they’re prancing around with their naughty bits flailing around all over the place. Beautiful humans lit with rainbow colours and smoke is my idea of a perfect project, which is why Maciek Jasik is a surefire new favourite. His hazy portraits of men and women of all shapes and sizes careering around in a studio evoke a strange feeling in my gut that I haven’t had since I first discovered Ryan McGinley – as if Maciek’s discovered something about humans that we weren’t previously aware of but now we have to live with.

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    I’ve had Benjamin Swanson’s portfolio bookmarked for about nine months now and I like to check back in on him every once in a while to see how he’s getting on. The BA Photography student from Nottingham Trent University has consistently showed such promise that it feels like he’s constantly on the verge of producing something really extraordinary. Looking at the list of people he’s assisted (Sam Hofman, Michael Bodiam, Thomas Brown, Sarah Parker) it seemed obvious that when the time came, that stand-out project would be a still life shoot – and indeed it is.

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    Life ain’t bad if you’re a freelance photographer as good as Thomas Prior, he just spent a few weeks roaming around Turkey and Greece taking shots of sun-drenched stairways, charcoal skies and craggy rock faces dotted with humans for travel magazine Afar. These are in no way your clichéd travel shots of old men clutching baguettes or stray cats asleep in rhododendron bushes – Thomas has managed to document fairly touristy places without making them look cheap or tacky at all. If anything he’s actually embraced the tourism and dwelt on it, mixing in images of souvenirs, tourist police and water-slides with honest shots revealing the true characteristics of the country’s landscapes and inhabitants.

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    We’re not sure why there is such an obsession with seeing everyday objects made alien and otherworldly in super close-up photography. It’s a recurring fascination for creatives too, and over the years we’ve come across various projects centred on weird and wonderful microscopic explorations.

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    There are various figures whose names I recognise – who have seeped into the contemporary cultural consciousness for some reason or other – but who I know nothing about. Think Zsa Zsa Gabor, Imelda Marcos and Evel Knievel. The latter it turns out (thanks Wikipedia) was an American “daredevil, entertainer, and international icon” who shot to fame in the 1970s and 1980s.

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    Remember shooting your first roll of film as an enthusiastic and slightly precocious six year-old on a sticky disposable camera? I do – and the film was dominated by the backs of people’s heads. I was devastated that I hadn’t created a collection of immaculate and traditional family portraits, of course, but little did I realise back then that the backs can be just as beautiful.

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    The people at It’s Nice That – including me – who aren’t really into football get reprimanded for referring to it as “the beautiful game” or “the game of two halves” or “the game of the reds and the blues.” But you know, it’s hard for someone who isn’t into football to get emotional about it. Sometimes you see footage of a screaming crowd or a kid in a stripy scarf crying in the stalls an it makes you weepy, sure. But when you see photos like this, of kids running around in the evening sun playing “the beautiful game” with a makeshift ball with some twigs as goalposts then yeah, it does seem pretty unbelievable. Well done Austen for taking this series of shots, and for making the most of his trip round the world rather than just sitting in cafes reading The Celestine Prophecy with a bunch of vest-wearing Etonians.

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    Documentary photographer Brian Finke has travelled extensively across America capturing an incredible variety of people, professions and social rituals. From construction workers and flight attendants, to hip hop honeys and cheerleaders, his fascination with the dramas played out in small towns and urban cities finds its outlet in these wonderful images. Mixing natural light with flash photography, and staged scenes with candid shots, Brian masterfully highlight the undeniable uniformity of life, whilst celebrating individual moments with honesty and humour.

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    It was in 2007 that Yusuke Miyagawa’s Funky Jamaica first came out, but we were only just starting up then, so excuse us for missing it. In the intervening seven years the Brooklyn-based, Japanese photographer has become a regular at Dazed and Confused and INDIE, repeatedly commissioned for his beautifully up-close-and-personal style of documentary photography in which he consistently confronts his subjects head on. That said, we’ve yet to see him produce a body of work as cohesive as his Jamaican masterpiece.

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    Bird-spotting, Santa-papping photographer Luke Stephenson has recently turned his attentions to the documentation of a Great British culinary staple; the humble 99. For international readers allow me to explain: the 99 is Great Britain’s answer to France’s crêpe, or New York’s one dollar pizza – an article of questionable nutritional value that’s available in any number of strange locations throughout the summer. It’s a glorious swirl of vanilla ice cream spat unceremoniously into a flimsy synthetic cone and we eat them in their thousands.

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    Some photographers like to take beautiful photos of their mates hanging out in parks, or portraits of famous people standing by nice windows. Other photographers, and I have to say my personal favourite photographers, prefer to take wild, rainbow-infused images that capture your imagination and fling it into the corner of a psychedelic brain festival. Brooklyn photographer Brian Vu does that to me, his compositions of precious stones, human flesh and scenes are like slices of a history that doesn’t exist, or just a mash-up of The Holy Mountain and Topshop in 2008. Amazing.

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    It’s always a pleasure when the new Port magazine drops through our letterbox and the latest issue was no exception. But even by its own sky-high standards, one piece in particular jumped out as something very impressive. The Chateau de Bosc in the south of France was the aristocratic seat of the Toulouse-Lautrec family, and was home to Henri, the painter and printmaker who captured the wild world of 19th Century Paris with such flair.

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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.