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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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    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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    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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    Why has no one else done this yet? This is exactly what I wanted after the Sochi Olympics but I didn’t even know I wanted it until the New York Times just casually PLOPPED it on their front page yesterday. Oh man, this is too great. Hefty creative team (deep breath) Wilson Andrews, Larry Buchanan, Nancy Donaldson, Jon Huang, Bedel Saget, Archie Tse and Joe Ward have painstakingly created large images of some of the most incredible Sochi sports men and women and broken them down frame by frame. What this does is gives us even more of an idea of just how complex and strenuous yet utterly beautiful these sports really are. Hands up if you thought figure skating looked pretty easy until about two minutes ago?

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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.

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    Traditionally, Travelling communities are a self-contained entity utterly unknown to outsiders, as we view them through the highly subjective frame of gossip and TV documentaries like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Not content with the marginalised views perpetuated by the media, photographer Sophie Brocks set about photographing a number of women from Travelling communities within their own homes, allowing them a sense of authorship in the resulting images. She explains that the title of the brilliant series, Good Enough For You “echoes a phrase frequently asked of me by the women when working on the shoots.” The insight into their homes is as instrumental in shaping the identities of the women in Sophie’s photographs as their actual appearances; immaculate, uncluttered and charming, and high communicative in spite of the guarded expressions of the women as they sit for the photographs.

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    Just when I thought I had seen enough fashion to last me until the next London Fashion Week (which seems to happen about every five weeks) BAM! Here comes a collection that totally blew me away. I can honestly say I have never seen anything like this before, it was like a match was struck in my brain and sparked nostalgia for early episodes of Blackadder and that cute lil’ Childlike Empress from The NeverEnding Story. Dreamy!

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    How great are these? They’re the absolute antithesis of throwaway snap-happy photo culture. Photographer Kasia Wozniak is the kind of girl who likes labour-intensive, all-consuming work when it comes to her craft, and so chooses to use a process entitled “wet plate collodion” in order to achieve the desired end-result.

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    With the Winter Olympics in full flow over in Sochi, lots of us are clambering onto bandwagons, espousing our love of sports we hadn’t even heard of until a couple of weeks ago. But for some people the thrill of hurtling down something covered in snow or ice is nothing new, and photographer Olly Burn is one such convert. On a recent trip to Leysin in Switzerland he shot these beautiful images which capture both the majesty of the surroundings and the speed, skill and intensity of mountain sports. Get me to a chairlift, stat!

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    Amit and Naroop are London-based photographers specialising in music and advertising, but their latest series Singh is focused on a portraits of a very different kind. Taking the most powerful symbols of the Sikh faith, the pair have photographed a group of British Sikh men from all walks of life, and focusing on the traditional turban and beard, celebrated them in all of their diverse fashions.

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    Ester Gras Vergara’s portfolio is predominantly populated with colourful portraits of men and women lounging around and looking beautiful in an utterly untouched way, and it’s a skill she’s particularly good at. In the midst of those images though, are these; black and white photographs of trees and plants turning translucent in the sunshine, casting shadows on huge buildings and generally looking dreamy. For something of a side-note in a body of what is already very impressive work, they’re incredibly alluring; dramatic and striking and yet completely unpretentious. We like them an awful lot.

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    I dare say everybody has evidence of a lost temper somewhere in their house; whether it’s from that time you got a bit narky and kicked a hole in your bedroom door or knocked too spiritedly on a glass window and made a then-tiny-and-now-massive crack in the pane. These are the kinds of details photographer Louis Porter is interested in; his huge series Small Conflict Archive covers everything from Crap Paint Jobs to Dismembered Teddies and Signs of a Struggle, and the beauty he finds and photographs in tiny faults is truly brilliant.

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    Cuba – and Havana in particular – is one of those places that immediately conjures up certain visual connotations; brightly coloured walls, slightly battered classic American cars, cigar-toting dandies. But there’s another site of the Caribbean island – the mundane manifestations of its decades as a committed Communist state.

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    There are several factors making it inadvisable to wander around all day with your eyes firmly fixed on the sky – a crick in your neck and the risk of collision being only two of them – but photographer Pedro de Passos doesn’t seem to care a bit, as he regularly captures sights you’ll probably only spot if you too throw caution to the wind and stare wistfully heavenwards 24/7. Dominated by a palette of muted grey and pastel tones which are juxtaposed with the sharp angles of harsh architecture piercing the blank abyss of a ceiling or a cloudless sky, Pedro’s subjects aren’t anything we’ve not seen before. They are, however, perfectly executed and brilliantly complementary, creating a full series of photographs gently reminiscent of each other in a very comprehensive idea.

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    Super trendy brand Dent de Man know what’s up when it comes to the imagery that accompanies their Javanese and Batik-influenced garments, so they wisely picked set designer Thomas Bird to magic up a backdrop worthy of an 80s music video for their Spring Summer 2014 lookbook. Working to a brief that suggested something “mystical yet current,” Thomas created a set of abstract temples complete with pastel colours, classical sculpture and mottled marble columns to make even the the mandals (man-sandals) a natural fit.

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    Sometimes being a photographer grants you access to places and situations that you might never otherwise consider (or desire) going to. Such was the case for Cait Oppermann, the Brooklyn-based photographer who found herself at Exxxotica, one of the world’s largest sex conventions, camera in hand and judgement tucked firmly away.

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    I wouldn’t have guessed that being born and brought up in Alaska would have anybody yearning to spend their life in cold climates, but in Acacia Johnson’s case this is exactly how it panned out. “When I dream, I dream of cold wind” she explains, and it’s blown her all the way to Iceland, Norway and others in the search for perpetual golden light and naturally beautiful landscapes.

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    Bradford-born photographer Robert Chilton has a formidable talent for creating simple, bold images that turn all the mundanity of daily life into something acutely interesting. He shoots dilapidated houses, the fringes of allotments, pylons, flower beds and rock faces – all fairly straightforward stuff – but manages to imbue each image with a poignant sense of narrative and purpose; as though a momentous event might be about to occur. He’s also a brilliant portrait photographer. Witness the man with a rabbit, the woman and her dog and a number of bearded eccentrics. Lovely!

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    Like magicians and Mafiosi, models exist in my mind on an otherworldly plane. Not supernatural per se, it’s just they seem to appear fully styled on the catwalk or in the photoshoots and I struggle to imagine them doing mundane things like brushing their teeth or catching their sleeves on door handles. Enter fantastic American photographer Hadley Hudson.

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    Which Londoner hasn’t spent a glorious, woozy day lying about on the urban safari park of The Heath? From the historic ladies-only swimming ponds to the expanse of grass long enough to do naughty things in, no one can deny that it holds a certain kind of magic. So how do you go about taking a portrait of a 790 acre piece of land in one of the world’s busiest cities? Andy Sewell took on that very task and has surfaced with The Heath, a beautiful hardback book which attempts to give outsiders a slice of what this piece of land can offer.

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    Who better to throw backstage at the YouTube awards than everyone’s favourite new photographer, Thomas Prior? Just as Wes Anderson films have slo-mo scenes and Elton John likes sending people flowers, Thomas’ signature is the force of explosives. Whether it’s people shooting the living daylights out of an abandoned car or daredevils messing around on windy beaches below airport landing strips, Thomas seeks out the bangs, pops and whooshes that make life exciting. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that Vice got him to go and photograph backstage at the very first ever, and already somewhat already legendary, YouTube awards. He even manages to make the cameramen look like stunt doubles.

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    These vibrant portraits by Hassan Hajjaj are taken from his ongoing Kesh Angels project in which Moroccan ladies dressed in veils and djellabah pose confidently on motorcycles, dripping in gaudy designer labels. Fusing aspects of traditional African studio photography with the glossy glamour of a high-fashion shoot, the images masterfully subvert preconceived notions of Arabic women.

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    We’re wholly unashamed to admit that we love everything Munich-based studio Mirko Borsche churn out, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that we think the lookbook they’ve art directed for jewellery brand Saskia Diez is an absolute corker. The imagery was shot by Martin Fengel and features close-up shots of the silver pieces against a multitude of backgrounds, from animal fur to shiny aluminium and flowers, with a proximity which gives a surreal tangibility to the textures.

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    I’m no fortune teller, but I know a cult magazine when I see one, and this one’s got a foretold Destiny with a capital D. Accent magazine’s confident fourth issue is another slap-in-the-face reminder that they’re here, they’re fierce and they’re not going anywhere. In no other online photography publication do you find the same brutal level of dedication to finding a story and telling it with a punch.

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    I must say, I’ve never thought of architectural photography as the most humorous of pastimes, but Cameron Wittig’s Duluth Typologies project has done a lot to change my mind! Documenting homes built on steep hills in Duluth, Minnesota, Cameron tilted his camera to square the pavement off with the bottom of the picture frame, creating the baffling illusion that these typical Midwestern houses are sinking sideways into the ground.

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    No, it’s not some kind of semi-executed optical illusion – these are actually empty television studio sets from some of Milan’s most famous TV providers, brought to you in spectacular style by Simone Cavadini.

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    I always thought that photographers would be honoured to photograph the rich and famous, but in this case I feel it would perhaps be the other way round. It’s actually incredibly difficult to sum up in just a small paragraph how mesmerisingly brilliant this editorial photography is. New York-based Pari Dukovic casts his lens upon the well-known faces of our world and, using 35mm trickery, transforms them into the immortal stars of the universe.

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    Jen Dessinger is another photographer who seems to have slipped right through our fingers until now. She describes herself as a travel and portrait photographer, though her portfolio suggests that the breadth of her work spreads far further than those two designated fields, counting as she does AnOther Magazine, Australian Vogue and Dazed & Confused among the clients on her eclectic list.

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    In about 12 hours Laurel Golio is off to shoot a story for the next issue of Printed Pages, and as we were emailing I realised she’d never been featured on the site before. Time to acquaint you.

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    Back in the 90s a whole bunch of young people decided it was way more fun to live in old double-decker buses and party non-stop rather than getting an office job and starting a family. Tom Hunter, Professor in Photography Research at the London College of Communication, was one of those travellers and has decided to host an exhibition of photos taken during that time.

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    Before there were cycling cafes, before fixed gear bikes became the trademark of hipsters, before the word hipster even existed (just imagine it!) being a cycle courier was just another way of making a living, and not some kind of misguided fashion statement. Don’t believe me? Check out these photos of cycle couriers in Toronto that were taken over 20 years ago. Look at them all, relaxing for lunches in summery parks and hammering it across town in the bitter snow. Looks like fun right? And it makes us nostalgic for something we’ve never, ever experienced. Thank you Trevor Hughes for sharing these gems.

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    Different questions apply to different kinds of creative work. With some it’s “how?” for others it’s “what?” but for Dutch photographer Maurice van Es it’s very definitely “why?”

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    Things in LA are shinier and better looking than pretty much the rest of the world, and a shiny place full of really, really good looking famous people calls for a photographer who’s going to immortalise them properly. Luckily Emily Shur is really good at capturing the stars of LA with a sheen that is at once humorous and also incredibly flattering. Her portraits tend to be hi-octane shots that have obviously taken a while to set up, and then edit, to show the subject almost as they would be expected to appear on the silver screen. The more commercial shots (Will Ferrell in a fur coat) are juxtaposed nicely with candid gems such as the portrait of Neko Case with a horse or Adrien Brody grinning cheekily through some railings.