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Casablanca Isn’t the Same on Your Smart Phone. Franck Bohbot Photographs Classic Cinemas from the Golden Age

Monday 02.24.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s world, watching movies is as easy as streaming or downloading practically any film to your phone or computer. When it’s free, why not… right? With all this modern tech it’s easy to forget that back in the first half of the 20th century going to the cinema was quite the glamorous affair. You got dressed up and attended the same way as one would go to the theater or the symphony. There were intermissions and libations to enhance the overall experience along with music from a wurlitzer before and after the movie. It was an unforgettable moment in cinema history and some of the most beautiful theaters were built during this period. [Read more...]

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Photographer Tells of His AIDS Diagnosis, Captures Moving Reactions From Loved Ones

Sunday 02.23.2014 , Posted by
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When photographer Adrian Chesser was diagnosed with AIDS, he didn’t choose to hide the illness, become bitter or curl up in shame. He chose to be transparent and in the process stimulate emotional creativity. Chesser had many close and supportive friends and family, and he decided to call them individually to his place to tell them the news and then take their portraits moments after. They were not aware of the project prior, which he decided to title “I Have Something To Tell You.” [Read more...]

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Photos of Iraqis and Their Childhood Dreams

Thursday 02.20.2014 , Posted by
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Every child has their dream or aspiration. Some live to see their dreams become a reality, and some don’t. In Iraq, people are not without their own dreams… yet unforeseen circumstances and social climates sometimes make dreams hard to fathom, especially when one is just trying to get by in the present. Kurdish photographer and filmmaker Jamal Penjweny chose to document the dreams of those around him. He titled the series “I Wish” and took portraits of Iraqi adults holding up photos of athletes whom they wanted to emulate in their childhood. [Read more...]

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The Kesh Angels: Tough Motorbike Girls from Morocco

Wednesday 02.19.2014 , Posted by
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They’re tough, they’re bikers, they’re from Morocco. They are the Kesh angels. By day, they appear to be law-abiding Muslim women. By night they rage through the streets of Marrakesh on their bikes, raiding from the corrupt rich and spreading it to the neglected poor, without staining a single spot on their fashionable clothing. Well… maybe not exactly the story. But that would be cool, right? The “Kesh Angels” are actually the creation of Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj. [Read more...]

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Visual News Talks with The Sole US Olympic Men’s Alpine Snowboarder, Justin Reiter

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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The Olympic games are in their final week at Sochi and three of the five snowboarding events are complete. The jumps, rails and pipes are finished until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games…or just until the next Winter X-games. Now it’s time for the proper racing: Parallel Giant Slalom and Slalom. Alpine snowboarding is a sport that isn’t always as hyped up by the media because, well, it’s just not as cool to them as riders doing yolos and mctwists all over the place. [Read more...]

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The Cotton Candy Teenage Dream Paintings of Wishcandy

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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LA based artist Wishcandy, or Sashiko Yuen, is a mad nomad whose work looks like cotton candy teenage dreams. The thing about these dreams, is that they originate from a subconscious full of compassion, eroticism, violence, and the search of true freedom. Wishcandy takes the traditional pinup and infuses her own style and technique to create rad retro-culture beauties… with a mad dose of rebellion. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Warriors: Siamese Fighting Fish, Up Close and Personal

Wednesday 02.12.2014 , Posted by
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Photographer Visarute Angkatavanich was looking to expand his body of work selling through microstock sites. When contemplating new subjects, he found the solution right in front of him in his house: his pet fishes. Using his D800 camera and a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, he went to work. [Read more...]

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Dreams of Burma: Explore the Country with this New App From National Geographic and Fotopedia

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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Burma is a country that, for many of us, only lives in our dreams. For years, it has been difficult for people to get into the country and experience its spectacular beauty.

Burma has long been known as a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world with an appalling human rights record. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta that suppressed almost all dissent and wielded absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. National Geographic Traveler and Fotopedia have set out to open our eyes with Dreams of Burma, an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  [Read more...]

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Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more...]

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Scott Expedition: Greatest Polar Exploration Story Ever Told

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year. [Read more...]

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