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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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Parents and Kids Swapping Clothes (Or Why Parents Shouldn’t Dress Their Age)

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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Do your mom and dad think your fashion is completely crazy? Do your kids think you’ve completely checked out when it comes to style? Then survey this fantastic series of images from photographer Qozop. In each, he’s been getting parents to swap clothes with their kids… and the results are excitingly revealing. [Read more…]

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Portrait Photographer Captures Both Of Our “Good Sides”

Monday 02.17.2014 , Posted by
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We often hear that the camera never lies – but is it just as two-faced as the rest of us? New York-based and British-born photographer Alex John Beck seamlessly manipulates portraits to question prevailing ideals regarding beauty, perfection, and symmetry.  [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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There’s Something Grimm About These Photos

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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Once upon a time, there lived a photographer named Kilian Schönberger – and while he is not a character from your favorite fairy tale, his very real images spin some otherworldly fantasies. Working in Cologne, Germany, the photographer’s own backyard serves as the source for his “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” series and captures the woodlands and waterfalls that served as a backdrop for many infamous folktales. [Read more…]

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The Sochi Project: Documenting the Location Before the Games

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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While watching the glory of the Olympic games unfold, it’s interesting to reflect on the dynamic area where the games are taking place. The Sochi Project is a documentary photography work initiated in 2007 by Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen. The two were baffled by the decision to hold the games in an area where mere miles separated playboy Russian millionaires and bleak war zones, and where facilities for staging such a massive world event were largely nonexistent. [Read more…]

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Before They Pass Away: Powerful Images of Vanishing Indigenous People Groups

Wednesday 02.05.2014 , Posted by
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In a world that is rapidly developing and merging each day, it is more important than ever to preserve the unique traditions of indigenous cultures across the globe. One photographer embarked on a worldwide journey to document vanishing indigenous people groups. With the goal to document every existing indigenous culture, British photographer Jimmy Nelson packed his 50 year old plate-film camera and traveled away. [Read more…]

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Real Life Portraits of Mermaids by Hana Vojakova

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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London based photographer Hana Vojakova has brought the mythological mermaid to real settings around the world. Her series is titled Milk & Sea and saw these aquatic women transported to locations from Portugal and England, to Iceland and Italy. Her models wore clothing on their top halves that was representative of the particular country they were from, and brought an added reality to her myth based work. She tells Co. Design: [Read more…]

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Food Like You’ve Never Seen it Before: Sarah Illenberger Re-Imagines Fruits and Vegetables

Saturday 02.01.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not uncommon to be wandering through the food market and see a face staring back at you from the fruit bin. There in the bottom of a lemon is a perfectly formed smile, complete with dimples for eyes and a crease for the lips. Sarah Illenberger’s daily experience is a lot like that, only she’s been seeing rainbows, diamonds and disco balls in her food. [Read more…]

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