Via NPR, a project by photographer Qozop, who had Asian grandparents swap outfits with their grandchildren for a series called Spring-Autumn: "As an Asian society, our cultural beliefs are often reflected in our dressing. Fashion (other than wrinkles) is one of the best tell tales of how old a person is, or what generation they hail from." I'd be stuck in a lot of fake gold, and I have no issues with that. More photos here. [NPR]
Photographer Mark Menjivar Lives the Dream (Spends Four Years Looking In Other People's Refrigerators)
Via Slate, here's "You Are What You Eat," a project that photographer Mark Menjivar describes as portraiture, in which he captures the refrigerator contents of strangers across America. The terse write-ups for each subject ("Delicatessen Attendant | Daphne, AL | 4-Person Household | Disowned by parents for marrying a black man") make for a startling, fascinating juxtaposition with the food they lean on, and in the Slate piece, Menjivar revisits some of his subjects four years later to find many of their refrigerators drastically changed. [Mark Menjivar]
Stoner’s Coin Op Laundry is on the corner of Wahsatch Avenue and St. Vrain Street in downtown Colorado Springs. The white stucco building was built in 1904 and was, until 1958, the Ideal Grocery & Market; city directories note that it was vacant the following year. In 1960 it appears as Roy C. & Mrs. Betty Mason’s Econo Wash Self Serve, on a line next to entries that indicate that this woman is the “wid” of “Chas Wm,” and that this man is a “linemn” for the “Tel Co.” The 1975 directory has it under the surname “Stoner.” Some patrons swear it is a laundromat for [...]
From Canadian artist Camille McOuat, the photography series "It Was So Beautiful I Died," which brings to life the number of times you see the phrase "I DIE" on your Twitter feed alongside a video of a puppy. Only, these are actually beautiful:
A few more after the jump, but go check them all out at Camille's site.
At the BBC, a set of colorful, beautiful iPhone photos taken at Nigerian weddings, all from documentary photographer Glenna Gordon, who says that the phone makes her subjects feel less intimidated than a regular camera would. Fun fact about Nigerian weddings: all the bride's friends wear one color, and the groom's friends wear another. Rumble-ready, the way a wedding should be.
At The Morning News, an interview with the photographer Hannah Price, whose series City of Brotherly Love "features portraits of men in Philadelphia captured just moments after they'd harassed her on the street":
TMN: Describe the moment when you turn your camera on the guy.
HP: Once a guy catcalls me, depending on the situation, I would either candidly take their photograph or walk up to them and ask if I can take their photograph. They usually agree and we talk about our lives as I make their portrait.
The fight was overly one-sided, and the student surely knew it, making him try anything. In one of many demonstrations for free, quality public education in Chile, a group of riot police surrounded a couple who stood in an embrace. I could hear the youth screaming at the police but I couldn’t see him, so I stood as tall as possible on the tips of my toes and raised my camera to photograph them as the police tried to separate them. I could see one policeman pressing his fingers into the youth’s throat, but he resisted and was determined not to be separated from his companion in spite of the [...]
“I said, ‘I am going to give you a black hairstyle,’ and they were like, ‘You’re going to give me cornrows?’ ” Beal recalled of her conversations with her subjects. “And I said, ‘No, we’re going to do finger waves.’ ‘Finger waves? What’s that? You mean from the ’20s?’ And I said, ‘These are a little bit different type of finger waves!’"
-Behold, Slate's photo blog, features a series of portraits of older white women with black hairstyles from photographer Endia Beal's series, "Can I Touch It?" Beal tells David Rosenberg her work is about self-expression, "specifically in a corporate environment": "I wanted people that had [...]