Posts Tagged: photography
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"Corporate Portraits of White Women With Black Hairstyles"

“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 [...]

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The "Architecture of Density": Dizzying Photos of Hong Kong High-Rise Apartments

This photo set from Michael Wolf is astounding.

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Photo Requests from Solitary Confinement

Via Flavorwire, a photo project from activists working to close the Tamms supermax prison in Illinois:

In 1998, the first prisoners were transferred from prisons across the state to Tamms CMAX, in Southern Illinois. This new “supermax” prison, designed to keep men in permanent solitary confinement, was intended for short-term incarceration. The IDOC called it a one-year “shock treatment.” Ten years later, over one-third of the original prisoners had been in Tamms for more than a decade. They lived in long-term isolation—no phone calls, no communal activity, no contact visits. They are fed through a slot in the door. Prisoners at Tamms only leave [...]

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Life As Constructed by Female Photographers in the Middle East

The Week has a preview up of a new exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, featuring contemporary work from women in the Arab world. Some of the shots are lovely in their mundanity (women in hijabs riding the subway, a Lebanese girl in her bedroom staring out the window) and others are more obviously political, like Lalla Assia Essaydi's portrait of a woman lying on her back, which is constructed entirely out of glimmering bullet casings. Check them out here.

Image © Boushra Almutawakel. Courtesy of the artist and the East Wing Contemporary Gallery of the Boston MFA.

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Welcome to Stoner's Laundry

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 [...]

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It Was So Beautiful I Died

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.

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When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Frog

Here's how it worked: Two bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana) were selected to go to space.

Did you see that incredible photo last week of the frog jumping away from the LADEE spacecraft launch? Did you laugh to yourself, ha ha, like a frog has been to space! Listen, I get it, but: frogs got the last laugh on this one.

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One Way to Respond to Catcalls

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.

[TMN]

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The New York Times Lens blog just published the "My Hometown" project, in which 3,000 teenagers from 45 states photographed their natural habitats, and the slideshow featuring 145 of the best photos is really lovely. [Lens]

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Two Photo Sets: Burning Man and Underwater People

First, a look at the #lifechanging Burning Man festival. The captions are great ("Pippin chats on the phone with God on September 1, 2013," "The Temple of Whollyness is burned on the Playa"), as is imagining a day in the life of a Reuters stringer living the classic American nightmare of Sober at Burning Man. [The Atlantic]

Then, from photographer Wayne Levin, a phenomenal set of black and white film photographs of swimmers and fish underneath churning waves: every photo is otherworldly, luminescent, ominous and surprising. [Juxtapoz]