Julia Pugachevsky

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Photo Credit: Sonia Rentsch.

A Photographer’s Hauntingly Simple Statement About Gun Violence

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In the midst of America’s endless mass shooting epidemic, and at a time when “bleeding ex-girlfriend” shooting targets exist and Jim Porter has taken over as president of the NRA (here’s what you need to know about this guy), we need to start thinking differently about guns and their impact. Australian artist Sonia Rentsch’s Harm Less is a powerful, wildly creative collection that offers visual poetry to both the pro-gun set and the rest of us, who have yet to see any beauty in wielding a weapon. Click through to see these arresting images, and be sure to check out Rentsch’s website, full of equally stunning photographs.
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Indigent Couple/Wealthy Couple. Photo Credit: Mark Laita.

Side-By-Side Photos Illustrate Inequality in America

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In his series, Created Equal, Detroit-born photographer Mark Laita explores social inequality by placing photos of US citizens who appear to be the opposites of each other (punks teens and Amish, for instance) side by side. The series took eight years to complete and is meant to show the “successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life.” Click through for a gallery of photos from Created Equal, discovered via Bored Panda, and visit Laita’s website for more info on the project and the book that came out of it.
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The Dude Is an Award-winning Photographer: Jeff Bridges’ Best Behind-the-Scenes Shots

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Jeff Bridges is not just The Dude, he’s THE dude: since 1982, he’s been snapping artistic photos of the sets he’s been on, some of himself, some of his directors and castmates. Last week, he was honored at the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards dinner as a special presenter. Here are some of the evocative black-and-white photos he took over the years.
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Why Colonizing Outer Space Is a Bad Idea: 9 Lessons From Pop Culture

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Here’s the ultimate good-bad idea: the Dutch aerospace project is planning to send four humans to Mars in 2023 … and keep them there. Permanently. As of yesterday, 20,000 people had applied for a spot on the mission, and 24 to 40 of the applicants will duke it out on reality TV to be among the first humans to colonize a planet. Clearly, they haven’t seen enough space movies to realize that this is a horrible idea. If these applicants just took the time to watch the following movies and TV shows, they’d surely think twice about hopping into a spaceship.
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 5, Episode 13 Recap: “Countdown to the Crown”

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There’s only one week left viewers to pick which queen they want to take home the crown. Last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race reviewed the highlights of the season, and premiered the music video the final three contestants — Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, and Roxxxy Andrews — shot for Ru’s track, “The Beginning.” Best of all, it featured guest appearances by fan favorite queens of seasons past, who had plenty to say about the latest class of drag superstar wannabes. Here are some of the last night’s best quotes on Season 5, from drag queens old and new.
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'The Royal Tenenbaums' (2001). Cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman.

Color Palette Breakdowns of Classic Movie Stills Celebrate Beautiful Cinematography

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While watching Skyfall and finding herself more captivated by the images than the story, Roxy Radulescu decided to look into the colors that comprise various shots in the film. Eventually, breaking down film images into detailed color palettes became a hobby for the graphic designer. Radulescu created the website Movies in Color to house the project, organizing Hollywood’s most iconic, vibrant shots by film and cinematographer. Click through to see color palettes for a handful of classic movies, then visit Radulescu’s site for more.
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