Photography

Photos of a Bizarre College-Age Fan Club That Worships Putin as a Pinup

Most Americans seem to know Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, from the controversial, anti-Putin Pussy Riot protests and the many GIFs that mock his absurd attempts at establishing a hyper-masculine image in the media. But there is a segment of the Russian population that idolizes the political figure, including a group of teens and 20-somethings who look at Putin as a kind of pinup. … Read More

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Revealing Close-Up Photos of Creatives’ Pencils

Most people reach for their laptops or iPads when giving shape to their ideas. But for all our conveniences, there are some things that a computer just can’t do like the humble pencil. In a new photo series by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney, first spotted on Photojojo, the duo captures close-up images of the pencils used by artists, designers, writers, and tastemakers. Most of the subjects are British, and we would love to see more women involved with the project, but you needn’t be familiar with those featured to appreciate how unique their tools are and the way tiny details reveal personality traits. Browse the series in our gallery, and get to know the secret life of the pencil. … Read More

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Nothing Is Embarrassing: On Kim Kardashian’s Strangely Liberating Book of Selfies

Selfish, Kim Kardashian’s new 445-page book of selfies, is a bit of a party trick. Pull out the compact, three-pound art book at a social function, and people clamor to flip through the hundreds of near-identical selfies that chart Kim’s evolution both as a human and as a brand (is there a difference?). Some took a meta selfie with the book, Kim’s damp bosom and dewy face overshadowing their own smiles in the foreground. … Read More

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The Ethereal Beauty of Drowned Flowers

Sydney-based photographer Lisa Sorgini’s has a penchant for flowers. The artist, who we discovered on Fubiz, captures their natural beauty in her series Flotsam, which finds colorful blooms drowned in water. Tiny air bubbles create the illusion that these petals are Shakespeare’s Ophelia, reborn. Sorgini’s bouquets are water flowers, sturdy emergent plants, but the photographer depicts them as vulnerable in their own environment when encountering the human touch. … Read More

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Fascinating Photos That Explore the Confluence of Digital and Analog

As someone who’s a fan of isometric video games like SimCity and ’90s RPGs in general, the work of photographer Andrew B. Myers (which we spotted via Feature Shoot), caught my eye for one simple reason: it looks like it’s straight out of one of those games! But it’s not, and the closer you look, the more the subtleties of Myers’ work reveal themselves. These are real objects, set out like a sort of virtual still life: his images aren’t all isometric, but whatever the perspective, these images seem to explore a sort of uncanny border zone between the digital and the “real.” You can see more of Myers’ work at his website. … Read More

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Haunting Photos of Abandoned Soviet Buildings

Photographer Rebecca Litchfield, who we discovered on Fubiz, is fascinated by the abandoned architecture that still stands across 13 countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. She has documented the crumbling state of many schools, theaters, asylums, and factories that were left to the elements, a ghostly reference to the fallen Communist empire. “Rebecca’s work shines a light on a society shrouded by the cold war, offering a touching document of the daily lives of the Soviet people,” the artist’s website shares. These are the classrooms, job sites, and arts halls where the population once gathered, now forgotten by time. See more of Litchfield’s haunting work in our gallery. Purchase her book Soviet Ghosts for more photographs. … Read More

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Nothing Says Spring Like Adorable Photos of Pit Bulls Wearing Flower Crown

“Flower crowns are over. Fuck flower crowns. If I see one more fucking flower crown, I’m going to kick someone’s ass,” said Courtney Love in an interview with Style.com last year. Though perhaps she was a bit more aggressive than most of us would be on this issue, Love was expressing a very… Read More

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Old-Timey Portraits of Celebrities Captured With a Vintage Camera

“We live in an age of glossy magazines and overly retouched skin. But there is no lying with tintypes. You can’t get rid of a few wrinkles in Photoshop,” says photographer Victoria Will. The artist captured celebrities at this year’s Sundance Film Festival using the old-timey tintype technique that hails from the 19th century. Back then, photos needed eight minutes to develop, which left sitters struggling through the ultra-long exposure time. To aid the process during the festival, Will used modern flash heads with a powerful light to speed up the process. Here are rarely seen portraits of celebrities, wrinkles and all, with a great old-fashioned feeling. … Read More

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Ethereal Underwater Wedding Photos

Dynamic husband and wife creative duo Adam and Shawn-Marie Ravazzano aren’t your average wedding photographers. The couple specializes in underwater portraits, which we first discovered on Fubiz. Elegant and ethereal, the pictures take place in the depths of Maui’s crystal blue waters, where bride and groom take the plunge. The Ravazzanos got married in the pouring rain, as their bio details, so they’re used to celebrating love in an aqueous wedding setting. See how bride and groom become merpeople for a day in our gallery. … Read More

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Michael Massaia’s ‘Signals Crossed’ Photos Reveal Natural Secrets in LED Billboards

If you happen to raise your eyes to the ubiquitous LED billboards in Times Square while you’re trying to push your way past the giant amoeba of tourists, you might see a flashing, building-sized advertisement for Kodak or Pepsi. But there’s more to those corporate images than you think. … Read More

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