Photography

Breathtaking Aerial Photos of Water — and Its Absence

We interact with water constantly — and in so many different ways — that its ubiquity makes it seem both inevitable and invisible. We drink it, bathe in it, play in it, and are mostly made of it (a fact that I can never recall without also thinking about The Secret World of Alex Mack). But do we ever really stop and consider the ways it impacts us — and in turn, how we impact it? Photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal took these questions as a creative and human challenge as they traveled the world making their documentary, Watermark. … Read More

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Mouth-Watering Photos of Literature’s Most Famous Meals

When Dinah Fried’s Fictitious Dishes were first posted in June 2012, they caused an online stir, and that was no surprise. She styled, prepared, and shot elaborate recreations of some of the most iconic meals in literature, from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s open-faced sandwiches, or smørrebrød, to Proust and Swann and his very famous madeleines. You can find these charming images and many more in the new book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals, which features Fried’s photos, mouth-watering excerpts from the greatest meals in literature, and trivia. Here’s a selection of three meals, from Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, and The Great Gatsby. … Read More

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Beautiful Photos of a Farmer and His Pigs

Pigs get a bad rap — they’re generally portrayed as, in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, “a filthy animal.” It’s not really fair, though. They’re intelligent, sensitive creatures, and the more I read about them, the worse I feel about bacon. Their social side is on full display in these beautiful photos of a pig farmer by the name of Otchan, who looks after some 1,200 pigs at his farm in southern Japan. The images, which we found on Feature Shoot, are the work of photographer Toshiteru Yamaji, and appear in his self-published photo book, Pigs and Papa. They capture the bond between human and animal, and serve as a stark reminder that our food doesn’t have to be produced in hideous industrial farms. … Read More

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The Drawings of Ailing Children Brought to Life in Magical Photos Starring the Kids as Heroes in Their Own Adventures

Something magical happened when photographer Shawn Van Daele partnered with ailing children to bring their fantasies to life. The artist, who we learned about on Lost at E Minor, took their drawings and cast the kids as the heroes of their own adventures in a series of photographs. It’s all part of a wonderful project he calls Drawing Hope — the first 28 images of which will be part of a book that Van Daele is co-writing with his mother. All proceeds from the project are being donated to the various groups and foundations that support the children. It’s a storybook saga that tugs at the heartstrings. Grab a few tissues, and head past the break to meet Kirsten, Princess of Butterfly Garden; Jack, the Hero of Hope Street; and David, Keeper of the Stars. … Read More

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Lost Photos of Kansas City’s Underground Drag Scene During the 1960s

When we think of places where drag and ballroom culture has thrived, cities like New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. spring to mind — but many don’t realize that there was a vibrant community in the Midwest during the ‘50s and ‘60s. In 2006, artist Robert Heishman uncovered a group of slides in a Kansas City salvage yard labeled, “Jack’s Slides: Chicago and Kansas City.” Heishman found a stash of images featuring beautiful drag queens, but the photographer remained a mystery. … Read More

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Freaky Foods: Photographer Lawrie Brown Offers a Dementedly Colorful Menu

There’s something very Seussian about photographer Lawrie Brown’s Colored Food Series (spotted via Feature Shoot). While there are no green eggs to be found, Brown’s photographs are as quirky and comical as they are, at times, slightly repulsive. (I do not like blue chicken, Sam-I-[Rhymes With Chicken].) While azure poultry and slime-green spaghetti might not be too appetizing, I’m betting that scoops of ice cream slathered with purple ganache would still be pretty tasty. … Read More

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Self-Portraits Offer Creative Response to Street Harassment

It seems that awareness of street harassment has grown in recent months, particularly through the art world — as seen in the work of
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Hannah Price. In another example of provocative photography combating the pervasiveness of street harassment, Rachel Graves’ Menagerie depicts the English photographer made up as animals that correspond to the words lobbed her way by men in public spaces, such as “bird,” “fox,” and “bitch.”  … Read More

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Beautiful Portraits of Parisian Residents Reflect the Vibrant Personality of Their City

We Americans have a general perception of what a Parisian looks like — a stereotype perpetuated as recently as last weekend’s Saturday Night Live. But just as most of our major metropolitan areas are incredibly diverse and impossible to contain in a single cultural stereotype, Paris is a melting pot, full of individuals with various backgrounds and identities. Russian photographer Constantin Mashinskiy is currently documenting the city’s inhabitants on his blog, 365 Parisiens, on which he posts a picture of a different stranger every day. (Think of it as an artier Humans of New York.) In his stark, black-and-white photographs, Mashinskiy captures the essence of a vibrant city through the various, sometimes extreme personalities of its residents.  … Read More

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Fabulous Photos of New York City Dogs Dressed in Couture

Yes, Virginia, there are glamorous parties (sorry, “pawties”) for dogs — and “puptials” and “barkmitzvahs.” What’s a fabulous New York City pooch supposed to wear to these events? Why, doggie couture, of course. Photographer Paul Nathan captured the canine couture scene in the Big Apple and rubbed elbows (and pampered paws) with fashion-minded New Yorkers and their fur children — all decked out in custom designs. Those pups, owners, and couturiers found their way into Nathan’s book, Couture Dogs of New York, which we first learned about on Co.Design. Catch a preview of Nathan’s work in our gallery. … Read More

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Photos Documenting the Backyard Punk Scene in East LA

East Los, a new photo series by documentarian Angela Boatwright (part of Vans’ Living Off the Wall project, which includes an East Los companion film), invites viewers into the backyard punk scene of East Los Angeles. Revealing a little known side of the Latino community, East Los takes a look at the lifestyle in the clubs and at home, exploring “youth, catharses, and notions of family.” See a preview of the work in our gallery, and visit the artist’s website for more information. … Read More

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