Photography

Lovely, Disorienting Photos of Spiral Staircases

Common as they may be, great spiral staircases are always breathtaking. Perhaps it’s something about the way they juxtapose dramatic architectural beauty with a sense of danger — look down from the top of a really high one, and it’s impossible not to imagine falling right through the center of it (why yes, there are some Freudian implications to that fear). Munich-based photographer Michael Koller captures both the lovely and the disorienting aspects of spiral staircases in a series of images collected on his Instagram. As Koller told the Instagram blog, it’s the “different shapes and hypnotic depth” of each staircase that makes the photos so striking. … Read More

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Shake It Off With These Adorable Photos of Puppies in Motion

Carli Davidson’s Shake Puppies is a shot of pure joy in book form, an adorable work of art where puppies are captured in motion in front of bright, colorful backgrounds. Is there really much more to say? It’s really, really cute, and I’m into this trend of happy, bright dog photos. Our exclusive gallery of shots from the book, available now, might just make your day. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: Kim Gottlieb-Walker on Capturing John Carpenter’s Landmark Horror Classics

Her work has taken her from the Free Speech Movement in California and the underground press to the golden age of reggae (capturing Bob Marley) and a Jimi Hendrix interview in 1967 (her candid portraits of the singer are featured in the Hendrix “bible,” Classic Hendrix). But photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker’s encounters with celebrity weren’t limited to music. She became the set photographer for filmmaker John Carpenter, capturing stills of his iconic genre films — including Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, Halloween II, and Christine. Her behind-the-scenes images offer insight into one of cinema’s masters of horror — a maverick artist who has thrilled and chilled us since 1974. The Carpenter photographs are the subject of a newly released book from Titan Books, On Set with John Carpenter. We recently spoke with Gottlieb-Walker about the making of Halloween, being a woman in a male-dominated industry, and the greatest Carpenter film faces. … Read More

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Awkward, Strangely Romantic Photos of a Photographer Throwing Herself at Men

Los Angeles artist Lilly McElroy throws herself at men. It’s not as scandalous as it sounds. “I make work about the desire to form connections with others and how difficult it can sometimes be to actually do that. For the I Throw Myself at Men series I was thinking about romantic connections and how awkward, painful, and wonderful it can be to try and form an attachment to another person,” she explained to Huffington Post (via Juxtapoz). “I am, at the moment, part projectile and part foolish romantic,” she told Beautiful/Decay. “These images are documents of a hopeful and violent gesture, a demand that the possibility of a connection exist. The men often look terrified or at least slightly surprised. My role as aggressor is clear and I think my leaps acknowledge the basic human desire for contact.” When she sets up the shot in a public space, only three people know what is about to happen: the bartender, the photographer, and the man she is throwing herself at. “The camera is never hidden, though.” The project started life on Craigslist, where McElroy placed an ad looking to meet with blind dates to engage in the throwing/catching act. “There is obviously a strong feminist component to this project and that read is very important to me. Mostly though, I’m interested in talking about how human that desire for connection is,” she concludes. Embrace the awkward and intense connections McElroy makes with strangers in bars, below. … Read More

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Exclusive Photo Gallery: The People of New York Comic Con 2014

Comic Con: a place for all your dreams to come true… that is, if you’ve ever dreamed of being a superhero, a Wookie, a Lego figure, or, um, a penguin. As ever, this weekend’s New York event attracted dedicated cosplayers from around the country (and around the world), and the results of their labor were some truly extravagant and remarkable costumes. Our ace photographer Andrew Boyle was there all weekend with his camera, and the result is a bumper photo gallery of some of the best portraits we’ve ever had the honor of publishing. Click through and check them out! … Read More

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Stunning Photos of the World’s Oldest Living Organisms

If you’ve done any kind of traveling outside the United States, it will quickly dawn on you just how young America really is. Brooklyn-based artist, 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and TED speaker Rachel Sussman has photographic evidence. Her The Oldest Living Things in the World series, which we first spotted on Photojojo, documents the artist’s research and travels across continents in search of the world’s oldest inhabitants—continuously living things that have weathered 2,000 years or more. … Read More

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The Dark, Disconcerting Surrealism of Herbert List

Surrealism wasn’t all fun and games, y’know — for every melting Dalí clock or playful Magritte pipe/non-pipe, there’s a scalpel slicing into an eyeball or a disconcerting piece of psuedo-Freudian weirdness. German photographer Herbert List’s work definitely tended toward the latter end of the surrealistic spectrum, as amply demonstrated by this selection of images, which recently resurfaced on art blog Beautiful Decay. The images are of anatomy models, with their skin peeled back to reveal whatever artificial viscera that medical students were supposed to be studying, but the way List photographs them makes them look awfully, awfully lifelike. Start your Wednesday with these, and thank us for the rest of the day! … Read More

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A Beautiful Six-Year Photo Series Documenting the Lives of Two Transgender Girls

For six years, documentary photographer Willeke Duijvekam photographed the everyday lives of two young transgender women, Mandy and Eva, who were born boys. Duijvekam captures their physical transformation into confident young women, but the photographer’s ability to reveal their inner worlds is quite beautiful. Duijvekam likes to embark on long-term projects to enhance the bond between photographer and subject. The intimacy is evident here as Duijvekam’s camera is allowed inside the most sacred of spaces: the teenage bedroom. Duijvekam’s book of Mandy and Eva’s photos echoes the girls’ connection. As Beautiful/Decay explains: … Read More

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Fascinating, Unseen Publicity and Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Classic Movies

Leave it to Karina Longworth — host of the indispensable movie-buff podcast “You Must Remember This” and author of two of the best books in Cahiers du Cinema’s “Anatomy of an Actor” series — to cook up a whole new angle for looking at old movies. Her new book Hollywood Frame by Frame: The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997 collects those direct prints that photographers used for selection and editing purposes in the pre-digital age, assembling unused and previously unseen behind-the-scenes photos and publicity shots for such iconic films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Giant, Taxi Driver, Rear Window, and Some Like It Hot. They’re the cinematic equivalent of bootleg recordings — the almost-final versions, in which you see the elements slowly drifting together — as well as a fascinating document of Hollywood’s always-delicate process of packaging and presenting its product. We were lucky enough to get a look at a few pages from the book; check them out after the jump. … Read More

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Haunting Black-and-White Photos of ‘Bronx Boys’ Capture the Real New York

Starting with an assignment for Look Magazine in 1977, photographer Stephen Shames captured the comping-of-age of a group of boys growing up in the Bronx, then one of the grittiest and poorest neighborhoods in the United States. It was a magazine assignment that became a life’s work, because Shames followed this group of young men from 1977 – 2000 through all corners of their lives, navigating poverty and drug addiction in beautifully personal, intimate photos about growing up in New York City. … Read More

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