Photography

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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Kurt Cobain Reading List: The Essential Books, Interviews, and Photos

I truly believe that there is very little left to say about Kurt Cobain.

In the 20 years since his suicide, we’ve searched for meaning in his actions on April 5, 1994, and most certainly in his actions before that day. Two generations — Gen X and millennials — idolize this man, who, despite dying just as Web 1.0 was taking hold, has become one of the Internet’s most discussed musical figures ever. Every anniversary — be it Kurt’s birthday, his deathday, every Nirvana album, grunge as a genre — must be celebrated with a rumination on Kurt Cobain. To which I counter: does the world need so-called new thoughts on Kurt when so many great ones already exist? … Read More

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Ecstatic Photos of Concert-Goers Mid-Dance

There’s perhaps no other state of ecstasy that’s more aesthetically pleasing than the one that can take hold of a person mid-dance. Mexico-based photographer Alejandro Cartagena nails this notion in his series titled Bliss (spotted via Feature Shoot). Cartagena attended the NRMAL music festival in Monterrey, Mexico and asked festival-goers to dance for him (in a perfectly innocent way, of course). The result is a gorgeous and inspiring series of portraits that show the freedom and rapture of cutting loose.  … Read More

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Breathtakingly Beautiful Closeup Photos of Butterfly Wings

The beauty of butterflies, the loveliest of all insects, has hardly gone unheralded — but this series of photos by Linden Gledhill is sure to make you even more appreciative of their aesthetic qualities. Using a macro lens to zoom in on tiny sections of their wings, Gledhill (who’s trained as a biochemist) reveals breathtaking multicolored fish-scale patterns that resemble lush fabrics and vibrant works of abstract art. Click through for a selection of images from the series (spotted via Colossal), and visit Gledhill’s Flickr page for many more butterfly-wing photos –  among other fascinating series. … Read More

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Bob Gruen’s Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Portraits of John Lennon, Ramones, and Tina Turner

Even the most casual consumers of rock ‘n’ roll iconography have seen Bob Gruen’s iconic images. He’s shot album covers, photographs that ended up as posters and postcards, and portraits that come to be so associated with superstar musicians, they run in their obits. John Lennon’s New York City T-shirt. Led Zeppelin’s plane. That kind of thing. … Read More

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Artist Caleb Cole Uses Self-Portraits to Examine the Inner Lives of Others

So rarely do self-portraits allow for the artist to examine the lives of others. Cindy Sherman, of course, is a rarity in that her presence on camera is so malleable, allowing her to embody innumerable different individuals outside of herself. Sherman has had a distinct influence on other photographers who work in self-portraiture, and Boston-based photographer Caleb Cole seems to have been inspired by her classic style. In his collection, Other People’s Clothes (spotted via Feature Shoot), Cole uses salvaged clothing and evocative locations to create self-portraits that take the focus off him and put it on the lives of fictional individuals. “They are portraits of people I have never met but with whom I feel familiar,” Cole explains, “as well as documents of the process wherein I try on the transitional moments of others’ lives in order to better understand my own.” … Read More

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Subversive Collages of Porn Stars in Domestic Settings

Taking a humorous stab at censorship, Brian Steinhoff‘s Porn for the Whole Family series collages decorative textiles with silhouetted porn stars. The florid patterns mask couples doing it in domestic settings (is that an Ikea rug?) with surreal effect. Sex toys are the only phalluses free from the floral confines, heightening the artificiality of each scene and referencing the artifice of porn itself. See more of Steinhoff’s tongue-in-cheek artworks, which we first learned of through a Beautiful/Decay commenter, in our gallery. … Read More

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Adorable Photos of Metalheads and Their Pet Cats

Musician, jewelry designer, and metal fan Alexandra Crockett looked past the corpse paint to reveal the softer side of menacing-looking metalheads, by way of their pet cats. Due out in May, the adorably evil Metal Cats features the felines that make these musicians, promoters, fans, and others purr. Members of bands like Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Black Goat, Isis, and Exhumed are featured throughout. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to no-kill shelters in the cities hosting a series of related benefit… Read More

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