The Female Gaze: Stunning Photos From Prestel’s ‘Women Photographers’ Anthology

In Prestel‘s new book, Women Photographers: From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald, the female gaze gets its due with a century-plus of seminal work by some of the greatest photographers of all time. Whether it’s the stunning cyanotypes of Anna Atkins (circa 1845) or Carrie Mae Weems’ MacArthur Grant-winning stunners documenting her family life in 1990, women have been turning to the camera in order to show how they see the world. Here are some of our favorite shots from the gorgeous book. … Read More

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Neil Gaiman in a Badger Costume and Other Quirky Photos of Authors Dressed Like Childhood Characters

Neil Gaiman is dressed like an anthropomorphic badger: face paint, hair, the works. It’s not often that adults get to play dress-up (outside of, say, Comic-Con or fantasy movie premieres), but photographer Cambridge Jones gave 26 authors, Gaiman included, the opportunity to do just that. For an exhibit called 26 Characters at The Story Museum in Oxford, England, Jones asked the writers to dress up like their favorite childhood characters, to ensure the photos would be vibrant and captivating enough that people would actually stop and take a long look at them. … Read More

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Amazing Unseen Photos of Woodstock Concertgoers

If it isn’t conveniently close or online, most people can’t be bothered — but music remains one of the only experiences people will endure overpriced water, sweltering heat, and elbow-jabbing crowds for. We’ve pondered the rise of national music festivals and appreciated the communal experiences they offer, but today we go back to the template for all fests: Woodstock (celebrating its 45th anniversary this year). … Read More

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Photos of Pinup Pioneer Bunny Yeager and Her Bombshells

Influential pinup photographer Bunny Yeager, who helped transform the previously hush-hush enterprise into an art form, passed away last month. Previously a model herself, Yeager’s images broke through her subjects’ obvious physical beauty and shone a spotlight on their personalities and inner world. Most famous for shooting over 1,000 images of pinup queen Bettie Page in the 1950s, and the iconic photo of bikini-clad Bond Girl Ursula Andress emerging from the water in 1962’s Dr. No, Yeager is currently the subject of a Las Vegas exhibition on view until July 20. Bunny’s Bombshells at Sin City Gallery chronicles Yeager’s rise to fine art photographer in a male-dominated world. “Almost all of the girls I asked easily agreed to pose for me, because they knew I wasn’t going to flirt with them like the men photographers did,” she once recalled. Browse a preview of the exhibition in our gallery. Visit Sin City’s website for more information. … Read More

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‘The Man, The Writer, and His Cigarette’: Szilvia Molnar Hilariously Recreates Male Writers’ Smoking Author Photos

Szilvia Molnar’s photo series, “The Man, The Writer, and His Cigarette” has been a bright spot on Twitter, illuminating the self-seriousness that drives many male author’s cool-guy headshots with funny, amateur recreations. As of this week, the artist and writer — who works in the publishing industry — has tackled a variety pack of male writers from around the world: Mr. My Struggle himself, Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, along with England and Brooklyn’s Martin Amis, Swiss writer Peter Stamm, and, of course, Brett Easton Ellis, as American as apple pie. We can only hope that she finds a photo of Jonathan Franzen smoking (rumor has it he does smoke weed). … Read More

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Fascinating Photos of a Rural Feral Cat Colony

Clearly, you can’t go wrong with pictures of cats on the Internet, but these images by Wisconsin photographer Jason Houge are a long way from the world of LOLcats babbling in 36-point Impact. They document a colony of feral cats that live near Houge’s rural home, and do an excellent job of capturing the animals’ personalities and the lives they lead — you’re reminded that despite how close they can be to humans, cats are as alien to us as any other animal, driven by primal motivations and a view of the world that’s very different from ours. The pictures — which we spotted at Feature Shoot — are for sale here, with proceeds going toward the medical care and feeding of the colony. … Read More

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‘The Calm Before the Storm’: Unsettling Photos of Ukrainian Protestors Lying in Wait

The world has been riveted by the protests taking place in Kiev, Ukraine since late last year, a deep political unrest that seems to be getting much worse. While for months this movement was front-page news, coverage has lessened after the media seemingly reached a saturation point — though the situation remains dire. In the absence of continued reporting, it is evocative photography that may help us better understand the emotional toll the situation is still taking on Ukrainian citizens. Photographer Marco Kesseler documents the movement in his series This Land of Ours That Is Not Ours, which we spotted on It’s Nice That. … Read More

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Bleak, Evocative Photos of Lonely Desert Buildings

There’s something particularly compelling about the desert landscape, and also about the towns one finds there. They’ve long been a source of fascination for photographers, and Boston-based photographer Ed Freeman is the latest to head west in search of subject matter. The curious buildings he captures in these photos — which we spotted at Faith is Torment — are straight out of Baghdad Café or Paris, Texas. The buildings are apparently all in Southern California, and as the artist’s statement points out, they “represent the failed efforts, false starts, and dashed dreams of its owners.” … Read More

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Unsettling, Strangely Mesmerizing Photos of Domestic Homicide Crime Scenes

Angela Strassheim’s haunting photo series Evidence, which we first learned about on Beautiful/Decay, captures domestic homicide crime scenes. “The crime scene is presented on two levels,” the artist explains. “It is both an accurate, tragic, and dramatic transcription of the event and a mysterious backdrop onto which one can project their imagination.” Darkened interiors, in which the only light emanates from a galaxy of blood splatter solution, the glow of a television, and the rays of sun peeking through window blinds and cracked doors, offers a strange and intimate view of the morbid setting. We see pillows where people once rested their heads, bathtubs where they soaked, and the kitchens where meals were shared. Strassheim alternates these interior images with straightforward shots of the homes’ exteriors, but we’re transfixed by the horror and beauty of the domestic scenes. … Read More

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French Nightclubs Photographed During the Day

As anyone who has frequented a nightclub can attest to, it’s a whole different world when the lights come on. Photographer Francois Prost, whose work we discovered on Fubiz, has captured that phenomenon — but from the outside. Since 2011, Prost has been documenting the move these nighttime establishments are making from the city to the outskirts of France and Belgium. He photographs the startling transformation various suburban French discotheques undergo in the daytime. Gone are the dark, neon-lit dance palaces that seem to thrum to the beat. Instead, we see the worn walls of the nightclubs. Their garish signs stand out against vast fields and industrial parks, with grubby lots and garbage-filled corners. The images evoke that hazy, surreal feeling one might have when leaving the club after a long night of dancing, stepping into the blinding light. … Read More

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