Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Litchfield

Haunting Photos of Abandoned Soviet Buildings

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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.
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Old-Timey Portraits of Celebrities Captured With a Vintage Camera

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“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.
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Photo credit: Adam and Shawn-Marie Ravazzano

Ethereal Underwater Wedding Photos

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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.
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Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962, by Douglas Kirkland, published by Glitterati Incorporated, www.glitteratiincorporated.com

Intimate Photos Capturing Three Weeks in the Life of Legendary Designer Coco Chanel

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French designer Coco Chanel created a contemporary silhouette for the modern woman with the creation of famed fashion house, Chanel. Photographer Douglas Kirkland, who shot behind-the-scenes photos for films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sound of Music, captured the fashion icon for 21 days in 1962. Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 from Glitterati Incorporated is Kirkland’s chronicle of his Paris assignment for Look Magazine, during which he wound up living with Chanel for three weeks. The photos reveal an intimate side to the designer’s very public life. The book is available on April 13, including a French edition and limited editions of 100. Preview Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 in our gallery.
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Photo credit: Fox Grom

Stunning Photos of Siberian Huskies Wandering a Majestic Frozen Lake

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Like most dog owners, Fox Grom enjoys exploring nature with his two Siberian huskies — except he photographs them in the wild, trotting across the icy landscape of his chilly Russian town. The gorgeous pups recently spent their playtime wandering on top of a frozen lake — its mirror-like surface and crystal clear water made for some stunning photos. Since the lake is slightly thawed, Grom’s dogs appear to be walking on water. We can’t think of a more majestic backdrop for two majestic creatures.
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Cute Babies Learn to Swim in Seth Casteel’s ‘Underwater Babies’

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Photographer Seth Casteel can create magic just by putting some of the cutest things in the world underwater. In his previous books Underwater Puppies and Underwater Dogs, he took photos of dogs of all ages enjoying the water. His new book, Underwater Babies, is like that iconic cover photo of Nirvana’s Nevermind writ large, with a series of 80 babies, from four months to 17 months of age, captured in gorgeous photos as they’re learning to swim. The results are surreal and adorable, and you can check out some of the cutest and funniest photos below.
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Striking Photos Examining the Impact of Western E-Waste on the World

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Long-time Flavorwire readers and/or lovers of photography might remember the marvelous Pieter Hugo’s stunning, nightmarish photos of Agbobloshie Market in Ghana, where Western e-waste (computers, cellphones, tablets, etc) is burned and stripped for copper and other valuable metals. Hugo’s photos have meant that Agbobloshie has become reasonably well-known, but it’s hardly the only such facility around the world. In a project called Bit Rot, Italian photographer  Valentino Bellini has set out to document the global impact of e-waste, and the resultant images — which we saw at Featureshoot, where there’s also an interview with the photogrpaher — are just as striking and depressing as Hugo’s iconic work. Click through to check out a selection, and look at Valentino’s website for more of his work.
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