Chan-Hyo Bae’s Fairy Tale Photos

Chan-Hyo Bae is a South Korean photographer who attended college in London and now lives in Toronto. As a result of his experiences, he has a unique ability to reflect on the differences between the cultures of the East and West. In his large-format prints from his Existing in Costume and Fairy Tales collections, which are currently on display at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, he explores his role in Western society by playing the role of British queens and fairy tale princesses from periods ranging from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

“As I see it, Orientalism was born out of Western cultural preconceptions about Asia a conquered territory out of a false image that sees the culture of the other from an ethnocentric, self-absorbed point of view, he explains. “It was this kind of anti-Oriental prejudice that suddenly made me aware of the chaotic, alienated state of my own identity – a confusion I try to show in my work.” Click through for a slide show. … Read More

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New York City’s Chinese New Year Parade in Photos

Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit! Yesterday, thousands of onlookers gathered in Chinatown to celebrate the 12th annual Lunar New Year parade. The festivities included floats, costumes, musicians, dancers, and plenty of good ol’ Chinese-American times. If you couldn’t attend the event because you were too busy preparing your infamous nacho dip or applying your decorative face paint for last night’s Super Bowl, take a look at what you missed. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Marnie Weber

Marnie Weber’s cast of unlikely characters includes a ballet-dancing bear, mythological animal hybrids, and ethereal “spirit girls,” all populating a surreal universe in the artist’s modern-day tableaux vivant.

The Los Angeles-based artist’s work appears on the cover of Sonic Youth’s album A Thousand Leaves and has been exhibited in cities from Milwaukee to Milan. Using a blend of video, installation, photography, sculpture, and live performance, Weber’s collages vividly illustrate haunting themes of isolation, longing, and personal renewal. … Read More

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Pop Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes for Babies

Because most babies are tiny and round, it’s easy to slap them in a pumpkin costume, and call it a day. But what’s the fun — or more importantly, the future blackmail potential — in that? Wouldn’t it be so much better to dress your child up in a costume that channels your cultural obsessions? From a pint-sized Gene Simmons to an ax-wielding (and we believe, cross-dressing) Gallagher, we’ve rounded up 20 of the greatest pop-cultured inspired Halloween costumes for babies after the jump. … Read More

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10 Incredible High-End Halloween Costumes

With many of us pinching pennies these days, DIY or cheap, store-bought Halloween costumes are a must. But what to do if you’ve got some extra cash, poor crafting skills, and are the kind of person who does the holiday in a big way? You may just need to go high-end. And we can help! After the jump, flip through our gallery of impressive high-end Halloween costumes, which range from Bowie and Edward Scissorhands to Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry. … Read More

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Flickr Found Photo Fridays: Mad Matters

On Found Photo Fridays, we embark on an odyssey through the depths of Flickr with just our wits and one search term as our guide. The term du jour was “Mad Men.” In case you haven’t noticed, we’re really looking forward to Sunday’s season premiere. Our search yielded surprisingly diverse results, from ’60s-inspired montages to costume theme days at offices. Check them out after the… Read More

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