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Photo Gallery: 40 Years of Coney Island

With the temperatures in New York City set to break a 78-year-old record today, we can think of only one place we’d like to be: Coney Island — preferably with a frozen lemonade in one hand, and a Nathan’s hot dog in the other. Tonight our friends at the New York Public Library, who are evidently mind readers, are hosting an event with photographer Harvey Stein, whose newest book, Coney Island 40 Years, documents the changes in the iconic location over the past few decades in a collection of 214 stunning black/white duotone photographs.

Coney Island 40 Years is about Coney Island before it loses its connection with its past,” Stein explains. “Coney Island is the ultimate melting pot with the old, young, white, Hispanic, black, rich and poor. It’s the poor man’s Riviera, a place where you can be yourself or who you ought to be.” Click through to preview some of our favorites from the series, and find a selection of prints for sale here. … Read More

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Crazy Street Art Carvings by Alexandre Farto

Alexandre Farto aka Vhils — a Portuguese, London-based street artist whose work we discovered on Bored Panda — creates large-scale portraits (often of famous faces) by scratching and chipping away at the plaster of abandoned buildings’ walls. Sometimes his process involves explosives. “My pieces are in permanent transformation -– an intentional transformation,” he has explained. “The entire scope of human endeavor has been aimed at fixating, at creating institutional structures which can oppose change, maintain. And nature is the exact opposite of this, a permanent state of transformation, mutation, change. I’m interested not only in highlighting this ephemeral condition, but also in instigating it, in encouraging it.” Click through to check out a gallery of some of his work. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Patterns from the Sky

Inspired by a course he took in community planning as an architecture student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Alex MacClean is an aerial photographer whose work reveals the stunning patterns found in both natural and constructed landscapes when viewed from above, while simultaneously examining the impact of human intervention on the environment.  If you’re a fan of Things Organized Neatly, you’ll probably dig it.  Click through to view a gallery of some of our favorite shots. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Artists Wanted’s Night Event

In honor of Scope Art Show‘s tenth year in New York City, Artists Wanted took over the Angel Orensanz Foundation to put on The Night Event. During this event for Armory Arts Week, the oldest standing synagogue in New York City was animated with live musical performances from Gang Gang Dance, La Realit (featuring Didi Gutman of the Brazilian Girls), DJs Andrew Andrew, and a curated selection of video from 15 artists. From the VIP lounge, burlesque aerialists performed in hoops and white silk sheaths hanging from the rafters wearing art-couture headdresses by Lainie Love Dalby. And all of the proceeds went to benefit The Elysium Project, a philanthropic organization that supports artists while providing therapeutic art experiences for disabled children. Click through for a selection of photos from the night. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Stéphane Couturier Goes Inside a Toyota Factory

Melting Point, Stéphane Couturier’s series of 20 large-scale time-exposure photographs depicting a Toyota assembly plant in Valenciennes, France, is among the work shortlisted for a 2011 Prix Pictet award, the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. This year’s theme was “growth,” something which “lifts countless millions out of poverty, [but] also has a huge and potentially unsustainable environmental cost,” and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Paris on March 17th. So, we guess it’s pretty obvious who we’ll be rooting for. Click through to check out more of Couturier’s colorful images which seek to document the ceaseless — and in many cases, automated — movement of industry. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: People on Buses

Living in New York, we spend a lot of time sitting on buses, on subways, on trains, and in or on other moving vehicles, our heads often leaning blithely against the window, hoping for an Adrian Tomine moment or some other flash of brilliance. Photographer Andrew Miksys, who splits his time between Seattle and Vilnius, Lithuania, takes photographs of people through the windows of buses, capturing moments both private and collective, both melancholy and serene. The faces of his subjects, now doubly behind glass, manage to exhibit everything from boredom to deep despair while their features remain hidden by rain or fog. Click through for our favorites of his lovely and arresting series and visit Miksys’ website for more. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Stephen Alvarez’s Paris Underground

American photojournalist Stephen Alvarez explores the hundreds of miles of tunnels that comprise the Paris underground for the cover story of this month’s National Geographic. While many of these locations (like The Catacombs) are open to the public, some of Paris’ quarries have been strictly off-limits since 1955; rule-breakers, also known as “cataphiles,” have used these subterranean spaces for everything from creating art to throwing wild parties to scuba diving (!) to simply exploring unmapped territory. Click through to take a look. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Cosmic Communist Constructions

There’s something about this bleak weather that makes the idea of looking at late Eastern Bloc architecture extremely appealing — kind of like listening to weepy music when it’s rainy out. French photographer Frédéric Chaubin’s forthcoming book, Cosmic Communist Constructions, documents the last two decades of the Soviet era; many of the government-commissioned buildings featured in his photographs — scattered throughout Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia — have since been destroyed. Click through to view a gallery of images. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Alejandra Laviada’s Destroyed Spaces

Alejandra Laviada, based in Mexico City, creates art that explores the spaces between photography, sculpture, found artifacts and inhabitable space. For each series of photographs, she sneaks into buildings that are in the process of being demolished and creates what she calls her “interventions” out of only the materials she finds in space she’s working in. The result is an at times colorful, at times bleak meditation on the remnants of society, the border between life and art, and the process of change. Click through for more images and see more of her work on her website. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Cecelia Webber’s Human Flowers

Los Angeles-based artist Cecelia Webber, whose work we spotted over on BuzzFeed, uses photographs of the naked human body to create digital images of flowers — kind of like the grownup version of Geddes babies. “It was really an accident,” Webber, a neuroscience graduate from USC, told Modern Luxury. “I shot a nude figure against a black background and thought it looked so much like a petal I just went with it.” Click through to check out a gallery of our favorite flowers, which can contain as much as 700 layered images a piece. … Read More

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