photography

Nightmarish Creatures Created From Discarded VHS Tape

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For the analog boys and girls living in a digital world, the work of French multimedia artist Philip Ob Rey should capture your interest. The Iceland-based creator was recently brought to our attention due to his use of discarded VHS tapes. Ob Rey creates nightmarish figures using the black magnetic tape and photographs them wandering the frozen Icelandic landscape. They’re fantastical, horrific, and darkly beautiful. Lovecraft would approve. The artist created an entire narrative about the creatures, which you can take in on his website. “In the form of an outstanding installation skeletonned with VHS film-rolls, he will present V, his new project. V senses, V awakenings, V Beings half-God half-Mortal staged through five medias, from the 80’s to our (analogue film, digital 8mm videos, smartphone…) sublimed within a post-modern archeologic research, V visions, V HumantropicSenses, V-HS,” Ob Rey writes of the ominous beings. See more of Ob Rey’s video giants in our gallery.
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Stark and Moving Photographs of Post-Recession America

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During the summer of 2013, photographer Noah Emrich embarked upon a 12,000-mile trip around the US, with the goal of capturing the post-recession American landscape. “The towns I visited are the sites of disinvestment; those places exploited in order to support the upward growth of our financial and corporate sectors,” he says in a statement. Bountiful, his new book from Done to Death Projects, is the result of that journey.
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Intimate Photos Capture the Daily Lives of Cuba’s Transgender Community

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Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen, who has documented transgender lives around the globe, took her lens to Cuba to show trans* lives in the slowly loosening environment of Raoul Castro’s rule. As America opens a new relationship with Cuba, and as we ponder the concept of transgender images in the media in the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover reveal, her photos provide a fascinating look at the community beyond statistics and celebrities — and beyond America’s shores.
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Mind-Bending Glitch Art Renderings of Historical and Natural Imagery

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Inspired by glitch art, symbolism, writers like H.P. Lovecraft, and the Internet, Italian artist Giacomo Carmagnola explores classic and historical imagery through a warped digital lens. Some of his reimaginings are subtle, as in the case of a small boat traversing the open sea, while others render human figures and faces into nightmarish glitch-ridden landscapes. Carmagnola, who we first spotted on Scene 360, seems to be fascinated by forces of nature — things that cannot be controlled, like lava, fire, and amusingly, the bloody elevator scene in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The a closer look in our gallery.
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Revealing Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

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It’s hard to believe that a horror cinema masterpiece like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining opened to mixed reviews, with outlets like Variety calling out Jack Nicholson’s “jumpy” performance for “[destroying] all that was so terrifying about Stephen King’s bestseller.” The 1980 film was also nominated for two Razzies — for worst director and worst actress, awarded to the unfairly maligned Shelley Duvall. Contemporary audiences have a different, far more positive, take on the chilling tale, and the film’s psychological and supernatural thrills have become embedded into the American subconscious. This month marked the 35th anniversary of The Shining. We’re celebrating with some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos that reveal the dedication, artistry, and antics that went into the making of the …Read More

Otherworldly Photos of an Abandoned Detroit Home Filled with Thousands of Flowers

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Recently, Philadelphia artists Jacob Hellman and Billy and Steven Dufala gave a crumbling row house a funeral, complete with oversized casket sprays. Lisa Waud, owner of floral design company Pot & Box, is doing something similar for an abandoned Detroit home, called Flower House. This October, she will collaborate with a group of florists nationwide to fill the interior walls and ceilings of the house with fresh flowers and living plants for one weekend. The home will then be torn down and repurposed for an urban flower farm. See a preview of what’s in store in our gallery (from a preview event, with over 4,000 blooms), with thanks to Beautiful/Decay, and find out how you can get involved on the project website.
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Photos of a Bizarre College-Age Fan Club That Worships Putin as a Pinup

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Most Americans seem to know Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, from the controversial, anti-Putin Pussy Riot protests and the many GIFs that mock his absurd attempts at establishing a hyper-masculine image in the media. But there is a segment of the Russian population that idolizes the political figure, including a group of teens and 20-somethings who look at Putin as a kind of pinup.
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“I’m More Into Outsiders Than Insiders”: Auteur Bruce LaBruce on His Queer Canon, Porn, and Why Zombies Are Anti-Capitalist

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I’m talking via Skype with Canadian queer auteur Bruce LaBruce, who tells me he hasn’t been in New York for a while. The city’s formerly seedy red-light district, Times Square, feels like a mythic entity since the Disneyfication of Manhattan — an oddly more perverse environment to welcome back one of cinema’s greatest provocateurs. MoMA’s retrospective honoring LaBruce runs from April 23 until May 2 and will be attended by the director. With three projects currently in development — one unannounced, a “slightly mythological, melodramatic film about twincest,” and a “low-budget, experimental film that is a loose sequel to the The Raspberry Reich, about feminist revolutionaries, or terrorists, basically” — LaBruce spoke about the trajectory of his underground career, insights into his queer canon, and those moments in his films that even he questioned.
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