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Ilker Gurer’s Upcoming Series at FotoInstanbul

Every city has its own personality. Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world, passing from hand to hand and culture to culture. It’s the only city in the world that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia, and is a veritable tome of history and humanity. Photographer Ilker Gurer feels these stories all around him every day as he travels into the city with his camera. “It’s like I live in a fable,” he says. “[Istanbul] is a constantly changing environment with its different inhabitants that give you lots of visuals.” Despite its epic history, Istanbul is a modern city. But when he shoots, Ilker finds himself in the ancient parts. Contemporary citizens tread the same stones as the Romans, Ottomans, and Byzantines before them. It’s a cultural tension that Ilker attempts to capture honestly. “All my images are spontaneous moments,” he explains. He avoids talking to his


Now Open: Laura Letinsky’s “Yours, More Pretty”

Laura Letinsky’s latest show, “Yours, More Pretty,” is a challenging collection of composite images that buck any notion of immediate consumption. They’re obtuse in their presentation of content, and instead force the viewer out of tangible and narrative interpretation into the realm of pure emotional response. Using a dizzying array of techniques and sources, Laura has disrupted the borders between the classifications of art, style, and reality constructing and composing images that transcend interpretation. This is because Laura is attacking philosophical issues that require more than the eye and the brain. They’re questions of heart. “Not only objects, but our relation to others, to our selves, is constantly shifting,” Laura explains. “I do strive to clear away all that is not necessary, to make the picture space a kind of precipice, anticipation always active.” Combining the real and the imaginary, her images are intentionally misleading. By using the edges of


Yvonne Albinowski’s “50 Faces on US 50″

What happens to those that live in a place everyone else has forgotten? Yvonne Albinowski, so taken by Life Magazine’s title of “the loneliest road in America” bestowed on Route US 50, traveled the 450 mile long road to find the answer to that question. “I had to go out there and see who these people were,” she explains in an interview with CNN. Between bars, brothels, casinos, and car parks she found a population as wide and unexpected as anywhere else. Capturing photographs of strippers, drunks, mothers, and the rare lap dog, she found herself entangled in a generous web of people. Photographing one subject lead to being introduced to her next, before she loaded up in the car and headed to the next small town. On those drives she noticed the landscapes around her. She saw how the environment pressed such a significant influence on people who inhabited


Andy Sewell’s “Something Like a Nest” Shows Life with All Sides

We are all on a slow march into cities. As populations increase and resources become more and more precious, concentrating communities is becoming the most convenient way to live. Many have opted to stay out of the cities, but even if they’re not heading into the hustle and bustle it doesn’t mean that it’s not coming for them. For his latest book “Something Like a Nest,” photographer Andy Sewell ventured into the English countryside to capture the state of rural living and if it’s really the ideal escape it has been made out to be. What he found was a mix of cultures, as the more modern, busied world attempts to invade on the edges of the country. A lot of that world is still intact, as Andy shows us. Pigs wallow and sire, frosted fields play butcher bench for freshly killed game, the laundry hangs in the wind. But


How Daniel Traub Sees “North Philadelphia.”

The Philadelphia Daniel Traub knows is a divided one split by socioeconomics down the line of race. He grew up in the City Center, the wealthier side of the city, but came to know the North where blight and poverty created a completely different town. Daniel’s mother, Lily Yeh, was an artist and community leader in her time, and used her connection with the people of Philadelphia to reinvigorate lost spaces, to turn forgotten lots into gardens and community spaces that everyone could build and maintain together. Now, years later, Daniel is still attuned to seeing these forgotten places and documents them in his book “North Philadelphia.” He finds those self same lots and photographs them to show the Philadelphia he knows. He finds the crumbling and neglected buildings that buffet these lots. He shows the men, women, and children that walk these streets and call the spaces between their


Joel Michael Miller Shows Porsche’s Family Tree

Heritage is about history. Heritage is inheritance writ large under the shadow of evolution. When Hans Mezger created the Turbo Motor for Porsche he was changing the game. And that heritage continues to reverberate out from the innovation generations later. The classic 911 Turbo 3.0 sits in Porsche’s Museum, a testament to the history of the engine and how it has affected the future of the Porsche brand and company. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Turbo, Hans Mezger drove the car off the grounds of the museum to give his creation a spin on its birthday. Joel Micah Miller followed the childhood sweethearts as they met for the first time in years. They brought a recent model of the Turbo S along for the ride to put a fine point on the contrast of generations. What Joel captured was machines in their natural environment. Even though the 911


Thom Atkinson’s ‘Inventories of War’

In Tim O’Brien’s, ‘The Things They Carried,’ we learned about the baggage soldiers lugged around with them through the Vietnam War. That baggage included weaponry, apparel, remembrances from home, the memories of their lives behind them, and the pain of being away. Every object is a shadow of their owner, and each has a purpose or a story. In his series, ‘Inventories of War,’ Thom Atkinson lays out those stories using soldiers’ kits used from 1066 to 2014. What is spread in his images are the packs that soldiers have carried for almost a millennium. Scrolling through them together is like taking steps through time. Swords become rifles. Leather vests become armored. Checkers kits become iPads. It’s everything a man who is being sent to wage war would need to maintain their bodies, their safety, and their sanity. Taken separately, each image is an inventory of potential history and priorities.


A Photo Tour of Maine with Gabriela Herman

Gabriela Herman’s latest photo essay, A Photo Tour of North Country, for Condé Nast Traveler is a real time reminiscence of a time gone by. Gabriela went up to Maine to explore Summer in the wilderness of forest, mountains, and New England lakeside beaches. What she found were grassy sand dunes and a lobster jubilee. Looking like an Adult Summer Camp Utopia, the Maine in front of Gabriela’s lens is a carefree playground for refined sensibilities. Bathed in stillness and calm, quiet moments are peppered by casual seafood banquets and hidden bike paths. The sun reaches across a grassy beach, splayed across picnic tables, and tightly made beds. It’s like everything is waiting for you, set out for the evening’s activities, but only after a run in with a victorious lobster (who has an unenviable future). Lobsters lined up like boats, and boats sunning lazy like lobsters. It all piles


Diana Scheunemann Demands you LOVE LIFE

Freedom comes in many forms. With liberation comes the ability to love life. Diana Scheunemann’s campaign for LOVE LIFE, called “No Regrets,” is about seizing the complexities of personal freedom. By taking responsibility for one’s actions and their future, the pall of uncertainty is cleared away leaving unadulterated pleasure. The campaign is centered on safer sex and using condoms appropriately in sexual situations. Like any empowered discussion of sex, the LOVE LIFE campaign isn’t about shame, but about responsible choices. By using condoms appropriately and intelligently, users are free from the burden of risk, and the fear of uncertainty. It engenders exploration and self-respect through managed safety. The demand is to live without regrets, like the regrets that come through not using condoms: the exposure to disease and the anxiety of not knowing. LOVE LIFE doesn’t focus on the fear surrounding these issues, but rather the joy that comes with


Nature’s Intimacy Displayed in Paul Wakefield’s “The Landscape”

Paul Wakefield has been photographing the landscapes that appear in his latest book, ‘The Landscape,’ since 1989. The book represents a collection after 22 years of traveling the world, catching the stages that humans conduct their lives on and largely go unnoticed. The word “landscape” literally describes land that has been formed, shaped. Like a sculpture carved from the largest blank on the most epic scale. Each of Paul’s images shows the hand of god that constructed the earth and stone into awe-inspiring designs, governed by gentle chaos. The negative space plays just as large a part as the sand and water, making way for the viewer to experience vast scale and alien places. Lucky for Paul, he gets to experience these places first hand. “I just love being in the landscape,” Paul says. “I think I love that more than I love taking photographs of it.” He doesn’t use


James Morgan Dives Deep to Capture The Bajau Laut

The Bajau Laut of “the Coral Triangle” are one of the last nomadic seafaring communities left on the planet, and they are increasingly unable to sustain their way of life. They live on the surface of the most biodiverse marine ecosystem in the world. The 1.6 billion acres of ocean that makes the habitat for countless fish, turtles, and other marine life is being pillaged. Photojournalist James Morgan has tasked himself with documenting these people, and the implosion of their living culture. The Bajau Laut are pulling themselves into pieces to maintain this way on life. In some cases, quite literally. Ibu Hanisa, a Bajau Laut, lost all the fingers on her right hand, her entire left hand, and sight in one eye from a homemade fertilizer bomb. As the environment becomes less stable, it can support fewer fish. The Bajau Laut must fish more aggressively, using bombs and cyanide


Tevor Hart’s nakedly honest series, ‘Bare’

The female form has captivated artists for millennia. Man picks up a pen and turns his attention to the object of his affection. The challenge the human form poses is to communicate a person, with their history and hopes, into an image. Using nothing but the shape and lines of their body, the imperfections and inconsistencies, the natural movements of life present who they are in totality. Trevor Hart took on the challenge when he started working on his personal project, “Bare.” Starting with a few life models he met through colleagues, the work he created inspired others to get involved. Soon enough friends, family members, and strangers were asking to be the subjects of his expanding project. Over the years it has blossomed into a scope so large it will soon fill a book and its own exhibition in October. Our naked bodies give private exposure to those looking,