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Laura Stevens Turns Pain to Process

After suffering the ending of a significant relationship, photographer Laura Stevens set out to explore her emotional experience through photography. Letting go of that relationship, of any relationship, is a process that takes time and follows a path of movement. Each stage is subtle, but unique, and Laura tracked that development through her series “Another November.” For many artists, expression is a way to understand what’s going on in their worlds. For Laura, that’s precisely what “Another November” is. By shooting her friends as models throughout Paris, she gained an outside perspective to help with her own process. “By constructing images of the evolving chapters, I was allowed a vantage point from which to view the changes occurring in me, from feelings of pain, confusion and loneliness towards the reconstruction of my identity as an individual.” In becoming an outside observer, the experience became definable, and manageable. To communicate these

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Toby Coulson Finds Intimacy in Chaos

Animals compete all the time. Mostly in nature, but for a handful of them, their owners pit them against each other to find the best of the breeds with the finest coats, the boldest feathers, and the friendliest face. For every “Best in Show” there is a panel of judges who inspects and reviews each aspect of each animal. These pets that are pampered and loved by doting owners are picked apart piece by piece, sometimes impersonally, by professionals who have followed this calling. Following Toby Coulson’s initial interest into animal shows, he was taken by the judges and is highlighting them in his series “Show.” As Toby is quick to point out, and we were taught early on in 101 Dalmatians, “The pet offers its owner a mirror to a part that is otherwise never reflected” (Berger 1980). Pets allow us to access parts of ourselves that would normally

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Gabriela Herman Creates a Personal Story for Google

Photographers are always shooting. That’s their job. They create and compose images constantly, telling stories, and communicating ideas. It’s a deeply personal calling as they present what they want to bring attention to, only to be viewed and critiqued by strangers. It’s a beautiful and rare thing when a company like Google reaches out and uses a photographer’s work as the benchmark for what is the right kind of image. Gabriela Herman had that exact experience with a project she recently shot for Google. The tech titan has a series of sites they make available to budding designers to point out the best ways to make effective websites. There are plenty of ways images can look wrong, but they pointed to Gabriela’s photographs as the best option. Even though it sounds rather technical, Google and Gabriela worked together to keep it authentic and fun. Gabriela says about the project, “This

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Thomas Sing Shows the Subtle Italian Life

The name Thomas Sing is synonymous with bold fashion and cutting edge looks. His photographs are saturated with brave compositions and daring images. This is what he is known for. But his project in Valdagno, Italy strikes a completely different chord. Entitled “PACE…AMORE…LUCE…ENERGIA… – Valdagno 08/14” (which translates to “Peace, Love, Light, Energy”), Thomas found a world different from what’s usually in front of his lens. What Thomas presents from his time in the small Italian town is the full encapsulation of a life lived in rural Italy. That life is a culmination of weathered time. We see the juxtaposition of the old and new, a collection gathered by time and stocked through choice or necessity. The manicured next to the worn. According to his official biography, after studying the written word Thomas moved into photography, “which enables him to give moment a chance and to communicate with the viewer

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“Agua Nacida” by Hugh Arnold

According to Hugh Arnold, “We are all water born…” That’s the focus of his latest work, “Agua Nacida,” meaning “water born” in Spanish, that is showing in Chicago. Having spent decades working in commercial photography, Hugh decided it was high time to follow his own passions and find a way to express himself in a way that’s deeper than he had been able to do with his previous work. Moving into an expression of the womb, the images from Agua Nacida are all nude women underwater. They’re followed by silken garments, and parades of bubbles. Whenever he travels anywhere, the first thing Hugh looks for is water. “I have always felt my happiest in water,” he tells HungerTV. “I couldn’t live without swimming and it’s almost a therapeutic ritual!” He brings the therapy and ritual to the images. What we see is the nascent experience of his models, a feeling

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.