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Simon Roberts’ England is Perfectly Imperfect

The national landmarks of the UK are steeped in time and nature. The history of England and her sister countries dates back millennia, and that history has collected in the corner of her lands, tucked under hills and at the heads of fields. The canonical photographs of Stonehenge and the arboretum feature signature British overcast countryside and the vibrant green stretches of outlying fields. But there is an inherent dishonesty in these photographs, as Simon Roberts proves in “National Property: The Picturesque Imperfect,” his latest exhibition on view at the Flowers Gallery in London. “They’re places that are tied to the British psyche. They have some historic tie to our real and imagined experiences of the landscape,” Simon explains. His photographs bring in the representation of that psyche by photographing visitors to these landmarks while they explore. In doing so, he humanizes these places, drawing them down from the Parthenon of

Life Tastes Good with Gabriela Herman

What is more personal than food? Every meal can be an expression of love and inspiration for those we surround ourselves with, and the beauty we see in the world (or wish to). For Chris Fischer’s latest cookbook, The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook, created with Catherine Young, Gabriela Herman took the food very personally. Shooting many of the dishes, and even their processes, Gabriela got her hands dirty, but still finger lickin’ good. The project was not a simple one, unlike many of the incredibly accessible recipes; instead it took a huge commitment. The ideology of the farm is to live in tandem with the land and cover an entire year of eating. As Chris cooks with what each season surrenders to the plate, Gabriela was there for every sizzling slice of pork back fat, smoky roasted cabbage, and delicate squid. The cookbook offers easy to understand menus, dated and explained,

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Tamar Levine Reels Us In

Like an inheritor to David Lynch, Tamar Levine’s newest film reel shows off a unique style that is dramatically ethereal. The images are something out of a Freudian dream where the subjects of Tamar’s work come in contact with their worlds in pointed and symbolic ways. Her high concept imagery is magnetic and provoking, strange in its conceit but emotionally illustrative. This point of view extends into her photography, both fine art and commercial. Much of her work involves models in vivid environments, like a housewife bathing in milk, or a model gracefully lounging adjacent to vicious cacti. These strange compositions provide a space for the characters that she creates to stop in constructed moments that are thoughtful and hover like a posed but unanswered question. Perhaps the highlight of Tamar’s work is her underwater projects. Creating a three dimensional space that is completely navigable, the water represents a rejection

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Ward Roberts’ Pastel Platitudes

CONFINE, selections from Ward Roberts’ “Court” along with illustration work from Karan Singh, opens tomorrow at Chasm Gallery in Brooklyn. Ward has become known for his conceptual landscapes that are jarring in their composition. They show pastel worlds, like a blanket of faded watercolor draped over concrete and cement. They are a washed Barbie’s dream city, vast in their emptiness and cheery in their loneliness. They are supremely walkable in their constructed nature, but you fear disturbing their stillness. Ward admits that his work is centered around loneliness and isolation in the modern world, while keeping his images fresh and engaging. These are not the images we’ve come to expect that are “the moment between the moment,” relying on lens flare and stolen glances. Instead, their effortless grace is gently eked out of the hard surroundings, through exposure and color balancing. They are impressionist in conception and effecting in reflection.

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Gabriela Herman shows us what a post Marriage Equality world looks like

Whenever social issues are in flux, our culture immediately fears for the protection of the children. It’s the natural and positive response to ensure the future is happy and healthy. But the wisdom comes from the older, those who grew up in a different time. Those who are, potentially, locked in the old way. With the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling poised to potentially end the debate about Marriage Equality, the question is being asked again, “…but what about the children.” If you ask the old guard, nothing good can come of it. But, there’s no way to know what the actual affect is for years to come. If only we could ask the kids who have lived with gay parents and inhabited that world. But, we actually can. Gabriela Herman’s latest collection of photographs for The New York Times, featured in a piece called, “What Could Gay Marriage Mean for

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David Graham’s Unique America

This month, David Graham’s “Where We Live: Photographs of the American Home” is on view and the show includes work from his entire 30-year career. Compiled from a handful of separate projects, the collection presents the spaces of every day Americans. In most, we even get to see the people that live in these homes. They regard the camera as a welcome stranger. They are guarded, but not too much, and we are permitted entry with no attempt at explanation. After all we are their guests. We’ve been admitted to their world, and it is up to us to understand them, not for them to rationalize for our benefit. It reminds us that there is no one American way of life. We can live our lives almost however we want in millions of homes. We carry the most essential parts of our homes with us: ourselves. We bleed into our

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Eszter and David Crystalize Movement

Partnerships are about support, working together to reach greater ends than are achievable alone. Eszter Marosszeky and David Matheson found each other almost by mistake outside of a coffee shop, and their journey to a dual career in commercial and lifestyle photography was almost as serendipitous. It was not a future they chased, instead it found them. And in that passage it’s arrived effortlessly. They are a creative photographic couple that allows their relationship to be the furnace for creation. Bringing warmth into each of their images, Eszter and David capture moments that move whether it is a swimmer slicing through the water or a still second focusing on a perfect plate of food at the height of a party. It’s almost as if they are friends with the sun, bathing their sets in a delightful heat that ripples through the faces of their subjects and to the edges of

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Brian Doben’s Magnum Opus

If you know Brian Doben it should come as no surprise that he considers his “At Work” series his magnum opus. In fact, just last week that’s exactly how he described his ongoing project to The Huffington Post. In that interview he explains how the three-year journey of this project (so far) rescued him from the edge while fed up with the industry and his career. But like many personal and professional struggles, sometimes the best way to solve it isn’t to run away but lean into it instead. As he found himself increasingly jaded with taking celebrity portraits, he was worn out. The work was uninspired and almost by rote. It wasn’t until his wife, Nancy, suggested that he venture out and photograph real people that his passion was reignited. Since then he’s traveled all over the world, visiting subjects in their natural professional habitats, learning about how they

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New York City’s History Comes Alive on Gallery Stock

The Museum of the City of New York started collecting New York’s artifacts nearly 100 years ago. Since they began in 1923, they’ve documented every corner of the New Yorker’s experience, amassing a collection that is breathtaking in scope and prospect. As one of the most famous cities in the world, New York City is rich in history, both dark and bright, with equal parts banality. But as the city has evolved and leaves more history behind itself every day, we only have these artifacts to remind us of who made this city what it is. The Museum of The City of New York has teamed up with Gallery Stock to make their collection of photographs available for licensing to the world. It is the museum’s mission to connect the past, present, and future of New York City and that mission now can spread to every corner of the globe

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Ravi Deepres Wades into the World of Ballet

Art is essential. The heart of artistic expression is to tell a story or communicated ideas within a form that is as visceral as it is direct. But each discipline has its limits, and can only express a slice of the human experience, whether it be contemporary or historical. In “Woolf Works,” a production of the Royal Ballet, they work to create an all-encompassing expression of Virginia Woolf’s experience by engaging dance, music, and video to immerse the audience in the stories of this American artist. Presented as a triptych centered on each of three of her landmark novels, ‘Mrs. Dalloway,’ ‘Orlando,’ and ‘The Waves,’ they also include inspiration from collected works like letters, essays, and pieces from her diaries. Wayne McGregor choreographs this narrative compilation with music by Max Richter, and videos by Gallery Stock photographer Ravi Deepres. Ravi’s video work adds elements that are emotional and metaphorical, like

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The Future Calls to the Present: “I Used To Be You”

If time is a human construct, then why can’t we play with it? In Kyoko Hamada’s “I Used To Be You,” the photographer has compiled a collection of self-portraits dressed up as a woman far her senior. The 42 year-old Japanese photographer has costumed herself to look in her 70s and places herself in private and public spaces that highlight how we interact with our worlds differently as we get older. What’s most remarkable to her, though, it how differently the world acted towards her. “I think you are ignored and invisible,” she told ABC News in an interview about the project. She presents this evident invisibility without comment, instead we must dissect it ourselves. In many ways, the title of the series, “I Used To Be You,” seems to be a call from her older character to herself. Kikuchiyo-san, as Kyoko calls herself in the confines of this collection,

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Guitars Hidden in Plain Sight

The relationship between a musician and their guitar cannot be understood. Communication through a physical language expresses itself musically; a collaboration between flesh, wood, and string. Each guitar has a unique sound, gifted to it by the perfections and imperfections built into each instrument by the hands that crafted it, warped, changed, and molded by each hand that plays it. The sound of a guitar is as much influenced by the passage of time as it is by the craftsman who made it, and that history is painted across time, traceable through the efforts of the people who touch it. In Jay Blakesberg’s ‘Guitars That Jam,’ he tracks some of the most famous guitars through history. Filled with information even the most studied fan may have missed, ‘Guitars That Jam’ pairs photos of the world’s most beloved instruments with information vital to understanding them. We see these guitars in their