Peter Guenzel and Will Morgan Tackle Fatal Human Sorrow

One of the more painful barely hidden secrets of the UK is that suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 45. There is an epidemic where young men are killing themselves in the face of social pressures, sorrow, and thousands more unknowable reasons. Others have decided that they cannot stand idly by while these men die totally avoidable deaths, and a few artists have lent their talents to the cause. Spreading a saccharine hope is not what will change the trajectory of those who need help, instead it’s about education and allowing space for the voices of victims who need to be heard. In an exhibition entitled “Alpha,” a play on the expectation for men to act like an Alpha Male, nine photographers have come together to give their creative response to this plague. Will Morgan and Peter Guenzel were among the artists who


The Untouched Beauty of Mongolia by Jennie Ross

In the far north of Mongolia, up near the Russian border, there is an area of land called the Darkhad Depression. This wide, seemingly endless valley, is the summer home to a handful of nomadic Mongolians who travel with their massive reindeer herds across the plains, moving with the seasons and living off the land. Photographer Jennie Ross found herself on assignment for Outside Magazine trekking deep to the Mongolian wilds on her way to the Darkhad Depression. Along with her went Beau Flemister, writer, and two friends, documenting their journey along the way. The Depression is not accessible by any form of motorized transportation. After a couple flights and a handful of days in an old van, Jennie and company reached a point where machines could take them no farther and mounted the backs of tiny horses that would take them the rest of the way. They stopped along


Bruised Beauties: Andréanna Seymore’s Journey into Roller Derby

The name of Andréanna Seymore’s book already tells you more than you might expect from a game on roller skates. ‘Scars & Stripes: The Culture of Modern Roller Derby,’ is the result of a five year sojourn into the heart of roller derby, a sport on wheels that surprises some in its full contact tackling. The original intention was to follow some teams for a few weeks, adding a handful of interesting shots to her portfolio but she found herself drawn into the players’ lives, ending up joining a team and playing for half a decade. It started in the rink, but she found herself following the women into the locker rooms, their homes, and their practices. She became one of them. Andréanna’s involvement was not a documentarian’s classic embedding, merely getting closer just to get a better look. Instead it became her culture. “Relationships and bonds were created instantly


Gabriela Herman Shows us Myanmar in Tiny Atlas Quarterly

The decision to call Myanmar by that name or the name “Burma” is a political decision. When the military took over in 1989 they changed the name of the country to “The Republic of the Union of Myanmar,” but those who don’t recognize the legitimacy of the ruling government choose to call the country by its older name, still. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it is. The country is beautiful, and its people are generous and kind, but any experience within its borders is suffused with unease and tension as the population seeks a resolution to their conflicts that have been simmering for almost three decades. In an attempt to get a grasp on what it’s like to be there, Emily Nathan at Tiny Atlas Quarterly sent Gabriela Herman to the Southeast Asian country. In Gabriela’s story we catch a glimpse at the almost alien world. Thousands of pagodas


Stephen Wilkes Keeps Time Alive in “Day to Night”

Stephen Wilkes has taken it upon himself to change the way we use photography. Traditionally, part of what makes photography inherently unique is its ability to take a moment out of time, freezing it in posterity, but in the photographer’s ongoing series, “Day to Night” that tradition is thrown out the window. Instead, over the course of a dozen hours and thousands of photographs, Stephen Wilkes is able to stitch together an entire day into a single photograph. The process is incredibly detailed and time consuming, but the result is something outside of time. It is a reflection of movement in stillness. In a world where the only true idea is that “This, too, shall pass,” we can see that infallible idea as an image. One of the stars of the series is an image he shot in Botswana. Stephen took time out of his safari trip to capture the


Miles Ladin’s Decade of Fashion

Miles Ladin’s prolific imagery saturated the last two decades with a look at celebrity that was unique to his abilities as a photographer. The most well known faces from film, music, and the fashion world found themselves on the other side of his lens night after night, and it was Miles’ pictures that were able to capture moments unseen to other photographers. Each frame is like a blend of stolen moments and constructed composition, revealing private relationships as much as they showed off the exquisite work of Hollywood’s most beloved designers. In “The Spectacle of Fashion,” that opens today at Connecticut College, we’re offered a retrospective of Miles’ work from W Magazine and The New York Times, along with fashion week photography created in cooperation with Women’s Wear Daily. The show offers a glimpse into the period between 1995 and 2006, a time when so much in America changed, through


Michael Turek Hops the Border Between India and Pakistan

When Michael Turek accepted his latest assignment from Conde Nast Traveller India, he didn’t know much about it. They pitched it to him remaining tight lipped divulging only that it was a story involving a sensitive political figure on a border that India shared with another country. When the day came he found himself in a meeting with Fatima Bhutto, whose family has political roots in Pakistan that reach back to the 1800s, including a Prime Minister Grandfather and Aunt, both of whom were assassinated. They were looking forward to telling a run-and-gun story about Punjab, the region split in two by the border of India and Pakistan, a border that is still filled with tension and conflict. Michael and Fatima had to be sure not to attract any extra attention. They never knew who they could trust, relying on agile transportation and switching license plates, all to keep flexible


Jonas Jungblut’s Secret to Successful Travel Photography

It took photographer Jonas Jungblut almost two full days to make it to Thailand for his latest assignment with Naturally, Danny Seo Magazine. He was there with writer Christine Richmond who was his partner the last time he worked with the magazine, that time in Ireland. Since the journey took so long, they extended their stay to make the travel time really worth it and it ended up paying off for both of them and the magazine. They ventured into Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok, soaking in whatever experiences they could get their hands on, and Jonas had his finger on the shutter the whole time. Whether it was navigating while on an elephant’s back, intense weather, or a formidable language barrier, there were plenty of obstacles placed in his way, but Jonas chose to see them different. “Part of doing a travel assignment is to get past obstacles


Ian Pettigrew Finds Beauty in the Pain of Cystic Fibrosis

We’re stuck with the bodies we’re born with. There are a number of changes we can make, some quite dramatic, but at the end of the day our bodies are what they are. Sometimes this is a hopeful lesson, but often it can be a horror, and there are few reminders of this as acute as a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. CF is the human body in revolt. The disease, genetically inherited, puts incredible strain on the respiratory and digestive systems and is incurable. Photographer Ian Pettigrew has been living with the disease his whole life and in his most recent book, Salty Girls, he’s using his skill as a photographer to bring visibility to the disease and power to those whom it afflicts. Ian photographs these women as a way to empower them and others with CF. Many of those afflicted need a series of major surgeries to relieve


Maya Almeida’s ‘Beneath the Surface’ Goes Deep

Maya Almeida’s relationship with water was born from her childhood next to the ocean. We know the profound effect that water has on the human body, slowing the heartbeat and calming the mind, but it also has profound effects on light, changing how we perceive images through water both with our eyes and with a camera. Maya’s latest project, Beneath the Surface, plunges into the water as a way to explore and experiment with how water can change our perception. “Water opens up a fascinating range of creative opportunities,” Maya explains in the behind the scenes look at this series, which features models in various experiences on the other side of the water’s surface. The goal, Maya says, was to hit something deeper than a traditional shoot, anchoring into a deep sense of humanity that can only be accessed in an experience like this one. She wanted to plumb the


Jay Blakesberg’s “Hippie Chick” Reveals Devotion Through the Decades

The word “Hippie” evokes a bygone era. Flower prints and bellbottoms at the height of the 1960s, swinging hips to Joni Mitchell and The Beatles. But if that’s where we limit our vision of this subculture, we’re missing most of the story. As Jay Blakesberg proves in his latest book, Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender, hippies are still alive and well and carving their own corner out of the world. In reality, the “Hippie” is a cultural enthusiast that gives themselves over to the collective experience, especially in the world of music. Jay’s own creative experience began when he was photographing Grateful Dead concerts, shooting his first images ever at a 1978 show. In the time since then he has released almost a dozen books and when reviewing his archive of work found a thread of beautiful and inspired women that were consistent year to year


Jeroen Hofman’s “Playground” Finds Lifesavers in Extreme Preparation

Some say you can never be truly prepared for the next disaster, but the Dutch are trying to prove that wrong. In order to train for these kinds of experiences, they have set up dozens of training centers that simulate horrible tragedies so that their first responders know what to do when faced with these potentially unimaginable situations. Whether it’s a burning plane or boat, a tank that needs to be camouflaged in unexpected terrain, or rehearsing for riot response. Photographer Jeroen Hofman, enamored with this pattern of training, spent six years visiting and shooting 65 training sites. What he found blurs a strange line between horror and play, inspiring the name “Playground” for this ongoing series. It wasn’t without challenge. Jeroen sometimes spends months securing permission to shoot these sites, and then when he gets there he observes the movements and patterns of the personnel as a way to