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Sage Sohier Shows Us Past is Present

Just this month, marriage equality became the law in 13 US states. Prior to October 2014, the total was only 19, and now we’re up to 32. More than 61% of Americans live in states where marriage quality is explicitly the law, so images of gay couples and their families is not that big of a deal. But in the 1980s, it was. Sage Sohier’s “At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America,” takes a look at these families from the 1980’s, rooted by gay couples. The images reach up through time to teach us about ourselves, where we were, and where we’re going. As the current debate rages over the position of Gay Americans within American Cultre, Sage’s series reminds us that this isn’t a new development. That these families have always been a part of American culture, even at a time when they had far bleaker prospects.

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Yann Mingard’s ‘Deposit’ Documents the Collection of the World

Yann Mingard’s ‘Deposit’ is an exploration of sacred spaces and artifacts out from under the shade of religion. These faithful follow science instead, greedily documenting and archiving millennia of human and natural history for the benefit of unknown future uses. Yann documents this encyclopedia of scientific human behavior from a foggy distance. A shadow covers Yann’s subjects, from cryogenic vats filled with human brains, to proctored stallion semen harvesting, to unconscious animals threatened with extinction who are being biopsied to map their DNA sequences. Deposit opens a world of studious examination and anxious recording that is seldom seen by the outside world. Yann’s collection implies grasping at an uncertain future. Where religion may instill a sense of peace and certainty, this encyclopedia acts as a levee, an insurance policy, against future cataclysm. With these bits and bobs, pieces of life and death, that which is destroyed or forgotten could be

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Simon Roberts and Citizen Watches Steal a Day

Before smartphones, alarm clocks, watches, or cuckoos, time was measured in the sky. As the sun arced through space, and shadows shortened and lengthened, we understood that a day had come and gone, spoken by the movement of light in the heavens. We would watch that bright spot of light move from one horizon to the other, powerless as tiny persons on a plane, helpless to the suns advances. But now, times have changed. Photographer Simon Roberts teamed up with Citizen Watches to see if this eternal relationship could be challenged or even defied. Because of the Earth’s tilt axis, nights vary in length over time, depending upon which pole is closest to the sun. Because the earth is a sphere, the distance sunlight must travel to make a day on the poles is much shorter. It was the perfect physical set up for Simon and Citizen’s experiment. They decided

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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