Reinterpretations of Disney princesses are big right now. At their best, the princesses offer complex portrayals of women who struggle to find their identifies and courageously assert themselves. But they also send conflicting messages about the powerful female: while many discover the beautiful complexities of love, others are simply rescued by a prince.
The most recent take on the Disney ladies comes from the photographer Ryan Astamendi, ... Read More
The photographer Amy Powell was 20-years-old when her half-sister Erica was born; she photographed her mother as she gave birth, and she cut Erica’s umbilical cord with her own hands. In her series Erica & I, Powell examines her much-younger sister for traces of her own girlhood memories.
In the moving series, she lays out the puzzling and quiet moments of growth that are so often excluded from the family photo album. In one ... Read More
The photographer Traer Scott is a master of animal portraiture; in her series Shelter Dogs, she poignantly captures the soulful dignity of dogs living in shelters. In the vein of fine art or editorial portraiture, Scott uses meticulous lighting and rich black and white tones to underscore the earnest humanity of her subjects.
Each moving shot presents its canine sitter with attention to details that reveal the wisdoms, heartbreaks, and ... Read More
In her new series titled Be A Woman, the photographer Hanna Seweryn delicately captures and gives meaning to the everyday activities of women in the home. By placing her subjects behind a backlit screen, she highlights subtle and tender moments of personal care. Her rendition of a subject whom we view as an everywoman figure sits in a chair, reading her book or playing with her cat. The screen adds to the voyeuristic nature of the images, granting us insight into ... Read More
As I dug through the vintage photo archives of various families on Ebay and Pinterest circa the early to mid 20th century, I was increasingly confounded by the persistence of dolls. Almost every photograph of little girls on Christmas also features her most prized holiday gift: a doll. Of course one would hope that girls had a few more options; after all, boys are not offered toys that underscore the importance of physical beauty or childcare in the way ... Read More
Drag Queen Pattaya
In Half-Drag, the renowned photographer Leland Bobbé aims to explore the personal and cultural implications of the tensions between “feminine” and “masculine” aesthetics. A diverse set of New York City drag queens serve as his subjects, but only one half of their form undergoes the transformation, leaving half of the sitter’s visage untouched by make-up, shaving, or hair pieces.
Drag ... Read More
Stella – Montecchio, Italy
For one of the most moving photo series of the year, titled Toy Stories, the photographer Gabriele Galimberti (spotted via Feature Shoot) traveled the world in search of children with the toys they loved. Moving from Texas to Haiti and everywhere in between, the artist spent time with his young subjects in hopes of discovering the differences and similarities between the way children of diverse backgrounds connect to ... Read More
In the Mexico state Oaxaca, individuals assigned male who identify as female are adored and viewed as carriers of good fortune. Called “muxes,” these individuals have a culture and legendary history all their own. The story passed down is a magical one: the patron saint of the town Juchitán, named San Vincente Ferrer, is said to have dropped the muxes out of his weathered and hole-filled pockets when he travelled on a holy ... Read More
With all the “fit moms” and tabloid attention on “post-baby bodies,” we can lose sight of the fact that our beauty lies in our diversity. The fetishization of the mother with the "perfect body" is discouraging to women of all walks and phases of life, and it’s important to combat this kind of aggressive negativity by celebrating our bodies, minds, and lives. A few months ago, Maria Kang, often called “Fit Mom,” ... Read More
An empty home bears the weight of both loss and rebirth: it offers a strange sort of tabula rasa that is never completely blank, that carries memories that cannot be erased. My fiance and I moved into our first apartment just a few months ago, and we have spread all of our trinkets and memories amongst the mysterious evidence of residents past: an old air shower caddy, a large stain circling the dining room.
The subjective beauty of our own ... Read More