Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of prostitution
While on display at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects little over a week ago, Malerie Marder’s thirty portraits hung unframed, pinned simply to the wall. Part of the artist’s first solo show, each photograph in Anatomy depicts one of the Netherlands’s diverse group of legal sex workers. The work is also available in book form.
In previous projects, Marder has ... Read More
Melissa Zexter’s photographs are unlike any you’ve ever seen. Marrying photography and embroidery, she hand-stitches illustrations over her intimate portraits of women and children. In each image, she heightens the drama of quiet moments of reflection with explosive patterns and bursts of color. With an interest in exploring representations of femininity, Zexter enters a beautiful and imaginative world all her own.
To this day, ... Read More
Like children, our dogs are often our surrogates; we project our most profound desires and our silliest musings onto them, and they stare back at us with loving and knowing eyes. It’s said that dogs and their human companions begin to look alive and share mannerisms after a long friendship.
For New York City’s high fashion elite, there’s a doggie universe that caters to the most extravagant dreams of luxury. In her ... Read More
In the late 1880s, Kodak released the box camera, the first camera available to the masses. Prior to its release, cameras were typically popular amongst trained scientists and artists, but the box introduced the ease of the snapshot; its tagline read, “You Press The Button, We Do The Rest.” Families who might not have been able to afford painted portraits could capture memories in film; the Kodak moment was born.
For $25, ... Read More
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