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After her decades' long work exploring androgyny, the photographer Bettina Rheims saw a shift in the way cultures view gender, and she was inspired by transgendered youth. As transgender issues are only recently beginning to receive the attention they deserve, her 2012 project Gender Studies aims to give voice to the most intimate thoughts on the gendered self. Using Facbook, she reached out to any and all people who “felt different” in regards to ... Read More
The photographer Stephanie Diani, whose exquisite series on burlesque dancers captivated us last week, is also the force behind Tribe of Impossible Perfection, a body of work comprising a rich collection of photographs illustrating the personal and cultural significance of body image. For each portrait, she invited a sitter to divulge their thoughts on their own bodies, asking, “If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?” As ... Read More
Mailet Lopez, Breast Cancer Survivor   The photographer and scuba diver Erena Shimoda was inspired to her series create Underwater Healer— About Face through her work with the website I Had Cancer. Learning the stories of cancer survivors, she recalled her own experience with water as empowering and therapeutic, and staged underwater portrait sessions with the survivors she met.   Lori Stone, Endocervical Adenocarcinoma Survivor   The ... Read More
The Seven Year Itch Some amazing and as yet unnamed photographer has invited the vivacious residents of a nursing home to recreate the most touching instants captured in classic films. Using digital images, the artist’s lens allows the resident to explore fantastical worlds, from Mary Poppins’s UK to NYC circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The crude composite work done on the images only adds to their charm, placing the playful and witty subjects ... Read More
  The best portrait photography is about connection; it’s about breaking through social and cultural barriers that divide us and searching for something universally human within another’s eyes. And yet, we are surrounded by photographs of homeless people that portray them as less than human; too often, they are shot without dignity or respect. These images fail to recognize the homeless as individuals with stories as complex and unknowable as our ... Read More
  The great lion casts his eyes downward, furrows his brow. A rooster prances, his pink flesh gleaming under heavy lights. A chimpanzee turns his head. In his unbelievably telling series “More Than Human,” the photographer Tim Flach challenges the way we think about our fellow creatures. More in the vein of intimate portraiture than documentary or wildlife photography, Tim Flach’s expert lens frames animals within dignified and ... Read More
  As a child, Souvid Datta visited his grandparents in Kolkata for Christmas. In the midst of a tantrum, he stormed out of the house and wandered into Sonagachi, a red-light district. He saw girls around his age, men with handfuls of money; he made eye contact with a girl wearing pink, green and gold, and then he watched her led away by a much older man. The experience marked Datta, and as an adult, now a documentary photographer, he returned to Kolkata to ... Read More
  There is the teen mother who opens up about her previous sexual abuse and subsequent incarceration. A trans* woman stares into the camera with "I was born a man" written boldly across her chest. A young woman who drew arrows pointing to the visible scars on her arm. They are each part of photographer Steve Rosenfield's "What I Be" project, a powerful set of images that will stay with you long after you look away.  "What I Be" allows any viewer ... Read More
  From the Bayeux Tapestry to the Unicorn Tapestries, tapestry art is usually characterized by its focus on epic and sweeping themes like war, love, religion, and even the changing of the seasons. Painting, on the other hand, seems more immediate; a canvas can be filled in a few hours, whereas a woven tapestry may take weeks to complete.     The artist Cayce Zavaglia’s work brilliantly examines the intersections between painting and ... Read More
  Lee Materazzi and her mother are both photographers; while Materazzi works in fine art, her mother has formal training in commercial photography. In Materazzi’s new series on “disrupted domestic acts,” the mother and daughter’s divergent aesthetics come to a head, producing dynamic images that explore the very nature of domestic life.    Materazzi, who has often photographed her mother, allowed her mother to take over for ... Read More
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