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Jul 16, 2012

“During the 1940s and the 1950s 140,000 people from the Bieszczady Mountains region in south-eastern Poland were displaced as a result of post World War II political decisions. Thousands of them died in a fight for their right to remain on their land. Every spring hundreds of wild orchards bloom marking the boundaries of the 5,128 houses and farms which were erased from the face of the earth.” - Joanna Piotrowska about her 5128
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Jul 11, 2012

Casa De Campo by Antonio Xoubanova centers on a huge public park in Madrid, Spain, combining portraiture with landscapes. (via)
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Jul 10, 2012

Paola de Grenet’s Yo Solo looks at the different aspects of being single.
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Jul 9, 2012

If the medium is not supposed to be the message, you’re setting yourself up for quite the challenge is you work with the kinds of analogue photography processes Ester Vonplon is employing: How not to make that particular aesthetic the center of attention? It’s a trap, but Vonplon manages to extricate herself with ease. (via)
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Jul 3, 2012

This is an image from Gergely Szatmari’s Meadowlands - not necessarily a particularly new subject matter, but the photographer found quite a few great shots. Also make sure to check out American Idler.
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Jun 26, 2012

“This is Luke, he was in a car crash 2 days before I took this picture. I wasn’t going to photograph him with his top off originally but he wanted to show off his tattoos which read ‘Live Life, Love Life’. There is also a tattoo of the pearly gates on his right arm.” - Jack Latham about Luke, from A Pink Flamingo
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Jun 25, 2012

Hannah Putz’s portfolio mixes fashion assignments with personal work, often, but not always, involving nudes. As you can see from her press page, she has caused quite the stir with her work recently.
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Jun 19, 2012

“42º C shows passers-by emerging from the shadows into the light at precisely that orange dividing line where the scorching luminescence of summer splits in two - light and shadow. The streets of Seville, where the two join in battle every afternoon.” - Manolo Espaliú
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Jun 14, 2012

Olivia Arthur’s work from Saudi Arabia - published as Jeddah Diary - opens up a world we really don’t know so much about. See some more images, plus writing, here.
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Jun 5, 2012

Tristan Hutchinson’s Took Strength To Tackle Those Hills is a photographic portraits of a community in southwest Ireland.
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May 31, 2012

This is an image from Floszmann Atilla’s Stadt-Theater, photographs taken in Budapest, Hungary.
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May 29, 2012

“In this project [Le Soleil moribond (2009/2012)] I want to make portraits of these women not while they are ‘selling’ their bodies on video in private, but instead when they are in a state of both intimacy and solitude, almost as if they had forgotten to be visible to an audience.” - Osvaldo Sanviti
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May 24, 2012

Ronan Guillou’s American Series is subdivided into six separate section, which are a bit too literal for me. That minor gripe aside, there’s some amazing photography in them - make sure to look at each section.
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May 23, 2012

These are two photographs from Bronxites, a photography project by Chantal Heijnen. The photographer writes “Through a mutual friend, a very unlikely but special friendship arose between Gilbert, who lives in the Bronx for almost 40 years and me, a young photographer from The Netherlands. In 2008 Gilbert gave me the opportunity to move to the Bronx, to share space in his apartment and pursue my long-held ambition to photograph individuals from communities rarely seen.”
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May 22, 2012

It’s hard to pick just one photograph from Miguel Proenca’s Behind the Hill, but I figured this one would do. Faith and superstition (or rather their remnants) in the modern world.
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May 21, 2012

These photographs are from Jiri Makovec’s Untitled ( for Jiajia ). I like them individually, but I also like how they work together.
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May 17, 2012

“Beirut is a city that lives on present, and it’s in the present that it seems to project itself. It’s probably a short-term but, at the same time, very solid projection. The pursuit of immediate fullness is evident everywhere, in the uninterrupted urban growth, in the economic and cultural boosts and, of course, in the youth-life, constantly in search for emancipation, amusement, fulfillment. There is no doubt that the city (probably the most open-minded city of the Middle East) offers the possibility to satisfy all that.” - Roberto Boccaccino about On the Side
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May 16, 2012

This is an image from Óscar Monzón’s Sweet Car, which has just the right mix of everything that might happen in your car. Simple, and good.
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May 7, 2012

This image above shows part of Peter Puklus’ Handbook to the Stars, the presentation of which I’m sure will make quite a few people unhappy. What you see in your web browser is never the full installation, instead, you need to scroll left and right, up and down to see images and groups of images. The corresponding book is already available - more on that at some other time.
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Apr 30, 2012

Anna Dasovic’s Vredenhof 1939-1945 focuses on a rather unique World War 2 cemetary on a small Dutch island, working with archival photographs and documents. (via)
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Apr 25, 2012

For those interested in seeing contemporary landscape photography, there is Misha de Ridder’s work. It’s not quite what you might expect. Maybe a better way to think about it would be to say that our idea of “landscape” photographs seems to have expanded quite a bit.
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Apr 24, 2012

Tom Farmer’s A Life Between Brackets depicts the life of a Congolese man living in the UK after his asylum application was rejected. (via)
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Apr 12, 2012

Luke Norman & Nik Adam are two young photographers who produce their work in a collaboration. They’re part of what I think of as a new wave of artists producing conceptual photography with a heavy art slant (academics might have a name for that already). The photo above is from Peacock.
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Apr 11, 2012

Kaliningrad by Stefan Bladh is a very exciting work in progress, mixing landscapes and portraits. (via The Sonic Blog)
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Apr 9, 2012

“‘Auftakt’ is the upward stroke made by conductor, a gesture, that comes in the moment when music does not begin to sound yet. It’s a gesture made in silence, but combining full information about time of performance, tempo and semantic fullness of music, it’s stroke and character of the sound.” - Roman Drits (via - where you can also find an interview with the photographer)
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Apr 2, 2012

David Severn’s Thanks Maggie focuses on ex colliery sites in and around the former coal mining stronghold of Mansfield in the north of England. Writes David “Moved by the stories of ex miners and inspired by the work of young people in Newstead, how bitter sweet it is to tread the exhausted ground, revived.”
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Mar 29, 2012

Every year, I try to get interested in baseball, only to realize around June or July that I can’t do it (and people say chess is boring!). I had the same problem when I lived in Germany, and I thought I should try to get excited about football (soccer for those who think football involves a non-spherical object). I tried… I can get behind María Bleda and José María Rosa’s Campos de Fútbol, though: Football reduced to just those few traces left in the landscape.
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Mar 28, 2012

Italian photographers Raffaele Capasso and Francesco Claudio Cipolletta collaborate as Dead Porcupine. Their project Shiftless centers on the environs of a disused nuclear power plant in Italy.
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Mar 21, 2012

Familiar by Alex Cretey Systermans portrays daily life in a gentle, endearing way, without ever becoming too self-absorbed. (via LPV Magazine)
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Mar 13, 2012

This is an image from Gert Jochems’s multi-chapter About SX in Flandres (but this is not a good title), which is, as you probably guessed, about sex, but which also has more dimensions than just one. (via Mrs. Deane)
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Mar 7, 2012

Crowd Theory by Simon Terrill is a series of photographic performance events exploring ideas of community and the nature of crowds.
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Mar 1, 2012

“The work is based on my childhood experience of perceiving priests as having two different identities, one before and one during mass itself.” - Alberto Maserin about Et nunc.
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Feb 22, 2012

Sergey Chilikov has been photographing first in the Soviet Union and now in Russia for over thirty years. Find more samples of his work here and here, plus an interview with the artist here.
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Feb 21, 2012

“14.644 is the number of people who have disappeared in Italy since 1975. Approximately 400 per year, more than one every day. Until now, none of them have been found. The reasons for the disappearance remain undetermined, but all of these cases fits one definition: voluntary estrangement.” - Ezio D’Agostino about 14.644.
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Feb 14, 2012

The use of animated gifs in I am not what you see and hear by Simone Massera is more subtle. Here’s a case where an ebook could be very different from a (printed) book.
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Feb 7, 2012

Those interested in urban spaces (and fake nature) will find a lot of imagery in Mathilde Mestrallet’s portfolios. This image is from Avant les forêts.
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Feb 6, 2012

This is an image from Chris Dorley-Brown’s fabulous The Corners.
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Feb 2, 2012

As far as I can tell Julia Hetta’s photographs are all commissioned work. There are many gems here - make sure to look through the whole set!
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Jan 30, 2012

A good eye for symmetry requires a good eye for asymmetry. Just the right amount of asymmetry, just the right amount of confusion will make any symmetric photography much better: It truly brings a photograph to life. Georg Aerni’s Promising Bay is a perfect example.
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Jan 25, 2012

This is an image from Ulrich Lebeuf’s extended portrait Tropique du Cancer, for which, alas, information is hard to come by.
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Jan 19, 2012

“The museum, an institution to preserve and interpret the material evidence of the human race, has a long history, springing from an innate human desire to collect and interpret the world around us. By deciding how the past is presented and memorialized, museums not only preserve the past, they also play an important role in the construction of our ideologies, identities and the understanding and interpretation of ourselves.” - Jason Larkin about Past Perfect
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Jan 17, 2012

I have the feeling that many people will prefer Filip Dujardin’s Fictions over his Sheds. Fictions, of course, is well done. But at the end of the day, you know the constructs are not real. Contrast that with Sheds: Here, it’s not the photographer who made them, it’s other people - leading occasionally to cases which are as absurd as the Fictions.
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Jan 16, 2012

China’s western parts are very different from its coastal regions where most of the economic boom is happening. There are ethnic (and religious) minorities, which has led to considerable tensions (and violence) - with Beijng reacting to it as can be expected: A growing military presence. Chloe Dewe Mathews portrays that part of China in China’s Wild West.
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Jan 12, 2012

Forever Beautiful by Evgenia Arbugaeva looks into beauty and aging (and our ideas of beauty and age).
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Jan 4, 2012

Playground by Jeroen Hofman shows training grounds used by Dutch emergency personnel.
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Dec 27, 2011

Colin Gray’s Nina Goes Shopping shows the photographer’s daughter shopping for stuff - a great take on consumerism.
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Dec 15, 2011

This is an image from Salvi Danés’ impressive and haunting Dark Isolation Tokyo.
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Dec 14, 2011

Fil­ippo Bran­coli Pan­tera’s Tuscany’s B side shows scenes from the region that are very different from the ones known from tourist brochures. (via)
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Dec 13, 2011

Peter Hebeisen’s Metamorphosis and Myth shows the locations of major battles in Europe during the 20th Century (Verdun, Stalingrad, Sarajevo, etc.). The photographer writes that “the haunting landscapes reveal how healing is linked is linked with forgetting and ignorance.”
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Dec 7, 2011

Good Night London by Jesús Madriñán contains some great portraiture.
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