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Nov 23, 2011

Slab City by Claire Martin is a magnificent body of work, portraying a community of squatters in the Colorado Desert.
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Nov 22, 2011

People who have gone to art school (or have taught at one) might recognize a thing or two in Adam Pape’s Art Works Because I Do.
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Nov 17, 2011

“This photographic series is informed by sensory-memory retrievals from these moments of my early childhood, a time when I was afflicted by a severe visual impairment, a condition known as Exotropia. These images are an attempt to recreate the distortion as well as the feeling provided from exotropia’s out of body experience.” - John Rohrer
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Nov 16, 2011

The Burn by Jane Fulton Alt contains images of controlled prairie burns, using the process as a metaphor for creative destruction.
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Nov 15, 2011

This is an image from Zane Davis’ Chicago River.
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Nov 14, 2011

Aaron Hobson’s Cinemascapes were created using Google Street View, staying clear of both gimmicky ha-ha effects and of documentary ideas.
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Nov 9, 2011

What facial expressions do we make when we sing in the shower? asks Noel Manalili with his project Rapture.
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Nov 8, 2011

Brian Kaplan’s I’m Not On Your Vacation portrays Cape Cod as a bit of a melancholic, quiet place.
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Nov 1, 2011

Truer by Sophia Wallace is an autobiographical body of work about love and female desire.
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Oct 26, 2011

Updating the contemporary vanitas still life: Tara Sellios. I suppose “Lessons of Impermanence” might easily also be called “The Splendid Table.”
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Oct 25, 2011

This is an image from Natasja Marie Fourie’s intense Time.Space.Woman.
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Oct 24, 2011

Steve Eiden’s In Search of the Miraculous is a portrayal of organized Christianity in the US. Also don’t miss his project Looking Toward Fort Sumter, focusing on the American Civil War.
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Oct 20, 2011

In Pablo López Luz’s Natura small human figures, enjoying themselves, are embedded in large, often almost overwhelming vistas, placing the focus not on the people but on the world they’re acting in.
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Oct 17, 2011

Valentina Riccardi’s And suddenly they became family is filled with great images.
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Oct 13, 2011

This is an image from Tomas Cochello’s Thirsty Roots.
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Oct 10, 2011

This is an image from Anthony Hamboussi’s La Petite Ceinture, taken in Paris.
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Oct 5, 2011

This is an image from Irina Rozovsky’s new project In Plain Air. If you’re curious about seeing the book version of One To Nothing check out my photobook presentation.
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Oct 4, 2011

“Between 2004 and 2009, I photographed vacated industrial facilities in Canada and the United States, mainly asbestos refineries, steel mills and chemical plants. Their back stories are familiar to many: once booming industries unable to face the challenges of changing markets became mothballed, decommissioned, bankrupt.” - Andrew Emond
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Sep 29, 2011

“American Weekend is an ongoing project that deals with how We Americans deal with our limited amount of time off at the end of the week and all the nuances that it entails.” - Hollis Bennett
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Sep 28, 2011

Nguan’s These Times is street photography in around New York’s Times Square, the “family-friendly neon play land, […] an explicit target for terror attacks,” to use the photographer’s words. Very well seen, very well done.
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Sep 22, 2011

I really like Natalie Krick’s New Work (which, I suppose, at some stage will get a proper title) - it’s filled with all kinds of details, and the resulting images are visually arresting.
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Sep 21, 2011

The panorama isn’t seen very often in art galleries, for, I suppose, a variety of reasons. It’s a very tricky format. Dylan Vitone’s panoramas are assembled from individual photographs, but they’re not digitally stitched. Compelling work that is more complex than it might seem: People might appear more than once so that a story is told; or the curtain might get pulled back, revealing the drama or absurdity of contemporary life. The example above (click to see a larger version) is from Miami (I just had to pick a photo that had something to do with photography itself).
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Sep 19, 2011

I find Klea McKenna’s Slow Burn a bit uneven - I like some images way better than others - but I really like the play with the physicality of the object, in this case the negative.
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Sep 14, 2011

“The Island is an ongoing project that documents life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The long and narrow string of barrier islands for many is a vacation destination. For me, it is much more. It is a place where I fell in love, married and hope to one day raise a family. The Island is my connection to a place that like the tide has its highs and lows.” - Tim Gruber
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Sep 8, 2011

Julie L. Sims’ Uncharted Territory: Anatomy of a Natural Disaster uses natural disasters as metaphors for depression or other psychological disorders.
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Sep 7, 2011

I suppose it’s easy to see how Investigations by Dogan Arslanoglu fits into many of the current debates about contemporary photography and its use of images.
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Aug 31, 2011

“True West calls into question the seeming American fascination with the American West. […] Visually, the photographs in True West are images of images.” - Chris Toalson
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Aug 30, 2011

Ignacio Torres’s Stellar uses animated gifs, and I’m really liking it. I’ve often wondered when I’d see animated gifs put to good use. (note the animated gif will not work on the main page of this website, open the post to see it; via)
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Aug 29, 2011

For those loving photographs that have old cars in them, here is Mateo Pérez Correa’s version: Terrarium.
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Aug 23, 2011

Nils Orth’s Untitled Faces aren’t particularly flattering images, but regardless they’re quite compelling, rubbing against many photographic conventions.
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Aug 11, 2011

Ciudad de los Reyes by Carlos Jiménez Cahua portrays the outskirts of Lima, Peru.
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Aug 10, 2011

I found Amhad Hosni’s Go Down, Moses, a project about tourism in the South­ern Sinai, via Mrs. Deane. The only thing I’m not so crazy about is the presentation - Issuu really makes for an incredibly unattractive way to look at photography online.
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Aug 9, 2011

“In the series Tehran Remixed Amirali Ghasemi shows young urban Iranians socializing, their faces and other areas of exposed skin blanked out to protect their identities. The social activities depicted seem as though they could be happening in any city around the world. Yet the fact that the identities of the participants in these seemingly ordinary acts must be so starkly concealed underscores how specific the situation is to Iran.” (source)
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Aug 4, 2011

This is an image from Kosuke Oka­hara’s multi-year photography project about self-inflicted injuries by young Japanese women.
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Jul 28, 2011

I couldn’t make up my mind which image to pick for Fabrice Monteiro. In the end, I went with one from his series Into the Arena.
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Jul 21, 2011

This is an image from Naoki Ishikawa’s The Void, a series of intriguing landscapes.
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Jul 12, 2011

“In all of my prints, I collect things that I’ve cut out from Google Satellite View— parking lots, silos, landflls, waste ponds.” - Jenny Odell about Satellite Collections (image: Every Basketball Court in Manhattan) It’s weird how fake these objects look even though they’re very real!
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Jul 11, 2011

Expect to spend hours exploring Adam Ryder’s Areth - an architectural exploration of a made up lost civilization.
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Jul 6, 2011

Phaedra Call’s portrait of an elderly lady, I was Emily Dickinson, is one of the most memorable photography projects I’ve seen in a while, shot and presented beautifully.
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Jun 30, 2011

Jessica Hilltout divides her projects into different components - here: amen - which I’m a bit torn about.
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Jun 29, 2011

Adam Thorman’s What Light Remains In The Absence contains a whole bunch of deceptively simple images. I don’t necessarily like each and every one of them, but the good ones are really good. (via)
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Jun 23, 2011

Now that the internet offers you “social” interactions with other people without you having to leave your own house (or get dressed), photographers might simply do the same - join people in forums online and take their photographs. That’s what John Ryan Brubaker did for his Random Strangers.
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Jun 22, 2011

“As a member of a society that views ideas of place as a central defining characteristic, second only to name and followed closely by profession, I have embarked on an exploration aimed at understanding the mythologies of place and subjective place-making.” - Jennifer Garza-Cuen, writing about Reno, Nevada
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Jun 21, 2011

This is an image from Alexi Hobbs’ multi-faceted instincts & convictions.
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Jun 14, 2011

“More than 7000 in the Congolese capital, the evangelical churches play an essential role in the process that lead to numerous Kinshasa families abandoning their children. By giving a spiritual guarantee to the worried families, these communities of diverse and combined faiths, often stigmatized under the name of ‘awakening churches’ (or evangelical churches), have transformed a limited phenomenon into an ordinary and acceptable social reality within a period of 20 years.” - Caroline Six writing about Gwenn Dobourthoumieu’s Child-Witches of Kinshasa
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Jun 13, 2011

This is an image from Yaakov Israel’s The Quest For The Man On The White Donkey.
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Jun 9, 2011

Morgante by Nicola Lo Calzo is just one of the various very interesting projects in the photographer’s portfolio. Also don’t miss Modafrique: “Starting from early 2000s, Africa has been in the center of a new revolution involving fashion and luxury industries. Major African capitals such as Dakar, Niamey, Abidjan and Cape Town are becoming attractive laboratories to new designers from the black continent and from Europe claiming the label of ‘Made in Africa’.”
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Jun 1, 2011

“Upon arriving from Germany to live and work in the United States almost two years ago, I was shocked at how the America of my imagination—a place where everyone is well-educated and privileged— proved instead a place with a great deal of poverty, and despair. My experiences here fueled my desire to sharpen public awareness of the need to further understand social inequity.” - Louisa Marie Summer about Jennifer
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May 31, 2011

Adam Amengual’s Homies portrays former gang members or people who spent time incarcerated before changing their lives with the help of Homeboy Industries.
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May 26, 2011

Lauren Hermele’s Asta e Viata (That’s Life) portrays a small Romanian village in ways that might be a bit more romantic than life might really be there (as the photographer acknowledges in the statement).
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