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Feature Shoot Recommends: The Best Photo Links of the Week (Nov 17 – 21)

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From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • ‘Why do we only worship ‘real’ works of art?’ [The Guardian]
  • Why Photographers’ Rep Julian Richards Abruptly Quit the Business [PDN]
  • Inside the offices of The New York Times [Slate]
  • 15 rules for creative success in the Internet age [Boing Boing]
  • Stunningly beautiful artist’s studios [Lone Wolf]

In Dubai, All That Glitters Is Not Gold

1The view of one of the main high roads in Dubai “sheikh zayed” road, which was built by construction workers in recent years. This highway is surrounded by beautiful buildings and skyscrapers. The luxurious architecture of Emirates towers can be seen on the right. 

4Laborers usually play cricket on Fridays. They play for more than six hours on their day off as inexpensive entertainment. 

About a few hours away from the towering glass buildings of Dubai’s city center, the dusty roads lead to the city’s most inhabited area of Muhaisnah, unofficially referred to as Sonapur (meaning Land of Gold). Farhad Berahman, an Iranian photographer was the only photographer in Sonapur seven years ago, where he found himself documenting the police as they surrounded one of the labor camps filled with a troop of workers from South Asia. This for him was the beginning of his work in Muhaisnah.

‘Burn Down Something Pretty': Intimate Family Photos Reconcile a Troubled Adolescence

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Ellis Marksohn (BFA 2014) is a senior in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Originally from New York, his interest in photography stems from the potential for the camera as a tool for therapeutic growth. His series Burn Down Something Pretty blends a variety of imagery, from fabricated moments of intimacy with his parents to decontextualized objects of significance. It is an attempt at accepting the past while questioning self-hood.

Fascinating Photos of Transnistria, a Moldovan Territory that Maintains a Pro-Russian Position

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In Hristovaia village, swimming in the lake is a popular pastime for youth.

For Transnistria Conglomerate, photographer Anton Polyakov traces the newly emerging generation of Transnistria, a state which, despite its official status as a region in Moldova, maintains a staunchly pro-Russian position.

Photos Explore the Act of Controlling Nature Out of Fear

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Georgia Rhodes (MFA 2015) is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her work converses with the landscape, both real and imagined. By subverting the ease with which we navigate familiar notions, her work challenges expectations of how a person is supposed to consume the natural world. Her project Flora non Fauna is a meditation upon the conflict between our need for contact with nature, and the desire to control it within our domestic spaces.

‘Silicon Forest': Photos of Russia’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub

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Genetics graduate student Irina Mukhamedshina poses with her pet and thesis project Viliya, a domesticated fox who lives with her. Her research focuses on training  genetically manipulated foxes. The Institute of Cytology and Genetics one of the most prominent in Akademgorodok, known for Dmitry Belyaev’s decades-long experiment to domesticate wild foxes.

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Sasha Vasiliev, 6, prepares before a violin recital in one of Akademgorodok’s oldest buildings.

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An apartment block in Akademgorodok at night. The town was conjured from nothing by Soviet leaders in 1957 as a meritocratic haven for intellectuals. It featured larger apartments than most Soviet towns at the time.

Somewhere far away, 3,400 kilometers east of Moscow, there is a town called Akademgorodok. The name means ‘Academy Town,’ and it was founded in 1957 to house some of the brightest minds in the Soviet Union. After the fall of the communist regime, most people left the area for better work in the West. These days, Akademgorodok is experiencing a period of revival and it is quickly becoming a hub for 21st century Russian innovation and entrepreneurship. American photographer Grant Slater went there and documented the work, the people, and the atmosphere of the place in a photo series called Silicon Forest.

Photographer Captures Stunning Movements of Siamese Fighting Fish

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When Bangkok based photographer Visarute Angkatavanich was young, his father gave him Betta fish to keep as pets. Watching how they move three dimensionally, he remembers feeling mesmerized by the beautiful, multicolored creatures. And as any curious and imaginative child might wonder, how is it they can they breathe in water, while other animals cannot? This early experience with Betta fish sparked a life-long interest in the animal.

New Photography Book Brings Together Over 230 Incredible Landscapes

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Bawadi, 2006 © Florian Joye

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Randonneurs sur la glacier du Rhone, 2010 © Matthieu Gafsou, courtesy Galerie C, Neuchatel, Switzerland

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Wild River, Florida, 2005 © Reiner Riedler

The words “landscape photography” can often, unjustly, elicit yawns and cause eyelids to droop. Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography, recently published by Thames & Hudson, proves this to be exactly the wrong reaction.

Photographer Explores the Effects of Fukushima Three Years Later

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Nozaki and his family stand for a portrait in a snow covered vegetable field in the town of Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. Nozaki and his wife are not overly concerned about radiation contaminating food and water, but how discrimination will impact the future for their 4 year-old daughter. February 2014.

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Main street in the town of Odaka, Fukushima, about 6 miles from the Daichi nuclear power plant. The city remains lifeless except for the sounds of grating coos of crows in the nearby distance. Residents may return for the day to survey the damage to their homes, but are not allowed to live in the city. March 2014

Life Within 90km is photographer Brian Driscoll’s reflection on the life of residents of Fukushima, three years after the earthquake and subsequent power plant explosion that left 160,000 people displaced and still seeking answers.

Playful Portraits of Hipsters Wearing Beards Made of Furry Critters

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It’s November, or as some like to call it “No Shave November,” the four weeks of the year in which citizens are invited to let their beards grow long in hopes of raising awareness about prostate cancer. During the hairiest month of the year, we return to the ad campaign that swept the world this summer: Schick’s “Free Your Skin,” a series of images men sporting beards that have morphed into fluffy ferrets of all shapes and colors.