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Photographer Rockie Nolan Explores ‘Lightness’ with the New Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (Sponsored)

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In the age of Instagram, one thing has become clear: the next generation of cameras are in our phones as more and more artists are choosing phone cameras to make compelling work. Over the next week, we are thrilled to present a series of three phenomenal Guest Instagrammers who are using the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge to do just that.

The first photographer to take over our Instagram is Rockie Nolan, who will be filling our feed with images relating to the theme of “lightness.” Nolan’s work is playful and vibrant, and we caught up with her in between shoots to see what we can expect from her and her Galaxy S6 edge. Since the theme was open­-ended, she chose to approach it in a metaphorical way, capturing moments that she felt carried a “soft, nostalgic feel to it that was emphasized by the quality of light.”

Nolan loves working with the Galaxy S6 edge because it gives her a wide variety of exposure controls; “it feels more like photographing with a dSLR, without the bulk of carrying one around,” she explains. She also enjoys the larger screen, which enabled her to easily preview her captures. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge features an easy ­to ­use camera that captures images that are clearer than ever, meaning that photographers can shoot even in low light without sacrificing quality. Nolan noticed this quality immediately, and she doesn’t take the phone’s tonal range for granted: “it doesn’t overcompensate mid­-tones by blowing out the highlights like many small cameras.”

This post was sponsored by our friends at Samsung.

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Beguiling Photos Capture the Beauty of Antarctica’s Icebergs

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In Antarctica, says London-based photographer Anna Vlasova, snow comes in more shades than white, coloring ancient icebergs in pastel shades of blue and green. Seventy percent of the planet’s water is held precariously within these floating monoliths, bodies of frozen fluid that can tower as high as our lofty skyscrapers and extend well below sea level, where they are blanketed in a fuzzy layer of ice algae. For The Character of Snow, Vlasova tells the story of these enigmatical and volatile bodies, glancing back thousands of years to a time when they roamed the seas, uninhibited and unbroken by the will of mankind.

Father Documents His Daughters’ Childhood in a Remote Village in Australia

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“We live in a paradise,” says photographer Sam Harris of the tiny southwestern Australian village that he, his wife Yael, and his two daughters, Uma and Yali, have come to call home. In 2002, the family, composed at that time of mother, father, and three-year-old Uma, left behind the hustle and bustle of London in search of a life spent close to nature. After backpacking through Thailand, India, and Australia, they nested in a forest near the town of Balingup with the newly arrived infant Yali, amongst the wild kangaroos and surrounded by the chuckling birdsong of Kookaburras.

Our Latest Group Show Features 72 Fiery Photos of Redheads

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For our latest group show, we invited you to submit your photographs of redheads. Judged by Keren Sachs, Director of Content Development for Offset, a new collection of high-end stock photography and illustration from artists around the globe, the images selected for this collection capture the elusive and indefinable beauty of auburn hair. Since the days of Medieval Europe, redheads in art have walked a murky line between the human realm and the divine. Where red hair was once perceived as an unerasable mark of black magic and vampirism, throughout history, it has also been a key trait of several deities, like Botticelli’s Venus and the angels of Titian. While children with red hair might be taunted on the schoolyard, we grow up to covet red locks and to be transfixed eternally by those who bear them.

Congratulations to winning photographer Julie de Waroquier, who will receive a GoPro Hero4 Black, and to runners up Masha Svyatogor and Michelle Marshall. All submitting photographers were considered to join Offset.

10 NYC-Based Photographers Will Discuss ‘Subcultures’ at The BlowUp #2 Event

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Looking at photographs of subcultures is often as alluring as becoming a part of one. When captured well, a portrait of an exclusive society can enlighten us about its secrets while concealing just enough to keep us intrigued. For the second edition of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event by Feature Shoot, we’re inviting ten NYC-based photographers to disclose the stories behind some of their most gripping images of subcultures. The event will take place on June 26, 2015, from 6:30-9:00 PM, at ROOT, New York City.

The second BlowUp will welcome photographers who have straddled genres of documentary, fine art, entertainment photography and film, with each one recounting a short form (5 to 7 minute) tale behind an image of his or her choice. Selected photographs range from Phillip Toledano’s evocative portraits of individuals who have undergone extreme plastic surgery and body modifications to Deidre Schoo’s behind-the-scenes vision of Flex dancers, a group of innovative New York street choreographers who perform and compete in a boisterous event called “Battlefest.” Confirmed speakers include Phillip ToledanoMartha CooperAndrew Hetherington, Brian FinkeGillian Laub, and Deidre Schoo. Additional photographers will be announced shortly.

Tickets are available for $20, which will include an open bar from 6:30-7:30. Reserve your ticket here (the last event sold out quickly).

The BlowUp is generously sponsored by our friends at ROOT and Agency Access . Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates.

The 2015 NYC SALT Annual Photography Gallery Show

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Since it was established in 2008 by editorial photographer Alicia Hansen, NYC SALT has quickly become the birthplace of some of the city’s finest young artists. The non-profit organization is devoted to empowering underprivileged teenagers through the art of photography, offering places to sixteen students in residence per year, with an astonishing college acceptance rate of 100%. This year marks the arrival of NYC SALT’s first class of college graduates, each of them first generation.

Touching Portraits of Injured Birds Photographed at a Wildlife Shelter

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Holland-based photographer Anjès Gesink spends her evenings nursing wounded chicks and administering pain medication to older wild birds who have been wounded and left behind in the hustle and bustle of city life. She volunteers at Vogelklas Karel Schot, a bird shelter in Rotterdam that rehabilitates a variety of severely injured and ill birds in hopes of releasing them back to their homes in the wild. For Birds Don’t Cry, the photographer documents the animals as they are held and examined by compassionate hands at the shelter.

Remembering Iconic Photographer Mary Ellen Mark

Back in 2005, when I thought I wanted to be a photographer, I took a few classes at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC. One was a lighting class taught by one of Mary Ellen Mark’s previous assistants (who had since moved on to do lighting at a museum). To my surprise and delight, Mary Ellen Mark was actually a student in the class. She showed up, took notes, did the assignments and asked questions. She was also very generous with her time (and stories) and she indulged all of our incredibly naïve questions about her her work and career. She even signed my book (see below).

Like the rest of the photography community, I’m very saddened to hear of her death today. I didn’t know her personally, but she has always been one of my favorite photographers. And her kindness and complete lack of pretension is something that has always stuck with me and something that I will always remember when I look at her work. RIP MEM.

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VIDEO: Bob Gruen on His Unforgettable Long Exposure Shot of Tina Turner Dancing

Last month, Feature Shoot hosted the first ever edition of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event in which we ask about fifteen outstanding photographers to tell the stories behind one of their favorite images. The theme was music, and Bob Gruen selected his serendipitous shot of Tina Turner exiting the stage at the close of an enthusiastic concert, illuminated by a pulsating strobe light. He only had three or four frames left during the fateful evening, and on whim, he left his shutter open for an entire second as she traipsed offstage. It became shot that changed his life, plunging him into what would become not only an iconic career but also a true friendship with Tina and Ike Turner.

The next BlowUp event will take place on the evening of June 26, 2015 at ROOT (Drive In) from 6:30-9:00 PM, and this time, the theme will be subcultures. We have some incredible photographers lined up to speak including Phillip Toledano, Martha Cooper, Roger Ballen, Brian Finke, Gillian Laub, and Deidre Schoo. More photographers will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, you can purchase tickets here.

The first BlowUp was generously sponsored by Squarespace. Feature Shoot readers can get 10% off their new Squarespace website with the code: ‘FS15?. Sign up for your free 14-day trial here.

Photographer Beautifully Captures Growth and Decay Through Sheets of Plexiglass Filters

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Photographer Krista Steinke spends her summers at Purgatory Road, a wooden region of rural New York that is divided by an infamous dirt-covered path. On one side of the road is a cavernous slope that is ominous, damp, and bug infested. On the opposite side lies a lush, peaceful forest. The intersection of this unusual landscape sets the tone for her series, also titled Purgatory Road. Here, she uses her camera to explore a metaphoric state of “in-between”.