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‘Last Best Hiding Place’: Photos of the Mythical American West

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Main Street, Eureka, Utah

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Jericho Road, Utah

For seven years, British photographer Tim Richmond has documented the American West for his series Last Best Hiding Place. The title, he learned, is Montanan slang for living under the radar. An exploration of place, but also the people who belong there, Richmond captures an enigmatic vision of the mythical West.

Photo du Jour: Wide Load

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For Prologue, Vancouver-based photographer Andrew Querner retraces the steps of his parents’ 1969 journey to Billings, Montana, where they met after emigrating from Japan and Austria. Inspired by the discovery of an old takeout menu that his father had saved as a memento throughout the years, he searched his father and mother for the specifics and nuances of their travels to America, unearthing memories of former homes and friends who helped them along the way.

Gripping Photos Capture a Young Family of Mine Workers in Bolivia

Kindheit auf dem "Cerro Rico" in Potosi Bolivia

Maxima Limachi holds her youngest son Israel in her arms. On the window ledge stands a photo of her deceased husband. He died at the age of 35 in a mining accident in one of the tunnels of “Cerro Rico”. Since then, Maxima has raised her children alone.

Kindheit auf dem "Cerro Rico" in Potosi Bolivia

For guarding the mines seven days a week all day long the cooperative pays around 40€ to Maxima and her family. To earn a little more they have to work in the mines themselves from time to time. The seven years old Israel helps to free the cart‘s railway from debris.

Towering over the city of Potosi, Bolivia, the Cerro Rico mountain houses approximately 500 silver mines, 15,000 workers, and 200 families. Having catapulted Spain and the surrounding European territories into an era of prosperity from the mid-1500s onwards, the promise of the mountain began to fade by the 19th century with the vastly decreasing quantities of silver. Today, miners and guards brave the depths of the mines for meager wages, among them women and children.

Collages of Birds in Unbelievable Formations

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I love these collages of found images by Seattle artist Shaun Kardinal. They remind me of M.C. Escher; however, Kardinal’s pieces are made of images taken from Google searches and friends’ Facebook and Instagram feeds. Another aspect of the work that stands out is their mode of display.

‘Woven Portraits’ by Photographer David Samuel Stern

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Kosuke Kawahara, Artist (I)

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Emma Bailey, Poet

There is something allusive about the artist, their creative process and inspirational muses always a bit of a mystery. Photographer David Samuel Stern plays upon this idea by transforming the faces of composers, designers and other creatives into abstract objects for his series Woven Portraits.

Photo du Jour: A Sex Worker in Athens

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For The Attendants, photographer Myrto Papadopoulos captures moments in the lives of sex workers living in Greece, bringing to light the painful nuances of the sex industry. After meeting with charitable organizations, government officials, and medical professionals, Papadopoulos discovered that the distinctions between prostitution and sex trafficking were sometimes blurred, making it almost impossible to judge whether a woman was working voluntarily or by force.

Remarkable Airbrushed Busses Discovered in a Small Town in Bolivia

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For Bolivian Busses, Berlin-based photographer Daniel Hofer captures the colorful airbrushed artworks that adorn the public busses traveling from La Paz into the Amazon Basin. Hofer chanced upon the eye-catching vehicles in Villa Fátima, a small neighborhood from which busloads of passengers and extracted products were carried to and from the jungle. He describes Villa Fátima as a relatively poor area with a locally-run market; without the busses, it would stand out no more remarkable than any other neighborhood.

Photos Reveal the Bathtub of a 72-Year-Old Hoarder

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For George’s Bath, photographer Corinna Kern focuses her lens on the unassuming bathtub of George Fowler, a 72-year-old man struggling with compulsive hoarding. After befriending him at an eviction resistance event and discovering that he had lived as a squatter in the 1970s, Kern stayed with Fowler for two months, and each day she witnessed the shocking versatility of his bathtub. Sequestered from the chaos that permeates the rest of the large home, the small tub had been transformed into an unlikely site of household order, where everything from dishes to clothes are carefully cleansed and tidied.

Under the Big Top: Photos of Circus Troupes Across America

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© John Lee / Offset

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Early in his career, photographer John Lee interned for various newspapers across the United States, using his free time to document different circuses that traveled throughout the country. The troupes frequented small towns, delighting locals with their performances and exotic animals. Lee was able to spend time with the Bentley Bros, the Wenatchee Youth Circus, and the Chinese Imperial Circus in different locations in the U.S. The black and white photographs appear as if from a bygone age, each image a glimpse into the everyday life of the entertainers. Although his full time staff position at the Chicago Tribune eventually took precedent over capturing circuses, the unassuming and quirky photographs continue to be a source fascination and enthrall.

Creatures of the Night: Photos Capture the Wonder of Nocturnal Animals

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For Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, Rhode Island-based animal photographer Traer Scott intimately connects with world’s most mysterious and evasive nocturnal creatures, photographing animals and diverse as the vampire bat, the Indian flying fox, the African serval, and the Capybara. Ranging from adorable to fearsome, Scott’s magnificent creatures give shape to all that goes bump in the night.