Dreamlike Photographs Tell of the Comforts of Home



“I wanted to start a project that was close to home,” says Massachusetts-based photographer Tsar Fedorsky. “The idea originated from feelings I was having about my personal life. While I yearned to experience the broader world, I also recognized that I was quite comfortable at home. I decided to create a photo narrative about a woman who dreams of a larger life.”

Apocalyptic Photographs Expose the Urgent State of Childcare in America

Sunsrise to Sunset

Sunrise to Sunset: The lack of quality, affordable child care is a barrier to full equality for women in the workplace. This barren scene illustrates that the burden of child care is most often on the backs of women, many of whom are single. The task of caring for children is undervalued, where child care workers (mostly women) are often underpaid, under-trained and over burdened with responsibility.

The Promised Land

The Promised Land: The equality gap between today’s American children is seen in this ambient, mysteriously ar- cadian landscape. There is a widening, possibly insurmountable, gulf between those who grow up in poverty and those raised with economic comforts.

Beneath a carefully constructed veneer of cartoons, sing-alongs, and happy meals, suggest photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, lies a sinister and painful reality for many American children. In order to visualize the wide chasm that separates the welfare of children of wealthy families from those without access to safe and reliable childcare, the duo partnered with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project to construct Watch Me Grow, a series of frightful and prophetic scenes in which the assumed gaiety of childhood belies the painful truth about the dire situation faced by millions of youngsters.

Photos Show Strange and Intoxicating Vodou Rituals in Brooklyn



Vodou is a religion deeply embedded in Haitian culture, practiced in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, but thanks to Western culture ‘voodoo’ is repeatedly misunderstood and spurned as some evil religion in pact with the devil. Brooklyn-based photographer Shannon Taggart – whose work centers on ritual and spirituality – set out to explore for herself modern day Vodou ceremonies. In these fascinating black-and-white images taken in a basement temple in Brooklyn, we witness strange, intoxicating scenes as priests and laymen whirl wide-eyed under the spell of the Vodou gods. The immediacy of the action and the intimacy Taggart has achieved through her images draws us in, making us feel almost as if we were present in the basement with her. The result of Taggart’s careful documentation reveals what the heavily stigmatized religion of Haitian Vodou is like, without the prejudice.

Casting Herself in the Lead Role, Photographer Recreates Famous Artworks by Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt and More

After Vermeer

After Vermeer

After Magritte

After Magritte

Stages is the title of a self-portrait project by American photographer Laura Hofstadter. After experimenting with a large format camera and discovering a thrill in re-creating classical paintings using simple household props, Hofstadter embarked on this photographic narrative to illustrate the varying transformative stages of life that we pass through universally, as well as those of loss and aging. The project also on a deeper level examines the artist’s own experience battling cancer and the effects the treatment has bestowed upon her body.

9 Photographers Discuss the Ups and Downs of their Photos ‘Going Viral’ at the Next BlowUp on Dec. 10 in NYC


Viral photographs: you’ve seen them everywhere, but chances are you don’t know the whole story. On December 10th, 2015, Feature Shoot will present the third edition of The BlowUp, a quarterly event that brings together a selection of extraordinary photographers and storytellers, each slated to share the backstory behind a significant shot of his or her choosing. These time, the theme is viral photography, a subject that has inspired scholarly papers, how-to books, and countless unforgettable anecdotes throughout the last several years.

The third BlowUp will run from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at ROOT, 443 W 18th St, New York City. As per usual, our featured speakers run the gamut from emerging art students to downright photographic legends.

From Arne Svenson’s one-of-a-kind photographs of his Tribeca neighbors, a series of images that was not only widely shared but also culminated in a 2-year lawsuit, to Sophie Gamand’s tender portraits of adoptable pit bulls in flower crowns, the evening promises to present a rich cultural tapestry of the modern era and what viewers most want to see right now. Kirra Cheers will tell of Tinder dates gone right (photographically, if not romantically), and Amos Mac will discuss his ad campaign featuring transgender models for &Other Stories recently named by CNN as one of the “ads that changed the world”.

While Caroline Tompkins will get to the core of street harassment with her photographs of men who catcalled her, Allaire Bartel will approach the same subject from a vastly different angle with her series of staged narrative portraits addressing sexual harassment. Henry Hargreaves will discuss one of his many viral projects, while Victoria Will will take us on a trip back in time with her labor-intensive tintype portraits of modern celebrities, and Kristine Potter will tell the tale of her photographs of West Point cadets, and why in the end, going viral is a double-edged sword.

Interested in attending? We have a limited number of tickets available for Feature Shoot readers. Tickets are $20 each and will include an open bar from 6:30-7:30. RSVP here and see you there!

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

Get Lost in the Contact Sheets of Magnum Photographers Elliot Erwitt, Martin Parr, Eve Arnold and More


Chihuahua, New York City, 1946. © Elliot Erwitt / Magnum Photos


James Dean, New York City, 1955 © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

For every iconic photograph, there is a story, and for every story that predated the rise of the digital camera, there’s a contact sheet. As part of its first ever Magnum Seasonal Benefit, the team behind the legendary cooperative has culled the archives for contact sheets made during some of the most influential shoots in photographic history, with half of all profits going to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Inside The Factory of Andy Warhol with Photographer Billy Name

Andy Warhol with giant Baby Ruth bars, 1966

Andy Warhol with giant Baby Ruth bars, 1966

Andy Warhol with The Velvet Underground, Nico's son Ari Delon, Mary Wronov, and Gerald Malanga, 1966

Andy Warhol with The Velvet Underground, Nico’s son Ari Delon, Mary Wronov, and Gerald Malanga, 1966

“I was sort of like Andy’s boyfriend,” says Warhol Factory photographer, manager, and sometime bodyguard Billy Name (née William Linich) of his intimate friendship and collaboration with the Pop Art personality. Name’s position in Warhol’s life and work, however, eclipsed the boundaries of an ordinary on-again-off-again romance, and his recent book, Billy Name: The Silver Age, is an ode The Factory, to its manifold guests, and to the sterling world the two of them created together.

The Quiet Aftermath of the Hungarian Chemical Spill That Covered a Region in Toxic Red Sludge



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As with all major national disasters, the Ajka alumina plant spill in Hungary was extensively photographed. The incident was politically complex, emotionally charged, and visually stunning, attracting reporters and photographers to the site where a million cubic meters of toxic red sludge had devastated the Hungarian landscape. Helicopters hovered overhead to capture surreal aerial shots and mud-drenched animals were photographed dead in the streets, but of all the images taken during the flood and in its wake, Peter Kollanyi’s stand out.

Photographer Uncovers a Hotspot for Gay Cruising in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park



The Vale of Cashmere, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, is a well-kept secret to many. Thomas Roma, a Brooklynite and New Yorker, was introduced to the Vale by chance. A close friend frequented the park, asking Roma – one summer day – for a ride there. The Vale is synonymous to those who know it, as a location where countless men are able to feed desire, gender, identity, race and community with other men. This is where Roma has constructed his new body of work for Steven Kasher Gallery. A body of work aptly named, In the Vale of Cashmere.

Hilarious Photos of Superheroes and Villains Engaged in Life’s Most Mundane Activities

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When Ottawa-based photographer Daniel Picard goes about his daily life, he’s not only thinking about the real world; he’s thinking about the Death Star, Gotham City, and Superman’s Metropolis. For Picard, mundane rituals like riding the elevator or visiting the loo don’t have to be tedious. Instead, they’re opportunities to imagine the what superheroes and comic book villains are doing when we’re not looking. Figures & Statues, an ongoing series published as Figure Fantasy, is his investigation of the ordinary experiences that every fictional character must at some point or another have to face.