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Group Show: 50 Photos of Abandoned Spaces From Around the World

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Macassar beach pavilion, Cape Town, South Africa © Helena Krige

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Abandoned truck, Connecticut © Alan Pittman

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Gaswork station, Warsaw, Poland © Tomasz Gotfryd

This group show proves photographer’s fascination with the lonely and forgotten. We were overwhelmed with the number of submissions, receiving almost 600 images total from all over the globe. Will Ellis, photographer and curator of Abandoned NYC,  was our judge for this call. It was a challenge to narrow them down, but we are pleased to present 50 photographs of the world’s most abandoned spaces.

Congratulations to Helena Krige, Alan Pittman and Tomasz Gotfryd, who will receive a one-year subscription to Squarespace, the innovative website publishing platform perfect for the creative. They make it simple to create professional websites that are 100% customizable, making web design accessible to everyone. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, commerce, and 24/7 support, Squarespace offers photographers more ways to market themselves and grow their business.

Photo du Jour: Hong Kong, 1949

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As a young man of eighteen, photographer Ho Fan had just moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong in order to escape the pressures of Communism. Still mending from the wounds of World War II, the people of Hong Kong enchanted the artist, drawing him from the routine studio setting and into the streets, which were at that time populated mainly by venders and construction workers. He shot this particular image in 1949.

‘Fatalistic Tendency': A Photographer Copes with Thoughts of Suicide

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For Fatalistic Tendency, Dhaka, Bangladesh-based documentary photographer Tushikur Rahman visualizes his own depression through scenes of violence and confusion. In his unnerving, claustrophobic frames, he confronts the painful suicidal impulses brought on by insomnia and anxiety attacks, using his camera as a means of recording a personal diary and intimate confessional.

Compelling Photos Reveal the Legacy of America’s Most Hated Corporation

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Amber Beller, resident of Poca River Basin, West Virginia 2012, holds a photograph of her mother, Shirley Beller, who died of ovarian cancer in 2006. The level of cancer has reached abnormal numbers in the communities located close the Monsanto’s dump sites in Poca River basin. Almost everybody has a family member affected by cancer.

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Choccolocco Creek Anniston, AL 2012

For nearly 40 years, while producing the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, Monsanto Co. routinely discharged toxic waste into a west Anniston creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills. Thousands of pages of Monsanto documents – many emblazoned with warnings such as “CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy” – show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew.

Over the past five years, photographer Mathieu Asselin has devoted his life to researching and documenting the controversial history of Monsanto, a leading American corporation manufacturing agricultural chemicals and genetically modified food products. For Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, he has traveled throughout the country, from the PCB-contaminated creeks of Anniston, Alabama to the hazardous waste sites of Sauget, Illinois, photographing the landscapes and persons devastated by exposure Monsanto’s toxic products and the company’s monopoly on seeds, which has allowed it to drive local farmers out of business. Included in Asselin’s dark portrait of Monsanto are objects collected by the photographer himself: vintage advertisements, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings.

Powerful Portraits of School Shooters Constructed from Newspaper Clippings

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News portrait #1 (school shooter Saari, Finland)

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News portrait #10 (school shooters Harris & Klebold, USA)

In the last several decades, school violence has become an international phenomenon. The highly publicized 1999 Columbine High School massacre in rural Colorado was just one of these instances, resulting in multiple dead and a bewildered community torn apart. Photographer Harri Pälviranta examines the culture of violence that permeates these tragedies in his series News portraits (school shooters). Constructed from over 1000 various newspaper clippings and online articles, each young perpetrator is illustrated with the descriptions of his deadly actions.

Photographer Documents Her Brother, Who Abandoned Civilization for the Life of a Shepherd

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For Le Grand Silence, photographer Clementine Schneidermann explores her relationship with her brother Nicolas, who at seventeen years of age dropped out of school and left behind his family in Paris for a life as a shepherd in the southeastern corner of France. For the past few years, Schneidermann has documented her brother’s transition from late adolescence into young adulthood within the context of his faraway journeys.

Mysterious, Slightly Macabre Photographs of Taxidermy Creatures

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I’m a fan of mysterious photographs, packed with symbolism, whose exact meaning eludes me. I can really appreciate this way of working in the series, Histoires Naturelles, by French artist Juliette Bates. I love the juicy, velvety blacks and creamy whites; the simple, exact compositions; and the consistency and repetition of colors and textures in these images, as well as the perfect clarity of the glass domes photographed. This series, which makes me think of newer ParkeHarrisons work, could have me looking for days.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Farm Life

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© Gabriela Herman

Autumn is a lovely time of year no matter where you live, but there is something particularly beautiful about the changing of seasons on a farm. Inspired by recent trips to the countryside, we want to see your photos of life in the barnyard for our next Squarespace group show ‘Farm Life’.

Editorial and commercial photographer Gabriela Herman is our judge for this round of submissions. Specializing in travel, food, lifestyle and portrait work, Herman’s clientele includes Apartment Therapy, Billboard and Martha Stewart Living. Both her personal and professional work has gained international attention, selected for Critical Mass Top 50 in 2011 and named a “top emerging photographer” by the Magenta Foundation in 2010.

The top three winners will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to submissions (at) featureshoot (dot) com with “Farm Life” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website, and captions within the body of the email.

Deadline is September 25th.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.

Tender Photos Convey the Beauty and Innocence of Childhood

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For her ongoing project Another 52 Weeks, Sea Cliff, New York-based photographer Melanie Acevedo chronicles the daily life of her children each week, constructing an infinite and inexhaustible family photo album. The project, which she began four years ago when her daughter Violet was eight and her son Rockwell three, has traced the boy and girl through the seasons and back again, celebrating the ecstasy of summer and the silent mystery of winter months. Updated weekly on Tumblr, the series preserves moments of pain and reverie, small miracles injected within ordinary days.

Photoville 2014 Is Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Imagine a small city devoted entirely to showcasing the work of both established and emerging photographers around the globe, and you have Photoville, the largest yearly photography event in New York City. With a predicted 80,000 visitors, Photoville 2014 promises a diverse and engaging collection of photojournalism, fine art, editorial, student photography and more. In the gorgeous setting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park overlooking the East River, hundreds of artists will participate in exhibitions installed in over 50 readapted shipping containers and outdoor exhibitions. Additionally, Photoville will present talks, discussions, and workshops by artists and curators on issues affecting contemporary photo professionals.