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Help Artbridge Bring Public Art Exhibitions to NYC Streets

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Untitled #7, from the series Mimesis © Birthe Piontek

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Balloons, 2013 © Phillip Toledano

New York City is a mecca for artists, drawing countless creative powerhouses from around the globe every year, and yet remarkable talents in the metropolis’s underserved communities continue to remain unseen. Artbridge, and its groundbreaking Radical Arts Fund, is helping to change all that by honing in on and empowering emerging artists from East Harlem, Brownsville, the South Bronx, East New York, and Far Rockaway. A whopping 190 miles of our city is consumed by street-level construction fencing; Artbridge transforms these eyesores into large-scale gallery caliber public art exhibitions. In giving space for local artists to exhibit work, in addition to hosting neighborhood events and introducing after-school arts programs, the Radical Arts Fund is working to reshape and revamp the city, allowing it to truly become a place where diverse and powerful voices can be heard.

Family Snapshots of America’s Greatest Artists Featured in New Photo Book

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Pablo Picasso and his daughter Maya, ca. 1944. William and Ethel Baziotes papers.

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Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán, Mexico. Photograph by Chester Dale (1883–1962), Chester Dale papers.

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Jackson Pollock on the beach with a dog, ca. 1945. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers.

“I have always loved snapshots,” says curator Merry Foresta, who over the last few years, has poured over thousands of private family photographs belonging to the greatest artists of the last century, beginning with the introduction of the Kodak Brownie in the early 1900s. For Artists Unframed: Snapshots from the Archives of American Art, Foresta has pulled together more than one hundred of these behind-the-scenes moments of artistic giants and their families, revealing the spontaneous and everyday occasions that underpinned the intimate lives of everyone from Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol to Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Astonishing Time-Lapse Captures the Development of Baby Honeybees

For Berkeley-based photographer Anand Varma, saving the planet’s bees means learning their stories from birth. He keeps a community of bees in the backyard of his own home, where he meticulously records them at astonishingly close range from their infancy as eggs through their development into larvae, pupils, and at last, adult insects. For this one-minute film, he encapsulates the initial three weeks of a bee’s lifetime to capture not only beauty but also the vulnerability of these creatures whose numbers are shrinking at an alarming rate.

10 Enviable Infinity Pools Photographed Around the World

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Infinity pool at the Amalfi coast, Italy © Chris Caldicott / Offset

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Infinity pool at Grootberg Plateau, Namibia © Chris Schmid / Aurora Photos / Offset

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Hotel infinity pool in Singapore © Peter Adams / Offset

Since its arrival at the Palace of Versailles in the 17th century, the infinity pool has become the ultimate symbol of opulence and luxury. Also known as a “disappearing edge” pool, the pool may be functional (for swimming) or entirely decorative. Infinity pools are constructed with one or more of its walls rise only to the level of the water and not above it, giving the optical illusion that its waters extend into the horizon ad infinatum. The visual trickery of such a pool relies on meticulous engineering, and for this reason, they are built only in grand hotels and resorts and the most extravagant of homes.

Rolling Stone Photo Editor Sacha Lecca on His Adrenaline-Pumping Shot of Cage the Elephant

Last month, Feature Shoot hosted the first ever edition of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event in which we asked about fifteen photographers to tell the stories behind one of their favorite images. The theme was music, and Sacha Lecca, photographer and Deputy Photo Editor at Rolling Stone magazine, selected this capture of Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Shultz as he plunged from the VIP balcony at Terminal 5 and into a mass of adoring fans. Despite his mother’s plea that the singer remain safely on ground, he made the uncertain leap, arching his body like a “human water drop” and descending into what Lecca describes as a moment that approached religious reverie.

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, Danielle Levitt, Gillian Laub, and Deidre Schoo. More photographers will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, you can purchase tickets here.

The BlowUp is generously sponsored by Agency Access.

Ancient African Trees Illuminated by Starlight

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San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon has spent more than a decade of her life hunting down our planet’s aboriginal trees, chasing them to their isolated and solitary bowers at the edges of civilization. After devoting fourteen years to shooting ancient trees by day, the photographer embarked on Diamond Nights, for which she captured the looming plants under the black shroud of midnight and illuminated by a dusting of twinkling stars.

Residents of Detroit Reveal the Most Recent Shot on their Camera Phones

“Selfies and sunsets and food pics bore me,” says Californian filmmaker Ivan Cash of The Last Photo Project, which has brought him to eight cities in search of the intimate contents of strangers’ phones. The premise is simple: he approaches a passerby, asks them about the most recent shot on their camera phones, and listens to their stories, tales that are alternately funny, heartbreaking, or some strange amalgamation of the two. He isn’t interested in the run-of-the-mill, sharable shots, preferring those frames that are more accidental, messy, or meaningful only to the person who created it.

‘Iris’ Tells the Story of a 93-Year-Old Fashion Icon

Iris Apfel is an international fashion icon; she’s modeled in campaigns by leading fashion houses and been snapped in the street by Bill Cunningham for The New York Times. She also happens to be 93 years old. For Iris, in theaters this month, acclaimed director Albert Maysles of Grey Gardens gives us a peek into the world of Apfel, uncovering her wealth of stories and reveling in her keen wit.

Surprising Portraits of Russian Teens Who Love and Idolize Vladimir Putin

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Tanya Arkhipova: “I like how Putin treats his children and wife, I think he’s a great husband. He made people respect Russia.”

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Fan Club Putin

In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. As then Managing Editor Richard Stengel sat down to pen the now-famous article and photographer Platon shot the austere, unsmiling cover portrait, another photographer, Hungarian-born Bela Doka, was documenting the Russian youngsters who were most touched by the quickly spreading global phenomenon surrounding their president. That same year, Doka unearthed a community of adolescents and young adults known as the Putin Fan Club, a group of more than a thousand individuals who venerated the Russian president to the point where he beat out pop stars and even religious figures for a place in their innermost hearts.

Your Art Gallery Connects Photographers with Collectors and Curators Worldwide (Sponsored)

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It’s no secret that photography is changing, and although it can be a scary time to be a photographer, it’s also an incredibly exciting one. Your Art Gallery, a new online art gallery, is at the vanguard of a new movement in the art-selling industry, devoted connecting passionate photographers with a worldwide community of collectors and curators.