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The Best Photo Links of the Week (Nov 24 – 28)

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From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner [Colossal]
  • Why Beauty Ads Should Come With Warning Labels [Lone Wolf]
  • Creative Commons Licensing Spells Disaster for Flickr [Peta Pixel]
  • ‘…there IS an obvious connection between art shows attended exclusively by artists and NO sales’ [BMore Art]
  • ‘Tilda Swinton: The Surreal World’ [W Magazine]
  • ‘Published Photographs Lead to Death Threats in Pakistan’ [TIME]
  • Fantastic Collection of Over 10,000 Analog Cameras [Laughing Squid]

Otherworldly Images of Gemstones Photographed Through a Microscope

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Photography is often (though not always) considered a lens-based media. Danny J. Sanchez broadens the definition of the lens with a process he calls “photomicrography,” the act of taking a photograph through a microscope.

Photographer Angelo Merendino Captures His Parents Waving Goodbye at the Door in This Heartwarming Series

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When many of us go home for the holidays, it’s a given that our parents will walk us to the door and wave farewell. It’s a moment that most of us take for granted, but a ritual that speaks both to the enduring affection of family and the melancholy of growing up. For Goodbye at the Door, Cleveland-based photographer Angelo Merendino captures his own parents at such times.

Photographer Shoots Four Sisters Every Year for 40 Years, with Astonishing Results

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Nicholas Nixon. The Brown Sisters, New Canaan, Connecticut. 1975.
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Nicholas Nixon. The Brown Sisters, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. 2014.
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For forty years, Boston-based photographer Nicholas Nixon has devotedly recorded the maturation of his wife Bebe and her three younger sisters, Mimi, Heather, and Laurie with annual portrait sessions. Beginning in 1974 when the now-middle-aged women were in their teens and twenties, the project has become a family ritual, with each frame punctuating the passing years.

Photography Duo ‘New York Is Killing Me’ Discuss What It Takes to Make It in NYC

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N.Y.K.M’s Squarespace site

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Photography duo New York Is Killing Me was founded by Kamil Tyebally and Saami Siddiqui as a fun and creative way to share their work with the world. As a side project for the Brooklyn-based roommates, NY Is Killing Me has accrued a portfolio that is both distinctive and multifaceted, with projects spanning the genres of portraiture, landscape, documentary, and commercial photography. Siddiqui, who serves as the team’s Art Director, and Tyebally, the man behind the camera, have both lived in diverse regions around the globe, bringing to each shoot both the technical acumen and cultural insight gathered from years of travel. Together, they have developed a carefully honed yet youthful aesthetic that renders everything from models in New York to the wooded trails of Big Sur in stunning detail.

NY Is Killing Me is just one of many projects Tyebally and Siddiqui are currently working on, and the former has recently began Documenting Dubai, in which he chronicles his own perceptions of the vibrant city. They spoke to us about their work, what it takes to make it in New York City and why they use a Squarespace online photography portfolio.

Disorienting, Abstract Photos Allude to Medical Testing

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Katie Shapiro (MFA 2015) is a master’s candidate in Photography at the University of California, Irvine. She received her BFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and is currently living and working in Los Angeles. Inspired by the feelings of confusion and displacement induced by medical tests, her current project There is ever anything conclusive, just an endless series of tests experiments with disorienting photograms and tactile, studio-based processes to confound the viewer and question the viewing experience.

Melting Icebergs, Seal Hunts and MTV: Photographer Sébastien Tixier Discovers Greenland in Transition

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Although traditional boots (kamik) and pants made from animal hides and furs are still used during the hunt, more modern materials are also appearing.

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Qaanaaq’s wooden church on the outskirts of town in the midnight light of April.

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Icebergs to the south of Ilulissat, home to one of the largest icefjords in the world which features on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In the Inuit language Kalaallisut, “Ilulissat” means “icebergs.”

Ever since he was a young boy, Sébastien Tixier wanted to go to Greenland. His father had told him stories about the “Eskimos,” and young Sébastien imagined them, the Greenland Inuit, in their thick animal skins, living on the ice, surrounded by soaring cliffs of untouched snow.

Guy Laramée’s Beautiful Landscapes Carved From Old Books

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As internet perusers, many of you have most likely seen work by Guy Laramée. Often using multiple books bound together, Laramée alters existing books to create three-dimensional landscapes. It is easy to get lost in the minutia of the mountains and hills so painstakingly carved and painted, but the viewer is not allowed to forget that the piece’s base is a book.

Startling Street Posters of Suicide Bombers in Palestine

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Ramallah, a Palestinian city set within the Israeli-occupied territory of the West Bank, is plastered with posters picturing suicide bombers, resistance fighters, and other Palestinian militants who have died— or martyred themselves— for their cause. In 2003, while covering the violence and conflict that permeates the West Bank, Dutch photojournalist Ad van Denderen turned to these tattered posters to tell the story of the area, ultimately publishing them in a single volume for Useful Photography 4 by Kessels Kramer.

One Photographer’s Quest to Document Rest Stops Across America Before They Disappear

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Near Clines Corners, New Mexico – U.S. 66/I-40

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About a year and a half ago we featured Austin, Texas based photographer Ryann Ford’s documentation of the vanishing rest stops in America. Since then, The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal have picked up the project. With so much positive response and encouragement, Ford has decided to turn her series into a book.