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What Remains of Paris’ La Petite Ceinture

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Stretching 32 kilometres around the city centre of Paris lies la petite ceinture, a railway built more than two centuries ago that now sits unused. The line was built out of a necessity to efficiently transport goods and people in a city that was still reliant on horse-drawn carriages. With the boom in automobiles and the expansive underground system, the need for the railway eventually disappeared. Since going out of operation in 1934, the infrastructure has remained in tact. Subtle changes have occurred, but mostly just the flowers and small trees that have sprouted from its bed. French photographer Pierre Folk became absorbed by its presence. For him, exploring endless corridors and empty stations is a way to observe Paris from a completely new perspective, from a lens of the past. His series, By The Silent Line, investigates the ambiguity of disused spaces and their function in modern society.

Monetizing Your Hard Drive and Your Time: How Photographers Build Their Businesses on ImageBrief Through Search, Briefing and Assignments

Right now, more images are created daily than ever before, meaning that photography buyers—ranging from leading photo editors to advertising executives—have more options. Chances are that as a photographer, you might have the perfect photo just sitting on your hard drive waiting to be discovered and sold, but how do you get that image seen by people who are looking to buy? And what if a buyer needs custom content that needs to be shot… how do you promote yourself to them at the specific time they are looking? That’s where ImageBrief comes in.

Documenting the 9 to 5 Office Culture of Thatcher’s 1980s England

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‘If we don’t foul up no-one can touch us’.
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‘Having a secretary is a status symbol’.
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If Martin Parr is known for his unmistakable style in documenting the telling details of vacationing families up close and in bright color, then photographer Anna Fox is the English workplace’s equivalent. It makes sense when one learns that Fox studied with photographers Parr, Paul Graham, and Karen Knorr, while studying at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in London. After graduating, commissioned by Camerawork and The Museum of London, she made a body of work called Work Stations,” a study of London office life in the late 1980s and a critical observation of the highly competitive character of working life in Thatcher’s Britain.”

The body of work also builds on Fox’s interest interest in working with text and image, and inspired her (with input from Anna Harding from the Camerawork Gallery) to think about the ways in which she edited her narrative into a “cinematic storyline” that plays upon the many associations we, as cubicled-humans, have about the nine-to-five work day. We asked her a bit more about “Thatcher’s London” and how that environment influenced her work.

Colorful Sculptures Reveal the Devastating Volume of Plastics Washed Ashore in Sian Ka’an, Mexico

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Along the lush banks of Sian Ka’an reserve in Mexico, Brooklyn-based photographer Alejandro Durán has discovered heaps of plastic refuse originating from more than fifty countries and all six human-inhabited continents. For Washed Up, he culls large volumes of waste from the shores, constructing site-specific installations in which trash can be seen literally encroaching upon the delicate ecosystem.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Vertical Living

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With population growth and urbanization, mankind has substituted outward expansion for upward development. Vertical living, a phenomenon that encompasses high-rises, tower blocks, and skyscrapers, is changing how we inhabit the world, in both beneficial and unsettling ways. Is vertical living the solution to poverty, overpopulation, and environmental destruction, or is it the cause of greater pollution and unsustainable living conditions? For our latest group show, we’re looking for your photographs of vertical living.

This group show will be curated by Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Alison Zavos. Winners will have their work exhibited online on Feature Shoot, DPReview and in person at PIX 2015, a 2-day photography event happening this October 6 and 7 in Seattle. PIX 2015 is a live and live-streamed event that includes inspirational talks from leading photographers, educational demonstrations for aspiring photographers, and hands-on activities geared towards showing photographers how to use new gear and learn new techniques.

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 fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Vertical Living” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email. Copyright remains with the photographer.

You may also submit via Instagram by posting your images using the hashtag #verticallivingfs.

Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2015.

South Africa-Based Photojournalist Corinna Kern on Her Most Important Photo Project

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Corinna Kern: At this point in time, I would not be able to class one particular photograph as a most important one. Nevertheless, the most important body of work I produced is probably my project Mama Africa, documenting the life of transgender women in South Africa’s townships and rural areas. Due to the strong social stigma that is attached to transgender people in African culture, it is a topic that is highly relevant and in need of awareness in order to provoke social change. Despite the harsh realities that transgender women in South Africa face, my project Mama Africa resulted in a colourful and celebratory series. It documents four African transgender women in their confident endeavors to integrate themselves into a hetero-patriarchal society, while experiencing a surprisingly high level of acceptance. By conveying the ambiguity and fluidity of gender, my project challenges the stereotypical notions on African gender identity. Mama Africa was selected as one of the five finalists for the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant. Even though it did not win, it is a strong affirmation for me that this story is of high interest and needs to be told. I am still planning to continue my project with a stronger focus on the issues surrounding individuals’ lives. So I think my most important photo is still to come.

‘Marlboro Boys': Startling Portraits of Young Children Addicted to Cigarettes

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Dihan Muhamad, who used to smoke up to two packs of cigarettes a day before cutting down, smokes while his mother breast feeds his younger brother on February 10, 2014.

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Dihan Muhamad, who has smoked up to two packs of cigarettes a day before cutting down, poses for a photo as he has his first cigarette at 7AM at his home before he attends his first grade class on February 10, 2014.

As smoking regulations in North America get stricter, the number of smokers, especially among younger generations, are in decline. If Mad Men taught us anything, it’s that smoking is not nearly as common as it used to be. In some circles, it can even be seen as taboo. Considering these changing habits of North Americans, it’s incredibly startling to see the recent series by Toronto based photographer Michelle Siu. For Marlboro Boys, she travelled to Indonesia to document the shocking reality of young smokers.

Father-to-Be Photographs the Intimate Realities of Pregnancy and Home Birth

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Brasília-based photographer Gustavo Gomes’s girlfriend Priscila went into labor late on a Sunday night, and about twenty hours later, he became a father. He documented the entire process of their home birth, the messy and unedited grace of it all, until he set his camera down to catch his daughter, whom he named Violeta, as she exited the womb.

Baltimore Photojournalist J.M. Giordano on the Most Important Photo He’s Ever Taken

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J.M. Giordano: The summer of 2013, I gave up fashion and advertising to commit fully to Photojournalism. I started a series about the homicide rate in B’more called Summer of The Gun. During the course of the three month project on Baltimore streets, I met a woman whose nephew, Davon “Lil’ Daddy” Ockimey, was gunned down near his home in the Park Heights neighborhood on the city’s Westside. As she was talking to me, she burst out in tears but didn’t stop me from taking photos. At one point she sobbed, “When will it end” and I snapped the photo. I’ve hundreds of photos since then, but the shot of her expression of sheer exhaustion at the death of her nephew and the shootings throughout the city as a whole summed up the whole project. It’s very difficult to sum up a series with one photo. It made the cover of the City Paper that year and was nominated for several awards, was featured on Al-Jazeera America, and landed me a staff position with the paper where the series ran. I keep a copy of the cover pinned to my wall at my desk to remind me the importance of photojournalism.

Exploring the Modern South with a Soundtrack: Road Trippin’ with Photographer Sam Jones

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Who among us has not had the pleasure and privilege of driving along some great expanse of the wide open road, windows down and wind in our face, music blasting? What is the soundtrack of your life, and could these mental pictures we come to time and again endure without the music? After some time spent at the North-South access of Highway 55, situated along the Mississippi River, Los Angeles based photographer, Sam Jones, has found his soundtrack. In Somewhere Else, a photographic and musical collaboration with musician Blake Mills, Jones seeks a new way of imparting visual work by including a vinyl record of original music to accompany the reading of his images. The book, 152 pages of images from the modern South, offers readers something Jones long wished for: a “cinematic dialogue” of images and music that complement and encourage deeper readings of the another.