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Composite portraits born from a sense of loss

There is something unsettling about Portland, Maine based artist Craig Becker’s Scratch. The portraits recall decay, a return of flesh to the earth—there is something primordial about them. They demand the viewer to look away, then look again. Through looking at this series, the artist intends us to explore the darker recesses of our subconscious, collectively and individually.

A suicide prevention app made by and for Aboriginal people

Three Aboriginal people take their lives every week in Australia. According to the Australian Youth Development Index  (YDI), the suicide rate for young indigenous men is the highest in the world—a frightening statistic that indigenous people want to confront.

“One might point to alcohol, poverty and illness as influencing factors” says photographer and cultural historian Judith Crispin, who has worked extensively with the Warlpiri people, “but I share the prevailing view of indigenous elders that the primary reason for suicides in our Aboriginal population is that people have been cut off from their culture. Without culture, the connection to country is difficult to find—and without connection to a country a person becomes lost”.

Norman Reedus on his foray into photography

Unknown Soldier

First apartment – Mingus Room

Most will know Norman Reedus for his role as Daryl Dixon on AMC’s the Walking Dead, but when Reedus isn’t shooting walkers, he’s shooting something completely different—armed not with a crossbow, but with a camera. Reedus has been taking photographs throughout his acting career.

Reflections from NOOR Photographers on the Future of Photojournalism

© Nikon France, Robin Hammond during Nikon-NOOR Academy Workshop in Paris

It is often said that today photojournalism as an industry is in a state of crisis; photojournalists are overworked, underpaid and major media companies are hiring fewer staff photographers. Those we spoke to from the Nikon-NOOR Academy based in Amsterdam during the World Press Photo Festival 2017 aren’t so sure.

Behold these bold minimalist interiors made of paper and light

While street and architecture photographers are reducing their urban environments to their bare elements and seeking line, light and shadow, London-based still-life photographer Stephen Lenthall and paper artist Owen Gildersleeve have combined efforts to recreate this aesthetic in the comfort of their own studios. Shadow spaces was conceived as “an exploration of the play of light in simple architectural spaces” writes the photographer.

Brutality in the illegal clinics that claim to ‘cure’ homosexuality in Ecuador

“Four years ago a friend told me about these clinics that try to convert gay people and transexuals, and at that time I hadn’t come out to my parents” says Ecuadorian photographer Paola Paredes discussing her latest series Until You Change, “This is not just happening in Ecuador, it’s a global issue. It happens in Mexico, Colombia, even in Europe and the US. Naturally I imagined that this could happen to me too”.

A sneak peek at the World Press Photo YearBook 2017

Sarah Barrs lies over her horse’s back, in October 2013. From the series Table Rock Nebraska © Markus Jokela, Helsingin Sanomat

People carry an American and a Mohawk Warrior Society flag at a protest camp against the Dakota Access Pipeline, in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, USA. From the series Standing Rock © Amber Bracken

The World Press Photo Foundation has been running its annual photo contest since 1955, and in this time has become internationally renowned for the quality of its winning entrants.

As is so often the case with World Press Photo Awards, this year’s competition was not without its controversies.

There’s little doubt that the photograph of the year picturing the assassin standing over the Russian ambassador to Turkey, taken by Burhan Özbilici, is impactful—chairman Stuart Franklin however openly divulged his opposition to the photograph for its role in publicising a murder scene.

6 Photo Editors Discuss How They Use Instagram to Find New Talent

© Amr Alfiqy for TIME LightBox, photographer discovered via IG by photo editor Olivier Laurent

While for many years social media has been seen as a tool for procrastination, more and more photographers are recognising the professional benefits of using it to market their photography. The immediacy and accessibility of Instagram are in part what make it so useful to photo editors, art buyers and companies that need to find new work or hire the appropriate person for a commission.

In our recent guide to using Instagram hashtags made in collaboration with PhotoShelter (which you can download for free here) we emphasized the importance of using hashtags to help your work get seen by the right audiences. Following on from this we spoke with six photo editors who gave us insight into how they use Instagram to find and follow the ongoing work of emerging and established photographers.

Rare captures of the wildlife with which we share our cities

Occasionally when returning from a party in the early hours of the morning, a fox crosses our path on the deserted city streets while everyone else is sleeping. A brief encounter, but a reminder that we share our urban environments with other animals. French photographer Laurent Geslin‘s Urban Wildlife offers a window onto the wildlife with which we unknowingly coexist.

A Psychotherapist Finds Minimalist Beauty in the Banal

New Mexico based photographer Natalie Christensen’s striking, minimalist photography is an attempt to reduce her external environment to its most fundamental elements. In her ongoing series New Mexico, Deconstructed, the photographer steers away from the romanticised postcard-perfect image of Santa Fe and its adobe architecture framed by blue skies. Instead, she turns her lens to areas of town that many believe to be an eyesore. The act of digging deeper to see and expose the unseen is reminiscent of her past work as a psychotherapist.

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