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A Look at London’s Elderly Population Through Images of Their Kitchen Sinks

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In many cultures, the kitchen is considered the heart of the home. As a traditional setting for mealtime gatherings, most homes, though they may differ vastly from one another in size, location, and style, share the connective thread of a place to prepare a meal.

London-based photographer Claude Savona has a keen interest in the effect that material possessions have on our identities. What began as a documentation of London’s elderly population in their homes, morphed into a typology of kitchen sinks.

Ghost Hunting in Memphis with Photographer Elizabeth Moran

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On an old plantation in Memphis, Tennessee, Elizabeth Moran investigates the spiritual history surrounding the farmhouse her family once owned. Stories of hauntings and feelings of an otherworldly presence have found their way through the family’s generations. Armed with her camera and the help of her aunt an uncle, who are both paranormal investigators, Moran sought to document the un-documentable spiritual energy in her series Record of Cherry Road.

‘The Polar Pom-Pom Project’ Explores Climate Change in the Arctic

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Deborah Hamon’s series The Polar Pom-Pom Project is a combination of both art and activism. In the fall of 2013 she boarded a tall ship in Svalbard, 10 degrees away from the North Pole, and embarked on an arctic journey with a small group of international artists. Armed with her camera, and over 2000 yarn pom-poms made by elementary school children, Hamon has created a project that explores the effects of climate change on a generational scale.

A Pediatrician’s Moving Photographs of Children at Play in Developing Countries

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As a pediatrician, Calvin Chen sees children at their best and their worst. He says his job is about how to “keep kids safe and healthy,” but during his travels to developing countries, he began to realize that “these two adjectives may not always coincide.”

Perhaps due to his natural ease around children, Chen’s photographs are candid, playful, and provide an intimate look into their lives. Not afraid to enter the fray, his close proximity to his subjects place the viewer into each activity, whether it’s a stickball game in the street, or a swim in the river.

Photographer Ayumi Tanaka’s Stunning Dioramas Made From Layered Negatives and Found Objects

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Japanese-born artist Ayumi Tanaka’s series Wish You Were Here pushes the boundaries of traditional photography in this series derived from memories of her childhood. Rather than replicate exact experiences, Tanaka strives to convey the emotions behind these events through photo-collages that are packed with symbolism. The resulting tableaus mesh personal recollections of her childhood with traditional Japanese fairytales.

Photographer Hajdu Tamas Finds Humor in Small-Town Romania

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Humor has a strange place in photography. So often a humorous photograph undermines the subject matter or the medium itself and leaves the image feeling like a ploy for cheap laughs. But when it works, when composition and moment and environment come together just right, and the photographer is clever enough to know when and how to press the shutter, a humorous photograph can have a tremendous impact.

A Glimpse at the Quiet Life of a Montana Rancher

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For the last three years Cynthia Matty-Huber has photographed ranchers across the state of Montana. Fascinated by the rugged lifestyle that ranching demands, Matty-Huber has spent the past year documenting one rancher in particular. John Hoiland’s family came to Montana in 1906. He has spent his entire life on the farm. When his parents died, he added their chores to his, working the farm alone.

The Best Photo Links of the Week (Dec 15-19)

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

  • ‘’What Hollywood Movie Sets Look Like When the Camera Stops Rolling’ [Behold]
  • Instagram CEO Shares His Favorite Users [Ad Week]
  • Celebrity Photographer Phil Stern Dies at 95 [Variety]

Photographer Bieke Depoorter Spends Each Night in the Company of Strangers

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Bieke Depoorter spends her nights in the homes of strangers. Traveling across the United States she photographs families, couples, and individuals at night in their most intimate spaces. Her new book I am about to call it a day was made over the course of four years and eight visits to the U.S. It presents a genuine and honest series of portraits that come from staying just one night in a stranger’s home.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York (Dec 15-21)

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BOOK SIGNING: Ken Schles, Dashwood Books, 33 Bond Street
December 16, 6:00-8:00pm

Photographer Ken Schles will be signing two new titles published by Steidl, Night Walk and Invisible City. The reprint of Invisible City examines New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1970s-80s. Twenty-five years later, Schles revisited his archives and developed Night Walk, a book that examines the youth culture of downtown New York City in a pre-internet world.

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