The Firefighter Who Turned Out to Be An Artist




Rusty Wiles isn’t like the other photographers I’ve interviewed in that his life doesn’t revolve around photography. He’s a firefighter and paramedic working two jobs in Florida, married and with a third baby on the way. When you ask about his life, he’ll tell you first about his sons, then about his day job, and third about his camera.

Haunting, Melancholic Photos of Iceland’s Jokulsarlon Lagoon



At the Jokulsarlon Lagoon in Iceland, California photographer Aaron Fallon says the hours overlap and blur. He and his wife traversed the icy terrain in July, when the sun never sets. “It’s a bit harder to keep track of time when it doesn’t get dark,” he admits.

Minimalism is Great, But It’s Even Better With Dogs


© Tina Fey the French Bulldog


© Mochi the Shiba Inu

Anyone who has ever known a dog understands that a dog’s life is beautiful for its simplicity. They don’t ask much; all a dog needs to be content is food, shelter, and a loving home. Minimal Pup, an Instagram account devoted to cleanly composed canine portraits, is a celebration of the kind of zest and appreciation a dog has for the simplest of things.

You’ve heard of the Instagram trend “Tiny people in big places,” but Minimal Pup is all about “Tiny pups in big places.” Founders Jen and Steve happily accept submissions and post the standouts. The dogs featured on the feed are usually rather small when compared to the sweeping landscapes and interiors that surround them.

A Raw Glimpse Behind-the-Scenes at Fetish Parties (NSFW)



“I just took pictures, always finding some beauty in the dark side,” Belgian photographer MagLau says of his three year documentation of fetish parties throughout Europe (Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam) and Japan (Tokyo).

Colorful Portraits in Historic African American Neighborhoods


Afro Sunrise No. 2



According to Philadelphia photographer Shawn Theodore aka xST, “Color is everything.”

His street portraits, made throughout his travels in historically African American neighborhoods in Philly, Los Angeles, Baltimore, LA, and Oakland, are collaborations between the photographer and anyone he finds beautiful. They are taken always with permission, and the street itself, the surrounding buildings and their facades, become a third player in their conversations.

Gallerist Michael Foley on the Value of a Master’s Degree (Sponsored)


© Katrin Eismann

As the owner of Foley Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Michael Foley has curated his numerous exhibitions, but there’s one show that always surprises him: the thesis exhibition for the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography program at New York City’s School of Visual Arts.

This time around, he worked with 24 graduates to create Sight Seen, an exhibition of photographic works, including still images, manipulated pictures, virtual realities, and even a brand new photography magazine. The project presented are by turns deeply personal, thought-provoking, and aesthetically meticulous. All speak to the potency of an emerging generation of digital photographers who aren’t afraid to push the medium into unheralded directions.

Photographer captures love and debauchery on the streets of Miami



“I’ve never been to Miami, Florida” says Berlin-based photographer Maxime Ballesteros, preparing us for his latest series Dialogue du Sourd. For the first time the artist took to the streets of Miami to photograph its life and energy in his usual cool and intimate style. He spent just four or five nights in the city, though the exact figure he cannot remember; “my memories are always blurry” he admits. On arrival the city appeared to him gigantic, though given his short-time there he knew that would only scratch the surface.

Hedge: The New Way to Import and Backup Your Work (Sponsored)


When we asked a bunch of acclaimed photographers to divulge to us the biggest mistake in their careers, one gave us a rather unlikely answer: not backing up her work. It’s something that plagues every photographer— a necessary evil. Backing up is a hassle, something that takes time and keeps you from actually making pictures. But what if it didn’t have to be? That’s where Hedge comes in.

A Fearless Storm Chaser Takes Astonishing Photos


Florence, Texas


Georgetown, Texas

Jason Weingart was there when the the widest tornado ever recorded struck El Reno, Oklahoma in May of 2013, the same one that killed three researchers. Two years earlier, he had nearly been hit by positive lightning, escaping death by only a few feet. By the time he was safe, he noticed the wax leaking from his ears.

13 Photographers Bear Witness to Climate Change (Sponsored)


Lake Altus-Lugert, Altus, Oklahoma, July 2013 © Andrew Williams

Earth Not Ours is a series by photographer Andrew Williams, made in collaboration with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He traveled throughout the southwest, touching down in California, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, artfully documenting the landscapes most scarred by drought. He make images that are both documents and works of art, beautiful pictures that force us to confront what’s painful and inconvenient.

This past spring, the Republican presidential nominee told The Washington Post, “I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change. I just think we have much bigger risks.”

Donald Trump is not alone, though it’s becoming increasingly embarrassing for public figures to deny climate change given all the data that supports it. 

For our latest group show, we asked photographers- not scientists or politicians- to tell us about climate change. The thirteen photographers selected are based here in the United States and abroad; they come from various backgrounds, including photojournalism and fine art. Still, they have one thing in common: they believe climate change is happening, and they believe that something must be done.

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