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Photographer Captures Harsh Arctic Landscapes and Research at the ‘End of the World’

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“The Arctic is constantly melting, reforming, appearing and disappearing. The weather changes, creates or simply hides the land. The Arctic region produces an abiding sense of dislocation in those who go there. Here rocks, ice, the ocean and I gradually give way to a progressive whiteness”.

For Bulgarian photographer Anna Filipova, the Arctic is one of the most fascinating places on earth, but it is also one of the most endangered; it is consequentially home to the most northerly laboratory for modern Arctic research. “The people who choose to come here are a far cry from the stereotypical idea of a conservative, square scientist in comfortable lab – the people who come here are driven by the sense of adventure and excited by the uniqueness of the place” explains Anna. This “sense of adventure” is what drew Anna to the region, where she captured Research at the End of the World.

Sydney’s Beaches, As Seen from 400 Feet Above Ground

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The water in Sydney, suggests Australian photographer Gabriel Scanu, is unlike the water anywhere else in the world. It’s sparkling, pure, and clear as glass. The stories of the sea are as old and numerous as grains of sand. Over the past year, he has captured the city’s beaches from above, piloting a drone camera hundreds of feet above the earth.

Dye Sublimation Printing and the Future of Fine Art Image-Making

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Since its inception in 2005, Ken Allen Studios in Brooklyn has been a pioneer in the field of digital printing, carrying its founder’s decades of experience and knowledge of photo history into the modern age. As a trusted printer for leading photographers and institutions, including the nearby Guggenheim Museum, New York Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Ken Allen is constantly innovating and researching the next big thing in the business. Most recently, the studio welcomed a brand new dye sublimation printing facility into the fold.

Portraits of People Who Have Overcome Unhappiness (NSFW)

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“Hungarians really like to complain, and we are the one of the most depressed nations”, emphasises Hungarian photographer Eva Szombat, who has observed signs of unhappiness both in herself and the people around her. The question “what makes us happy?” has become a personal fascination for the photographer; she has to date produced a series of projects with the intention of increasing the viewer’s happiness. Her latest photo book Practitioners celebrates the people who have overcome unhappiness by prioritizing whatever it is that makes them happy: from gender reassignment surgery and collecting everyday objects to having a pet.

Behind-the-Scenes in the Life of a Dominatrix

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The key to BDSM, says New York City-based photographer Samir Abady, is trust. He’s witnessed the profound intimacy that enfolds inside the dungeon of a dominatrix; there have been moments so delicate that just the click of the shutter could break the spell. Kink is the photographer’s ongoing chronicle of women who venture into the professional world of BDSM, the submissives who confide in them, and the day-to-day goings on of their otherwise mundane—or, as Abady would say, “vanilla”—lives.

LG Takes Us Behind-the-Scenes with YouTube Sensation Devin Super Tramp (Sponsored)

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At the time of this writing, Devin Graham of Devin Super Tramp has 779,244,531 views on YouTube and an astonishing 4,118,120 subscribers, but before he was a celebrity filmmaker, he was a kid making music videos with his siblings. Throughout his career, he’s kept that same childlike sense of adventure and wonder; he’s documented athletes who, inspired by the video game Assassin’s Creed, have developed insane parkour skills, jumping from one rooftop to the next in costume. He’s captured bike parkour and extreme pogo freestyle, which yes, incorporates the pogo stick, beloved by children worldwide. Graham hasn’t lost the playfulness and enthusiasm of his childhood; the only thing that’s changed is his equipment, and he’s upgraded big time with an LG UltraWide® 21:9 monitor.

Beneath the Wounds of War, Hope Lingers at the Heart of Afghanistan

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Iranian-American photojournalist Moe Zoyari spent a total of forty-four days embedded in Afghanistan with the United States military in the summer of 2009. His assignment, given by United Press International, was to document the election, but on his spare time, he wandered the streets of Kabul, Mezar-e-Sharif, and Herat. He photographed those he met along the way, women and children, the injured and the innocent.

What It’s Like to Photograph Deep in the Rainforest in the Republic of Gabon

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After receiving an invitation to partake in a project, Brooklyn-based photographer Sasha Bezzubov suddenly found himself deep in the rainforest of one of the world’s most precious ecosystems in the Republic of Gabon, photographing the odd and unexpected mix of people inhabiting the place.

Faced with a flurry of ethical dilemmas and walking head-on with his camera into dust storms churned up by passing trucks on the logging roads that weave through the jungle interior, Bezzubov has emerged with Republic of Dust, a project he admits is very different from the one he set out to do. In these images, where apparitions of dust fill Bezzubov’s large-format frame, he draws a portrait of the forest’s arresting beauty and its inevitable destruction.

Esteemed Photojournalists Teach the Secrets of Storytelling (Sponsored)

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Teviston, California. 2001. Boy with an old farm truck. © Matt Black

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Law enforcement in Ferguson after firing tear gas and watching a police car burn during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. © Ron Haviv

2015 Magnum Photos Nominee Matt Black famously said, “I try to stay focused on producing something that rings true, that doesn’t pander,” a sentiment that gets to the crux of true photojournalism. In many ways, a documentary photographer becomes the mediator between his or her subject and audience, reconciling whatever tensions and differences there might be between the two without compromising an ounce of integrity.

This summer and fall, nine groundbreaking photojournalists—Matt Black, Ron Haviv, Brandon Thibodeaux, David H Wells, Magdalena Solé, Shane Srogi, Dominic Chavez, Stella Johnson, and Peter Turnley— will come together on the coast of Rockport to teach workshops at Maine Media Workshops + College. They will work hand-in-hand with students to tell meaningful stories that bridge the gaps between people, illuminating subjects as diverse as conflict, economic hardship, and even landscapes with their ever-changing implications for humanity.

Eerie Photos of Hong Kong, Devoured by Fog

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Hong Kong-based photographer Andy Yeung knows his city by heart; he’s walked the streets of Quarry Bay, explored the crevices of public housing in the Ping Shek and Choi Wan Estates. He’s even flown drones far above the high-rises, peering down at the place he calls home as if from a private bower nestled amongst the clouds. But nothing could have prepared him for the nightly ritual of metamorphosis of Hong Kong, when the sun descends and a blanket of murky mist covers the urban sprawl.

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