Powerful Moments from a Mental Hospital in Pakistan



At the Punjab Institute of Mental Health in Lahore, Pakistan, reports Venice-based photographer Marylise Vigneau, Bollywood songs and melodies of devotion and religious lamentation ring out through the facility’s 1400 beds. Here, she encountered agony and heartache, but she also uncovered moments of gentleness and delight. During her visits over three years, the residents blew soap bubbles, traded smokes, and listened as one older man recited John Keats in English.

A Fantastical Sense of Childhood Captured over 6 Years

Pomponio State BeachPomponio State Beach

Joy Ride, Highway 1 Joy Ride, Highway 1

“Most of the images I have from my own childhood are in my memories; I remember my childhood as being magical and intense. Maybe this influenced my approach to photographing her—a desire to evoke a fantastical sense of childhood.”

For the past six years, California-based photographer Gwen Coyne has been using an iPhone to capture moments of her daughter’s childhood in an aptly named personal project, The Early Years. As a working mother, Gwen explains, she and her daughter have limited time together, yet her existence now forms the basis for her own: “My daughter was hard to come by, she also has asthma and I never know when a mild cold will turn into an emergency.”

Stylish Seniors Who Make ‘The Golden Years’ Their Most Fabulous

Roberta Haze, 78

Roberta Haze, 78

Joy Venturini Bianchi, 77

Joy Venturini Bianchi, 77

In his wonderful introduction Ari Seth Cohen’s new book, Advanced Style: Older & Wiser, a sequel to the original 2012 photo book and 2014 documentary, Simon Doonan names the photographer “the pied piper of glamorous oldsters.” Indeed, Cohen has spent the last eight years luring fabulous fashionable seniors out of the shadows and into the limelight.

Saying Farewell to the Last Great Underground Music Venue in NYC

R.I.P. D.I.Y. - Last Days of Death By Audio

Ty Segall

R.I.P. D.I.Y. - Last Days of Death By Audio

Anuj Panchal in his room

Brooklyn-based photographer Ebru Yildiz emerged from Death by Audio and into the crisp night of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was the fall of 2014, and the waterfront DIY venue would shutter it’s doors come November 23, 2014, but until then, its most loyal bands would play each night to a room for 100 people filled past capacity.

Anarchy in the UK Makes Its Way to Sydney, Australia

Siouxsie Sioux of The Creatures, photo session for the EP 'Wild Things', 1981Siouxsie Sioux of The Creatures, photo session for the EP ‘Wild Things’, 1981

“Unlike the rest of the music scene with its highly styled, contrived imagery, punk was from the street… Punks developed an anti-fashion; the objective was to look as scruffy as possible. They were reacting against the glossy mainstream pop-rock music industry. It was visually interesting because it was real”.

Nearly forty years fast-forward and the anarchic punk ethos of the 1970s still strikes a chord with today’s youth, emphasizes renowned UK-based music photographer Adrian Boot, whose work shooting the creative revolution of the era has culminated in the exhibition Punkulture in Sydney, Australia: “Not much has changed for young people living in depressing urban housing estates. They are still unemployed with few prospects. Today as then, young people will make it happen for themselves on their own terms”.

When Body Manipulation and the Female Form Collide



“Pain is the first sensation that I want viewers to experience,” explains Taiwanese photographer Yung Chen Lin, otherwise known as “3cm”, whose criticisms pendulate between beautiful and grotesque; “this is because the sensation of pain helps people empathize with the subject”. The most distinctive elements throughout the photographer’s series are body manipulation and the female form in its various manifestations. Bodies are seemingly distorted, flesh is mutilated; the female body is restrained and disciplined.

Squarespace Releases 2 New Templates Perfect for Photographers (Sponsored)


In the digital age, a photographer’s website must act not only as a business card but also as a full-length portfolio. Perhaps more than any other visual field, photography demands not only that your images make a bold and powerful statement but also that they tell a story.

With photographers in mind, Squarespace just released two new website templates that showcase portfolios in a meaningful and elegant way. York and Lange both empower photographers to take viewers on a journey through pictures and text without overwhelming the senses. They are sophisticated, minimalist designs built for images that pack a punch.

A Surprising New Photo Book About Toilets


Thiksey Monastry, Ladakh, India © Bernhard S. / 500px

Portable Toilet in Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah, USA © Jure Kravanja / 500px

When it comes to restrooms, it’s often assumed that form follows function, but Lonely Planet’s decadent new book, Toilets: a Spotter’s Guide, elevates the latrine, so often scorned by modern society, to the realm of the objet d’art. Spanning the globe, the book features hundreds of facilities, giving each lavatory the attention it deserves.

A Photographer Reflects on Her Loss After 11 Miscarriages


Lost: Jane


Lost: Tommy

“Last July, after helping a friend through a painful loss I reflected on my own personal experience. These thoughts propelled me to take down the big white box in my closet which safeguards the mementos of my lost babies. It had been quite a while since I last took each item out and as I laid them out on my bed I felt their story needed to be documented.”

San Francisco-based photographer Dianne Yudelson’s sorrow was repressed by a socially accepted code of silence which, in her words, deems miscarriage grief unreasonable. She locked it away, but each loss was commemorated by the preservation of the pregnancy test, sonogram and a few items which evoked memories.

Intimate Family Moments Captured in a Tiny Chinatown Apartment


Bath time, 2004


Spring Break, 2010

Born and raised in New York, photographer Thomas Holton had always been exposed to other cultures yet felt little connection to his Chinese roots from his mother’s side. The Lams of Ludlow Street was in part his attempt to remedy this, a project which brought him into the home and lives of the Lam family, who emigrated from China thirty years ago and now occupy a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

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