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‘Iris’ Tells the Story of a 93-Year-Old Fashion Icon

Iris Apfel is an international fashion icon; she’s modeled in campaigns by leading fashion houses and been snapped in the street by Bill Cunningham for The New York Times. She also happens to be 93 years old. For Iris, in theaters this month, acclaimed director Albert Maysles of Grey Gardens gives us a peek into the world of Apfel, uncovering her wealth of stories and reveling in her keen wit.

Surprising Portraits of Russian Teens Who Love and Idolize Vladimir Putin

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Tanya Arkhipova: “I like how Putin treats his children and wife, I think he’s a great husband. He made people respect Russia.”

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In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin was named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. As then Managing Editor Richard Stengel sat down to pen the now-famous article and photographer Platon shot the austere, unsmiling cover portrait, another photographer, Hungarian-born Bela Doka, was documenting the Russian youngsters who were most touched by the quickly spreading global phenomenon surrounding their president. That same year, Doka unearthed a community of adolescents and young adults known as the Putin Fan Club, a group of more than a thousand individuals who venerated the Russian president to the point where he beat out pop stars and even religious figures for a place in their innermost hearts.

Your Art Gallery Connects Photographers with Collectors and Curators Worldwide (Sponsored)

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It’s no secret that photography is changing, and although it can be a scary time to be a photographer, it’s also an incredibly exciting one. Your Art Gallery, a new online art gallery, is at the vanguard of a new movement in the art-selling industry, devoted connecting passionate photographers with a worldwide community of collectors and curators.

VIDEO: Michael Lavine on His Stirring Portrait of The Notorious B.I.G. in a Graveyard

Last month, Feature Shoot hosted the very first evening of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event in which we ask about fifteen remarkable photographers to tell the stories behind one of their favorite images. The theme was music, and Michael Lavine chose his emblematic portrait of The Notorious B.I.G. standing in a graveyard. In weaving his gripping tale, Lavine touches on moments shared with Biggie (who was polite and liked Elvis) Puffy (who was rude and disliked Elvis). He had us giggling in one moment and stunned silent in the next.

The next BlowUp event will take place on the evening of June 26, 2015 at ROOT (Drive In) from 6:30-9:00 PM, and this time, the theme will be subcultures. We have some incredible photographers lined up to speak including Phillip Toledano, Martha Cooper, Roger Ballen, Danielle Levitt, Gillian Laub, and Deidre Schoo. More photographers will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, you can purchase tickets here.

The first BlowUp was generously sponsored by Squarespace. Feature Shoot readers can get 10% off their new Squarespace website with the code: ‘FS15′. Sign up for your free 14-day trial here.

Portraits Capture the Unlikely Charm of an Eccentric, Aging Woman

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Lee on a rare hot summer evening.

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Lee is reflected in the front window of her house. Shortly after this picture was taken her son emptied the house, filling six dumpsters in the process.

At first, Jessica Eve Rattner knew Lee as a shopping-cart pushing raider of recycling bins, a dishevelled old woman with foot-tall dreadlocked hair. But a quick exchange in the driveway, while Lee scoured for recycled cans, changed everything. Instead of dismissing her outright, Rattner became smitten by her intelligence and quirky charm. She asked Lee if it was okay to photograph her, and to her surprise, she agreed.

Ecstatic Youth Photographed at a Rolling Stones Concert in 1978

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On June 17th of 1978, two seniors students at Malverne High School in Long Island approached their teacher, New York-based photographer Joseph Szabo, and offered him a deal: in exchange for driving them to Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, he was invited to attend his first ever rock concert, a Rolling Stones performance with an estimated audience of 90,000 euphoric youngsters. Rolling Stones Fans, released this month, is his album of the event. 

15 Irresistible Photos of Dogs in Cars

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For humans, a car ride is a means to an end, a way of getting from Point A to Point B. For dogs, however, the trip itself is the destination, a curious adventure wherein wonder and intrigue linger at every turn. For our canine friends, whether they be wide-eyed goofballs or a bashful pups, each road brings with it a new set of smells to inhale, each pit stop a chance for some extra snuggles and wags. In the end, the best part of a dog’s journey isn’t the sights and sounds or even the ecstatic feeling of ears flopping in the wind, but the chance to be on board, to be included, and to serve as our furry co-pilots.

Gripping Portraits Give Voice to Afghanistan’s Imprisoned Women, Jailed for ‘Moral Crimes’

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In Afghanistan, countless women are imprisoned for what are referred to as “moral crimes,” a vague term used to apply to cases in which they have fled from abusive and forced marriages or domestic slavery, and to accusations of premarital sex, very often applied to survivors of forced prostitution and rape. While those who do violence to these women usually walk free, their victims are deposited in one of the country’s prisons, sometimes pregnant with little hope of a future for themselves and their children. Polish-Canadian photographer Gabriela Maj spent four years visiting women in their cells, where they live alongside five to ten fellow prisoners. Here, she sat with them, listened to their stories, and when she was permitted, took their portraits, collected in her new book Almond Garden, titled after the infamous women’s prison Badam Bagh.

Enigmatic Photos Explore Glastonbury’s Mystical Community

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French-born photographer Grégoire Bernardi came upon the town of Glastonbury by chance, on a weekend trip with friends who had heard that Somerset was the perfect urban antidote. Like most people, he knew Glastonbury only as the namesake of the renowned outdoor music festival, which actually takes place in a neighboring village, but when he arrived in the picturesque town, he found it rife with centuries-old legends of its own, kept alive by a diverse community of New Age and pagan worshippers attracted by the indiscriminate mysticism of the surrounding landscape.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Abandoned Pools

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Everyone loves a good abandoned space photograph, but there are few locales as eerie as a deserted pool. While all forgotten interiors are a reminder of human absence, a defunct swimming pool elicits a compounded sense of vacancy; where their once was an abundance of water and splashing bodies, we find only a hollow abyss. Photographs of emptied pools are like all images about what exists, but most of all, they are about what does not, and that’s what makes them so compelling. For our latest group show, we want to see your photographs of abandoned pools.

This group show will be curated by Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Alison Zavos. The top three winners will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Abandoned Pools” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email.

Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2015.

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