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Steven Laxton Speaks About Chemistry Between Subject and Photographer and Breaking Free From Your Comfort Zone

At its best, photography can connect people, breaking through the veneers of daily life to reveal the authentic threads of humanity that bind us all. No one photographer knows this better than award-winning Brooklyn-based portraitist Steven Laxton, who has throughout his prolific career has provided intimate glimpses into the lives of everyone from Holocaust survivors to the nomadic circus performers of El Salvador. Through his photo essays, Laxton is able to bridge the gaps of time and space, generations and geography, to capture honest moments shared between his sitters and himself.

Photographer Documents the Perilous Journey of Central American Migrants to the U.S.

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Migrants atop the freight trains travel without protection. They are vulnerable to being hit by trees, wind, rain and hot sun, so the tiredness sometimes overcomes they and fall down onto tracks. The dream ends. That dream of supporting to their families that left behind. in Arriaga, Mexico, January 21, 2008.

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A man holds a little girl while crossing the border under the Talisman checkpoint between Guatemala and Mexico illegally, in Talisman, Mexico, April 18, 2013.

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A Honduran immigrant smokes a cigarette and covers himself from the rain with a piece of cardboard while he waits beside the railroad to climb “the beast” or “train of death,” the freight train where thousands of migrants travel with the intention of reaching to United States, in the State of Mexico, August 20, 2008.

The Suchiate River is the crossing point between Mexico and Guatemala for thousands of Central American migrants hoping to make it to El Norte, the United States. They cross the water on a couple of beat-up intertubes with planks of plywood taped on top of them. Mexican photojournalist Rodrigo Cruz shot these migrants across the Guatemala-Mexico frontier for his latest project Frontera Sur.

4 Simple Things That Will Take Your Photography Website to the Next Level

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From the Squarespace website of ZSO Art & Illustration, NYC

You might be the best photographer on the planet, but if you don’t have a good website, chances are the rest of the world might not know that. Building a site that both complements your aesthetic and appeals to potential clients can seem daunting. In the old days, you’d have to learn coding or shell out the cash and surrender creative control to someone else to do it for you, but these days, it isn’t all that bad. In fact, with Squarespace, creating the perfect site for you can be a few keystrokes away. Keep in mind these four tips and you really can’t go wrong.

Curious Portraits of Performance Artists From Around

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Christine Haase [Germany]

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Ane Lan [Norway]

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Julie Djikey Kim [DR Congo]

A woman stares into Patrick Morarescu’s lens outfitted in a red dress, her head and upper torso jammed into a pair of tan pantyhose. Maybe this would be considered a non-traditional way to sit for a portrait, but not if you’re a performance artist.

Sweet Still Lifes Take Us on a Journey to the Seashore

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© Mirjam Bleeker / Offset

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© Mirjam Bleeker / Offset

Over the course of their two decades of collaboration, Amsterdam-based photographer Mirjam Bleeker and stylist Frank Visser have invented their own language, a finely tuned visual vocabulary that allows them to work almost in silence, with each understanding the artistic impulses of the other. For this reason, says Bleeker, the dynamic duo was able to create a series of vibrant, evocative still lifes using only their joint instincts and hardly any words.

Portraits of Elderly Peasant Women Who Continue to Wear Traditional German Costumes

Eric Schuett, Anna Katharina Haber, Hesse, 2014

Anna Katharina Haber, Hesse, 2014

Eric Schuett, Anna Schaefer, Schaumburg, 2010

Anna Schaefer, Schaumburg, 2010

Eric Schuett, Engel Marie Meier, Schaumburg, 2011

Engel Marie Meier, Schaumburg, 2011

For Village Queens, German photographer Eric Schuett tracks down and captures the last remaining women living in rural communities throughout Germany and into Alsace who still adhere to the traditional costuming that once dressed the majority of the village population.

Touching Photographs Capture the Love Shared Between a Lesbian Couple in Poland and Their Children

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Gdansk, Poland: Agnes and Honorata

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Gdansk, Poland: Agnes and Honorata after work

For Between the Blocks, Warsaw-based photographer Anna Liminowicz tells the story of Honorata and Agnieszka, a same-sex couple living in Poland with their two children.

‘Choreographing My Past’ Follows a Dancer’s Transition Back into Her Family Home

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When Brooklyn-based dancer Shoccara Marcus learned of her father’s cancer diagnosis, she immediately packed up her life and returned home to Atlanta after more than ten years away. Her unexpected arrival brought with it an array of ambiguities; now an adult, she found herself propelled backwards into the role she had occupied as a child. Choreographing My Past emerged organically as Marcus revisited her childhood surroundings. In each frame, she performs a new step, constructing an ongoing dance by which she navigates the invisible but inevitable tensions that run beneath any homecoming.

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Man & Woman #20, 1960, © Eikoh Hosoe, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

EXHIBITION: Eikoh Hosoe, Howard Greenberg Gallery, 41 East 57 Street, Suite 1406, March 19 – May 2, 2015
Howard Greenberg Gallery presents this small but potent collection of silver gelatin prints by Japanese photographer Eikoh Hosoe, renowned for his charged and evocative images that explore the human psyche, the body, and intimate relationships.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Redheads

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Since ancient times, redheads have elicited polarizing emotions, being both exalted and vilified through centuries of folklore and mythology. Homer’s heroic Achilles is rumored to have had red hair, as was King David of the Bible’s old Testament, but along with these blessed figures, so too have the traitorous Judas Iscariot and the repentant Mary Magdalene been adorned with flaming locks. The mythos and intrigue surrounding the redhead extends well into modern culture, with the widely circulated if false rumor that redheads are an endangered species whose recessive gene will ultimately disappear from the human genome. More than any other locks, red tresses continue to beguile and enchant, and for our next group show, we want to see your red-headed muses.

Our judge for this group show will be Keren Sachs, Director of Content Development for Offset, a new collection of high-end stock photography and illustration from artist around the globe. Prior to joining Offset, Sachs worked as a Director of Photography at Martha Stuart Living, Art Director at Corbis and Wall Street Journal, Photo Editor at National Geographic Society, and Creative Manager at Williams-Sonoma.

The winning photographer will receive a GoPro Hero4 Black. All submitting photographers will be considered to join Offset’s curated collection of award-winning and high end photography. 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 “Redheads” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions detailing the titles/locations of the photographs within the body of the email.

The deadline for submissions is May 8, 2015.

Curious about joining offset? Check out this video in which some of our favorite photographers discuss what it means to be represented by Offset.


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