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Squarespace’s Easy, Simple Approach to Domain Names (Sponsored)

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A few years ago, Forbes published an article hinting at the importance of acquiring the proper website domain name. Entrepreneur Martin Zwilling went so far as to suggest, “the domain name may well be more important than your company name.” This was in 2013, when it was normal to pay thousands to buy your own domain.

Squarespace has since changed the game by allowing its users, many of them photographers, to buy domains directly through them rather than a third-party website. With domains starting at only $20 for an entire year, Squarespace takes both hassle and expense out of registering your domain.

A Complex Portrait of Fatherhood in East New York

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Raheem Grant, 39, poses for a portrait with his daughter, Nature Grant. “When I was growing up I didn’ t have a father. My little one, she gets scared of the dark: ‘ You don’ t have to be scared because Daddy is here.’ Just knowing that I am there for them makes me feel like I accomplished a lot.

After spending time in a little-known Brooklyn neighbourhood, East New York, Phyllis Dooney began a project on fatherhood. The area is rife with poverty – a third of residents live below the Federal Poverty Level – and dogged by the ghosts of incarcerations and “the War on Drugs”. The family dynamic is a markedly unusual one, with children spending time variously at different family members’ houses in a “communal child-rearing effort.”

The Patchwork of Hope and Fear in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear

A mother and her two children look out from their cave dwelling. Many families fleeing the Taliban took refuge inside caves adjacent to Bamiyan’s destroyed ancient Buddha statues and now have nowhere else to live. Bamiyan, November 19, 2003. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images.)

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear

Burqa-clad women wait to vote after a polling station runs out of ballots. Kabul, April 5, 2014.

When she first arrived in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001, American photojournalist Paula Bronstein was instantly taken aback by the country, its rugged landscape and the indomitable spirit of its people. Starting out as a reporter for news wire, the stories she was following gradually became a personal pursuit, an effort to catalogue the daily lives existing beyond the frontlines of an ongoing and brutal war. Bronstein’s new book entitled Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear (University of Texas Press, August 2016), compiles over a hundred colour images taken between 2001-2015, giving us a rich and multi-layered insight into a world so disparate from our own.

‘Water Stories’ Shines a Spotlight on a Worldwide Crisis

Claudio, Paraguay River, Cáceres, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 2015 © Mustafah Abdulaziz : WWF-UK

Paraguay River, Cáceres, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 2015: The river is central to daily life in Cáceres, and Claudio and his family go there regularly to swim and play. But just a few miles away, the main sewage pipe pumps directly into the water, and fishermen search for an ever-decreasing supply of fish. Poor sanitation is a common issue in this region. Cáceres treats only 10% of its sewage – 30% below the national average. The Mayor of Cáceres has committed to protecting the water sources. He is calling on the community to work together to reduce the amount of pollution in the river. Mustafah Abdulaziz / WWF UK

Bewatoo, Tharparkar, Pakistan, 2013 © Mustafah Abdulaziz : WaterAid

Bewatoo, Tharparkar, Pakistan, 2013: Women pull water from a well in the Thar Desert, where temperatures hover at around 120°F (48-50°C) on summer days. With an extremely low water table and continuing drought, sometimes water must be hauled from a depth of 150-200 feet. “Women fall unconscious on their way to these dug wells,” says Marvi Bheel, 45, a resident of Bewatoo. The journey can take up to three hours. From the water-scarce regions in southern Ethiopia to the desert wells of Pakistan, it is women who are primarily responsible for gathering water. © WaterAid/ Mustafah Abdulaziz

“I believe the single biggest water issue is human beings,” American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz told WaterAid earlier this year. He’s spent the last five years documenting our relationship with water, traveling to a total nine countries in search of the people at the heart of a global crisis.

15 Photoville Exhibitions We Can’t Wait to See

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© Sophie Gamand

There’s nothing like Photoville. For New York City’s single largest annual photography event, United Photo Industries has repurposed over sixty shipping containers, transforming them into miniature art galleries lining Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Part of what makes Photoville so unique is it’s diversity, and this year’s lineup touches on the most pressing topics of our time: climate change, human rights, and yes, even animal rights. From photographer Sophie Gamand’s pit bull adoption event, where visitors can meet their new best friend, to the unforgettable and deeply human work of the late Chris Hondros and other conflict photographs who followed in his footsteps, Photoville 2016 takes us around the world and back home again, reminding us of the power photography has always held while pointing to a future none of us can predict.

We put together this list of 15 exhibitions we’re most excited to see, ranging from the clever to the profound and everything in between. Photoville opens today at 4:00 PM.

EXHIBITION: Flower Power, September 21 – 25, 2016.
Presented by Sophie Gamand.
The photography of Sophie Gamand has saved the lives of countless shelter dogs, including pit bull type dogs, who are euthanized across the country more frequently than any other kind of dog (about one million per year) due to prejudice and stereotypes. By dressing homeless pit bulls in flower crowns, Gamand has not only helped to further the worldwide movement against breed-based discrimination and legislation, but she has also encouraged people to adopt many of the gentle creatures featured in her portraits. Photoville 2016 marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, and to celebrate the occasion some of her canine models will be joining her for a very Special Flower Power Dog Adoption event. All will be on the lookout for loving homes in the crowd.

Minimalism Is On The Rise (Sponsored)

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Red train © Kevin Krautgartner / Offset

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Tennis court © Charles Gullung / Offset

“Minimalism glut” sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s a perfect phrase, coined by writer Kyle Chayka in a recent issue of The New York Times Magazine. It describes our current obsession with all things minimal, or #minimal, which as of this writing describes 7,325,862 photographs posted to Instagram.

Growing Up in the Magical Woods of South Carolina

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Photographer Jen Ervin first visited Ark Lodge when she was just seventeen. She was still relatively new to South Carolina, and she had met a boy in a record store. He brought her to his family’s cabin.

“At first sight, I was simultaneously fascinated and terrified of its hauntingly beautiful setting,” the photographer says; years later, the boy named Francis is her husband, and they have three children. They continue to make pilgrimages to the enigmatical cabin in the woods where they first began their story.

Incredibly Intricate Mandalas Honoring Dead Animals

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Fleur Alston

In her series Kit and Caboodle, English artist Fleur Alston creates incredibly intricate collage mandalas, a dead animal at the center of each. The mandala, “a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represent[s] the Universe,” serves as a memorial to the animal that the artist has happened upon, and symbolizes balance, a cycle, life, and death.

Daughters Steal the Show on Minimalist Fashion Instagram

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Photographer and fashion blogger Dominique Davis never meant for her daughters to be a part of her work. It just kind of happened one day. They slipped into her photographs, and they stole the show.

Intense Aerial Photos Reveal Mankind’s Effect on the Planet

Magenta Bloom, Fort Morgan, CO, 2014

Magenta Bloom, Fort Morgan, CO, 2014: Purple algae blooms in the nutrient-rich waste from a feedlot near Fort Morgan.

Improved Paradise, Castle Pines, CO, 2015

Improved Paradise, Castle Pines, CO, 2015: Many natural landscapes such as this are disrupted by the addition of a golf course.

Evan Anderman spent much of his childhood in Colorado’s Eastern Plains, exploring feral terrain with his father. As an adult, he was pulled back to the plains of Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas – inspired in part by his own and our collective nostalgia for the landscape of the American West.

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