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Bittersweet Portraits of People in San Francisco Living in Boats, Cars, Garages, Trailers, and Tents

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Chinese born, California based photographer Wenxin Zhang created Goodnight Stories during a time in 2011 when she was a new comer to San Francisco. Feeling anxiety about this new environment and the pressure to be a young adult, she sought after strangers with whom to connect. Taking to the internet, she found a community of people who have found alternative housing conditions and asked permission to photograph them at home. The result is a fairy-tale like narrative that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.

A Story of Hope and Beauty on the Mississippi Delta

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For New York City-based photographer Magdalena Sole, visiting the Mississippi Delta for the first time was like returning to a home she never knew she missed. Since then, she has spent eighty four days and traversed over 10,000 miles of land between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers, discovering happiness and heartache as they erupt in tandem across the Southern plains.

Art, Music, and Technology Collide in this Immersive Installation Performance Created Using the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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First witnessing ‘Edge of the Universe’ is a bit like traveling into the future, to an era in which art, installation, and music are fused to conceive a kind of performance art that enthralls and beguiles the senses. For the performance, which unfolded in the iconic rooftop Skyroom at the top of New York City’s the New Museum, Samsung teamed up with Odd Division, a team of installation and immersive multimedia artists, and Little Dragon, a Swedish electronic band at the vanguard of a new generation of music-makers.

Call for Submissions: The Tokyo International Photography Competition

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All photographs, from those found in family albums to those that grace the covers leading international publications, are personal to their creators; the trick, of course, to unforgettable imagery lies in capturing what is essential about all of humankind. For some, the human condition is interwoven with notions of ethical rights and wrongs; for others, it represents the painful knowledge of our mortality and the thirst for meaning in that which will inevitably be lost. Now in its third edition, the Tokyo International Photography Competition is inviting photographers worldwide to interpret the theme of the human condition.

Photo Series Explores The Remnants of Diseases After Surgical Procedures

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Gallstone #1, pigment print, 60 cm x 40 cm. From the series Removals 2011-2013 by Maija Tammi.

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Breast cancer (whole breast removed) #1, pigment print, 60 cm x 40 cm. From the series Removals 2011-2013 by Maija Tammi.

Many understand disease through the person it inflicts. However, Maija Tammi’s Removals invites viewers to reexamine disease, its visual stereotypes, and the interpretation of diseases today. “They [people] would like to think that the border of our body is fixed and stable. When this border is challenged people often feel uncomfortable.” “Removals” explores the borderlines of art and spectatorship by displaying disease as still life.

Photographer Gets Rejected, Publishes Her Rejection Letters In New Book

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When I was growing up, my father told me after every small tragedy—be it a scraped knee or a lost toy— to “turn a negative into a positive.” Crediting the quotation to Rudy Tomjanovich, the now-retired coach of the Houston Rockets, he seemed to think it a cure-all for the childhood blues. He still repeats it to this day, each time as if I’ve never heard it before, and until recently I mostly brushed it off as a well-meant but ultimately unrealistic outlook on failure. That changed last week when I received an unexpected email from New York-based photographer Dana Stirling, who had just created a book composed of all the rejection letters she had received in response to a wide array applications for awards, grants, exhibitions, and magazines.

A Coffee-Lover’s Fantasy: 16 Java-Infused Confections That Will Give You Serious Cravings

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Coffee-flavored popsicles © Stephen DeVries / Offset

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Chocolate espresso cake © Nicole Branan / Offset

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Caramel lattes © Matt Armendariz / Offset

According to recent studies, more than half of the American population consumes coffee every single day, but if we go back centuries, the origin of the brewed treat is shrouded in mystery and legend. One Islamic origin myth posits that more than six hundred years ago, an exiled mystic by the name of Sheikh Omar came across the plant in Yemen, discovering soon after that when eaten, it was quite bitter to the taste and yet possessed of rejuvenating powers. When it reached Europe, coffee was allegedly referred to as “the bitter invention of Satan” until the pope himself attested its invigorating properties and ambrosial taste. Luckily for us, we now know how to embrace the rich flavors of coffee and to bring out its subtler, sweeter notes through sophisticated preparation.

Welcome to Miss Muslimah, a Beauty Pageant for Muslim Women

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Finalists have a last meal during preparations for the Grand Finale on November 21st, 2014

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Fatma Ben Guefrache of Tunisia is crowned Muss Muslimah 2014 at The Grand Finale of the Miss Muslimah World Competition on November 21st, 2014.

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The World Muslimah Award is unlike any other beauty pageant in the world, substituting headscarfs for bathing suits, spiritual piety for baton twirling, and a jury of orphaned children for a set of celebrity panelists. In 2014, Istanbul-based photojournalist Monique Jaques ventured to Yogakarta, Indonesia, where the competition of eighteen young hopefuls unfolded against a backdrop in which Islamic mosques stood alongside Buddhist and Hindu temples.

Offbeat Portraits of German LARP (Live Action Role-Play) Enthusiasts

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Live Action Role-Play, suggests German photographer Felix von der Osten, is a kind of theater wherein there are no distinctions between actors and audience members. For Alter Ego, he tells the story of this unusual game that allows players to travel backwards and forwards in time, transforming into gallant Medieval knights, unyielding monarchs, and survivors of a faraway apocalypse.

Adolescent Beauty Captured In Evocative Images of Children Swimming in the Sea

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Photographer and military wife Deb Schwedhelm is no stranger to relocation. Every few years, she packs up her family, three children in tow, and moves to a new state, country, or continent. She takes each new setting as an opportunity to pause and reflect, exploring herself as a photographer and artist. While living in Florida, close to the sea, she decided to venture into underwater photography. The resulting series, From the Sea, beautifully captures her children and friends immersed in water, an allegory to their lives, shifting and moving with the tides.