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18-Year-Old Urbex Photographer Dark.Cyanide Shows Us A Hidden View of NYC

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Dark Cyanide’s Squarespace website

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When I asked Dark Cyanide to reveal his real name, he politely declined. Despite his mounting popularity, the photographer is shrouded in mystery, his identity closely guarded. At just eighteen years of age, he has reached the apex of some of Manhattan’s tallest buildings and snuck into the shadowy regions of the subway system that runs beneath our feet. Of course, most of the spaces he breaches are not legally accessed, and at times his shoots resemble covert operations, but it is ultimately a love for the city that compels him to continue exploring its most inhospitable corners (and to share them with the rest of us via his Squarespace site).

Diane Arbus and Her Brother Howard Nemerov: A Stunning New Book Shines Light on the Artist and Poet

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Part of the magic of the work of Diane Arbus’s work lies in the fact that no matter how exposed and vulnerable her subjects may be, they almost always remain enigmatical, as if they alone carry the answers to the great riddles of existence. Arbus’s nephew, art historian Alexander Nemerov, acknowledges this paradox in his book Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov, even as he tries to unpack the intricately woven threads of her life and work.

Announcing ‘The BlowUp NYC': A New Photographic Storytelling Event Presented by Feature Shoot

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We are very excited to be announcing a new quarterly event series happening in New York City called The BlowUp. Presented by Feature Shoot, The BlowUp will bring together 15 sought-after photographers for an evening of short-form storytelling and insight with each photographer speaking for a few minutes about the story behind one of their favorite images.

The inaugural event will run from 6:30 – 9:00 PM on April 3, 2015 at ROOT, 443 W 18th St, New York City, and will be devoted entirely to music, featuring a diverse set of music photographers ranging from established icons to emerging young talents, including: Bob Gruen, Chris Stein, Sacha Lecca, Danny Clinch, Michael Lavine, Rebecca Smeyne, Janette Beckman, Jessica Lehrman, Roberta Bayley, David Godlis, Ricky Powell, Tod Seelie, Paris Viscone, Amy Lombard, and Gretchen Robinette.

From Chris Stein’s quiet portrait of a glance shared between Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop to Michael Lavine’s portrait of The Notorious B.I.G. in a graveyard and Amy Lombard’s portrait of a juggalo eating the head off a live lobster, the stories they tell will be as varied and interesting as the photographers behind them.

Intrigued? We have a limited number of tickets available for Feature Shoot readers. Tickets are $20 each and will include an open bar from 6:30-7:30. RSVP here and see you there!

The BlowUp is sponsored by our friends at Squarespace, ROOTAgency Access and Voss. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Sony Launches New Action Cam With 3 Fascinating Short Films (Sponsored)

There’s something intoxicating in witnessing something that’s never been seen, or in discovering something familiar from an entirely new perspective. With its new “Never Before Seen” campaign, Sony partnered up with a wide array of visionary filmmakers, directors, and artists to produce a series of genre-defying short films using their new Action Cam. With pieces ranging from documentaries to animations to stunt-filled adventure stories, the campaign celebrates not only the launch of the Action Cam but also the previously unimaginable artworks that can unfold when innovative artists are armed with the right piece of technology.

Miniature Versions of the World’s Most Recognizable Photos

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At a price tag of $4.3 million, Andreas Gursky’s “Rhine II” is the second most expensive photograph ever sold (the first allegedly sold for $6.5 million). It shows simply the Rhine River, between green banks flowing horizontally across the frame under a gray sky. It was the first shot photographers Adrian Sonderegger and Jojakim Cortis set out to recreate. They would go on to remake in miniature more than a dozen other iconic images—the Tiananmen Square tank man, the Loch Ness monster, Buzz Aldrin’s footprint on the moon—for their groundbreaking project Iconen.

Magical, Otherworldly Grecian Landscapes Take Us Back in Time

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Almas, December, 2012

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Semitas, May, 2013

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For In Landscapes, Athens-based photographer Petros Koublis captures the sprawling countryside that envelops the Greek capital, uncovering the sublime, ancient memories that linger still on the peripheries of a city recently plagued by economic crisis, poverty, and violence.

Playful Images Celebrate Crazy Cat Lovers

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Cats were the most revered and important species in Ancient Egypt. They were the favored pets during the Chinese Song Dynasty. In traditional Japanese culture, cats were associated with good luck and good fortune. Thanks to the phenomenon of viral videos and internet memes, cats have yet again bolstered their rankings in modern culture. There’s no doubt cats are having a moment. Montreal photographer Andréanne Lupien noticed this trend and set out to create her series Crazy Cat Lovers.

Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York (Mar. 23 – 29)

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© Matt Lipps, Camera from his series “Library”, 2013

EXHIBITION: Matt Lipps: Library, Danziger Gallery, 521 West 23rd Street, March 26 – May 2. 2015
Photographer Matt Lipps presents a series of large-scale images drawn from the series Library, for which the artist collaged appropriated images from the 1970s “Library of Photography” volumes by Time-Life. Incorporating his own analog photographs, Lipps examines the evolution of the medium, from black and white to color and from analog to digital.

A Look Inside Sleek, Ultra Modern Catholic Churches in Italy

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Chiesa Di San Giovanni, Milano. Domenica, ore 10:30

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Chiesa Del Santo Volto Di Gesù, Roma. Domenica, ore 9:49

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Chiesa Del Santissimo Redentore, Seriate. Domenica, ore 11:03

Italian photographers Giorgio Barrera and Niccolò Rastrelli set set out to create their series Andate in Pace as a way to give something back to Catholic Milanese churches in visual way. Inspired by the new, modern churches built after the Second Vatican Council, the photographs offer a reflection on the complex relationship between modern architecture, the church and its community of worshippers.

Delightful Photos of 1940s Celebrities Walking Their Dogs in NYC

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Actress Joan Roberts at Intermission from “Oklahoma” with Her English Bulldog “Goggles”, NYC, 1944

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Metropolitan Opera’s Heldentenor Lauritz Melchoir and Wife with His Great Dane, NYC, 1944

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Actress Joan Caulfield lifting West Highland terrier Witty, out from behind a hedge, while trying to take him for a walk on the street, NYC, 1944 New Yorkers have always loved their dogs, and the 1940s was no exception. No matter how heavily scheduled a day might be, the city’s Broadway and film starlets, opera singers, and novelists paused to take time for their four-legged friends. For City Dogs, LIFE magazine contract photographer Nina Leen created a series of portraits of illustrious Manhattanite artists gallivanting throughout their city with their canine companions, capturing the ineffable ways in which dogs both large and small brighten even the most vital of neighborhoods. City Dogs will be on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art beginning March 26, 2015.