Intrigued by the idea of what it means to be young and in love, San Francisco based photographer Leah Fasten explores what intimacy looks like through photography. For her series Lovers in Dolores Park, she approaches strangers who have a clear physical attraction to one another. After asking politely if she can photograph these young couples embracing, Fasten would get up close to capture a kiss, a cuddle or a loving gaze.
For his 2013 book Kosovo, Swiss photographer Bertrand Cottet explores the emerging country of Kosovo, beginning with its independence in 2008. He was drawn to the area after befriending some of the many Albanian refugees forced out of their homes during the Kosovo War and through the course of Serbian President Slobodan Miloševic’s time in office. Cottet explains that for this project, he slowed down from his usual fast-paced process, concentrating on creating iconic imagery that spoke to the history and uncertain future of the country.