Science Fiction and Real Life Collide in These Photos of ‘The Future’

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Curator Jon Feinstein put out the call for the exhibition Future Isms in the midst of the Presidential election, when our destinies weren’t fixed and two distinct futures played in our imaginations. The group show, on view at Glass Box Gallery in Seattle, presents an almost infinite number of potential futures, as seen through the eyes of 22 photographers and photo-based artists.

A Fascinating Journey Into the Strange World of Spiritualism

Table-Tipping Workshop at Rev. Jane’s House, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014

Lily Dale Auditorium, Lily Dale, New York, 2001

Shannon Taggart’s ventures into the world of Spiritualism began as a teenager. Since then, she’s been photographing the Spiritualist community of Lily Dale, New York for sixteen years. Her new book Séance: Spiritualism Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm brings together ethnographic study, journalism and art, offering an in-depth insight into the essence of Spiritualism – showing us the uncanny encounters, sacred spots which have set the stage for Spiritualist gatherings for generations, and the elusive ectoplasm – a substance said to be both spiritual and material. The photographs put us in touch with another world, one that doesn’t seem so far off.

One Photographer’s Surreal, Poetic Vision of the World (Sponsored)

Taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50 Optic

Taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50 Optic

Hengki Lee‘s photographs aren’t from a different world; they’re from a parallel, funhouse mirror version of our own. He isn’t bound by traditional rules and codes of photography; his surreal and blurred visions break most of them, reflecting a psychological landscape that exists only in our imaginations. His enigmatic protagonists- people made more from gestures than from flesh- are familiar and strange at the same time, like characters from the dreams we had as children and then forgot.

We asked the fine art photographer, who is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, to take us into his world. Here, he tells us about the many inspirations and motivations, and he also reveals some of his secret weapons and tools, like the Lensbaby lenses that help him achieve his signature look.

What the Lives of Strangers in Old Photos are Like Now

The son of Polish parents, who “went on a journey to hell and back” before settling in England in 1947, postwar, Chris Porsz now lives in Peterborough, England. In the late 70s’ and 80s’, he took candid photographers strangers he brushed shoulders with both in his hometown and in Cambridgeshire. His subjects were punks, couples, public servicemen and siblings—they belong to the era in which they are portrayed.

Photos Imagine Trump As An Immigrant

Photographer Veronica Gabriela Cardenas wanted somehow to tell the stories of our country’s undocumented immigrants. She wanted to humanize their experience and their anxieties in the shadows of the Donald Trump Presidency. She also didn’t want to put them in any precarious situations by revealing their identities.

An Intimate Look Behind the Scenes in a Chinese Nightclub

Ukrainian photographer Sergey Melnitchenko first arrived in China as a dancer. Performing in a nameless Chinese club he describes as being “more like a huge bar with a stage,” it wasn’t until he paid full attention to the surroundings that the singular atmosphere of the place struck him. “At one moment, I realized how many great things are going on here, and that’s how the series Behind the Scenes appeared,” says Melnitchenko.

One Grandson’s Poetic Photos of His Widowed Grandfather

Harald Pettersson fell in love with Hjordis the first time he saw her. They lived on nearby farms in a Swedish village. They were twenty and fifteen years old, respectively, and it was the 1940s.

Some seventy years later, Harald and Hjordis were still very much in love when Hjordis passed away suddenly. Their grandson, photographer Erik Simander, returned to his parents’ house to help take care of the widowed Harald.

Voyeuristic Photos of Tokyo Commuters on the Way to Work

Michael Wolf makes rush hour last an eternity. Now in its forth edition, his smash-hit book Tokyo Compression– along with the coinciding exhibition by Blue Lotus Gallery chronicles countless weekday mornings on the city’s packed subway cars, where human bodies, their breath and their sweat, leave dewdrops of condensation on the glass.

Photos of the Eternal Kinship Shared by Women and Horses

As a child, Finnish photographer Wilma Hurskainen found horses enchanting, but she wasn’t permitted to ride them until she grew up. As an adult, the horses of her girlhood imaginings, make-believe figures from fairytales, were replaced with real-life animals, who lived and breathed and possessed temperaments entirely their own.

In some ways, her book The Woman Who Married a Horse (Kehrer Verlag), becomes a reconciliation of mankind’s idolization of horses with the true, and often more complex, nature of the animals themselves.

The Photographer Who Stalked a Serial Killer

From March 17th until July 11th, 2016, a serial shooter targeted the Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale. The seven victims were random and innocent people, male and female, aged twelve to fifty-five. Survivors included two children, aged sixteen and four. The killer has not been identified.

In October of last year, some three months after the last reported shooting, Phoenix photographer Jesse Rieser made the forty-minute drive to Maryvale and spent a little more than a week in the neighborhood. Joining him was the French journalist Emmanuelle Andreani-Facchin of Society Magazine, who spoke with residents and detectives about the case. Their story ran in the magazine on the week of the US election, as part of the “America” issue.

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