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Thought Provoking Photographs Examine Our Complicated Relationship with Sharks

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To find out what high concentrations of great white sharks were doing close to beaches during the austral summer, scientists from the White Shark Trust used sea kayaks to track inshore shark movements off the southern tip of Africa. Western Cape, South Africa © Thomas P. Peschak

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Endemic to South Africa’s kelp forests, a juvenile puffadder shy shark hovers above my dive guide’s hand. © Thomas P. Peschak

For his book Sharks and People, National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Thomas Peschak examines the behaviors and condition of the great fish, honing in on the nuances of the widely misunderstood animals. Here, we meet the mammoth whale shark and a tender pup the size of a human palm. In the same breath, we are confronted with the painful realities of our dealings with sharks, in which we ourselves are revealed to be the fearsome hunters.

‘Postcards from Pine Bluff’: The Story of a Southern City in Decline

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Kareem Bearden works the night shift at a drive-thru liquor store on the outskirts of Pine Bluff. Mr. Bearden moved to town a few years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin when a friend opened the store.

“Things quiet now, cause people are broke, but come the first of the month, thing’ll be jumpin’.”

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Alex Litzsey stands along Main Street in downtown Pine Bluff. 

“About 45 minutes south of Little Rock, things have come undone.”

It is with this statement that William Widmer introduces us to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a small city of just under 50,000 now infamous for its poverty and crime. The area was once a major epicenter for agriculture and industry in the South. However like many blue collar cities in the United States, Pine Bluff has deteriorated into abandoned local businesses and empty factory buildings that once lined the Arkansas River. As the population continues to drop, crime rates rise, the city ranking second only to Detroit for violence. In 2012, Pine Bluff recorded 18 murders, seven times the national average per capita.

Rachel Hulin’s Wistful Photographs of Motherhood

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For Thirty-Five and One: The Short Days and the Long, photographer and photo editor Rachel Hulin joins her daughter Rose in moments of repose and discovery. As the infant navigates the homes of both the photographer and the two grandmothers, she explores the mother herself, climbing atop her nude body and reaching out for her touch. For the child, each instant is aglow with revelation and novelty, yet for Hulin, each interaction is piercingly precious. Rose’s days are long and sprawling, her mother’s brief and fleeting.

Artist Fred Tomaselli Gives the Front Page of The New York Times a Makeover

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Guilty, 2005 © 2014 by Fred Tomaselli

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June 29, 2012 © 2014 by Fred Tomaselli

NYC-based artist Fred Tomaselli applies his colorful, playful approach to collage and has a go at the front page of The New York Times, in the process creating a colorful yet deft political commentary of current events of the past few years. For those familiar with his larger-scale work, the look will be familiar. By making deceptively simple additions to front page photos, Tomaselli has succeeded in making a roundup of some of the horrible news of recent years that’s somehow not as depressing as it might otherwise be.

Photo du jour: Berlin Central Station

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© Jens Fersterra / Offset

Perched on a platform in Berlin Central Station, architecture and landscape photographer Jens Fersterra captures a long exposure of a speedy train as it whizzes by, leaving a blush-red blur in its wake. Opened in 2006, the station was designed by Gerkan, Marg and Partners on the site of the historic Lehrter Bahnhof building, which was torn down in 1951 under East German command. After 11 years of construction, the busy 5-level station came in part to represent a reunified Germany, with newly built tunnels running through and connecting areas throughout the country and beyond. The ingenious glass roofing and 351 yard glass hall through which trains pass allows natural light to flood in through all hours of the day. It is currently the largest station of its kind in Europe.

All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is an exclusive category channel partner on Feature Shoot.

Photographers Sheldon Serkin, Julia Vandenoever, Francesca Jane Allen, Henrik Emtkjær Hansen, and Matthew Avignone Take Over Our Instagram

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Sheldon Serkin [@shelserkin] / July 25, 26, 27

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Julia Vandenoever [@juliavandenoever] / July 28, 29, 30

Savor midsummer with our new lineup of Guest Instagrammers. We’ll be starting off in Brooklyn, NY with Sheldon Serkin, traveling to the Canadian beachside with Julia Vandenoever, Francesca Allen will take us sightseeing in Norway, and we’ll soak up the rays in Denmark with Henrik Emtkjær Hansen before heading to Chicago with Matthew Avignone.

Haunting Series Documents Painful Reminders of the First World War

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Soldier’s grave Champagne: This helmet atop a wooden cross marking the the battlefield grave of a French poilu Edouard Ivaldi is the last such marker anywhere on the Western Front.

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Tyne Cot: The largest Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in the world with almost 12,000 graves and a memorial to another 35,000 men with unknown graves.
“I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war” King George V during a visit in 1922

One hundred summers ago this year, the First World War began, setting of a chain of battles that would claim some 16 million lives over the course of four years. For Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18, photographer Michael St Maur Sheil returns to the Western front, cataloguing its landscapes as they exist today. In contrast to the vast majority World War I photographs picturing renowned generals and bloodied soldiers black and white, Sheil presents a topography healed in part by the passage time and a century’s growth of verdure.

Pop Art Garden: Maurizio Di Iorio’s Electric Floral Photos

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With a vibrant pop art aesthetic, Italian photographer Maurizio Di Iorio imbues everyday objects with a sense of whimsy and surprise. Profoundly influenced by the legendary William Eggleston, the artist saturates his carefully constructed studio compositions with rich yellows, blues, and reds. His sharp eye for detail allows him to maintain a truly democratic gaze; regardless of his subject matter, he creates an engaging visual narrative.

Idyllic Photos of Summertime

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Rio © Micheal McLaughlin. Courtesy Robin Rice Gallery 

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Max’s Balloons, Santa Monica, CA © 2013 Joanne Dugan

In celebration of the joys of summer comes Summertime, a book published by Chronicle Books and edited by photographer Joanne Dugan.

As it should be, it’s chock full of idyllic, witty, and wistful images of summer, and is justifiably dominated by water-centric images that result in a strong yearning to be relaxing poolside or on some remote beach, enjoying an unplugged vacation. One can dream…

Catching up with Ibarionex Perello, L.A. Street Photographer and Founder of ‘The Candid Frame’ Photography Podcast

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I think it’s safe to say that Ibarionex Perello — street photographer, writer, educator, and host of the photography podcast, The Candid Frame — is a Renaissance man. Whether he’s interviewing the people behind the lens (more than 240 in eight years on his podcast, including household names like Elliot Erwitt, Dan Winters, and Mary Ellen Mark), photographing the characters and intriguing juxtapositions of the Los Angeles streets (where he’s based), or teaching at the Art Center College of Design, his graphic and gritty visual aesthetic is apparent.

I caught up with the photographer to hear about how he balances his varying roles, what he finds most interesting about the photographic medium today, and how he showcases all of his projects on his Squarespace-powered website.