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Humble Arts Foundation’s Founders Discuss Photography, Cats and New Trends

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© Jamie Campbell, from ‘New Cats in Art Photography’

Since 2005, the Humble Arts Foundation has been a resource and supporter for new photography, showcasing and promoting fresh ideas and artists around the globe. The site features regular group shows and artists’ profiles. Humble Arts also serves the photo community through exhibitions, grant making and educational programming.

Jon Feinstein and Amani Olu are the men behind the helm of this venture, both no stranger to fine art curation and publishing. Based in Seattle (Feinstein) and New York City (Olu), the pair directs Humble Arts long distance. Olu is an independent curator, writer and chief organizer of Young Curators, New Ideas, an annual exhibition that concentrates on curatorial practice. He has also interviewed the likes of William Eggleston and Gottfried Helnwein. Feinstein is a curator, photographer and Manager of Marketing and Partnerships at Shutterstock. Curating numerous exhibitions, Feinstein has lent his expertise to judging various contests including the New York Photo Awards, Photolucinda’s Critical Mass and Feature Shoot’s Emerging Photography Awards, to name a few. We asked the pair jointly about their love of photography, new trends they are excited about and how Squarespace made sharing great artists even easier.

From Skinheads to Fashion: British Photographer Gavin Watson Discusses His Career

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Dr. Martens tee shoot, 2014.

As a young teen from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, British photographer Gavin Watson captured the insular life of the skinhead scene in 1980’s England. He published two books on skinhead life, Skins and Skins and Punks. Beginning as an outlet for the shy teenager, Watson’s photography grew into something far greater after his photos began being recognized as a rare look inside this culture. In our chat, he frequently stated that skinhead life was innocent and wholly different before Neo-Nazi elements came into play later on. Leaving the scene in his early 20’s, Watson went on to have a family and expand his range of work. Most recently, his practice has ventured into the world of fashion, shooting for brands and media like Adidas, Dr. Martens, and Vice.

‘Flowers for Michael Brown’ Documents the Aftermath of the Shooting in Ferguson

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Karen Hill, 56, of Ferguson.

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A group of children dance and play during a protest on West Florissant Avenue by a truck, blasting music, with on a sign on it which reads “No shoot, No Loot.” Moments later the police came and made them get down from the top of the truck and turn off the music.

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A National Guard hummer drives past a Target in Ferguson, next to a base the guard has set up in the shopping center parking lot.

On August 9th, 2014, the community of Ferguson, Missouri was shaken and irate by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Unarmed and only 18 years old, the teenager was shot by St. Louis Police Officer Darren Wilson in broad daylight. The people of Ferguson took to the streets in protest and met with tear gas and rubber bullets from local law enforcement. Curfews, tactical military vehicles, machine guns and an overwhelming sense of unraveling authority were rampant through the suburb’s generally quiet streets. The aftermath swelled for days afterward, leaving a town and a country haunted by age-old questions of racism in America. With media and reporters flooding Ferguson’s neighborhoods, photographer Natalie Keyssar was witness to the events that took place while on assignment for The Wall Street Journal. She spoke with us about her on-the-ground experience, the people that she met and the stories that stayed with her long after she left.

Portraits of Heterosexual Cross-Dressers Having a Ball in the 1950s

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When collectors Michel Hurst and Robert Swop discovered the many photo albums of Casa Susanna at a 26th Street flea market in New York City, they knew that they had unearthed a forgotten treasure. In the gender-conforming culture that defined much of mid-century American life, Casa Susanna was a refuge for the heterosexual male cross-dressers who gathered on weekends from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s as their female alter egos.

‘A Form of Love’ Exhibition Honors The War Reporters and Photographers Who Risk Their Lives in Conflict Zones

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South Vietnam, April 1968: Ammunition airlift during the relief of Khe Sanh. © Larry Burrows / Time Inc.

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The Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, 2009: The Korengal Valley was widely considered one of the deadliest places for American soldiers fighting in the Afghan war. © Franco Pagetti

In recent months, the world was shocked by the very public murders of western journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Desiring to raise awareness and honor the perilous and passionate work of war reportage, conflict photographers Jordan Sullivan, Aaron Stern and Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini have curated A Form of Love – An Exhibition of Contemporary Conflict Photography. The group exhibition includes work from Larry Burrows, Marcus Bleasdale, Peter van Agtmael, Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini, Paolo Pellegrin, Yuri Kozyrev, Franco Pagetti, Thomas Dworzak, Jean-Pierre Laffont and the deceased Tim Hetherington. A Form of Love has also been published as a limited edition book by 205-A, featuring the exhibiting photographers, poetry by Tom Sleigh and text by Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini. Proceeds benefit both the Tim Hetherington Trust and the James W. Foley Legacy Fund.

A successful commercial photographer as well as conflict photographer, curator Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini spoke with us about the timeliness of the exhibition and what drives him, as well as other war reporters, to risk it all.

Colorful Photos of Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market by Marco Brivio

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For Milan-based travel photographer Marco Brivio, a community’s marketplace contains hidden clues into the dynamics and essence of its culture. As part of a recent tour of a selection of Asian countries, he visited Japan, where he was immediately drawn to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. As the largest seafood market in existence, Brivio explains, the scene positively bursts with activity as vendors unload astounding quantities of fish meat to avid buyers.

Thought-Provoking Photos Look at the Dual Life of a Prostitute and Mother (NSFW)

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Photographer Marie Hald has always been interested in exploring the subject of prostitution, a legal profession in her country of Denmark. After a number of failed attempts to find a subject — she was looking a woman outside the typical stereotype — she discovered Bonnie, a prostitute and mother of three children. Hald first met with Bonnie while she was working in a small brothel, and after talking for hours in between taking on clients, she agreed to share her story. The resulting series, Bonnie, A Life in Prostitution, is a poignant and honest look at one woman’s daily struggle.

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EXHIBITION: Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2014, Small Exhibitions Gallery, Royal Observatory, Blackheath Ave, SE10 8XJ. 18 September 2014–February 2015
Bringing together photographers and astronomy enthusiasts from around the globe, this exhibition features the winning photos from this year’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest. Whether you’re a scientist, a photographer, or a hobbyist, this show offers an astonishing variety of visions of faraway planets, stars, and nebulae.

Remarkable Portraits of Complete Strangers Who Could Be Identical Twins

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Donmar Williams, Martine Chase, Weehawken, U.S.A., 2011

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Rudi Kistler & Maurus Oehmann, Mannheim 2012

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Karen Chu & Ashlee Wong, Culver City, U.S.A, 2013

For I’m Not a Look-Alike!, Montreal-based photographer Francois Brunelle scours the world in search of hundreds of unrelated doppelgängers, capturing pairs of complete strangers who—on the outside, at least—are nearly identical.

Dreamy Fashion Photography by Vivienne Mok

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Paris-based photographer Vivienne Mok is entirely self-taught, her soft, painterly aesthetic being deeply rooted in her history in fashion design. Shortly after studying at Parsons School of Design and taking a position at a French fashion house, she began shooting as a means of showcasing her garments. Soon after, her photography took on a life of its own, her flowing fabrics laying the foundation for ethereal and imaginative visions of mysterious young women.