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Group Show: 24 Clever Desktop Backgrounds (Sponsored by Squarespace)

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Jayesh Pankhania

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Tim Morris

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Julieta Averbuj

Feature Shoot’s latest group show asked photographers to open up their laptops and share their desktop backgrounds of choice. From quirky to cute, the results are in and a collection of clever desktop backgrounds have been curated by Anna Goldwater Alexander, Senior Photo Editor at WIRED. Three winners are among the group—photographers Jayesh Pankhania, Tim Morris, and Julieta Averbuj. Thanks to the generosity of Squarespace, each winner will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace‘s unique and user-friendly website publishing platform. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce, Squarespace is helping photographers to market themselves professionally and creatively.

‘People of the Pit’: Photographer Captures a Dwindling Community in Romania

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Aise with her two daughters. December 2013.

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During warm days, life unfolds mainly outside. Most of the kids are born in the pit and none of them attend any form of education. May 2013.

The Last People of the Pit is photographer Sorin Vidis‘ document of the communal remnant of an abandoned landscape, dug by man and transformed by the earth in a culmination of political and social upheaval.

The ‘One-Dog Policy’ Photo Series Looks at Lonely Canines

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If ever there is a presence imbued with the spirit of our homes, it would be our pets. Photographer Maija Astikainen draws a portrait of the furry lords of the urban domicile in her series One-Dog Policy.

What’s In Your Camera Bag?: Photographer Noah Kalina

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Kalina‘s portrait of Olga Bell, Brooklyn.

What’s in your camera bag?
A bag of cables (sync cords, adaptors, cable releases), two bags of batteries (one bag filled with camera batteries the other bag for AA and AAA), flash, Nikon Coolpix S10, lightmeter, Phase One camera with P65+ back, 120/55/80 lenses, a couple of ND5 filters, pouch with cleaning supplies, air blower, pelican CF card case, travel car mount for phone, Pocket Wizards, Canon 5D MIII with 24-70, first aid kit, headlamp, utility knife, iPhone car charger, intervalometer.

What’s in your bag that’s specific to the type of work you shoot? I shoot a wide range of subjects. The light meter and the wizards are generally used for my portraits as I tend to use strobe lighting. The headlamp, shutter releases and ND filters are generally used for my landscapes but they definitely can come in handy for my portraits. The small Nikon camera is only in my bag if I am traveling and that camera is specifically used for Everyday. Everyday is the project where I take a photo of myself every day. I’ve been doing that for 14 years and that camera is dedicated to the project.

Photo du Jour: Sculpture for a Photographer

Charles Traub

Rimini, 1989. Image courtesy of Charles Traub/Damiani.

It was the 1980s and American photographer Charles H. Traub was amidst Italy’s colorful and cultural backdrop on many a frequent visit, snapping everyday moments in the charming cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples. Candid, lighthearted, and spontaneous, Traub’s images show us an outsider’s view in admiration. Here he happened upon quite a relevant sculpture of the Italian-made Officine Galileo camera in the city of Rimini. The sculpture has since been cleaned of graffiti.

Damiani just released Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s this month, bringing Traub’s photos from Italy together for the first time since the mid-80s. Traub will be doing a book signing at ICP in New York on April 18th and at Paris Photo LA on April 25th, 2014.

Absolutely Useless (Yet Highly Amusing) Objects Designed by Katerina Kamprani

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Fuzzy plates, bowls with holes, and slim staircases? Yes, please. In a world of ever-changing gadgets, endless updates, new apps, and beautiful architecture in the woods most of us can never be a part of, designer Katerina Kamprani has created The Uncomfortable Project, a set of absolutely useless—but beautiful and probing—objects.

A Raw, Heartbreaking Look into the Life of a 2-Year-Old and her Drug-Addicted Parents

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Lilya with Anfisa on her second birthday.

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Pasha and his friend aggressively partying.

Another Family is Russian photographer Irina Popova‘s deeply intimate and equally intense document of the life of 2-year-old Anfisa and her drug-addicted parents, Lilya and Pasha. The project began in 2008 when Popova happened upon an intoxicated Lilya outside a club in St. Petersburg, pushing Anfisa in a stroller.

Call for Submissions: Photos of Suburbia (Sponsored by Squarespace)

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‘Millennium Park, Moscow, Russia, 2009.’ From Martin Adolfsson‘s Suburbia Gone Wild, a project exploring the model homes and suburban landscape of the 21st century, shot around the world in the suburbs of Bangkok, Shanghai, Bangalore, Cairo, Moscow, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Mexico City.

Oh, the suburbs—bright, shiny cookie cutter homes and landscaped lawns; gated communities on the outskirts of town. Depending on who you talk to, these places are either appealing or repulsive, but arguably an oddly intriguing phenomenon nonetheless. The theme for the next Feature Shoot online group show will be ‘Suburbia.’

Photo du Jour: ‘Hong Kong Flora’

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German photographer Michael Wolf continues his exploration of what seems to be a never-ending source of inspiration for him—the city of Hong Kong. This time he focuses on the greenery that the mega-city’s inhabitants have managed to fit into their industrial surroundings. On his quest to find flora, Wolf happens upons many a charming and improvised method of incorporating plant life—”plants tucked in between pipes or locked up behind shutters, wilting flowers held in half-cut plastic bottles; all are little treasures captured by Wolf’s lens.”

An exhibition of Hong Kong Flora opens on Friday, May 16th, followed by a book launch on Saturday, May 17th, in Hong Kong.

Photographer Diana Markosian’s Look at Chechen Women and Islam Revival

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Seda Malakhadzheva, 15, sits beside her friends as they adjust her hijab. She started wearing the headcovering a year ago.

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Gym class at School No 1 in the Chechen village of Serzhen-Yurt. The schoolgirls, all dressed in skirts with their heads wrapped in headscarves, say gym clothes violate Muslim dress code.

After decades of war and religious repression, Chechnya, a Russian republic located in North Caucasus, is going through Islamic revival. In her photo series Goodbye My Chechnya, Russian-born, Armenia-based photographer Diana Markosian shows what this revival means for Chechen women.