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Books Rescued From the Fire, 2013 © Simon Brown/Courtesy of Benrubi Gallery, NYC

EXHIBITION: Simon Brown: The Weight of Knowledge, Benrubi Gallery, 41 E. 57th Street
November 20 – December 30

UK photographer Simon Brown presents The Weight of Knowledge, a stunning series of still lifes depicting books and the metaphorical weight behind them. Opening reception: Thursday, November 20, 6:00-8:00PM

Our Latest Group Show Examines the Powerful – and Often Tragic – Pull of Addiction

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Daivd, Melbourne, 2014 © Harrison Moss

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The New Drug © Luis Octavio Silva Hoyos

While most of us think of drugs and alcohol when it comes to addiction, our latest group show reveals that this affliction can take many different forms.

“Addiction is a difficult thing to present honestly and subtly. We’ve all been bombarded with over-the-top images of addiction in movies and TV: the strung-out addict, the violent spouse, the jaded junkie. We chose Octavio, Harrison and Michele’s photos because they put a human face on addiction, subtly showing us how various addictions, from drugs to cigarettes to cell phones, creep into our lives and slowly change us.” Says the team behind Narratively. Together they have selected an inspired and confronting collection of work submitted by Feature Shoot readers.

Congratulations to Michele Selway, Harrison Moss, and Luis Octavio Silva Hoyos, who will receive a one-year subscription to Squarespace, the innovative website publishing platform perfect for the creative. They make it simple to create professional website that are 100% customizable, making web design accessible to everyone. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, commerce, and 24/7 support, Squarespace offers photographers more ways to market themselves and grow their business.

An Intimate Glimpse into Chinese Funeral Traditions

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Hongzhe Liang (BFA 2015) is a Seattle-based photographer currently pursuing a BFA in Photomedia at the University of Washington. Originally from Yueyang, China, his works derive from the culture in which he grew up, encompassing photography, video and installation. His series A Funeral Before Another Funeral provides an eerie and intimate glimpse into the funeral traditions in his hometown.

Feature Shoot Recommends: The Best Photo Links of the Week (Nov 10 – 14)

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Rosa, a Maremma sheepdog from Versailles, Kentucky © Lindy Huber

From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • The Lion Who Went to Hollywood [Time]
  • ‘Flat, soulless and stupid: why photographs don’t work in art galleries’ [The Guardian]
  • ‘Liberating a Village Formerly Controlled by the Islamic State’ [Washington Post]

Mesmerizing Environmental Sculptures in Nature by Martin Hill

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I imagine it is difficult to make environmental art of this type without being compared to Andy Goldsworthy. However, I believe Martin Hill’s work is quite unique. Since 1992 and often in collaboration with Philippa Jones, New Zealand-based Hill has focused his art practice on “making environmental sculptures in nature that return to nature.”

Images of a Russian City Destroyed by Modern Construction

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Known as “the town of seven hills”, the city of Cheboksary, Russia is rolling with ridges and ravines that scatter local landmarks and housing across the uneven landscape. At just under 500,000 citizens, Cheboksary has seen a radical change in the last ten years due to overbuilding and thoughtless use of the land, leaving a dangerous and irrevocably altered region in its wake. Photographer Sergey Novikov documents the curious phenomenon in his series Most Frequently Visited Hills and Ravines.

Celestial Photos of Plankton Connect Our Origins with Outer Space

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Julia Bennett (BFA 2015) is a photographer from Pennsylvania and a senior at the University of South Carolina. Specializing in both fine-art photography and marine science, she is currently exploring paths that can bridge the two fields. In December, Julia received the Magellan Scholar Grant to complete her recent series Into The Umbra, using microscopic photography to address the historic and profound relationship between humans and the ocean.

Photographer Captures Everyday Life Inside ‘The City of Children’

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The City of Children, located in the outskirts of Budapest, Hungary, is a housing facility for children seeking help from their dysfunctional and poverty-stricken families. New York based photographer Monika Merva, a first generation American of Hungarian descent, has been returning here over the course of seven years to document the everyday life of the children who have made this place their home. Merva’s interest in portraiture, children and her desire to help others through photography, led her to meet with the director of the children’s home. It wasn’t until a year later that she gained permission to photograph there in what would become her series, The City of Children.

The Fascinating ‘Art Desks’ of American Artists and Creatives

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Robinson’s Art Desks site

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Victoria F. Gaitan, Photographer. From ‘Art Desks’.

E. Brady Robinson is a woman constantly on the go. Along with her success as a commercial and editorial photographer, the D.C.-based artist has recently published her documentary photo book Art Desks through Daylight Books. The series features 57+ offices and workspaces of creative people all over the United States. From the posh interiors of gallery curators to the colorful chaos of an illustrator’s cubicle, Robinson paints a behind-the-scenes portrait of some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world. Represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art and constantly traveling for assignments, Robinson found herself needing not one website but two to showcase her many ideas and talents. She tells us about her work, her busy schedule and how Squarespace makes having one website (or two) easy.

Behind the Scenes Photos of a Marijuana Grow House

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© Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

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© Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

Since 2012, when the sale and possession of recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, Denver-based photographer Benjamin Rasmussen has been ahead of the story, capturing all goes on behind the scenes in grow houses and retail stores for major media platforms like The Guardian, CNN, The New York Times, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal.