One Photographer Created Esquire’s Iconic Covers From the 1960s, But You Might Not Know His Name


The Passion of Muhammad Ali, April 1968


The final decline and total collapse of the American avant-garde, May 1969

When people learn that Michael Norseng is the Photo Director at Esquire, it’s not uncommon that they mention one name from the magazine’s eighty-two-year-old history: George Lois, the art director who served at its helm from 1962 until 1972. Although Lois was indeed responsible for many of the ideas behind Esquire’s iconic covers over that decade, it’s another man whose name surfaces when Norseng looks back on those unforgettable covers of Muhammed Ali as Saint Sebastian, Andy Warhol engulfed by his own can of Campbell’s soup, Nixon under the make-up brush, and so many more; for him, it’s the man behind the camera, Carl Fischer, a man of ninety-one who still lives and works out of his townhouse studio on East 83rd Street in Manhattan.

Photographer Jonathan May on the Most Important Photo He’s Ever Taken


© Jonathan May

Jonathan May: The photograph I took of Stanford, the young boy in Kenya with a rare disease, Xeroderma pigmentosum, an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light is deficient, is the most important image I’ve taken. I was able to win the Head On portrait prize in Sydney with the image I took, and give him the money to help with ongoing hospital costs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fairy tale ending though, and the disease can’t be cured, only managed, so it is an ongoing battle for young Stanford. I am still in touch with his mother and am continuing to help him on his journey.

For the Bushmen of Africa, Life is a Struggle Between Tradition and Modernity


A Kalahari San Bushman climbing a tree traditionally used for firewood. The Bushman makes use of a variety of natural resources for daily life, including a whole host of wood for different purposes.

A mother and daughter, in traditional dress, perform a Bushman dance.

A mother and daughter, in traditional dress, perform a Bushman dance.

When documentary photographer Daniel Cuthbert drove seventeen hours into the Kalahari Desert to meet the Bushmen for the first time, the only thing he had to go by for reference was a lengthy set of co-ordinates with the message, meet us here at 4pm. On Cuthbert’s Sat Nav this spot showed up as the definition of the middle of nowhere: a no-man’s-land inaccessible by road. With a medium format Rollei 6008i, he set out into the wild nothingness of the savannah to document the Bushmen of modern-day.

The Vanishing of the United States Postal Service in the South

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In “Post Script,” photographer Rachel Boillot‘s work about the gradual disappearance of the United States Postal Service as seen in parts of the South, she is speaking about two fading systems: that of the decline of the American postal service and that of the analog film process.

Homeless Pit Bulls Get a Chance to Shine in Floral Photo Series


Murdock, available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue


Aphrodite, available for adoption at Sean Casey Animal Rescue


Apple, adopted

Murdock, says New York-based photographer Sophie Gamand, who has been making portraits of pit bull type dogs over the last year, is “the sweetest dog.” Like many pit bulls who ultimately wind up homeless and in shelters, Murdock was abused at a dog fighting ring, where he was used as a “bait dog” to test the fighting strength of other dogs. His mouth was likely taped shut so that he was unable to defend himself, and he survived the ordeal with one blind eye and numerous wounds. Despite the cruelty of his past, Murdock was and continues to be deeply loved by the shelter staffers who care for him. Pit bulls like Murdock are what drives Gamand to continue to fight against the stigma that often surrounds them with her series Pit Bull Flower Power, for which she has photographed over one hundred dogs cloaked in handmade crowns of blossoms.

A Look Inside the Illegal Mining Industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo


War for minerals (D.R.Congo)

War for Minerals is photographer Erberto Zani‘s visual investigation of the men who mine for coltan, manganese, and other rare metals in the Democratic Republic of Congo, often under unclear, dangerous, and complicated political conditions.

Offbeat Portraits of Reenactors Taken Throughout the U.S. and the European Union


Bernese Mountain Dogs, Maifest, Leavenworth, Washington, 2014


Fur Trappers, High Chaparral, Hillerstorp, Sweden, 2008

Globalization and development, suggests Los Angeles-based photographer Naomi Harris, has brought with it a crop of unexpected novelty communities, amusement parks, and events throughout the United States and Europe in which each of two continents delight in customs and traditions of the other. For EUSA, she spent years traveling throughout the states and the European Union in search of places and gatherings where this cultural inversions can be found—from the Oktoberfests and Maifests of Leavenworth, Washington to Germany’s Western-themed Pullman City.

Call for Submissions: Photos Depicting Life ‘Off the Grid’


Photo: © Whitney Justesen /

More than a buzzword or flash-in-the-pan cultural phenomenon, “off the grid” has become a way of life. We want to see photos that encompass what it means to you. It could be farm-to-table lifestyle—the families that churn their own butter and harvest wild honey. It could be more literal—solar panels in action or geometric grid patterns. Have ariel shots of cabins on far-off locals or landscapes that scream ”no one has ever stepped foot here before”? We’d love to see them.

The collection will be curated by Chris Buda, Manager of Art Buying, BBDO and Isabelle Raphael, Head of Visual Content, ImageBrief.

Our sponsor ImageBrief will be giving away ten yearly Explorer Plus accounts to the top ten images/photographers and ten three-month Explorer Plus accounts for an additional ten photographers selected. All winning photographers will run on Feature Shoot.

ImageBrief is a platform that directly connects photographers to clients by allowing advertising agencies, photo editors, and leading publications to post briefs that describe the kind of imagery they’re seeking at any given moment. Photographers can then upload their pre-existing work to apply for the brief, and the selected photographer will earn the job. ImageBrief also allows top image buyers to commission work on site based on photographers’ profiles. By putting your work directly in front of those who are looking to buy, ImageBrief makes it easier than ever to monetize your photography. Read more about ImageBrief here and here.

Submissions will be accepted through ImageBrief. A free account is required to submit and it takes just a minute to sign up. Copyright remains with the photographer.

Deadline for submissions is September 28, 2015.

This group show is sponsored by ImageBrief.

Photographer Amos Mac Puts Trans Issues in the Spotlight



There are so many people in the world who have not had the privilege of a realistic or fair representation. The framing may be wrong; they may be fetishised as a subject, or perhaps the angles are pushed forward with a strange kind of inherent bias. It’s prevalent in all forms of art, in television and in film, but in photography these discrepancies become even more apparent. Only 8 black women have been on the cover of vogue in its 132 year history. Trans women or trans men certainly have not been at all. The fashion world is still invested in superiority, especially when it comes to beauty. But it feels like things are changing slowly, and as always, those who have been pushed to the side work twice as hard to show their work (which is often twice as interesting and genre breaking.) Amos Mac exemplifies this artistic fashion resistance.

Roger Ballen’s New Book Probes Into the Darkest Corners of the Human Mind


Cat and Mouse, 2001 courtesy Roger Ballen


Displaced, 2011 courtesy Roger Ballen

The manifold works of Johannesburg-based photographer Roger Ballen are, in the eyes of writer Didi Bozzini, intertwined by an endless thread by which the real world and its various players and objects become stand-ins for that which cannot be photographed about humanity, our nature and our condition.