The Dreams of Homeless People in San Francisco

Mike was the first person to be in this project. He came from Ohio, but he had to leave because he used to smoke weed and was arrested. He is now rebuilding his life, has a place to stay, and started work, thanks to an organisation from San Francisco.

Honey run away from home because of her violent husband. She slept in her car, but it broke dow. The police took it, so she had to sleep in the park. She learned how to play the ukulele by herself. She is called Honey because of her sweet voice. She had her first performance at the hotel where I photographed her.

Few people’s lives turn out exactly as planned. Horia Manolache’s series The Prince and the Pauper portrays homeless people from San Francisco, as they are now and as the people they once dreamed they would become.

The Secrets of a Long Life Revealed in New Photo Book

Aline Grosjean, Born September 10, 1913, In Eloyes, France

Sigurgeir Jonsson, Born March 2, 1915, on Flatey Island, Iceland

When Frankfurt photographer Karsten Thormaehlen first met Carl Falck, who was born in Norway in 1907, he was promptly asked, “How do you make any money by photographing old people like me?”

All the Things Refugees Left Behind, in Photos

Fabric doll with vinyl face collected 21 May, 2016 © Gideon Mendel

Fifty-four toothbrushes Collected 21 May, 15 September, 27 October and 28 October 2016 © Gideon Mendel

In many ways, it all started with three words: “You fucking photographers.”

South African photographer Gideon Mendel was at the refugee camp in Calais, France, sometimes referred to by the media as the “Jungle.” As he snapped a few frames, one individual confronted him about the ongoing media presence: “You come here and you take our photographs, and you tell us that it’s going to help us, but nothing changes.”

One Photographer’s Fearless Look at Eating Disorders

C. decided that the burn marks on her belly function well as a symbol for her experience: “I am always cold. Always…that’s why I never sleep without a hot-water bottle. Sometimes it’s just too hot, though, and then it leaves these marks…”

J. is a young student living in Vienna, Austria. She suffered from Bulimia for almost 6 years but finally succeded in overcoming the illness after a long-term stay in a local clinic. She regularily attends a self-help group to talk with others who are currently struggling with eating disorders. Listening to her optimistic and strong statements often gives the other participants the courage to work further towards self-appreciation and acceptance. J. is an inspirational person for many of them. She preferred to remain anonymous on the photographs. J. has a very strong connection to water, which is why we decided to have her photographs taken in a swimming pool.

Vienna photographer Mafalda Rakos understands that eating disorders are often cloaked in a shroud of silence and shame, but she also knows that talking about these illnesses is the only way to heal.

Rare Photographs Of The Dancing Devils Of Liberia

“It is said that if you photograph the Bush Devils (of Liberia), the pictures won’t come out” says British photographer Conor Beary, “whether or not there is any truth to that I don’t know, but I’m not to keen on the initiation process so thought I’d skip that and document the Dancing Devils”.

Deadline Extended for the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards!

Emerging Photography Contender Romain Jacquet-Lagreze captures Hong Kong during what he calls “The Blue Moment,” a 1-2 minute period when the sun starts to set and the city turns on its lights.

When we announced the prizes for the Third Annual Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards would include exhibitions, gallery representation, cash, and more we knew we could expect some incredible submissions from up-and-coming artists. We were right. The submissions thus far have been outstanding, which is why we’re extending the deadline for the competition until February 16, 2017.

If you have not yet submitted, the time is now. This year, we have a total of eight judges each picking their own set of winners, there will be more opportunities than ever before. As many as 29 photographers could win.

Feature Shoot Founder Alison Zavos will select five photographers for the cash prize, and each one will receive $750. Curators Sam Barzilay of United Photo Industries and Moshe Rosenzveig of the Head On Photo Festival will each pick three to five artists to exhibit at their respective galleries in Brooklyn, New York, and Sydney, Australia. Ken Allen Studios using their state-of-the-art ChromaLuxe metal printing facilities to print work for United Photo Industries. Stephen Pierson, Executive Director of ArtBridge, will hand-pick two to four photographs to showcase in an outdoor exhibition in NYC. His picks will receive a stipend of $400-$1000.

All submitting photographers will be considered for gallery representation at both Susan Spiritus Gallery in Los Angeles and the gallery nineteensixtyeight. Three are three additional spots available for a consultation with Agency Access, which will include career advice as well as access to a list of 8,000 email addresses belonging to photo editors, publishers, and industry professionals. Three photographers will be chosen by Emily Nathan to receive the brand new SOLAS camera bag by Tiny Atlas Quarterly.

As always, winners will be announced on our social media platforms, with an estimated reach of more than one million. Throughout the competition, we feature some of our favorite submissions over on our Emerging Photography blog, generously hosted by Squarespace, an Emerging Photography Award sponsor.

Submit online with up to five images of any genre at 760 pixels on the shortest side and titled with your first and last name and sequence number. Please also include a brief bio to accompany your images. Each person is allowed only one entry, with a fee of $35 for each submission.

The final deadline for entries is February 16, 2017.

Empowering the Black Female Body in a World That Denies It

La leçon d’amour, 2008 © Mickalene Thomas, courtesy Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Quanikah Goes Up, 2001/2005 © Mickalene Thomas, courtesy Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

The artist Carrie Mae Weems once asked Mickalene Thomas about the difference between the male gaze and the female gaze. Do women objectify their female subjects in the same way men do? Thomas responded, “Could a man have made these images? No, not my images.”

The exchange, pulled from Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs (Aperture, 2015), says a lot about Thomas as a photographer.

The Power and Paranoia of Washington, DC, in Photos

A white van on the National Mall, Washington, DC. © Mike Osborne

The residence of Dick Cheney, McLean, VA. © Mike Osborne

Global conspiracies, secret dossiers, Russian hackers, terrorist plots; if the United States seems like it’s experiencing a nationwide panic attack right now, its most fervent hyperventilations might be best observed in Washington, D.C., where power and paranoia live in close proximity, reinforcing one another’s potency.

“I don’t think I’d be alone in saying there’s kind of a collective meltdown taking place,” says Austin-based photographer Mike Osborne, whose series White Vans & Black Suburbans serves as a kind of funhouse mirror for this sensation, reflecting the nation’s psychosis back on itself in a manner that’s by turns amusing and disturbing. Osborne moved to D.C. to teach at Georgetown University in 2012, but didn’t start taking photos in the capital and the surrounding area until two years later. Once, as he set up his tripod in a Crystal City parking lot to photograph a nondescript building he’d noticed near Reagan Airport, two camouflaged security officers confronted him. Did he know he was on government property? Did he know that his car, had it been laced with explosives, could bring down a nearby hotel, and by extension, the building they were guarding?

Hanged, Stabbed and Abandoned: the Horrific Fate of Greyhounds in Spain

It is not difficult to find people who remember that, after the hunting season, galgos were hanged, rotting in the sun, in dozens. Nobody took them down, they were nobody, and weeks would pass.

All galgos go to heaven. That might be true. But it is a real hell what many galgos live on earth. Individuals left alone, invisible. Trained, traded, stolen, bred and killed in ways I wouldn’t believe were true when I started the film. Or maybe I didn’t want to as it was too hard to acknowledge that collective failure. A society that allows so much cruelty dressed in a sport robe, in tradition and ritual. Galgos are hung, stabbed, burnt or abandoned to die.

Filmmaker Yeray Lopez Portillo has a Spanish greyhound named Bacalao. She rides with him on a cargo bike everywhere he goes. “In a way, she saved my life,” he says, referencing a period of depression she helped him overcome. As it happens, he probably saved her life too.

Every year, somewhere between 50 and 100 thousand dogs just like Bacalao are abandoned or killed. Some estimates place that number at 200 thousand. When hunting season ends, the greyhounds, known as galgos in Spain, are hanged from trees, dropped down wells, and left by the side of the road without access to food or water.

Uncanny Photos Taken in the Dead of Night

Sapersteins, 2015 © David Allee, courtesy Morgan Lehman Gallery

Ball Court, 2016 © David Allee, courtesy Morgan Lehman Gallery

Time passes differently at night; it halts, speeds up, moves backwards. Photographer David S. Allee visualizes the strange eternity of darkness in Chasing Firefly, now on view at Morgan Lehman Gallery.

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