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Behind-the-Scenes Images Taken on Photo Shoots Put ‘Stand-Ins’ in the Spotlight

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It’s the photograph that exists but shouldn’t. The silent keeper whose only function is to aid in the creation of that cherished final image, and then, with a click of a button, can be wiped from existence. It could be a ghastly doll filling in as a baby for photographer Jill Greenberg, or a demure a photo assistant sitting in as Paris Hilton. When photographers predominantly shot on film, these images were saved on the roll and preserved on the contact sheet. Digital photographers are prone to deleting these images, because after they’ve served their purpose, they’re just taking up valuable hard-drive space. For Los Angeles magazine Photo Director Amy Feitelberg, it’s this behind-the-scenes moment that’s captured her attention. For years she’s been fascinated by the process, and set about contacting photographers like Andrew Hetheringon and Dan Winters, to contribute images to her curatorial debut. Feitelberg’s Stand-Ins show is exhibiting at Icon Gallery in Los Angeles for the 2015 Month of Photography festival happening this month.

Great North Collective Shares Unforgettable Photographs of Canada’s Pristine Rockies

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Great North Collective‘s Squarespace website.

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Tree tops in the pass © Chris Amat

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New friends up top © David Guenther

Great North Collective is founded on the basis of three simple words: Explore. Create. Inspire. Formed by the unstoppable trio of photographers David Guenther, Mike Seehagel and Chris Amat, the collective is dedicated to creating a vast network of image-makers working not only to capture the diverse beauty of the Canadian landscape but also to share its hidden treasures with the world via their breathtaking Squarespace website.

Eerie Photos Reveal a Deserted New York City at Night in the 1980s

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When photographer Jan Staller first arrived in New York City in 1976, he was pulled not to the metropolis’s buzzing epicenters but to its deserted hideaways, those rare areas over which few feet trod and even fewer voices sounded. From his new home in Tribeca, he ventured to the shores of the Hudson River and along the neglected West Side Highway, capturing instants of pensive silence that descended with the setting sun.

Photographers, Develop Your Skills This Summer at the Twelve-Week Photography Intensive at Maine Media Workshops + College

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In the competitive photography industry, it can be easy to lose sight of what makes your work and your voice special. No matter what level you’re at in you’re photographic journey, it’s important to keep learning, to continue to hone in on what it is you want to say and how you want to say it. The twelve-week Photography Intensive at Maine Media Workshops + College offers the perfect opportunity to do just that, to get away from the noise of everyday life and truly focus in on developing your craft, all while immersing yourself in a community of students and faculty members who will support and encourage you along the way.

Fascinating Portraits Give us a Window into Native American Life on a Reservation in Montana

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Richard, a Tattoo Artist, with his son in front of the only Gas Station in Hays. Hays is a small community with around 800 people near Fort Belknap’s southern end. People come here often as it is the only place to get a little snack or soda without driving a lot further off the Reservation to the next grocery store. Richard is also a very successful bow-hunter.

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Seth and his brothers playing in front of their parents’ house at the Fort Belknap Agency. Because of the bleak situation young people are facing, they are less likely to take the traditional way of thinking, practicing, and simply living. This is a huge problem for any tribe; therefore, their language is traditionally passed down through the generations.

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A horse behind the Rodeo Drive in New Town. Horses are very important in the native culture.

For The Buffalo that could not dream, German photographer Felix von der Osten chronicles life on Montana’s the Fort Belknap Reservation, where since 1888, the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Native American tribes have raised their families and continued to foster a deeply-felt respect for the land.

Photographer Documents Life Inside One of Africa’s Largest Slums

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A young boy does an acrobatic jump over garbage in the dumpsite of north Mathare.

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A typical housing complex in the Huruma area of Mathare.

Mathare is a slum of 600,000 people living within three square miles on the east end of Nairobi. Photographer Filippo Romano has travelled there six times over the course of two years to document the social complexities of slum life. We speak with him about what he’s learned and his experiences visiting one of Africa’s largest slum.

Photographer Karl Lundholm Captures the Rush of Waves at Twilight on an Australian Beach

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Gothenburg, Sweden-based photographer Karl Lundholm and his girlfriend often fantasized about living overseas in Australia, holding on to what he now calls their “little dream” until they actually made the trip. When he finally arrived on the shores of the Queensland suburb of Coolangatta, the water rose before him, lapping, sparkling and warm, and he dove right in.

From Eating Baby Food to Sleeping with a Hair Dryer: Portraits of People Acting Out Their Guilty Pleasures

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Laurie Saulnier. Guilty pleasure: Eating children’s food. I feel guilty because I know it’s weird to do this at 23 years old.

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Rada Nastai. Guilty pleasure: Sleeping naked with the sound of the hair dryer. I feel guilty sleeping naked with the hairdryer blowing in my face as I know how crazy this sounds.

Show me your guilty pleasure. This is how Odeta Catana begins the conversation with her subjects. As a photographer, Catana is interested in bringing these suppressed issues to the surface and capturing moments when we feel simultaneous pleasure and guilt, for her series Guilty Pleasures.

Portraits of Young Men and Women Affected by ‘Iran’s Marriage Crisis’

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Fateme, 24, student, is working in a engineering firm. Her family lives in Ghazvin.

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Sonia, 26, is a student and works in a private firm. Her family lives in Tehran.

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Payam, 27, is a self-employed graphic designer. He lives in Tehran.

For Life Alone, Tehran-based photographer Majid Farahani takes an intimate and humanizing glimpse at the decreasing rate of marriage in Iran, focusing his gaze not on the statistics but on the young people whose lives are directly affected by what some are calling the country’s “marriage crisis.”

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Graciela Iturbide, Our Lady of the Iguanas (Nuestra Señora de la Iguanas), Juchitan, Oaxaca, 1979. Courtesy the artist © Graciela Iturbide.

EVENT: An Evening with Graciela Iturbide, International Center of Photography, 1114 Avenue of the Americas , May 1, 2015, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Celebrated photographer Graciela Iturbide, the most recent recipient of the Cornell Capa Lifetime Achievement Infinity Award, speaks about her life’s work.