Photographer captures love and debauchery on the streets of Miami



“I’ve never been to Miami, Florida” says Berlin-based photographer Maxime Ballesteros, preparing us for his latest series Dialogue du Sourd. For the first time the artist took to the streets of Miami to photograph its life and energy in his usual cool and intimate style. He spent just four or five nights in the city, though the exact figure he cannot remember; “my memories are always blurry” he admits. On arrival the city appeared to him gigantic, though given his short-time there he knew that would only scratch the surface.

Hedge: The New Way to Import and Backup Your Work (Sponsored)


When we asked a bunch of acclaimed photographers to divulge to us the biggest mistake in their careers, one gave us a rather unlikely answer: not backing up her work. It’s something that plagues every photographer— a necessary evil. Backing up is a hassle, something that takes time and keeps you from actually making pictures. But what if it didn’t have to be? That’s where Hedge comes in.

A Fearless Storm Chaser Takes Astonishing Photos


Florence, Texas


Georgetown, Texas

Jason Weingart was there when the the widest tornado ever recorded struck El Reno, Oklahoma in May of 2013, the same one that killed three researchers. Two years earlier, he had nearly been hit by positive lightning, escaping death by only a few feet. By the time he was safe, he noticed the wax leaking from his ears.

13 Photographers Bear Witness to Climate Change (Sponsored)


Lake Altus-Lugert, Altus, Oklahoma, July 2013 © Andrew Williams

Earth Not Ours is a series by photographer Andrew Williams, made in collaboration with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He traveled throughout the southwest, touching down in California, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, artfully documenting the landscapes most scarred by drought. He make images that are both documents and works of art, beautiful pictures that force us to confront what’s painful and inconvenient.

This past spring, the Republican presidential nominee told The Washington Post, “I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change. I just think we have much bigger risks.”

Donald Trump is not alone, though it’s becoming increasingly embarrassing for public figures to deny climate change given all the data that supports it. 

For our latest group show, we asked photographers- not scientists or politicians- to tell us about climate change. The thirteen photographers selected are based here in the United States and abroad; they come from various backgrounds, including photojournalism and fine art. Still, they have one thing in common: they believe climate change is happening, and they believe that something must be done.

12 Foggy Photos Make Earth Look Like Another Planet (Sponsored)


San Francisco © Ronny Ritschel / Offset


Upper Peninsula, Michigan © William Rugen / Offset

There’s an old Inuit myth from Newfoundland and Labrador about a man who was hunted by a wild beast. The man fled the creature by crossing a river. When the beast asked the man how he had gotten to the other side, he replied that he had drunk all the water, leading the beast to try the feat for himself. The creature drank so much water he burst, leaving behind only a thick shroud of fog where his body once stood.

There are many variations on the old legend, the origin story of fog. It makes sense that the Inuit people should be so fascinated with mist since Newfoundland is home to the foggiest place on earth: The Great Banks.

These days, our explanation for the area’s fog is more scientific: the icy water of the Labrador Current collides with the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

The Brutal Beauty of Life in an Arctic Mining Town

Norilsk winters are long and cold, with an average temperature of around -31°C in January. The result is many days of ice, coupled with violent winds. The cold period extends to around 280 days per year, with more than 130 days with snowstorms. It’s worth noting that actual temperatures are even colder when the effect of the wind is taken into account. For example, for a temperature lower than -40°C, a wind of 1 metre per second can make it feel like -42°C.

The lack of greenery during the 9 month winter, and green spaces during the summer, leads people to create green spaces in their apartments, constructing a natural microclimate which contradicts the severity of winter and offers a visual escape.

Norilsk is the world’s northernmost city, as well as its largest mining complex. A town of 175,000 people in the extreme North of Russia, situated above the Arctic Circle, it is a place of extreme conditions: with temperatures reaching -60 in a winter that lasts nine months, two months of which are spent entirely without sunlight, its inhabitants are living at the margins of survival. The city can only be accessed by plane – there are no roads leading towards or away from it. Elena Chernyshova travelled to this Arctic city, spending time photographing its inhabitants in order to discover the ways they have adapted to their circumstance’s harshness.

Revisiting Eugene Richards’ Portraits of Courage and Poverty


Still House Hollow, Tennessee, 1986

As one person’s history unfolded, I was often directed towards others. When I was with embattled farmers in South Dakota, I was moved to think of the migrant laborers who also worked the land, yet have no title to it. The family I visited in the Tennessee Mountains was barely hanging onto their ancestral homeland. How must it be, then, for people newly arrived in this country that must adapt to a new language, different customs, to an inhospitable economy? In the Arkansas Delta, the grandchildren of the aging and weary sharecroppers I photographed could barely wait to get away from home, to Chicago or New York, which held more promise for them… – Eugene Richards

It’s been almost thirty years since the publication of Eugene Richards’ landmark book Below the Line. First published in 1987, the volume received an onslaught of mixed reactions. Although many were impressed by his work, his eye for honesty was criticized for portraying a too-negative view of the country, one that lacked hope. But Richards countered the critics in saying these stories were, in fact, portraits of courage.

One Photographer’s Journey to 12 Nazi Concentration Camps

12 Nazi Concentration Camps

Survivor of three Nazi concentration camps, survivors’ reunion, Majdanek concentration camp, near Lublin, Poland, 1983. being honored by Poland as a heroine during a nationally televised event. She wore her uniform with her prisoner number and a red triangle with a “P,” indicating she was a Polish political enemy of the Third Reich. The onlookers in this photograph seemed more interested in my large, unusual camera, tripod and dark cloth and my odd photographic machinations than in her. © James Friedman

12 Nazi Concentration Camps

Wall where Jewish prisoners were shot, Theresienstadt concentration camp, near Terezin, Czechoslovakia, 1981. I set up my camera in front of this wall and its forty-year-old bullet holes. I saw an East German man and his son nearby and immediately decided to include the boy in the photograph because the color of his sweater nearly matched that of the number “37” on the wall. Though I didn’t speak German, somehow I was able to gain the father’s permission to photograph his son. © James Friedman

When James Friedman presented his photographs of Nazi concentration camps at the International Center of Photography in the mid-1980s, a fierce argument ensued between two members of the audience. One was outraged at his choice to capture the camps in color; the other defended it. There was shouting; people got up from their chairs before the fight was put to rest.

Atmospheric Street Photography with an Abstract Twist



Melissa Breyer, winkingly self-described as a “recovering figurative painter”, uses street photography to create noir-esque scenes as smudgy and evocative as charcoal drawings. Working primarily in black and white, she approaches the drama of the street with open eyes and heart, shooting as quickly and unobtrusively as possible to create spontaneous images.

The Spellbinding World of the Wild Camargue Horses


Glimmer © Drew Doggett


Dreamland © Drew Doggett

A Camargue foal is born with charcoal gray fur; as he grows, his coat is dappled until it fades entirely to white. The horse is an ancient breed, thought to have appeared 17 millennia ago, about 10,000 years before human civilization as we know it. Today, they live wild in the rugged marshlands of southern France. New York photographer Drew Doggett traveled more than 6,000 miles to meet them in person.

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