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A Photographer’s Poignant Self-Portrait Series Examines Her Own Journey with Multiple Sclerosis

Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Human frailty is an unavoidable, fundamental part of life. It’s a given that at some point, something will happen to each one of us that demonstrates this. A beautiful examination of this is the Detroit-based photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey‘s Falling into Place, a thoughtful, touching series of self-portraits of her daily life twenty years after having been diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. 

‘Orphan Girls’: Photographer Carolyn Drake Captures a Hidden World In Ukraine

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Outside the faint burnt-yellow, brick-and-mortar walls of Internat Children’s Home you can find two disparate worlds: the verdant forest and the bustling suburb in Ternopil, Ukraine. But inside the Soviet-era building, there exists a third: populated by a few young women forced to create a world in isolation. Photographer Carolyn Drake has spent nearly a decade committing their world to the record.

33 Photographers Reveal Their Definition of Intimacy (NSFW)

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In our Intimacy group show, photographers reveal their interpretations of the emotional, intellectual, physical, and sexual space in which humans inhabit. Artist, photographer, educator, and curator Keren Moscovitch — who teaches at School of Visual Arts in New York and whose work centering on themes of intimacy and sexuality was the judge for this competition. She chose the following photographers for their talented interpretation of the theme.

Congratulations to Emmanuelle BosseSebastian Collett, and Soopakorn Srisakul, 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 websites 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.

Photo du Jour: A ‘Temporary Monk’

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Polish photographer Kuba Ryniewicz wanders the world in search of a good stories. His images are imbued with an enchanting sense of adventure, traveling from Dubai to Iceland with his camera. In February, Ryniewicz went to Asia to study Theravada Buddhism, visiting Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Call for Submissions: Polaroids

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Photos by Mikael Kennedy

When Polaroid entered the market in 1948, it was a process that would revolutionize the way photographers thought about image-making. Once an effective on-set testing tool, the instant film camera soon became a ubiquitous object in the photo-hobbyist arsenal, and in recent years, a sought-after aesthetic after Polaroid film production ceased. But with other companies taking the charge in instant film production, groups like the Impossible Project keeping the process alive, and countless apps offering Polaroid filters, the Polaroid legacy seems here to stay.

Now we’d like to see the work you’ve made using instant film (or the instant film aesthetic). Please send us your best work by July 25.

The top three winners will receive a free one-year subscription to Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

Photographer Mikael Kennedy, who has been taken thousands of Polaroids over the last 15 years and whose instant film work has caught the attention of companies like J. Crew, galleries like Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, and publications like The New Yorker and TIME LightBox, is judge of this competition. In 2006, he started a Tumblr called Passport to Trespass where he publishes his Polaroids work documenting his life and travels. He has since published several limited-edition artists books from the series.

To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, under 200KB) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to submissions (at ) featureshoot (dot) com with “Polaroid” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website, and image captions within the body of the email.

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Powerful Portraits Look Deep Into the Eyes of Homeless Men and Women

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With his powerful series Homeless, Manchester-based photographer Lee Jeffries compels us to remember the faces of those we too often ignore. As a beginning street photographer in 2008, the artist captured a homeless woman of eighteen years as she lay in a sleeping bag. When she called him out on the violation, he approached her and apologized. Listening to her story, Jeffries’s passions were ignited, and since that fateful day, he has traveled to Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York in hopes of channeling the heartbreaks of daily life on the streets.

From the ‘Poodle Club’ to the ‘BDSM Regular’s Table’: Hilarious Portraits of Hobbyists in Their Element

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People with shared interests have gathered to celebrate their hobbies for a long time now. Basel-based photographers Ursula Sprecher and Andi Cortellini have expressed some of the most hilarious iterations of this pack-animal tendency with their series of staged portraits, HobbyBuddies, published by Kehrer Verlag.

Get Off the Internet! 15 Camping Photos to Inspire You to Get Into the Wild

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Everyone’s on vacation and my co-working space is deserted. As I’m typing this, my eyes are burning from looking at the computer too long and forgetting to blink.

If, like me, you can’t seem to get away from the glow of your computer screen (and related devices), we’re hoping this collection of camping photos we’ve put together using Offset images will inspire you to unplug — if only for the weekend.

Photo du jour: Coffee Fix

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Los Angeles-based photographer Nico Therin’s stark imagery might seem simple at first, but upon closer inspection, they reveal hidden meanings. Never without a his little notebook and pen, the artist is often hit by inspirations for witty visual puns, which he later brings to life in his studio. We’re all familiar with the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but Therin’s photographs require that we convert graphic data into verbal understanding.

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Powerful Photo Series Documents the Final Generation of Foot Binding in China

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For Living History, photographer Jo Farrell paints a stark yet complex portrait of China’s now-illegal practice of foot binding. Fueled by her desire to photograph traditions and peoples forgotten by the modern age, she began the series with Zhang Yun Ying, one of the few living women with bound feet. Since then, Farrell has returned every year to the village of the 88-year-old peasant farmer, creating a visual diary of a recent history on the brink of vanishing from our collective memory.