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These hybrid beasts allude to the monster in all of us

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Chimera

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What exactly are the hybrid creatures we see in these antique photographs? The illusion is quite convincing, but Bestiary is the fusion of Greek artist Viktor Koen’s longstanding fascination with Greek mythology and early 19th century photography. Viktor created these monsters, some of which may be familiar to classicists, using the faces of the deceased who now only exist in photographic archives.

The Legacy of the Indian Residential Schools as Seen in Photos

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Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School
1953-1963
“It was the worst ten years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of 6 to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.”
“Do you remember your number?”
“73.”

Daniella Zalcman’s project, Signs of Your Identity, focusses on the legacy of the Indian Residential schools implemented by the Canadian government in the 1840s. The schools were intended to assimilate young indigenous students into western Canadian culture, but used brutalising tactics to achieve this end. Zalcman creates multiple-exposure portraits of former residents of the schools and conducts interviews with them about their stories, exploring the repercussions of their treatment. The effect is an overlaying of the past with the present, of memory with identity; the ways that our histories, both personal and societal, shape us.

A Transient Community in the Industrial Ruins of the Netherlands

Venturing out one February morning in 2012, Netherlands-based photographer Gerard Kingma, had a fixed idea in his mind about what images he wanted to shoot that day. As a member of a local photography group, he was invited by a museum to produce an exhibition exploring the industrial heritage of Groningen, the most northern province of the Netherlands, where the photographer lives. Kingma decided to photograph the once thriving brickworks industry. Amid a landscape scattered with smoke stacks, drying sheds and the ruins of 55 factories, just one factory remains.

Tragedy and Hope on the Front Lines of the Fight Against ISIS

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Jalal Jabat Uddin, 23, sits with his unit comrades an hour after his best friend and fellow Peshmerga solider, Bemal, 22, was killed by sniper fire during a six hour operation to retake a village from ISIS, north of Mosul. Peshmerga forces have hugely outnumbered ISIS in recent offensives, but fatalities have remained high and struck at the heart of the force. From suicide bombings to booby traps, snipers to posing as refugees, IS has employed tactics for the sole purpose of maximising the body count.

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Anah, 8, is the last surviving sibling of five. Her three brothers and younger sister were killed in fighting earlier this year as ISIS tightened its grip on their village near Qayarra during Peshmerga and Iraqi offensives. She now lives with her mother and aunts in Debaga camp.

“I’ve always been more interested in the effects of war than the spectacle of it,” photojournalist Souvid Datta explains.

Capturing the Unexpected in the Streets of Mexico

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Comitán, Chiapas, 2007  from Alex Webb: La Calle (Aperture/Televisa Foundation, 2016)

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Near Creel, Chihuahua, 1978  from Alex Webb: La Calle (Aperture/Televisa Foundation, 2016)

Curated by Alfonso Morales, La Calle brings together over thirty years of street photography by San Francisco-born Magnum photographer Alex Webb, spanning from 1975 to 2007. In this selection of photographs all taken on the streets of Mexico, the multi-layered compositions touch on multiple genres. As Geoff Dyer writes, “Wherever he goes, Webb always ends up in a Bermuda-shaped triangle where the distinctions between photojournalism, documentary and art blur and disappear.”

Tales from the Cold Wilderness of the Russian Far North

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Elena Anosova pays an unusual and meticulous attention to textures. Their feature throughout her project, Out-Of-The-Way, is striking and varied; the patterns of a wallpaper not quite the same as the icing sugar rush of falling snow, a lacelike net curtain creating a different visual effect than a roiling cloud of mist above a landscape. Of her textural focus, she explains: “there are many lifestyle details that immerse the viewer… My approach is one of the additional strokes that tells the story of this place, its state of being frozen in time and space.”

Photos of a Greek Island in a Time Before Time

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Petros Koublis rewrites old myths. The Greek photographer has traversed the craggy terrain of Athens, Santorini, and Marathon in search of echoes left behind by the ancient bards and dreamers.

Most recently, he made his way to Tinos, where according to The Odyssey by Homer, the hero Ajax was said to have drowned a violent death in the wake of the Battle with Troy, having incurred the wrath of the gods Athena and Poseidon.

Hilarious Instagram About the Best and Craziest DIY Camera Rigs

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“Lego Technics Follow Focus. D300s + 85 1.4” © Remco Pronk

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“Gimbal support for under twenty bucks! Two driveway markers ziptied to an old backpack frame with some nylon webbing to hold the rig.” © @dlmoody

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“We need like a kaleidoscope kinda looking shot”….easy” © Matthew Thompson (@shotbymatthew)

Eve Arnold famously said “The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.” Long before that, Edward Steichen claimed “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”

It’s a beautiful sentiment, one that appeals to writers, but as any photographer knows, it only tells part of the story. Shitty Rigs, a submissions-based website and Instagram account dedicated to ingenious things photographers do in a crunch, tells us about the importance of gear and what really happens when it falls apart.

A Tender Portrait of the Third Sex in Bangladesh

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Mirpur-Ek is the most populous district of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh; it is also home to a large number of young homosexuals, transsexuals and transvestites who co-exist in the same space. United by their sexualities which deviate from the societal norm, this community have found in each other something which resembles a family. Rome-based photographer Raffaele Petralla went to the city with the objective of documenting the daily struggle experienced by labourers working in brick factories, though the intolerance he witnessed towards this minority forced him to turn his focus towards The Third Sex in Bangladesh.

ANNOUNCING: THE PRINT SWAP IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES!

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Photos, clockwise from left: © Vanessa Van Ryzin, © Brian Overend, © Erica Reade, © Joseph Romeo, © Justin Carrasquillo, © Brooke DiDonato

We’re always looking for ways to connect photographers not only to industry insiders, gallerists, and photo editors, but also to each other, and The Print Swap, a new initiative from Feature Shoot, is a fun new way for artists to grow their own collections and find inspiration in one another.

Last May, we launched our first ever Feature Shoot Print Swap by inviting photographers to submit to the contest via Instagram. 100 winning images were chosen from nearly 9,000 submissions, and each winning photographer was invited participate in a large-scale swap by both giving and receiving a print. See all 100 images winning here.

After the success of The Print Swap, we’ve decided to open the contest up to photographers around the world. For the second Print Swap, Feature Shoot Editor-in-Chief Alison Zavos will be judging. Photographs of all genres are welcome, and 100 winners will be selected.

To submit, simply follow us on Instagram and tag the photos you’d like to enter with #theprintswap. If you’d prefer to submit via email, you can send in your entry (at 620 px wide) to [email protected]

Throughout the duration of the contest we will announce winners on Instagram by posting the photo and tagging you (or via email). There is no fee to submit; however, winners will pay a one-time fee of $40, which will cover materials and shipping expenses around the world. Prints will be expertly made by our friends and sponsors Ken Allen Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The deadline for The Print Swap is December 20th.

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Photos: © Abby Ross, © Adam Randolph, © Alex Nuñez Caba, © Alexander Kaluzhsky

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Photos: © Justin Carrasquillo, © Justin Dodd, © Kat Westerman, © Kate Sweeney

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Photos: © Lisa Guerriero, © Lonnie Dean, © Mat Rick, © Maureen Haldeman

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Photos: © Sofia Gonzalez Quiñonez, © Starla Little, © Terri Gold, © Tim Flower

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Photos: © Katy Gross, © Keith Lane, © Leah Moyers, © Lena Martinez-Miller

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