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Colorful Kites and Pageantry at the Uttarayan Kite Festival in India

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Calling it an airborne spectacle only begins to describe British photographer Tom Robinson’s Uttarayan Kite Festival photo collection. Featured on the site before for his Feet First series, Robinson travels frequently for his work, shooting for a variety of travel magazines, advertising, hotels and airlines. In the Indian state of Gujarat, Robinson’s photos for Gujarat Tourism chronicle the yearly kite festival that marks the end of winter. The celebration also serves as a reminder to farmers that the harvest season is approaching, although the actual kite flying involves people of all ages and walks of life.

Photographers Julian Reid, Emily Malan, Alexander Coggin, Alex Beker, and Rachel Rinehart Take Over Our Instagram

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Julian Reid [@julianreidphoto] / October 23, 24, 25

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Emily Malan [@emilymalan] / October 26, 27, 28

Put down your pumpkin spice lattes and get ready for our latest lineup of transcontinental Guest Instagrammers! We’ll kick this round off by traveling to Mumbai, India to see the sites through the lens Julian Reid before skipping back home to NYC with fashion photographer Emily Malan. From there, we’ll head on over to Berlin to celebrate Halloween overseas with Alexander Coggin. Next, we’ll fly to sunny Miami with Alex Beker before traveling across the states to the San Francisco Bay with photographer Rachel Rinehart.

Feature Shoot Recommends: The Best Photo Links of the Week

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René Burri’s self-portrait, Coronado, New Mexico, 1973/83. Photograph: René Burri/Magnum

From highbrow to lowbrow (and everything in between), this is what we found of interest in photo-land this week.

  • ‘Richard Prince Sucks’ [artnet]
  • ‘About Race and those Ebola Handheld Thermometer Pictures on Western News Sites’ [BagNews]
  • iPad photography is not going away. [The Verge]
  • ‘How 12 Exhibitions, Two Museums and One Gallery Changed Photography Forever’ [TIME Lightbox]
  • David Cronenberg’s debut novel is about technology-obsessed photographers, sex and conspiracy. [The Guardian]
  • ‘A Way for Photographers to Protect Their Work’ [The New Yorker]
  • Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin curate ‘FIERCE CREATIVITY’ and 100% of the proceeds go to Haiti. [The Creators Project]
  • How much money can photographers expect to be paid for online image usage? [A Photo Editor]

Photo du Jour: Handstands

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Mara and Jessica in the director’s office, Summer 2013

We are all the hero of our own lives, a silent protagonist whose hopes and dreams the world secretly revolves around. Photographer Rachele Maistrello encourages people to play out their desires and aspirations right where they stand in A Hero’s Life.

Photos Explore Male Gender Roles with Regards to Sports

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Chadric Devin (MFA 2015) is a Missouri-born artist and MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in Gilbert, AZ, The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, IN, and in Xi’an, China. His current work, Active Bodies: Physical and Nonphysical Interactions within the Male Gender, utilizes printmaking and alternative photographic processes to discuss the intricacy of the filial, social, and cultural relationships between men. He explores these ideas through a variety of materials that range from handmade Japanese paper to nontraditional surfaces, such as athletic tape.

Exclusive Interview with ‘The Cut’ Photo Editor Emily Shornick About Online Editing and Her Quirky Collection of Offset Imagery

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The Cut is a division of New York Magazine devoted entirely to female-driven content, covering everything from breaking fashion news to complex explorations of contemporary women’s issues. In addition to keeping its millions of readers appraised of the latest celebrity gossip and most engaging political debates, The Cut has helped define the voice of the Millennial Generation, generating viral content that speaks to a diverse group of 20-something women. The Cut seamlessly merges the sex and relationship advice of Cosmopolitan, the fashion of Vogue, and the stimulating content of Ms. Magazine, securing its position as a leading daily resource for women.

Stevie Raelynn Johnson’s Intimate Portraits of Thirty Men

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Stevie Raelynn Johnson is an American artist and recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work involves exchanges she has with strangers and within her own personal relationships. Through photography and video, she explores new systems of exchange by documenting unusual interactions she constructs. In her project I did it all for you, she conducts a close examination of her own relationships, past and present, exploring the need to connect and the elements of give and take that inform each stage of connection.

Photo du Jour: A Tale of Two Baby Squirrels

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In early September of this year, I discovered a baby squirrel on the side of the road. With unopened eyes and just a downy layer of fur, she was unable to fend for herself. I picked her up and carried her in my hands to the nearest vet’s office, her small snout burrowing into my skin in search of food.

‘Fifty Shrinks': A Fascinating Look Inside the Offices of Dozens of NYC Therapists

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“… I have been an analyst for more than fifty years and I still find it astonishing that every patient has something new to communicate. Sometimes I’ll encounter a patient who has so much new to say that it’s bewildering. It is as if any analyst is living not only his own life, but also the lives of countless other people. So I think I am making a bargain with Death. I am cheating. I am living more than one life.” — Marin Bergmann, PhD

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“… My taste is for African art that comes from my Afro-centric perspective. That’s a part of who I am. If a white analyst puts African art in her office, it is perceived as nothing more than her having good taste. For me, as an African American, when I choose to display African art, it is interpreted differently, more personally, as an aspect of my identity, which is also true. I can imagine that to some new black patients, their first reaction might be” ‘I want to get out of here. This guy has his black self right up front and out there. I don’t want to deal with the black part of myself. I’d rather go to a white analyst.’ In a way, I’m challenging those patients to respond. It opens the dialogue where I can say, ‘okay let’s see what we can do with that response,’ and then the real therapeutic work can begin…” — Kirkland C. Vaughns, PhD

For Fifty Shrinks, New York City-based photographer and psychiatrist Sebastian Zimmermann shot dozens of therapists and psychoanalysts standing or seated within their private offices. The seedling ideas for the project began to take root as Zimmermann built his own practice in Upper West Side Manhattan, where he observed within himself a sense of remoteness from the outside world. While his patients shared with him intimate portions of themselves, the role of psychiatrist necessitated a detached and discrete existence.

‘Funny Business': Hilarious Portraits of Comedians in Their Homes

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For Funny Business, Brooklyn-based photographer Seth Olenick enters the homes of the biggest names in comedy, constructing playful scenes from their domestic surroundings. He began the project over six years ago, and has since traveled countless times from Los Angeles to New York and back, capturing hundreds of portraits of everyone from Hollywood’s treasured icons to stand-up’s emerging talent.