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How (Not) to Get Into Berghain, Europe’s Most Exclusive Club

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Lievwkje wonders why she didn’t get in and is determined to try again next time. Being turned away has only stoked her curiosity about Berghain.

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Pierre from Berlin is about to go to sleep and come back after breakfast on Sunday morning to give it another shot.

To get beyond the front door of the Berghain is a testament that you’ve conquered the Berlin nightlife scene. Often labelled the “best club in the world,” the venue has a strict door policy that is notorious worldwide. For more than a decade, countless hopeful club-goers have wondered what they did wrong. One night last March, photographers Bene Brandhofer and Leif Marcus waited outside the Berghain to capture the faces, and stories, of those turned away at the door.

‘Portrait of a Quiet Girl’ Captures the Struggle of Isolation and Self-Expression

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Self-expression, isolation and madness are some of the themes explored in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story The Yellow Wallpaper. The protagonist, a nameless woman who has been imprisoned in a small bedroom by her husband, struggles over her illness and powerlessness while becoming increasingly absorbed by her meagre surroundings. Photographer Chrissie White, in collaboration with her friend and artist, Elvia Carreon, created the series, Portrait of a Quiet Girl, in reaction to the themes touched on in Gilman’s story.

Portraits Show the Vacant Stares of Children Engrossed in TV

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Children in America watch over 24 hours of television per week. If they’re not watching TV, they likely have their eyes glued to another screen, the gadget of the moment. Photographer Donna Stevens’ series Idiot Box seeks to draw attention to the constant presence of technology and its most impressionable audience, our children.

Los Angeles Artist Trio Packs People into Cars, With Hilarious Results

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Los Angeles is a city known for its car culture. There are very few pedestrians, a handful of bikes, and an unreliable public transit system. Cars and Bodies is a collaborative project between photographer Yann Rabanier, director and videographer Romain Dussaulx and architect, Thomas Cestia. The series is a comment on our societies dependence on vehicles.

Whimsical Architecture Constructed by Designer Matthias Jung

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German designer Matthais Jung has always been fascinated by the endless potential of collage art, inspired by his father who worked in his photo lab with scissors and glue, creating new possibilities out of old photographs. Today, Jung has adopted this tactile process into his own work. For his series Surreal Architecture, he created fairy tale-like structures by combining and reimagining his photographs.

Dioramas of a Fictional, ‘Dark City’ Have Us Questioning Reality

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Photographer Francesco Romoli’s project Dark City was born out of his desire to blur the lines between real and unreal. In creating miniature scenes and dioramas of a fictional city, he constructs a dream-like area where nothing is as it seems, where certainties vanish and definitions are ambiguous.

Photos of Cloned Individuals Depict the ‘Power of Theater in a Still Image’

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Daisuke Takakura holds many roles. As an actor, photographer and graphic designer, he drew influence from his own life and work to create Monodramatic, a series about the variousness of an individual.

Photographer Calls Attention to the Desertification of the Mongolian Countryside

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Nomadic life has been central to traditional Mongolian culture throughout history. To this day, 35% of Mongolians depend on the vast open land to live. What happens when environmental changes, like desertification, threaten their only means of survival? Korean photographer Daesung Lee took notice of issues facing this culture and sought out to make a bold statement. For his series Futuristic Archeology, he turns the Mongolian landscape and its nomadic people into a living museum diorama. He hopes to call attention to the possible fate of these people who’s lives are threatened by the changing climate.

Hilarious Portraits of ‘Old Babies’

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For a series of portraits he now affectionally refers to as the “old babies,” California-based photographer Zachary Scott transforms a set of six children into elderly characters, with each youngster flawlessly inhabiting the role of the businessman, the grandma, the churchgoer, and even the old farmer.

Captivating Photos of ‘Urban Yoga’ in Paris, New York and Madrid

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The Urban Yoga New York, photo by Jaka Vinšek

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The Urban Yoga Madrid, photo by Emilio P. Doiztua

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The Urban Yoga Madrid, photo by Emilio P. Doiztua

Slovenian architect, yoga instructor and dancer Anja Humljan has put together a collaborative, experimental photography project titled The Urban Yoga that explores the relationship between the urban environment and the human body. The images are taken across four cities in which she has worked on architectural projects. She collaborated with photographers from each city, Jaka Vinšek in New York, Emilio P. Doiztua in Madrid, Antoine Le Grand in Paris, and Primož Lukežic in her hometown, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Each photographer brought their own interpretations to capture Humljan’s body as she utilized and mimicked each space to become a part of it.