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Photographer Michael Rubenstein on Making a Difference, Respecting Your Elders, and Adopting Mirrorless Technology (Sponsored)

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Shot with the Sony a7R II mirrorless camera

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Shot with the Sony a7R II mirrorless camera

Whether he’s covering hard-hitting, critical news for The New York Times, traveling the streets of the world’s biggest metropolises, or shooting wildly influential campaigns for the likes of Nike, Visa, or Budweiser, New York City-based photojournalist and commercial photographer Michael Rubenstein stays true to his philosophy that meaningful imagery must tell honest and original stories.

Inside the Bizarre World of a Religious Trade Fair

Besides Faith

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While wandering the streets of Rome, Berlin-based photographer Louis De Belle was intrigued by the abundance of clergy apparel shops surrounding the Vatican, and after some investigation he discovered the religious trade fair which forms the subject of his new photobook, Besides Faith. This biennial fair sees thousands of buyers and traders converge in a transient space in the North East of Italy, to exhibit and sell their religious merchandise – including holy figurines, devotional candles, and haute couture for priests.

In the Norwegian Countryside, a Photographer Uncovers a Tale of Family, Grief, and Hope

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“I was commissioned by an art institution to photograph the farmer Edvard Bjelland and his farm. He is one of the last to run a traditional farm in an old-fashioned way. His lifestyle is also very rare to find in modern Norway. I understood quite soon that I wanted to take this project further and develop it in my own personal way” – Elin Høyland

Bruce Gilden’s Unforgettable Photographs of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1974-1982

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New Orleans, Louisiana. 1975. Mardi Gras.

USA. New Orleans, Louisiana. 1975. Mardi Gras.

New Orleans, Louisiana. 1975. Mardi Gras.

USA. New Orleans, Louisiana. 1977. Mardi Gras. French Quarter.

New Orleans, Louisiana. 1977. Mardi Gras. French Quarter.

At Mardi Gras in New Orleans, says New York-based photographer Bruce Gilden, the streets become “packed like sardines.” Asking him to name the single most memorable moment from his time shooting the parades from 1974 until 1982 is difficult; there were just too many of them.

When Giant Teddy Bears Roamed the Streets of Nazi Germany

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Art collector Jean-Marie Donat’s affaire-de-coeur with TeddyBär began three decades ago when he stumbled across the very first snapshot picturing the mammoth wooly creature traipsing down the streets over Berlin. Over the last twenty years, the Frenchman has committed himself in earnest to tracking down TeddyBär in his many incarnations, discovering dozens of men who from the 1920s until the 1970s, donned bewhiskered polar bear suit in hopes of earning a buck (or indeed a Reichsmark) by posing with tourists and passersby.

A Photo blog that documents the unexpected sartorial selections of seniors in San Francisco’s Chinatown

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Chinatown Pretty

To you and me, Chinatown might be just a place to grab good, cheap food. Perhaps fresh veggies or a couple of souvenirs. But to Andria Lo and Valerie Luu, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a place to celebrate the seniors of the neighborhood whose outfits are nothing short of inspirational (and colorful) in a photo series called Chinatown Pretty.

Over 15 Years, One Photographer Makes the Most Astonishing Portraits of Africa’s Wild Animals

Laurent Baheux - Buffalo portrait, Kenya 2006 - 900 x 900 - 72 dpi

Buffalo portrait, Kenya 2006

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Zebra jump, Tanzania 2007

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Need of Tenderness, Kenya 2013

Nearly one decade ago, an adolescent zebra frolicked amongst the 8 thousand square kilometers that make up the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania’s Crater Highlands. Staying close to the grown zebras, the energetic youngster moved wildly about, until at the very moment French photographer Laurent Baheux approached, he took the air, leaping clear over his mother’s back. The photographer tripped in the process of capturing the moment, which according to his driver Morris, was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of scenario.

Gordon Parks, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Pictures That Changed the World

Parks, Invisible Man Retreat, Harlem, New York, 1952.

Invisible Man Retreat, Harlem, New York, 1952. Photograph by Gordon Parks. © The Gordon Parks Foundation, courtesy of the Gordon Parks Foundation and Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

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Untitled, Alabama, 1956. Photograph by Gordon Parks. © The Gordon Parks Foundation, courtesy of the Gordon Parks Foundation and Jenkins Johnson Gallery.

The words “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground” rang out from the churches of Alabama, as black Americans opened their hymnals to sing. The year was 1956, and in Montgomery a woman by the name of Rosa Parks had just refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger. Nearby in Mobile, photojournalist Gordon Parks, formerly of the Farm Security Administration, told the story of the Thornton family for Life magazine, where the American public at last were given a glimpse into the daily lives, joy, and suffering of African American men, women, and children living in the Jim Crow South.

The Vanishing Tradition of Eagle Hunting in Mongolia Captured in Timeless Photo Book

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Kazakh eagle Hunters

The moment winter descends upon the mountainous terrain of western Mongolia, the Kazakh eagle hunters leave their homes and trek high into the mountains on horseback. If you were to follow the trails of fresh prints in the snow, they’d lead you out to where the great birds stand poised on the men’s heavily swathed forearms, ready to plunge into the valleys below at the slightest movement. These men are the last generation of true Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia. On a dedicated mission to capture their story before the tradition dies out, Hong Kong-based photographer Palani Mohan braved the minus 40-degree temperatures to photograph what would be his most physically challenging work to date.

Turn-of-the-Century Photographs Capture the Midnight Rituals of Wild Animals

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George Shiras, Lynx, Loon Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1902 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

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George Shiras, Three white-tailed deer, Michigan, circa 1893-1898 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

A female deer sits on the river banks along Lake Superior as a canoe passes her by, a kerosine lamp lighting the way. In the boat sits George Shiras, a lawyer by day who come nightfall, flees into the mist-shrouded wilderness in search of the many furry souls who run hither and thither across the shadowy terrain. The year is 1889, and Shiras is doing something no one thus far in the history of photography has dared attempt: he’s documenting the midnight rituals of wild animals.

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