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The Flex Dancers of East New York, Brooklyn Make Their Debut in This Electrifying Photo Series

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Flex dancing, says New York City-based photographer Deidre Schoo, is unlike anything else she’s ever witnessed. Born out of the streets and homes of the East New York neighborhood in Brooklyn, the phenomenon is composed of gravity-defying movements and maneuvers that test the limits of human anatomy, each strung together to tell a story that incites its audience to cheer, fall silent, and erupt once more.

Photos Document the Simple Life in the Abandoned Villages of Catalonia

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Aldea De Pano, Huesca, Aragon. Ruben With A Rabbit And His Dog Mistu

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El Fonoll, Tarragona, (Conca de Barberà), Catalonia, Spain. A woman with her daughter on holiday at El Fonoll’s naturist village.

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The Northern Spanish landscape, report Italian photographers Diambra Mariani and Francesco Mion, is flecked with tiny, sequestered villages that have remained largely deserted for decades. While most of the rural population has since abandoned these bucolic corners of the country for buzzing cities, recent years have seen a rebirth; with the help of a few devoted and romantic souls, these forgotten bowers have been suffused with new life.

‘The Gods’ Portrays the Lives of Strippers and Hustlers in the American South (NSFW)

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Python, 2013

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The Hotel Geneva, 2010

For The Gods, London-based photographer Ivar Wigan immerses himself within the culture of hustlers of the American South, slipping into strip clubs and street parties to capture the threads of resilience and enterprise that shine brightly within the throes helter-skelter abandon.

An Insider’s Look at the Communal Squatting Lifestyle in London

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Group cuddling in a squat on May 11, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. The communal squatting lifestyle often creates strong bonds between the residents and a family feeling.

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Residents are building and repairing in a squat called ‘Downtown Restaurant’, a former cabaret restaurant in London, United Kingdom.

South African based documentary photographer Corinna Kern finds inspiration in those who live on the fringes of society. By getting to know different kinds of people and immersing herself in their lives, she’s able to engage with the world in a special way. For her long-term project, A Place Called Home, Kern became part of the London squatting community for several months. Through her images, she explores the idea that home is more of a feeling than a physical space.

A Look at Life Inside a 1969 Hippie Tree House Village in Hawaii (NSFW)

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Taylor Camp, says Hawaii-based photographer John Wehrheim, was not a commune, and there were no rules. Set at the edge of the road along the beach of the ancient island of Kauai, the tiny village was home to restless souls longing to escape from the unrest of their generation, from the traumas of the Vietnam War, the Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations. Youngsters from around the country fled to Taylor Camp, where they erected and lived in makeshift tree houses of bamboo and tin, rode the surf, lounged in the nude, smoked weed, fished and farmed, and raised their children.

‘Sharon’ Captures a Father’s Love for His Disabled Daughter

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Sharon’s father, California-based photographer Leon Borensztein, has documented her life since before it began, when she was tiny and developing in her mother’s womb. Sharon was born legally blind and with underdeveloped muscles and motor skills; additionally, she has struggled with a seizure disorder and has been diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. For the last thirty years, Borensztein has continued to photograph his daughter, to learn the ways in which she navigates the world, to share in both her delight and her disappointments.

Portraits of Backpackers Living in a Tiny, Hidden Hotel in Tokyo

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Almost two years ago, the photographer Won Kim was back-packing across Japan and passed through Arakawa-ku, a ward in northeastern Tokyo. There he ran into a tiny hotel which was set in one of the larger buildings that lined the street, with no signboards to guide you there, it was almost hidden away. Kim immediately fell in love with the unusual vibes of the establishment, which was like a home to people from all over the world, unlike the typical homogenous societies in Japan – he was determined to revisit this space.

Fun Photos Juxtapose Family life in Long Island with 1970s Nightlife in NYC

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Elda (Gentile) Stilletto and Guitarist at CBGB, NY, NY, April 1978

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Mom Getting her hair teased at Besame Beauty Salon, North Massapequa, NY, June 1979

When New York-based photographer Meryl Meisler was a little girl growing up in Long Island, a neighboring child remarked during a playdate in the yard that because she was Jewish, she would never be allowed into heaven. “The best you can do is Purgatory,” said the neighbor girl. Printed decades later, Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City is Meisler’s response, an intimate album that marries her domestic shots of family life in suburbia with her portraits of 1970s nightlife in the Big Apple in the age of punk and disco.

‘corpoReality’ Portraits Give Voice to Those Living with Disability

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Born with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease, Jeff is an accomplished lawyer. He also has degrees in mathematics and engineering, and is the proud father of three.

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Along with his two brothers and both of his parents, Justin was born with albinism. He works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is building his career as a model.

When New York City-based artist Sophie Klafter was an adolescent, she was the only person at school with a disability; aside from her father, she spent time with no one else who understood what it was like to perceive and navigate the world differently. corpoReality, for which the artist documents others living with disability, began with a single self-portrait.

Evocative Portraits Taken at a Brazillian Water Park

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Few childhoods are complete without a visit to the local water park. Sun, water slides, friends, and ice cream embody the young person’s idea of fun. Roberta Sant’anna’s Water Park captures this atmosphere of amusement at the water parks in the south of Brazil where she was born. As a child, Roberta Sant’anna visited the water parks but since growing up she has realized the extreme fantastical world these parks represent. “The monumentality and singularity of each one of them with their crazy dinosaurs-Indians-mythology mix was the first thing that caught my attention.”