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Bettina Rheims’s Bold New Photo Book Is a Celebration of Female Sexuality

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Claire Stansfield crying at the Formosa Café, Février 1994, Los Angeles

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Autoportrait de Valeria Golino par moi-même, Los Angeles, Avril, 1991

Throughout her thirty-five years behind the camera, Parisian photographer Bettina Rheims has returned time and again to a single eternal muse: the female body. Having come into prominence at the end of the Second Wave and continuing work to well into the Third, the self-identified feminist photographer has made images of strippers and acrobats, celebrities and transgender youth; she’s photographed simulated orgasms, anonymous women in hotel rooms, the Madonna lactating the blood of Christ. Her new retrospective book, out now by Taschen, features over five hundred of her favorite snaps, images that when seen together offer a portrait of female eroticism that is both coherent and contradictory, raw and refined.

Quirky Fashion Shoot Features Residents of a South Wales Town in Serious Economic Decline

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Kyra, Age 6, Twynyrrodyn, Wearing top and trousers by Agi and Sam

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Margaret, Age 78, Retired Nurse, Fairview Terrace, Wearing Giles Deacon

Merthyr Rising is a collaboration between London-based photographer Tom Johnson and stylist Charlotte James that seeks to challenge the misconceptions of a small working class community in South Wales by combining two opposing mediums. The result is a series of photographs that cleverly merges documentary and fashion – a rarely-seen combination, which paints Wales in a refreshingly optimistic light.

Hollywood’s Most Glamorous Mid-Century Modern Homes Photographed Decades Later

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Since her days studying architecture in Berlin in the 1990s, German-born photographer Stephanie Kloss has held a soft spot for the mid-century modernist houses that pepper the landscape of Hollywood and Los Angeles suburbia. In the large windows, clean lines, and thoughtfully placed palm trees, she saw the ghosts of glamorous figures and their parties. Here, the memories of Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy, and Marilyn Monroe lingered, recalling visions of poolside lounging and vintage cocktails.

Apocalyptic Photographs of Divine Beings Warn of a Dark Future for Planet Earth

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The waters of bay run red with the blood and offal from an adjacent slaughterhouse, the sand dyed black with thick oil running back into the ocean. The fish are dying, and the scent is fowl and unforgettable, and as much as the scene resembles something from the apocalypse, the end of days, it actually happened. This is Hann Bay in Senegal, a once beautiful beach now poisoned by waste and closed to the swimmers and surfers that once called it a paradise. For The Prophecy, Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro paired up with designer Doulsy and the Ecofund Organization to tell the frightful tale of pollution in West Africa.

Delightfully Bizarre Editorial Pairs Elaborate Jell-O Concoctions with Vintage-Inspired Fall Fashion

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If there’s one food item that has continued to beguile the American masses over the last century, it’s jello. Since it first graced the pages of Ladies’ Home Journal at the turn of the century, the animal bone-derived product has gone on to become a staple of the suburban household, promising picture-perfect domesticity for busy mid-century moms. Jell-O could be sweet or savory, appearing both as desserts and in salad form with congealed vegetables and meats. For the Nowstalgia issue of PAPERMAG, Los Angeles-based photography duo JUCO—composed of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud—takes on the most revolting and enchanting edible from our shared past, pairing surreal (and all too real) jello molds with fall’s hottest vintage fashions.

Nude Photo Series Celebrates the Tattooed Male Model

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For London-based photographer Danny Baldwin, getting inked can be a powerful means of asserting autonomy and of defying the confines of others’ perceptions and assumptions. Where once the fashion community snubbed heavily tattooed bodies, Baldwin has witnessed recent deviations from the standard clean-shaven masculine ideal to one that embraces otherness and self-expression. Skin Deep, an exhibition of more than one hundred photographs of nude male models exposing their ink, is his ode to the intersections between two mainstream art forms—fashion and photography—with the art of the tattoo.

Photographer Amos Mac Puts Trans Issues in the Spotlight

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There are so many people in the world who have not had the privilege of a realistic or fair representation. The framing may be wrong; they may be fetishised as a subject, or perhaps the angles are pushed forward with a strange kind of inherent bias. It’s prevalent in all forms of art, in television and in film, but in photography these discrepancies become even more apparent. Only 8 black women have been on the cover of vogue in its 132 year history. Trans women or trans men certainly have not been at all. The fashion world is still invested in superiority, especially when it comes to beauty. But it feels like things are changing slowly, and as always, those who have been pushed to the side work twice as hard to show their work (which is often twice as interesting and genre breaking.) Amos Mac exemplifies this artistic fashion resistance.

Celebrity and Fashion Photographer Max Montgomery Talks Inspiration, Travel, and Heidi Klum (Sponsored by Squarespace)

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From the Squarespace website of Max Montgomery

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For New York-based fashion and portrait photographer Max Montgomery, image-making is second-nature. When he isn’t shooting covers for leading magazines, he’s snapping away just for the joy of the craft, capturing candid and unfiltered moments in the lives of everyone from A-list celebrities to passersby on the street. Whether they’re commissioned or personal, Montgomery’s images capture what is alluring and fantastical about fashion and beauty while remaining true to the grit and serendipity of real life moments. The photographer’s extensive portfolio, visible on his Squarespace website, is a testament to the dedication and finesse that comes with never slowing down.

The Electrifying Fashion Photography of Polina Vinogradova

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Polina Vinogradova’s Squarespace website

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Looking through the portfolio of Copenhagen-based photographer Polina Vinogradova is a bit like receiving a jolt of electricity, like being transported into a fantasy wherein colors shine brighter and shapes more bold; her editorial spreads and live event snaps have that je ne sais quoi that costume designer Edith Head might have called an instinctual understanding of the “language” of fashion. Vinogradova herself calls it an “energy,” something that pulsates at the center of her diverse body of work, visible on her Squarespace website.

Welcome to Miss Muslimah, a Beauty Pageant for Muslim Women

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Finalists have a last meal during preparations for the Grand Finale on November 21st, 2014

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Fatma Ben Guefrache of Tunisia is crowned Muss Muslimah 2014 at The Grand Finale of the Miss Muslimah World Competition on November 21st, 2014.

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The World Muslimah Award is unlike any other beauty pageant in the world, substituting headscarfs for bathing suits, spiritual piety for baton twirling, and a jury of orphaned children for a set of celebrity panelists. In 2014, Istanbul-based photojournalist Monique Jaques ventured to Yogakarta, Indonesia, where the competition of eighteen young hopefuls unfolded against a backdrop in which Islamic mosques stood alongside Buddhist and Hindu temples.

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