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Photos of Lonely Strangers in the Streets of NYC at Night

“The people in the photos are all strangers,” NYC photographer and filmmaker Daniel Soares tells us, “And I make up these stories in my head, about why they are going to get beer or cigarettes at 1:00 AM.” He’s created Neon Nights over the course of many midnight walks through the hushed side-streets of the city.

Heartfelt Photos of a Father Near the End of His Life

Dad, 84 yrs old, Omachi, Kamakura, Dec 2014

Dad, 86 yrs old, Sagamihara, May 2017

In April 2014, Japanese photographer Shin Noguchi took a picture of his father. A doctor had recently diagnosed 83-year-old with Stage IV Lung Cancer, but Noguchi hadn’t yet told his dad the news. “It was the first time I had a secret about my father that he didn’t know himself,” Noguchi remembers. Over the last three years, he has continued to photograph his father.

16 Timeless Photos of the Sea that Will Inspire You

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand © Helena Sofia de Kok, Wellington, NZ

Florida Cold Front © David Friske, Hollywood, FL

Land’s End © Angela Marklew, Venice, CA

The Print Swap is a global initiative connecting photographers around the world. Anyone and everyone can submit via Instagram using the hashtag #theprintswap. As of this writing, well over 25,000 images have been considered for the swap. About 1200 of them have been chosen to be part of the project thus far. Every winner of The Print Swap receives a surprise print from another winner, and all the prints are made at Skink Ink in Brooklyn before being shipped off to cities and countries across the globe.

We recently put together a New Topographics group show in honor of some of our previous Print Swap winners, and this time, we took a look through the archive to find some of the best seascapes that have been part of the swap over the last year.

Photos of a Changing Landscape, Inspired by the Western Meadowlark

In 1994, MTV’s Karen Duffy made the trip to the least-visited state in America, a snow-covered North Dakota, to find answers. When she asked then-governor about his home, he responded, “Well, I think the best reason to visit North Dakota is you can still get lost here.” He paused before adding, “Not necessarily lost on a map, but you can really get lost mentally here.”

It’s twenty-something years later, and Seattle photographer Ian C. Bates has gotten lost many times in North Dakota. He picked the state in part because of its solitude. “It is easy to feel alone there,” he tells us, “I liked that feeling, but it also overcomes you after being there for a long time.”

See the Emerging Photography Awards Exhibition at United Photo Industries

Besan in Gaza, Palestine 2016 © Johanna-Maria Fritz

Water Wheel Falls, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, CA 2014 © Ansley West Rivers

Rocks © Zoe Wetherall

Every year for the last three years, the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards have culminated in an exhibition at United Photo Industries in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This time, UPI Creative Director Sam Barzilay handpicked three winning photographers to exhibit at the gallery: Johanna-Maria Fritz, Ansley West Rivers, and Zoe Wetherall. The Winner Showcase opens Thursday night with an Artist Reception at 6:00 PM, with exhibiting prints made on ChromaLuxe® aluminum at the state-of-the-art dye sublimation printing facility at Ken Allen Studios.

Drugs, Poop, and Harpoon Attacks: One Photographer’s Crazy Life

Rainbow Gathering, Guatemala

When I first wrote about photographer Benoit Paillé last year, it seemed as though he was in a different place every time I emailed him. “I’m always on the move,” he told me. “Okay,” I thought to myself, “I get it. Photographers travel.” Turns out, I hadn’t understood after all. He was being literal. This particular photographer lives on the road. His house is a 21-foot camper van.

Masahisa Fukase’s Landmark Photo Book Gets Republished

Any artist with a muse understands this person’s importance in their creative process. And if that muse is your wife, for example, the connection becomes all the more complex.

But what do you do if your muse leaves you, divorces you, breaks off the relationship? If you’re Masahisa Fukase, you channel your ensuing grief into your work and produce what would later become known as one of the most important photobooks of a generation.

Call for Submissions: The First Ever Print Swap Exhibition at Photoville

Images © Anna Seeger, ©Alex Solis

Last year, Feature Shoot launched The Print Swap in order to connect photographers from all over the globe. The concept is simple: Everyone is welcome to submit via Instagram using the hashtag #theprintswap or by emailing their images to us at [email protected] Outstanding submissions are selected to be part of the worldwide swap. Prints are mailed out to winners at random. Every winning photographer gives a print to someone else, and in exchange, they receive a surprise print at their doorsteps.

Well over 20,000 photographers have submitted to The Print Swap to date, and more than 1,000 winners have shared their work with one another. The Print Swap combines the convenience of the digital age with the timeless joy of physically collecting and displaying artwork, and we’re thrilled to announce that the first ever Print Swap exhibition will take place this summer at Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the largest annual photography events in the United States (and the largest in New York City).

18 New Topographics Photos That Could Have Been Made in the 1970s

From the series Urban Sprawl Emptiness © Emmanuel Monzon, Bellevue, Washington

Pie in the Sky © Lauren H. Adams, Southampton, NJ

Clubhouse, Daytona Beach, Florida 2006 © Damien Drew, NSW, Australia

Feature Shoot launched The Print Swap one year ago to connect photographers around the globe. Since then, more than twenty thousand photographers have submitted their work, and over one thousand have participated in the swap. The idea is to bring the joy of making and collecting photographs into the digital age. Anyone can submit photos via Instagram by tagging them #theprintswap. Outstanding submissions are chosen as winners and printed at Skink Ink in Brooklyn. From there, they are mailed out to winners all over the world. Prints are mailed out at random, so no one knows what print they’ll receive until it arrives at their doorstep.

The Print Swap includes work across all genres, and we sorted through the archive to put together this online group show, inspired by the historic 1975 exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

Photographer Chris Burkard on Conservation, Fearlessness, and Sony Cameras (Sponsored)

Justin Quintal standing under the northern lights while filming for Under an Arctic Sky. Shot with Sony a7S II with 35mm f1.4 ©Chris Burkard/Massif

Photographer Chris Burkard has navigated frozen waters, survived rugged waves, and walked beaches so remote they don’t have names. He’s smiled his way through harsh blizzards, braved arctic winds, and come face-to-face with some of the wild animals who call this planet their home.

Burkard was only nineteen years old when left his job at the time to become a professional surf photographer, and his connection with water has only become stronger over the years. “My entire life I’ve lived less than a mile from the ocean,” he recently wrote on Instagram, where he has well over two and a half million followers.

But Burkard isn’t your typical surf photographer. “I set out to find the places others had written off as too cold, too remote, and too dangerous to surf,” he told the audience in a TED talk a few years ago. For his book Distant Shores, he documented surfing on six of the seven continents on earth.

His film Under An Arctic Sky tells the story of six surfers who made the journey to Iceland right before the arrival of the worst storm in a quarter-century. They risked everything for a shot at once-in-a-lifetime waves, and with just three hours of sunlight per day, their journey was illuminated by the aurora borealis.

The film is currently touring, and Burkard made time in his packed schedule to tell us a bit about his process and motivations. Below, he shares some of his most memorable stories and insights into the importance of conservation. He also gives us a peek into his camera bag and reveals how he uses Sony mirrorless cameras to make the photographs the Sierra Club once called “too good to be true.”

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