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Photos Reveal the Developer Trays of America’s Greatest Photographers

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As analog photography becomes less popular, John Cyr’s Developer Trays read like a love poem to the vanishing medium. For the haunting series, he catalogues the empty developer trays of prolific and renowned photographers, each bearing the marks and stains of chemicals, which emerge like secret data points recording every serendipitous accident of the darkroom.

Artist Recreates the Animal Kingdom in Breathtaking Collage Installation

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For his spellbinding installations The Island of Dr. Mastrovito and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II, Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito filled a room with thousands of hand-cut life-size images pulled from nature books. In this simulated landscape, flora and fauna abound, covering with joyous fecundity the bare walls of No Longer Empty in Governors Island, NYC and later Switzerland’s MuDAC museum.

Photo du Jour: Handstand in Lake Michigan

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When New York City-based photographer Daniel Seung Lee visited Chicago in 2011, he was struck by the depthless tides of Lake Michigan. The sandy floor seemed to hover just below the surface of the water, allowing bathers to effortlessly wander far from the shore without a need to swim. During one balmy summer dip, Lee photographed his friend performing a handstand amidst the quiet, rippling water.

Moving Photo Series Captures the Loneliness of Zoo Animals in the Winter

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For Necrofilia I, Spanish photographer Toni Amengual explores his own feelings of isolation by capturing the secret sorrows of zoo animals. After purchasing an annual pass to the Barcelona Zoo, he found himself visiting the animals in the dead of winter. Imbued with a mysterious and primitive intensity, these shadowed visions echo the artist’s own anxieties. In captivity, the exotic creatures are kept safe from the dangers of the wild, tended to with human hands, and yet this security comes with a crushing loss of freedom, a reality that for Amenguel mirrors modern human experience.

Liquid Smoke: Cotton Candy-Colored Photos of Ink in Water

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For his colorful abstractions, photographer Jordan Weinrich captures a smokey haze of bright ink suffused in water. With an impressive background in film, Weinrich imbues each serendipitous spill with cinematic intensity, framing bold, conflicting colors against a mysterious blackness. Like strange smoke that surges downwards instead of ascending, the billowing forms appear both natural and anomalous, organic and artificial.

Photo du Jour: Feeding the Cat

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It’s a surreal vision few of us want to think about. Commercial and editorial photographer Sarah Anne Ward opens Pandora’s box and dares to imagine her twilight years in Memories of My Future. Each photo is constructed from a first-person perspective, hands reaching out to take a pill or feed a furry companion. Ward likes to create narrative photo essays incorporating theatrical lighting as well as contributing stylists. Memories of My Future offers a frank and somewhat unsettling glimpse into the inevitable.

Prop styling by Paola Andrea. Food styling by Michelle Gatton.

Colorful Paint Splashes Suspended in Air Against the Barren Nevada Landscape

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For Colourant, photography duo Floto+Warner, composed of husband Jeremy Floto and wife Cassandra Warner, capture colorful pigments as they splash across the landscape of Northern Nevada. Set at a shutter speed of 1/3200th of a second, the camera captures moments invisible to the human eye, forever crystallizing the transient motion of fluid and color.

Photographer Confronts the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness by Capturing Her Girlfriend, Who Lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder (NSFW)

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In My Girls, photographer Laurence Philomène tenderly documents intimate moments with her girlfriend Luna e Los Santos, who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a controversial and widely misunderstood mental illness resulting from a history of trauma or abuse. As a means of coping with intrusive memories, a person with DID might develop two or more distinct personalities with differing autobiographical narratives. For this courageous collaboration with Luna, Philomène disrupts the stigma and shame surrounding DID by approaching Luna’s experience through a loving and sensitive lens. Says the 21-year-old artist, “Every day is different, and for me it’s about always acknowledging whichever alter is out, treating them with love [and] respect and growing together.”

Photo du Jour: Airbnb Artifact

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For Sublet, photography team Tribble & Mancenido, composed of husband James Frank Tribble and wife Tracey Mancenido-Tribble, sublet various apartments around New York City, settling for a few months in neighborhoods like Park Slope, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, and the Upper West Side. Examining the homes of others by shooting the possessions they keep, they link our intimate inner worlds with a more universal sense of the domestic sphere.

Rachel Hulin’s Wistful Photographs of Motherhood

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For Thirty-Five and One: The Short Days and the Long, photographer and photo editor Rachel Hulin joins her daughter Rose in moments of repose and discovery. As the infant navigates the homes of both the photographer and the two grandmothers, she explores the mother herself, climbing atop her nude body and reaching out for her touch. For the child, each instant is aglow with revelation and novelty, yet for Hulin, each interaction is piercingly precious. Rose’s days are long and sprawling, her mother’s brief and fleeting.