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Viviane Sassen’s New Photobook is Joyful and Tender (NSFW)

This summer will see the release of Roxane II, Viviane Sassen’s newest book, published by oodee. Following Roxane, her 2012 exploration of her relationship with her titular muse over several years, the new work continues to broaden Sassen’s poetic experimentation with colour and form, with her use of other media rising ever more prominently to the surface.

Petra Collins’s Intimate Photos of Friends and Family

“Anna and Anya (Hungary)” (2016)

“Anna and Kathleen (Rainbow)” (2016)

The meteoric rise of Toronto-born Petra Collins skyrocketed her from suburban teenager to international fashion photographer, artist, and feminist provocateur. Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto in the 2000s, Collins discovered photography at age 15, was introduced to VICE magazine while working at American Apparel, and sought mentorship by Richard Kern and Ryan McGinley. At 17, she founded The Ardorous, a female art collective providing a platform for emerging female artists. Now 24, Collins regularly shoots for high-end clients like Gucci Eyewear, Nordstrom, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Levi, to name only a few, and has shot editorial for magazines such as Vogue, Purple Magazine, I-D Magazine, and Dazed and Confused. A prolific Instagrammer, Collins invites her over half-million followers on a seemingly personal journey. Her loose and natural photographic style grants viewers a voyeuristic look into a private world of youth, vulnerability, and explorations of female sexuality.

This Photography Program Empowers Kids Living with Cancer

Red and Blue Steps, 2017 © Aralyn Lopez, age 6

Ascending into the Night, 2016 © Joshua Randman, age 18

In 2008 and 2009, as he was going through cancer treatment, a boy named Pablo took tons of photographs: self-portraits in the mirror, portraits of his dogs, and still lifes of his toys, arranged in particular ways for the camera. “We didn’t realize was how important that form of self-expression was for him while he was in treatment,” Pablo’s mother, Jo Ann Thrailkill, told me over the phone. Pablo passed away in June 2009, thirteen months after he was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. “But he left us these incredible gifts,” Thrailkill explained, referring to the photos saved on all their phones and computers.

A Weird and Wonderful Book of Found Vintage Photos

Canadian artist Jonah Samson collects photographs by unknown people. He looks at literally thousands of images per day on eBay, and he buys the ones he likes. This has been going on for twenty years. Yes, Yes We’re Magicians is a story he tells with some of the prints from his archive.

On the Go: Faces of an American Youth Subculture

Sherie & Allister, New Orleans, LA. 2016 © Michael Joseph, Courtesy Daniel Cooney Fine Art, NY

They are on the move across the United States, and sometimes the world, catching rides wherever they can, by freight train or by car, living by their own set of rules. They are known as Travelers, people who call the open road their home, guided by wanderlust. Boston photographer Michael Joseph has devoted nearly six years of his life to documenting Travelers through intimate portraiture.

Norman Reedus on his foray into photography

Unknown Soldier

First apartment – Mingus Room

Most will know Norman Reedus for his role as Daryl Dixon on AMC’s the Walking Dead, but when Reedus isn’t shooting walkers, he’s shooting something completely different—armed not with a crossbow, but with a camera. Reedus has been taking photographs throughout his acting career.

Wonder and Violence on the Bering Sea

Blind Leader © Corey Arnold

Red Fox in Dutch Harbor, Alaska © Corey Arnold

Octopus Bait © Corey Arnold

As a child, Corey Arnold traveled the open seas in his imagination. He’s fished since he was in diapers, first as a hobbyist with his father and later as a commercial fisherman. He took his first deckhand job in 1995, and he’s since spent hundreds of days and nights catching sockeye salmon, halibut, codfish, and king crab, navigating howling winds and violent waves.

Wonderful and Bizarre Photos of Mirrors Sold on Craigslist

Eric Oglander estimates he’s spent 700 hours on Craigslist looking for pictures of mirrors. The New York artist has culled through countless advertisements made by regular people throughout the country, and he’s saved a few thousand of the most special ones.

The “specialness” of any particular mirror can be a funny detail, or a beautiful composition, but sometimes it’s a heartbreaking moment, reflected by accident. The best he shares on Instagram and Tumblr, and many of them made it into his book Mirrors.

Get Lost in These Meditative Seascapes

London photographer Paul Thompson returns to the coast on the full moon. He waits until the geometric center of the sun descends 18 degrees below the horizon, marking astronomical dusk. Daylight vanishes completely, and all that guides his way is that familiar celestial object in the sky.

Finding Magic in the Remotest Corners of the Earth

Burka Balloons, 2014. “Local women of the Almahrah tribe dressed in black burkas holding white balloons on the southern shores of Socotra Island. In Yemen it is forbidden for women to show their bodies or their faces in public outdoors.” © Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Courtesy Flowers Gallery London and New York.

Turtle, 2013. “A naked girl on the shore of Lake Itasy covers herself with the shield of a turtle. Many turtle species are endangered in Madagascar because of the flourishing trade in their shields.” © Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Courtesy Flowers Gallery London and New York.

Amsterdam photographer Scarlett Hooft Graafland craves places far from home, where the noise of city life recedes into an infinite expanse of open air, untamable terrain, and all things wild. Her roaming heart has taken her to some of the most isolated corners of the earth, including the salt desert of Bolivia, the island of Socotra in Yemen, the forests of Madagascar, the Inuit territories of Nunavut, Canada, and most recently, the islands of Vanuatu.

Discovery, now on view at 21 Cork Street in London, Hooft Graafland’s first solo exhibition at Flowers Gallery, featuring large-scale C-type prints, all made directly from the artist’s negatives. The pictures in the show span thousands of miles and more than ten years of Hooft Graafland’s life.

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