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In South Africa, One Photographer Breaks the Taboo Surrounding Albinism

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In many parts of the world, the facts about albinism are often obscured by folklore, prejudice, and false assumptions. In Tanzania and Burundi, living without skin pigmentation can mean being hunted by witch doctors, who believe albino limbs carry supernatural powers and sell dismembered body parts over the black market. In South Africa, the threat to life is far less dire, but still albino children face schoolyard taunts and discrimination and are sometimes viewed as a curse upon their families. South African photographer Justin Dingwall teams up with lawyer Thando Hopa and model Sanele Xaba, both of whom have albinism, to create Albus, a paean to the aesthetic and spiritual beauty of the human body.

Finding Magic in Old, Forgotten, Mold-Covered Photographic Plates

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As director of the collections of the French Society of Photography, art historian Luce Lebart spends most of her time making sure the objects in her charge are preserved for generations to come. It was to her astonishment, then, that she discovered within the archives a long-forgotten box of plates that after having been exposed to flood waters, had become the breeding ground for all species of fungi. Instead of discarding the mysterious collection, she found to her delight poetry within the “destroyed” pictures, which she later published in the book Mold Is Beautiful.

In the Norwegian Countryside, a Photographer Uncovers a Tale of Family, Grief, and Hope

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“I was commissioned by an art institution to photograph the farmer Edvard Bjelland and his farm. He is one of the last to run a traditional farm in an old-fashioned way. His lifestyle is also very rare to find in modern Norway. I understood quite soon that I wanted to take this project further and develop it in my own personal way” – Elin Høyland

Dark, Masochistic Self-Portraits Capture the Agony of Love Lost

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Following the breakdown of a seven year romance, New York City-based photographer Hsin Wang re-staged her grief, giving physical presence to the psychological wounds inflicted by love lost. De-Selfing traces the uncomfortable—and often masochistic—ways in which we unravel when the bonds of intimacy are torn asunder.

Bruce Gilden’s Unforgettable Photographs of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1974-1982

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New Orleans, Louisiana. 1977. Mardi Gras. French Quarter.

At Mardi Gras in New Orleans, says New York-based photographer Bruce Gilden, the streets become “packed like sardines.” Asking him to name the single most memorable moment from his time shooting the parades from 1974 until 1982 is difficult; there were just too many of them.

Welcome to the Snow-Drenched Gas Capitol of Russia

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In 1985, the parents of Barcelona-based photographer Yanina Shevchenko made their home in Novy Urengoy in Western Siberia, then under control of the USSR. Her earliest memories were made in this frozen city, where temperatures plummet -50 degrees Celsius, and she left it all behind as a five-year-old child, not return until nearly a quarter-century later.

The Female Body Interwines with Botanicals In Riveting Self-Portraits

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When she looks back on the pictures she made in her early twenties, Busan, South Korea-born photographer Ahn Sun Mi can’t help but feel a sharp pang for the person she once was. Revisiting her self-portraits, she says, is like “re-reading a diary,” bringing with it all of the psychological pin pricks that come with growing up.

Child Cancer Patients See Their Dreams Come to Life in Beautiful Photos

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When 12-year-old Jordan was released from the hospital where she was treated for Ewing sarcoma, she came home to her own personal Wonderland, complete with a furry white rabbit. With the support of steady hands, she stood up on her own two feet and refused to sit down, having the time of her life in spite of the pain. Two weeks after her adventure in Wonderland, Jordan died, but her memory remains in Jonathan Diaz’s magical portrait. Anything Can Be is Diaz’s non-profit, dedicated to bringing to life the wildest dreams of pediatric cancer patients through photography.

An Eerie Glimpse at China’s ‘Ghost Cities’

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They’re places without history, where apartments lay in wait for residents, factories for workers, hospitals for patients, and schools for the pitter–patter of anxious children. The Western media has named them “ghost cities,” painted them as a symbol of China’s avarice and an unfulfilled promise, but for Chicago-based photographer Kai Caemmerer, to call them dead and buried is missing the point; instead, these are China’s Unborn Cities, not on their last breath but on the very precipice of their first inhalation.

‘Ocean of Images’ at MoMA Is One of the Most Radical, Daring Photography Exhibitions In Recent History

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DIS. Positive Ambiguity (beard, lectern, teleprompter, wind machine, confidence). 2015. Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

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Lucas Blalock (American, born 1978). Strawberries (fresh forever). 2014. Courtesy the artist and Ramiken Crucible, New York. ©2015 Lucas Blalock

Three decades ago, iconic art historian John Szarkowski organized New Photography, an exhibition of four American photographers working in black and white, arranged horizontally across the gallery walls: Judith Joy Ross, Michael Spano, Zeke Berman, and Antonio Mendoza. This year, Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 features an astonishing 19 artists working in 14 countries, all pushing towards a new visual era.

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