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Enchanting Portraits Take Us Into the Make-Believe World of a 5-Year-Old Boy From a Small Romanian Town

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“Felix is a tiny human being full of love,” says Bucharest-based photographer Felicia Simion of her six-year-old cousin, who over the last two years, has become her muse and collaborator. Now twenty-one, Simion embarked on what would become The Playground at nineteen, when she was standing precariously at the precipice of being officially “a grown up.” At four years of age, Felix adopted various roles—a dog, a young girl, an old man— becoming a kind of guide and guardian, a constant reminder of her youth and of the enchantment that flooded her early years.

Learn How to Master Everything From Tintypes to Astrophotography At Maine Media’s Alternative Processes Workshops (Sponsored)

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© Susan Mullally, a student at Maine Media Workshops+College

As we move into an increasingly digital world, it becomes more and more important to to preserve the delicate and ingenious processes that defined the early years of photography. Understanding historical processes is a key element to appreciating the work of the photographic masters, 19th century innovators who ranged from scientists to fine artists and everything in between. As paradoxical as it might sound, the future of photography truly does lie not only in the latest technological advances but also the artful and complex methods of our past. No one understands this fact better than photographer and educator Brenton Hamilton, who has throughout his career mined the processes of more than a century ago for new ways for contemporary artists to share their visions with the world.

Los Angeles Artist Trio Packs People into Cars, With Hilarious Results

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Los Angeles is a city known for its car culture. There are very few pedestrians, a handful of bikes, and an unreliable public transit system. Cars and Bodies is a collaborative project between photographer Yann Rabanier, director and videographer Romain Dussaulx and architect, Thomas Cestia. The series is a comment on our societies dependence on vehicles.

Photographer Examines Her Dual Role As Mom and Artist In This Decade Long Photo Series

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At twenty-six, Tucson-based photographer Shannon Smith had built for herself a life she never anticipated: she was an artist in her third year at graduate school and the mother of a one-year-old daughter, expecting the arrival of a son. Parenthood, and by extension, belonging to newly emerging family, was for her a kind of terra incognita, a curious landscape to be discovered through the eye of her camera. Doing It Domestic chronicles the daily rhythms of her household routine, tracing the push and pull and ultimately the reconciliation of her two roles as photographer and mother.

The Personal Belongings of Frida Kahlo Revealed In New Photo Exhibition

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Frida by Ishiuchi #27, 2012-2015 © Ishiuchi Miyako. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

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Frida by Ishiuchi #36, 2012-2015 © Ishiuchi Miyako. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

When Frida Kahlo died in July of 1954, her husband and fellow painter Diego Rivera secreted hundreds of her personal belongings in a small bathroom within the home where she had been born forty-seven years before and where they had lived side by side in her final years. Nicknamed The Blue House, the homestead would soon become the Frida Kahlo Museum, but Rivera left directions that the bathroom remain shuttered to the outside world until at least fifteen years after his own death. It wasn’t until 2004, fifty years after it was shut, that the bathroom doors were finally opened to reveal its contents.

‘Bending the Light’ Traces the Ties That Bind Photographers to Those Who Build Their Lenses

For acclaimed director Michael Apted, the eyes of photographers and filmmakers are inextricably—if invisibly—bound to hands of the craftsmen and women who design and build their lenses. For Bending the Light, the director joined forces with five of the world’s best photographers and cinematographers as well as several engineers working at the Canon Inc. factory in Utsunomiya, Japan to trace the journey of the lens from its conception, across space and time to the final images it produces.

Tina Barney Talks to Us About Her New Exhibition, The Passage of Time, and the True Meaning of Portraiture

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Lipstick “New York Stories, W Magazine,” 1999 © Tina Barney, Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

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Mr. and Mrs. Leo Castelli, W Magazine, 1998 © Tina Barney, Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

In decade in which we obsess over change, be it catastrophic or fortuitous, the photographs of Tina Barney continue to remind us of that which is constant. Beginning the 1980s, she has captured the world, her world, in large-scale analogue photographs, laying bare the push and pull of tension and familiarity that run beneath domestic life. Since then, her imagery has invited us not only into private interiors of life for affluent New Yorkers and elite New Englanders but also into the palatial homes of European aristocrats and small town American communities. Throughout it all, she has returned time and again to the family, to the home, and to the ubiquitous and essential need to belong.

Artist Uses Her Menstrual Blood to Create Beautiful Abstract Photographs

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Before Denver-based artist Jen Lewis began using the menstrual cup, an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins, she hadn’t given much thought to the pictorial potential of the blood that appeared in her toilet each month. In 2012, she gingerly switched to the cup on the advice of her doctor, surprised to discover that when she discarded the collected fluid, it formed swirling shapes, both abstract and figurative, against the alabaster bowl. In collaboration with her husband Rob, Lewis embarked on what would become Beauty in Blood, a project devoted to subverting the stigma and shame that surrounds societal perceptions of menstrual blood.

Photographer Retraces the Steps of American Painter Thomas Cole, Revisits ‘The Oxbow’

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Thomas Cole’s 1836 painting View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm, commonly known simply as The Oxbow, now hangs in its permanent home at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but for Providence-based photographer Peter Croteau, the work is far more than oil on canvas but a living, breathing landscape resurrected in his series The Road to the Oxbow.

Talking Lenses and Time Travel With Photographer Jay P. Morgan (Sponsored)

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Where most photographers spend their time capturing the world that surrounds them, Los Angeles-based Jay P. Morgan works day and night to create universes that are entirely his own. With an extensive background in film, set design, and lighting, the photographer has created dramatic and unforgettable images for countless high-profile clients ranging from Paramount Pictures, Disney Inc., and 20th Century Fox to Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds.