Posts tagged: fine art photography

These Stray Cats Remind Us of the Simple Joy of Being Alive



In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japanese photographer Masaaki Ito found warmth and comfort in some unlikely friends: the stray cats of Tokyo. As the country grieved, he rediscovered joy in the homeless felines, who roamed the streets in search of food, company, or a kind gesture. For the past few years, Ito has been chronicling the many adventures of the cats he endearingly calls his “neighbors.”

The High Drama of Life Aboard Bluefin Tuna Fishing Boats in Spain



Garum is Antonio Gonzalez Caro’s record of an ancient and specific art of fishing called ‘almadraba’. A practice that only continues today in Cádiz and Morocco, it consists of the fisherman using a trap to capture bluefin tuna. The method has been heavily criticised as the species is under threat, though it is also said that almadraba is much more respectful of fish and sustainable than other fishing practices.

Documentary and Fantasy Collide in Electric Images of Shinjuku

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“To wander Shinjuku at night is presumably what an acid-trip feels like. It’s also a little at odds with how Japan is often seen; a conformist society that works hard and keeps itself in check. In many ways, the principal business in Kabukicho is to sell dreams, and then keep those dreams alive.”

Since first visiting Tokyo back in 2011, the semi-nomadic British photographer Tony Burns developed a fascination with this exciting, futuristic city. With no concrete idea regarding the narrative, Tony returned to Tokyo on multiple occasions to see what he could make of this metropolis and its neon lights, fast-paced lifestyle and ever-present electronica music. He found himself trying to capture this atmosphere in Shinjuku, particularly around the Kabukicho red light district.

Photographer Reveals the Intricate Beauty of the Insect World


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In a surprising leap from commercial sports and portrait photography, London-based photographer Levon Biss has recently unveiled a detailed study of insects shot through a macro lens. The resulting Microsculpture is an online immersive experience which draws the viewer into the image and allows us to zoom in and out, revealing new unexpected intricacies. While some might feel uncomfortable confronted with enlarged images of creepy crawlies, Levon emphasises: “I tried not to make them too scary, because that would be a cliché. When you are standing in front of a three-meter high insect, it shouldn’t incite a feeling of panic, it should be a feeling of wonder.”

Choreographed Visions of Faceless Figures in Suits



Ben Zank’s SUITS is a series of bold images, full of monochromatic tension that provokes an unassailable sense of intrigue and suspense. Faceless figures are suited, anonymous, their actions choreographed and opaque.

60 Magnum Photographers Reveal Their Most ‘Decisive Moment’

Lorenzo Meloni _ Magnum Photos

“I spent more than a year working in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh district in Lebanon, documenting a politically fueled sectarian conflict. I visited many homes on the frontline but people rarely wanted to be photographed because they were afraid, so I often returned home without having even turned my camera on.

“The day I took this photo, I climbed the stairs to the top floor of a building, which was riddled with bullet holes. When I was leaving one apartment, I turned and saw the children there on the chairs in front of the shattered wall; they seemed to perfectly sum up how families were living in the middle of the conflict. With one foot already outside the door, I raised my camera and snapped. Lebanon. Tripoli. November 2013 © Lorenzo Meloni / Magnum Photos

“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart,” Henri Cartier-Bresson famously proclaimed. Five years after co-founding Magnum Photos, he published what is perhaps the most iconic book in photographic history. With that now familiar cover by contemporary Henri Matisse, The Decisive Moment, as it was called in English, defined the parameters of what it meant to be a photographer in the 20th century. Everything–the head, the eye, the heart, but also the frame, the light, the shapes–had to come together in one precarious, frozen fragment in time. The book’s title in French, Images à la Sauvette, or “images on the run” provides insight into the vigilance with which Cartier-Bresson saw the world around him. To blink was to miss the photograph you sought.

Empathy and Antipathy in the Photographs of Rosalind Fox Solomon


© Rosalind Solomon, Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

In 1968, at the age of thirty-eight, Rosalind Fox Solomon began shooting photography during a trip to Japan. She was living with a family who spoke little English and slept on their futon. The pictures were in color and mostly experimental. In the early 70s, Solomon would switch from color to a black-and-white square format and begin a forty-eight-year-long exodus from the suburban East Coast— settling, instead, in the role of far traveling portrait maker, shooting extensively in Israel, Peru, and South Africa, among others.

101 Photos Capture the Magic and Heartbreak of Childhood (Sponsored)

Aaron Rodriguez

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Leigh Webber

The Legend of Play, Laguna Beach, California © Leigh Webber (@leighwebber)

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Goldfish © Aaron Wax (@ajwax)

In the early 1990s, Sally Mann famously told The New York Times Magazine, “Sometimes I think the only memories I have are those that I’ve created around photographs of me as a child.” It’s true; in adulthood, we remember our childhoods from pictures taken by those who loved us. For our latest group show, we invited you to submit the photographs you’ve taken of children and their surroundings, images that capture the elusive essence of childhood— its joys, its disappointment, and everything in between.

Curator Alison Zavos, Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot, selected 101 photographs from thousands of submissions. Due the popularity of this show and caliber of the images submitted, the editors of Feature Shoot have started a brand new Instagram account: Childhood Everyday (@childhoodeveryday). The feed will showcase photographs of childhood around the world. To submit your images for consideration, simply follow @childhoodeveryday on Instagram and tag your photos #childhoodeveryday.

The children featured here range from infancy to early adolescence, taking us through the lives of youngsters living around the world. We visit an orphanage in Nepal, the streets of Mumbai, a primary school in Turkey, and summerhouses in Maine.

These children come from various places, each with a different story, but these artists have conveyed not only the specific but the universal delight and anguish that come with the early years of any lifetime. In childhood, the pain of timeouts, playground politics, and dead goldfish is almost unbearably acute, but the all-consuming wonder of hopping on a swing, finding a new toy, or patting a dog, is equally as intense.

This group show was sponsored by Squarespace, an online publishing platform designed with photographers in mind. With award-winning design, domains, commerce, hosting, and 24/7 support, Squarespace helps photographers discover more ways to market themselves and expand their business. Click here to start a free 14-day trial.

The Beautiful and Grotesque Collide in Haunting Still Lifes


On her daily drive to work, New Jersey-based photographer Kimberly Witham encounters a sprinkling of bodies left to decompose on the side of the road. While other passersby avert their eyes and plow forwards, she makes a detour, gathering the tiny squirrels, raccoons, and birds whose fragile forms have been stuck down by collisions with traffic. In the privacy of her studio, she constructs austere still lifes in which their remains are commingled with succulent, ripe fruit.

The Dreamy, Enchanted World of Russia’s Cosplayers




Russian photographer Mariya Kozhanova calls them her country’s “First Wave of Cosplayers.” She’s devoted half a decade of her life to shadowing young adults into the enigmatical world of make-believe, Japanese anime, and manga. She’s sat beside them as they sewed their costumes by hand, recited stories, and come together for elaborate festivals and performances.

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