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LA’s Provocative American Apparel Billboards Found in Unusual Places

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Sex sells, and no company knows this better than American Apparel, the controversial North American clothing manufacturer and retailer best known for shocking ad campaigns featuring famous porn stars, visible pubic hair, and half-naked young women contorted into graphic, suggestive positions most often associated with girlie mags. The company has launched countless blog posts, been labeled as feminist, sexist, revolutionary, racist, and everything in between. For Los Angeles-based photographer Thomas Alleman, American Apparel’s pervasive presence in his hometown has gone a step further, helping to shape his perception of the city, its culture, and the larger currents of consumerism.

We Interviewed Photojournalist Patrick Brown on Burnout, the Illegal Wildlife Trade, Photo Book Publishing, Crowdfunding and Instagram

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A large bull elephant sits with its legs chained in Chitwan National Park. This 50-year-old beast was restrained because he had killed five mahouts (handlers) during his lifetime. Nepal, 2003

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A long-tailed macaque kept in a small cage while on sale at a local market in Medan. Northern Sumatra, 2003.

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A Scotland Yard police officer displays a tiger’s head seized during a raid in London. England, 2003.

For Trading to Extinction, Bangkok-based photographer Patrick Brown spent nearly a quarter of his life documenting the dark truths behind the illegal wildlife trade, from the poachers of Nepal and Cambodia to  vendors along the Burmese border. Alternately shadowing anti-poaching teams and pretending the role of an interested buyer, Brown has collected over ten years’ worth of imagery that unveils the breadth of this multibillion dollar industry, pulling clandestine moments of cruelty and exploitation from the shadows and into light. Bearing witness to Brown’s austere black and white visions, we are overtaken by the enormity and pervasiveness of the industry, and ultimately, called to action.

Photographer Has Identity Stolen, Decides to Stealthily Photograph the Thief

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When the police showed up at Jessamyn Lovell’s front door in Albuquerque, New Mexico one afternoon in 2011, she was blindsided with the news that her ID had been stolen and several crimes were committed by a woman using her identity. When investigators couldn’t answer her questions or assist any further in the situation, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She hired a private investigator to track down her identity thief, Erin Hart. Several trips led her to San Francisco to document and gain an understanding of this women who had been masquerading under her name. We speak with Lovell about her experience, and subsequent art project, Dear Erin Hart.

Exhibition Featuring Nude, Full Frontal Male Photographers is Both Hilarious and Thought-Provoking (NSFW)

Documentation of installation at Kendall College of Art and Design

Documentation of installation at Kendall College of Art and Design

For P.O.V., Michigan-based photographer Stafford Smith forcibly subverts the male gaze by casting nude men as his subjects and arming them with cameras. In his installation at Kendall College of Art and Design, the artist creates a ring of these full-frontal portraits, each illuminated by backlighting, and invites visitors to stand at its center as the rhythmic noise of a shutter click plays in the background.

Powerful Self-Portraits Document One Woman’s Mastectomy and the Physical Effects of Chemotherapy

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After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, San Francisco photographer Kerry Mansfield stood in the shower of her small apartment, set up her camera, and closed her fist around its cable release. For the artist, the images began in 2005 as private documents of her body as it existed before her mastectomy and chemotherapy, and regular portrait sessions continued as a way of cataloging the painful road ahead.

For Aftermath: Battling Breast Cancer, Mansfield captures over one and a half years of her treatment within the close confines of her bathroom. The faded blue tiles that line its walls, she notes, recalled for her the coldness and sterility of her medical routine. As a visceral and subjective narrative plays out against this unchanging and impersonal backdrop, even the smallest gesture becomes imbued with significance, preserving these rare and confidential moments in which to reflect—and grieve— upon the demanding days proceeding and to anticipate those to come.

A Look at the Lives of Three Older Drag Queens in the Last Gay Bar in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District

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Donna adjusts her wig before her number.

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Olivia attaches her false eyelash.

For Beautiful by Night, San Francisco-based photographer and filmmaker James Hosking chronicles life in Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, the one and only gay bar left standing in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood that decades ago, was renowned for its thriving LGBT community. In tracing the nightly routines of three of its older drag queens— Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande, and Olivia Hart, Hosking traces the rich history and uncertain future of drag in the crime-ridden area.

Photographer Susan Swihart Captures the Coming of Age of Her Identical Twin Daughters

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For About Face, Los Angeles-based photographer Susan Swihart chronicles the evolution of her identical twin daughters as they transition from childhood into adolescence. Beginning when the girls were eight-years-old, she has spent the last three years discovering and exploring the complexities of their bond as well as her own relationship to them.

Strange and Unnerving Photos Capture the Chaos of Life and Death

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For Everything Is Fine, San Diego-based photographer Brooke Frederick unearths violent aspects of the familiar, recording quietly obscene moments in the lives of unsuspecting strangers she encounters during her travels. Navigating such diverse regions as California, Costa Rica, Berlin, and Russia, she traces the grotesque and beguiling threads that ultimately bind us together.

Rollerblades, Jean Jackets and Flannel: Photographer Spends 20 Years Photographing the Most Pervasive Trends of Our Generation

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For People of the Twenty-First Century, Netherlands-based photographer Hans Eijkelboom conducts a twenty-year-long survey the everyday fashion choices of unassuming citizens of the world’s largest metropolises, including New York, Shanghai, Paris, and of course, Amsterdam.

Intimate Photos Explore the Wonder of Motherhood and Early Childhood

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For Drei, Berlin-based photographer Fred Huening chronicles the raw and tender moments that punctuate early childhood by capturing his son and wife along the Berlin countryside. The book comes third within a series of what the artist explains will ultimately be nine, following Einer, a visual lamentation over a stillborn child, and Zwei, an intimate document of his abiding love for his wife, who was at the time his girlfriend.