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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.

Over 15 Years, One Photographer Makes the Most Astonishing Portraits of Africa’s Wild Animals

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Buffalo portrait, Kenya 2006

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Zebra jump, Tanzania 2007

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Need of Tenderness, Kenya 2013

Nearly one decade ago, an adolescent zebra frolicked amongst the 8 thousand square kilometers that make up the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania’s Crater Highlands. Staying close to the grown zebras, the energetic youngster moved wildly about, until at the very moment French photographer Laurent Baheux approached, he took the air, leaping clear over his mother’s back. The photographer tripped in the process of capturing the moment, which according to his driver Morris, was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of scenario.

Kurt Cobain’s Most Intimate Belongings Photographed for New Exhibition

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Endorsement – Cobain’s Converse #1 © Geoff Moore

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Heart Shaped Box #1 © Geoff Moore

In 2007, Los Angeles-based photographer Geoff Moore was commissioned by the Estate of Kurt Cobain to document the mementos left behind by the 27-year-old musician. He was given exactly one day with the items cherished by the rock star, kept enshrined within a high security storage center and transported to a studio. The pictures would appear first in the book Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross, and on February 11th, they will be unveiled large-scale at KM Fine Arts.

Wild Animals Camouflaged within the Vast Expansive of Namibia

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Hour upon hour, Ghent-based photographer Maroesjka Lavigne traverses the vacant terrain of Namibia, taking the country’s native beasts— the giraffe, the flamingo, and the zebra, and perhaps most of all, the rhinoceros—as her silent and gently-moving guides. Here, amongst the salt pans and sand dunes, she names the nation the Land of Nothingness; behemoths roam free and unseen, hidden and enfolded by the infinite topography.

Inspired by Hopper and Hitchcock, Photographer Creates Magical Miniature Scenes at the Movies

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Two or Three Things I Know About Her © Richard Finkelstein, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

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Still Alice © Richard Finkelstein, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

As the story goes, the 1886 audience at the 50-second silent documentary The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat were so terror-stricken by the picture of a black and white train approaching that they leapt backwards for fear of certain annihilation. The fable, regardless of its veracity, speaks to the power of film to elevate even the most banal scene into the realm of preternatural.

Intricate Photo Collage Portraits Inspired by the ‘Jua Kali’ Workers of Nairobi, Kenya

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When Brooklyn-based photographer Tahir Carl Karmali was a little boy in Nairobi, Kenya, he hand-built a television antenna using headphones and a metal hanger so that he could watch cartoons after school. He had mastered the trick simply by watching people in the workshops lining the streets of the city, where broken appliances could be torn apart, reassembled and revamped to create something useful. The people who turn seemingly unworkable objects into ingenious contraptions make up what’s known as Jua Kali, an informal economic sector that became the inspiration behind Karmali’s multimedia series by the same name.

Turn-of-the-Century Photographs Capture the Midnight Rituals of Wild Animals

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George Shiras, Lynx, Loon Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1902 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

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George Shiras, Three white-tailed deer, Michigan, circa 1893-1898 © National Geographic Creative Archives.

A female deer sits on the river banks along Lake Superior as a canoe passes her by, a kerosine lamp lighting the way. In the boat sits George Shiras, a lawyer by day who come nightfall, flees into the mist-shrouded wilderness in search of the many furry souls who run hither and thither across the shadowy terrain. The year is 1889, and Shiras is doing something no one thus far in the history of photography has dared attempt: he’s documenting the midnight rituals of wild animals.

Lost Souls Are Found in These Deeply Personal Portraits of Slab City Residents

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Charlotte, 2008

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Tahlina, 2007

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“Insane Wayne,” 2007

It’s over 100 degrees, and flies fill the dusty desert terrain. Homeless dogs wanter about, trying to sniff out a bite to eat amongst the trailer and camper homes set up for the resident families, retirees, and nomads. Without electricity or running water, the community runs on generators. It’s a quiet place, but there’s laughter here. The youngsters gather ‘round an older man named Mike, who tells the best stories. This is how Colorado-based photographer Teri Havens remembers Slab City, where years ago, she spent her days amongst a group strangers who soon became forever friends.

The Vast and Ghostly Landscape of ‘Britain’s Only Desert’

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“I am struck by the emptiness, the exhaustion, the excess of weather and although a small number of people live and work on the Ness, I chose not to notice them. The area feels out of synch, self-contained and beyond conventions, all of which I find surprisingly liberating.” – Robert Walker

The Fifth Continent is Manchester-based photographer Robert Walker’s series of photographs exploring the bizarre landscape of Dungeness, which is located on the coast of Kent, South East England. This desolate 3-mile peninsula of land which stretches out into the English Channel, was classified “Britain’s only desert” by the Met office and is listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to a unique and heavily concentrated diversity of wildlife. In terms of our conventional images of deserts, Dungeness doesn’t exactly fit, yet a key attraction of the place is the sheer bleakness of its landscape – a vast, echoing flatness on which stands two nuclear power stations, and where the decrepit fishing huts and railway carriages converted into basic dwellings lie scattered across the beach. Every now and then, the air is disturbed by the ghostly whistles of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway train drifting across the empty expanse.

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