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‘Aggressive’ Street Photographer Captures Angry People in Beijing

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“No Photos!
What are you doing?
You have no rights!
You scared me!
Do you know how to respect others!?
You are crazy!
NO!!!
Fuck you!!!”

The statements above may sound all too familiar to any dedicated street photographer. Encountering suspicion, a refusal to be photographed and even criticism or insults when out on a shoot are all part of the job. This is what Beijing-based photographer Jiwei Han heard and intentionally sought out in his controversial project entitled No, which he captured in the streets of Beijing.

No is consciously the product of an invasive photographic approach. Jiwei purposefully avoided asking for permission prior to photographing strangers on the street, using what he describes as an “aggressive method”. The title of the project is self-explanatory, echoing the response of many unwilling subjects when Jiwei caught them off guard.

Photographing people against their will, Jiwei experienced “an evil sense of satisfaction” upon succeeding, though admits that he was unsure about whether or not what he did was right reflecting on the disputable methods used, “normally I am a gentle person and ask whether it’s okay before taking any pictures. I’m not usually so rude”.

Germany’s Drab Buildings Get a Makeover

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Bored of the “monotonous, colorless architecture” of the city where he was born and raised, Berlin-based photographer Paul Eis started to apply new colors to the buildings, a project inspired by the colorful houses of the architects and fellow Berliners Le Corbusier and Bruno Taut.

One Woman’s Intensely Intimate Photos of Motherhood

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Nursing and peeing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2014 © Anna Ogier-Bloomer

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Scratches from breastfeeding at nine months, 2014 © Anna Ogier-Bloome

“She’s the flesh of my flesh,” says New York City-based photographer Anna Ogier-Bloomer of her daughter Violet, whose first two and a half years she’s feverishly chronicled between breast-feedings, catnaps, and sleepy revelations.

Humor, Lightness, and Bright Beach Parasols on the Coast of Italy

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“Italian summer is the season when Italians can express their lightness of being and their love for life.”

Lorenzo Grifantini has lived in London for 10 years. It is this distance from his native Italian culture which has afforded him the means to view it objectively, tracing its patterns with the lens of his camera. “I can finally see my cultural traits spread on the beaches of Italy and that evokes strong childhood memories of the long summers I spent there.”

3 Photographers, 3 Different Approaches to the Photography Website (Sponsored)

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Niki Boon’s Squarespace website

We recently introduced you to two brand new website templates by Squarespace geared specifically towards photographers. It’s always exciting to see how different kinds of photographers—ranging from big-time commercial image-makers to photojournalists to fine artists—take the sophisticated and constantly evolving portfolio templates Squarespace has built and make them their own.

We asked three photographers with diverse backgrounds to tell us a bit about why and how they have used Squarespace to create websites that are unique to their personal visions. Niki Boon, Kat Malone, and Colin Miller use three of Squarespace’s classic templates—Avenue, Bedford, and Wells— to tell vastly different stories.

The Photographer Who Fell in Love with Her Genderqueer Muse (NSFW)

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“BJ and I fell in love the first time we took the pictures,” says New York City-based photographer Lissa Rivera of her bond with her partner and muse. As her friend stood before her dressed in women’s clothing, she was startled by a pinprick of feeling and the initial pangs of yearning for someone who had previously been a platonic friend.

The Man Who Photographed Wall Street and the Sexual Underground (NSFW)

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Gay cruise party in NY harbor, 1973. © Charles Gatewood, courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and Robert Tat Gallery

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Wall Street © Charles Gatewood, courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and Robert Tat Gallery

“He was very anxious that his work be seen and preserved,” says San Francisco gallerist Robert Tat of the late photojournalist Charles Gatewood (1942-2016).

Platon’s Unflinching Photos of War and Its Cost

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Saying goodbye before deployment on the USS San Antonio

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Elsheba Khan at the grave of her son, Specialist Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan

Platon is an internationally-esteemed photographer. Widely known – especially for his intensely intimate portraits of world leaders – his work blends the political with the personal, resulting in striking images with tangible sociopolitical consequences beyond the merely illustrative.

Cindy Sherman Releases First New Work in 5 Years

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Untitled, 2016 © Cindy Sherman, Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures

There might be more anecdotes about Cindy Sherman than there are about any other living photographer, but perhaps the best one is Ira Glass’s account from an exhibition five years ago, when the artist released her last large body of work.

African Women Reconnect with the Past Wearing Inherited Clothing

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Appolo tribe, Akan ethnic group

“Soukeyna studies Marketing in Bordeaux (France). She is wearing her great grandmother’s outfit. To be able to bring it to the studio, she and her mother had to ask the permission from the current King of Grand Bassam and promised to return the clothing and jewelery to the royal court right after the photo shoot. The outfit was worn by the Queen, her great-grand mother in the 1930s. Soukeyna came to the studio with her mother, who posed for the project as well. She was wearing a miniskirt and Converse sneakers. Just by wearing the outfit she felt like a different woman. Her manner changed. Her mother was in tears, impressed by the resemblance between Soukeyna and her great-grandmother. They came to the photo shoot with a portrait of the great-grandmother aged 17, in this exact same outfit”.

Resilience is the ability to return to your original form after being bent, compressed or stretched; it’s elasticity, the ability to recover from adversity” says photographer Joana Choumali from the Côte d’Ivoire, discussing her latest project. Joanna’s paternal grandmother had passed away years before, but it wasn’t until 2013 that Joana realized the magnitude of the loss; a large part of her personal story had also gone with her. Resilience is Joana’s attempt to reconnect with the past while remaining in the present and celebrating African beauty in its diversity.

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