Posts tagged: fine art photography

A Day in the Life of Lori Nix, a Photographer Who Rarely Photographs


Photographer Lori Nix in her studio

This is the first article in a new section we’re starting here at Feature Shoot in which we take you behind-the-scenes and inside the lives of photographers and show you the inner workings of their studios.

For fine art photographer Lori Nix, the process of making a single photograph can take many months of work, day in and day out, building elaborate miniature fictional landscapes or urban ruins, often alongside her partner and longtime collaborator Kathleen Gerber. After constructing her intricate and uncanny dioramas, Nix starts in on bringing them to life with her camera. Her days are filled to the brim with emails, commercial assignments, and meticulously executed fine art endeavors, but she does what she loves. Photos by Tahir Karmali for Feature Shoot.

‘Prints for Refugees': Photographers Donate Artwork to Help Those in Need

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© Toby Coulson


© Samuel Hicks

When London-based photographer Mark Sherratt saw that unforgettable shot of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed ashore in Turkey— from where the boy and his family were trying to escape from their war-torn home in Kobani to Greece and ultimately to safety in Canada—he was compelled to act. Like many around the globe, he felt both helpless in the face of the refugee crisis and as though he was unable to stand on the sidelines; once he saw the photograph of the drowned Kurdish toddler, the urgency of the situation came to a head, and the photographer created Prints for Refugees, a fundraising initiative by which photographers donate their work to benefit the millions of people displaced by violence and political unrest.

You’ve Never Seen Photoshop Like This: ART21 Takes Us Behind-the-Scenes with Lucas Blalock

For most photographers, Photoshop is a means to an end, a way of merging disparate parts to create something uniform and true to life, even when the narrative that’s driving the image does not reflect reality. For artist Lucas Blalock, digital manipulation serves an antithetical purpose; his use of Photoshop is meant to expose, rather than conceal the (sometimes heavy) hand of the image-maker. Drawing inspiration from surrealist painter René Magritte and silent film star Buster Keaton, Blalock’s work becomes an exploration of both the limits and potentials of the photographic medium, alternately inciting laughter, tension, and delight.

Homeless Pit Bulls Get a Chance to Shine in Floral Photo Series


Murdock, available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue


Aphrodite, available for adoption at Sean Casey Animal Rescue


Apple, adopted

Murdock, says New York-based photographer Sophie Gamand, who has been making portraits of pit bull type dogs over the last year, is “the sweetest dog.” Like many pit bulls who ultimately wind up homeless and in shelters, Murdock was abused at a dog fighting ring, where he was used as a “bait dog” to test the fighting strength of other dogs. His mouth was likely taped shut so that he was unable to defend himself, and he survived the ordeal with one blind eye and numerous wounds. Despite the cruelty of his past, Murdock was and continues to be deeply loved by the shelter staffers who care for him. Pit bulls like Murdock are what drives Gamand to continue to fight against the stigma that often surrounds them with her series Pit Bull Flower Power, for which she has photographed over one hundred dogs cloaked in handmade crowns of blossoms.

Roger Ballen’s New Book Probes Into the Darkest Corners of the Human Mind


Cat and Mouse, 2001 courtesy Roger Ballen


Displaced, 2011 courtesy Roger Ballen

The manifold works of Johannesburg-based photographer Roger Ballen are, in the eyes of writer Didi Bozzini, intertwined by an endless thread by which the real world and its various players and objects become stand-ins for that which cannot be photographed about humanity, our nature and our condition.

Photographer Traverses the Inhospitable Terrain of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts




“What am I doing here?” is a question that returns time and again to Phoenix-based photographer William LeGoullon as he makes his way through the Mojave and Sonoran deserts that blanket the American Southwest. The desert is, he suggests, by definition a place unsettled by man, and yet throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and California, he has discovered moments in which the wilderness and humankind meet, do battle, and in some rare cases, become reconciled to one another. Nearing Dissonance is his record of the desert not as it was in the days of Manifest Destiny but as it is today, suspended in an uncertain and precarious struggle with mankind.

Announcing Our Flora & Fauna Photography Show Winners to be Exhibited at Photoville


© Brooke DiDonato
Blending In
11 x 17 inches
Edition of 10
$375 (40% of proceeds to Hempstead Town Animal Shelter)


© Brooke DiDonato
11 x 17 inches
Edition of 10
$375 (40% of proceeds to Hempstead Town Animal Shelter)

Flora & Fauna, presented by the photography website Feature Shoot at Photoville, is a show about plants and animals curated by Feature Shoot’s Instagram followers opening Friday, September 10 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Over a period of 3 weeks, we sorted through over 9,000 images and posted over 400 images to Instagram, inviting our followers to vote. Our followers cast their votes simply by “liking” the image(s) on Instagram, and the 25 most popular images (from 22 photographers around the world) are presented in this show.

Inside Iran’s Very Convincing Cinema City


A wax figure of a fallen hero in a museum reconstruction in Iran.


A museum reconstruction of a bombarded and demolished city in Iran

When the powers that be show us images of war, suggests Warsaw-based photographer Wawrzyniec Kolbusz, we accept them at face-value, without questioning their context or implications. With the advent of new technologies and news platforms, it’s become more essential that we as consumers—whether we be from the West or from the Middle East—challenge the onslaught of war imagery and media coverage to pull fact from fiction. With Sacred Defense, Kolbusz evidences this slippery slope between reality and facsimile by documenting the convincing sets built in Iran’s cinema city, where films depicting the Iraq-Iran war are frequently shot, as well as museums and souvenir shops that display and sell war memorabilia.

Edo Bertoglio’s Polaroids Capture the Glamour and Grit of NYC Punk in the 1970s-80s (NSFW)


Blouson De Cuir, New York, 1979


Andy’s Big Shot, New York, 1978

In the fall of 1976, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio and his then-wife and collaborator Maripol ascended to the chilly 86th floor open-air observatory of the Empire State Building and looked out over Manhattan, where they would spend the next years of their lives immersed in the burgeoning art and music scene. In polaroids, Bertoglio chronicled his daily life in a city that never slept, where he visited CBGBs , Studio 54, and Club 57 with the likes of Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, and many, many more.

Sublime Mountainscapes of Scotland, Romania and Jordan

Bauchaille Etive Mor I - Charles-Emerson-Antlers Gallery

Bauchaille Etive Mor, Scotland

Omu, Bucegi Massif - Charles Emerson - Antlers Gallery

Omu, Bucegi Massif, Romania

When Bristol-based photographer Charles Emerson was a boy, he made the trek to his grandparents’ house near Glencoe, Scotland, where he could see the looming silhouette of Buachaille Etive Mor, a mountain that carries still centuries of Gaelic folklore, stories of giants, lovers, and ghosts. Two decades later, he returned the peak as part of Myth and Mountains, for which he photographed the hallowed rocky pyramids of Jordan, Romania, and of course, Scotland.