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Photographer Kostis Fokas’ Cheeky, Spontaneous Human Sculptures

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Kostis Foka

With a bold spontaneity and a tiny bit of cheek, Greek photographer Kostis Fokas creates quirky human sculptures in his series I’m not malfunctioning, you are. Long fascinated with imperfection in a world that is seemingly always desperate for order, Fokas allows his models to interact freely in bizarre ways, capturing moments of beauty in the ludicrous poses and situations that form.

‘Wonderlust’ Photos Expose Couples’ Most Intimate Moments (NSFW)

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Golden Boy, 2013 © Sarah Anne Johnson. Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

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Burnt, 2013 © Sarah Anne Johnson. Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery, New York, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

With her series Wonderlust, Winnipeg-based photographer Sarah Anne Johnson explores sexuality and intimacy, touching not just on desire and ecstasy, but also boredom and self-doubt.

A Humorous, Revealing Look Behind the Scenes of Playboy’s Photo Shoots (NSFW)

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Dutch photographer and art director Patrick Van Dam grants us ultimate voyeur access in Playboy Behind The Scenes, his first photo book published in 2011. Van Dam pulls back the curtain just long enough to capture intimate moments on Playmate photo shoots in snapshots that as the photographer says, record “unexpected, undirected and natural responses—humor, disillusionment, absurdism and vulnerability in an erotic setting.”

Noriko Yabu’s Remarkable Underwater Nude Self Portraits (NSFW)

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Noriko Yabu

Of the classical elements, water is perhaps the one associated with its intuitive, creative, and emotional qualities. It is no surprise, then, that water was the well from which Japanese photographer Noriko Yabu’s series Suisou sprang.

NSFW Portraits Reveal The Truth About Body Image

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Chicago-based photographer Gracie Hagen acknowledges that the media only shows us the prettiest photos of the prettiest people. Despite the fact that most of us understand that celebrity beauty is a cocktail of lighting, angles, and Photoshop, we consistently compare ourselves to these images anyway. Illusions of the Body is Hagen’s attempt to shatter the myth, capturing her subjects both as the beauty and the beast in a mirror of dueling identities.

Photographer Geoffrey Ellis Channels the Debauched Spirit of 70s and 80s Vegas (NSFW)

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Valley of the Meadows is San Francisco-based photographer Geoffrey Ellis‘ depiction of the Las Vegas that existed in the 1970s and 80s, a time when he says “the city was in a depressing downward spiral and the criminal entities running the city were slowly losing their grip.”

Photographer Makes a Bold Statement about Beauty and Grooming in ‘Lady Manes’ (NSFW)

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Daytona Beach photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman defies gender norms involving grooming and beauty in her self-portrait series Lady Manes. Partially inspired by the concept of a man’s facial hair serving as a declaration of his masculinity, Schneiderman challenges with a tongue-in-cheek reverse, posing proudly with various stylized “manes.” Simultaneously promoting body positivity while poking fun at the establishment, Schneiderman encourages women to take pride and be empowered by every part of who they are.

Photographer’s Bold Nudes of Gay Men in Minneapolis (NSFW)

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Artist Benjamin Fredrickson spent 5 years documenting his personal journey of sexuality and identity through photographing other gay men in everyday surroundings. Minneapolis is both private and honest, Fredrickson’s subjects ranging from close personal friends to men he met while working as an escort. The lifestyle enabled him to be financially independent, but also to explore what he discovered through these sexual encounters. Frequently bothered by the overly glamorized and perfectionistic portrayal of gay males, Fredrickson’s eye searches for the genuine perspective. Recently seroconverting, the photographer has become even more passionate about expressing himself and the lives of others, determined to capture their lives free of prejudice and bias.

Portraits Reveal How Far Women Will Go to “Make It” in Hollywood (NSFW)

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The film studios, the celebrities, the entertainment capital of the United States—the state of California—revolves around the film industry and its success. Projecting an image of fame and fortune, beauty and happiness, Hollywood draws people like a magnet. In a world where maximum media exposure is akin to success, and image is everything, all television, magazine, cinema, and Internet coverage is important and in a sense, vital.—Anoush Abrar

Californication follows a slew of striving starlets who are trying their hand at Hollywood. Anoush Abrar chose to concentrate on female hopefuls as they “have more opportunities for success” than their male counterparts. However, it is these exact “opportunities” that his series exposes as both questionable and exploitive. Abrar draws the curtain on the facade and steps back just enough to reveal the reality in the fantasy. Messy studios, equipment, and other photographers are often peaking into the frame. Scantily clad women are made strange when juxtaposed against mundane backgrounds of empty hallways, living rooms, and sterile offices. Californication paints itself as set of bizarre tableaus imbued with desperation and discomfort, the hot lights promising one more chance.

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Portraits of Beautiful, Topless and Highly Controversial Femen Activists (NSFW)


Sacha Shevchenko, 23 years old. Photo: Guillaume Herbaut/INSTITUTE

Guillaume Herbaut’s series, The New Amazons, brought him to the Brejnev district in Kiev, Ukraine, where he took portraits of the controversial feminist group Femen. Femen activists strive to fight sexual tourism and to educate women to be more assertive and powerful. They use their bodies as weapons and protest nude, or topless, in the streets in order to achieve their goals.