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The Stunning Araki Retrospective at the Musee Guimet (NSFW)

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Nobuyoshi Araki is one of the most prolific artists worldwide, having published over 350 photobooks in Japan and internationally. For the Japanese artist, “photography is, above all, a way to exist”, and this is evidenced in his work; equal attention is given to a nondescript street scene as to a rope-bound woman. To view his photographs is to feel oneself immersed in his world, one which is by turns hilarious, banal, disturbing and tender.

Photos of Lust and Desire in 20th Century New Orleans (NSFW)

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BJ Robinson, 1983 © George Dureau, Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery and Higher Pictures

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Roosevelt Singleton, 1974 © George Dureau, Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery and Higher Pictures

“My photographs are family pictures. Very sentimental,” the late photographer George Dureau explained to journalist Jack Fritscher in 2005. He called his models, discovered in the streets of the French Quarter of New Orleans, his “darlings.” His darlings were street hustlers, outcasts, and those with disabilities. Some were his lovers.

Youthful Fantasies on the Beaches of Montauk

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New York City-based photographer Michael Dweck remembers vividly the time he went to Montauk at the age of seventeen. It was 1975, and there was the sand, the surf, and girls who, in his words, “looked, well, like they didn’t belong on Long Island.” Visiting Montauk was like falling in love for the first time a thousand times, and he would return to the beach some thirty years later, publishing his book The End in 2004.

An intimate glimpse into the fleeting moments of young love NSFW

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Looking into the eyes of our own lover, can we really ever fully understand what they are thinking beyond their outward appearance? Hamburg-based photographer Hayley Austin’s fascination with the connection between corporeality and love stems from her own experiences during her early to mid-twenties, a period when sexual desire and attraction pervaded her life. Driven by a personal longing to freeze time and capture those fugitive moments of desire which fade as quickly as they arrive, in 2013 she turned her lens towards young couples whose love was relatively fresh. The resulting series Narratives of Desire offers the viewer a glimpse into some of the most intimate moments between young lovers in their private spaces.

Intimate and defiant portraits of ‘GIRLS’ in present-day China (NSFW)

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Described as one of the “rising stars of Chinese photography” by Ai Wewei in 2012, Beijing-based Luo Yang is gaining international recognition for her candid photographs of women in contemporary China. GIRLS began in 2007 as a deeply personal series, for in her subjects, Luo observed emotions and questions very similar to her own. The intimate photographs that constitute GIRLS alternate between carefully staged portraits depicting an emerging Chinese subculture that defies our expectations, and snapshots that favour a raw, blurred aesthetic. The photographer simultaneously manages to convey the girls’ defiance and ultra-cool composure, alongside their vulnerability, shyness and insecurities. Luo elaborates: “I can’t say that they represent a whole new generation of women in China, but they are absolutely a group of women who represent independence and freedom”.

Tragedy and Poetry in the World of Paris’s ‘Crisis Generation’ (NSFW)

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“We want to be a lost cause,” explains French photographer Hannibal Volkoff of the generation pictured in his first book Nous naissons de partout, which translates roughly in English to mean We are born all over. Beginning in the late aughts, the artist—himself a young man— has chronicled the ecstatic adventures of adolescents and emerging adults as they toss aside the conventions, rules, and securities of their parents’ generation.

Intimacy and Youth Captured Beautifully in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Alec Castillo began making photographs here – nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, the peaks often appearing in his grainy, black and white photographs. This was a time that Castillo termed as a ‘weird transitional phase’ of making new friends and rummaging about for an identity that fit. This is when he looked through the viewfinder to reflect, and inherently construct an identity. He introduces us to individuals – new friends among old ones – in a manner that moves beyond portraiture, traversing personal identity in the larger context of social groups.

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.

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).

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