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Photographer Mourns the Death of His Friend, Offers a Glimpse Into South Korean Gang Life (NSFW)

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For The Best Days, photographer Yang Seung Woo returns from Japan to his hometown in South Korea, documenting his boyhood friends as a means of reconnecting with both the wonder and the trauma that shaped his young adulthood. By photographing the camaraderie shared between his surviving friends, Mr. Yang traces the memory of a dear high school friend who tragically hanged himself after being convicted of murder, sent to prison, and becoming a flunky for the organized crime group Yakuza.

Photo du Jour: 100 Women Bare Their Breasts for ‘Bare Reality’ (NSFW)

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For Bare Reality, photographer Laura Dodsworth courageously delves into one of the greatest taboos of our time, photographing breasts belonging to one hundred women ranging from the ages of nineteen to one hundred and one. Leading up to the release of the book, Dodsworth will showcase one image per week, accompanied by passages drawn from interviews with each woman.

Captivating Photos Reveal the Pain and Beauty of Misspent Youth in Florida (NSFW)

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Paul Kwiatkowski’s illustrated coming-of-age novel And Every Day Was Overcast is a raw and frenzied stream-of-consciousness exploration of boyhood sexual awakenings as told through a haze of drug use, teenage anxiety, and Floridian humidity. The first-person narrative is both intimate and anonymous, autobiographical and fictional. Snapshots from the artist’s own adolescence in the 1990s, taken with disposable cameras, cut through passages of text like intrusive memories of a long-forgotten Florida youth culture. Also included in the iPad edition of the novel are audio recordings of field interviews, electronic melodies, and animal noises.

Intimate Photos Explore the Culture of Thailand’s ‘Ladyboys’ (NSFW)

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In Thailand, transgender women, known as ladyboys, occupy a unique and complex role in society, one that is colored in part by misconceptions and intolerance. For Mistress, photographer Soopakorn Srisakul captures the daily life of his girlfriend and four other ladyboys, who work as bar-people and call girls in the red-light Nana district in Bangkok.

Provocative Portrait Series Shows Everyday People Living Out Their After Hours Fantasies (NSFW)

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For Day and Night, Atlanta-based photographer Forest McMullin explores sexual desire and its relationship to human identity, photographing individuals and couples once throughout their daytime routine and again in the privacy of their own bedrooms. On the left, we find a standard vision of middle-class American men and women, enjoying the conventional activities of daily life; in the righthand frame, we discover the same subjects adopting nighttime fantasy roles, morphing into dominatrixes, bondage players, cross-dressers, swingers, and furries.

We’re All Nudists Under Our Clothes: ‘Lake Como’ Explores Those Who Live Life in the Buff (NSFW)

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One of the primary fascinations of photography—for both the picture makers and the viewers—is the desire to examine the lives of others: those who live or experience differently than what is familiar to that person. Tampa-based photographer Katty Ryan Hoover’s Lake Como explores a way of life unfamiliar, even unfathomable, to many of us: living in the nude.

The Mutated Body: Sculptural Photographs Depict Raw Intimacy (NSFW)

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French photographer Alix Marie‘s images will have you looking more than once, her exploration of the mutated body pushing the bounds of the medium and our comfort level. Beginning with nude images of herself and those closest to her, Marie takes her photographs and transforms them into large-scale installations and sculptures. The bloated proportions and crumpled flesh deflect and divert from the photograph’s origin, resulting in behemoth forms of something not altogether human. Targeting our relationship and unease with our bodies as well as implied undercurrents of femininity, the series presents a naked intimacy both stripped to the bone and deeply impassioned. We asked Marie about her process and where these figures come from.

Intimate Photos Take Us Into the Bedrooms of People With Disabilities (NSFW)

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For Je t’aime moi aussi, photographer Olivier Fermariello enters the bedrooms of individuals with disabilities, cutting through taboo and rarely discussed topics to reveal the complex sexual identities of his subjects.

Photographer Confronts the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness by Capturing Her Girlfriend, Who Lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder (NSFW)

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In My Girls, photographer Laurence Philomène tenderly documents intimate moments with her girlfriend Luna e Los Santos, who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a controversial and widely misunderstood mental illness resulting from a history of trauma or abuse. As a means of coping with intrusive memories, a person with DID might develop two or more distinct personalities with differing autobiographical narratives. For this courageous collaboration with Luna, Philomène disrupts the stigma and shame surrounding DID by approaching Luna’s experience through a loving and sensitive lens. Says the 21-year-old artist, “Every day is different, and for me it’s about always acknowledging whichever alter is out, treating them with love [and] respect and growing together.”

Mysterious and Unnerving Photos of the Contorted Human Body (NSFW)

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For her evocative series Ecce Homo, Berlin-based photographer Evelyn Bencicova captures the straining human body, arranged in tight, uncomfortable quarters. The work’s title, derived from the biblical line meaning “behold the man,” unites it with a long line of art historical pieces depicting human suffering through the Passion of Christ. Here, the unnamed human figure, replicated many times over, is subject to mysterious oppressions and humiliations more gradual and anonymous than the crucifixion.