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Lauren Pisano’s Evocative Portraits Tell a Bittersweet Love Story

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© Lauren Pisano / Offset

It’s the small things that compel Los Angeles-based photographer Lauren Pisano to reach for her camera. It can be a gust of wind, the shadows of twilight, or the ineffable twinge of something working in her subconscious. She goes through her daily life collecting ordinary moments, memorizing the details so that she can re-stage them later. Ultimately, she fulfills the role both of photographer and subject, employing her self-portraiture as a means of witnessing her routine from the outside, of alternately detaching from and reattaching to her own idea of self.

‘Felines of New York’ Captures What Being a New Yorker Means to Cats

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“I can see some really expensive condos from here. I’d like to get in one and scratch the shit out of some really nice furniture, maybe piss on something. I don’t know, I like to dream big.” – Carl

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“I think I’ve got one or two good novels in me.” – Kathleen Hanna, Bushwick

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“Sometimes I come in here to think.” – Pearl, Astoria Queens

Cats have a reputation for being enigmatical and secretive, but photographer Jim Tews of Felines of New York (FONY) has found a way to get even the most cynical kitties to open up about their day-to-day activities, their innermost thoughts, their hopes and their fears. Spoofing the popular Humans of New York, a photography blog in which founder Brandon Stanton documents and interviews the city’s many residents, Felines of New York is a new Tumbr devoted entirely to the critters who really run the Big Apple.

Portraits of Russian Youth Who Embrace Cosplay Culture

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For her series Declared Detachment, photographer Mariya Kozhanova captured beautiful portraits of Russian youth who take part in a life of cosplay. For those unaware of the term, cosplay is the practice of wearing the costumes of fictional characters. These youth have adopted the trend, usually reserved for fan events like Comic-con, into their daily lives.

Uncanny Portraits of Antique Dolls and Strangers Who Look Just Like Them

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When London-born photographer Annie Collinge traveled across the globe to Manhattan, she could not have predicted that she would discover in one of the city’s many flea markets a discarded doll that undeniably resembled her faraway aunt Yolanda. The likeness of the 1960s antique figure, masked in goggles and outfitted for a day of skiing, to a true—if tiny— human being was what first compelled the photographer to embark on Five Inches of Limbo, for which she paired real, live sitters with their porcelain doubles.

Curious Portraits of Performance Artists From Around

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Christine Haase [Germany]

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Ane Lan [Norway]

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Julie Djikey Kim [DR Congo]

A woman stares into Patrick Morarescu’s lens outfitted in a red dress, her head and upper torso jammed into a pair of tan pantyhose. Maybe this would be considered a non-traditional way to sit for a portrait, but not if you’re a performance artist.

Portraits of Elderly Peasant Women Who Continue to Wear Traditional German Costumes

Eric Schuett, Anna Katharina Haber, Hesse, 2014

Anna Katharina Haber, Hesse, 2014

Eric Schuett, Anna Schaefer, Schaumburg, 2010

Anna Schaefer, Schaumburg, 2010

Eric Schuett, Engel Marie Meier, Schaumburg, 2011

Engel Marie Meier, Schaumburg, 2011

For Village Queens, German photographer Eric Schuett tracks down and captures the last remaining women living in rural communities throughout Germany and into Alsace who still adhere to the traditional costuming that once dressed the majority of the village population.

Touching Photographs Capture the Love Shared Between a Lesbian Couple in Poland and Their Children

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Gdansk, Poland: Agnes and Honorata

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Gdansk, Poland: Agnes and Honorata after work

For Between the Blocks, Warsaw-based photographer Anna Liminowicz tells the story of Honorata and Agnieszka, a same-sex couple living in Poland with their two children.

‘Choreographing My Past’ Follows a Dancer’s Transition Back into Her Family Home

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When Brooklyn-based dancer Shoccara Marcus learned of her father’s cancer diagnosis, she immediately packed up her life and returned home to Atlanta after more than ten years away. Her unexpected arrival brought with it an array of ambiguities; now an adult, she found herself propelled backwards into the role she had occupied as a child. Choreographing My Past emerged organically as Marcus revisited her childhood surroundings. In each frame, she performs a new step, constructing an ongoing dance by which she navigates the invisible but inevitable tensions that run beneath any homecoming.

Photos Capture the Keystone XL Pipeline Protest Movement in America’s Heartland

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Framed by the door of a tipi, Leota Eastman-Iron Cloud watches her kite float in the air at the Oyate Wahancanka Woecun camp outside of Ideal, South Dakota. Translated into english, the camp’s name means “Shielding the People” in the Lakota language. The place was installed to protest the Keystone XL pipeline and for prayer. The pipeline is proposed to cross the Rosebud Reservation at this location.

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A row of feed bunks leading along the driveway to Rosemary Kilmurry’s house. The pipeline is proposed to cross several sections of the Kilmurry property including this location. February 2014

Since the Canadian company TransCanada petitioned the United States government in 2005 to approve the expansion the Keystone oil pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands into the heart of Steele City, Nebraska, the potential of the Keystone XL has loomed heavily over our country. For those of us not living directly on the land through which the pipeline would run, it seems like a relatively simple debate, with the liberals opposing its construction on the basis of environmental concerns and conservatives supporting it in hopes of a bolstered economy. When Toronto-based photographer Kate Schneider set foot on Nebraskan and South Dakotan land, however, she discovered something far more complex: a community of apolitical ranchers and Native American peoples banding together in protest against the Keystone XL, commonly referred to as “black snake.”

‘Be Happy!': Raw, Intimate Photos Capture the Early Adulthood in a Small Russian Town (NSFW)

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“I want them to be happy,” says Moscow-based photographer Igor Samolet of the band of teens and twenty-somethings he met three years ago while visiting the small town in which he went to school. He was drawn to them immediately, to their recklessness and resilience, their courage and their confusion. Be Happy! is his tribute to their adventures, their booze-soaked evenings spent sprawled naked on the floor, and the adolescent dreams and impulses and sensations that animate their youth.