Posts tagged: portrait photography

Behind-the-Scenes Photographs of the Pasadena Police Department in the 1980s


(6/7/86) Agent Lee Baroni with “Duster” (subject under the influence of PCP) who attacked patrol car


(8/8/85) Agent Lionel Salgado looking for rock cocaine in suspected Crip’s mouth.

Newport Beach-based photographer William Valentine grew up with a father in Pasadena Police Department, and many of his formative childhood memories unfolded within the context of life and death situations. Between the ages of five and eight, he explains that he had been on board a code three—or life threatening— call, and had witnessed a dead man being brought in by ambulance after a drug overdose. During long nights, he waited up for his dad to return home. By the time he was in college studying photography, Valentine had a potent sense of belonging within the force.

An Intimate Look at Kindred Spirits Evie Lou and Laura Jane (NSFW)



Evie Lou and Laura Jane looks at the complex and intimate relationship between photographer Noelle McCleaf’s mother and her best friend. It’s a story of two women who describe themselves as “alike with an honored difference,” who together signify an under-represented part of American society: aging women full of charisma, vibrant energy, with an understanding of the Earth and our place within it.

Portraits of Mothers Who’ve Been Given Makeovers by Their 3 to 5-Year-Old Daughters


Model:Ashley Donoghue Makeup Artist: Aavie Donoghue (Age 3)


Model: Kerri Madsen Makeup Artist: Abby Howell (Age 4)

For #DaughterDoesMyMakeup, Canadian photographer Elly Heise invited girls aged three to five into her studio, arming them with the mascara, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick needed to makeup their mothers’ faces however they wished. In handing over creative control to the children, she works to subvert contemporary ideals of beauty and femininity, placing value instead in self-expression and individuality.

Adorable Portraits of Puppies Enjoying a Good Shake





For dogs, shaking off can a calming activity, one that relaxes the muscles while getting rid of pesky moisture, bugs, or even negative emotions. For Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson, dogs provide a similar sense of restoration and healing. In the sometimes painful world we live in, our furry friends are always there to remind us of what’s so beautiful, silly, and joyous about life. On the heels of her viral hit SHAKE, in which she captured dogs in the midst of a particularly satisfying shimmy, Davidson presents her new book SHAKE Puppies.

Portraits Capture the Joy and Suffering of the Ugandan People



Photographer Gloria Baker Feinstein first arrived in Uganda in 2006 to participate in a photography workshop. She had no intention of returning, but the children, particularly those at St. Mary Kevin Orphanage in Kajjansi, got under her skin. Hoping to maintain a long term relationship with them, she has returned seven times and even established a non-profit, Change the Truth, to assist and provide them with opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have. Her photo series, simply titled Uganda, began to grow and evolve to include the villagers who live near the orphanage and particularly the grandmothers who help raise the children. To this community, she is known as “Mama Gloria,” and through photography she seeks to share the stories and struggles of Ugandan people.

Photographer Creates Magical Portraits of Her 4-Year-Old Daughter in ‘Seen Not Heard’




For Seen Not Heard, North Carolina-based photographer Heather Evans Smith explores her relationship with her 4-year-old daughter, turning her lens on the girl for the first time to construct fanciful portraits that highlight both the joys and anxieties of childhood.

Fascinating Portraits of Texan Women with their Handguns







Houston-based photographer Shelley Calton has known how to shoot a gun since she ten or eleven years old, when she would join her father and sisters for target practice. She was raised around firearms, and in addition to his hunting shotguns, her father kept handguns for self-defense. For Concealed, Calton documents the many Texan women who own guns, not for sport but for protection.

‘Real Prettiness’ Depicts People with Down Syndrome in a New Light



For her series Real Prettiness, German photographer Linda Dajana Krüger seeks to call attention to those with Down Syndrome while looking past the realities of the genetic disorder that affects one in 800 births worldwide. When Krüger reached out to Diakonie Werkstatt Mannheim Neckarau, a German employment service agency for the disabled, with the proposition of showing those with Down Syndrome in a different light, they jumped at the opportunity.

Soft Nude Portraits Challenge Representations of the Black Male Body (NSFW)



For a recent series shot for ADULT magazine, Washington, DC-based photographer John Edmonds examines the black male body as it stands nude within sunlit interiors. In a world in which African American bodies are so often seen through a lens of otherness, coded as both virile and violent, Edmonds cuts through the political valence that surrounds these bodies to reveal the humanity and gentleness of each of his young sitters, who are most often strangers he encounters during his daily routine.

Photos Capture the Diverse Community of a DIY Skatepark in Cleveland


Cory’s hand tattoos read, “Cleveland Concrete.” Cory hopes to do concrete professionally one day. July, 2014.


D.J. and Jaden fight while D.J. wears Alistair’s ‘Decrepit Riders’ vest. September, 2014.

Cleveland-based photographer Ricky Rhodes first visited the deserted DIY skatepark at a friend’s invitation on a bitter January afternoon in 2013. In the summer of the following year, he returned to discover a flourishing community of skaters, street artists, and children who had made their home within. Day in and day out, he frequented the park, gradually gaining the trust of its regular crew, who devotedly spent their summers building new ramps, creating elaborate graffiti art, and holding the occasional birthday party.