Posts tagged: portrait photography

Portraits Depict Life In A Powerful New Zealand Gang

Casey Morton, a photographer based in New South Wales, Australia, wanted to document the contradictory existence of belonging to one of New Zealand’s most powerful gangs, the Black Power NZ. Formed in New Zealand by Maori and Polynesian men as a response to feeling marginalized in a colonized nation, they’re tough, live by their own creed, and are extremely exclusive.

The Woman Who Wanted to Photograph Every House in Poland

© Zofia Rydet, from the series Sociological Record, Courtesy Foundation Zofia Rydet

© Zofia Rydet, from the series Sociological Record, Courtesy Foundation Zofia Rydet

Zofia Rydet mentioned in one of her letters that taking photos for her is like vodka to an alcoholic,” curator Sebastian Cichocki says of the 20th century photographer, “It’s like an addiction, so she collects more and more and more and she’s never satisfied.”

Animated Gifs Tell a Story of War and Hope on ‘Syria Street’

Abbas, Shopkeeper, Bab al-Tabbaneh

Nisrine’s family, Bab al-Tabbaneh

Hana Awad working, Bab al-Tabbaneh

“People get used to war,” photographer Brandon Tauszik says. Daily life doesn’t halt in the face of trauma; it persists in the background. It’s something photojournalists in Syria, like Nish Nalbandian and Ali Khara, have stressed over and over again. And it’s happening forty minutes from the boarder in Tripoli, where two neighborhoods remain locked in a shaky and precarious situation.

Tauszik embarked on the multi-media project Syria Street alongside the International Committee of the Red Cross, spending ten days on the thoroughfare that separates the mostly Sunni population of Bab al-Tabbaneh from the largely Alawite community of Jabal Mohsen.

The Secrets of a Long Life Revealed in New Photo Book

Aline Grosjean, Born September 10, 1913, In Eloyes, France

Sigurgeir Jonsson, Born March 2, 1915, on Flatey Island, Iceland

When Frankfurt photographer Karsten Thormaehlen first met Carl Falck, who was born in Norway in 1907, he was promptly asked, “How do you make any money by photographing old people like me?”

Rare Photographs Of The Dancing Devils Of Liberia

“It is said that if you photograph the Bush Devils (of Liberia), the pictures won’t come out” says British photographer Conor Beary, “whether or not there is any truth to that I don’t know, but I’m not to keen on the initiation process so thought I’d skip that and document the Dancing Devils”.

Empowering the Black Female Body in a World That Denies It

La leçon d’amour, 2008 © Mickalene Thomas, courtesy Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Quanikah Goes Up, 2001/2005 © Mickalene Thomas, courtesy Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

The artist Carrie Mae Weems once asked Mickalene Thomas about the difference between the male gaze and the female gaze. Do women objectify their female subjects in the same way men do? Thomas responded, “Could a man have made these images? No, not my images.”

The exchange, pulled from Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs (Aperture, 2015), says a lot about Thomas as a photographer.

Inside the Colorful, Vibrant World of Jay Maisel

© Jay Maisel

© Jay Maisel

“There’s nothing I’m not interested in shooting,” photographer Jay Maisel said in a 2011 documentary by The Big Picture, “I have no agenda.”

As part of Month of Photography Los Angeles, Blazing Editions and ChromaLuxe have put together a Maisel retrospective at Space15Twenty, featuring 30-plus images spanning six decades of his iconic career.

Joel Sternfeld’s Colorful and Ironic America

Kansas City, Kansas, May 1983 © Joel Sternfeld, courtesy Luhring Augustine Gallery and Beetles + Huxley Gallery

McLean, Virginia, December 1978 © Joel Sternfeld, courtesy Luhring Augustine Gallery and Beetles + Huxley Gallery

In the early 1970s, Joel Sternfeld traveled the country in a Volkswagen camper with his large format camera. For years, he stopped over in small towns no one had ever heard of and saw them for what seemed like the very first time. In 1987, he published American Prospects and became one of the earliest photographers to legitimize the use of color.

A Powerful Look Inside Indonesia’s Transgender Community

Nur, 48, after make up. Indonesian transgender people are known as waria, a term which is a combination of two Indonesian words: “wanita,” which means woman, and “pria,” which means man. © Fulvio Bugani

Kirana and her snake. © Fulvio Bugani

All of the Muslim transgender women included in photojournalist Fulvio Bugani’s Waria series trusted him to tell their stories. They all gave him their written consent for the photographs, despite the fact that some of them had not felt comfortable enough to come out to their families.

Bugani met a community of waria, as transgender women are known in Indonesia, through Shinta Ratri, an activist and founder of the Pondok Pesantren Waria Al-Fatah, a madrasa in Yogyakarta. She opened the school as a safe-haven for Muslim transgender women to pray and learn without fear of violence or discrimination.

A Photographer’s One-of-a-Kind Love Letter to Cuba


Una Santerita, 1998, Havana


Boys Will Be Boys, 1991, Havana

Photographer Manuello Paganelli met Gregorio Fuentes, the Cuban skipper of Ernest Hemingway’s boat, in 1991. He knocked on the wooden door of a pale blue cottage with tears in his eyes.

When at last Fuentes, who had served as inspiration for The Old Man and the Sea, opened the door, they spoke for hours. At that time, the old man was in his nineties. He would pass alway in 2002 at the age of 104. Unlike Paganelli, he never got a chance to see the reparation of US-Cuba relations.

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