Posts tagged: portrait photography

Portraits of a Community Living Off the Grid in a Remote Spanish Ecovillage


Photographer Kevin Faingnaert first heard about Matavenero, a remote ecovillage high up in the isolated mountainous region of Northwest Spain, from a friend who had cycled across Europe. Intrigued by the idea of abandoned villages that were quickly becoming populated again by groups of eco-friendly, independently-minded people living off the grid, he knew it was worth exploring. Without asking permission, he simply arrived at the village, set up a tent and tried to become part of the community. The resulting series, Matavenero, was taken over the course of his one month stay there.

Inside the Homes and Lives of Papua’s Indigenous Kombai Peoples

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Woman against a giant sago palm. The feathers Kombai women wear as a sign of beauty include those of chickens and cockatoos.

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Hunter at rest in a tree house. Only men sleep in tree houses. Women sleep in small houses on the ground.

The stories and histories of the indigenous Kombai people of Papua New Guinea is distorted to a degree by legend, hearsay, and assumptions. The Kombai has survived by a hunter-gatherer lifestyle passed down over the generations and many millennia, abiding by their own codes of law, ritual, and ethics. Brooklyn-based photographer Frédéric Lagrange made the journey to the swampy foothills of the island forests to document the realities of daily life for the elusive tribe.

Alec Soth and Stacey Baker Go Speed Dating

One of Minnesota-based photographer Alec Soth’s most recognizable images is his portrait of Stacey Baker standing solo amongst the sheep of South Plains, Texas. Since that shot was first captured, the photographer and Baker, Associate Photo Editor for The New York Times Magazine, have become friends and collaborators, and for a recent project, the duo embarked onto an investigation into one of the most elusive topics of all time: the nature of true, life-altering, abiding love.

Hospitalized for Depression, Laura Hospes Documents Her Experience in a Series of Unflinching Self-Portraits



When Netherlands-based photographer Laura Hospes was hospitalized following a suicide attempt, she took her camera with her into unit UCP-UMCG, where she is still undergoing treatment. Instead of relinquishing her passion and aspirations, she continues to make self-portraits within the confines of her temporary residence.

Sexy, Poetic Portraits Feature the Delicate Fluff from Dandelions (NSFW)



As children, we’re told to blow away dandelion feathers, or seeds, and make a wish. Vegetal artist Duy Anh Nhan Duc calls these silky stands “egrets,” like the snow-white bird; for Dandelion, he teamed up with Paris-based photographer Isabelle Chapuis to transform two women into dandelion-human hybrids, each adorned with egrets plucked one by one from the head of the flower.

A Mother Captures Timeless Images of Her Children Playing in the Ocean




After the birth of her first daughter in 2010, photographer Natalie Grono reentered the world of playgrounds and familiar landscapes from her own childhood. Growing up on the coast of New South Wales, the ocean setting seemed like a natural place to photograph her children for her series, Sea Dreaming.

Portraits of ‘Vision Questers’ in a Small Eco Village in Colombia



In February of 2015, London based photographer Baker traveled to a small eco-village in southern Colombia to take part in a Vision Quest. In this ancient ceremony, ‘questers’ spend several days in the wilderness without food or water praying to the great spirit for a vision to guide them on their path in life. We speak to him about his experience here and the photographs he captured on this spiritual journey.

While Living with an Elderly Community in Miami, a Young Photographer Becomes Their Surrogate Granddaughter


Marie and Sonja by the pool, 2000


Dick and his dirty photo, 2000


Leigh, 1999

Los Angeles-based photographer Naomi Harris describes herself as an “old soul,” noting that even in her twenties, when she went to live with the senior residents of Miami’s Haddon Hall hotel, she coveted the company of those who had lived long, fruitful lives. From December 1999 until April 2002, she became, as she puts it, the “surrogate granddaughter” of the eighty and ninety-something retirees who made the hotel their home.

Intimate Portraits Give Voice to Transgender Youth




Three years ago, Belgian photographer Farida Lemeatrag embarked on a journey that would lead her to tell the stories of twenty-five transgender adolescents and youngsters through a series of intimate and vulnerable portraits born of mutual trust and collaboration.

Touching Portraits of Dogs Taken Years Apart, from Puppyhood to Old Age


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Lily, 15 years

Although Massachusetts-based portrait photographer Amanda Jones has been working with dogs for two decades, the first canine she could call her own was a longhaired Dachshund named Lily. As Jones’s first-born, Lily was there for it all— various relocations, the arrival of the photographer’s human baby— until she passed away after sixteen years of friendship. Lily, says the photographer, was the companion who ultimately led her to create Dog Years, a book for which she captured dogs in mirrored photographs of their youth and old age, taken years apart.