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Sex, Drugs, and Punk Rock: Confessions of a 1980s Girl

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Love Belly, Huntington Beach, California, 2011

February-March 1987
I didn’t know what was expected of me.
I didn’t know what to tell my dad.
How could I give him directions to save me.
I didn’t want to make him mad.
I didn’t want to get into trouble with him.
So I decided not to call him.
That was my last decision.
He decided to kiss me on the couch.
I sat there scared to death.
He decided we should go to “bed”.
I was praying for sleep.
He wore just boxers.
I think I wore a t-shirt.
He decided to kiss me some more. He decided to lay on top of me.
I told him I was still a virgin.

© Deanna Templeton, courtesy the artist and Little Big Man Gallery

In 1985, a teenage girl in Orange County ran away from home. She stayed away for one night and came back to her mother, who gave her a camera “as a coming home present.” Thirty years later, that young woman has grown to become photographer Deanna Templeton, but the camera continues to be the thread that ties her to her past as a passionate, punk-loving adolescent from suburbia.

This Forgotten Hotel in Mozambique Is Home to 1,000 Squatters

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In the mid-20th century, says The Netherlands-based photographer Ferry Verheij, the Grande Hotel promised to bring wealth and prosperity to Beira, Mozambique, then under Portuguese control. Its doors opened in 1955, catering to the richest of the rich—including Hollywood starlets Kim Novak— with more than 100 decadently furnished rooms, an impressive swimming pool, and fine cuisine. The Grande Hotel, however, was too ambitious, too extravagant, and utterly unsustainable. It closed less than a decade after opening.

Revealing the Power and Beauty of Yemeni Women

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Frustrated by the constant questions about her experience as a woman in the Middle East, Yemeni Egyptian American photographer Yumna Al-Arashi wanted to show another side of wearing the hijab in her project Northern Yemen; one that conveys Yemeni women’s power, grace and beauty without showing their skin or face. Framed against the beauty of the country’s dramatic landscape, a new light is cast upon these women who appear as powerful as their surroundings, Yumna elaborates: “Yemeni women are strong, leaders of their home, their families, and their land”.

Beautiful, Life-Affirming Photos of Elderly Dogs

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Chauncey (middle), 12 years old, daughter Sailor Girl (left) and Ready girl (right), 6 years old, Juneau, Alaska

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In 2006, New York City-based photographer Nancy LeVine said goodbye to her two best friends, dogs Lulu and Maxie. She has devoted more than a decade to honoring their legacy, traveling the United States in search of souls like theirs, elderly canines who are living out their golden years with a dignity and warmth that far exceed the aches and pains of old age.

Photos Capture the Side-by-Side Transitions of a Couple in Love

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Relationship, #23 (The Longest Day of the Year), 2011

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Relationship, #33, 2008-2013

There’s a photo on Myspace from 2005, picturing a party in Manhattan. In the crowd, two strangers are dancing. Three years later, those anonymous people would meet and fall in love. From 2008 until 2014, Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst took hundreds more photographs of one another, not as part of a noisy group, but together in the privacy of their own home. Over the course of that time, Drucker, a transgender woman, and Ernst, a transgender man, would transition, side-by-side.

The 13-Year-Old Pageant Girl Who’s Challenging Racism in Brazil

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Luana, Maysa’s sister, decided she also wants be a model.

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Sunday morning, after buying bread for breakfast.

Maysa is proud of her skin, her beauty, her african hair,” says Brazilian photographer Luisa Dorr of her thirteen-year-old muse and close friend, whom she has documented for the last two years. The photographer remembers vividly meeting the girl, then eleven, at Palacio do Cedro during the Young Miss Brazil pageant. She wore a green dress and dreamt someday of being in the competition herself.

Candid Photos of ‘Desktop Dining’ in the American Workplace

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Michael Brennan, Managing director in high-yield bond sales, Citigroup, New York. Pizza and chicken soup.

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Monica Vaccari, Community manager of social media, Audible, Newark. Chicken-and-andouille soup; beignets for dessert.

“The way people eat at work is pretty sad,” the disillusioned ethnographer June Jo Lee told journalist Malia Wollan of The New York Times Magazine. For the story Failure to Lunch: The lamentable rise of desktop dining, the magazine teamed up with New York City-based photographer Brian Finke to conduct a survey of the state of munching in American offices.

Portraits of People Who Have Overcome Unhappiness (NSFW)

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Dóri, Budapest, 2015

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Mária at her home, 2015

“Hungarians really like to complain, and we are the one of the most depressed nations”, emphasises Hungarian photographer Eva Szombat, who has observed signs of unhappiness both in herself and the people around her. The question “what makes us happy?” has become a personal fascination for the photographer; she has to date produced a series of projects with the intention of increasing the viewer’s happiness. Her latest photo book Practitioners celebrates the people who have overcome unhappiness by prioritizing whatever it is that makes them happy: from gender reassignment surgery and collecting everyday objects to having a pet.

Behind-the-Scenes in the Life of a Dominatrix

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The key to BDSM, says New York City-based photographer Samir Abady, is trust. He’s witnessed the profound intimacy that enfolds inside the dungeon of a dominatrix; there have been moments so delicate that just the click of the shutter could break the spell. Kink is the photographer’s ongoing chronicle of women who venture into the professional world of BDSM, the submissives who confide in them, and the day-to-day goings on of their otherwise mundane—or, as Abady would say, “vanilla”—lives.

People Who Narrowly Escape Death Expose Their Scars

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Mike, moped crash, 9th March, 2009

English photographer Emily Goddard’s self-confessed “morbid curiosity” about death and scars started when she was a child and her godmother’s late husband had a large spherical growth on his cheek. The photographer elaborates: “I remember it being quite shocking. Similarly, without wanting to sound too peculiar, I find death enthralling and terrifying in equal measure”. When death leaves his mark is Emily’s debut photo series and comprises a series of portraits of people with dramatic scars from near death experiences.

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