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Startling Street Posters of Suicide Bombers in Palestine

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Ramallah, a Palestinian city set within the Israeli-occupied territory of the West Bank, is plastered with posters picturing suicide bombers, resistance fighters, and other Palestinian militants who have died— or martyred themselves— for their cause. In 2003, while covering the violence and conflict that permeates the West Bank, Dutch photojournalist Ad van Denderen turned to these tattered posters to tell the story of the area, ultimately publishing them in a single volume for Useful Photography 4 by Kessels Kramer.

Heartbreaking Photos of Missing Pet Posters in Tokyo

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Phiphi: Body is so small, it is worried about not being attacked by crows and cats

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For Pets, Tokyo-based photographer Kuraya Takashi catalogs some of the hundreds of “missing” pet posters that line the city streets. In photographing each each weather-beaten sign up close, he asks that we recognize the acute meaning these ordinary and inexpensively-made documents, each of which holds the image of a beloved and lost friend.

Photographer Documents the Intimate Moments of a Woman She Met on Facebook (NSFW)

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Early last year, Italian photographer Giulia Bersani was searching for a compelling story to tell. As an experiment, she decided to post the following message on her Facebook page: “If you think you have a pretty/strange/interesting life and you would like to trust me and work with me (wherever you live) feel free to write me.” To her surprise, a girl named Giada from Napoli replied, “my life is a story which tells about shit and love. Beautiful and damned… It’s pure poetry.” Intrigued by the interesting potential of this subject, Bersani found herself in the heart of Napoli a few weeks later, documenting Giada’s story of love, life and motherhood. The resulting series, titled Stronger, stems from the powerful city of Napoli and one women who resides there.

Fascinating Photos of Transnistria, a Moldovan Territory that Maintains a Pro-Russian Position

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In Hristovaia village, swimming in the lake is a popular pastime for youth.

For Transnistria Conglomerate, photographer Anton Polyakov traces the newly emerging generation of Transnistria, a state which, despite its official status as a region in Moldova, maintains a staunchly pro-Russian position.

Photographer Explores the Effects of Fukushima Three Years Later

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Nozaki and his family stand for a portrait in a snow covered vegetable field in the town of Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. Nozaki and his wife are not overly concerned about radiation contaminating food and water, but how discrimination will impact the future for their 4 year-old daughter. February 2014.

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Main street in the town of Odaka, Fukushima, about 6 miles from the Daichi nuclear power plant. The city remains lifeless except for the sounds of grating coos of crows in the nearby distance. Residents may return for the day to survey the damage to their homes, but are not allowed to live in the city. March 2014

Life Within 90km is photographer Brian Driscoll’s reflection on the life of residents of Fukushima, three years after the earthquake and subsequent power plant explosion that left 160,000 people displaced and still seeking answers.

Playful Portraits of Hipsters Wearing Beards Made of Furry Critters

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It’s November, or as some like to call it “No Shave November,” the four weeks of the year in which citizens are invited to let their beards grow long in hopes of raising awareness about prostate cancer. During the hairiest month of the year, we return to the ad campaign that swept the world this summer: Schick’s “Free Your Skin,” a series of images men sporting beards that have morphed into fluffy ferrets of all shapes and colors.

Dynamic Nude Self Portraits Depict One Woman’s Changing Body Over Seven Years (NSFW)

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Over the duration of seven years, London based photographer Polly Penrose created a series of dynamic self portraits that examine a woman’s changing body and it’s emotional reaction to a physical space. The series, titled Body of Work, began in a purely organic way, stemming from her desire to capture eccentric nude portraits, while aware she could more accurately dictate concepts and ideas using herself as a subject rather than a model.

Intimacy, Love, and the Aging Body: Photographer Marna Clarke Documents Her Life Over 70 (NSFW)

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What happens when a photographer gives up photographing for 14 years? In the case of Marin-based photographer Marna Clarke, she returns to it after her partner Igor put a camera back in her hands. After a few years of fine art work, she began work on You’re Not Getting Any Younger when she was 70, unveiling private moments shared with the man who had encouraged her. By turning her lens inward, Clarke takes ownership of her body, not only as a woman but also as a human being coming to terms with aging. In a world that too often denies the sensual desires of those past middle age, she both validates and celebrates the joys and sorrows of the maturing self, riding each emotional tide with determination, frankness, and grace. She spoke to us in detail about her journey.

Our Latest Group Show Examines the Powerful – and Often Tragic – Pull of Addiction

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While most of us think of drugs and alcohol when it comes to addiction, our latest group show reveals that this affliction can take many different forms.

“Addiction is a difficult thing to present honestly and subtly. We’ve all been bombarded with over-the-top images of addiction in movies and TV: the strung-out addict, the violent spouse, the jaded junkie. We chose Octavio, Harrison and Michele’s photos because they put a human face on addiction, subtly showing us how various addictions, from drugs to cigarettes to cell phones, creep into our lives and slowly change us.” Says the team behind Narratively. Together they have selected an inspired and confronting collection of work submitted by Feature Shoot readers.

Congratulations to Michele Selway, Harrison Moss, and Luis Octavio Silva Hoyos, who will receive a one-year subscription to Squarespace, the innovative website publishing platform perfect for the creative. They make it simple to create professional website that are 100% customizable, making web design accessible to everyone. Complete with award-winning designs, hosting, domains, commerce, and 24/7 support, Squarespace offers photographers more ways to market themselves and grow their business.

Photographer Captures Everyday Life Inside ‘The City of Children’

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The City of Children, located in the outskirts of Budapest, Hungary, is a housing facility for children seeking help from their dysfunctional and poverty-stricken families. New York based photographer Monika Merva, a first generation American of Hungarian descent, has been returning here over the course of seven years to document the everyday life of the children who have made this place their home. Merva’s interest in portraiture, children and her desire to help others through photography, led her to meet with the director of the children’s home. It wasn’t until a year later that she gained permission to photograph there in what would become her series, The City of Children.