Posts tagged: portrait photography

Photographer Jonathan May on the Most Important Photo He’s Ever Taken


© Jonathan May

Jonathan May: The photograph I took of Stanford, the young boy in Kenya with a rare disease, Xeroderma pigmentosum, an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light is deficient, is the most important image I’ve taken. I was able to win the Head On portrait prize in Sydney with the image I took, and give him the money to help with ongoing hospital costs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fairy tale ending though, and the disease can’t be cured, only managed, so it is an ongoing battle for young Stanford. I am still in touch with his mother and am continuing to help him on his journey.

For the Bushmen of Africa, Life is a Struggle Between Tradition and Modernity


A Kalahari San Bushman climbing a tree traditionally used for firewood. The Bushman makes use of a variety of natural resources for daily life, including a whole host of wood for different purposes.

A mother and daughter, in traditional dress, perform a Bushman dance.

A mother and daughter, in traditional dress, perform a Bushman dance.

When documentary photographer Daniel Cuthbert drove seventeen hours into the Kalahari Desert to meet the Bushmen for the first time, the only thing he had to go by for reference was a lengthy set of co-ordinates with the message, meet us here at 4pm. On Cuthbert’s Sat Nav this spot showed up as the definition of the middle of nowhere: a no-man’s-land inaccessible by road. With a medium format Rollei 6008i, he set out into the wild nothingness of the savannah to document the Bushmen of modern-day.

Homeless Pit Bulls Get a Chance to Shine in Floral Photo Series


Murdock, available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue


Aphrodite, available for adoption at Sean Casey Animal Rescue


Apple, adopted

Murdock, says New York-based photographer Sophie Gamand, who has been making portraits of pit bull type dogs over the last year, is “the sweetest dog.” Like many pit bulls who ultimately wind up homeless and in shelters, Murdock was abused at a dog fighting ring, where he was used as a “bait dog” to test the fighting strength of other dogs. His mouth was likely taped shut so that he was unable to defend himself, and he survived the ordeal with one blind eye and numerous wounds. Despite the cruelty of his past, Murdock was and continues to be deeply loved by the shelter staffers who care for him. Pit bulls like Murdock are what drives Gamand to continue to fight against the stigma that often surrounds them with her series Pit Bull Flower Power, for which she has photographed over one hundred dogs cloaked in handmade crowns of blossoms.

Offbeat Portraits of Reenactors Taken Throughout the U.S. and the European Union


Bernese Mountain Dogs, Maifest, Leavenworth, Washington, 2014


Fur Trappers, High Chaparral, Hillerstorp, Sweden, 2008

Globalization and development, suggests Los Angeles-based photographer Naomi Harris, has brought with it a crop of unexpected novelty communities, amusement parks, and events throughout the United States and Europe in which each of two continents delight in customs and traditions of the other. For EUSA, she spent years traveling throughout the states and the European Union in search of places and gatherings where this cultural inversions can be found—from the Oktoberfests and Maifests of Leavenworth, Washington to Germany’s Western-themed Pullman City.

Photographer Amos Mac Puts Trans Issues in the Spotlight



There are so many people in the world who have not had the privilege of a realistic or fair representation. The framing may be wrong; they may be fetishised as a subject, or perhaps the angles are pushed forward with a strange kind of inherent bias. It’s prevalent in all forms of art, in television and in film, but in photography these discrepancies become even more apparent. Only 8 black women have been on the cover of vogue in its 132 year history. Trans women or trans men certainly have not been at all. The fashion world is still invested in superiority, especially when it comes to beauty. But it feels like things are changing slowly, and as always, those who have been pushed to the side work twice as hard to show their work (which is often twice as interesting and genre breaking.) Amos Mac exemplifies this artistic fashion resistance.

‘Where Love Is Illegal’ Gives Voice to LGBTQI Individuals Whose Human Rights Have Been Violated


A posed portrait of Sally. Sally has been in Lebanon for 7 months. “I ran away from Syria because I was running away from ISIS. One of my family members is now with ISIS. Because of him, I ran away here. He was in charge of investigations in ISIS. They want to catch and kill the gays. My last partner was kidnapped and interrogated by ISIS. I’m 90% sure they killed him. To kill someone they will choose the highest building and push him from it. They are worse than the Syrian investigation services. The gay people are treated as if they have a contagious disease. In Islam you are given the chance to ask for mercy and to re-enter Islam and follow the Islamic law. But ISIS considers gays as a contagious disease, so that’s why they kill them.” Sally says her friend will be forced to name all the LGBT people he knows, including Sally. Then they will be hunted. “Some of my other gay friends were captured and stoned to death, one pushed from the roof of a building, one was shot in the head – because of their sexuality. They had no proof – in Islam they say you have to have three witnesses, and caught in action, but they didn’t have any, they just killed them because they knew they were gay. I can never go back to Syria, the door of my parents and my country has been shut in my face. If I went back, they would kill me. The regime will take me directly to military service where I will die. ISIS will execute me – they will throw me from a building. Before they would shoot them. Now they push everyone from the buildings.” Discussing his identity Sally says, “On the inside I’m a woman, from the outside – I don’t know maybe half/half. I’m a woman and not a man, I don’t even consider myself a gay person, what can I do. I’m planning to do my sex transition.” Sally has a short-term job teaching literacy to refugees to survive as well as receiving some support from NGOs. She is waiting for resettlement. Beirut, Lebanon. February 2015.

Where Love Is Illegal, says Paris-based photographer and human rights advocate Robin Hammond, began with five gay men fighting for survival in Nigeria after having been arrested and tortured. They were living in hiding from the public, afraid and without homes; their story continues to haunt Hammond, to anger him, and to spur him forward in his journey towards giving voice and a platform to LGBTQI individuals suffering abuses that remain untold and invisible to the world at large.

Announcing Our Flora & Fauna Photography Show Winners to be Exhibited at Photoville


© Brooke DiDonato
Blending In
11 x 17 inches
Edition of 10
$375 (40% of proceeds to Hempstead Town Animal Shelter)


© Brooke DiDonato
11 x 17 inches
Edition of 10
$375 (40% of proceeds to Hempstead Town Animal Shelter)

Flora & Fauna, presented by the photography website Feature Shoot at Photoville, is a show about plants and animals curated by Feature Shoot’s Instagram followers opening Friday, September 10 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Over a period of 3 weeks, we sorted through over 9,000 images and posted over 400 images to Instagram, inviting our followers to vote. Our followers cast their votes simply by “liking” the image(s) on Instagram, and the 25 most popular images (from 22 photographers around the world) are presented in this show.

3 Photographers on What It’s Like to Work (and Sell Images) with ImageBrief (Sponsored)


Emily Wilson

“I like working with people who genuinely want me to succeed,” says portrait photographer Emily Wilson—who has worked with such clients as The New York Times, Grey Advertising, and The Globe and Mail—of her decision to join ImageBrief, a platform that directly connects brands, advertising agencies, and other buyers who are looking for specific content with photographers who are perfect for the job. Like so many others on ImageBrief, she’s found the support she needs to further build her already impressive network of top clients, including Reebok, whose executives hired her on assignment after seeing some images she’d uploaded to her profile.

Edo Bertoglio’s Polaroids Capture the Glamour and Grit of NYC Punk in the 1970s-80s (NSFW)


Blouson De Cuir, New York, 1979


Andy’s Big Shot, New York, 1978

In the fall of 1976, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio and his then-wife and collaborator Maripol ascended to the chilly 86th floor open-air observatory of the Empire State Building and looked out over Manhattan, where they would spend the next years of their lives immersed in the burgeoning art and music scene. In polaroids, Bertoglio chronicled his daily life in a city that never slept, where he visited CBGBs , Studio 54, and Club 57 with the likes of Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, and many, many more.

Hard-Hitting Images Examine the Complex Relationship Between Asians and Elephants

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A tear rolls the cheek of a distressed elephant as his spirit is broken after three days of imprisonment in a wooded crush on the Thai- Burma border

Hand of a Mahout as he leeds this your elephant in Western Thailand

Hand of a Mahout as he leeds an elephant in Western Thailand

“In Asia, we haven’t quite figured out whether we love these animals or hate them,” says Madras-born, Hong Kong-based photographer Palani Mohan of the elephants he spent over five years documenting. Vanishing Giants is his testimony of the ways in which mankind both cherishes and does violence to the Asian elephants that live amongst humans in villages and cities alike.