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This Mother with Muscular Dystrophy Loves Her Life

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For Camilla Nielsen, the choice of motherhood was an extraordinary risk. Over thirty-three years now, Camilla has been living a doughty life with muscular dystrophy, and she loves this life. This incurable condition progressively weakens her musculoskeletal system and the pregnancy has further deteriorated her state, as well as risking the transmission of genes. But surrounded by her caring boyfriend Jesper and three young children, Camilla has a luminous spirit carrying her from one day to the next.

Desire and Anxiety in the Male Cruising Sites of Barcelona

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“Sometimes, coming here makes me feel less alone, but sometimes it just makes me feel like I’m the only one on the planet,” confided a man to Barcelona-based photographers Katia Repina and Luca Aimi as they explored the mysterious contours of male cruising in the public parks of Catalonia. I Don’t Need to Know You pulls back the veil of invisibility that so often shrouds the topic to reveal a pulsating care of human desire.

Announcing the First Ever Feature Shoot Print Swap!

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Another early morning, chasing fog and birds © Luke Cody (@lukejamescody), 1362 votes thus far

Over the past year, our Instagram account (@featureshoot) has swelled to include more than 90,000 followers. Our feed has become a community where photographers, artists, journalists, editors, and anyone looking for some beauty can connect and share their stories. In addition to running images featured on our website, it has become a daily ritual and a delight to comb through the submissions of our followers who use the hashtag #myfeatureshoot, which has some 112,000 images as of this posting.

Our Instagram will continue to grow to foster more voices, and over the next few months, we’ve decided to host an online print swap in celebration of our upcoming milestone of hitting 100,000 followers. The swap is taking place exclusively on Instagram, and the process is simple.

To enter your photographs for consideration for the swap, simply follow @featureshoot and tag your photos #featureshootswap. You can also send your images at to [email protected] at 700 pixels wide or larger, with the subject line reading “Print Swap.” We will post our favorites to our feed, and then it’s up to you guys to vote on which images you’d like to see included. One “like” equals one vote, and the 100 pictures with the most votes will be a part of the swap.

The deadline is whenever we hit 100,000 followers, so it’s a good idea to submit now.

Once the winners are chosen, we will take care of the rest, including printing and shipping the winning images. The 100 selected photographers will each give and receive a print, and part of the fun is that the print everyone gets will be chosen at random and will therefore be a surprise.

There are just a few rules. Unfortunately, photographers outside of the United States are not eligible to participate due to the high costs of shipping, although we hope to expand to include international photographers in the future. All images submitted must be able to be printed at 8X10 inches. All prints will be beautifully made by our friends at Ken Allen Studios.

Thanks so much for celebrating and nurturing our community of Instagrammers, and good luck to all!

An Unforgettable Look at Life with an Eating Disorder

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Ania (16) is in her room that she shares with two of the other girls. “I actually had no idea that they photoshopped the models in magazines – or that people from Hollywood often had had plastic surgery.” © Marie Hald/Moment/INSTITUTE

It has a name, says Danish photographer Marie Hald. The girls who suffer from anorexia call it “Ana,” and “Ana” is a very real presence in their lives, one that speaks to them, manipulates them, and puts their lives in jeopardy. The Girls of Malawa tells the story of young women battling eating disorders, documenting life in a six-week treatment program in a little Polish village.

60 Magnum Photographers Reveal Their Most ‘Decisive Moment’

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“I spent more than a year working in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh district in Lebanon, documenting a politically fueled sectarian conflict. I visited many homes on the frontline but people rarely wanted to be photographed because they were afraid, so I often returned home without having even turned my camera on.

“The day I took this photo, I climbed the stairs to the top floor of a building, which was riddled with bullet holes. When I was leaving one apartment, I turned and saw the children there on the chairs in front of the shattered wall; they seemed to perfectly sum up how families were living in the middle of the conflict. With one foot already outside the door, I raised my camera and snapped. Lebanon. Tripoli. November 2013 © Lorenzo Meloni / Magnum Photos

“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart,” Henri Cartier-Bresson famously proclaimed. Five years after co-founding Magnum Photos, he published what is perhaps the most iconic book in photographic history. With that now familiar cover by contemporary Henri Matisse, The Decisive Moment, as it was called in English, defined the parameters of what it meant to be a photographer in the 20th century. Everything–the head, the eye, the heart, but also the frame, the light, the shapes–had to come together in one precarious, frozen fragment in time. The book’s title in French, Images à la Sauvette, or “images on the run” provides insight into the vigilance with which Cartier-Bresson saw the world around him. To blink was to miss the photograph you sought.

Empathy and Antipathy in the Photographs of Rosalind Fox Solomon

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In 1968, at the age of thirty-eight, Rosalind Fox Solomon began shooting photography during a trip to Japan. She was living with a family who spoke little English and slept on their futon. The pictures were in color and mostly experimental. In the early 70s, Solomon would switch from color to a black-and-white square format and begin a forty-eight-year-long exodus from the suburban East Coast— settling, instead, in the role of far traveling portrait maker, shooting extensively in Israel, Peru, and South Africa, among others.

101 Photos Capture the Magic and Heartbreak of Childhood (Sponsored)

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The Legend of Play, Laguna Beach, California © Leigh Webber (@leighwebber)

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Goldfish © Aaron Wax (@ajwax)

In the early 1990s, Sally Mann famously told The New York Times Magazine, “Sometimes I think the only memories I have are those that I’ve created around photographs of me as a child.” It’s true; in adulthood, we remember our childhoods from pictures taken by those who loved us. For our latest group show, we invited you to submit the photographs you’ve taken of children and their surroundings, images that capture the elusive essence of childhood— its joys, its disappointment, and everything in between.

Curator Alison Zavos, Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot, selected 101 photographs from thousands of submissions. Due the popularity of this show and caliber of the images submitted, the editors of Feature Shoot have started a brand new Instagram account: Childhood Everyday (@childhoodeveryday). The feed will showcase photographs of childhood around the world. To submit your images for consideration, simply follow @childhoodeveryday on Instagram and tag your photos #childhoodeveryday.

The children featured here range from infancy to early adolescence, taking us through the lives of youngsters living around the world. We visit an orphanage in Nepal, the streets of Mumbai, a primary school in Turkey, and summerhouses in Maine.

These children come from various places, each with a different story, but these artists have conveyed not only the specific but the universal delight and anguish that come with the early years of any lifetime. In childhood, the pain of timeouts, playground politics, and dead goldfish is almost unbearably acute, but the all-consuming wonder of hopping on a swing, finding a new toy, or patting a dog, is equally as intense.

This group show was sponsored by Squarespace, an online publishing platform designed with photographers in mind. With award-winning design, domains, commerce, hosting, and 24/7 support, Squarespace helps photographers discover more ways to market themselves and expand their business. Click here to start a free 14-day trial.

A Moving Look at the ‘Invisible People of Belarus’

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“Everything is extremely clean and organized, the grass is always clean-cut, and the architecture glitzy. It does make you wonder exactly what may be ‘hiding’ behind this facade.”

Jadwiga Bronte, born in Poland, was fascinated by the Soviet mentality of Belarus. Thirty years have passed since the Chernobyl disaster that had devastating effects on the country, severely contaminating it. The victims were many, and the consequences are still being felt – a ripple effect which has spread itself further than anybody could have predicted.

The Dreamy, Enchanted World of Russia’s Cosplayers

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Russian photographer Mariya Kozhanova calls them her country’s “First Wave of Cosplayers.” She’s devoted half a decade of her life to shadowing young adults into the enigmatical world of make-believe, Japanese anime, and manga. She’s sat beside them as they sewed their costumes by hand, recited stories, and come together for elaborate festivals and performances.

Unseen Photos of the Vietnam War, Taken By Veterans

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Dennis Thornton served in the First Air Cavalry division of the United States Army. He served a few miles north of Saigon between 1969-70. He spent most of his 14 month tour in country working on the division newspaper and magazine. In addition he spent a few months on temporary duty with U.S. Stars and Stripes based in Saigon, getting around the country on assignments.

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“These images usually sit in a box untouched or viewed,” says photo editor Kendra Rennick, who has spent hours poring over and dusting off the slides that lie tucked away, hidden somewhere in the houses of Vietnam War Veterans. These images are the ones the photojournalists missed, the ones that never made it to the Associated Press; they’re the pictures soldiers took while overseas, palling around with one another and venturing into the neighborhoods that surrounded them.

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