Posts tagged: portrait photography

Powerful Portraits of Interracial Couples Paired with the Hateful Comments They’ve Received from Others


If she can’t use your comb, Don’t bring her home!


Don’t like Black women?

Interracial couples have been free to marry—and to have their love recognized in the eyes of United States law—for nearly half a century, but as a new portrait series by Arkansas-based photographer Donna Pinckley suggests, the American public still has a long way to go not only in accepting and tolerating interracial couples but also in acknowledging the degree of racism that still pervades day-to-day life for many of these families. For Sticks and Stones, Pinckley photographs a diverse range of couples from all age brackets across her own state and throughout Southern territories like Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana, before pairing their image with a hateful comment that has been thrown their way, handwritten below.

Enchanting Photographs Tell of Love, Heartache, and Family in Prewar Krakow


The Letter


The Potato Eaters (detail)

In 1930, a young tailor lived with his wife, mother, and small son in an apartment somewhere in Kazimierz, the old Jewish district in Kraków, Poland. A decade later, the area would be occupied by Nazi Germany, the Jewish families sent to ghettos and ultimately to concentration camps like Plaszow or to the Belzec extermination camp to be tortured and killed. For this particular family, however, the atrocities of September 1939 will never come to pass, for they exist not within the annals of history but instead within the imagination of New York-based photographer Richard Tuschman, who has chosen to let them remain forever within prewar Kazimierz. The mother, father, son, and grandmother are entirely fictional, and although they have been brought to life in photographs, they remain unnamed.

Amazing Portraits Bring Together Asia’s Top Models and Celebrities with Endangered Animals in Cry for Change

JenniferTse_Wild is Life Conservancy Zimbabwe_(c)SeanLeeDavies_2015

Jennifer Tse, Wild is Life Wildlife sanctuary, Zimbabwe


Mikki Yao with Asian Elephant, Leuser Ecosystem

JocelynLuko_with rhino_(c)SeanLeeDavies_2015

Jocelyn Luko with northern white rhinoceros

Sudan the 42-year-old northern white rhinoceros doesn’t know that he’s the only male remaining of his kind, that his fellows have been driven to extinction by a rhino horn trade that still threatens is life today. He spends his time playing in the mud and lounging in the shade at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where he lives with two females under constant watch by armed guards. His horns are kept short to dissuade poachers looking to make a hefty sum. As the only living male, one of four living northern whites, Sudan, whose sperm count has decreased drastically his old age, could be the species’ last hope for survival.

Delightfully Bizarre Editorial Pairs Elaborate Jell-O Concoctions with Vintage-Inspired Fall Fashion



If there’s one food item that has continued to beguile the American masses over the last century, it’s jello. Since it first graced the pages of Ladies’ Home Journal at the turn of the century, the animal bone-derived product has gone on to become a staple of the suburban household, promising picture-perfect domesticity for busy mid-century moms. Jell-O could be sweet or savory, appearing both as desserts and in salad form with congealed vegetables and meats. For the Nowstalgia issue of PAPERMAG, Los Angeles-based photography duo JUCO—composed of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud—takes on the most revolting and enchanting edible from our shared past, pairing surreal (and all too real) jello molds with fall’s hottest vintage fashions.

‘Faces of Gun Violence’ Shows the Humanity Behind the Headlines

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 1.35.09 PM

While Dre hasn’t yet regained his ability to talk, walk, or feed himself more than 6 or 7 forkfuls, he’s doing a lot better since – as his mother says – “they put his skull back on.”

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 1.35.51 PM

Mone and Katroya’s older brother Troy was shot during a robbery. He was hit once and killed.

“Most of these people, in one way or another, have been screwed [and] re-victimized by the media,” says Brooklyn-based photographer Joe Quint of the survivors he’s met over the course of It Takes Us, a project devoted to bearing witness to the individual lives and families torn asunder by public shootings, suicides, household accidents, and domestic violence. With Faces of Gun Violence, Quint cuts through the continuous din of headlines and sensationalism to reveal the often unseen realities of daily life in the wake of shooting-inflicted traumas.

Portraits Reveal the Bodies of the Heavily Tattooed



“I was 17. I hid the first few from my parents for many years and by the time they found out they knew this was going to be my life.” Philip, 27, Southend-on-Sea

For some of us, says British photographer Alan Powdrill, our skin isn’t simply the largest organ of our bodies but “an ever-changing canvas” that can be transformed and molded with ink. COVERED is his homage to those who take this idea to an increasingly popular extreme, adorning their flesh with a tapestry tattoos before secreting them behind layers of clothing. The character of each subject is revealed in two images— one dressed, and the other bared— that together paint an often contradictory but never inconsistent portrait of a single person and his or her story.

Powerful Portraits of Life (and Death) in Hospice Care


Horst Kloeters, 25 August


Horst Kloeters, 30 August

Ulrike H. lived her final months in Room 23 at St. Frances Hospice near Dusseldorf, Germany, watching as people came in and out of the facility, as they died. A longterm resident of the hospice, Mrs. H had been a dance instructor before she was hit with what she called the “bad luck” of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a disease that results in the atrophy and inability to control muscle movement. Over the course of a year, German photographer Daniel Schumann got to know the woman, captured her portrait as the illness progressed. The photographer’s book, Purple Brown Grey White Black – Life in Death documents the lives of nine residents at St. Frances, including Mrs. H; its title, says Schumann, comes from the colors of the sweaters she wore on each consecutive visit. 

Nude Photo Series Celebrates the Tattooed Male Model


Ricki Hall at Nevs


Asher at AMCK

For London-based photographer Danny Baldwin, getting inked can be a powerful means of asserting autonomy and of defying the confines of others’ perceptions and assumptions. Where once the fashion community snubbed heavily tattooed bodies, Baldwin has witnessed recent deviations from the standard clean-shaven masculine ideal to one that embraces otherness and self-expression. Skin Deep, an exhibition of more than one hundred photographs of nude male models exposing their ink, is his ode to the intersections between two mainstream art forms—fashion and photography—with the art of the tattoo.

Cinematic Images Capture the Unravelling of Intimate Relationships

The Chase

The Chase

Candy Darling

Candy Darling

As he photographed his lover and close friend in the winterized bare-bones of a luxurious summer home, Cesar Chavez Lechowick created a body of work that is both lyrical and conceptually complex, both natural and theatrical. Shot over the course of numerous trips, Anthony and Cleopatra depicts the unraveling of the threesome’s collective and individual relationships. Though the nature and state of these relationships is not always explicit, layers of allusions to pop culture, classical art, and mid-20th century cinema express the subtle tensions that develop within the group.

The Mysterious Life and Work of Morton Bartlett and His ‘Family’ of Dolls


Morton Bartlett, Untitled (Girl Wagging Finger at Dog), c. 1955


Morton Bartlett, Water Ring, c. 1934

In 1963, the last of fifteen plaster dolls, twelve girls and three boys, were shrouded in newspaper and set to rest in individual wooden boxes, never to be opened again until 1993, the year following the death of their creator, the then-unknown photographer Morton Bartlett.