Posts tagged: portrait photography

Photos Capture the Diverse Community of a DIY Skatepark in Cleveland


Cory’s hand tattoos read, “Cleveland Concrete.” Cory hopes to do concrete professionally one day. July, 2014.


D.J. and Jaden fight while D.J. wears Alistair’s ‘Decrepit Riders’ vest. September, 2014.

Cleveland-based photographer Ricky Rhodes first visited the deserted DIY skatepark at a friend’s invitation on a bitter January afternoon in 2013. In the summer of the following year, he returned to discover a flourishing community of skaters, street artists, and children who had made their home within. Day in and day out, he frequented the park, gradually gaining the trust of its regular crew, who devotedly spent their summers building new ramps, creating elaborate graffiti art, and holding the occasional birthday party. 

Photography Website Makeover: The Human Condition


The Human Condition’s Squarespace Website

Argentinian photographer Rodrigo Llauro and Australian filmmaker and writer Natalia Cartney created The Human Condition as a platform for exploring and documenting diverse communities ranging from the vintage automobile subculture of Biloxi, Mississippi to the indigenous tribes of Peru. As our world becomes increasingly global, The Human Condition shines light not only on the value of our differences but also on the essential core that ties together all of humanity.

Whether they are celebrating the beauty of the Indian Holi festival or opening an ethical and moral dialogue about cockfighting in the Peruvian Amazon, Llauro and Cartney display an unfaltering cultural sensitivity. They used Squarespace to build a website that showcases their without distracting from the potency of their message. Creating their own site allowed them to focus on what really matters: giving voice to peoples throughout the world. Without having to worry about complex coding, Llauro and Cartney are ready to carve out the time for their travels. We spoke to Llauro about the new site.

Portraits of Shelter Dogs Resembling Your Favorite Authors and Poets


Charles Bukowski

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

When Italian photographer Dan Bannino adopted his dog Rothko from a shelter last March, he was overcome by tears, both for himself and for his new best friend. Rothko’s unconditional love serves as the motivation for Poetic Dogs, in which Bannino couples homeless shelter dogs with his favorite authors and poets. In the adoptable animals, the artist discovers the empathy of Shakespeare, the wit of Joyce, the fortitude of Hemingway, and the soulfulness of Dickinson.

Photographer Uses Human Flesh as an Artistic Medium




For Rek, Netherlands-based photographer Juuke Schoorl tests the limits of human skin, stretching and manipulating the flesh of her subjects with inexpensive items like thread, cellulose tape, and other household materials.

Electric Photos of Nude Dancers Suspended in Air


© Alyssa Katherine Faoro / Offset


© Alyssa Katherine Faoro / Offset

For her vibrant series of nude portraits, Windsor, Canada-based photographer Alyssa Katherine Faoro sets dancers against luminous colored backdrops, imbuing the human body with a sense of mystery, grace, and spontaneity.

We Interviewed Photojournalist Patrick Brown on Burnout, the Illegal Wildlife Trade, Photo Book Publishing, Crowdfunding and Instagram


A large bull elephant sits with its legs chained in Chitwan National Park. This 50-year-old beast was restrained because he had killed five mahouts (handlers) during his lifetime. Nepal, 2003


A long-tailed macaque kept in a small cage while on sale at a local market in Medan. Northern Sumatra, 2003.


A Scotland Yard police officer displays a tiger’s head seized during a raid in London. England, 2003.

For Trading to Extinction, Bangkok-based photographer Patrick Brown spent nearly a quarter of his life documenting the dark truths behind the illegal wildlife trade, from the poachers of Nepal and Cambodia to  vendors along the Burmese border. Alternately shadowing anti-poaching teams and pretending the role of an interested buyer, Brown has collected over ten years’ worth of imagery that unveils the breadth of this multibillion dollar industry, pulling clandestine moments of cruelty and exploitation from the shadows and into light. Bearing witness to Brown’s austere black and white visions, we are overtaken by the enormity and pervasiveness of the industry, and ultimately, called to action.

Exhibition Featuring Nude, Full Frontal Male Photographers is Both Hilarious and Thought-Provoking (NSFW)

Documentation of installation at Kendall College of Art and Design

Documentation of installation at Kendall College of Art and Design

For P.O.V., Michigan-based photographer Stafford Smith forcibly subverts the male gaze by casting nude men as his subjects and arming them with cameras. In his installation at Kendall College of Art and Design, the artist creates a ring of these full-frontal portraits, each illuminated by backlighting, and invites visitors to stand at its center as the rhythmic noise of a shutter click plays in the background.

Conceptual Portraits of a Man with Down Syndrome Reference Art History and Superman



When Marblehead, Massachusetts-based photographer Rick Ashley visited Disney World with his wife and her then-12-year-old brother Michael, who has Down Syndrome, he observed the way people stared at Michael, and the way the boy retreated inwards during such moments of alienation. Ashley promptly purchased for Michael a pipe, a baseball cap, and sunglasses, telling him that he resembled the General Douglas MacArthur and suggesting that he salute to anyone who gazed openly at him. Soon, says Ashley, Michael was greeting everyone in this manner, and they returned his salutation with a smile.

Powerful Self-Portraits Document One Woman’s Mastectomy and the Physical Effects of Chemotherapy



After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, San Francisco photographer Kerry Mansfield stood in the shower of her small apartment, set up her camera, and closed her fist around its cable release. For the artist, the images began in 2005 as private documents of her body as it existed before her mastectomy and chemotherapy, and regular portrait sessions continued as a way of cataloging the painful road ahead.

For Aftermath: Battling Breast Cancer, Mansfield captures over one and a half years of her treatment within the close confines of her bathroom. The faded blue tiles that line its walls, she notes, recalled for her the coldness and sterility of her medical routine. As a visceral and subjective narrative plays out against this unchanging and impersonal backdrop, even the smallest gesture becomes imbued with significance, preserving these rare and confidential moments in which to reflect—and grieve— upon the demanding days proceeding and to anticipate those to come.

A Look at the Lives of Three Older Drag Queens in the Last Gay Bar in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District

Donna Personna

Donna adjusts her wig before her number.


Olivia attaches her false eyelash.

For Beautiful by Night, San Francisco-based photographer and filmmaker James Hosking chronicles life in Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, the one and only gay bar left standing in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood that decades ago, was renowned for its thriving LGBT community. In tracing the nightly routines of three of its older drag queens— Donna Personna, Collette LeGrande, and Olivia Hart, Hosking traces the rich history and uncertain future of drag in the crime-ridden area.