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Portraits Capture the Pride and Grace of Samburu Warriors of Kenya

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Photographer Dirk Rees feels extremely fortunate in his ability to pursue his passion for capturing Africa’s most iconic tribes. Having travelled extensively and lived all over Southern Africa, he has developed an unconditional love for the vast and diverse continent. For this particular project, he found himself in Kenya documenting the distinct tribe members who are known as Samburu Warriors.

Portraits of South African Cows On Their Daily Pilgrimage to the Beach

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Along the southeastern coast of South Africa, the cattle of Pondoland make a daily pilgrimage to seaside, spending their afternoons luxuriating and dipping their hooves into the cool, lapping waves. For generations, the cows and bulls kept by members of the area’s Xhosa tribe have led their calves from their corrals toward the beach, for reasons mysterious to mankind. For Amapondo, Melbourne-based photographer Christopher Rimmer captures the enigmatical beasts silhouetted against the tide, their majestic figures reflected in the glossy sand below.

Moving Photographs of the Last Living Indonesian Orangutans

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A free-roaming young orangutan in Bukit Lawang, an orangutan sanctuary within the Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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Staff members at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program examine Angelo, a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun pellets embedded in his body.

When Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Sandra Hoyn first encountered the Indonesian orangutans, she was struck by their humanity, discovering signs of joy, pain, and confusion painted across the great apes’ faces. The animals, she explains, were like people but were somehow possessed of a gentleness and quietude that often eludes mankind. After all, she says, they share 97% of our human DNA. For The Last Orangutans, Hoyn documents the critical endangerment of the mild-mannered, sensitive creatures, whose habitats are being devastated with the widespread development of palm oil plantations on the Sumatra and Borneo rainforest.

Portraits of a Modern-Day Tom Sawyer

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With a focus on the more storied aspects of her treasure-seeking boyfriend’s life, Seattle-based photographer Jenny Riffle draws a fanciful existence from the real life of Riley for her series Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting. She photographs Riley on his hunts, photographing his wanderings and the objects he finds and collects. While visions of unearthing riches from beneath piles of junk may spring to mind, fueled by antiques and diggers shows, know that Riley digs for fun. Though he does supplement his income, his scavenging is a hobby, making this more Tom Sawyer than Treasure Island.

100 Portraits of Women Artists by Barbara Yoshida

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Louise Bourgeois, 28 February 1992 Art: © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.

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For 100 Portraits: Women Artists, New York City-based photographer Barbara Yoshida traveled around the world to pay tribute to dozens of her contemporaries. Including everyone from feminist sculptors to traditional textile artisans, she constructs an inclusive survey of women artist who have broken through barriers to express ideas that are at once aesthetically and politically significant. The show will be on view at the Salena Gallery at LIU Brooklyn in celebration of Women’s History Month from March 3rd to 27th, 2015. 

Portraits of Young Lovers Photographed by Maud Chalard

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In a jaded and cold-hearted world, French photographer Maud Chalard uncovers moments of uninhibited warmth and affection, capturing couples in love and enveloped entirely within one another.

Photo Series Questions the Pink-Infused Universe of Little Girls

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For My Favorite Color Was Yellow, Bristol-based photographer Kirsty Mackay turns a critical eye to the pink-infused world of little girls, chronicling the influence of ubiquitous color on young women’s sense of her own girlhood and feminine identity.

Photographer Captures Indian Couples’ Stolen Kisses on Valentine’s Day

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In India, public canoodling is not only frowned upon but punishable by law, with snogs and embraces deemed obscene by passersby eliciting fines or as many as three months in jail. In a culture where four fifths of marriages are arranged and women are only to be embraced by their husbands in the seclusion of home, the stolen kiss is a rare sight. During his months-long stay in Kalkata, Bucharest-based photographer Dorel Frumusanu observed such endearments only on one day of the year: Valentine’s Day.

Portraits and Life Stories of Men and Women Living in Prison

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San Francisco-based photographer Robert Gumpert conceived of Take a Picture, Tell a Story, an audio-visual project for which he collaborated with prison inmates, as a reciprocal transaction. He would shoot their portraits, and in exchange, they would give him a story, a personal anecdote about anything that they felt like sharing, from family to tattoos, jail food to lost friends.

Nude Portraits in Which the Photographer Himself Is Unclothed

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Newlyweds Joshua and Tana, 25 and 24. Photographed at their home in Provo, Utah.

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Susie, 22, Met on Tinder. Photographed at her home in Los Angeles, California.

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Ed, Brand Consultant, Met through Tinder. Photographed at his home in Los Angeles.

For Nude Portraits, Utah-based photographer Trevor Christensen subverts the conventional understanding of the genre by stripping himself—and not his subject—naked before capturing his or her countenance. Making each person is well aware of the artist’s nudity before the fact, Christensen transfers the power back onto his sitters, placing himself in the precarious situation of being exposed, watched, and judged.