Posts tagged: portrait photography

The Story of Former Mexican Gang Members Who Now Pursue Their Passion for Art and Tattooing



In the desert landscape of Indio, California, eight young men cast off their involvements within the Mexican gang system in hopes of forging non-violent lives as a brotherhood of tattoo artists. For Desert Ink, Australian photographer Jonathan May tells the story of the men of Art and Ink tattoo shop, weaving together a murky and enigmatical tale of loss and redemption.

‘Technically Intimate’ Offers a Revealing Portrait of the ‘Sexting’ Phenomenon (NSFW)



When Chicago-based photographer Evan Baden first embarked on Technically Intimate seven years ago, homemade pornography and sexting were just beginning to gain momentum. Couples were making and selling their own sex tapes for profit, and individuals were snapping nude shots and sending them away for the remote enjoyment of a sometimes uncontainable audience.

The Story of One Photographer Who Tracked Down Her Birth Mom After 22 Years Apart



“My whole life, I have been curious,” says Massachusetts-based photographer Ashley Comer of her birth mother Sheila, to whom she reached out this winter after twenty-two years apart. Meeting Sheila documents the friendship they forged over a series of four weekends.

Beautiful Photos Document the Daily Life of a Little Girl with Down Syndrome Living in the Denmark Countryside




Emmy loves meeting new people, says German photographer Mario Wezel of the five-year-old girl whom he documented every other day throughout her kindergarden school year. From his time with her, the photographer discovered that Emmy has the rare ability of taking in the world slowly, of becoming absorbed in fully her present surroundings, without making prejudgements or assumptions. Emmy also happens to have been born with Down syndrome.

Father Captures Photos of His Young Children Immersed in Nature Play



As we grow older, we sometimes forget the importance play had in the development of our lives. It isn’t until we have children of our own that we can observe childhood once again through a new lens, that we remember the joy and unadulterated bliss we once had at play. Photographer and father Dennis DeHart began photographing his young children in all forms of play in 2010. The ongoing series At Play, is a reflection of himself, fatherhood and a celebration of childhood.

Photographer Gains Once-in-a-Lifetime Access to the Festival of Niger’s Nomadic Tribes




When rainfall quenches the bone-dry terrain of Southern Niger, says New York-based travel photographer Terri Gold, a thousand Wodaabe nomads, along with thousands of their treasured animals, converge across the desert in celebration of the The Guérewol Festival. As part of the weeklong event, the men dress in traditional finery, adorn their faces in paint, and perform for hours in hopes of winning the admiration of a set of young women judges. After braving the 110 degree heat in search of the merrymaking, Gold at last happened upon Guérewol after weeks of anticipation and captured the scene using infrared film.

‘The Unknown Soldier’ Sheds Light on Severely Injured American Troops


Army Staff Sgt. Robert Henline. Bobby’s transport was incinerated by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was the lone survivor.


Army SPC Jerral Hancock. Jerral was driving a tank in Iraq. A roadside bomb pierced the armor, breaching the interior. It is believed that Jerral was trapped under the wreckage for half an hour.


1LT Nicholas John Vogt, US Army. On November 12, 2011, he was severely injured by an IED while on a foot-patrol in Panjwaii, Afghanistan.

The Unknown Soldier, suggests New York-based photographer David Jay, is not about war; instead, it’s a confrontation of the invisible consequences left behind in its wake, a validation of realities that are at once unthinkable and irrefutable. Over the course of three years, the photographer bore witness to those soldiers who had been severely wounded on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, visiting them at military hospitals as well as in their own homes and amongst their loved ones.

Intimate Portraits of Britain’s Aging Rebels and Mavericks


Mick and Peggy Warner, Mick: “We was all in the Isle of Wight when we saw a Ted with two girls in a cafe. I pointed him out to my son and said, ‘that’s what you want to be my boy’. So he did didn’t he. We didn’t force him like. He liked it and started bopping. But he don’t no more though. Even though we always got our hair in and wear all the gear we’re too old to bop now. I used to do the smooch with Peg but I can’t even do that anymore now. It makes my blooming back ache. So that put the Kibosh on that.”


John G. Byrne: “I’m an original skinhead from 1969, however like most gay skins I still see myself as being young. I like to knock around with younger people and get used to the new things. All the young guys I know now are always talking about ‘poonani’. It makes me feel up to date and younger to keep up with new slang. I suppose in 10 or 20 years people will stop saying ‘poonani’.”

British photographer Muir Vidler’s series Rebels Without A Pause was born out of a chance encounter. While working as a staff photographer for a gay scene magazine, he met Adrian Delgoffe, a man in his early 60’s, wearing leather pants and harness, dancing alone at a club. Instead of sitting at home, falling asleep in front of the TV, like most men that age were likely doing at that precise moment, Delgoffe was out, enjoying life, on his own terms. The scene sparked an idea. There are people out there, if you look hard enough, who defy stereotypes. Those who don’t let their age define who they are, what they wear or how they act. Vidler began actively seeking out these aging rebels and mavericks for a portrait series that celebrates their life and vitality.

Photographer Infiltrates ‘Camera Clubs,’ Where Men Lure Women Into Posing Nude with Promises of Fame (NSFW)



“I had been an activist and a feminist since my teens,” remembers Brooklyn-based photographer Chris Verene of his 1990s monograph Camera Club, for which he entered and documented gatherings of men who entice women to pose nude. Under the guise of being well-connected photographers within the fashion and modeling industries, these men are often amateur artists who will use the images to their own ends, offering nothing in the way of payment or professional exposure to the women they deceive.

The Electrifying Fashion Photography of Polina Vinogradova


Polina Vinogradova’s Squarespace website


Soundvenue Magazine


VICE Denmark

Looking through the portfolio of Copenhagen-based photographer Polina Vinogradova is a bit like receiving a jolt of electricity, like being transported into a fantasy wherein colors shine brighter and shapes more bold; her editorial spreads and live event snaps have that je ne sais quoi that costume designer Edith Head might have called an instinctual understanding of the “language” of fashion. Vinogradova herself calls it an “energy,” something that pulsates at the center of her diverse body of work, visible on her Squarespace website.