Posts tagged: portrait photography

While Living with an Elderly Community in Miami, a Young Photographer Becomes Their Surrogate Granddaughter


Marie and Sonja by the pool, 2000


Dick and his dirty photo, 2000


Leigh, 1999

Los Angeles-based photographer Naomi Harris describes herself as an “old soul,” noting that even in her twenties, when she went to live with the senior residents of Miami’s Haddon Hall hotel, she coveted the company of those who had lived long, fruitful lives. From December 1999 until April 2002, she became, as she puts it, the “surrogate granddaughter” of the eighty and ninety-something retirees who made the hotel their home.

Intimate Portraits Give Voice to Transgender Youth




Three years ago, Belgian photographer Farida Lemeatrag embarked on a journey that would lead her to tell the stories of twenty-five transgender adolescents and youngsters through a series of intimate and vulnerable portraits born of mutual trust and collaboration.

Touching Portraits of Dogs Taken Years Apart, from Puppyhood to Old Age


Lily, 8 months


Lily, 15 years

Although Massachusetts-based portrait photographer Amanda Jones has been working with dogs for two decades, the first canine she could call her own was a longhaired Dachshund named Lily. As Jones’s first-born, Lily was there for it all— various relocations, the arrival of the photographer’s human baby— until she passed away after sixteen years of friendship. Lily, says the photographer, was the companion who ultimately led her to create Dog Years, a book for which she captured dogs in mirrored photographs of their youth and old age, taken years apart.

Photographer Comes Out to Her Parents, Documents the Process in Raw, Emotional Images



Throughout her life, London-based photographer Paola Paredes has on a few occasions found herself on the precipice of coming out to her parents, but it was only recently that she sat down with her sisters to tell her mother and father, “I’m gay” as three cameras captured the entire experience and discussion, which lasted three hours.

Portraits Capture the Humanity of Primates



As the single male gorilla amongst five females housed together at the Berlin Zoo, Ivo the silverback familiar to many throughout Europe for his rare and curious response to the throngs of visitors that pass by his run. The twenty-something-year-old animal has yet to find a mate and spends much of his days colliding with and hammering upon the glass that separates him from spectators. Sometimes, he’ll simply gather toss rocks at the crowd until they disperse in fear. Meeting Ivo, says Warsaw-based photographer Pawel Bogumil, marked the beginning of what would become inHUMAN, a series that has lead him to conclude that although they may not be human, apes are— in the most essential sense— people.

Eve Fowler’s Portraits of Male ‘Hustlers’ in 1990s LA and NYC




Los Angeles-based photographer Eve Fowler is slow to divulge details about the male sex workers she encountered in 1990s New York City and Hollywood; she prefers instead to keep their stories and our relationship to them ambiguous and unresolved.

While Photographing Oahu’s Homeless, Diana Kim Discovers her Estranged Father Among Them


August 7, 2014


Kim with her father, 1988

Honolulu-based photographer Diana Kim had been sharing the stories of the city’s homeless community for years when she recognized her own father, then estranged from the family, sitting in a makeshift shelter of cardboard boxes.

‘Women, Children and Loitering Men': A Glimpse at Manchester’s Slums in the 1960s


Manchester, 1968, © Shirley Baker Estate, Courtesy of Mary Evans Picture Library


Hulme, July 1965, © Shirley Baker Estate, Courtesy of the Shirley Baker Estate


Manchester, 1967, © Shirley Baker Estate, Courtesy of the Shirley Baker Estate

The streets of the Manchester slums, in which children played on concrete roads and their parents watched as terraced homes were razed to the ground in favor of new developments, became in the 1960s and two decades following like a home away from home for British street photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2014), whose middle class family owned a furniture store in Salford.

Richard Gilligan’s Photos of DIY (and Often Illegal) Skateparks


Burnside, Portland, Oregon


Flora Bowl, Hamburg, Germany


Punk Girls, FDR, Philadelphia, USA

To hear Brooklyn-based photographer Richard Gilligan tell it, the global network of DIY skateparks is one that runs parallel to but separate from the topography of mainstream society, hidden from prying eyes and yet accessible to those who bother to take a look. Those initiated into the subculture abide by their own codes of law, unbridled from the restrictions that govern officially-sanctioned, legal parks. Gilligan has been consumed and captivated by skating and independent venues since he can remember, and he devoted four years of his life to documenting and preserving their legacy across two continents, in the states and in Europe.

Father Documents His Daughter’s First Six Years of Life in Poetic Photo Series




Like many parents-to-be, French photographer Arno Brignon anticipated the birth of his daughter Joséphine both with yearning and anxiety. Over the last six years, he has seen his child grow, and in so doing, he has navigated the murky waters of fatherhood. What began as an ordinary collection of family photos has become Joséphine, a record of life inside the Edenic world he and his wife have built for their family of three.