Posts tagged: portrait photography

Out and About at Photoville 2014

James Marshall's Mural

Mural by James Marshall

Head On Portrait Prize

Head On Portrait Prize 2014

Photoville, New York City’s largest annual photo festival, is back this year with more exhibitions than ever. Composed of over 50 repurposed shipping containers transformed into small gallery spaces, Photoville emerges like a metropolis pieced together from all corners of the globe. From photojournalism to fine art, each installation testifies to the power of contemporary photography to inspire, educate, and transform.

Powerful Portraits of Individuals Before and Directly After Their Death


Name: Jan Andersen.
Age: 27
Born: 21st of February 1978
Died: 14th June 2005, at Leuchtfeuer Hospice, Hamburg

Jan Andersen was 19 when he discovered that he was HIV-positive. On his 27th birthday he was told that he didn’t have much time left: cancer, a rare form, triggered by the HIV-infection. He did not complain. He put up a short, fierce fight – then he seemed to accept his destiny. His friends helped him to personalize his room in the hospice. He wanted Iris, his nurse, to tell him precisely what would happen when he died. When the woman in the room next to him died, he went to have a look at her. Seeing her allayed his fears. He said he wasn’t afraid of death. 

“You’re still here?”, he said to his mother, puzzled, the night he died. “You’re not that well,” she replied. “I thought I’d better stay.”

In the final stages, the slightest physical contact had caused him pain. Now he wants her to hold him in her arms, until the very end. “I’m glad that you stayed.”


Name: Elmira Sang Bastian
Age: 17 months
Born: 18th October 2002
Died: 23rd March 2004, at her parent’s home

The tumor was probably already present when Elmira was born. Now it takes up almost the entire brain. “We cannot save your daughter”, the doctor told Elmira’s mother. Elmira has a twin sister. She is healthy. Their mother, Fatemeh Hakami, refuses to give up hope: how can God have blessed her with two children, only to take one of them away from her now? Surely God is the only one who decides whether we still breathe or not?

One sunny day, Elmira stops breathing. “At least she lived”, says her mother. She takes a small white dress from the cupboard, Elmira’s shroud. Her parents then read the Ya Sin – the 36th chapter of the Koran which describes the resurrection of the dead.

Photographer Walter Schels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his 70s, Schels finally decided to overcome his fear through a bold, bizarre project – photographing individuals before and directly after their death. The black and white portraits are a clinical confrontation with the the unknown, the proximity of the lens to subject unflinching and slightly macabre. Images are paired with startlingly frank accounts of the deceased right before their passing, each person dealing with the inevitable in their own way.

Photographers Elo Vazquez, Leanne Surfleet, Thom Davies, Sam Edmonds, and Giulia Marchi Take Over Our Instagram


Elo Vazquez [@elovzqz] / September 23, 24, 25


Leanne Surfleet [@leannesurfleet] / September 26, 27, 28

Our latest lineup of Guest Instagrammers invite us to explore all corners of the globe, from tourist destinations to local treasures. We’ll begin with Elo Vazquez in her hometown of Sevilla, Spain before following Leanne Surfleet to the UK with her dreamy, nostalgic imagery. Next, we will hop over to Japan with Thom Davies and explore some of the longterm consequences of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. From there, we’ll visit Australia with conservation photographer Sam Edmonds and finish up in Shanghai with Giulia Marchi.

A Photographer Documents the Beautiful Life of Her 93-Year-Old Grandmother

this photo is part of the photo series "adelaide".

this photo is part of the photo series "adelaide".

“She is my absolute muse, in photography and in life,” says photographer Adelaide Ivánova of her 93-year-old grandmother, also named Adelaide. Her ongoing project Adelaide chronicles the life of the matriarch, deconstructing stereotypes surrounding old age by presenting a vibrant and complex vision of elderliness. As the older Adelaide navigates her twilight years, the younger becomes her shadow, giving voice to the joys and frustrations of her days.

A Portrait of Ukraine in a Time of Crisis



Having visited Ukraine in the past as a tourist, photographer Christopher Nunn returned again in 2013, this time with the intention of working on a photography project. Having no specific vision in mind, only his grandmother’s early life as a displaced person, he began exploring the city of Kalush and surrounding areas. What he didn’t predict, is that during this time, the country would become the center of political turmoil on the brink of a revolution. Using this as a jumping off point, Nunn got to know some of Ukraine’s residents and listen to their stories. Despite not knowing the language, he slowly started to understand the Ukrainian state of mind during this heated time. We spoke to him about the resulting series A Row of Bones.

The Wild Birds of Australia

Leila Jeffreys

‘Sooty,’ Sooty Lesser Owl

Leila Jeffreys

‘Commander Skyring,’ Gang Gang Cockatoo

When Sydney-based photographer Leila Jeffreys was a child, she was surrounded by wildlife of all sorts growing up in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and India. While living in Australia, she and her father would often come across birds and other wildlife which they would rescue and nurse back to health before re-releasing them into the wild.

Portraits of Traditional Mongolian Nomads by Brian Hodges


Mongolia – July 17, 2013: Mongolian family traveling by a motorcycle © Brian Hodges / Offset


Mongolia – July 22, 2013: Mongolian man with a little fawn © Brian Hodges / Offset

Driven by what he describes as his “insatiable curiosity,” Santa Barbara-based photographer Brian Hodges is continuously reaching towards terra incognita, always in search of forming connections with unexplored landscapes and peoples. For Assouline’s upcoming book Gypset Living, he documented life in the traditional nomadic communities of Mongolia and lived himself in a traditional Mongolian ger. These families, he explains, migrate based on the season and the needs of their animals, who require ample grazing space and safeguarding from extreme temperatures.

‘City of the Dead': Arresting Photos Capture Life in a Cairo Cemetery



For City of the Dead, Beirut-based photographer Tamara Abdul Hadi chronicles the experience of the Abdel Lateef family, one of the many impoverished families living in Bab el Nasr cemetery in Cairo. The City of the Dead slum, a Muslim necropolis composed of Bab el Nasr and four other major cemeteries, currently houses an estimated population of over 500,000 individuals unable to afford lodging in a city overcrowded by the astronomical migration of the past decades.

Photographer Mourns the Death of His Friend, Offers a Glimpse Into South Korean Gang Life (NSFW)



For The Best Days, photographer Yang Seung Woo returns from Japan to his hometown in South Korea, documenting his boyhood friends as a means of reconnecting with both the wonder and the trauma that shaped his young adulthood. By photographing the camaraderie shared between his surviving friends, Mr. Yang traces the memory of a dear high school friend who tragically hanged himself after being convicted of murder, sent to prison, and becoming a flunky for the organized crime group Yakuza.

Photo du Jour: 100 Women Bare Their Breasts for ‘Bare Reality’ (NSFW)


© Copyright Laura Dodsworth 2012-2014. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

For Bare Reality, photographer Laura Dodsworth courageously delves into one of the greatest taboos of our time, photographing breasts belonging to one hundred women ranging from the ages of nineteen to one hundred and one. Leading up to the release of the book, Dodsworth will showcase one image per week, accompanied by passages drawn from interviews with each woman.