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‘A Tale of Two Cities:’ Bushwick and Disco Collide in These Photos of NYC in the 1970s and 1980s

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Open Mouthed Judi Jupiter, Andy Warhol and His Friend, Studio 54, NY, NY, July 1979

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Muscle Boy and The Little Rascals of Palmetto Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, May 1982

For A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick, photographer Meryl Meisler delves into two distinct archives of New York City history, merging under one volume her snapshots of a thriving Manhattan night life and a struggling Bushwick, Brooklyn. In her 20s, Meisler frequented such hot spots as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, or Xenon. Just a few years later in 1981, she took a job as a public school art teacher in Bushwick, where she began shooting in daylight, capturing an untold story that persisted just a few miles away from a flourishing Manhattan.

Photo du Jour: A Couple Covered in Eyeballs

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If you spend any time on social media, you’re going to be barraged with couples photos. While some people seem to have nothing better to do than plaster their love all over the Internet, artists Leta Sobierajski and Wade Jeffree have chosen a different way to celebrate relationships. The Compliments Project is a series jabbing at couples photography through outrageously staged images. The ongoing work is at times silly, sloppy and often downright weird. Sobierajski and Jeffree cite lovebird photography from the internet as inspiration, but also 80s portraiture and “homages to great imagery of couples throughout history”. Whether sharing a banana or eye balls, this particular brand of bizarre PDA is one we aren’t sorry to see.

Image © Leta Sobierajski and Wade Jeffree 2014

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Incredible Moments of Tenderness Found In the Struggling Mill Towns of Pittsburgh

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When photographer Dan Wetmore set out to capture the neighborhoods surrounding the abandoned steel mills of Pittsburgh, he was met at times with incredulity as some believe the area to be little more than an industrial wasteland. As a child living in Pittsburgh, Wetmore was drawn to the abandoned steel mills that remained from the city’s industrial growth in the early to mid-20th century, pouring over Becher monographs in search of photographs of furnaces and structures that spoke to his boyhood enchantment. As an adult, Wetmore ventured into the mill towns for his series Jubilee Kitchen I and II, unveiling moments of unexpected rebirth in the struggling neighborhoods shadowed by its industrial history.

We’re All Nudists Under Our Clothes: ‘Lake Como’ Explores Those Who Live Life in the Buff (NSFW)

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One of the primary fascinations of photography—for both the picture makers and the viewers—is the desire to examine the lives of others: those who live or experience differently than what is familiar to that person. Tampa-based photographer Katty Ryan Hoover’s Lake Como explores a way of life unfamiliar, even unfathomable, to many of us: living in the nude.

‘Up All Night’

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Welcome to Syden: Portraits of Norwegians Enjoying Their Offbeat Vacations

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To foreigners, Syden sounds like a fantasy holiday destination accessible only to Norwegians, and it kind of is. In Norway, the word Syden is often referenced in lieu of certain European, Asian, African, and South American cities with a warm climate, mainly in or near the Mediterranean. From season to season, the exact locations of Syden may change as certain places go in and out of fashion. For his book Southbound, photographer Knut Egil Wang explores the nuances of these unidentifiable, transient havens, shooting in such hot spots as Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Murcia, and Torrevieja in Spain, Ayia Napa and Larnaca in Cyprus, Side and Alanya in Turkey, and Krabi in Thailand.

Photo du Jour: Sunbathing

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For Plein Soleil, French photographer Anaïs Boileau captures the curious culture of sunbathing that permeates summer in the south of France and Spain, including La Grande Motte, Lanzarote, and Barcelona. In Boileau’s surreal portraits, the women appear as if suspended in time, sedated and made oblivious of their surroundings by the rays that tan their skin. As she lays spellbound in a colorful swimsuit and an outlandish pair of sun goggles, an unnamed female figure peers upwards, imploring the sun for an elusive honey glow that lies just out of reach.

Image © Anaïs Boileau 2014

Zed Nelson’s ‘A Portrait of Hackney’ Depicts the Mélange of Cultures in a Gentrifying East London Neighborhood

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For many of our readers the story of waves of hipsters gentrifying previously undesirable neighborhoods, eventually and circumstantially pushing out the previous communities, will be a familiar one. For photographer Zed Nelson, Hackney, the East London neighborhood where he grew up and still lives, has provided him with rich fodder for A Portrait of Hackney, published by Hoxton Mini Press

Photo du Jour: Fractured Face

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For The Secret, Austria-based photographer Aldo Tolino blurs the lines between photograph and subject by folding portraits of human faces into barely recognizable geometric structures. After reconfiguring each two-dimensional print into a multi-dimensional paper sculpture, he reshoots the metamorphosed face, allowing it to exist within a strange netherworld between fiction and reality.

Grotesque Portraits of People Wearing a Junk Food Face Mask

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Welcome to the sugar-coated nightmare. James Ostrer creates alluringly grotesque portraits of individuals suffocating in sweets for his series Wosit All About. Inspired by his own love/hate relationship with junk food, Ostrer bought around $8000 worth of cookies, licorice, cheese puffs and jelly beans for the project.