Posts tagged: portrait photography

Photos by a Young and Curious Diane Arbus


Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn. 1961 © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC. All Rights Reserved

In 1971, a photographer died, leaving in her basement dozens of DuPont photographic paper boxes, filled with some 709 rolls of film shot over a span of about seven years. It would take about ten years for the collection to be officially inventoried; 43 for much of it to be shown publicly. The address of that house, home to a series of glassine sleeves of negatives and the resulting silver gelatin prints, was 29 Charles Street, New York. The photographer, of course, was Diane Arbus.

New Photo Book Challenges Every Stereotype about Blindness


Multi-Looks in Corporal Ascension © Gerardo Nigenda


Untitled, India, 2011 © Satvir Jogi

“Photography must belong to the blind,” philosopher Evgen Bavcar writes in The Blind Photographer, a new book featuring 150 images created by artists without eyesight, “who in their daily existence have learned to become the masters of camera obscura.”

Photos That Capture the Souls of Sheep and Goats

Opie No. 1

Opie No. 1

Lily No. 1

Lily No. 1

Most of Kevin Horan’s goats and sheep have stories. There’s Sydney, who was “a star,” and Poppy, who was beautiful but “so not into it” with the camera. The photographer worked with with local farm, rescues, and sanctuaries near his studio in Washington, where he has been since 2007, to make classic, stirring portraits of the animals in their care.

Portraits of Iranian Refugees Seeking Sexual Freedom



Born to Iranian parents in Geneva, photographer Laurence Rasti arrived at her series The are no homosexuals in Iran quite naturally; it was a progression from her personal work exploring the notion of identity, both connected to her parents’ origin and more universal ideas such as the sexual identity of people. Refugees are not always fleeing war, as the photographer knew when she came across this story towards the end of her photographic studies back in 2014. In September 2007, at Columbia University, the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad infamously declared “In Iran, we do not have homosexuals like in your country”. Homosexual intercourse as a crime can be punishable by the death penalty in Iran, in accordance with sharia law, making it one of eight countries where gay people face capital punishment. For Iranian homosexuals, choices are limited: they can either hide their real sexuality or leave their homeland with the hope that they might be able to live freely elsewhere. In this series the artist explores the lives in transition of those Iranian refugees who had fled to Turkey seeking sexual freedom.

‘Living Wild’ With 21st Century Hunter-Gatherers



Kiliii Yuyan lives a life less ordinary. As a native Russian descendent of “the salmon people who live along the Amur river in Siberia”, yet raised in America, Yuyan grew up chasing the traditions of his culture and seeking an answer to the question: “can a modern person learn to see the world through native eyes?”

Photographer Copes with Her Husband’s Depression Through Self Portraits



“Inside you one vault after another opens endlessly,” New York photographer Maureen Drennan recites a line from Romanesque arches, the 1989 poem by Swedish psychologist Tomas Tranströmer. It’s a poem she’s returned to time and again, including several years ago, when her husband Paul fell into a depression. Although we can never truly pry open the vaults that lie hidden inside another person, she was able to connect with Paul, one day at a time, by making pictures.

The Beautiful Story of One Man Who Taught Himself Photography in Prison


His name is Rosario. He was born in Sicily. At a very young age, he was abandoned by his caregivers after his parents died tragically in a car accident. He said the scar tissue in his eye was from a fight he had in an orphanage he occupied as a child. These days, he lives the best he can working odd jobs for local small businesses.


Nail It

“As a child, I witnessed a lot of traumatic things,” New York City photographer Donato Di Camillo says, “I saw my first friend die at the age of nine, right by my feet.” They were playing whiffle ball outside, and the boy was killed by a passing car. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1978s and 1980s, the artist explains, he “had to learn to think quick and use street instincts.”

A Photographer Records her Day with a Schoolgirl in Ghana

Patience in her bedroom before school.

Patience in her bedroom before school.

Every morning before school, Patience sweeps the yard around her family's home.

Every morning before school, Patience sweeps the yard around her family’s home.

Lisa Weatherbee’s series, A Day with Patience, is a record of just that: one day spent with a twelve year old girl, Patience, in her village in Ghana. Having joined Photographers Without Borders, she arranged to spend a day with a young woman that the organisation put her in touch with, and the results are an open-hearted study of a day in the life of someone with whom, outwardly, the photographer had little in common.

In a Time of Mourning, One Photographer Turns to His Young Son


“I was in the room when she passed, and it was a joyful, painful moment,” Lawrence, Kansas photographer Troy Colby says of losing his grandmother, “She wasn’t in pain anymore, but she was gone.” The abyss she left behind is what compelled him to turn to his son, and over the course of many photo shoots, the 11-year-old boy and his father found their way back to solid ground.

Pain and Perseverance in the Schoolchildren of Thatta, Pakistan

29. Four year old Benazir attends class with boys and girls of d

4-year-old Benazir attends class with boys and girls of different ages in Haji Saleh Jatt, Thatta region, Sindh province, Pakistan, 2016. Since gaining a water and toilet block at the school, the head teacher says, “the children are so clean and happy now. That has been a positive change because now there is a cleaner and healthier environment around the school.” © WaterAid/Malin Fezehai

12. Girls await the start of lessons at the primary school in Ch

Girls await the start of lessons at the primary school in Chaudury Atta Muhammad village, Thatta region, Sindh province, Pakistan, 2016. Before the H&M Foundation-funded WASH block was built, the girls had nowhere at school to access safe water or go to the toilet. Attendance has increased since the block was built, as parents have greater confidence in the security and safety of their girls when they don’t have to leave the school compound to find a place to go to the toilet in the open. © WaterAid/Malin Fezehai

Shaneela, age eleven, lives in Muhammad Ali Bharj, a village Pakistan. She has never been officially enrolled at the local school, but she does slip into the classrooms sometimes on her own to pick up what she can. “She had hopes one day to be able to read,” Swedish-Eritrean photojournalist Malin Fezehai says, “Her strength and determination left a strong impression on me.”

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