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Dark, Masochistic Self-Portraits Capture the Agony of Love Lost

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Following the breakdown of a seven year romance, New York City-based photographer Hsin Wang re-staged her grief, giving physical presence to the psychological wounds inflicted by love lost. De-Selfing traces the uncomfortable—and often masochistic—ways in which we unravel when the bonds of intimacy are torn asunder.

‘Ocean of Images’ at MoMA Is One of the Most Radical, Daring Photography Exhibitions In Recent History

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DIS. Positive Ambiguity (beard, lectern, teleprompter, wind machine, confidence). 2015. Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art

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Lucas Blalock (American, born 1978). Strawberries (fresh forever). 2014. Courtesy the artist and Ramiken Crucible, New York. ©2015 Lucas Blalock

Three decades ago, iconic art historian John Szarkowski organized New Photography, an exhibition of four American photographers working in black and white, arranged horizontally across the gallery walls: Judith Joy Ross, Michael Spano, Zeke Berman, and Antonio Mendoza. This year, Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 features an astonishing 19 artists working in 14 countries, all pushing towards a new visual era.

Kurt Cobain’s Most Intimate Belongings Photographed for New Exhibition

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Endorsement – Cobain’s Converse #1 © Geoff Moore

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Heart Shaped Box #1 © Geoff Moore

In 2007, Los Angeles-based photographer Geoff Moore was commissioned by the Estate of Kurt Cobain to document the mementos left behind by the 27-year-old musician. He was given exactly one day with the items cherished by the rock star, kept enshrined within a high security storage center and transported to a studio. The pictures would appear first in the book Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross, and on February 11th, they will be unveiled large-scale at KM Fine Arts.

Inspired by Hopper and Hitchcock, Photographer Creates Magical Miniature Scenes at the Movies

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Two or Three Things I Know About Her © Richard Finkelstein, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

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Still Alice © Richard Finkelstein, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

As the story goes, the 1886 audience at the 50-second silent documentary The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat were so terror-stricken by the picture of a black and white train approaching that they leapt backwards for fear of certain annihilation. The fable, regardless of its veracity, speaks to the power of film to elevate even the most banal scene into the realm of preternatural.

Bathed in Blue: 17 Photographs Capture Turquoise and Cobalt Moments from Around the World (Sponsored)

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A woman in a white dress in a dark pool. © Lucia Griggi/Vault Archives

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Kolmanskop, a deserted diamond mining town being reclaimed by the Namibian sand, Namibia. © Andrei Duman/Vault Archives

“Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet) / It only gives our wish for blue a whet,” writes Robert Frost in his 1920 poem Fragmentary Blue, in which he laments the fact that the divine color appears on the ground merely from time to time, becoming an ever-elusive link tying us to the firmament above. In winter, more than any other time of year, the azure hue reigns supreme, and the earth, if just for a moment, mirrors the sky.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Most Cherished Belongings, Photographed in Her Bel Air Home by Catherine Opie

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Fang and Chanel © Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

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The Shoe Closet © Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

In the winter of 2011, Elizabeth Taylor spent her days upstairs in her private suite at 700 Nimes Road in Bel Air; downstairs, she had permitted Los Angeles photographer Catherine Opie access to explore and shoot the home where her children, grandchildren, and many cherished dogs, cats, and parrots, had played. The two women were separated only by a few floors, and yet six weeks after Opie embarked on the project, Taylor was taken to the hospital, where she later passed away, and the pair would never have the chance to meet in person.

A Former Janitor Collects and Photographs the Items Seized from Immigrants and Thrown Away By U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

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It started with toothbrushes. Arizona-based photographer Thomas Kiefer had been working part-time as a janitor at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in Ajo, some 40 miles from the Mexican border, for several years when he acted on his impulse to salvage— and to catalog—some of the hundreds of personal items thrown away in the facility. As hopeful American immigrants, many of them illegal, were apprehended and brought to the station, personal objects deemed “non-essential” were seized and disposed of during processing. With El Sueno Americano, or The American Dream, Kiefer tells the story of those who risked their freedom and their lives to cross the border through the many possessions they had to leave behind.

‘The Gay Beards’ Accessorize Their Matching Facial Hair With Everything from Lego Bricks to Cheese Puffs

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Before Portland-based artists Brian DeLaurenti and Jonathan Dahl became The Gay Beards, they were two little boys having playdates after school. Since their first encounter nearly twenty years ago, the two have remained the best of friends, teaming up together in the summer of 2014 to bring to life their vision of dressing their facial hair in matching outfits. Over the last year and a half, they’ve put everything from splatter paint and glitter to roses and popcorn in their bristles in hopes of transforming their faces into colorful confections.

Magical Short Film Captures Soap Bubbles Frozen in -15° Celsius

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When most children bemoan the hassle of donning a winter coat before heading outside to play in the snow, they receive a quick admonishment from their parents before being hurried out the door. For one little girl in Warsaw, however, a stubborn refusal to put on a jacket led to her father’s creation of a lyrical short film. In exchange for his daughter’s compliance with the coat, photographer Pablo Zaluska created for her Frozen soap bubbles, a vivid display of the poetry and power of the winter’s chill.

Magnificent Photographs of Japanese Cherry Blossoms Overlaid with Gold Dust

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In the spring of 1598, the samurai warrior Toyotomi Hideyoshi, known as the second of Japan’s three “great unifiers,” ordered 700 cherry blossom trees to be planted in the earth around Daigo-ji temple in Kyoto, requesting the presence of more than a thousand of the country’s elite citizens, friends, and relatives for the party of a lifetime. Nearly half a millennium later, Japanese photographer Hiroaki Hasumi returns again to the cherry blossoms for his series Nippon, an ode to his homeland and a nod to its rich artistic heritage.

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