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A Photographer Reflects on Her Loss After 11 Miscarriages

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Lost: Jane

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Lost: Tommy

“Last July, after helping a friend through a painful loss I reflected on my own personal experience. These thoughts propelled me to take down the big white box in my closet which safeguards the mementos of my lost babies. It had been quite a while since I last took each item out and as I laid them out on my bed I felt their story needed to be documented.”

San Francisco-based photographer Dianne Yudelson’s sorrow was repressed by a socially accepted code of silence which, in her words, deems miscarriage grief unreasonable. She locked it away, but each loss was commemorated by the preservation of the pregnancy test, sonogram and a few items which evoked memories.

Words of the Broken-Hearted Baked into Yummy Desserts

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New York-based photographer Isabella Giancarlo calls them “heartbreak quotes.” They’re the words people say when they’re breaking up— the opposite of a Hallmark card, though often almost as trite. In order to “sweeten” these brief and painful verses, she baked them into some of her favorite treats for the series EAT YR HEART OUT.

Vintage Photos Appropriated in the Most Absurd Ways

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The ANTIHEROES were born by accident when Bilbao-based artist Susana Blasco was snacking on some nuts while making a collage out of antique photographs. One fell from her hand and onto the decades-old print, transforming the anonymous subject into a bizarre character, ripped from the pages of a whimsical storybook.

Iconic Filmmakers’ Birthdays Celebrated in Offbeat Photos

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The table is set, and the candles are lit, but the guest of honor has yet to arrive. It’s the birthday party of an iconic filmmaker, as imagined by New York City-based photographer Henry Hargreaves and set designer Nicole Heffron. For each month of the year, they staged an elaborate tribute to a legendary filmmaker, with subjects ranging from Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock to George Lucas and Stanley Kubrick.

Playful Still Lifes Inspired by Warhol and Pop Culture

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Mexico City-based photographer Paul Fuentes has long found influence in the work of Andy Warhol, bringing the tenets of Pop Art—irony, kitsch, and appropriation— boldly into the 21st-century.

The Tiny, Secret Treasures Collected by a 5-Year-Old

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5-year-old Calder is a quiet, thoughtful child. After each day at school, he comes home with his pockets lined with precious things—flowers, confetti, twigs, and feathers—collected during his time away. And each day, his mother, Oakland-based photographer Melissa Kaseman, goes through her son’s tiny gems, preserving them forever in the series Preschool Pocket Treasures.

A Day in the Life of Two Feminist, Cannabis-Growing Nuns

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“They are exactly who they present themselves to be,” say photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois of the Sisters of the Valley, two nuns who grow and sell cannabis products from their home in Merced, California.

Adventures of Taxidermy Animals by Lynn Savarese

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The first body of work by New York photographer Lynn Savarese that I saw was My Still Life Aviary, a collection of taxidermy birds photographed in a traditional still life manner. But it was Savarese’s unique, imaginative series The Death and Life Adventures of Rat and Indigo Bunting that kept me on her portfolio website, trying to make sense of the scenes in which the mounts of a rat, birds, dogs, squirrels, and other animals found themselves.

Robert Mapplethorpe’s Pioneering Images Compiled into New Book

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Self-Portrait, 1985, Gelatin silver print, Image: 38.7 x 38.6 cm (15 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.) Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation, 2011.7.21 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Thomas, 1987, Gelatin silver print, Image: 48.8 x 48.8 cm (19 3/16 x 19 3/16 in.) Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation, 2011.7.31 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

In the late ‘70s, Robert Mapplethorpe’s sex pictures exploded onto the New York art scene. Sexually explicit, provocative and audacious – his photographs had the power to shock, seduce, and appal in equal doses. He was adorning the walls of respectable NY art galleries with content most hadn’t seen before – pornographic images styled with a classical guise. His sex pictures depicted re-enactments of sadomasochist sex acts with male models he had met in underground gay clubs, such as Mineshaft, Manhattan. Although his graphic portrayals of the male genitalia raised more than a few eyebrows, the public reaction was thrilling to Mapplethorpe, and he delighted in the responses and attention that his images received. Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait with a bullwhip in his anus (1978) is proof of his bold determination in the face of all protest, and underlined the fact that his work was often intentionally provocative.

Charm and Nostalgia Found in Berlin’s Overlooked High-Rises

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The post-war apartment buildings in Malte Brandenburg’s Stacked series tower over Berlin with their muted colors and forlorn designs. Built in the mid-20th century to provide modern and affordable housing to middle class families, these concrete stacks might looks identical to some, but to Brandenburg, he sees each housing estate as a separate entity, adorned with nostalgia and brimming with life.

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