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

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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.

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“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.”

Uncovering 60+ Years of Work by One Historic Photographer

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“One project lasted his whole lifetime,” gallerist Daniel Cooney says of Len Speier, the 88-year-old artist who has devoted decades to capturing life on the streets, in the clubs, at the parks of New York City, Europe, and Asia. His life and career was never broken into chapters or series; it’s a single long strand connecting who he was as a young man to who he his today.

Unforgettable Portraits from an American Road Trip in the 1980s

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In the 1980s, Massachusetts photographer Sage Sohier hit the road. She was 20-something years old, recently graduated from Harvard University, and enamored with the street. She approached strangers, toting around a clunky medium-format camera with a flash in search of serendipity.

Bold Patterns Created by Animals and their Shadows

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Alexey Menschikov uses photography to construct graphic patterns. Taking shapes from real life – cats, birds, people, jutting architectural lines – he plays with light and shadow, reproducing the images in Photoshop to make playful grids of repeating form.

Photojournalist Takes on Popular Video Game Mafia II

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How can a photojournalist consolidate a thirst for exploration with the need for home comforts? Paris-based photographer Sylvain Entressangle has found the perfect solution to this all-too-common dichotomy; his seemingly classical black and white photographs of a quintessentially American city in the 1940s-50s era are in reality street captures from the popular video game Mafia II. The Video Game Landscape series adheres to the traditional rules of street photography, giving us a window onto what the lives of the inhabitants of this virtual city might be like.

Step into the Bold Graphic of London’s streets

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In Rupert Vandervell’s Geometrix, the city of London is fiercely rendered in black and white. Investigating “the juxtaposition between the urban background and the human form,” the series uses the city as a series of graphic shapes against which to cast solitary figures passing through that draw the eye of the viewer in towards them.

Sex, Drugs, and Punk Rock: Confessions of a 1980s Girl

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February-March 1987
I didn’t know what was expected of me.
I didn’t know what to tell my dad.
How could I give him directions to save me.
I didn’t want to make him mad.
I didn’t want to get into trouble with him.
So I decided not to call him.
That was my last decision.
He decided to kiss me on the couch.
I sat there scared to death.
He decided we should go to “bed”.
I was praying for sleep.
He wore just boxers.
I think I wore a t-shirt.
He decided to kiss me some more. He decided to lay on top of me.
I told him I was still a virgin.

© Deanna Templeton, courtesy the artist and Little Big Man Gallery

In 1985, a teenage girl in Orange County ran away from home. She stayed away for one night and came back to her mother, who gave her a camera “as a coming home present.” Thirty years later, that young woman has grown to become photographer Deanna Templeton, but the camera continues to be the thread that ties her to her past as a passionate, punk-loving adolescent from suburbia.

These Stray Cats Remind Us of the Simple Joy of Being Alive

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In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Japanese photographer Masaaki Ito found warmth and comfort in some unlikely friends: the stray cats of Tokyo. As the country grieved, he rediscovered joy in the homeless felines, who roamed the streets in search of food, company, or a kind gesture. For the past few years, Ito has been chronicling the many adventures of the cats he endearingly calls his “neighbors.”

Nightlife in Uganda Chronicled in Photo Book ‘Fuck It’

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Kampala has been described as “the city that (really) never sleeps” by Condé Nast Traveler, and it’s easy to see why. The capital city of Uganda is becoming something of a legend for its eternal buzz and crazy nightlife; the party continues as long as people are still drinking. And the Ugandans drink a lot. According to the Global Status on Alcohol and Health, Ugandans consume more alcohol than any other country in East Africa. As the photographer Michele Sibeloni observed: “During the day Kampala appears to be a very religious and conservative society; at night everything changes. There are no limits and nothing is taboo, the way the people dance is very physical and sexual”.

Originally from a small town in the province of Parma in Italy, Michele Sibeloni has been living in Uganda for the past six years. Arriving in the country for the first time, the nightlife immediately caught his attention. The night became a refuge, a manner of escaping his everyday obligations and being able to think freely. He started to shoot his nighttime adventures in 2012, and wanted his photographs to reflect on his feelings towards the night, telling a story using personal elements of his life.

‘Aggressive’ Street Photographer Captures Angry People in Beijing

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“No Photos!
What are you doing?
You have no rights!
You scared me!
Do you know how to respect others!?
You are crazy!
NO!!!
Fuck you!!!”

The statements above may sound all too familiar to any dedicated street photographer. Encountering suspicion, a refusal to be photographed and even criticism or insults when out on a shoot are all part of the job. This is what Beijing-based photographer Jiwei Han heard and intentionally sought out in his controversial project entitled No, which he captured in the streets of Beijing.

No is consciously the product of an invasive photographic approach. Jiwei purposefully avoided asking for permission prior to photographing strangers on the street, using what he describes as an “aggressive method”. The title of the project is self-explanatory, echoing the response of many unwilling subjects when Jiwei caught them off guard.

Photographing people against their will, Jiwei experienced “an evil sense of satisfaction” upon succeeding, though admits that he was unsure about whether or not what he did was right reflecting on the disputable methods used, “normally I am a gentle person and ask whether it’s okay before taking any pictures. I’m not usually so rude”.

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