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The Story of Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and a Pot Plant

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In 1975 I was in California and stopped to visit Ansel Adams in Carmel, but I was way too intimidated to get out a camera and ask him to take his picture. This was Big Dome himself, and I was only a rank beginner. Me and my friend David Dearden shared some Minor White stories with Ansel, and we were soon on our way.

A few days later, I traveled up to San Francisco to photograph Imogen Cunningham. I stayed with some friends, and in the morning we went out for a walk in Sausalito: I had a meeting to make pictures of Imogen later in the day. I had brought her a print as a present but was so nervous about the upcoming meeting with her that I left the camera in the car.

20 Beautiful, Uncommon Photos of Flowers

The floral forest of dreams © Dina Shirin (@dinashirin), Bronx, NY

Rhapsody © Katharina Will, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Print Swap is a submissions-based project by Feature Shoot connecting thousands of photographers all over the world. Here’s how it works: any and all images can be submitted via Instagram using the hashtag #myfeatureshoot. Outstanding photographs are selected for the swap, and participating photographers give and receive prints. Prints are mailed out internationally and randomly, so part of the excitement is that it’s always a surprise. You never know what print you’ll get until the day it arrives.

Over the last few months, we’ve been highlighting some of the extraordinary images from The Print Swap by featuring them in online group shows, each with a different theme. This time, we drew inspiration from the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham and focused on a single subject: flowers. After combing through The Print Swap collection in search of sunflowers, roses, tulips, and daisies, we plucked out some of our favorite blossoms to share with you.

In photographs, flowers can be metaphors–for love, loss, or rebirth. My Heart’s Desire by Mark Reynolds is part of the artist’s Funeral Flower Series. In Meredith Andrew’s work, plucked flowers are the last remaining vestige of a season gone by. In Dina Shirin’s picture, the silhouette of a woman explores an alternate realm, defined only by the vague shape of a flower. Still, flowers don’t always have to be symbols of larger themes. Sometimes flowers are simply flowers, and their beauty is more than enough. Jules Hebert regularly photographs the rotating cast of flowers on display in his New York lobby.

This Valentine’s Day, enjoy a collection of flowers, and feel free to peruse The Print Swap Instagram feed for more inspiring imagery. Photographers are welcome to submit images to The Print Swap by tagging them #theprintswap on Instagram. We also accept submissions emailed to [email protected] New images submitted between now and March 23rd will be considered not only for The Print Swap but also for our upcoming Print Swap exhibition, happening at BERLIN BLUE art. Learn more about the show here.

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© Reiner Riedler

EXHIBITION: Reiner Riedler: The Lifesaving Machines, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, 560 Broadway #603, October 30-December 20, Opening Reception October 30, 6-8 PM
Photographer Reiner Riedler was initially inspired to shoot medical machinery after the birth of his son, who spent time in an intensive care unit. After seeing the newborns hooked up to lifesaving devices, Riedler embarked on a journey to laboratories producing these delicate and powerful machines. Removing them from the context of a life and death crisis, the photographer traces their otherworldly beauty, setting them against an austere black backdrop. In his second show at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, Riedler presents this body of work.

Peter Brown, Houston

Peter Brown photography Houston

Peter Brown has photographed the open landscape and small towns of the Great Plains for the past twenty-five years. He is the author of Seasons of Light, On the Plains and the recently published West of Last Chance, a collaboration with the novelist Kent Haruf which won the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. His work has been collected by The Menil Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, MoMA New York, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among many others. He’s the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the Imogen Cunningham Award, and grants from the Graham Foundation and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.

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