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Cinematic Photos Influenced by Traditional Chinese Aesthetics Explore Fictitious Memories

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Youjia Qu (BFA 2015) is a Chinese photographer and a senior in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. With a background in cinematography from the Beijing Film Academy, Qu’s cinematic approach also incorporates influences from traditional Chinese aesthetics. His series Yamakawa recreates scenes from the Minguo period in Chinese history, during which 20 million people moved away from their hometowns. The results are somber, poetic images illustrating the massive displacement between 1912 and 1949 that shapes the backdrop for modern life in China.

Disorienting, Abstract Photos Allude to Medical Testing

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Katie Shapiro (MFA 2015) is a master’s candidate in Photography at the University of California, Irvine. She received her BFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and is currently living and working in Los Angeles. Inspired by the feelings of confusion and displacement induced by medical tests, her current project There is ever anything conclusive, just an endless series of tests experiments with disorienting photograms and tactile, studio-based processes to confound the viewer and question the viewing experience.

‘Burn Down Something Pretty’: Intimate Family Photos Reconcile a Troubled Adolescence

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Ellis Marksohn (BFA 2014) is a senior in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Originally from New York, his interest in photography stems from the potential for the camera as a tool for therapeutic growth. His series Burn Down Something Pretty blends a variety of imagery, from fabricated moments of intimacy with his parents to decontextualized objects of significance. It is an attempt at accepting the past while questioning self-hood.

Photos Explore the Act of Controlling Nature Out of Fear

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Georgia Rhodes (MFA 2015) is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her work converses with the landscape, both real and imagined. By subverting the ease with which we navigate familiar notions, her work challenges expectations of how a person is supposed to consume the natural world. Her project Flora non Fauna is a meditation upon the conflict between our need for contact with nature, and the desire to control it within our domestic spaces.

1950s Domesticity and Perfection Become Terrifying in these Amazing Collages by Chase Kahn

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Chase Kahn (BFA 2015) is a photographer and designer currently pursuing dual degrees in Studio Art Photography and Communication Design from the University of North Texas. His work utilizes both digital and analog techniques formed from mixed media and found materials to produce satirical works about consumption and the domestic. His project Who Wants You to Live Forever? combines imagery from home journal magazines and mid-century advertisements to create a series that celebrates the visual style of the source material while functioning as a critique of consumerism and over-saturation.

Documenting the Search for Gold Along the Bering Sea

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Taylor McIntosh (MFA ’15) is a freelance photographer and filmmaker currently pursuing his MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder. Originally from Maine, Taylor graduated from Keene State College with a degree in Film Production in 2011, and currently works somewhere within the realm of documentary. His project the prospectors and i. documents the lives of prospectors in Nome, Alaska, and his time spent living among them.

Celestial Photos of Plankton Connect Our Origins with Outer Space

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Julia Bennett (BFA 2015) is a photographer from Pennsylvania and a senior at the University of South Carolina. Specializing in both fine-art photography and marine science, she is currently exploring paths that can bridge the two fields. In December, Julia received the Magellan Scholar Grant to complete her recent series Into The Umbra, using microscopic photography to address the historic and profound relationship between humans and the ocean.

Surreal, Muted Photos of a Touristy Town in the Off-Season

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Ariane De Palacio (PhD 2015) is a French photographer and PhD candidate in Geography at Laval University in Quebec. She is interested in territorial processes and the political, cultural and social dynamics that shape man-made landscapes, especially in the way they are staged as discourses on collective identity. The strange, muted images in her series Wonderland  explore the way that tourism creates staged territories in preexisting landscapes, primarily to fulfill the fantasies of temporary visitors.

Photos Explore Male Gender Roles with Regards to Sports

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Chadric Devin (MFA 2015) is a Missouri-born artist and MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in Gilbert, AZ, The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, IN, and in Xi’an, China. His current work, Active Bodies: Physical and Nonphysical Interactions within the Male Gender, utilizes printmaking and alternative photographic processes to discuss the intricacy of the filial, social, and cultural relationships between men. He explores these ideas through a variety of materials that range from handmade Japanese paper to nontraditional surfaces, such as athletic tape.

Stevie Raelynn Johnson’s Intimate Portraits of Thirty Men

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Stevie Raelynn Johnson is an American artist and recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work involves exchanges she has with strangers and within her own personal relationships. Through photography and video, she explores new systems of exchange by documenting unusual interactions she constructs. In her project I did it all for you, she conducts a close examination of her own relationships, past and present, exploring the need to connect and the elements of give and take that inform each stage of connection.

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