Posts by: Alyssa Coppelman

An Unknown Photographer’s Post-WWII Photos of Wedding Kisses in Hackney, East London




The history of London’s East End, famously the stomping grounds of Jack the Ripper and the Kray Brothers, is a vibrant mish-mash of crime, prostitution, and various influxes of immigrants, and has had, as a result, a rich street culture for many years. As part of his ongoing research on the area, photographer Stephen Gill purchased a lot of 9,000 negatives from the 1950s on eBay in hopes they would contain street photos reflecting the vibrancy of the area. Instead, he ended up the dubious owner of thousands of pictures of couples on their wedding day, all taken by the same unknown photographer, and which eventually led to publication of a book called Hackney Kisses.

Portraits of a Modern-Day Tom Sawyer

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Jenny Riffle map 001

With a focus on the more storied aspects of her treasure-seeking boyfriend’s life, Seattle-based photographer Jenny Riffle draws a fanciful existence from the real life of Riley for her series Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting. She photographs Riley on his hunts, photographing his wanderings and the objects he finds and collects. While visions of unearthing riches from beneath piles of junk may spring to mind, fueled by antiques and diggers shows, know that Riley digs for fun. Though he does supplement his income, his scavenging is a hobby, making this more Tom Sawyer than Treasure Island.

Photographer Creates Fine Art Out of Decades-Old New York Subway Posters



Most of you who regularly ride the New York City subway have felt the palpable decades of use down in the tunnels, which are layered with dirt, grime, and much worse. It’s also true that most subway commuters generally concentrate on anything but the grungy subway walls surrounding them. For New York-based photographer Wyatt Gallery, the opposite is true.

Photographs of Wild Deer Roaming the City Streets of Nara and Miyajima Island

Yoko Ishii

Yoko Ishii

In the ancient capital of Nara and on Miyajima Island, in Japan, wild deer roam freely through the city streets. Kanagawa-based photographer Yoko Ishii captured the bizarre attraction in images that one could safely assume are digitally altered—except they’re not. Deer showing up downtown happens so often, in fact, that inhabitants and passing cars think nothing of them hanging out in the middle of the road. As with anything animal in the 21st century, there is video evidence, not only of these occurrences but also of the strange sounds deer make.  

Hilarious Photos Reenact Some of The Most Controversial Hairdos in History

Gordon Stettinius

Gordon Stettinius

Gordon Stettinius

With the magnificent Mangini Studio, just out from Candela Books, Richmond-based photographer Terry Brown and photographer/model (and Candela founder) Gordon Stettinius have created their own hysterical pantheon of awkward portraits that serves as a fake but fantastic tour of many of the best/worst decades in hair-don’t history.

New Photography Book Brings Together Over 230 Incredible Landscapes

Landmark book

Bawadi, 2006 © Florian Joye

Landmark book

Randonneurs sur la glacier du Rhone, 2010 © Matthieu Gafsou, courtesy Galerie C, Neuchatel, Switzerland

Landmark book

Wild River, Florida, 2005 © Reiner Riedler

The words “landscape photography” can often, unjustly, elicit yawns and cause eyelids to droop. Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography, recently published by Thames & Hudson, proves this to be exactly the wrong reaction.

Intimacy, Love, and the Aging Body: Photographer Marna Clarke Documents Her Life Over 70 (NSFW)

Marna Clarke

Marna Clarke

What happens when a photographer gives up photographing for 14 years? In the case of Marin-based photographer Marna Clarke, she returns to it after her partner Igor put a camera back in her hands. After a few years of fine art work, she began work on You’re Not Getting Any Younger when she was 70, unveiling private moments shared with the man who had encouraged her. By turning her lens inward, Clarke takes ownership of her body, not only as a woman but also as a human being coming to terms with aging. In a world that too often denies the sensual desires of those past middle age, she both validates and celebrates the joys and sorrows of the maturing self, riding each emotional tide with determination, frankness, and grace. She spoke to us in detail about her journey.

Powerful Photo Series Examines Post-Tobacco Era Durham, NC

Justin Cook

Fireworks burst over the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in revitalized downtown Durham, N.C., July 4, 2014.

Justin Cook

Kalin Swinney paused by his first cousin’s casket, 9-year-old Jaeden Sharpe, after his committal ceremony at Beechwood Cemetery. Jaeden was shot in the head as he sat in with his mother in their car near their home on January 4, 2014, and he died January 9. His murder was the first of 2014.

When cities decide to revitalize their less upscale districts, a blind, or at least indifferent, eye is generally turned towards those who stand to lose. Durham-based photographer Justin Cook has been working on Made in Durham, the story of those not included in the wake of this renewal, since he was a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and plans to continue long into the future. The work focuses on what remains in post-tobacco era Durham, amidst education in peril, homicide, and “urban renewal” (for some). He is currently fund-raising for an exhibition of the work, part of which would be a zine involving participation from community members. Cook spoke with us in depth about his work.

The Wild Birds of Australia

Leila Jeffreys

‘Sooty,’ Sooty Lesser Owl

Leila Jeffreys

‘Commander Skyring,’ Gang Gang Cockatoo

When Sydney-based photographer Leila Jeffreys was a child, she was surrounded by wildlife of all sorts growing up in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and India. While living in Australia, she and her father would often come across birds and other wildlife which they would rescue and nurse back to health before re-releasing them into the wild.

Photographer Delves into the Fascinating World of NYC’s Bail Bondsman and Bounty Hunters

Clara Vannucci

Clara Vannucci

Navigate around any major city in the United States, and you’ll likely see signs for Bail Bonds. In New York, it feels like they’re everywhere. For Italy-based photographer Clara Vannucci, these same signs captured her attention while she was spending time in New York, not least because there is no equivalent for this practice in Europe. Bail Bond, published by Fabrica, “weaves together stories of defendants, bondsmen and bounty hunters in today’s New York, and offers a visual narrative of an unexplored zone in the United States legal system, where crime and security clash and merge.”

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