Posts by: Benjamin Pineros

These cinematic photographs will transport you to magical scenes of rural Asia

©Rarindra Prakarsa

Rarindra Prakarsa captures scenes of rural life in lush, cinematic photographs characterized by dense atmospheres and skillful use of volumetric light.

Although documentary in concept, Prakarsa’s photographs feel meticulously staged, almost like a painting. Combining natural and artificial light sources, ordinary everyday situations like children playing in the water or an old man smoking a pipe look through his lens like these majestic, almost surreal occurrences.

The Jakarta-born artist took up photography as a graphic art major and got his first gigs working as a graphic designer for local newspapers. Converging the two disciplines, Prakarsa’s body of work has always denoted a distinctive knack for composition and a striking use of color.

Prakarsa gave us an insight behind his workflow and shared with us some advice for capturing his trademark cinematic light beams while shooting outdoors.

Chronicling the stories of gun violence survivors in the U.S

Aurora, Colorado, 2010. Standing with a group of friends outside of her high school, Karina became the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting fueled by gang revenge. She was 16. ©Kathy Shorr

New York native Kathy Shorr traveled the United States photographing 101 individuals of different ages, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds, all of them with something in common; surviving gun violence.

Long Island, New York, 2013. Janine, a Corrections officer, was accosted at home by her husband, a captain with the Corrections Department. He shot her after she told him that their marriage was over. ©Kathy Shorr

What is beauty? Mihaela Norok traveled around the world to answer the perennial question

DUBLIN, IRELAND – When Amy-Mae started to show me a few Irish dancing moves it felt like she was flying. She made it look so simple, but behind it there are years of efforts and sacrifices. She started to practice Irish dancing when she was only two years old. ©Mihaela Noroc

Romanian photographer Mihaela Norok embarked on a journey throughout the globe to create The Atlas of Beauty, an ambitious project that seeks out to prove that beauty is everywhere around us and comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Wedding Photographers Mix Documentary, Fashion, and Fine Art Photography

Wedding photography is often considered the underdog of the industry, that dark place where photographers go to start a career or earn some extra shekels to pay the bills. But very few have turned the endeavor into a legitimate art form.

The artsy snob in all of us erroneously tends to disregard wedding photography as a practice of inferior artistic merit then say, photojournalism or fine art photography. I hang my head in shame and confess I declare myself guilty of this.

But what can I say? Something inside of me dies every time I stumble upon wedding photographs on my Facebook feed. I mean, come on, you know what I’m talking about. How can you not cringe at the staged poses, super cheesy scenarios and stereotypical situations?

It’s amidst this skepticism that I found Chrisman Studios, a small collective of artists.

A cult-like frat party for the elite? This photographer looks into the conspiracies

©Jack Latham

Once a year, the enigmatic redwood forests of Monte Rio in Northern California host a crowd of powerful men, who meet for reasons nobody knows for sure. The secrecy surrounding this bizarre frat party has sparked the public’s imagination for over a century, igniting a flurry of conspiracy theories that Bristol-based photographer Jack Latham elegantly explores in his latest book Parliament of Owls.

We spoke to one of the internet’s most famous Photoshop provocateurs

Since Feature Shoot’s inception back in 2008, we’ve managed to showcase some of the best photographers on the planet. But of all the talented people we’ve had the pleasure to interview, only one has been able to capture Kurt Cobain’s secret pet Gremlin, exposed that Elvis is still alive, and witnessed the moment when Pablo Escobar met Mr. Rogers. We present Vemix, the digital artist that’s taking the world by storm.

Nobody knows his real name or has ever seen a photograph of him. Yet, the guy has about 60,000 followers on Instagram and is constantly tagged by today’s greatest celebrities. He’s even got his own entry in the Urban Dictionary, where his name is defined as a verb.

“Food is the new rock’n’roll”! We interviewed legendary music photographer and cook extraordinaire, Kerstin Rodgers

If you like music, it’s very likely that you’ve seen the work of Kerstin Rodgers, one of the prime documentarians of the punk scene in London and one of the most influential rock’n’roll photographers of all time.

That classic image of a young and coy Morrisey wearing an oversized knit sweater, those scenes of The Cramps ferociously blasting on stage as if their lives depended on it, or Madness doing their trademark “nutty train” … that’s all Kerstin. She’s one of the many unsung lens warriors who one beer-stained night at a time, helped define the iconography of rock in the late 70s and early 80s.

She got her first photos published in New Musical Express as a teenager, and since then her work has been printed on the pages of almost every prestigious musical and news outlet under the sun. She’s exhibited in galleries in Paris and London, and was included in the Getty Image Library exhibition, ‘Beat Positive’.

Madness, January 1st 1980. © Kerstin Rodgers

But Rodgers’ story is as weird, fascinating and unique as they come. Although her impact in the music industry is immense, over the last decade she has become an Internet celebrity for very different reasons.

We talked to Cortis and Sonderegger, the ingenious duo that recreates history’s most iconic photographs with miniatures

Unless you were abducted by aliens over the last couple of years, it’s highly likely that you’ve seen one way or another the work of Swiss photographers Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger.

Time Magazine, The New York Times, Vice, Buzzfeed, and practically every major news outlet under the sun has covered their ongoing project “Icons”, in which the duo set out to recreate with miniature models the most emblematic photographs in history.

Their partnership started back in 2005 when they were studying photography at Zurich University of the Arts. That fruitful creative collaboration extended to their professional career with their own studio, landing over the years many high profile gigs with clients like Greenpeace and leading cookware manufacturer Kuhn Rikon.

The Hindenburg Disaster, Sam Shere, 1937

Making of ‘The Seven year Itch’, Sam Shaw, 1954

“Icons” started in 2012 both as a joke and as a way to keep themselves busy during downtime. Their first experiment was to recreate Andreas Gursky’s infamous Rhein II, at the time the most expensive photograph ever sold. (a record broken in 2014 by Phantom, by Australian photographer Peter Li)

Armed with cardboard, cotton wool, sand, glue, tin foil paper and many other materials that at first glance would seem more appropriate in a school science fair than in a professional studio, the creative team started to painstakingly recreate with miniatures the most significant photographs in history.

Among their recreations, we can find cultural symbols like Pennie Smith’s cover for London Calling, transcendent historical events like the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, and decisive moments in the evolution of photography like Niépce’s View from the Window at Le Gras from 1826, the earliest surviving photograph of a real-world scene.

Born to be bad: Brad Elterman, one of music’s most influential rock ‘n’ roll photographers

Brad Elterman

At just 19 years of age, he had already managed to photograph Bob Dylan and David Bowie, hung out with The Runaways, and had his work published in magazines all over the world. This is Brad Elterman, an artist whose work serves as a comprehensive visual history of rock ‘n’ roll.

If such a thing as reincarnation exists, I’d like to reincarnate as Brad Elterman. This is a man who seemed to have the very useful superpower of always being in the right place, at the right time.

American photographer Kellie Klein reflects on the restorative power of water and its relation to human emotion

Kellie Klein

Working with a wide range of techniques that go from nineteenth century printing processes like the cyanotype and Van Dyke brown, to current day digital manipulation, Kellie Klein’s photographs are an irresistible invitation to doubt about the very truthfulness of our perceptions.

With her eerie scenes, clever use of negative space in her compositions, a fondness for depicting sometimes indistinguishable, blurred elements, Klein paints meditative and metaphorical images that pose to the viewer as a question, never as an answer.

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