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Rosalind Solomon’s Fascinating Portraits

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Born in 1930, Rosalind Fox Solomon began shooting in the late 1960s focusing most of her work on life at her home in Tennessee. “I had very little knowledge of the history of photography. Early on, I saw articles about Diane Arbus and I knew the work of Henri Cartier Bresson and Ansel Adams, but otherwise I cannot remember knowing about any other photographers. I think if I had lived in New York rather than in Tennessee, I never would have come to where I am today. I am still cowed when I see some other photographers’ exhibitions. I feel that it is best for me to wear blinders and keep drawing from within myself. Painting, film, theater, dance, music and reading inform and nourish my photography.”

Portraits Photographed Through Screens Look Both Nostalgic and Modern

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For NYC-based photographer Matthew Tischler’s “Untitled Screen Series,” he photographed his subjects through window screens, netting and scrims. The effect is pixelated photographs that filter out any details as well as the subject and their environment. The images are a play on photography vs. digital imaging. “Technology has enormously impacted our perception of the world,” says Tischler. “I wanted to create a visual style that was both nostalgic and modern. There is a sense of wistful melancholia and longing associated with the hazy screens – as if one was looking out a window and daydreaming. But there is also the suggestion of a visual language of structure and code imposed by the grid. I am interested in how we psychologically experience a natural landscape viewed through a window vs. a digital environment viewed through a computer screen.”

Malerie Marder Photographs the Private Moments of Family Members, Friends and Herself (NSFW)

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The images in LA-based photographer Malerie Marder’s intimate book Carnal Knowledge are a combination of color and black and white photographs of family members, friends and herself, all in the nude. Sometimes shot in sparse motel rooms, the images feel both intimate and distant at the same time: some of the subjects are couples, captured in private moments, with bodies intertwined; other times the subjects stand removed and separate from each other.

Asked during various interviews to discuss her thoughts behind the book, Marder says, “What was I thinking when I made the pictures? This is in no particular order: fate, kink, performance, a secret, nostalgia, sensual memory, voyeurism, nighttime settings, barren rooms, stark lighting, romantic trysts, foreign environments, intimacy, and lack of intimacy, connection, lack of connection, self-reflection, and lack of self-reflection…My work has a lot to do with privacy and secrecy. I’m innately drawn to this, someone disarming themselves for the camera, in a moment that would normally remain private. That’s my drive, or, in a way my addiction.”

Carl de Keyzer’s Intriguing Photographs of the Congo

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As a member of Magnum for almost 20 years, Belgian photographer Carl de Keyzer has published several books, shooting projects across the globe in Europe, Russia, Asia, and the U.S. His strength lies in his ability to consistently capture pointed, expressive moments within daily life. For the photographs in Congo, he took five trips over two years to document the life of a post-colonial nation. “I decided to use a 1954 tourist guide for the Congo – at that time still a Belgian colony. Visiting all kinds of colonial backgrounds – mines, factories, schools, monasteries, churches, prisons. In fact it’s more a project about Belgium itself. A small European country (80 times smaller) being arrogant enough to export their own surrealism to the heart of Africa.”

Portraits by Koos Breukel are Reminiscent of Dutch Portrait Paintings

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“Be born, grow up, develop and express oneself, love, suffer and die. This is a major drive in my work.” So says Dutch photographer Koos Breukel of his painting-like portraits. Reminiscent of the Dutch portrait paintings of the 17th century, Breukel’s simple, direct presentation—unlike that of the more formal portraiture of that age—is arresting in its simplicity and humility.

Breukel shoots in his own studio with a wooden, large-format camera. His subjects are shot in front of a dark backdrop, allowing the focus to rest solely on the face of the subject. While there is a non-verbal narrative in their direct gaze, Breukel allows the subject’s story to be told without adding any personal commentary of his own.

Anna di Prospero’s Endearing Self-Portraits With Her Family

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This series of self-portraits with my family comes from the desire to create a research based on my intimate bonds. For me, the most important part of this work was obtained by the involvement of my family during the shooting, and thanks to this experience, I discovered unknown aspects of my loved ones.—Anna di Prospero

What one first notices about Italian photographer Anna di Prospero’s work are the warm, rich hues of her portraits. But after a closer look at her series, Self-Portrait with My Family, the colorful hues and tones are an obvious expression of the warmth and connection she feels for her family. Each photograph contains its own personal narrative, each telling the story of that particular relationship.

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Stunning, Abstract Aerial Photos of a Beta Carotene Farm in Western Australia

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The most intriguing part of Australian photographer Steve Back’s gorgeously graphic series Hutt Lagoon is that the bright pink-colored water is all natural. “The images are not manipulated for color,” said Back. “I was commissioned to shoot some abstract landscape shots of Western Australia for a big Perth hotel. I chartered a light aircraft to explore shooting some islands off the coast of Northern WA. I had noticed these lakes on the map and Google Earth, and decided that they were worth a look. From the ground, the pink coloring is not so evident and a bit unimpressive, yet from the air, it looks fantastic. These are natural landscapes but the coloring is out of this world. And at first sight it is not easy to tell whether they are close up or far away.”

Amusing Portraits of Women in the Office Environment Defy Logic

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Dutch photographer Isabelle Wenzel was invited by the Virtueel Museum Zuidas, Holland, to produce a work about the business area of South Amsterdam. “I used this opportunity to observe urban structures as being a scenario for my photographic fantasies,” she says, and created her series Building Images. “My main focus was on the normative office structures that are common in a highly organized business area. I analyzed the physical impact the structures have on the people who work there. Opposing this strongly functional environment, my photographs show figures in non-functional positions. It was my aim to turn the logic of an office upside down.”

Clever Photographs of Meteors Made From Paper

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News of doom and gloom in the press was the inspiration behind London-based photographer Thomas Brown’s series, Meteor. With warnings of an upcoming recession and negative news forecasts ahead, Brown created his ironic series—he scrunched up balls of paper, creating imaginary ‘meteors’, shooting them suspended in space. The simple series sends the message that there is little point in dwelling on things beyond our control; they are in a sense weightless.

Photos of Domestic Still Life Made from Metallic Mesh

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I discovered Minneapolis-based photographer David Goldes’ black-and-white series, Traces a few years back, and was immediately enchanted by the strange beauty of the project. Asking what inspired him to create the unique still lifes: “I asked myself if an object could be something both physical and a memory at the same time. The French philosopher Sartre said that imaginary objects (in contrast to actual perceived objects) have a sort of translucency. This enables us to imagine all sides of the objects at once. In my pictures, the partially transparent mesh objects are linked to the idea of memory. The metallic mesh has the literal shape of the object that it was once wrapped around.”

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