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A Portrait of Vintage New York City Through Found Photographs

Rocco’s Barber Shop c.1989 from 6×7 negative

Frank Sinatra c.1955 from original 2.25 negative

Back in the day, New York City was a collector’s paradise. Every weekend, empty parking lots would be transformed into bustling flea markets filled with vintage goods, from brocade covered antique chairs and velvet opera cloaks to crates of vinyl record albums and boxes of old photographs.

Through the 1970s and ‘80s, Williamsburg native Ray Simone would make his way around town, hitting up flea markets, street fairs, stoop sales and estate sales in search of old camera negatives documenting scenes of daily life in New York City. A professional photographer by trade, Simone had the eye and the ability to spot a classic scene of city life.

An alternative view of Japan from a celebrity portrait photographer

The photographs in Super Extra Natural! were taken in Japan over the course of 16 trips made between 2004 and 2016. Celebrity portrait photographer Emily Shur travelled the length and breadth of the country, and on each visit tried to visit somewhere new. The aesthetic and feel of the series developed organically with each new trip and shoot. She turns her lens to what she finds most interesting in the moment with no preconceived idea about what she will find in a given place.

“I hesitate to even call this a ‘project,’ Shur tells me, “I didn’t set out to shoot a specific subject matter, or tell a specific story. For the most part, my guiding theme is to just be myself.”

The Joys, Disappointments, & Triumphs of an Autistic Boy

Four years ago, the Italian photographer Fabio Moscatelli met a boy named Gioele through a mutual friend, and he embarked on a lifelong friendship. Gioele has autism, and communication isn’t always easy, but as he passes from childhood into adolescence, he continues to develop a shared language with the photographer. In addition to Moscatelli’s photographs, the book and exhibition Gioele includes drawings and photographs by the young man.

In Iowa, One Photographer Finds Traces of the Past

Barry Phipps moved to Iowa City in 2012. In the last six years, he’s tried to cover every hidden corner of the state, devoting countless hours to the road with no clear destination in sight. His book Between Gravity and What Cheer: Iowa Photographs, published by the University of Iowa Press, is the story of the place he now calls home.

Toru Kasaya Photographs Hidden Beauty Near the Shore

Date:2016/11/6. Shooting place: Osezaki Shizuoka.
Scientific name: Lubricogobius exiguus. English name: Golden goby.

Date:2013/5/9. Shooting place: Hakodate Usujiri Hokkaido.
Scientific name: Sargassum horneri (Turner) C. Agard Hypoptychus dybows.
English name: Eggs of Naked sand lance with Sargassum.

Date:2015/12/1. Shooting place:Hakodate Usujiri Hokkaido.
Scientific name:Enteroctopus dofleini. English name:Giant pacific octopus.

The ocean is a place of magic and mystery, perhaps the one last frontier left on earth. Its depths have never been plumbed or mapped; the marvels they contain are rarely revealed to those who walk the land.

Japanese photographer Toru Kasaya understands this well: we need not go far off shore before we encounter the mesmerizing and beautiful. “I take my photos near populous coasts. Not many residents are aware of the bountiful life under their noses,” Kasaya reveals in his artist statement.

“Even fishermen, who make a living from the sea, are surprised when they look at my photos, saying that they had no idea marine creatures were living this way as they only see them out of the ocean.”

12 Ethereal Cloudscapes to Spark Your Imagination

Cloud Geometry © Jacob Schlather (@jacobschlather)

Stars Below – Dog © Evelyn Pritt (@pritt)

The Cloud © David Korsten (@dkorsten)

In the 1920s, Alfred Stieglitz set out to convince the world that the value of photographs was independent from the value of their chosen subject. A true photographer could give meaning to anything, if it was given the right attention. To prove his point, he chose one unlikely muse: the sky. “Clouds were there for everyone,” he later said. “No tax as yet on them, free.” His cloud photographs, titled Equivalents, changed the course of photographic history forever. The camera, we learned, could capture more than an objective reality. It could capture something symbolic and ephemeral.

We settled on cloudscapes for the theme of this online group show. The inspiring images featured in this collection are part of our global project The Print Swap. They range from the representation to the abstract, and while some include markers of our world (humans, buildings, mountains), others plunge us headlong into a celestial expanse of blue and white. As always, photographers around the world are welcome to submit by tagging #theprintswap. We select outstanding submissions, and participating photographers give and receive prints. All Print Swap photographers can now sell their work via our store, Superfine Prints, and photos tagged between now and July 6th will be considered not only for the swap itself but also for our upcoming exhibition at Photoville. It’s free to submit, but selected photographers pay $40 to participate. The fee covers printing and shipping.

“The Equivalents remain photography’s most radical demonstration of faith in the existence of a reality behind and beyond that offered by the world of appearances,” Andy Grundberg wrote for the New York Times in 1983, decades after Stieglitz’s passed away. “They are intended to function evocatively, like music, and they express a desire to leave behind the physical world.” These photographs take us on a similar journey into the unknown. Join us. Learn more on our website and @theprintswap on Instagram.

Intimate portraits of Americans in their bedrooms (NSFW)

 

What goes on behind closed doors? It’s a curious thought that might pass our minds when walking through familiar or alien territory, though we seldom get a glimpse inside the  bedrooms of strangers. And yet the bedroom—a space synonymous with intimacy—may well offer the best impression of a person stripped of all the personas that we wear in public.

For the past two and a half years, Maine photographer Barbara Peacock has been travelling across the United States photographing people in their bedrooms. Her ongoing series American Bedroom is a sensitive, anthropological portrait of individuals, couples and families in the private dwellings we seldom see; the possessions with which they’ve surrounded themselves provide insight into their character, while the familiar environment and unthreatening presence of the photographer allows them to drop their guard. Each image is accompanied with a quote from the person portrayed, providing the viewer with a deeper sense of the subject’s character.

To witness the myriad of different cultures and personalities portrayed by Beacock that coexist in this vast territory—and vary regionally and based on factors such as class—the image of a homogenous cultural landscape that one might associated with this capitalist country is shattered.

Find Passion, Vision and Voice at Maine Media Workshops + College this Summer (Sponsored)

© Maggie Steber

“My job in teaching is to help you see magic where others don’t,” the prolific photojournalist and educator Maggie Steber says. This summer, she and a group of her pioneering peers, including Nancy Borowick, Matt Eich, Daniella Zalcman, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Matt Cosby, Steven Wilkes, and more, will head over to the coast of Rockport, Maine to host workshops at the Maine Media Workshops + College. As the longest running photography workshop program of its kind, Maine Media home to some of the most brilliant minds to pick up a camera; past teachers include Mary Ellen Mark, Sally Mann, Arnold Newman, Duane Michals, Ernst Haas, and many others. The classes are intensive and limited to a small number of students, meaning that each one gets full advantage of the guidance of their mentors and the input of their peers.

A Spiritual Journey Exploring the Magnificence of Trees

Lake Tree, Beihai Park, Beijing, China, 2008

Bamboo and Tree, Qingkou Village, Yunnan, China, 2013

Huangshan Mountains, Study 13, Anhui, China, 2008

As a young boy growing up in the town of Widnes in northwest England, photographer Michael Kenna discovered a tree at the edge of a field in Victoria Park and made it his own. He and his brothers staked out their respective arboreal homes, hidden from the world, they could escape into the limitless expanses of their imaginations. Those trees became sanctuaries from all that civilization demanded of them, allowing them a space to commune with nature, free and unfettered.

Over the past 35 years, Kenna has dedicated himself to photographing trees all around the globe. Using a Hasselblad to create exquisite black and white silver gelatin prints, Kenna’s portraits of trees are like Zen koans: tranquil and enchanting, minimal and moody, and powerfully evocative of life’s deepest mysteries.

A selection of these works is on view in Philosopher’s Tree’ by Michael Kenna at Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong, from June 15 through July 1, 2018. The works take us around the world, into different realms where trees have their own unique relationship with the landscape and the environment. Whether in China or Italy, Norway or Brazil, Kenna’s relationship to the trees is an unwavering act of devotion.

Joseph Rodriguez: Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the ‘80s

Skeely Street Game, Spanish Harlem, New York, 1987.
Courtesy Galerie Bene Taschen.

Saturday Night Cards, Rodriguez Family Spanish Harlem, New York, 1987.

In the wake of World War I, Puerto Rican and Latin American immigrants first began arriving in New York, settling in a little corner of upper Manhattan around 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, which is now known as Spanish Harlem. With a foothold firmly established in El Barrio, the neighborhood blossomed after World War II, when a new wave of immigration transformed the face of the city.

By 1960, some 63,000 Puerto Ricans called Spanish Harlem home, bringing the culture of the Caribbean to the northern climes. With bodegas and botánicas catering to the culinary and spiritual needs of the people, Spanish Harlem became an enclave unto itself.

But the land of the free was hardly this to the immigrants who faced a system of exclusion that kept them in a state of poverty. By 1970, Nixon aide Daniel Patrick Moynihan established a policy of “benign neglect” that deprived Latinx and African-American communities nationwide of basic government systems. Add to this a drug war started by the Nixon White House to flood these neighborhoods with heroin in order to destabilize and criminalize the population, and the results were devastating.

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