Portraits Recall Harlem in the 1980’s

In 2018, you might find your mind casting back, reminiscing on the way things were when Harlem was black – long before the cultural imperialists crossed the Hudson River and took to these shores, bringing with them a culture that systematically displaced natives and erased their legacy in its promotion of all things beige.

You might find yourself thinking of Harlem of yore, when it was abandoned and left for dead under the systemic plagues of “benign neglect,” crack, and AIDS: when the landscape was littered with the rubble of decimated buildings and abandoned lots, when buildings were taken over by drug dealers as crackhouses, when every day was “Night of the Living Dead.”

When the murder rate reached an all time high and suddenly the violence of the 1970s seemed eerily innocent.

Photos from a Confidential Initiation for Men in Senegal

During the celebration, the Jola people demonstrate their physical and spiritual force by cutting themselves with sharp knives protected by their amulets (Gris-gris) and by a potion made of blessed water and a local root that makes their skin stronger. © Diana Bagnoli

A girl is playing in her silent house. When the guys enter the forest, all the women stay at home, worried and praying for them. They are strictly banned from having any contact with their husbands and children. Just the little girls have special permission to get closer to the boys in the forest to bring them some food and communicate with them. © Diana Bagnoli

A boy is playing with rabbits in his house in the countryside of Casamance. During this month of waiting for the guys in the forest, the rest of the village is very quiet. © Diana Bagnoli

In the summer of 2016, the Italian photojournalist Diana Bagnoli traveled to the village of Mlomb in Casamance, Senegal to tell the story of the Boukout, a monthlong initiation for young men in the Jola community.

Submit to The Print Swap for a Chance to Show Work in Berlin

Icelandic Storm © Raimondo Giamberduca (@rainorb)

In the last few months, The Print Swap has traveled to exhibitions in New York, Sydney, and Los Angeles. Now, Feature Shoot’s large-scale art collecting initiative is coming to Berlin in a show at the contemporary gallery BERLIN BLUE art. The final selection of images will be curated by Alexa Becker, the Acquisitions Editor for photography and art books at Kehrer Verlag. Submit your photos via Instagram using the hashtag #theprintswap between January 27th and March 23rd in order to be considered.

BERLIN BLUE art, a gallery in the core of the city, focuses on emerging and mid-career artists, with group and solo exhibitions that engage the eyes and encourage dialog. In the past year alone, BERLIN BLUE art has hosted hundreds of artists working in photography, video, installation, painting, sculpture, drawing, and screen printing, bridging the gaps between media and fostering a community of image-makers, curators, and collectors.

As part of one of the world’s preeminent art book publishers, Alexa Becker mines hundreds of submissions for the best work by emerging and established artists. With a background in art history, Becker joined Kehrer Verlag in 2003 and is responsible for some of the publisher’s most revolutionary titles from the last fifteen years. As a frequent judge for competitions, festivals, and portfolio reviews, Becker amplifies new voices within the photo industry, while her brainchild, the Trouvés series of handmade books at Kehrer Verlag, pays homage to the history of the photobook and pushes the genre into exciting, uncharted terrain.

The Print Swap is a project connecting photographers across the globe. Photographers are welcome to submit via Instagram simply by tagging #theprintswap, though we also accept submissions sent via email to [email protected] Photographers who participate in The Print Swap give a print and receive a print. Prints are mailed out at random, so it’s always a fun surprise to see whose print ends up where. As always, there is no cost to apply, but selected photographers pay $40 per image to participate in The Print Swap. We cover printing and shipping.

For the exhibition at BERLIN BLUE art, Becker will consider images submitted to The Print Swap between January 27th and March 23rd only. Photographers who have participated in the past are welcome to submit again. Submissions for this show will close at 11:59PM on the night of March 23rd, though submissions for The Print Swap are ongoing throughout the year. Learn more at The Print Swap website and on Instagram at @theprintswap.

Discreet Portraits of People on The New York City Subway in the 70’s

Helen Levitt was an extremely private person and preferred to let her photographs speak for her – and if you listen very carefully, you might just hear the Bensonhurst accent coming through. “Dawling,” a photograph might intone with intimate familiarity, suggesting we come closer to get the gossip or a bite to eat. “Fuhgeddaboudit,” another might insist, making it clear the window for opportunity is firmly shut.

The Brooklyn soul of Levitt is firmly entrenched in her perfectly composed portraits of daily life in New York. Once upon a time before gentrification took hold, New Yorkers were everything America aspired to be. They came from all walks of life, frequently crossing paths, having the good sense not to gawk or to stare because that would be gauche. They came to expect the unexpected and took it in stride, spouting Cindy Adams catchphrase, “Only in New York, kids,” with pride.

When humans are gone, this is what our homes might look like


In a house where man lives no more, nature encroaches. Before long the crevices that once were the narrow gaps between skirting boards give in to plant life. But when does a house cease to be home?

Photographer Gohar Dashti was born in the border town of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran, though now lives between Boston and Tehran. “The first steps of my childhood were during the bloody Iran-Iraq war,” explains the artist. “Growing up during the war has taught my generation to live in a constant state of fear.”

New Year, New Website, New Side Hustle (Sponsored)


Every year, thousands of people make promises to themselves in the form of New Year’s resolutions. According to reports, some of the most common resolutions are about getting organized, starting a new hobby, and seeing projects through from beginning to end. Unfortunately, less than ten percent of people keep their resolutions, but maybe that’s because they don’t have the tools in place to help them succeed. An inspiring website can make all the difference, whether you’re planning to build the portfolio of your dreams or set up an online store for clients and followers.

Squarespace has rolled out eight new website templates for 2018, bringing their total count up to a whopping 91 available templates. With so many to choose from, you can rest assured that your website will be uniquely yours, with a layout that complements your goals and your aesthetic.

As always, Squarespace templates are customizable with an array of available styles for photo collections, blogs, stores, and more. From banners and sidebars to gallery displays and integrated social media, there are literally hundreds of features that can be easily tweaked and catered to every user’s taste and needs, so it’s best to think of each template as a launch pad for whatever vision you have inside your head. Here’s a quick breakdown of the newest templates and the advantages they offer photographers.


An eye-popping, image-centric homepage and space for individual series pages makes Stella the right choice if you want to display various projects on one, easy-to-navigate platform. This template design weaves together text and images, so you can upload photographs and artist statements seamlessly.

This template is ideal for: Photographers building a portfolio.

Childhood, Loss, and Redemption in the Photos of Cig Harvey

In her third and latest book, the photographer Cig Harvey remembers studying art history at the age of eighteen. She attends class two days a week, and she’s so bored, she falls asleep at her desk. “It’s all just so beige,” she writes. You An Orchestra You A Bomb is a rebellion against the tedium, a frenzied, color-fueled exploration of the everyday, and an antidote to sleep.

This Is What’s at Stake If We Allow Drilling in the Arctic

The photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood still dreams about the Arctic. In 2013, she embarked on a journey aboard the Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy, where she documented the work of scientists studying the Hanna Shoal ecosystem in the Chukchi Sea. Along the way, she also made photographs for her personal series Arctic Midnight- Horizons.

Harry Gruyaert’s Photos Take Us On a Colorful Journey from Vegas to the USSR


Las Vegas downtown motel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1982.
© Harry Gruyaert Magnum Photos

Moscow, Russia, 1989.
© Harry Gruyaert Magnum Photos

“Higher emotions cannot be communicated in color,” American photographer Paul Strand claimed – revealing the power of irrational beliefs to take root in the mind and spread like a virus through those who fear to question ideology in search of the truth.

The decision to invite Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert (b. 1941) to join Magnum Photos in 1982 caused dissent among the ranks. At that time Gruyaert had been working in color for two decades, but the powers that be “didn’t see color,” so to speak. Photography was still a fledgling medium in the art world, and those who were desperate to join the ranks revealed a powerful insecurity that fed simple-minded biases and false hierarchies designed to exclude innovative thinkers who worked outside the narrow frame of the status quo.

Gruyaert, however, was undeterred. His commitment remained consistent throughout his remarkable career. In 1981, Geo photo editor Alice Rose George commissioned Gruyaert to photograph Las Vegas. Rather than provide his take on the tired tropes of the Strip, Gruyaert ventured off the beaten path ton the Vegas where residents lived. The result was entirely too realistic; Vegas was not the place of fantasies and spectacle – it was a world where people eked out their existence on the margins.

A Fascinating Glimpse at Life in the Old City of Beijing

Demolition of Shanghai´s last old quarter, destroyed to make space for new high-rise buildings.

Mother and son at dinner in their little grocery.

A dream of one’s own home is all that is left.

Progress is an illusion of the most persistent kind. We would like to believe that moving forward is inherently “good,” even though evidence to the contrary frequently betrays this belief. Nevertheless, human nature is not inclined to simply allow things to be; it is compelled to transform the present into something new, something it envisions as an ideal “for the greater good.”

Progress is not inherently “bad,” either. It simply cuts both ways. For every loss, there is an equal and opposite gain—and vice versa. But rarely do we reflect on what is disappearing, until it is too late.

Ukrainian photographer Alina Fedorenko traveled to China in 2014, with a project in mind but as she wandered through the Old City of Beijing, she saw something remarkable that captured her imagination. The historic landscape was being razed and in its place came something extraordinary: skyscrapers that towered high above, effective erasing the community and the traditions of street life that flourished for centuries. 

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