The Photo Blog

April 7 2015 11:38 AM

Dogs Who Act Just Like Their Owners

In their book, In Dogs We Trust, published last month by Victory Editions, childhood friends Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott take images of man and his best friend to a whole new level.


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April 6 2015 12:12 PM

Bringing Elegance and Order to the Chaos of Nature

Nature can seem messy, chaotic, even frightening, but in Christopher Marley’s world, it’s a bounty of useable materials that can be infinitely organized and aestheticized. In his new book, Biophilia, which will be published April 14 by Abrams Books, the photographer and designer pairs pristine images of individual organisms alongside spectacular mosaics of creatures in geometric configurations.

April 5 2015 11:13 AM

This Photographer Spent 33 Years Capturing the Subtle Changes in Her Small New England Town

While taking a documentary photography class at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Barb Peacock was told she could travel the world looking for great shots, but a good photographer has the ability to find them in her own backyard.

Peacock took that to heart and brought her 4-by-5 camera to a local store where she grew up in Westford, Massachusetts, when she noticed a group of kids hanging out around a table. The next day she went back and noticed the same kids doing the same thing in the same position.

“It struck me and everything gelled at that moment. I realized life is really short and we’re all moving really fast but in the meantime it is really slowed down,” Peacock recalled.

April 3 2015 11:00 AM

The Awe-Inspiring Power of Baroque Churches

Looking at the gorgeous, dramatic images of Baroque churches in Cyril Porchet’s series, “Seduction,” you might mistake the photographer for a religious man. But Porchet is more interested in the power they represent than the religious ideology.

April 2 2015 12:14 PM

One Man’s Lifelong Battle With Obesity 

Hector Garcia always felt judged for being overweight—people rarely stuck around to get to know him.

“Where else do you see people getting ridiculed and allowed to get away with it if it’s not over a fat person,” he said. “Food’s the only thing I could ever do that wouldn’t ridicule me, that wouldn’t give me a hassle, it was like my friend and it became a crutch and before you know it, it became disastrous.”

Lisa Krantz, a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News, met Garcia in 2010 through his sister, Rebecca Freed. Freed was trying to find a photographer to mentor her daughter in photojournalism. She was also hoping to find someone who would be able to tell her brother’s story so he could find help.

Garcia attempted to lose weight many times—including a gastric bypass surgery in 2000—but a number of factors contributed to the common roller-coaster weight loss and gain many people face. Without private insurance, Garcia was unable to pay for care including weight loss drugs or behavioral counseling.

Krantz spent four years working with Garcia and his family on what she initially thought would be a weight loss story. It turned out to be a much more in-depth story about Garcia’s struggle, his relationship with his family, bouts with depression, a desire to inspire other people to try to lose weight, and, ultimately, his death.

April 1 2015 11:47 AM

Scenes From an Unhappy Childhood, Hauntingly Re-Created With Mannequins

Ursula Sokolowska, who moved from Poland to the United States when she was 5, doesn’t have a lot of positive childhood memories. The early part of her life was dominated with feelings of “helplessness, excommunication, and constant movement.” So, as a way to work through those memories, in 2006 Sokolowska created the series “The Constructed Family,” which uses personal childhood imagery projected onto soft-form mannequins to recreate her past.

At first the series wasn’t autobiographical, but, after writing about her childhood, she felt placing herself into the projections would be a better fit. She bought some child-size mannequins on eBay and used photographs of herself from infancy until around 7 years old that expressed her feelings during those years. She then projected the images onto the mannequins she placed in environments.

March 31 2015 11:24 AM

There’s Tiny Art Hiding on the Streets of London 

City dwellers, Slinkachu says, tend to have a love-hate relationship with the natural world. They long for it, and yet they want to contain it so that it doesn’t interfere with their daily lives.

Leading up to his new exhibition, “Miniaturesque,” which is on view at Andipa Gallery in London until April 11, Slinkachu spent a year finding little glimpses of nature — like weeds, leaves and moss—in the city and creating tiny, hidden landscapes within them that look beautiful when photographed up close but strange when seen in their broader urban context.

March 30 2015 11:13 AM

Searching for Hidden Treasures in New York’s Abandoned Places

In the years since he started photographing forgotten tombs, theaters, and asylums, Will Ellis has gotten used to rising early and staying out late. Those are, after all, the best times to trespass without being detected.

But we’re still a bit bleary-eyed when we meet him outside the subway station in Brooklyn. He hasn’t told us where we’re going exactly—the building, unlike the other places he’s photographed for his book, Abandoned NYC, isn’t widely known and he wants to keep it that way. All we know is that it will likely be dark, cold, and probably a little dangerous. 

March 29 2015 10:45 AM

New Yorkers Love Leaving Their Dogs Tied Up Outside

When Erik Carter moved to New York form Dallas in 2010 he noticed pretty quickly that things were a bit different out east. It wasn’t only the obvious things like weather or attitude; most people in Dallas don’t tie their dogs up outside.

“Everyone has a dog in their arms or in their car,” Carter said about Dallas. “No one ties them up outside, it’s almost like having a horse tied up while you’re in the saloon.”

Carter, whose photography career is built primarily around shooting men’s fashion, often has his camera with him when he leaves the studio and used it to begin photographing the tied up canines for an ongoing series “Leashes & Longing.”

March 27 2015 10:36 AM

Women and the Dolls Who Look Like Them

Annie Collinge was shopping at the Chelsea Flea Market in New York City one day when she came across a doll that caught her eye. Dressed in a white fur coat and ski goggles with red lenses, the figure was simply too bizarre to resist.