Old Detroit in Stunning Black-and-White Photographs
At 95, photographer Bill Rauhauser is something of a legend in the Detroit arts community. He’s spent more than 60 years taking beautiful street images that reflect the vibrancy and history of the city’s past. In January, Rauhauser was named the 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist, an honor that comes with a $50,000 prize. Later this year, Kresge will publish a monograph of Rauhauser’s career.
Tokyo’s Incredible Street Fashion
Japan’s street fashion scene has long inspired and fascinated adventurous style-watchers across the world. Since the early 1990s, fashion tribes—from ganguro to Lolita—have united people interested in developing hyperstylized looks. Initially intrigued by an article describing makeup trends among Japan’s nightlife crowd, New York–based photographer Thomas C. Card spent several months in Tokyo in spring 2012 creating portraits of the city’s most striking citizens for his book Tokyo Adorned.
America’s New Generation of Farmers
All across the country, young people who were not raised in agricultural environments are getting involved in sustainable food production. Aliza Eliazarov, a photographer who has long had an interest in environmental issues, decided to document the various manifestations of this movement in her series, “Sustain.” “I was curious to see what it looked like, to see what was happening with young college graduates starting CSAs and leasing plots of land or starting urban farms and rooftop farms,” she said.
This Port-a-Potty Is the First Sign Things Are Going to Change
For many people who need to “go,” the very last resort is often a port-a-potty. It’s a claustrophobic’s nightmare, but nonetheless they can be a desperate person’s saving grace.
Photographer Travis Rix sees them not only as a last resort, but also as a “First Sign.”
The Wild and Colorful World of Ballroom Dancers
Although photographer Deanna Dikeman always enjoyed photography, it took some time before she was able to call herself a professional. She studied biology in college, went to medical school, quit, got master’s degree in business, and took a corporate job. She then bought a camera. Five years into her job, she took a leave of absence, signed up for a photography class, and decided to stick with it. “It was the first thing I found where I didn’t care what time of day it was,” Dikeman said. “I didn’t care if I missed lunch. It was so fascinating to me, so I thought ‘I have to pay attention to this.’ ”
The Secret Lives of Afghanistan’s Female Poets
A few years ago, award-winning journalist and poet Eliza Griswold learned the story of Zarmina, a young girl in Afghanistan who had regularly phoned a radio hotline for women who wanted to share poems called “landays.” Landays are couplets expressing laments, jokes, and frustrations; they are forbidden to many Afghan women because they imply dishonor and free will. When Zarmina was discovered writing them, her brothers beat her badly, and she protested by setting herself on fire. She later died in a Kandahar hospital.
Capturing the Quiet Beauty of Baseball
Baseball is unique in the sports world. Unlike other team sports, which often constitute a battle over territory relying on brute force, baseball is typically quiet and understated. It can even be lonely. The project “Bull City Summer,” which documents the 2013 season of the North Carolina–based triple-A minor league team the Durham Bulls,, explores these qualities of the game with contributions from 10 international photographers. “I think there's more poetry in baseball than any other sport,” said Sam Stephenson, the project’s director.. “Baseball is more subtle,” he said.
Transgender in Mongolia
In Mongolia, transgender people face extreme violence and discrimination, much of which goes unreported because the law does not protect them. Out of fear, many stay in the closet. Photographer Álvaro Laiz spent three and a half months in 2011 photographing male-to-female transgender people in Mongolia to explore notions of identity in a place where they are forced to hide who they are. “They cannot express themselves normally except in certain places. Your life becomes a scenario in which you are pretending to be someone else. Your job, your relatives become part of this performance, and little space is left to act as you would really want to be. It is insane,” he said via email.