The Glories of 19th-Century Paris
Beginning in the mid-1850s, Paris experienced a grand transformation. At the orders of Napoleon III, old, narrow streets made way for wide boulevards, thousands of gas lamps lit the streets at night, and a host of other public projects thoroughly modernized the city. Charles Marville, a photographer employed by the city, was charged with documenting those changes. “The random, organic city, the city built by successive generations on top of itself, was pushed back and de-emphasized. The standardized city we see today was replaced,” said Jeff Rosenheim, curator of “Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris,” now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Coming Out as Gay Via Long-Exposure Photography
In 2004, Matthew Pillsbury met Nathan Noland, fell in love, came out as a gay man, and subsequently left his wife. It was a profound time for the then-30-year-old photographer, who said the coming-out process was filled with anguish when dealing with his ex-wife and their friends and family but also liberating, a time “of finally being able to live my life openly.”
Turning the Camera on What Powers Photography
Most photographers look far and wide for the interesting subjects to capture, but in Jennifer Norman’s series “Ecologies of Photography,” she decided to turn the camera on the photo process itself. “After spending more time being self-reflexive, I had to acknowledge the medium I’m using in itself is also contributing to pollution in the environment,” she said.
Hanging Out With a Belgian Biker Club
While photographing a local festival in her hometown of Haccourt, Belgium, photographer Laure Geerts struck up a conversation with the president of a tight-knit biker club known as the Kurgans. After mentioning her curiosity about the club and her desire to take a few pictures of the members, she was invited to join the club for a drink.
Elegant Swarms of Starlings
A Photographer’s Moving Tribute to the Pine Ridge Reservation
When Aaron Huey first visited South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in 2005, he didn’t expect that it would be a world-altering experience. He began the project as an objective photojournalist’s look at poverty in America. But after spending eight years documenting the residents of Pine Ridge, his professional and personal outlook has changed dramatically.
Swedish Photographers Who Blur the Line Between Fashion and Art
Sometimes, a photograph intended for a glossy fashion magazine or advertising campaign transcends its original purpose. “Different Distances: Fashion Photography Goes Art,” an exhibition presented by the Consulate General of Sweden and the Swedish Institute at Aperture, features Denise Grünstein, Julia Hetta, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Julia Peirone, and Elisabeth Toll, whose work blurs the line between fashion and art photography.
Documenting the Mining Boom in the American West
When photographer Lucas Foglia traveled to Wyoming to visit a close friend, he was struck by how large the land seemed as a backdrop against the small and close-knit community of people who lived there.
Beginning in 2006, he traveled and photographed people living during a mining boom not only in Wyoming, but also rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas – “some of the least populated regions in the United States” – for what would eventually become a book he titled Frontcountry, recently published by Nazareli Press.
Struggle and Hope in a Small Virginia Town
Photographer Jared Soares first went to Martinsville, Va., in 2009 to cover a high school basketball game for the Roanoke (Va.) Times. “Something was up. Shops were closed down. You got the feeling that not everything was OK. I just got curious,” he said.
A Watery Vision of Hong Kong
With hundreds of miles of coastline as well as numerous harbors, bays, rivers, clear-water reservoirs, and waterfalls, Hong Kong is a city of water. In 2008, photographer Andreas Müller-Pohle embarked on a project to show the city from a perspective that can, in a way, define it. “Most people are impressed by Hong Kong for its rapidly changing skyline and take the water, including the charming ferry-boat cruises between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, as a welcome side aspect. The skyline and high-rise vistas are indeed breathtaking. But what made them possible in the first place was the water,” he said via email.