The Photo Blog

Nov. 3 2015 10:18 AM

Out on the Field

When Jeff Sheng started photographing LGBTQ high school and college athletes back in 2003, the climate surrounding LGBTQ rights and visibility in the United States was drastically different: No states permitted same-sex marriage; “don’t ask, don’t tell” was still official military policy; there were relatively few publicly out public figures, and even fewer out athletes. Sheng was determined to bring greater attention to a population that suffered, in large part, because few people acknowledged it existed.  

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Nov. 2 2015 10:00 AM

This Mysterious Colorado Mining Town Seems to Run on Its Own Frequency

Victor, Colorado was part of one of the most important gold mining centers in the world in the 1890s and early 1900s. But as the ore dwindled, the population declined too—from more than 18,000 to just a few hundred today.

Nov. 1 2015 10:18 AM

The Quiet Beauty of Lonely Freight Ships

A couple of years ago, while visiting a port in Amsterdam, Raymond Waltjen stopped to admire a large ship that passed by close to where he was standing.

“[It] looked like a big block of flats, so sturdy,” he wrote via email. “They leave their daily world behind them on the way to their destination, while facing all kinds of weather in the unpredictable sea.”

For a year and a half, Waltjen photographed the ships for his series “Destination.” He documented 13 of them as they sailed from ports in Rotterdam, IJmuiden (close to Amsterdam), and Antwerp. He tracked their locations and departure times on a website and only went out on days when the sun was hidden “because in this way the forms of the vessel would come … in its utmost presence.” For now, he’s not adding to the series unless he can find something new, but hopes to exhibit the images or publish them as a book.

Oct. 30 2015 10:44 AM

Haunting Images of Central Park When No One Is Around

During his mid 20s, Michael Massaia developed a terrible case of insomnia. In order to give himself a break from sitting around all night “staring at the walls” he began to go on long walks. Massaia grew up in New Jersey, but became enamored with New York City during his late-night strolls when the city was less congested and fewer people were around. Thankfully, the self-taught photographer took his camera along, creating the series “Deep in a Dream, Central Park.”

Massaia worked a series of “crappy” jobs, including stints in movie theaters and warehouses, before finding photography.

“I have a really obsessive mind so I got into the technical aspect of [photography],” he said. “I went immediately into large-format photography and I started modifying my own cameras, building my own printing equipment and when I started out I was doing pretty much all analog printing.”

Oct. 29 2015 10:05 AM

These Stunning Photos Show Why It’s Hard to Be Bored in India 

At 65, Steve McCurry is one of the world’s best-traveled photojournalists, but in 1978 he was still relatively new to globetrotting. He had already lived in Europe for a year and been to parts of Latin America and Africa when he decided to travel to India. It was his first time in Asia, and, when he arrived, he was stunned.

Oct. 28 2015 10:27 AM

The Charming Absurdity of Group Photos

For the collector and curator W.M. Hunt, when it comes to group photos, the bigger and weirder the better.

Oct. 27 2015 11:34 AM

Surreal Photographs Inspired by LSD, a High School Teacher, and Jungian Archetypes

This post contains nudity.

Many of Steven Arnold’s life experiences and influences—including an encouraging high school teacher, Jungian archetypes, Salvador Dali, and LSD—found their way into the surreal photographs he created before he died in 1994.

“He thought of [the photographs] as objects for meditation, something with which you sit and looked at,” said Vishnu Dass, the executive director of the Steven Arnold Museum and Archive in Maui, Hawaii. Dass never met Arnold, but he has been running the archive for the past five years and is currently working on a documentary about Arnold’s life.

Oct. 26 2015 11:53 AM

The Science-Fiction Feel of New England’s Many Wind Turbines

In 2009 then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick set a goal for the state to create enough wind-generated electricity to power 800,000 homes by 2020, a quarter of which would come from turbines. It was an ambitious plan, made even more ambitious by the fact that in the United States, Massachusetts ranks 35th in potential land-based wind capacity. Massachusetts is also a densely populated state, which means once they are constructed, the turbines aren’t exactly an inconspicuous addition to the neighborhood.

Greer Muldowney noticed them once she moved back to Boston in 2012 after finishing her M.F.A. at Savannah College of Art and Design and began photographing their placement into the urban landscape around the state (and a couple in Providence, Rhode Island) for her series “Urban Turbines.”


Oct. 25 2015 10:15 AM

Versailles’ Sculptures Are More Interesting in the Winter

There are more than 300 sculptures in the gardens of Versailles, the opulent château that housed France’s monarchy for more than a century, but tourists who go to visit the grand palace and its grounds during the winter don’t get to see them. To protect against rain that could freeze and break the fragile stone in cold weather, the statues are wrapped up and hidden in plain sight for the season.

Oct. 23 2015 11:49 AM

A Photographer’s 1,500-Mile Journey Along the Ganges

Caleb Cain Marcus grew up hearing his parents stories about India. When he went there for the first time as a boy, he felt that the country was “soaked in spirituality and myth.”

“Anything was possible no matter how fantastic,” Cain Marcus said via email.

Marcus captures that sense of wonder and enchantment in Goddess, which was published by Damiani last month. In 2013, he covered 1,500 miles along the country’s sacred and life-sustaining river, the Ganges, starting from Gangotri in the Himalayas and ending up at the Bay of Bengal. His photos show the landscape he traversed over the course of 44 days by boat, car, and foot. Typically shooting from a broad, distant perspective through thick fog or brilliant light, brightly clothed people and colorful environments are just faintly visible in Cain Marcus’ photos. That’s intentional: Cain Marcus says Goddess is as much about the space between things as the things themselves.