The Photo Blog

May 24 2016 10:05 AM

Hanging Out After School With New York City Students

When school lets out for the day, New York City students inhabit a world all their own. As Cassandra Giraldo documents, it’s a place of special sincerity and subtle poetry, where the exuberance and fragility of youth is most genuinely on display.

May 23 2016 10:04 AM

Gorgeous, Diverse Images Created by Legendary Magnum Photo’s Newest Nominees

Few do documentary photography quite like the members of Magnum Photos.

“Magnum Photos: New Blood,” a recently ended exhibition at New York’s Milk Gallery, testified to the legendary 69-year-old international cooperative’s enduring standards of excellence, as well as its commitment to showcasing diverse voices and innovative approaches to storytelling.

The exhibit showcased the work of six photographers in the nominee stage of membership—five admitted in 2015 and one admitted in 2014. After extensive portfolio development and review, the photographers progress through the ranks until they can be considered for full membership.

May 22 2016 10:04 AM

What It Was Like to Grow Up Gay in Ireland

On May 23, 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. Irish journalist Charlie Bird witnessed the celebrations and decided on that day to interview and photograph those directly affected by the law’s passage. The project was published as a book, A Day in May, this month by Merrion Press.

“The amazing scenes of joyous celebration in cities, towns, and villages across Ireland on that sunny spring afternoon were shown across the world,” Bird wrote via email. “For many, including myself, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Over two months, Bird conducted 80 interviews (52 are included in the book) from people across Ireland who shared stories about what it was like to grow up gay. He found many of his subjects through word of mouth and recommendations from people he met. His only criterion when interviewing his subjects was that he wanted people to tell the stories—of both tolerance and abuse—in their own words.

May 20 2016 10:03 AM

The Outlandish, Otherworldly Costumes of London’s “Night Flowers”

As the sun goes down, London’s “Night Flowers” start to wake up.

Who are Night Flowers? According to Damien Frost, who’s borrowed the term from performer Maxi More, they’re “a loose-knit community of drag queens and kings; club kids; alternative queer, transgender, and gender-queer people; goths; artists; and cabaret, burlesque, and fetish performers” who bring the beautiful and the bizarre to the city’s streets.


In 2014, Frost, an artist and graphic designer, had the goal to set out after work with his camera and make a photo of an interesting Londoner every day of the year. On late-night strolls through SoHo, where he works, and East London, where he lives, he started encountering the elaborately dressed people who’ve come to make up his book, Night Flowers: From Avant-Drag to Extreme Haute-Couture, which Merrell Publishers released in March.

May 19 2016 11:41 AM

Intimate Photos That Imagine What Happens When Dancers’ Movement Stops

Even after working on two series about dancers, Israeli photographer Nir Arieli insists he still cannot speak their language.

“I look at them sort of like aliens, and what they’re doing is beyond what I understand,” he said. “This is why I find it so fascinating.”

Arieli’s recent work, “Flocks” is a two-year study about the relationships dancers have with themselves and within their companies. In Hebrew, the word flock means both a group of animals and a dance company; the translation speaks to the closeness with the companies Arieli is trying to show.

“I wanted to create a body of work that was speaking about what happens after the movement is over or when the movement is drained from the body,” he said. “You get an intimate moment about this special group of people who spend so much time together and so much intimate time together. They’re very physical with each other … there are very interesting relationships formed with these people, and I hope this project is speaking about that in a visual way.”

The series began when Arieli was approached to create a poster for the Batsheva Dance Company. He asked if there was a budget (there wasn’t), so in return, he requested they work within the parameters he would set. Thrilled with the results, Arielli showed the work to 20 more companies around the world for two years, asking them to participate with their own unique take on the formations; the work is on view at Daniel Cooney Gallery through June 4.

May 18 2016 10:11 AM

A Theater Group’s Immense Photo Archive Captures the Spirit of Community Art

Jubilee Theatre and Community Arts Company began in 1974 with a group of local drama students inspired by the educational and cultural changes of the 1960s. Its mission: change the way art was made and experienced at a local level.

It started out with two grants of 75 pounds ($108), performing street theater in the British metropolitan borough of Sandwell, which had no theater, art center, or bookstore at the time. The group had the use of a disused library branch, a kitchen for a darkroom, an old ambulance, four kazoos, several boilersuits, and an outside toilet. It later acquired a double-decker bus, which became a mobile arts center. For more than two decades, until it was absorbed into a larger cultural entity, Jubilee became well-known in the region for its street and educational theater, festivals, and murals.

May 17 2016 11:12 AM

What Happened to These World’s Fair Sites?

At one time, the World’s Fair conjured up excitement about the future. What would we be doing in a few decades’ time? What would our homes and cars look like? Would we be living in outer space? Would our neighbors be The Jetsons?

Started in 1851, the World’s Fair expositions grew in popularity and developed a kind of sci-fi edge into the mid 20th century. From the beginning, they’ve also been the birthplace for a number of iconic structures around the world, including Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel (built in Chicago), the Unisphere in New York, and the Space Needle in Seattle.

Jade Doskow has always been interested in the history of structures; she grew up in a 275-year-old house her friends would claim was haunted.

“I was always very sensitive to the aura of a place,” she wrote via email. When she was 17, Doskow moved to New York, where, like many New Yorkers, she began to notice how quickly buildings were built up and torn down. This awareness became even more acute when she moved to Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. While studying for her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Doskow went on a family vacation to Spain and stumbled across the abandoned site of Seville’s 1992 World’s Fair.

“The strangeness of this huge site immediately struck me,” she wrote. “Acres upon acres of post-modern, once gleaming white pavilion buildings stretched as far as the eye could see.”

May 16 2016 10:27 AM

These Aerial Photos of Beaches Will Make You Ready for Summer Sun

Gray Malin’s yearslong obsession with photographing beaches from a bird’s-eye view began with just a single photo.

He was in Las Vegas with friends in 2011, staying in a hotel room overlooking the pool. One day, he snapped a photo from his window, which he later made his desktop background. For months afterward, he looked at that photo every day, fascinated by the patterns, colors, and shapes the perspective offered. Later that year, he booked a helicopter to take him above Miami Beach in hopes of making more photos like the one that so captivated him. The experience ended up taking him in a different direction.

“As I began snapping away at the various pools, my attention quickly transfixed to the beach.  From above, the people with their umbrellas and towels create patterns that are eye-catching and unique in that they are mere moments in time that can never be captured again,” he said via email.

May 15 2016 10:11 AM

A Photographer Creates Fantasy Worlds Inhabited by Mylar Balloons

Christine Anderson spent four months taking photographs of Mylar balloons inside a New Jersey supermarket. From there, she combined her balloon images with “real” photographs, resulting in the fantastic ongoing series she titled “Inflatable.” 

“I wanted to have a conversation about materials,” she wrote via email. “And how plastics have become a natural part of our environment.”

May 13 2016 10:04 AM

The Wild, Wonderful Final Days of a Beloved Brooklyn Music Venue

The death of Death By Audio in 2014 marked the end of an era for Brooklyn’s DIY music scene.


But Ebru Yildiz’s photographs of the epic 75-day celebration leading up to the long-standing Williamsburg venue’s final night are a celebration of life in a space that nurtured a generation of local talent and served as a home away from home for fans. They’re collected in a self-published book, We’ve Come So Far, which is available to preorder now and will be released in August.