The Many Faces of Texas
The first time Michael O’Brien set foot on Texas soil, in 1982, for a Life magazine assignment, it felt like home. In the decades since, he’s been to every part of the state and met a wide variety of people, including celebrities, politicians, and everyday citizens.
Violence, Love, and Hope: Growing Up in the Bronx in the 1980s
When Stephen Shames took his first photos of the Bronx in 1977—while on assignment to produce a photo essay for Look—the area, one of the poorest in the United States, was a “terrifying” and “often dangerous” place. Heroin soon became easily available in the borough, followed by crack. And yet, Shames said, the Bronx felt like home.
Are These Models Twins? A Photographic Exploration of Doppelgangers.
Looking at the images, it’s probably not too surprising that the Lyon-based French photographer finds inspiration from a psychologically darker point of view, including the films of Tim Burton, the writing of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and, especially in the case of “Alter Ego,” the painting Les Enfants Dedreux by Theodore Gericault.
Grease, Sweat, and Muscle: The Freedom of American Car Culture
For the better part of three years, the open road was Justine Kurland’s home and inspiration. As she and her son Casper traveled the United States in her van, Kurland photographed lonely highways, wrecked cars, and heroic garage mechanics for her series, “Sincere Auto Care,” which is currently on display at Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery in New York City. Together, the photos comprise a portrait of an American landscape that will feel familiar to anyone who has spent time behind a wheel.
Competitive Animals and the People Who Handle Them
The first time Toby Coulson saw an animal show—a competition where breeders show off their best specimens and judges “examine each paw, claw, beak, and ear looking for the animal with the perfect dimensions”—he was struck by the people in white coats who handled the animals.
How to Genetically Modify a Tomato and Other Things We Eat
The Love Story Between a Squirrel and a Horse, Told in an Adorably Surreal Photo Essay
There’s nothing more heartwarming than a love story between a horse and a squirrel. Asia Kepka didn’t know this at first—her series on the unconventional couple, Horace the horse and Agnes the squirrel, began when a friend brought over two masks. Kepka and her girlfriend Lynn Dowling put them on, gave them names—Agnes is named after Dowling’s late mother; Horace after a Hollywood actor and ex-neighbor of Dowling. Kepka then set up a camera to take a photograph of the couple seated on a red couch enjoying some accordion music.
“I’m always drawn to older people and coming up with characters,” Kepka said. “So when I saw them I thought of them as a lovely middle-aged couple who had fallen in love.”
A Rope Mistress, the Rubber Master, Sadomasochist Sisters: Portraits in Kink
These photographs contain sexual themes.
Danny Ghitis became interested in the fetish, BDSM, and kink communities for the same reason he became interested in rock climbing: They both inspired a bit of discomfort, but also a bit of curiosity.
In 2011, same-sex marriage had recently been legalized in New York, 50 Shades of Grey was on everyone’s bookshelves, and Ghitis, a “straight, vanilla guy,” realized that he knew very little about sexual and gender identity. He decided to explore.
One Photographer’s Beautiful and Devastating Response to Climate Change
Almost a decade ago, David Benjamin Sherry began taking trips through the American West. Although he grew up around the Catskill Mountains, once he began photographing the terrain on the other side of the country, he knew he was on to something. He felt drawn to the classic landscapes around Yosemite National Park and Death Valley, as well as the work of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.
“The pictures, they just spoke to me and it felt like a natural thing for me to be doing,” Sherry said.
Sometimes You Just Need to Print Your Photos the Old-Fashioned Way
There is something almost old-fashioned about the ways in which Mark Steinmetz works. He’s the kind of photographer who brings around his film camera and prints much of his work in his darkroom. Even his images have a type of quiet quality—they’re easy to get lost in and the titles offer little more than basic information.
Steinmetz is fine with the slower pace of working with film photography, and boasts a prolific career that includes gallery representation around the world as well as the publication of numerous books, including ones about Paris and Italy, life in Tennessee and Georgia (he currently lives in Atlanta); and a new book, The Players,is coming out from Nazraeli in early 2015.