The Photo Blog

March 5 2015 12:11 PM

Slowing Tennis Down to Show Its Unique Beauty 

When it was first invented in the 19th century, chronophotography—a technique used to capture a subject’s movement in one or several frames—was mostly used for scientific purposes to study people and animals. But when applied to the serves and strokes of tennis player Louis Fabre in Jean-Yves Lemoigne’s photographs for BKRW Magazine, the technique functions to reveal, in astonishing detail, the grace and artistry of those who play the game. 

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March 4 2015 10:57 AM

These Photos Beautifully Capture the Complex Relationship Between Mothers and Daughters

Rania Matar worked as an architect for many years, but, while pregnant with her fourth child, she began taking photography classes in order to get better pictures of her children. It turned out to be a career-changing moment, launching a body of work that looks at transitional moments the lives of women.

Matar, who is Lebanese and American, was also influenced by her connection to both cultures, especially in light of the events of Sept. 11 that left her feeling confused. “I’m American and I’m Lebanese,” Matar recalled about how she felt during that time. “I thought where am I fitting in on this? I’m both. I was the two [cultures] and identified with the two equally so I had a hard time with the media portraying people so differently, you’re either with us or against us—I was them and us!”

She embarked on a project that eventually became the book Ordinary Lives, a collection of images that shows women and children in Lebanon living lives that were exactly what the title implies—something different from what was shown in American media. It also became the prevailing theme throughout Matar’s work: looking at the lives of women in both the United States and Lebanon.

March 3 2015 11:27 AM

Do You Have What It Takes to Race on Australia’s Salt Flats During Speed Week?

Every year, gearheads from around the world converge on a remote salt flat in South Australia’s Lake Gairdner for Speed Week, where they attempt to push their vehicles to the limit. Last March, Ériver Hijano was among the small crowd at the event, which the Dry Lakes Racers Australia has organized since 1990.

March 2 2015 10:38 AM

Hairless Dogs Never Looked So Good 

Even the biggest dog lovers might think twice before cuddling with a hairless breed. Sophie Gamand, who has been exclusively photographing dogs since 2010, felt the same way when she decided to do a series, “Prophecy,” focusing entirely on the mostly bald creatures.  

March 1 2015 12:47 PM

This New York City Neighborhood Was “Invisible” in the ’80s

When Ken Schles’ book Invisible City was published in 1988, it quickly sold out. Schles even had trouble finding a copy of his collection of black-and-white photographs of Manhattan’s East Village—he had to ask a clerk at the St. Marks Bookstore for help. 

“I was too shy to say it was mine,” Schles laughs from his current home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. “He told me that they kept it hidden behind the cash register because people kept stealing it.”

That seemed somewhat fitting for a book that covered a neighborhood rich in culture but often an afterthought during the crime-ridden era of New York City—a forgotten, “invisible” part of the city. 

Feb. 27 2015 10:21 AM

Can These Comedians Win You Over With a Single Joke?

For beginner and veteran comics alike, an open mic is a valuable medium for trying out material before an audience. Michelle Alexis Newman’s ongoing series, “The Open Mic,” serves a similar function: She pairs her portraits of comics with one of their hand-written jokes as an opportunity to show their stuff to viewers.

Feb. 26 2015 12:40 PM

What Happened to Crime Photography?

In 2013, two things happened at the Chicago Tribune that eventually led to the exhibit, “Crime Then and Now: Through the Lens of the Chicago Tribune,” which is on display at the Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University in Chicago until April 11.

Feb. 25 2015 11:38 AM

What These Older Women Imagine It’s Like to Be a Glamorous Movie Star 

When Simone Lueck was living and working in L.A., she was curious to know how many people aspired to the outrageous lifestyles often mythologized in Hollywood. So she put an ad on Craigslist that began: “Seeking fabulous, striking, interesting older women to pose as a glamorous movie start for a photo series.” Potential participants were asked to submit a photo and describe how they would pose as a glamorous movie star. No pay was offered, but Lueck promised an image from the shoot. 

It didn’t surprise Lueck that hundreds of women applied. What did surprise her was their interpretation of the language in the ad.

“Something that was really odd but also telling about the process is that some women who replied were in their 30s and 40s,” Lueck said. “That was too young for the project, but in Hollywood, a 30-year-old woman is over the hill.”

Feb. 24 2015 11:24 AM

From Ending Violence to Commemorating the Past, the Reasons Women March

Ever since Holly Falconer came out and started going to pride parades in her early 20s, she’s been interested in how and why people come together publicly for a common cause.

Last June, Falconer attended the Neston Female Society’s Ladies Club Day’s 200th anniversary. The society was founded during the Napoleonic Wars to provide support for married women who needed it. In the years since, members of the society have participated in an annual walk in which they wear traditional dresses and carry flowers. The anniversary drew thousands of observers and hundreds of participants to Neston, England. 

Feb. 23 2015 11:31 AM

These Photos Are So Great, You’ll Think They’re From Another Decade

When a friend asked Robbie Augspurger to take his acting headshot in 2009, Augspurger decided to have a little fun. Inspired by high school portraits from the ’80s—hair that barely fits in the frame, half the face floating in the top left side of the image, and the inexplicable wicker chair or ladder—he set out to recreate them.

Augspurger had already bought a 30-year-old school light kit to illuminate dark reception halls for weddings he photographed, so when his friend arrived “on set” in a tweed suit, Augspurger ran with it. From there, he began using other friends to create an ongoing series titled “Glamour & Headshots.” The images went viral, catching the eye of Getty Images, which began licensing them.

“I didn't set out to do a photo series, and that’s probably why people liked it, as it wasn’t a calculated attempt to be known,” Augspurger wrote via email. “I was just doing something to make me and my friends laugh, which surprisingly, other people responded to warmly.”

Although the online success briefly caused some anxiety over what his follow up project would be, Augspurger said it was a fleeting moment and he has learned not to change his approach to his work.