"Yakuza" by Anton Kusters

Photography // Saturday, April 26, 2014
Anton Kusters is a Belgian documentary and fine art photographer. He is one of the only people who has ever gained access to the criminal underworld of Japan. In his book ‘Yakuza’ the reality of this highly notorious gang is exposed in a moody, shadow-filled noir aesthetic. We see them at meetings, strip clubs, bathhouses, and performing strange rituals. All the members are dressed in suit and ties, usually black, which further solidifies the perception of this group as classic mobsters. Most fascinating is their relationship to tradition and ritual, the tattoos, which mark the members for life, are code for their rank among peers.

David Hilliard: Intimacies

Photography // Friday, April 25, 2014
Until May 18, a collection of work by photographer David Hilliard will be on display at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida. Through the use to triptych and diptych images paired with selective focus, Hilliard explores the multiple layers of everyday life. By guiding the viewer’s eye through each dimension of the scene, he references how our personal interactions and memory affect us. 

The women of Tehran's Red Light District

Photography // Friday, April 25, 2014
From 1975 until 1977, photojournalist Kaveh Golestan documented the faces and stories of the women of Tehran's red light district. Even though Golestan is primarily known for documenting war and conflict in the Middle East, her social photography shines a similarly necessary light on a different kind of life happening in Iran. 

The photography of Matthias Ziegler

Photography // Thursday, April 24, 2014
Born in 1964 with a curious and sensitive eye for people, Matthias thoroughly learned his trade at Bayerische Lehranstalt fuer Fotografie in Munich. Ever since he graduated in 1990, his reportages sent him travelling around the world. The results of these trips have been highly acclaimed, exhibited throughout Germany & Europe and awarded several times.

The Art of Sleep Paralysis

Photography // Thursday, April 24, 2014
At the age of fifteen, Nicolas Bruno began experiencing sleep paralysis where he would awake from frightening nightmares completely paralyzed and often hallucinate terrifying figures with obscured faces. Bruno decided to turn his passion for photography into a sort of therapy to help him cope with the sleep paralysis. When he would awake from his nightmares, he would write them down and later use them for photographic compositions. 

Paris Photo Los Angeles

Photography // Wednesday, April 23, 2014
This weekend in Los Angeles, the second American edition of Paris Photo will be taking place at the Paramount Pictures Studios, and for those of you who truly love and appreciate photography this is a must see. With 81 exhibitors from 18 countries, leading international galleries will present historical and contemporary bodies of works by renowned and emerging artists in the legendary Paramount Pictures’ soundstages.

The Still of the Night in New Orleans

Photography // Wednesday, April 23, 2014
After having his heart broken while attending Tulane University, Frank Relle turned to his neighborhood of the Garden District in New Orleans to stroll and clear his head at night. Four years after graduating college, he once again turned to his hometown for comfort during hard times and decided to begin photographing the homes and scenes that he was turing to by creating long exposure nighttime photographs. Relle gives each home he photographs a personality of it’s own. 

Brad Elterman's "Dog Dance" @ Milk Gallery

Photography // Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Opening tonight at Milk Gallery in New York, "Dog Dance" will feature the iconic photography of Brad Elterman. Elterman was at the center of Los Angeles' late 1970s and early 80s punk scene. He was backstage at the most legendary of concerts and present at the craziest parties. Among the stars Brad circulated with were Joan Jett, Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, The Dead Boys, Blondie and the Ramones; other celebrities from that era who crossed his lens include Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton and John Travolta. 

Life as a Stormtrooper

Photography // Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Malaysian photographer Zahir Batin has created a photo series that gives us a glimpse of what the life of a “Star Wars”stormtrooper would be like. Using a combination of actual figurines and handmade props, Batin depicts scenes ranging from dramatic moments, to mid-action depictions, to just plain hilarious happenings. By toying with the viewers’sense of scale, Batin constructs spaces that are truly visually convincing. 

The work of Ben Sandler

Photography // Monday, April 21, 2014
Ben Sandler's oeuvre--a confluence of art, design, technology, photography and film--operates like an excerpt from a much larger, cosmic narrative. A self-proclaimed "image-maker", Sandler's source of creativity stems from 'philosophical dialogues' that range in topic from the metaphysics behind human movement to the process of identity construction in a modern age. 

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